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Program #20128RJ
14 Days | 13 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 Sep 23 — Oct 6, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, September 23 -
In Transit: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Explore historic Bath from this centrally located hotel on the River Avon. Set amid the fine Georgian architecture of Bath.

Contact info:
Walcot Street
Bath, BA1 5BJ UK:England
phone: +44 1225 463411
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BATHNHN/index.do?WT.srch=1

Room amenities: Coffee and tea making facilities, telephone, 32” flat TV screen.

Facility amenities: Zuccotta Bar, Restaurant and Lounge. Fitness Room.

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: Wednesday, September 24 -
Arrive To: London. Transfers to Bath (POPs complete the form in the preparatory materials).

Lunch: In the hotel if arriving by lunchtime (12:30pm).

Afternoon: Check in and free time. Welcome meeting before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hilton Bath City

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

Description: Explore historic Bath from this centrally located hotel on the River Avon. Set amid the fine Georgian architecture of Bath.

Contact info:
Walcot Street
Bath, BA1 5BJ UK:England
phone: +44 1225 463411
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BATHNHN/index.do?WT.srch=1

Room amenities: Coffee and tea making facilities, telephone, 32” flat TV screen.

Facility amenities: Zuccotta Bar, Restaurant and Lounge. Fitness Room.

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: Thursday, September 25 - Roman Baths/Jane Austen Centre/Afternoon tea at t...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk to Pulteney Bridge, which crosses the River Avon and was completed 1774 and connected the city with the newly built town of Bathwick, designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style. It is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across its full span on both sides. Continue on to the iconic Roman Baths. Around Britain's only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificient temple and building complex that still flows with natural hot water. See the water's source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements around the steaming pool.

Lunch: Excluded

Afternoon: Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806 and was a frequent visitor for most of her life. The Jane Austen Center, which is close to one of the houses where Jane Austen lived, exhibits aspects of her life in Bath. Free time in Bath until 3:00pm. Enjoy afternoon tea at The Pump Room, the elegant backdrop for a cream tea and part of the Roman Bath complex. Regarded as the social heart of Bath for more than two centuries, the Pump Room is a striking neo-classical salon where hot Spa water is drawn for drinking. A trio plays during the tea.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hilton Bath City

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

Description: Explore historic Bath from this centrally located hotel on the River Avon. Set amid the fine Georgian architecture of Bath.

Contact info:
Walcot Street
Bath, BA1 5BJ UK:England
phone: +44 1225 463411
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BATHNHN/index.do?WT.srch=1

Room amenities: Coffee and tea making facilities, telephone, 32” flat TV screen.

Facility amenities: Zuccotta Bar, Restaurant and Lounge. Fitness Room.

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: Friday, September 26 - Georgian Bath/The Assembly Rooms.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture by Kevin Flude, course director. "England, Landscape and the Novel". Tea/coffee. Lecture: "Regency Jane Austen: Bath, Balls and Bonnets".

Lunch: In the hotel

Afternoon: Walk Jane Austen’s Bath. In the early eighteenth century, under the direction of the socialite, Beau Nash, Bath became England’s premier spa town, where the rich and celebrated members of fashionable society gathered to ‘take the waters’ and enjoy the towns theatres and concert rooms. The Royal Crescent is described as the finest example of the Palladian style in Europe. Its hilltop position gives it unrivalled views over Bath. Number 1 was the first house to be built in the crescent and was given to the Bath Preservation Trust in 1968 and has since been lavishly and accurately restored to the style enjoyed by its former illustrious residents, who included the Duke of York in 1796. It is now a museum depicting a grand town-house of the late 18th century with authentic furniture paintings and carpets. Field trip to the Assembly Rooms. The gentry gathered at the Assembly rooms in the 18th century and they appear in both Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Optional visit to the Fashion Museum.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hilton Bath City

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

Description: Explore historic Bath from this centrally located hotel on the River Avon. Set amid the fine Georgian architecture of Bath.

Contact info:
Walcot Street
Bath, BA1 5BJ UK:England
phone: +44 1225 463411
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BATHNHN/index.do?WT.srch=1

Room amenities: Coffee and tea making facilities, telephone, 32” flat TV screen.

Facility amenities: Zuccotta Bar, Restaurant and Lounge. Fitness Room.

