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C. S. Lewis Tour 



June 2018

C. S. Lewis Tour

to Ireland & England

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June 10 – 23, 2018

In June of 2018, Russ Head will lead an exciting and very special C.S. Lewis tour to Northern Ireland and England. The tour will trace the earthly life and spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis from his birth in Belfast, Northern Ireland to his death in Oxford, England. This tour will be a fascinating look into the places and the life experiences that led Lewis on a remarkable journey from atheist to agnostic to Christian believer.

We will begin our tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland and trace Lewis’s life journey from his youth in Northern Ireland and Malvern in England, where he went to boy’s school, to his mature years in the great and gorgeous University cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

As we trace the life of Lewis, this trip is meant to help challenge and define your own faith and spiritual journey. We stay in the heart of all the cities we visit, and there is ample opportunity for free time to do your own thing in many places along the way.

Please refer to the tentative itinerary for further details and feel free to call me on my cell at 706/656/8808 with any questions you may have about this trip.

Cost: $4875.00per person based on two in a room (single supplement $1250.00 for those without a roommate) includes round-trip air, hotel accommodations including taxes and breakfast daily, Transportation during the trip, touring and site entrances, and the services of full-time tour manager Russ Head.

                                                      Amount                Due Date

Deposit                         $475.00                Immediately

Balance                         $4400.00              February 1, 2018

Questions / Payments:

The Travel Connection
P.O. Box 1126
Thomaston, Ga. 30286
PH # 706/647/8747 – Office
PH # 706/656/8808 - Cell
FAX # 706/647/5631
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The following is a tentative itinerary for the 2018 C.S. Lewis trip. I am still fine tuning the details. This trip is meant to examine the fascinating life of C.S. Lewis and, in doing so, it may help challenge and define the faith of tour participants. It can also be a great trip for those who may have no interest in Lewis. We stay in the heart of all the cities we visit, and there is ample opportunity to opt out of what is scheduled and do your own thing in many places along the way. The coat of Northern Ireland, the English Countryside, and the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge are stunningly beautiful.

Please feel free to call me on my cell at 706/656/8808 with any questions you may have about this trip.

C.S. Lewis General Itinerary

Sunday,   June 10, 2018

Depart  USA

Delta Flight 176 Atlanta to Dublin  departs Atlanta at 8:07pm and arrives Dublin at 8:50am on Monday morning, June 11.

Monday,  June 11, 2018:            Belfast

Arrival Day: We will be met by a bus at the Dublin airport and transferred to Belfast arriving at our hotel around 12:00 noon.

Our hotel for the next three nights in Belfast will be the Europa Hotel

Europa Hotel                               Belfast  June 11,12,13,  2018

Great Victoria ST

Belfast, Ireland

PH # 011 44 (0) 28 9027 1066


Afternoon panoramic sightseeing tour of Belfast with time to visit the Titanic Museum or rest at the hotel.

Overnight in Belfast at the Europa Hotel

Tuesday,  June 12, 2018:                     Belfast  

In Belfast and Northern Ireland, we will explore the early years of the life of C.S. Lewis.  We will see how he evolved spiritually during this time, and see what things had the greatest impact on him in these early years.

We will spend our next three days with Lewis Author Sandy Smith who is a specialist on Lewis’s life in Northern Ireland.

We will meet our author and our bus at 9:00am.

Here are some of the sites we will see:

St Mark’s Dundela and Rectory where Lewis was baptized and where he attended church as a boy. His grandfather was the minister there.
We will see, but not enter, Dundela Villas & Little Lea, two places where Lewis lived and where he had experiences that were to play key roles in his evolving life. We will also pass the abandoned site of the home of Arthur Greeves who was a life-long friend of Lewis.

We will also visit Campbell College where Lewis briefly went to boy’s school and see the lamp post which may have inspired scenes in the Chronicles of Narnia.

Part of the afternoon will be spent visiting the “troubles” area of Belfast where we will learn about the past and current state of Protestant / Catholic affairs.

Overnight in Belfast at The Europa Hotel

Wednesday, June 13, 2018:   North of Belfast Sites / Antrim Coast

Today, we will take the great coastal drive from Belfast to Carrick-a- Rede-Rope Bridge, the Giant’s Causeway, and Dunluce Castle. This is one of the great drives in Northern Ireland.

The northern coast of  Northern Ireland was a place much visited and much beloved by Lewis. On this drive, we will make stops at three knock-your-socks-off sites: dramatic Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the spectacular Giants Causeway, and Dunluce Castle which many feel was the inspiration for Cair Parival in the Chronicles of Narnia

On our way home, we will also visit the dramatic and atmospheric Dark Hedges.

Return to Belfast arriving back around 6:00 pm.

Thursday,  June 14, 2018:

We will meet our bus with our baggage at 9:00am. We have to have our baggage as we will be taking the ferry tonight.

Today, we will visit the region of County Down, whose landscape C.S. Lewis loved.

In the morning, we will visit the village of Bangor where we will learn about Saint Columbanus and the other Irish Saints who helped re-Christianize Scotland, England, and the European continent after these areas had suffered so much under the devastating occupation of the barbarian hoards who had over-run and conquered the Roman Empire.

Lunch at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn

The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn is the quaint inn where C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman honeymooned and where they enjoyed many good times.

After lunch, we will take a scenic drive through Lewis’s beloved Mourne Mountains.

We will return to Belfast and have dinner before boarding the Stena Line Ferry for our overnight journey to England. We will depart Belfast at 10:30 pm and arrive in Liverpool on Thursday morning at 6:30 am. You will have sleeping quarters for the evening.

