Past Tours


Castles, Cathedrals, and Country Houses (with Gardens) of England and Scotland

September 26 – October 8, 2018

A tour up the east coast of the United Kingdom, from Canterbury to the Scottish Highlands, exploring aspects of the culture and history of England and Scotland through the intersection of politics, religion, and social class, with an emphasis on the introduction of Christianity to this part of the world.


C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Friends: A Lightly Literary Tour of Ireland and England

May 25 – June 4, 2017

A tour of the United Kingdom of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings—that famous gathering of Christian writers who are among the most influential authors of our time.


20th Century France: Artist, Writers and War

June 21 – July 1, 2016

An exploration of the modernist writers and artists of early 20th-century Paris, along with the two world wars that bracketed the period.


A Lightly Literary New England Leaf Tour

October 10-19, 2014

A 10 day tour of New England with an emphasis on great American Writers (Dickinson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville) and great fall colors.


Following the Saints: A Celtic Christianity Tour

September 7-21, 2013

A two-week tour of Celtic Christian sites in Ireland, Scotland, and northern England. Begins in Dublin and ends in Edinburgh. This tour was repeated in October of 2015.


England Term Reunion Tour

June 14-27, 2012

For those who have participated in any Bethel University England Term semester or Interim “Travel Writing” course since 1979. A thirteen-day tour (with a departure point at 11 days) that will include some of the familiar places from past tours, plus something new.


C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Inklings Tour

September 5-12, 2012

A seven-day tour of Oxford, the Cotswolds, Stratford, and Wales, with an emphasis on the lives and works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.