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: Saturday, September 27 - Medieval Lacock and Lacock Abbey.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the National Trust's medieval Lacock,a charming rural village untouched by modern development. Lacock Village, dating back to the 13th-century, remains largely unchanged over the centuries and has many limewashed, half-timbered and stone houses. During the Middle Ages Lacock became a prosperous and thriving town through its wool industry. The village was well placed for communications, sited as it was on the 'cloth road' from London and the River Avon, which gave access to the sea at Avonmouth near Bristol. Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and its more recent role as a television and film location. The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the Abbey's monastic past. The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography. The medieval village has racked up enough TV and film appearances to be the envy of most Hollywood stars. Credits include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Moll Flanders and most recently Harry Potter.

Lunch: In a traditional inn such as the George in Lacock.

Afternoon: Field Trip continues

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure to explore the local area.

Lodging: Hilton Bath City

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

Description: Explore historic Bath from this centrally located hotel on the River Avon. Set amid the fine Georgian architecture of Bath.

Contact info:
Walcot Street
Bath, BA1 5BJ UK:England
phone: +44 1225 463411
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BATHNHN/index.do?WT.srch=1

Room amenities: Coffee and tea making facilities, telephone, 32” flat TV screen.

Facility amenities: Zuccotta Bar, Restaurant and Lounge. Fitness Room.

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: Sunday, September 28 - Salisbury and Stonehenge
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: The day begins with a field trip across Salisbury Plains to UNESCO World Heritage Site Stonehenge. Follow Tess' footsteps here. Stonehenge now has a transformed visitor experience. A new world- class visitor centre, housing museum-quality permanent and temporary exhibitions is now open. The centre is the first phase of English Heritage's £27million project to transform the visitor experience of this iconic site. For the first time, visitors are being given a proper introduction to one of the world's most important monuments, with over 250 objects of international importance on display, including the reconstructed face of an early Neolithic man. See Stonehenge emerge slowly on the horizon during the ten-minute shuttle ride from the visitor centre to the monument. .

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to the cathedral city of Salisbury. Discover the tranquil Close surrounding the Cathedral and handsomely furnished 18th century Mompesson House (location in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility) where you can sense the life of Close inhabitants in that century. Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure worked at the cathedral (Melchester) and The Market House, now the City Library was where Jude confessed to Sue that he had married Arabella. Explore Salisbury Cathedral-a leading example of Early English Gothic Architecture with the tallest spire in England and containing the best preserved magna Carta in the country. The Cathedral has many literary associations, notably with Jane Austen.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hilton Bath City

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

Description: The Grand is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, a short drive from Dartmoor National Park. The Grand Hotel dominates one side of the sweeping arc of Tor Bay in Torquay, heart of the English Riviera. Its location is ideal, looking out towards Torquay harbour and Corbyn Head. Once the favourite hotel of Agatha Christie.

Contact info:
Sea Front
Torquay
Devon, TQ2 6NT UK:England
phone: +44 1803 296 677
web: www.grandtorquay.co.uk

Room amenities: Remote control colour TV with satellite channels, direct dial telephone with PC modem, hospitality tray, hairdryer and room safe.

Facility amenities: The award winning Gainsborough Restaurant and The Compass Bar and Lounge. Toppers Leisure Club with heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, mini gym, all weather tennis court. Outdoor pool. Beauty Clinic.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, September 29 - Conan Doyle's Dartmoor and Agatha Christie's Torq...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Torquay via the dark sinister romanticism of Dartmoor, inspiration to Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. The most famous Sherlock Holmes tale: The Hound of the Baskervilles paints a vivid pictur of a brooding landscape. Deadly Great Grimpen Mire was based on Fox Tor and the standing stones described by Watson can be seen all over the moor. The Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie booked into "the large, dreary " Moorland Hotel to finish her first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

Lunch: Packed lunch en route.

Afternoon: Arrive in the English Riviera's Torquay in Devon for a field trip to the Torquay Museum's Agatha Christie exhibition. Take a mystery field trip to The Agatha Christie Mile. There are 10 landmarks dotted around the harbour and seafront area. From Beacon Hill and the Imperial Hotel to the bronze bust in Cary Gardens, Princess Gardens, 12th century Torre Abbey opposite the main beach and the Grand Hotel where she spent her honeymoon. Visit All Saints Church where Christie was baptized and have tea and buscuits at the Imperial Hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an Agatha Christie reading or film this evening.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Torquay

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

Description: The Grand is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, a short drive from Dartmoor National Park. The Grand Hotel dominates one side of the sweeping arc of Tor Bay in Torquay, heart of the English Riviera. Its location is ideal, looking out towards Torquay harbour and Corbyn Head. Once the favourite hotel of Agatha Christie.

