Essentially, London is the city of the World. Historically, it plays an important role in our cultural past: we take our language, our love of literature, and much of our culture from the denizens of London. Figures like Shakespeare and Milton follow us throughout our scholastic lives. Modern London, however, contains what seems like a cross-section of the entire world within its borders. The combination of distinctly English culture and rapid globalization make London an exciting, thriving locale.
In London, our goal is to take our pilgrims “to the stories behind those great icons” that have made London famous. We’ll have a chance to take in these monumental scenes from history, painted on the backdrop of a surging metropolis. We can take the time to find God in the busiest moments, especially when seeing the lives of saints etched into the walls everywhere we look. Join us for pilgrimage or a missions trip to this famous city.
- Celebrate the hundreds of lives of those who sacrificed themselves for the faith at the Martyr's chapel.
- Worship at the stations of the cross, as envisioned by the artist Eric Gill at Westminster Cathedral.
- Spend a day experiencing the rhythms of Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity.
- Explore massive, historic landmarks like Big Ben, the London Bridge, and Westminster.
- Envision life in Early Modern England through a Shakespeare play at the Globe.
- Take in the sounds, smells, tastes and sights of a destinations that plays host to hundreds of different cultures.
- Feed and interact with the homeless.
- Fight urban decay through urban outreach alongside a variety of service organizations.
- Comfort the sick in a local hospital.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – Arrival
Your team has an early arrival and you are sure to be hungry. First stop: a proper English breakfast to fuel up for the day. We will settle into a quiet, typical neighborhood in North London and orient ourselves for the coming week. Our afternoon will bring us to Westminster Abbey, where our group will explore what it means to be a vessel of change in our world.
- Day 2 – City of The World
Today your group will be captivated by the historic sights and stories of some of London’s most famous buildings. We’ll spend the morning on a walking tour that includes Big Ben, Parliament, and Buckingham Palace; places that excite the imagination and leap to us from the pages of story books.
- Day 3 – Tower of London
This morning we will be crossing the River Thames via the London Bridge: two facets of London with a long and fascinating history. Our walk will bring us to the Tower of London. Originally erected by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, this massive fortress has been a keep, prison, monument and refuge for London royalty.
- Day 4 – Neighborhoods
Though we’ve seen some of the greatest monuments Western Europe can offer to its visitors, we’ll have no doubt noted London’s huge homeless population. Like any dense urban center, poverty and hopelessness plague its denizens. Mother Theresa had a heart for the poor in London and today we will spend some time serving them.
- Day 5 – Stonehenge
A great adventure begins this morning as we aim toward southern England. One place we cannot miss is the world-renowned Stonehenge. As we ponder the ancient mysteries of this monument we will ask ourselves about what monuments we want to leave behind to future generations.
- Day 6 – The Road to Canterbury
This morning we’ll head for Canterbury. We will start our journey at the church of St. Martin’s where the origin of Roman Christianity in the British Isles began. Heading down the road of history we come to the foundations of the original cathedral, St. Augustine.
- Day 7 – Hearts Set on Pilgrimage
What an amazing week in England. The Sabbath greets us today as we gather at Canterbury Cathedral for Eucharist. We will be visiting later in the afternoon for Evensong. The afternoon will be a free time for the team to explore Canterbury, do a bit of shopping and have lunch at their leisure. We will end our last night in England with a tasty celebration meal at a local pub.
- Day 8 – Departure
At your convenience, you will pack up and say goodbye to a fantastic week of exploration, service and encounter. What will you take home with you? The voyage is now in fact just beginning, and we pray that you carry fresh perspective and energy with you as you travel.
Legacy in London, England
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.