Canterbury Cathedral in England
Magdalen College in England

This year’s Alumni and Friends of FPU Tour is heading to England to visit the places where C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and other Christian authors lived, imagined and wrote.  

Tour Hosts

Steve Varvis, Ph.D., and his wife Teri have been around FPU for many years. Steve has taught and served in administration for more than 30 years, and is currently professor of history.

For more information on Steve, last year's tour, and some thoughts on the upcoming trip, read Steve’s blog, Educated State.

Itinerary and Registration

The tour runs from June 14 to June 26, 2018. Full details for the tour including itinerary and activities, hotels, price, and registration can be found at Reformation Tours/RSV18.  

Tour sites

  • Oxford, home of Lewis, Tolkien and the Inklings. Also visit Churchill's Blenheim Palace, the Bodleian Library and monuments to leaders of the English Reformation. 
  • Salisbury, Bath and Winchester provide a wonderful mix of writers—Jane Austen and George Herbert—as well as Roman Baths, medieval cathedrals and more modern monuments. 
  • London, home to Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and haunts of figures as diverse as Bunyan and Chesterton. Don’t forget the Globe theater and Southwark, where Chaucer’s pilgrims set off for Canterbury. 

There will be lots of chances to enjoy the sites, cities, marketplaces, and country sides of England, learn something (no tests…), and expand our understanding and appreciation of how our faith and world has been shaped by these writers. We will have a time of fun, fellowship and experience of people, places and events.

Here’s what participants of the 2017 500th Anniversary Reformation Tour had to say:

“I reflect on the faith of the reformers and how they did not waver even in the threat of persecution. I have been able to share in Sunday School, book club and in conversations with friends and church family what I experienced.” – Janet Harader, Golden Grad (BA '67)

“While the trip was Reformation-focused, we still enjoyed covering a wide range of interests including the Bach house, Corrie ten Boom’s home, the trials of East Berlin vs West, the concentration camp and the beautiful countryside through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland.” – Terry McCord

“This was a great way to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. The tour guides were knowledgeable and personable, meeting all of our needs.” – Dick and Pam Denton

Registration and Deadlines

Please sign up below to receive more information, or go to Reformation Tours/RSV18 for full tour details and registration.

Request Information

Or contact Steve directly at steve.varvis@fresno.edu or 559-453-7155