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Centre Court at Wimbledon: Inside the World’s Most Historic Tennis Tournament

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Program #21150RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Itinerary for Jun 22 — Jun 30, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, June 22 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flights from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Street
London, SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 207 373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
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: Sunday, June 23 -
Arrive To: London Heathrow Airport. Transfers by private cars to hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on arrival day is not included.

Afternoon: At leisure before a welcome meeting and programme overview in the hotel at 5 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Chris Bowers, tennis commentator, broadcaster and author, introduces the programme and discusses hot tennis topics.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Street
London, SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 207 373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
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: Monday, June 24 - Opening Rounds: Centre Court at The Wimbledon Cha...
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Participants on the Opening Rounds group: A full day at Centre Court, The Wimbledon Championships. Travel by underground to Southfields station (London travel card, underground map and useful information will be included in your welcome packet). Take a shuttle bus to The Wimbledon Experience, where you wil receive your reserved-seating tickets, Wimbledon souvenir map, official programme, complimentary tea, coffee and Danishes. You then have admission to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. For a sporting venue known for its strict adherence to tradition, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is impressively futuristic, with its 3D cinema explaining the science of the game and a holographic John McEnroe (yes, seriously) roaming the dressing room. Interviews with players are broadcast on TV screens and an interactive area allows visitors to handle racquets, test their reaction skills in simulation games and have their picture taken with the singles trophies. Tracing the history of lawn tennis, there is memorabilia dating as far back as 1555, while new additions to the collection include outfits worn in the 2011 Championships by winners Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova and an exhibition dedicated to Fred Perry. At the centre of the show are the famous Championship trophies, as held aloft by the game's greatest players. There is also a display dedicated to a proud Wimbledon tradition, the queue.

Lunch: Opening Rounds group: Excluded.

Afternoon: Opening Rounds group: The opening day of the Wimbledon tennis tournament begins. Be part of the excitement as last year's champion takes centre stage and dignitaries and royalty attend!

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Opening Rounds: The tennis continues. Return by underground.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Street
London, SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 207 373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
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: Tuesday, June 25 - Opening Rounds: Centre Court Wimbledon.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Opening Rounds group: Full day at The Wimbledon Championships with the same arrangements as on Monday.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Opening Rounds group: The tennis continues with the world's best players.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Opening Rounds group: Continue at Wimbledon for the evening's tennis, perhaps under the roof or spotlights.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Street
London, SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 207 373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
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: Wednesday, June 26 - Opening Rounds: A day at Queen's Club with lectur...
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: A day at Queen's Tennis Club. Lectures by Richard Evans. Ricahrd is a tennis commentator, broadcaster, journalist and author of books on the history of tennis, the lawn tennis association. Teas, coffees and pastries. Established in 1886, The Queen’s Club was the first multipurpose sports complex ever to be built, anywhere in the world. The Club offers its Members the opportunity to play Lawn Tennis, Real Tennis, Rackets and Squash on some of the finest courts in the world. It was named after Queen Victoria, its first patron, and is widely renowned as one of the premier Lawn Tennis and Racquets clubs in the world.

Lunch: Opening rounds group: Buffet lunch at Queen's Club.

Afternoon: Opening Rounds group: Lectures by Richard Evans.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Opening Rounds group: At leisure.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

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

Description: A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Street
London, SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 207 373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
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: Thursday, June 27 - Opening Rounds: Real Tennis at Hampton Court Pala...
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotlel.

Morning: Opening Rounds group: Field trip to Hampton Court Palace, where Head Professional Nick Wood will explore the world of "Real or Royal Tennis." Real tennis – one of several games sometimes called "the sport of kings" – is the original indoor racquet sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis (usually simply called tennis), is descended. It is also known as court tennis in the United States, formerly royal tennis in England and Australia (now real tennis), and courte-paume in France (a reference to the older, racquetless game of jeu de paume, the ancestor of modern handball and racquet games; many French real tennis courts are at jeu de paume clubs). The term real was first used by journalists in the middle of the 20th century to distinguish the ancient game from modern lawn tennis (even though that sport is seldom contested on lawns these days outside the few social-club-managed estates such as Wimbledon). Real tennis players often call the game "tennis" while continuing to refer to its more widely played offshoot as "lawn tennis." Real tennis is still played by enthusiasts or realists. After the workshop, discover the treasures of this historic royal palace, gardens and terraces.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Opening Rounds group: Further exploration of Hampton Court Palace, the royal palace in Greater London and home to Henry VIII and William III. The palace has two contrasting architectural styles: the Baroque and Tudor. Enjoy the architectural splendor, the landscaped gardens and parkland and the Maze.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Opening Rounds group: At leisure.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Street
London, SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 207 373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
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: Friday, June 28 - The Art of Umpiring,
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Both Opening Rounds and Middle Rounds group join: A former tennis professional from the Lawn Tennis Association and Lawn Tennis Club will talk on the "Art of Umpiring."

Lunch: Excluded for both groups.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Street
London, SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 207 373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
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: Saturday, June 29 - Kensington Palace
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotlel.

Morning: Field trip to Kensington Palace, the former home of tennis lover Diana, Princess of Wales, and future home to Prince William and Princess Catherine of Cambridge. The Princess of Wales lived in Apartment 8 at Kensington Palace from the time of her wedding to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981 until her death on Aug. 31, 1997. The apartment was originally built in the 1720s but had been uninhabitable since the Second World War and was restored for the royal couple to move in following their wedding. Many photos of the Princess show her at home at the palace and she was known to go shopping on Kensington High Street and to visit the local cinema. She hosted events for charities that she was patron for at the Orangery and in the State Apartments. Explore the magnificent set of rooms that make up the King's State Apartments. The King's Staircase is the first link to the circuit of rooms making up the King's State Apartments. All the great and good of Georgian London would have climbed up these stairs to visit the king. In the Council Chamber see the sort of court dress that would once have been worn in these state rooms. You may wish to visit other Kensington museums such as the V&A or the Science Museum.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Sunday, June 30 -
Depart From: Transfers by private cars to London Heathrow.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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