Study abroad in ROMANTIC ENGLAND
Join FHU students, alumni, and members of the FHU family on a two-week adventure to ROMANTIC ENGLAND, May 24 – June 8, 2024. The trip is led by experienced travelers and FHU staff members, Dr. John and Debbie McLaughlin. The trip includes time in London and Bath in England and, this year, adds a visit to Edinburgh, Scotland. The group also spends time hiking and walking in two of England’s favorite areas of great natural beauty – the Lake District and the Peak District. Participants will explore picturesque villages and magnificent estates, wander beautiful gardens, and enjoy afternoon tea together.
England Trip Details
The trip cost of $3,995 includes round-trip airfare, lodging expenses (double occupancy), breakfasts, ground transportation, travel insurance, and all activities in the trip’s itinerary. Space is limited, and an initial $1,500 deposit is required to secure a spot in the program. This deposit is refundable until December 15, 2023.
Current FHU students are required to have a GPA of 2.50 or higher to participate in this trip. Because of the active nature of this trip, all travelers must be able to walk considerable distances, over uneven or cobblestoned surfaces, and must be able to carry their own luggage, even up and down stairs.
For FHU students, the trip complements two courses offered at FHU in 2023-2024: Dr. McLaughlin’s Romantic Poetry and Prose, which will focus on the presentation of nature and landscape in British Romantic poetry and fiction, and Women Writers, taught by FHU professor Dr. Margaret Payne. Neither course is required to participate in the trip. Participants who are not current FHU students may choose to audit one of these courses to enhance their travel experience.
The itinerary include visits to historic sites associated with great English and Scottish writers, such as Jane Austen’s home in Chawton, Sir Walter Scott’s stately home in the Scottish countryside, and William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage nestled in the Lake District. It will also include admission to sites of general interest, such as Stonehenge.
- $1,500 deposit upon registration (refundable until December 15, 2023)
- $900 due January 15, 2024 (refundable until February 15, 2024)
- $900 due February 15, 2024 (refundable until March 15, 2024)
- $695 due March 15, 2024 (refundable until April 15, 2024)
England 2024 Itinerary
May 24 – Fly to London.
May 25 – Arrive in London: walking tour of famous London sites (Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace). Overnight in London.
May 26 – Worship with the Wembley Church of Christ. Tour John Keats House. Afternoon and evening free time; overnight in London.
May 27 – FREE DAY. Overnight in London.
May 28 – Travel by coach to Jane Austen country (village of Chawton). Tour Chawton House and Jane Austen House before continuing on by coach to Bath. Overnight in Bath.
May 29 – Bath: guided walking tour; free afternoon to visit Bath sites on your own (such as the Roman Baths, #1 Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, Jane Austen Centre). Overnight in Bath.
May 30 – Travel by coach to Stourhead Gardens and Stonehenge. Overnight in Bath.
May 31 – Travel by train to Sheffield then Hathersage in the Peak District for the optional Stanage Edge hike (rocky outcropping featured in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie with Keira Knightley). Overnight in Sheffield.
June 1 – Peak District: Travel by coach to the charming village of Bakewell for shopping and sampling Bakewell pudding and tarts. Visit Chatsworth House (stately home featured as Pemberley in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie). Overnight in Sheffield.
June 2 – Early morning worship service. Travel by train to Edinburgh, Scotland. Guided walking tour followed by afternoon tea; free evening. Overnight in Edinburgh.
June 3 – Travel by train to Abbottsford, Sir Walter Scott’s grand estate in the Scottish countryside. Return to Edinburgh for a free afternoon and evening (visit Edinburgh Castle, climb Arthur’s Seat, visit Scottish Writer’s Museum, etc.). Overnight in Edinburgh.
June 4 – Travel by train to England’s Lake District. Optional evening walk to Castlerigg stone circle. Overnight in Keswick.
June 5 – Lake District: Optional Cat Bells hike, ride the Keswick Launch, visit a surrounding village, or shop. Overnight in Keswick.
June 6 – Lake District: Travel to the village of Grasmere, learn about its famous gingerbread, and visit William Wordsworth’s home for a tour and seminar. Overnight in Keswick.
June 7 – Lake District: optional Buttermere walk (easy); train back to London. Overnight in London.
June 8 – Fly back to U.S.