The Knights Templar GRAND MASTER'S TOUR

UPDATED TO REFLECT

RESCHEDULED TRAVEL DATES

Grand Master Jeff Nelson, and his Lady Lisa, Invite you to join them on a tour of

England and Scotland

London and Scotland

May 15th - 24th, 2021

$3,150.00 Land Tour only*               NEW Tour Code: 221126

Registration Due Date EXTENDED to: February 1st, 2021

Register at: https://eatours.com

With an appropriate amount of caution and concern for the health and well-being of all involved, this tour has been rescheduled for the spring of 2021.  Although the reasons that have caused this delay in travel are unfortunate, there is a silver lining, and an added value to the rescheduled dates. Because of having to reschedule we are now able to include, as part of the tour, the opportunity to visit the annual meeting of the GREAT PRIORY of England and Wales, on May 19th in London!

Our tour itinerary has remand virtually the same and we will be visiting the same places as previously scheduled.  The one difference, due to our ability to attend the GREAT PRIORY meeting, is the starting and ending points of our trip will be reversed from the previous schedule.  We will now begin our travel adventure in London and will finish in Glasgow, Scotland.

As this tour is a *Land Only Tour, you will need to schedule your air travel to reflect the new dates and revised starting and finishing locations.

For anyone interested in this tour but had not registered with the previous dates it’s not too late!  We still have room to accept a few more travelers!  Just follow the registration process detailed in the web pages referenced below!

 We hope you will join us from anywhere in the USA as this is a Land Only offering.  This will allow you to travel from the airport of your choice, as well as plan for a potential extended stay (at your planning and expense) before or after the set tour dates. Specific Tour Conditions, how to apply for the tour, and  additional offering information can be found at the links below

 

SPACE ON YOUR TOUR IS LIMITED, SO DON’T DELAY! PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION AND $500 DEPOSIT BY January 15th, 2021! TO INSURE YOUR SPACE ON THIS TOUR!

Itinerary:

Dates for travel:
May 15th – May 24th, 2021

 

***NOTE*** Everyone is encouraged to make their own air travel arrangements so they arrive at London's Heathrow airport (LHR) early on the morning of May 16th, 2020.

 

LONDON

May 16th - 20th, 2021

Sunday, May 16 After you arrive in London prepare for a panorama City tour en-route to hotel. Points of interest that you may see include Buckingham Palace, British Museum, Big Ben and Parliament as well as other important famous London locations. Monday, May 17th We will visit temple Church, St. John's Gate and the Grand Lodge of England. This evening we celebrate the start of our adventure with a Gala Dinner at the Andaz Hotel. On the morning of Tuesday, May 18th we will depart London early for a day adventure to Stonehenge and the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral.  Wednesday, May 19th promises to be a once in a lifetime day as all Sir Knights are invited to attend the Great Priory of England's Annual Meeting.  Tour participants not attending the Great Priory will tour the Tower of London.

 

SCOTLAND

May 20th - May 24th, 2021

This morning, Thursday, May 20th, you will travel to Edinburgh where you will enjoy a guided tour including Edinburgh Castle. An exciting day awaits you, Friday May 21st, when you visit Rosslyn Chapel.  In the afternoon you will visit The Grand Lodge of Scotland where you will enjoy a museum tour. Saturday, May 22nd, we will leave Edinburgh and visit the Bannockburn Battlefield, and a distillery visit as we head to the west coast of Scotland.  Sunday, May 23rd Historic monuments from the Bronze Age and Stone Age,  as well as grave sites of the Knights Templar await you as we visit Kilmartin.  This evening you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Monday, May 24th our group will transfer to Glasgow airport to board your own flight you have arranged for your return to the States.

 

(TCA Travels reserves the right to tweak this Itinerary to accommodate special functions.)

Price:

The Land Only* tour price, if payments are made by cash or check, is $3,150.00; otherwise, if paying by credit card, the standard non- discounted price is $3,250.00. If you wish to use a credit card for your initial deposit, you will be allowed to pay the remaining payments by check and still receive the discounted tour price.

REMINDER: This tour package is offered as Land Only*.  Every participant is responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights to and from the U.K.

