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14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
Elevation Note
This program takes place at sea level.

Itinerary for Aug 26 — Sep 8, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This luxury Manhattan hotel on the East Side is perfect for visiting the city's best attractions, restaurants & shopping. Conveniently located for Rockefeller Center, Central Park, 5th Avenue, Broadway theaters & top NYC attractions.

Contact info:
525 Lexington Avenue at 49th St.
New York, NY 10017 USA
phone: 212-755-4000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycea-new-york-marriott-east-side/

Room amenities: Each room and suite at this East Side Manhattan hotel features new luxurious bedding and bathrooms. Plug-in panels connect laptops, MP3 players, cameras and game consoles to 32" flat panel HDTV,and WiFi. Business amenities include work desk, speakerphone, voicemail, high-speed Internet, and WiFi.

Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking, Beauty shop nearby (referral at front desk), Cash machine/ATM, Coffee/tea in-room, Concierge Lounge Hours, Concierge desk, Evening turndown service, Foreign exchange, Gift/newsstand, Housekeeping service daily, Local restaurant dinner delivery, Newspaper delivered to room on request, Newspaper in lobby, Phone calls: toll-free, Room service 6:00 AM-11:00 PM, Safe deposit boxes, front desk, Valet dry-cleaning, Vending machines, Virtual Concierge Available

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
TBA. Complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to Adventures Afloat Road Scholar in Boston or email afloatops@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, August 26 - Arrival, Welcome
Afternoon: Independent arrivals. Welcome meeting in the hotel at 6 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel at 7:00pm.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore.

Lodging: East Side Marriott

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Wednesday, August 27 - Embark Queen Mary 2.
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a free morning on your own.

Lunch: You are free to enjoy lunch on your own. You may wish to take a late lunch onboard ship.

Afternoon: Group transfer by coach to embarkation of Queen Mary 2 at about 2 p.m.

Dinner: Onboard ship.

Evening: Free to begin exploring the magnificent Queen Mary 2 and its grand array of activities and entertainment.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Thursday, August 28 - Multi-media presentation by Giles Ramsay.
Breakfast: Onboard ship.

Morning: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of the free mornings and evenings as you sail to London and your theatrical learning adventure. Experience the Cunard Insights guest lecture series, which explores historical and contemporary issues presented by speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award-winning actors and film makers. If you are an avid reader, take advantage of the Book Club and literary discussions with librarians, or choose from a wide range of classes such as watercolors, computer lessons, wine tasting, ballroom dancing and more, or enjoy bridge and board games. On deck, games and more active entertainment are available. You can exercise in the fitness center, walk around the Promenade Deck, swim in one of the pools, play tennis, or take exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates. In the Royal Court Theatre, enjoy singers and dancers in stage shows. There are movies in the cinema, and the bars and lounges throughout the ship feature pianists, jazz bands and string quartets. Hear the Julliard School jazz series and take part in the Royal Night Theme Balls. Polish your acting skills with one-hour workshops with actors who spent three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Or simply take Afternoon Tea and enjoy the Maritime Quest exhibition throughout the ship.

Lunch: Onboard ship.

Afternoon: To prepare for your theatre adventure in London, Giles Ramsay, a theatre producer and director based in London, presents a colorful and informative lecture: "What is Theatre and Why Do We Need It?" He will offer insight on a different aspect of London theatre each afternoon.

Dinner: Onboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy an array of shipboard activities.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, August 29 - Walking Tour of Halifax and Welcome Cocktail Part...
Breakfast: Onboard ship.

Morning: Set off from the quayside by bus with your kilted guide for a short drive to the heart of Halifax and discover the downtown area the way it’s seen best - on foot. Take a leisurely walk through the beautiful Public Gardens, encompassing 17 acres of Victorian paths, lush flowerbeds and sparkling fountains. Founded in 1866, these are the oldest Victorian gardens in North America. Enjoy the bustle of Spring Garden Road, lined with boutiques and cafés and walk past elegant Georgian and Victorian arches, which help the city retain its historic charm. Stroll through the lovely Grand Parade Square and see the oldest Anglican church in Canada. Learn the history of Province House and City Hall, overlooked by the picture-perfect Town Clock, perched on Citadel Hill. At the end of your walking tour, you’ll have time to browse the quaint shops and heritage buildings of the Historic Properties, located on the Halifax waterfront. After your guided tour, you may wish to remain in the city and return to the ship at your leisure or walk with your guide back to the ship. This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for this tour. Passengers are advised that the transfer may be by double-decker bus or coach.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: At leisure to enjoy Halifax or shipboard activities.

