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Program #20703RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 May 11 — May 22, 2015

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Day One: Monday, May 11 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to London Heathrow Airport.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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: Tuesday, May 12 -
Arrive To: London Heathrow and transfer to Oxford.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.

Afternoon: The afternoon is at leisure after you have checked in. There will be a welcome meeting with course director, John Hudson, before dinner in the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: After dinner take an orientation walk.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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: Wednesday, May 13 - Classical and Gothic Oxford.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: John Hudson lectures on "The Architecture of Oxford".

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Take a walk of Classical and Gothic Oxford. guided walk of the centre of Oxford showing examples of Gothic and Classical styles and expaining not only the differences between them but the reasons for them. Mention would also be made of the Codrington library at All Souls which has a Gothic exterior and a classical interior. Buildings visited would include the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian theatre, Clarendon Building, Divinity School, St Mary's Church. This of course will be linked to visits to the Ashmolean, and to the Oxford movement (Keble College and St Barnabas). Radcliffe square is surrounded by one of the most amazing collection of Gothic and Classical buildings which somehow seem to harmonise.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: This evening watch a DVD of the "Dead of Jericho" the Inspector Morse novel featuring an American tourist group and a mysterious death.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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: Thursday, May 14 - Tolkien and the Jericho area of Oxford.
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture on the Oxford Don, and author of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, J.R.R.Tolkien.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: A field trip explores the Jericho area of Oxford-an area between Walton Street and the Oxford canal which was developed for print workers. It is here that the hero of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure lodged. The Oxford University Press is located in this area. With individual shops and cafes, the area has a close community spirit and bohemian air. Most famous is the massive Church of St Barnabas, built by the canal in 1868, with impressive high Anglican gilt interior.

Dinner: Taken in the Old Bookbinders Ale House , a Jericho institution since 1869.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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: Friday, May 15 - Colin Dexter and Inspector Morse. Christ Church ...
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: In conversation with the creator of Inspector Morse, Colin Dexter.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: A field trip reveals the grandeur of Henry VIII's Christ Church. Founded in 1546 and one of the largest of Oxford's colleges, Henry's Lord Chancellor Thomas Wolsey planned the impressive Great Quadrangle, the Tudor kitchen and Great Hall. Subsequent centuries have added to this architectural heritage. Christ Church is, uniquely, the Cathedral seat of Oxford and occupies a 150 acre site in the centre of Oxford. This includes the Meadow, a tranquil area of pasture bounded by the Rivers Isis and Cherwell. The field trip continues to the Oxford Union-the debating society that boasts seven British Prime Ministers as its former officers. Founded in 1823, it is the most famous student run body in Britain and the fine Victorian building includes a library with Pre-Raphaelite murals.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a DVD "Desperate Romantics"-a drama about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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: Saturday, May 16 - The Pre-Raphaelites. Exeter and Keble Colleges. ...
The Pre-Raphaelites. Exeter and Keble Colleges. Dinner in the Ashmolean Museum.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Lecture "The Pre-Raphaelites".

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: University and College walk. Explore the quadrangles and courtyards of famous Oxford colleges., Exeter and Victorian Gothic Keble College. Exeter's exquisite Chapel, tranquil Fellows' Garden and terrace overlooking Radcliffe Square are famously beautiful. The College is full of history. J.R.R. Tolkien was an undergraduate here, as were Alan Bennett, Martin Amis, and former President Kufuor of Ghana. Other former students include two Supreme Court judges (one from Australia and another from Canada) and Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner. Philip Pullman, another Exonian, based Jordan College on Exeter. The fictitious Inspector Morse collapsed on the lawn in the front quad.

Dinner: Take a special dinner in the world famous Ashmolean Museum.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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: Sunday, May 17 - Blenheim Palace.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Field trip to the home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe, and the fascinating visitor experience, ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’. The Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born 1874. Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, and beautiful formal gardens.

Lunch: Taken in Blenheim Palace.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: DVD showing of "Shadowlands", a 1993 British biographical film about the love-relationship between Oxford academic C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman, her tragic death from cancer, and how this challenged Lewis' Christian faith. It is directed by Richard Attenborough with a screenplay by William Nicholson

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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: Monday, May 18 - Oxford Colleges.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Lecture on The Inklings, Oxford and C.S.Lewis .

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: University and College walk to University College and Magdalen College and deerpark. University College claims to be the oldest college in Oxford, dating back to 872. In 1842 the so-called New Building was erected to the designs of Charles Barry, and a Library was built in 1861. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries also saw a great rise in organised student activities: the College first produced a rowing team in 1827; and a Music Society was founded in 1930, which gave the first Oxford Magdalen College-550 years of rich and eventful history have left Magdalen with some of the most picturesque sights in Oxford, making it a must-see for the Oxford visitor. Yet the College is so much more than a mere collection of splendid buildings and inspiring gardens that have survived the test of time. It has been a place of study and inspiration for no fewer than nine Nobel prize winners and several other famous alumni, under the leadership of 42 presidents. performance of Faure’s Requiem.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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 Nine: Tuesday, May 19 - The Cotswolds, Burford and Bibury.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Field trip out of Oxford into the pictureque Cotswolds' countryside including the villages of Burford and Bibury, called by William Morris "the prettiest village in England"..

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner out in the Eagle and Child, the pub renowned for the meetings of the Inklings.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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 Ten: Wednesday, May 20 - Kelmscott Manor.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Lecture on The Pre-Raphaelites.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: Travel through the Oxfordshire countryside to William Morris' Thames-side home, Kelmscott Manor. The interior is furnished with his own textiles, wallpapers and a portrait of his wife Jane, painted by Rossetti. Morris was a student of Exeter College, Oxford and became part of a group known as the "Pembroke set". He went on to be associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Extension lecture on the Pre-Raphaelites.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

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

Description: Set in a residential area of North Oxford with a pleasant garden and croquet lawn.

Contact info:
Linton Road.
Oxford., OX2 6UJ. UK:England
phone: +44 1865 553461.
web: www.lintonlodge.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi

Facility amenities: Room Service. Restaurant, lounge and bar. Free WiFi in public areas and bedrooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price 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 Eleven: Thursday, May 21 - Farewell Dinner in the Cherwell Boathouse.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Lecture: "The Spirit of Oxford".

Lunch: Excluded to give you more free time in your last day in this great city.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Dinner out the Cherwell Boathouse.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, May 22 -
Depart From: London Heathrow.

Breakfast: In the hotel unless transfers are early.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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