Pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland •May 28-June 7, 2015
Look over the itinerary for the trip below or download the entire packet of information and registration here: Confluence 2015 Iona Information Packet.
Contact Susan Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Thursday, May 28 Depart from St. Louis
Check in at the St. Louis Airport and depart on the flights via the East Coast to Scotland. Dinner will be served on the transatlantic flight shortly after take-off. Spend the night on board the flight, en route to Scotland.
Friday, May 29 Arrive in Glasgow and travel to Oban
A light breakfast will be served prior to arrival in Glasgow, Scotland.
Claim your luggage and clear through Customs.
Board a private motor-coach and travel about three hours to Oban, on the West Coast of Scotland. Arrive at the hotel in Oban in the middle of the day and check in.
The remainder of the day will be at leisure in Oban, for independent lunch, visiting the town and enjoying the views over the water to Mull, and to relax and adjust to the time change.
Dinner for the group will be served at the hotel this evening.
Overnight at the Oban Bay Hotel or similar.
Saturday, May 30 Travel to Iona
Breakfast will be served for the group at the hotel, followed by check-out. Board your private motor-coach at the hotel and drive onto the ferry in Oban. Cruise about 45 minutes to Craignure, a town on the Island of Mull. The motor-coach will continue traveling about an hour across Mull to Fionnphort, where the driver will drop the group off for the ferry for Iona. Walk onto the ferry with your luggage for the short crossing to the Isle of Iona.
On arrival in Iona, walk to the hotel (the hotel will transport the luggage).
Check in at the St. Columba Hotel, overlooking the strait between Iona and Mull.
The hotel’s web site is: www.stcolumba-hotel.co.uk
Independent lunch on Iona; free time to settle in and start exploring.
Dinner and overnight at the St. Columba Hotel on Iona.
Sunday, May 31 – Friday, June 5 Isle of Iona
Breakfast is included daily at the hotel; the Continental Breakfast at the hotel will be supplemented with options for a cooked, hot breakfast.
Each morning the group will have the use of the Fireside Lounge at the hotel for an optional gathering for meditation and/or input regarding Celtic spirituality and its relationship to Iona. Other activities will be planned, such as a guided tour of the Iona Abbey and a walk to the far end of the island and back.
Lunch is on your own each day; there are several options available on the island other than the hotel’s dining room. You may also order a packed lunch from the hotel if you would like to walk and picnic on the island.
The afternoons will be free to pursue your own interests – walking, reading, drawing, writing, painting and so forth.
Each evening the group will have the use of one end of the Sun Lounge for an informal gathering before going into the dining room.
Dinner is included at the hotel each evening. The group dinner menu will be made up of a choice of three appetizers, three main courses and two desserts, and each person may choose one option from each course. The menu choices change daily and are taken from the hotel’s à la carte dinner menu.
Overnight at the St. Columba Hotel on Iona.
Saturday, June 6 Travel from Iona to Glasgow
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
Walk to the ferry pier on Iona (hotel will transport the luggage).
Walk onto the ferry with luggage and travel across to Fionnphort on Mull.
Board private motor-coach and retrace your steps across Mull; onto the ferry from Craignure to Oban and continue driving to Glasgow.
Independent lunch en route.
On arrival in Glasgow, check in at the hotel at the airport.
Dinner for the group will be served at the hotel.
Overnight at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport or similar.
Sunday, June 7 Fly from Glasgow to St. Louis
Breakfast is included at the hotel; check out
Walk a few minutes from the hotel to the airport terminal and check in for the flights from Glasgow via the East Coast back to St. Louis. A hot lunch and a snack will be served during the transatlantic flight. Arrive in St. Louis later in the day.
Estimated Tour Price: based on current tariffs for 2014 and the value of the US Dollar relative to the British Pound as of January 10, 2014. Please note that the definite Tour Price will be advised in the late summer/early autumn of 2014, once the hotel rates for 2015 have been established. We are anticipating a modest increase to the overall costs.
• If there are 15 persons in the group: $3,760.00 per person
(If paying by check the price is discounted to $3,625.00 per person)
• If there are 12 persons in the group: $3,840.00 per person
(If paying by check the price is discounted to $3,700.00 per person)
Download and read the entire packet of information including the registration forms here: Confluence 2015 Iona Information Packet.