A $500.00 non-refundable initial deposit is required to reserve your space on this tour. All tour participants must submit an online application. Please go to “Student/Traveler Sign Up” on the home page at www.EAtours.com. Your tour number is 220126. A second payment of $1000.00, will be due no later than 30 days after your initial payment. Final payments are due no later than seventy (70) days before departure. A minimum number of paying participants may be required to operate the tour.

Tour price is based on twin occupancy and includes point to point transportation between cities while in the United Kingdom, all breakfasts, and 2 dinners, including a special Gala Farewell Dinner in London. Additionally, *Entrance fees and/or transportation marked with an asterisk as well as city tours in Edinburgh and London are included in the tour price (Bannockburn Battlefield, Glengoyne Distillery, Edinburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Rosslyn Lodge, the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Kilmartin Museum, Temple Church, The Grand of England, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, and the Tower of London).

Updated tour details (hotels, day by day itinerary, etc.) are scheduled to be released approximately four weeks prior to departure. Please note: Additional tour conditions apply and are listed in the Tour Conditions Section on the Online Application.

Additional items may be offered optionally, are subject to availability and are not included in the tour price. A guaranteed single room may be available for a supplemental charge of $869.00.

In the unlikely event that EA Tours cancels the tour and is unable to operate a substitute itinerary, the tour cost including the initial deposit is fully refundable.

 

Registration Deadlines and Tour’s Web Page information:

Registration for this tour is made through this web page:

https://eatours.com

Enter the Tour Code: 220126

Registration Deadlines:

Registration opens: 21 September 2019

Registration will close: February 1st, 2021

Final Payment due no later than: March 1st, 2021

Details and Fine Print:

The tour price includes the following:

  • Hotel accommodations for each night in a tourist, superior tourist or first class rated hotel based on 2 persons to a room.
  • Meals and beverages beyond those listed above are the responsibility of the individual traveler and each client should budget accordingly.
  • Sightseeing as indicated on the itinerary including visits and entrance fees.
  • Tour participants may request a guaranteed a single person room for a supplemental charge of $869.00. However, this request must be in writing and is subject to availability.
  • Mailing of promotional materials from our office.
  • EA Tours travel aids (i.e. security pouches, luggage tags, trip information packet, etc.)
  • INCLUDED are the estimated applicable governmental international airline ticket taxes and associated fees. Taxes and fees are charged by governmental agencies, are subject to change and is beyond the control of TCA and EA Tours.

The tour price is based on entrance fees, tariffs, (if applicable). If applicable, international currency exchange rates and governmental regulations are in effect at the time of pricing and may be subject to change. If exchange rates, entrance fees or other included items are higher when it is time to finalize the tour, any increases to operate the tour will either be reflected on the final invoice or will be billed on a separate invoice with an explanation. The tour conditions for TCA and EA Tours are listed on the official online tour application and serves as a contract between all tour participants and TCA and EA Tours. Please request and read the tour conditions carefully so that you understand all of the details.

Please note, unless stated otherwise in this Tour Offering Confirmation and if applicable, it is the responsibility of each tour participant to have a valid individual government approved form of identification or if traveling internationally, a valid passport and/or visa(s). Please note: Unless stated otherwise in this Tour Offering Confirmation, TCA and EA Tours DOES NOT arrange or secure visas for ANY tour participant. The arranging for and securing of ANY visa is the responsibility of the individual tour participant. Any costs associated with attaining ANY domestic or international travel identification documents are not included in the tour fees or price. Most countries require passports to be valid for at least three months after the tour ends.

Some countries even require validity for six months after the scheduled return.

All participants must understand that specific cut-off dates for itinerary design and modification, release of unused airline seats, supplier payments, as well as tour participant registration and other related items apply. Therefore, this tour offering is valid until January 15, 2020. Participant applications received after that date may be subject to an increase or denied because of availability.

FAQ & Travel Tips!

Spending Money:  Difficult to place a daily amount on that because everyone’s spending habits are different.  A good rule of thumb is $100.00/day.  That would allow for souvenirs, a pint (or two), and food.  However, the amount of daily spending money needed is completely up to the individual.

