ENGLAND SACRED SITES

From Avalon to Camelot

September 6 – 15, 2017

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Operated in conjunction with Gothic Image Tours

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A journey through the myths of time. Join us for a once in a lifetime experience as we travel back in time to the enchanted realms of Arthur, Merlin and Morgan le Fey. Experience the history, mystery and magic of the landscape and legends of ancient south-western Britain. Visit the sacred shrines of our ancestors whose spirit dwells in these natural sanctuaries.

Tour leader, Jamie George
Jamie is a co-director, with his partner Frances Howard-Gordon, of Gothic Image bookstore and publishing house in Glastonbury. In 1982 Jamie met the late Marion Zimmer Bradley  and  played a major part in the research which inspired her best- selling novel, The Mists of Avalon, which is set in Glastonbury. The tours sprang from a call in the early 1980s to offer small groups of pilgrims a way to explore and discover the spirit of the land by visiting the ancient sacred places of Britain and Ireland.

ITINERARY

Wed. Sept. 6, 2017 – London to Glastonbury
Rendezvous at London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4, Arrivals Building, ‘The Meeting Point’ – at NOON. Transfer to coach. Lunch at the Mayfly Inn, Wherwell, en route to Glastonbury.
Dinner and orientation.
Overnight: Glastonbury.

Thurs. Sept. 7, 2017 – Mystical tour of Glastonbury, the Ancient Isle of Avalon
We begin at Wearyall Hill where tradition recalls Joseph of Arimathea arrived with his 12 companions in AD37, bringing the Chalice of the Last Supper or the Holy Grail. Thence to the Chalice Well where we visit the beautiful gardens and drink of the healing waters of the well. Here is the legendary burial place of the Holy Grail. We climb the magnificent Tor hill on which is sculpted a three dimensional labyrinth or Cretan maze. From here we view the surrounding landscape from St Michael’s Tower on the tip of the Tor. After lunch we meet the Arthurian scholar Geoffrey Ashe, now over 90 years of age. His wife, Patricia, guides us through the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey – the ‘Holyest Earthe of England’.
Free time until dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Glastonbury.

Fri. Sept. 8, 2017 – Cadbury/Camelot
Today we visit the spectacular hill fort known as Cadbury/Camelot – the likely site of King Arthur’s citadel. Here we can see the enormous stone ramparts that surround the hill and walk the perimeter of the 21 hilltop acres that constitute the fort. This became an important defensive site over thousands of years. We learn of the history, myth and legends of the Arthurian period. After lunch we return to Glastonbury to visit the ancient Druid oaks of Avalon – Gog and Magog – that were reputed to be part of a processional path leading to the Tor. Free time until dinner when we can shop, have a massage, Tarot or astrological reading, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Aura Soma or revisit a Glastonbury site for quiet contemplation.
Overnight: Glastonbury.

Sat. Sept. 9, 2017 – Tintagel
Today we travel to North Cornwall, to the legendary birthplace of King Arthur – Tintagel. En route we visit the holy well and chapel of the Celtic St Clether, set in a beautiful valley with a bubbling stream and rocky outcrops. A place of rare peace and sanctity.
After lunch, we explore the ruins of Tintagel Castle, set on an island peninsula amid the rugged Cornish coastline. We descend to the awesome Merlin’s Cave, said to be haunted by the spirit of the great sage. We visit the fogou (iron-age underground ceremo- nial cave) and the King’s Inauguration Footprint, set in stone at the highest point of the island.
Overnight: Camelot Castle Hotel, Tintagel.

Sun. Sept. 10, 2017 – St Nectan’s Kieve and Boscastle
Today we visit the nearby enchanted fairy glen of St Nectan with its wonderful waterfall, kieve (initiation bowl), saint’s hermitage and chapel. Here is a precious nature site of outstanding beauty. Legend recalls that King Arthur and his knights found refreshment here. We take lunch in the lovely little fishing village of Boscastle, where we have time to explore its many interesting features. Later in the day, we visit Rocky Valley where, in a disused mill, we find two bronze age stone carvings of the Cretan labyrinth or maze. Overnight: Camelot Castle Hotel, Tintagel.

