C.S. Lewis Christian Writers Tour

London, Oxford, Cambridge

Duration
11
Departure
22 April 2021

OVERVIEW

A wonderful tour of England discovering the life and works of theologian and author C.S. Lewis as well as other well-known Christian authors including JRR Tolkien, GK Chesterton and preacher Charles Spurgeon.
The tour commences in London where we will visit significant Christian sites including Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. We continue to Oxford where Lewis, Tolkien and others worked and live. We will see Lewis’s home, local church and of course Oxford University where he taught. Lewis, Tolkien and others known as The Inklings met in Oxford pubs to critique each other’s work and enjoy fellowship together.
C.S. Lewis loved spending time in the Cotswolds and Selah is thrilled to include a 2 day Christian retreat in this tour at a beautiful centre for Christian healing. This will give you time to enjoy the English countryside and have ”Selah time” with God and your travelling companions as you go deeper in your faith.

Following on from our retreat in the Cotswolds we continue to Cambridge where Lewis was (finally) made a professor. This stunning university town is also considered the “seat of the English Reformation” and enjoys a rich Christian history.

We return to London for the conclusion of our tour with the option of staying on to attend the Alpha Leadership Conference at Royal Albert Hall on 3-4 May 2021.

Selah is thrilled to have Rev Dr Gordon Preece lead this tour.

Gordon has ministered at several Anglican churches in Sydney and, alongside his work at Ethos, is now minister at Yarraville Anglican Church. He is also the Director of the University of Divinity Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy (RASP) and the Chair & Executive of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee.

Gordon lectured at Morling College (Sydney) and has served as Director of the Centre for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE) at Ridley College, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute and Urban Seed, a ministry of hospitality among the homeless. He lectures on ethical risk in finance at Macquarie University School of Applied Finance and is Ethicist for Christian Super.

Gordon is an international leader in workplace theology. He is a prolific writer, as author/editor of 11 books, most recently editing Bonhoeffer Down Under (with Ian Packer), and is currently writing a book on money and possessions. He is commissioning editor of Zadok Perspectives. Gordon is married to Susan, an asthma and mental health educator, and has three spirited twenty-ish children. He loves the world game and the Cats.

ITINERARY

On arrival in London, check in to the hotel. Meet for a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

Included Meals:

D
We will start the day with a tour of “Christian London”. Enjoy a guided visit of St Paul’s Cathedral. We will then visit the British Library where we can see letters from JR Tolkien to his grandson Michael, letters from CS Lewis as well as other Christian and biblical texts. After lunch enjoy a guided visit of Westminster Abbey and Evensong sung at 3.30pm. Finish the day at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the church pastored by Charles Spurgeon for 38 years. Explore the bookshop before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Included Meals:

B
D
We farewell London this morning and travel to Beaconsfield, the hometown of GK Chesterton. GK Chesterton wrote a book called Everlasting Man which led the young atheist C.S. Lewis to becoming a Christian. Visit Chesterton’s’ home and grave site at the Shepherd’s Lane Cemetery. Enjoy lunch before continuing to Oxford.
Check in to our Oxford hotel and then we will attend Evensong at the Christ Church Cathedral.

HOTEL: Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
After breakfast, we will travel to The Kilns, the home of C.S. Lewis on the outskirts of Oxford at Headington Quarry. The Kilns has been lovingly restored and is now home to the C.S. Lewis Foundation. We will then visit the nearby Trinity Church, to attend a Sunday church service, where Lewis worshipped for over 30 years and is also his final resting place. Jack (as C.S. Lewis was known) and his brother Warnie, often frequented The Masons Arms after church, so we will pop in for a drink or lunch, time permitting.
Return to Oxford with the remainder of the afternoon free to explore.
Dinner will be at the hotel at 7.00pm.

Included Meals:

B
D
Today we will have the entire day to explore Oxford as C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and friends knew it.
Sites to see today on our walking tour include the Oxford University where Lewis & Tolkien were both students and academics. We will visit the famous Bodleian Library, Magdalen College and the beautiful Addison’s Walk where Lewis and Tolkien spent hours walking and talking.
A visit to Oxford is not complete with out a pub meal at the Eagle and Child. This pub was where the writers group The Inklings met regularly to discuss and critique one another’s work.

HOTEL: Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
Today we enjoy a guest lecture at the university, with the remainder of the day free for you to enjoy Oxford at your own pace. Perhaps a punt on the Cherwell River, or some time in the library?

HOTEL: Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
London is magnificent, but it can also be big, noisy and crowded with swarms of international tourists following guides holding up umbrellas. If you want to see the real England - or at least, the Harry Potter fantasy version of what Shakespeare called "this green and pleasant land," you need to get to the Cotswolds.

Both Lewis and Tolkien enjoyed regular getaways to the Cotswolds. We will check out of our Oxford hotel and travel to the Cotswolds for a 2-day retreat at the Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing.

HOTEL: Harnhill Centre, Cotswolds

Included Meals:

B
L
D
A full day on retreat (program to be finalised).

HOTEL: Harnhill Centre, Cotswolds

Included Meals:

B
L
D
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll farewell our country retreat and travel towards Cambridge.
Along the way we will stop at the town of Bedford, the hometown of John Bunyan who authored The Pilgrim’s Progress in 1678. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious, theological fiction in English literature. It has been translated into more than 200 languages and has never been out of print. We will visit the John Bunyan Museum and neighbouring church and enjoy a talk about the life of John Bunyan. Continue to Cambridge

Included Meals:

B
D
Today we will enjoy a guided Cambridge walking tour starting at the Round Church. Our walking tour will include how C.S. Lewis came to be in Cambridge, as well as insight into how Cambridge came to be known as the “seat of the English Reformation”.

Possible visit and lecture at the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide (TBC)

Free time before Evensong at Kings College, then a farewell dinner.

Included Meals:

B
D
After breakfast, check out of our hotel and transfer back to London where the tour ends.

Selah can assist with booking you accommodation for the night in London, particularly if you are planning to stay for the Alpha Leadership Conference on 3 & 4 May.

Included Meals:

B

Highlights

  • ”Christian London”: St Paul’s Cathedral, British Library, Westminster Abbey, Metropolitan Tabernacle
  • Beaconsfield: hometown of GK Chesterton
  • Oxford: the Kilns, Trinity Church. Oxford university, pubs and hangouts
  • Guest lectures in Oxford & Cambridge (TBC)
  • 2 day retreat in the Cotswolds
  • Option to extend to attend the Alpha Leadership Conference at Royal Albert Hall

Map

Destinations

TOUR INCLUDES

LINE-ICONS-02-FINAL

Travel with
like-minded people

LINE-ICONS-01-FINAL

Christian
Tour Leaders

LINE-ICONS-03-FINAL

Option of land
only package

LINE-ICONS-04-FINAL

Option of upgrading
to single room

LINE-ICONS-05-FINAL

Meals

LINE-ICONS-07-FINAL

Sights and entry
fees listed

OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour cost per person Coming soon Coming soon

Inclusions
Exclusions
Departure Date Booking
22 April 2021 BOOK NOW

FAQ