Scottish & English Reformation with Oberammergau

Led by Tim and Merridie Costello

Duration
17
Departure
03 May 2020
Price from
7,999

OVERVIEW

The Reformation was a time when the great truths of Justification by Faith alone, and the Bible as the Word of God, were rediscovered by Christians throughout Europe. This tour will explore how the Reformation spread to Scotland and England in the 16thCentury, how it led to the Evangelical Revival in the 18thCentury, and how it continues to have an impact in the global church today.

Tim and Merridie Costello are household names in Christian circles. What you may not know is their love of the Reformation and Anabaptist history.

Which is why we are thrilled to have them lead this excellent tour across Scotland and England, with the cherry on top, being a sidetrip to Germany for the once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play.

Tim worked with World Vision Australia for 15 years. He is now Executive Director of Micah Australia and a Senior Fellow for Centre for Public Christianity. Merridie has worked in pastoral care and Chaplaincy.

Tim and Merridie lived and studied theology in Europe for 3.5 years in the 1980’s where their interest in the Reformation and especially, as good Baptists, the Radical Reformation flourished. They both love history and theology.

Tim and Merridie led Selah’s Steps of Paul tour in 2019 through Greece and Turkey which was a great success and a fun and inspiring travel experience. This tour also promises to be informative, fun and impactful as we retrace the reformation of the church.

Space is strictly limited so register now!

 

ITINERARY

If you are purchasing the full tour package, you depart Australia on the Emirates flight to Dubai and connecting to Edinburgh.

Included Meals: None

Our tour commences in Edinburgh Scotland. Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of the finest capital cities in Europe with a rich cultural and historical heritage to explore. The Emirates flight arrives at 2.50pm and you will be transferred to the hotel. On arrival check in to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner with the group.

HOTEL: Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Edinburgh

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Start the day with a tour of Edinburgh Castle to gain insights into Scottish history and enjoy stunning views of the city. Within the castle grounds is the Stone of Scone, the famous stone recently returned to Scotland, and the Scottish Crown Jewels. We continue to St Giles' Cathedral and hear the story of how the Reformer John Knox challenged the medieval church by emphasising the rule of God through his Word alone. Later in the day we will visit Holyrood Palace where Knox was charged with heresy by Mary, Queen of Scots.

HOTEL: Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Edinburgh

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After breakfast we travel to the picturesque university town of St Andrews approximately 50kms from Edinburgh. Today St Andrews is known as the home of Scotland’s national game of golf, but in previous times it was the centre of the Scottish Reformation. As well as seeing the ruins of the 12th Century Cathedral, and the Martyrs monument, we will visit San Salvator’s Chapel and hear the story of Patrick Hamilton, the 24 year old who was burned at the stake for his Protestant beliefs. His courage in death helped to spread the Protestant cause in Scotland. Return to Edinburgh for the night.

HOTEL: Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Edinburgh

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This morning we leave Edinburgh and travel south to Durham (approx 4 hrs). On arrival we will visit Cranmer Hall, part of St Johns College in the University of Durham and hear a guest lecture on the origins of the Reformation in England. We will then explore Durham Cathedral, one of the best examples of Norman architecture in England. There we will see the tombs of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede and reflect on their contributions to British Christianity.

HOTEL: Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

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Today we leave Durham and travel south to the beautiful World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, at Ripon. Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England, and will give us an insight into Henry VIII’s decision to dissolve the abbeys as part of the Reformation. The tranquil water gardens that surround the Abbey are an elegant 18th Century masterpiece which over time have had a strong influence on what is considered the typical English garden style. Continue to York for dinner and check in the hotel for a 2-night stay.

HOTEL: The Principal Hotel, York

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This morning enjoy some free time exploring and shopping in the many unique shops in the ancient streets of York. After lunch (own expense) we will meet for a Christian heritage walking tour including York Minster, the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. We will also do the City Walls Walk. The walls of the city are the finest and most preserved in all of England.

HOTEL: The Principal Hotel, York

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An early departure today as we travel from York to Cambridge. Cambridge was a major centre of Protestant scholarship during the time of the Tudors. We will visit the St Edward King & Martyr church where many of the Reformers preached, as well seeing many of the University colleges. Tonight we will attend Evensong at the famous Kings College, Cambridge.

HOTEL: Royal Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge

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This morning we will travel from Cambridge to Oxford. On the way we will stop at Olney to hear of the life of John Newton, the slave-trader turned preacher and writer of the hymn, Amazing Grace. Time permitting we will also visit the John Bunyan museum at Bedford. Bunyan was the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, one of the most widely read Christian books ever written. Check in to our Oxford hotel for a 2-night stay.

HOTEL: Holiday Inn, Oxford

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Oxford is a great city to see on foot, so today we will embark on a walking tour including the Bodleian Library, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Magdalen College. We will see the Martyrs Memorial commemorating the lives of English Reformers Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer and hear how their courage in death ensured the gospel message continued to spread throughout England. Dinner is not included tonight so that you can eat locally.

HOTEL: Holiday Inn, Oxford

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This morning we visit The Kilns, also known as C. S. Lewis House, on the outskirts of Headington Quarry (where Lewis is buried at Holy Trinity Church). This home is where the C. S. Lewis wrote all of his Narnia books and other classics. We will then visit Wycliffe Hall, a Church of England theological college and a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford. The college is named after John Wycliffe, an early translator of the Bible into English and known as the ‘Morning Star of the Reformation’. We will have a guest lecture from a faculty member at Wycliffe Hall on the continuing impact of the Reformation today. This afternoon we travel to London and check in to the hotel for a 3-night stay.

HOTEL: Tower Hotel, London

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Today we have full day of sightseeing planned to include visits to Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the John Wesley House and Chapel. The Chapel has been the Mother Church of Methodism since the 18th Century.

HOTEL: Tower Hotel, London

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Today London is yours to explore!

HOTEL: Tower Hotel, London

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Today we farewell the United Kingdom and fly to Munich, Germany.
On arrival we will do a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city before checking in to our hotel for a Bavarian dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.

HOTEL: Pullman Hotel, Munich

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Today we take a picturesque 90-minute drive through the Bavarian countryside to the village of Oberammergau. Spend some time in the town before the Passion Play commences at 2.30pm. There will be a break for dinner with the play concluding at 10.30pm.
Transfer to your hotel in the Oberammergau region and overnight.

HOTEL:  3 star hotel/4 star guesthouse, Oberammergau area

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Today we will visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig II followed by a 3 hour drive to Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture as well as its musical heritage including Mozart and setting for the ever popular ‘Sound of Music’. Tonight there will be an optional opportunity to attend a Mozart concert.

HOTEL: Parkhotel Brunauer, Salzburg

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This morning we will enjoy a walking tour of the city of Salzburg including visits to DOM, the Salzburg Cathedral & St Peters Abbey as well as Mozart’s birthplace. Have some free time and lunch (own expense).

HOTEL: Parkhotel Brunauer, Salzburg

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Have some free time in Salzburg before we depart for Munich airport or a drop off in Munich centre.
The Emirates flight departs Munich at 3.40pm arrives Dubai 11.45pm.

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The Emirates flights depart Dubai around 2am arriving back into Australia late on 21 May.

Included Meals: None

Highlights

Edinburgh Castle

Scottish Crown Jewels

Durham Cathedral

World Heritage site Fountains of Abbey

C. S. Lewis House

Salzburg Cathedral

Mozart’s birthplace

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Tour Only 7999.00 On application
Full tour including airfares from Australia 9699.00 On application

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