Travel Visa:  You do NOT need a travel visa, but everyone MUST have a current and valid PASSPORT that does not expire before November 1, 2021.

ATMs:  Check with your bank about making international withdraws from ATMs in Britain.  I have found this to be the easiest way to restock the pocket cash reserves while traveling through the UK.  Many Banks will waive ATMs fee, but I STRONGLY suggest you discuss with your local banker.

Food included as part of tour:  Please visit EA Tours web page they have set up just for our tour.  It will give you the complete itinerary.  Dinners that are included with the tour are listed on the day’s itinerary.

Breakfast:  Breakfast is provided each morning at the hotel.  Make sure you give yourself enough time to have some breakfast before our coach leaves for the day’s adventures!

Pounds in your pocket:  It is always a good idea to have some currency of your destination in your pocket before you start a journey.  Consider exchanging enough Dollars for Pounds Sterling to get you through the first few days of the trip.  You can always hit the ATMs once we get acclimated and our travel routine started in Scotland , but the first few days will be busy and it will make life easier if you have some Pounds Sterling in your pocket when you arrive.

Transportation while exploring on your own: Taxis are always available and are typically cleaner than what is found in the US.  If you are techies, I found it easy to travel by UBER in both Edinburgh and London. The Underground (aka the TUBE) in London is also a good choice if you choose to move around any distance in that city.  It is easy to purchase a pre-paid Oyster Card at any TUBE station, and any money left on your card at the end of your stay is easily refunded from machines in each TUBE station.

Comfortable walking shoes:  You should expect to do a bit of walking, so think about the shoes you will be wearing.  Plan to bring a comfortable pair of shoes that will stand the possibility of damp weather.

Personal Responsibility and Tour expectations: It is always fun to explore new places and to meet new people, but no one wants to be “that” person that caused the other 30+ people on the tour to be late or rushed.  Please be aware of all group functions and coach departure times.  Our Tour Guide will make sure to announce when and where to meet for each scheduled gathering and departure.

When will airline tickets be delivered:  I have spoken with the good people at EA Tours and they have informed me, that with group tickets, the airlines usually release them near to 30 days before the scheduled flight.  So, everyone should be on the lookout for tickets two to three weeks before we depart.

Proper Dress for Houses of Worship:  We will be visiting a number of beautiful Abbeys and Cathedrals.  These Houses of Worship are open to the public and we will share them with many other travellers. They do not expect you to wear your “Sunday best”. I am sure the clothes you have planned to wear as we travel around the UK will be acceptable.

Proper Dress for Great Priory of England: Dark Suits, ties, and shoes are a minimum expected dress. uniforms are NOT required, but those wishing to pack their uniform may do so. Swords, due to security reasons, should not be brought.

Are converters needed:  YES!  If you plan to take any electronic devise (phone, iPad, tablet, hairdryer, etc.) from here to Britain you WILL need an electrical converter!  Make sure the converter you purchase is made for the UK.  There are many offered on Amazon.com or in most places where luggage is sold.

Will there be hairdryers in the hotels:  I cannot guarantee that each place we stay will have a hairdryer in the room.  I’m sure some may, but am also as confident that some may not.  So, it is a good idea to pack a small hairdryer in your luggage if you require one each day.

Will we be required to pay for luggage:  No. Each person is allowed a standard suitcase (I believe up to 50 lbs.) and two carry on bags (One personal bag – purse, book bag – and another small travel bag.  MAY I SUGGEST, that the fewer bags you bring, the easier your trip will be for moving luggage.  I will be travelling with my suitcase (checked) and a shoulder bag (carry on).

Is Patrick Craddock a Freemason:  Yes.  I was Raised on 11 November 1988, in O.D. Smith Lodge No. 33, Oxford, MS.  I am a Past Master of Conlegium Ritus Austeri, Nashville, TN.  I have articles (either about me or written by me) in Northern Light Magazine, The Scottish Rite Journal, The California Freemason, and The Masonic Society Journal.  Although I reside in TN, I hold membership in Lodges in the Grand Lodges of California and Kansas.  I received my Order of the Temple degree in DePaynes Commandery, Franklin, TN.