The Knights Templar GRAND MASTER'S TOUR
Grand Master Jeff Nelson, and his Lady Lisa, Invite you to join them on a tour of
England and Scotland
Edinburgh and London
July 18-27, 2020
$3,150.00 Land Tour only* Tour Code: 220126
Registration Due Date: January 15th, 2020
Register at: https://eatours.com
On July 19th, we will all meet at the Edinburgh Airport to begin our United Kingdom adventure, traveling through iconic, historic, and stunningly beautiful natural landscapes! Fantastic excursions, cultural encounters, preserved historical sites, delicious food and wonderful shopping make this trip exciting and rewarding. Bring these memories home with you as the tour concludes on July 27th.
If you have any questions regarding your proposed tour, please do not hesitate to contact Brother Patrick Craddock, directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited about this opportunity and hope to be given this chance to work closely with you and other interested Brothers!
I have had a few questions regarding the trip and will attempt to address each of them at the bottom of this page. I have also added a few travel suggestions to make life easier.
SPACE ON YOUR TOUR IS LIMITED, SO DON’T DELAY! PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION AND $500 DEPOSIT BY JANUARY 15th, 2019 TO INSURE YOUR SPACE ON THIS TOUR!
***NOTE*** Everyone is encouraged to make their own air travel arrangements so they arrive at the Edinburgh Airport (EDI) early on the morning of July 19th, 2020.
On July 19th, you will enjoy a visit to Bannockburn Battlefield* and Glengoyne Distillary*, before check-in at your Edinburgh hotel. Edinburgh, the capitol of Scotland, has a violent and romantic history. This city ranges from medieval Old Town to Georgian New Town, giving the city a unique architectural character. A Guided City Tour* including Edinburgh Castle* is your focus on July 20th. On July 21st you will visit Rosslyn Lodge*, Rosslyn Chapel*, and The Grand Lodge of Scotland*. The Rosslyn Chapel, built by Sir William St. Clair, was to be the world’s High Temple of Masonry. The St. Clairs have been Grand Master Masons since Sir Williams time. On July 22nd, you travel outside of Edinburgh to Kilmartin, a fascinating area in Scotland that holds 800 historic monuments, many of which appear to be the grave sites of Knights Templar who found refuge following their persecution. The Kilmartin Museum* provides preparation for exploring the Stone Age and Bronze Age relics in the area. On July 23rd, you will board your train to London.
Upon your arrival in London on July 23rd, you will be met and proceed on your Guided City Tour*, before arriving at your hotel. Some points of interest you may see include Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament and the British Museum. Temple Church*, St. John's Gate*, and The Grand Lodge of England* will be your points of interest on July 24th. A full day excursion outside London to Stonehenge* and Salisbury* including Salisbury Cathedral* is planned for July 25th. Stonehenge is a prehistoric stone circle monument, cemetery, and archaeological site constructed between 3000–1500 BCE. The Salisbury Cathedral holds one of the four remaining manuscripts of the Magna Carta. On July 26th, you will visit The Tower of London* where you will take a Beefeater tour and see the Crown Jewels. In the evening you will enjoy a wonderful Gala farewell dinner* before returning to your hotel. On July 27th, one bus transfer will be provided to Heathrow Airport where you can board your personally arranged flight home.
(TCA Travels reserves the right to tweak this Itinerary to accommodate special functions.)
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:
Enter the Tour Code: 220126
Registration opens: 21 September 2019
Registration will close: 15 January 2020
Final Payment due no later than: 1 June 2020
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 February 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.
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 placed 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.