In the Footsteps of Pilgrims

Dr Emma Wells
A four-day tour from Windsor to Winchester, following the routes of pilgrims with visits to the Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham, the great cathedrals of Salisbury, Wells and Winchester, and Stonehenge, which stills holds an unbreakable pull for pilgrims today.
Dr Emma Wells

Tour Dates

08/04/2022 - 11/04/2022 Book

In the Footsteps of Pilgrims

Join our small group tour with Dr Emma Wells as we travel from Windsor to Winchester, exploring the routes of pilgrims along the way. 

In The Footsteps of Pilgrims visits sites that have attracted people in search of redemption and healing for centuries, uncovering the incredible, turbulent and inspiring stories behind such intense hope and belief across the ages.

Led by Dr Emma Wells, an expert in pilgrim routes across the UK, we start with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady in Caversham, to investigate the origins of a pilgrimage site that dates back to the Normans and the First Crusade. 

Our own pilgrimage sees us move hotels each night as we travel from Windsor to Winchester. We visit Salisbury, Wells and Winchester for guided tours of their incredible cathedrals, with Dr Wells revealing their pilgrim stories and showing you how to 'read' a church to make sense of the architecture and treasures within. 

And to cap our tour we visit Stonehenge, the millennia old creation that still draws thousands of pilgrims today.
 

The expert leading your tour

Dr Emma J. Wells is an historian of religious and architectural history, specialising in the medieval and early modern eras. Her expertise covers everything from pilgrimage and the saints, to parish churches and cathedrals. 

She is the author of many publications, including Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles, and Heaven On Earth: The Lives & Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals, to be published by Head of Zeus (2020/21). 

Emma writes often and reviews for newspapers and magazines, including BBC History, History Today, the Times Literary Supplement, History Revealed and BBC Countryfile and is a lively broadcaster and frequent acclaimed public speaker.
 

Highlights of this four-day history holiday

  • Follow the Royal Pilgrim's Route to Caversham and visit the Shrine of Our Lady
  • Guided tours of the cathedrals at Salisbury, Wells and Winchester
  • Guided tour of Stonehenge
Please note that due to COVID restrictions outside of our control, the places we visit on any tour may change. If this happens, we will replace with an appropriate alternative.
 

Tour prices

This three-night tour costs from £1,199 per person, based on two sharing if you are taking part in the tours, and from £999 if you are not taking part in the daily tours.

There is no single supplement for individuals staying in single rooms, and a small extra charge for individuals in twin or double rooms. 
 

Included in your holiday

  • Expert guide
  • Collection from Windsor's railway station
  • Luxury hotel accommodation in Salisbury, Bath and Winchester
  • Executive minibus travel to all sites, with space so you can always have a spare seat next to you
  • Entry to all sites
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
 

Available dates

This tour departs on 8 April 2022

Numbers are limited, reserve your place with a low 5% deposit and enjoy the full flexibility of our COVID guarantee. 

Accommodation

You'll be spending much of your time exploring sights and attractions with your tour expert, so when you return to your hotel we know how important it is to be somewhere you can relax and refresh in comfort.

As this tour travel from Windsor to Winchesterf, you'll be staying in a different hotel each night. We've chosen three luxury hotels in Salisbury, Bath and Winchester, and we'll transport your luggage between each location. You'll have everything you need for a comfortable night's sleep with rooms that are ensuite and facilities including a TV, radio and complimentary wifi.

Each day we'll provide meeting times for tours, meals and evening activities, leaving you with time to enjoy your hotel or explore locally.  
 

Your booking includes:

  • Ensuite room with tea & coffee facilities and wifi
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • There are extra charges for:
  • All food and drink outside of breakfast and dinner
 

Transfers during your tour

For transfers between all tour destinations we use large 17-22 seater executive minibuses so that the seat beside you can be empty.

Transfers will be a luxury experience and your minibus will have comfortable reclining seats with safety belts, a fully operational air-conditioning system, an on-board refrigerator and a fully functioning toilet maintained throughout your journey.

Our drivers are friendly, smart, professional and punctual so you are always in safe hands. 
 

Solo travellers welcome

Our tours are perfect for solo travellers who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of a subject, and prefer the choice of being as solitary or social as you like. Each tour is a journey of an independent mind – fellow travellers will be intelligent, well-read, knowledgeable and like-minded people, and a mutual interest in a particular topic can lead to life-long friendships.

Read more about our welcome for solo travellers here.
 

Options for non-touring partners

As with all our tours, we understand that you may be travelling with a partner who doesn't share your passion for the past, so we offer an alternative itinerary that allows them to skip the specialist tours and enjoy the destination we visit en route. 

As we are changing hotels each day, the partner itinerary for this tour is a little different. 

On day 1 we head from our starting point in Windsor to the Shrine of Our Lady in Caversham. The shrine is located by the River Thames, so while the group is learning about the history of this popular location for pilgrims, you are welcome to follow the stunning river walk along the Thames Path. 

We start the second day in the beautiful city of Salisbury, where you can explore the medieval streets, follow a fascinating trail, visit the Saturday Charter Market or enjoy the many stylish shops and restaurants. 

In the afternoon we head to Wells, another historic centre that is packed with fascinating attractions and an array of independent shops and cafes. 

We spend our third day at Glastonbury, where you'll have the option of joining the group for our expert led tour, or you can enjoy this fascinating, world famous site at your own pace. 

Later we head to move Winchester, where we spend our final morning in this beautiful cathedral city. There are bustling shopping streets and a lively art scene for you to discover before we head back to Windsor after lunch. 


This is the day-by-day itinerary for your tour:

Tour Dates

08/04/2022 - 11/04/2022 Book

Itinerary

Day 1

We meet at Windsor's Victorian railway station, where you board your executive coach and we head to Caversham, where we’ll follow part of the Royal Pilgrim’s route along the River Thames to The Shrine of Our Lady, a famous Medieval pilgrimage destination until its destruction in the Reformation.

Following our visit we head to Salisbury, our stop for the night. Over dinner, Dr Emma Wells will provide a fascinating introduction to medieval Pilgrimages.

Day 2

In the morning you'll join Emma for a guided visit to extraordinary Salisbury Cathedral, which has Britain’s tallest spire, best preserved copies of the Magna Carta and incredible architecture throughout, and where pilgrims came to pray at the shrine of its founding father, Bishop Osmund.

After lunch, we head to Wells where we find one of the ‘most beautiful’ and ‘most poetic’ of England’s cathedrals. For centuries pilgrims have been flocking to the tomb of William Bytton, who was Bishop here in the 13th century.

Overnight in Bath or Bradford upon Avon.

Day 3

We start with a short drive to Glastonbury, for a guided tour of this famous pilgrim’s destination that will take us through the morning and afternoon. The site was once a spectacular place of worship, and has become a place of pilgrimage for Druids and New Age devotees who find powerful energies at the site.

Later we drive to Winchester, where we'll stay overnight.

Day 4

For our final day, you’ll take a guided tour of Winchester Cathedral with Emma Wells. This is one of the most spectacular Medieval cathedrals in Europe and has its roots in the 7th century, when Britain’s pagan monarchs first turned to Christianity. The site has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries, with the sick flocking to the cathedral to cure their ills at the bones of Saint Swithun.

After lunch, we return to our starting point at Windsor for departures.