Dinner: Onboard.

Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music and more.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, August 30 - Lecture by Giles Ramsay
Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Consider taking a class such as watercolor painting or ballroom dancing, enjoying one of the ship's swimming pools, and more

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay presents the multi-media lecture: "Medieval Drama Reformation and Christopher Marlowe.”

Dinner: Onboard.

Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, August 31 - Lecture by Giles Ramsay on Shakespeare.
Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: Enjoy an exceptional array of shipboard-enrichment activities.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: To continue your preparation for a fascinating theatre adventure in London, Giles Ramsay presents the lecture "Shakespeare's Life and Verse."

Dinner: Onboard.

Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Check the QM2 schedule to see which night you can experience a Royal Night Theme Ball, donning your formal dancing attire and taking to the floor in a sea of glittering ball gowns and tuxedos accompanied by the sounds of a wonderful orchestra.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, September 01 - Lecture by Giles Ramsay on "3,000 Years of Britis...
Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, perhaps exercising your mind playing bridge with new friends or trying out a board game, then exercising your body in the QM2's fitness center. Your activity choices are plentiful.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay presents the colorful and informative lecture: "3,000 Years of British Theatre."

Dinner: Onboard.

Evening: Relax on the deck enjoying the camaraderie of new friends. Or choose one of the many kinds of nightly entertainment found on this elegant ship. You will never find yourself without plenty of nightly options.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, September 02 - Insight on Theatre.
Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: You may choose to enjoy a yoga or Pilates class with one of the QM2's expert fitness instructors, or improve your skills in a computer class or one of many other class offerings. Choose from the plentiful shipboard activities offered on this grand ship.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: Theater producer and director Giles Ramsay continues his expert insights into British theatre.

Dinner: Onboard.

Evening: Choose to relax taking in a movie in the ship's cinema, or take it up a notch at the G32 Night Club with a popular themed night from the 1960s, '70s or '80s. You have many options to experience all the QM2 has to offer.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, September 03 - Giles Ramsay lecture, "The 20th Century: Wilde, C...
Giles Ramsay lecture, "The 20th Century: Wilde, Coward, Pinter, Orton, Osborne."

Note: .

Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: On your final day aboard the QM2, perhaps you will glean final bits of knowledge from a class you've been taking. Maybe you're in need of a rigorous walk around the Promenade Deck. Or perhaps you and new friends have been keeping track of your wins and losses playing bridge and are hoping to swing things in your favor. There are ample shipboard activities from which to choose.

Lunch: Onboard

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay continues his series of exceptional lectures with "The 20th Century: Wilde, Coward, Pinter, Orton, Osborne."

Dinner: Onboard

Evening: On your final evening aboard ship before making port in Southampton, you may want to have a quiet night spent with new friends. Or perhaps you'll toast the last of your nights at sea, marveling at all you've done and learned while crossing the Atlantic.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

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

Description: Located close to the West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Thursday, September 04 - Arrive England, Winchester Cathedral, Theatre Pe...
Note: Walking and standing of up to one hour in Winchester Cathedral; some steps, stone floors.

Breakfast: Onboard

Morning: Disembark Southampton and transfer by coach to London via Winchester. Experience a field trip to the magnificent Winchester Cathedral, which is one of the largest cathedrals in England and is the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe.

Lunch: At the Winchester Cathedral Refectory.

Afternoon: Continue the transfer to London.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: King Charles III at the Wyndhams Theatre. 7:30pm. A future history play by Mike Bartlett The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Mike Bartlett’s controversial new play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family. The Almeida Theatre’s current production of King Charles III will bring its regal tale to the West End later this year, playing a limited season at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 2 September to 29 November. Mike Bartlett’s controversial play, which imagines a future in which Prince Charles has taken the throne, explores the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s royal family. Under the direction of the Almeida Theatre’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold, Tim Pigott-Smith will reprise his role as the title character alongside Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. King Charles III opened to critical acclaim at the Islington venue last month, receiving a shower of rave reviews. The Telegraph’s Charles Spencer, who awarded the show five stars, described it as “the most spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining piece of lèse-majesté that British theatre has ever seen.” 2 hours 45 minutes with an interval.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

