The Protestant Reformation in the British Isles tells the story of Christians who navigated a changing world by pursuing faithfulness to God’s Word. Join us as we explore God’s work in the Scottish and English Reformation on our 8-day study tour across Edinburgh, London, and Cambridge. We’ll explore the abbey where the Westminster Confession of Faith was penned, enter the royal courts of the infamous King Henry VIII, and visit sites where cherished Puritan pastors and hymn writers served the church in a time of transition. With Drs. Sinclair Ferguson, Stephen Nichols, and Michael Reeves, we’ll delve into the theological heritage of past generations to help us face our own changing times with a faithful dependence on the Lord.

Itinerary

Friday, September 1

Arrival in Edinburgh


Once you arrive in Edinburgh, we’ll be greeted and transported by private vehicles to our official hotel. There, we’ll receive the day-one newsletter at the Sovereign guest reception desk, identifying the day’s events. We will then enjoy a welcome dinner together and our first message from one of our teachers.

Hotel: 4-Star Accommodations

Meals: Dinner

Saturday, September 2

Edinburgh


After a quick breakfast this morning, we will visit the historic Edinburgh Castle. Some sections of this ancient castle date back to the eleventh century. Within the castle grounds is the Stone of Scone, the famous stone recently returned to Scotland, as well as the Scottish crown jewels. We will then head to St. Giles’ Cathedral, where the Reformer John Knox preached powerful sermons. After lunch on our own, we will see where the great Scottish Covenanters were held, persecuted, and executed and where the Greyfriars Monument stands today. We will have free time and a night on our own to explore Edinburgh.

Hotel: 4-Star Accommodations

Meals: Breakfast

Sunday, September 3

Edinburgh


After breakfast and morning worship service, we will take a journey to St. Andrews, where the city juts out into the North Sea. The town of St. Andrews is known throughout the world as the home of golf. We will then visit the ruins of the local cathedral, view the Martyrs Monument for those persecuted during the Scottish Reformation, and stop by San Salvator’s Chapel, where Patrick Hamilton was burned at the stake for his devotion to the gospel revealed in Scripture and recovered by the Reformers. We will conclude this spectacular day back at our St. Andrews hotel back at our Edinburgh hotel with dinner and a message from one of our teachers.

Hotel: 4-Star Accommodations

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Monday, September 4

Edinburgh to London


Leaving Edinburgh after breakfast and a message from one of our teachers, we will ride a high-speed rail through the countryside, bidding farewell to the hilly fields and streams of Scotland. After we arrive in London, we’ll check in to our historic hotel.

Hotel: 4-Star Accommodations

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Tuesday, September 5

London


After breakfast and a message from one of our teachers, we’ll enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Westminster Abbey, the site where the Westminster Confession of Faith was carefully drafted. This is also the burial site of many of the world’s most famous people, including many of the early kings and queens of England.

After lunch on our own, we will visit Smithfield, where clergyman and Bible translator John Rogers became the first martyr under the Roman Catholic Queen Mary I, known as “Bloody Mary.” We’ll then head to Bunhill Fields Cemetery, considered the “cemetery of Puritan England.” Walking through the cemetery, you will see the graves of John Bunyan (author of The Pilgrim’s Progress), Isaac Watts (noted hymn writer), Daniel Defoe, (author of Robinson Crusoe), Susannah Wesley (mother of John and Charles), as well as members of the Cromwell family. We will conclude this day back at our London hotel with dinner and a message from one of our teachers.

Hotel: 4-Star Accommodations

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Wednesday, September 6

London


After a quick breakfast this morning, we will head to the city where the gospel of the Reformation was first preached in England: Cambridge. Entering this university city, we’ll tour King’s College Chapel, one of England’s architectural gems. The chapel houses Rubens’ masterpiece, The Adoration of the Magi. We will explore the city’s historic districts and visit the site of the White Horse Inn, where early English Reformers discussed Protestant theology and the writings of Martin Luther. We’ll enjoy dinner on our own this evening as we return to the beautiful city of London.

Hotel: 4-Star Accommodations

Meals: Breakfast

Thursday, September 7

London


After a buffet breakfast and a message from one of our teachers, we will travel to the historic Hampton Court, residence of the notorious King Henry VIII, as well as the location where the decision was made to begin translational work on what would eventually become the King James Version of the Bible. We will enjoy a tour of the estates before heading back to London for our farewell dinner and a final message.

Hotel: 4-Star Accommodations

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Friday, September 8

London


After a good night’s rest, we will assist all of our guests with transfers to our flights out of London. All guests are welcome to stay for Ligonier’s 2023 London Conference.*

Meals: Breakfast

 

* All attendees will receive complimentary admission for Ligonier’s 2023 London Conference, Pilgrims and Exiles. This conference will take place on September 8–9, immediately preceding this study tour. Attendance is optional, but we hope you’ll extend your time with us. Learn more about this conference.

Speakers

Sinclair Ferguson

Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and he has written many books, including Maturity.

Stephen Nichols

Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He is author of many books, including Beyond the 95 Theses, A Time for Confidence, and R.C. Sproul: A Life.

Michael Reeves

Dr. Michael Reeves is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in the United Kingdom. He is also director of the European Theologians Network. He is author of several books, including Rejoicing in Christ, Rejoice and Tremble, and Delighting in the Trinity.

Pricing & Travel Information


  • Early Bird Price (Expires 12/01/2022 ) Standard Price
  • Double Occupancy Early Bird Price: $5,718.00 Price: $6,079.00
  • Single Occupancy Early Bird Price: $7,683.00 Price: $8,043.00

About Ligonier Tours

One of the best ways you can learn about a person or even an event is being there—to be on site. We can certainly learn from reading and studying. We can even create the scene in our mind’s eye. But nothing brings a person or an event to life like being there. Ligonier Tours takes you to the places where significant events occurred, events that have shaped history. You can literally walk in the footsteps of our heroes of the past, of Luther, of Calvin, of Jonathan Edwards. You will meet these figures in ways you have never met them before.

Ligonier’s Teaching Fellows and other ministry leaders serve as your guides as you explore these important sites. On these tours, you’ll have time with these trusted teachers over a meal or at the sites along the journey. You will also have rich times of fellowship with your fellow travelers, meeting kindred spirits and making friendships.

Ligonier Tours brings the past to life, they serve to encourage us as disciples in our own day, and they offer us reminders that we are not alone, but that we are on our pilgrim journey together.

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