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Program #19320RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 17 — Jun 26, 2013

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Day One: Monday, June 17 -
In Transit: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.

Contact info:
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbvander

Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, June 18 -
Arrive To: London. Transfers to the hotel POP participants may take part in transfers by completing the Participant Information Form.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel for those arriving in time.

Afternoon: At leisure. A welcome meeting at 5:00pm with your course director Kevin Flude preceeds dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.

Contact info:
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbvander

Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, June 19 - Medieval London. The Guildhall.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lectures: The Medieval City and Repositories of History -Royal London. Field trip A Walk Through Time- Smithfield to the Guildhall. Smithfield (once Smoothfield) dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used for jousts and tournaments such as St Bartholomew's Fair. It was also a place of execution and in the 17th century became a cattle market.The Guildhall has been the City's powerhouse since the 12th century when the King and upper merchant class held court. Built to reflect the wealth of the rulers, the Guildhall remains a spectacular site. The medieval crypt is the largest in London and the imposing medieval Great Hall, the largest and most impressive room, is where royalty and state visitors have been entertained down the centuries since it was originally built in 1411. It is also home to the colossal figures of the famous legendary giants Gog and Magog who were said to have founded London. .

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Museum of London where you can discover prehistoric London, see how the city changed under Roman rule, and wonder at medieval London. In the newly refreshed gallery focus on the turbulent years of the the story of London from the Elizabethan times, through the ravages of the English Civil Wars, to the cataclysmic disasters of the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666. In 2010 the newly opened upper galleries will tell the story of London and its people from 1666 to the present day. .

Dinner: Pre-theatre dinner out.

Evening: Theatre performance in London's West End. 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow from the original book by John Buchan. at the Criterion Theatre. 8:00pm. Experience 100 minutes of ingenious fun and thrilling action as 4 actors play 139 roles in this gripping whodunit. Memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, The 39 Steps has been brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage. Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007, The 39 Steps is now a global hit. ‘Uproariously jolly and splendidly inventive’ The Guardian ‘Dizzyingly entertaining…highly recommended’ Daily Telegraph ‘A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic’ Sunday Times

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.

Contact info:
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbvander

Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, June 20 - The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey.
Breakfast: Full and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the 900 year old Tower of London where you can see the Crown Jewels, the White Tower, the Bloody Tower and the Medieval Palace dating back to 1220. Take a scenic boat trip along the Thames from the Tower to Westminster.

Lunch: At the Royal Armouries cafe, Tower of London.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Westminster Abbey resting place of Britian's monarchs. The Abbey is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in London and houses a world famous collection of monuments and tombs. Styles range from the French Gothic nave to Henry VII's Tudor cahpel and 18th century monuments.

Dinner: Dinner is taken in one of London's most historic pubs.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.

Contact info:
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbvander

Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, June 21 - Hampton Court Palace.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Hampton Court Palace built for Cardinal Wolsey but handed over to Henry VIII who extended it as did William and Mary through Sir Christopher Wren. Tudor turrets and the Great Hall sit alongside Wren's Classical State Apartments surrounded by Wren's formal baroque landscape.

Lunch: Excluded. There is food available at Hampton Court in the Tiltyard Cafe or Privy Kitchen Coffee Shop.

Afternoon: Perhaps enjoy the 60 acres of famous gardens including The Privy Garden - bthe re-creation of William of Orange’s Privy Garden, based on a design of 1702. Or the 20th Century Garden - contemporary style plantings with trees and shrubs in an informal setting that creates a place of peace and tranquillity away from the busier areas of the gardens. See also the Tiltyard Walls, the Deer Park, the Maze and "Capability" Brown's Great Vine.

Dinner: Excluded so that you can sample London's array of fine restaurants, cafes and pubs or take in a theatre performance.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.

Contact info:
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbvander

Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, June 22 - The City and St Paul's Cathedral.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Learn about Sir Christopher Wren and the Great Fire of London on a walking field trip of the City from Monument, built to commemorate the Great Fire, to St Stephen Walbrook, one of Wren's finest churches and a forerunner to St Paul's, to St Mary-le- Bow.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch out in the City.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Wren's masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral, the medieval cathedral rebuilt after the Great Fire. The tranquil interior is majestic in its Baroque splendour.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.

Contact info:
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbvander

Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, June 23 - Kensington Palace and the British Museum.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Princess Diana's Kensington Palace. Explore Queen Victoria's bedroom, George I's staircase, and the spectacular King's gallery. Diana, the Princess of Wales, lived at Apartment 8 Kensington Palace from the time of her wedding on 29 July 1981 until her death on 31 August 1997. Although her private apartments are not open to the public, the palace displays a selection of her dresses in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. Many photos of the Princess show her at home at the palace.

Lunch: Excluded for you to sample local eateries.

Afternoon: Field trip to the nation's treasures in the British Museum, home to artefacts from around the world and the oldest museum in the world. See examples from Prehistoric and Roman Britain and medieval, Renaissance and modern objects.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.

Contact info:
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbvander

Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Eight: Monday, June 24 - Charles Dickens Museum and the V&A.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Guided coach trip through Dickens' London including the Charles Dickens Museum, the only remaining London home of the renowned writer and one of the most important collections of his artefacts in the world. Charles Dickens lived in this house from 1837 until 1839 and wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby whilst living here.

Lunch: Lunch out in either Kensington or Holborn.

Afternoon: Step back into the Victorian Age with a field trip to Albertropolis: the Albert Memorial, the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A. The Victoria and Albert Museum houses one of the world's widest collections of fine and applied art, much of which stems from the British Empire.

Dinner: Excluded. Time is allowed in the evening pub tour to take dinner out. At own expense.

Evening: After dinner venture into London's underworld with a pub tour of Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes' London.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.

Contact info:
68-86 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbvander

Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Nine: Tuesday, June 25 - Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Explore Georgian London with a field trip to the eccentric Sir John Soane's Museum where every wall and every room are filled with artefacts from Soane's lifetime collection. From the vast sarcophagus in the crypt to the series of Hogarth paintngs and Classical statuary, the house is full of surprises at every turn. Venture into legal London at Lincoln's Inn Fields, once a site of public execution in Tudor and Stuart times, now a playground for nearby lawyers. Lincoln's Inn itself is the best preserved of the Inns of Court and dates back to the 15th century.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: See 20th century London at the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum. The underground warren of rooms served as Churchill's war rooms during the Second World War. See Churchill's desk and bed, strategy maps and old communications equipment. The Churchill Museum uses cutting-edge technology and multimedia displays to bring the exciting story of Winston Churchill to life. From Churchill’s childhood to his ‘finest hour’ and later years, learn more about his political exploits and also his private life, successes and failures.

Dinner: Farewell meeting and dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Wednesday, June 26 -
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer departures for airports (POP participants may take part in transfers by completing the Participant Information Form).

Meals Included: Breakfast

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17 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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