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

Description: Located close to the West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Friday, September 05 - A top national journalist speaks. Theatre perform...
Note: Most London theatres do not have elevators. Accessibility notes will be available when plays and venues are chosen.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a captivating discussion with one of England's top national journalists on the "State of the Nation." Discuss England's world role in the past, present and future.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon on your own in the great city of London to see and experience its top attractions, including the British Museum, Tate Modern, Madame Tussauds, the Tower of London, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde at the Harold OPinter Theatre. 7:30pm. Oscar Wilde's much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece. Oscar Wilde's witty comedic farce exposing the class hypocrisies of Victorian society, receives another West End outing, with an all-star cast. The Importance of Being Earnest still sparkles thanks to its whip-smart script which remains relevant still to this day. This perpetually popular satirical play examines the hypocrisies of morality and good breeding amongst the Victorian chattering classes. It receives another revival in the West End, this time starring stage favourites Nigel Havers, Rosalind Ayres, Cheri Lunghi and Martin Jarvis. Two dandyish bachelors, Jack and Algernon, who have created new and vastly different identities for themselves in the hope of avoiding tedious social engagements, now find themselves trapped by their lies. Throw into the mix two well-to-do young ladies - Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax - both of whom the young men have set their sights upon, an imaginary errant brother called Ernest and these troublesome double identities result in all manner of trouble for the pair. The shenanigans began some time ago when the very eligible Hertfordshire bachelor, John Worthing, created a fictitious older brother named Ernest - an identity he used to hide behind when he escaped the country for weekends in London. His arrangement starts to go wrong however when he lets Algernon Moncrieff in on his plan, and Algernon decides that since Ernest doesn't actually exist he might as well use him to his advantage! The word 'Earnest' as used in the title is a play on words as it both relates to both Jack's fictional brother "Ernest" as well as the Victorian desire for 'earnest' and honest values - ironically, a quality that neither Jack or Algernon possess.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

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

Description: Located close to the West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Saturday, September 06 - Victoria and Albert Museum. Theatre workshop. Th...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: On a field trip, experience the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), new home to the theatre collection. Theatre and performance galleries are dedicated to the performing arts, displaying works of art, costumes, ephemera, video recordings, puppets, posters and photographs. The V&A's Theatre Collections hold the UK's national collection of material about live performance in the UK since Shakespeare's day, covering drama, dance, musical theatre, circus, music hall, rock and pop, and other forms of live entertainment. The collections were founded in the 1920s when a private collector, Gabrielle Enthoven, donated her extensive collection of theatrical designs, memorabilia, books and photographs to the Museum. She continued to add to her collection, and worked on it as a museum volunteer until her death in 1950. Since that period, the collection has continued to grow, and has provided a home for many other significant objects and archives. Between 1987 and 2007, some of this material was housed at the V&A's branch museum in Covent Garden, the Theatre Museum. New galleries devoted to the performing arts opened at the V&A in South Kensington in 2009.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to savor local fare.

Afternoon: Experience an interactive theatre production or directing workshop.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre. 7:30pm. Bursting into life on stage. 'I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.' Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love draws many others, including Queen Elizabeth, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. Based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). The production is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl. This sweeping romantic comedy will transport you back to Shakespeare's London, teeming with vibrant colours, characters, music and life. Oh, and there's a bit with a dog!

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

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

Description: Located close to the West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Sunday, September 07 - Afternoon tea with a theatre critic. Theatre per...
Breakfast:

Morning: Experience an enlightening field trip to an art gallery such as the National Gallery.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to savor local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy afternoon tea with a theatre critic at the Phoenix Arts Club. Sandwiches and cream tea will be served at 3 p.m.

Dinner: The enhanced afternoon tea will replace an early dinner.

Evening: The Commitments at the Palace Theatre. Roddy Doyle's best-selling novel, is now live on stage for the very first time. Directed by Jamie Lloyd. 7:00pm. Featuring soul classics Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, RiverDeep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose AND MANY MORE. The show, which has been more than two years in the making, has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Doyle himself and is directed by award winning Jamie Lloyd (Macbeth starring James McAvoy). The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band - the opening scene we find them playing but being ignored in a shop window - who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help. Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn legend, the singer has entered Eurovision and the saxophone player has dangerous leaning towards a jazz career.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Monday, September 08 - Departures
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Transfers to London Heathrow Airport for return flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
13 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 13 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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