Friday, June 15, 2018:                Great Malvern, England

Upon arrival in Liverpool, we will be met at the docks by our motor coach and take a scenic drive to Malvern where we will spend the next two nights at the beautiful Abbey Hotel.

The Abbey Hotel                Great Malvern /  June 15,16, 2018

Abbey Road

Great Malvern, England  WR14 3ET

PH # 011 44 (0) 1684 892 332

Sales FAX # 011 44 (0)  1684 897 898



This afternoon is free to enjoy beautiful Malvern Priory which is right beside our hotel. Also you will have time to rest and enjoy the village of Malvern.

Saturday, June 16, 2018:                     Great Malvern, England

Today, we will meet our bus at 9:00am and visit Malvern College, a boarding school where Lewis attended when he was a young boy. Here, we will learn more about education in Lewis’s time and its effect on Lewis. This is a very interesting excursion.

In the afternoon, we will take a walk in the Malvern Hills where Lewis loved to walk.

Morning: Tour of Malvern School
Lunch at the Inn at British Camp Site
Afternoon: Walk in the lovely Malvern Hills to British Camp followed by free time in town

Overnight at the Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern, England

Sunday, June 17, 2018:               Oxford, England

Now we will move on to the gorgeous University cities of Oxford and Cambridge where we will explore the mature years of Lewis’s life and follow his spiritual journey from atheist to agnostic to believer. We will look at key episodes and intellectuals who played important parts in helping Lewis along the way.

This morning, we will meet our bus at a time to be determined and drive to Oxford where we will stay in the heart of this beautiful city and explore Lewis’s time here. Our hotel for the next three nights is the Eastgate Hotel which was a favorite of C.S. Lewis.

The Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel     Oxford /  June 17,18,19,  2018

73 High Street

Oxford, England OX1 4BE

PH # 011 44 (0) 1865 248 332

FAX # 011 44 (0) 1865 791 681




We hope to attend morning services at Holy Trinity Church at Headington Quarry where Lewis worshipped. We will also view his grave in the church’s graveyard.

This afternoon we will walk on the grounds of Magdalen College where Lewis had his rooms as well as take a walk on Addison’s Walk where Lewis and Tolkien had an important talk that played a key role in Lewis’s journey from agnostic to believer.  Lewis’s rooms at Magdalen College were where many of the Inkling’s meetings took place. On one of your nights here, it may be possible to attend evensong at Magdalen College.

Overnight at the Eastgate Hotel, Oxford, England
Monday, June 18, 2018:
             Oxford, England

Morning Inklings tour led by guides of the famed Blackwell’s Bookstore

This afternoon, you will be free to explore the many treasures of beautiful Oxford. Among those treasures are the Bodleian Library, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and Christchurch College.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Oxford England

Today, we meet our bus at 9:00am to visit Lewis sites around Oxford.  After lunch, we will visit Lewis’s home, the Kilns, where Lewis lived in his mature years. Tentatively, author Walter Hooper, who was Lewis’s personal secretary during the last year of his life, has, health permitting, agreed to meet with our group during our stay in Oxford. This was a wonderful experience for my last Lewis group, and I hope Walter’s health permits us to meet with him.

Free time in the evening

Overnight at the Eastgate Hotel, Oxford, England

Wednesday, June 20, 2018:                 Cambridge, England

Today, we will follow Lewis to the beautiful University town of Cambridge where Lewis spent his last teaching years. You will love Cambridge and the things we do here.

This morning, we will meet our bus at 9:00am and drive to Cambridge.

During our stay in Cambridge, you will have an opportunity to attend evensong at King’s College or Magdalen College.

This afternoon, we will take a guided tour which will explore the rich history of Christians and Christianity at Cambridge.

You will love your evenings in beautiful Cambridge.

Our next three nights in Cambridge will be at the Royal Cambridge Hotel.

The Royal Cambridge Hotel      Cambridge / June 20, 21, 22, 2018

Trumpington ST.

Cambridge, England CB2 1PY

PH # 011 44 (0) 844 855 9113

PH # 011 44 1223 351 631



Attn: Agnieszka Michalska / Reservations

PH # 011 44 (0) 1223 351 631

Thursday, June 21, 2018:           Cambridge, England

This morning, we will take a lovely countryside walk from Cambridge to Grantchester followed by tea and scones at The Old Orchard in Grantchester.


In the afternoon we will go punting along the river Cam in Cambridge and also have free time.

 Your evening is free in this wonderful town.

Overnight at the Royal Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge, England

Friday, June 22, 2018:                 Cambridge, England

Your morning is free to explore this beautiful and inspiring University town.

This afternoon, we will attend a fascinating talk at 2:00pm by Malcolm Guite, a Cambridge professor who, like Lewis, made the spiritual journey from atheist to agnostic, to believer. The talk will center on Lewis’s first lecture at Cambridge and it will be in the same lecture hall where that took place in 1955.

Overnight Royal Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Saturday, June 23, 2018:                     Fly Home

This morning, we will leave for the airport at about 10:30am.

Delta Flight  London Heathrow to Atlanta  departs  London at 3:25pm and arrives in Atlanta at 8:02 pm that night.



Belfast: Europa Hotel ( 3 Nights )

Ferry from Belfast to Liverpool ( 1 Night )
Malvern: Abbey Hotel ( 2 Nights )
Oxford: Eastgate Hotel ( 3 Nights )
Cambridge: Royal Cambridge Hotel ( 3 Nights )

This trip will leave on Sunday, June 10, 2018 and return on a Saturday, June 23, 2018 giving people Sunday to rest before returning to work on Monday.



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