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Day 1: Thursday 5th July: Depart O’Hare to London, UA non-stop
Day 2: Friday 6th July: Welcome to the UK. Transfer to Ashford via Chartwell, family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill. Continue to Ashford and check into your hotel. Welcome dinner (included). Overnight ASHFORD INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
Day 3: Saturday 7th July: Morning visit to White Cliffs of Dover or Dover Castle; to Canterbury for 3:15 service sung by the cathedral choir and processional commemorating the Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket; 4:00 recital in Canterbury Cathedral; dinner (on own) in Canterbury. Overnight ASHFORD INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
Day 4: Sunday, 8th July: Visit Leeds Castle, “The Loveliest Castle in the World.” 3:00 concert in All Saints’ Church, Maidstone. Dinner (on own) in Folkestone. Overnight ASHFORD INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
Day 5: Monday 9th July: Transfer to Cambridge for a walking tour, brief singing in Kings’ College Chapel, lunch in Cambridge (on own); concert in St. John’s College Chapel; Dinner (on own) in Cambridge. Overnight TBA
Day 6: Tuesday 10th July: Morning transfer to Ely. 1:10 recital at Ely Cathedral. Continue to Norwich; visit Norwich Cathedral with its falcon family; sing 5:30 Evensong in Norwich Cathedral. Return to Cambridge for dinner (on own). Overnight TBA
Day 7: Wednesday 11th July: Transfer to Lincoln; free time in Lincoln with visit to Lincoln Castle; 5:30 sing Evensong followed by 7:30 Concert in Lincoln Cathedral. Overnight THE LINCOLN HOTEL
Day 8: Thursday 12th July: free day in Lincoln; 3:00 transfer to Peterborough with dinner (on own); 7:30 concert in Peterborough Cathedral. Overnight THE LINCOLN HOTEL
Day 9: Friday 13th July: Transfer to Newcastle via York for lunch (on own) and visit to Minster and historic town. Continue to Newcastle. Overnight CROWNE PLAZA STEPHENSON QUARTER
Day 10: Saturday 14th July: Three options: 1) day trip to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) and Alnwick Castle 2) day trip to Sunderland to view 80 international tall ships and to Durham to view the historic cathedral, or 3) free day in Newcastle. 7:30 concert in Newcastle Cathedral. Farewell dinner (included). Overnight CROWNE PLAZA STEPHENSON QUARTER
Day 11: Sunday 15th July – Return to O’Hare or continue for non-performing Edinburgh extension.
Concerts: Canterbury, Maidstone, St. John’s Cambridge, Ely, Norwich, Lincoln, Peterborough, Newcastle
Optional post-tour extension
Day 11: Sunday 15th July – Transfer from Newcastle to Edinburgh via Alnwick Castle and Lindisfarne (Holy Island). Check-in at PREMIER INN ROYAL MILE for 5 nights
Day 12: Monday 16th July – Edinburgh City Tour with visit to Edinburgh Castle.
Day 13: Tuesday 17th July – St. Andrew’s day trip including St. Andrew’s Castle. Also visit Glamis Castle, childhood home of the Queen Mother.
Day 14: Wednesday 18th July – Visits to Palace of Holyrood, Royal Yacht Britannia. Free time in Edinburgh.
Day 15: Thursday 19th July – Day trip to visit Stirling Castle and view the Wallace Monument.
Day 16: Friday 20th July – Return from Edinburgh to O’Hare, UA non-stop
A History of CMS European tours
1993: Germany and Austria: Munich, Neuschwanstein, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Oberammergau
1996: England: Salisbury, Worchester, Bristol, Wells, Bath, Cardiff, Cotswolds (Stow on the Wold et al.), Oxford, Coventry, Ely, Canterbury, Dover, London
1998: Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary: Prague, Kutna Hora, Tabor, Česke Budjovice, St. Florian, Vienna, Esztergom, Szentendre, Budapest
2000: France, Switzerland, Austria: Paris, Chartres, Reims, Strasbourg, Zurich, Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck
2002: Italy: Rome, Orvieto, Siena, Florence (Montecatini), Pisa, Padua, Venice, Stroppari, Bergamo, Milan
2004: Czech Republic, Germany: Prague, Terezin, Dresden, Leipzig, Wittenberg, Berlin, Potsdam
2006: Poland: Warsaw, Poznan, Gniezno, Wrocław, Auschwitz/Birkenau, Krakow, Zakopane
2008: Provence: Arles, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Gordes, Senanque Abbey, Roussillon, Uzès, Les Baux, St-Remy, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence
2010: Germany: Heidelberg, Rüdesheim, Würzburg, Nürnberg, Bamberg, Rothenburg, Wieskirche, Neuschwanstein, Munich
2012: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia: Vilnius, Trakai, Rundale Palace, Riga, Pärnu, Tallinn, Narva, St. Petersburg
2014: Austria, Slovenia: Salzburg, Burg Hochosterwitz Lake Bled, Poreč, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Ptuj, Maribor
2016: Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Germany: Amsterdam, Delft, Haarlem, Maastricht,Trier, Metz, Aachen, Köln