Mon. Sept. 11, 2017 – Tintagel to Penzance
Onwards through the Cornish countryside to Penzance – the last city in England. On the way to our hotel we view the impressive St Michael’s Mount across from Mount’s Bay, where we take in the sea air and relax by the shore.
Overnight: Penzance.

Tues. Sept. 12, 2017 –  West Penwith – the Land’s End
Today we visit the stone circles, wayside shrines and holy wells of the little district of West Penwith. First, the evocative stone circle of Boscowen-un (‘house of the elder tree’), secluded amongst bracken, with a central leaning pillar stone and an  enigmatic quartz stone in the south-west of the circle. Then the Merry Maidens stone circle, named as legend recalls after a group of girls caught dancing on the Sabbath by the Devil, who turned them to stone. Nearby are two monoliths known as the Pipers, who met the same fate. We visit the lovely valley of Lamorna, where we take lunch at the Lamorna Wink Inn. In the afternoon we visit the holy wells of Madron with its Celtic chapel and Sancreed, where stands a church with ancient crosses. You may wish to bring a rag or ribbon to hang as an offering to the spirit of these sacred wells.
Overnight: Penzance area.

Wed. Sept. 13, 2017 – Penzance to Marlborough
We journey northeast across the great Bodmin Moor, stopping for a break at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne Du Maurier. We have lunch at a unique 12th century hostelry on the edge of Dartmoor. This inn has been built within what remains of a stone circle! We travel upcountry to the pretty market town of Marlborough.
Overnight: Marlborough.

Thurs. Sept. 14, 2017 – In Marlborough – Stonehenge
We rise early and journey to the great temple of Stonehenge. You may wish to bring along a personal item that can be blessed within the temple. After a short break for breakfast, we visit the World Her- itage Site and sacred landscape of Avebury. The henge, the largest stone circle in the world, has an imposing bank and ditch, and inner stone circles. We visit the largest burial mound in Europe – West Kennet long barrow – and the largest artificial structure in Europe – the enigmatic Silbury Hill. At these sites, we are joined by Steve Marshall, whose book, Exploring Avebury, reveals, for the first time, the importance of water, light and sound in these ancient sites. The afternoon is free to rest, stroll round the town of Marlborough and prepare for our farewell dinner.
Overnight in Marlborough.

Fri. Sept. 15, 2017 – Tour Ends
After breakfast, we depart for London Heathrow Airport for international, domestic flights and transfers. We arrive by 10am in time for flight departures from 1pm onwards.

Price includes:

  • Excellent quality accommodation. All rooms have private facilities.
  • Coach travel
  • Full English breakfasts each day
  • Dinners each day
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide fees, taxes and gratuities (excl. driver) .

Not included:

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for the coach driver
  • Lunches
  • Services not specified

The Approach
sacred sites england tourWe always spend a good amount of time at each site so that you benefit fully from the ambience and subtle magic of the experience. Ours are not ‘now you see it – now you don’t’ tours. Our focus is on experiencing the ‘spirit of place’ and the peculiar enchantment that each site offers, and learning something from it. We visit inspiring locations where the ancient spirits of each place still reside. In addition, some of you will be returning to the homes of your ancestors. This can raise spiritual and emotional issues. On our tours we seek to build a supportive atmosphere, and your fellow travellers tend to be of a supportive and understanding disposition. At different sites that we visit, you will be given opportunity for reflection and peace. This inner dimension is what makes our tours especially memorable – a pilgrimage and nourishment for the soul. The pace is not rushed. There are some areas where we climb steps or hills, but otherwise each site is easily accessible and within walking distance from the coach. Nevertheless, you will get some physical exercise! We reserve the right to vary the itinerary as necessary, to provide the best possible experience under the circumstances prevailing at the time.

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PRICE PER PERSON (Land Only)

Double Occupancy: $2,999 by check or money order or $3,149 by credit card
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INITIAL DEPOSITS

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FINAL PAYMENT – Due on or before July 16, 2017

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