Friday, June 25, 2010

Cornelia Connelly England & Ireland Tour 2010 - Itinerary Update

DAY 1 Friday, June 25
Overnight non-stop flight to London with American Airlines
Your flight leaves at 7:50 pm, please make sure you arrive at the LAX airport at least two hours in advance for check-in.

DAY 2 Saturday, June 26
Welcome to the British Isles
You arrive at 2:15 pm in London-Heathrow, then meet your Incantato Tour Managers Lizette Spencer and Liane Sassen and embark on a panoramic bus tour of London‘s highlights. Enjoy some free time in the city center followed by a welcome-dinner. Overnight stay at the Hotel Hilton Croydon.

DAY 3 Sunday, June 27
London in-Depth - High Mass
See the Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the British Museum, the Tower of London with Crown Jewels and many more sights, then continue to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Farm Street where the Connelly HS ensembles are the featured guest choirs for High Mass at 6:15 pm.

DAY 4 Monday, June 28
In Cornelia Connelly’s Footsteps - Mayfield School Visit & Highlight Concert
Travel back in time as your group visits St. Leonards-Mayfield School, after a lunch stop in the lovely town of Turnbridge Wells. The school is located in the beautiful countryside about an hour outside of London. The Old Palace at Mayfield dates from 1325 and was donated to the Society of the Holy Child and turned into a girls boarding school. Meet with staff and students prior to a special concert in the beautiful medieval chapel (8:00 pm) where Cornelia Connelly was laid to rest. After the concert all guests are hosted to an informal drinks reception. The students and chaperones stay at the school, all other travelers are guests of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Hotel.

DAY 5 Tuesday, June 29
Cambridge Excursion & Concert
A university town since 1209, Cambridge offers a lot to see from the Kings‘ College Chapel to the Margaret Beaufort Institute, a Roman Catholic House of Studies for women specializing in theology, spirituality and leadership for lay ministry. The Connelly HS ensembles will present a lunchtime concert at Great St. Mary’s Church. A special treat will be a „Punt“ (river cruise in traditional boaters).

DAY 6 Wednesday, June 30
Scenic Countryside - Stratford & Candle-lit Castle Concert
Continue to Stratford-upon-Avon which dates back to at least the Roman Times but its appearance today is of a small Tudor market town. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, then continue your journey to Warwick Castle for a tour followed by a candle-lit concert in the Great Hall at 7:30 pm. Overnight stay at the Hilton Warwick.

DAY 7 Thursday, July 1
Excursion to Edgbaston
Embark on a full day excursion to nearby Edgbaston for a visit of the Prior School - opened in 1936 by the Sisters of the Holy Child. The Connelly HS Ensembles are invited to participate in today's Arts Day and present a special highlight concert (3:00 pm) to the students, staff and special guests. Afterwards you'll enjoy some time at leisure - maybe for a little recreation at the hotel pool!

DAY 8 Friday, July 2
Dublin Flight and Sightseeing
Depart Birmingham on an early morning flight at 8:10 am to Ireland. After arrival in Dublin, explore some of the many highlights with your Irish guide Barbara Hunter. Overnight stay at the Bewley’s Hotel.

DAY 9 Saturday, July 3
St. Patrick's Cathedral & Trinity College
Guided sightseeing tour of Dublin’s highlights ending at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for a lunchtime concert. Furthermore see the famous Book of Kells, an 8th century illuminated manuscript located inside the Trinity College.

DAY 10 Sunday, July 4
Dublin at leisure & High Mass
Sleep in prior to the group's participation at High Mass at St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral in the heart of Dublin (11 am). Afterwards join the Family Fun & Fitness Day with a 4th July American Theme at the Farmleigh House & Estate.

DAY 11 Monday, July 5
Dublin at leisure - Farewell
Enjoy exploring the Irish Capital city at your own pace under the guidance of your tour managers. In the evening, gather for a fun farewell dinner at The Church restaurant.

DAY 12 Tuesday, July 6
Return to the US
Depart Dublin airport via Chicago to LAX at 10:35 am.

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