Contact info:
Sea Front
Torquay
Devon, TQ2 6NT UK:England
phone: +44 1803 296 677
web: www.grandtorquay.co.uk

Room amenities: Remote control colour TV with satellite channels, direct dial telephone with PC modem, hospitality tray, hairdryer and room safe.

Facility amenities: The award winning Gainsborough Restaurant and The Compass Bar and Lounge. Toppers Leisure Club with heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, mini gym, all weather tennis court. Outdoor pool. Beauty Clinic.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, September 30 - Dartmouth and the National Trust's Coleton Fishac...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a field trip to the National Trust's Coleton Fishacre, a garden and property in the Arts and Crafts style, emphasizing simplicity and quality in design. A 1920s country retreat complete with luxuriant garden by the sea. Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the country home of the D'Oyly Carte family. This most evocative of country homes, built in the Arts & Crafts style, is imbued with 1920s' elegance. A light, joyful atmosphere fills the rooms and music plays, echoing the family's Gilbert and Sullivan connections. Glimpse life 'upstairs and downstairs' from the glamorous Saloon to the light and airy recently opened servants' rooms. The garden at Coleton Fishacre runs down a narrow combe from the house to the sea at Pudcombe Cove. The garden, originally planted by Lady Dorothy, features rare and exotic plants, some of which are unusual in their ability to grow outside a tropical climate due to the proximity of the Gulf Stream to this part of the coast of Devon. The NT acquired the garden and house in 1982.

Lunch: Taken in The Weary Ploughman, traditional pub in Churston.

Afternoon: The field trip continues with a steam train ride from Churston to Kingswear, followed by a ferry to Dartmouth. Pay a brief visit to Burgh Island, an iconic landmark on the South Devon coast. Dominated by the art deco Burgh Island Hotel, it is separated from the mainland by a tidal beach. Access is on foot across the beach at low tide, but when the sea comes in, the island can be accessed on the towering sea tractor. Its forboding setting made Burgh Island the perfect inspiration for Agatha Christie, and indeed it features (under different names) in two of her most well known novels: And Then There Were None and Evil Under The Sun.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Torquay

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

Description: The Best Western Kings Arms Hotel is a renowned local landmark in the very centre of Dorchester. The hotel, build in 1720, retains many interesting and classical Georgian features. feel the history that is associated with its 288 year existence, you can imagine the scene of Michael Henchard The Mayor of Casterbridge carrying on his business in the Kings Arms as described in the novel by Thomas Hardy. The author himself descibed it as the chief hotel in Casterbridge - The Kings Arms. The Kings Arms Hotel was built in 1720 in the very centre of Dorchester during the reign of King George I. Throughout the intervening years several English monarchs including George IV and Queen Victoria have been residents at this fine old coaching inn; more recently Prince Charles and Prince Andrew have been seen frequenting the hotel whilst in the area.

Contact info:
30 High East Street
Dorchester
Dorset, DT1 1HF UK:England
phone: +44 1305 265 353
web: www.kingsarmsdorchester.com

Room amenities: Televisions with LCD screens, free high speed internet access, direct dial telephones, hospitality trays, mineral water, hairdryers, iron/boards, CD players, radios

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, October 01 - Lyme Regis/Abbotsbury Swannery.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Dorchester via the ancient seaport of Lyme Regis, the historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds. Jane Austen, with the Reverent and Mrs. Austen, Jane's brother and Casandra, her sister, visited Lyme Regis in 1803 and 1804. They stayed initially at a large house called 'Wings' near the Cobb harbour. Jane and Casandra were extremely hardy, it is reported, they continued daily sea bathing into October. The 1981 film of the novel French Lieutentant's Woman by John Fowles starring Merryl Streep and Jeremy Irons was filmed on the Cobb highlighting the iconic image of Merryl Streep looking out to sea. Fowles was a great fan of Thomas Hardy and in particular likened his own work to that of Tess of the D`Urbervilles.

Lunch: Excluded. So that you can choose to have a meal while overlooking the sea or sat by a gurgling river in a secluded position. All the restaurants and cafes have access to fresh locally caught fish and shell fish straight off the fishing boats, which operate from the harbour. They also use fresh produce from the market gardens in the area. You might choose the Cobb Arms.

Afternoon: Travel along the UNESCO World Heritage Site "The Jurassic Coast", miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. Continue to the unique Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset. This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. Continue on to Dorchester-at the heart of Thomas Hardy's life and work- the Casterbridge of the novel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Best Western Kings Arms Hotel

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

Description: The Best Western Kings Arms Hotel is a renowned local landmark in the very centre of Dorchester. The hotel, build in 1720, retains many interesting and classical Georgian features. feel the history that is associated with its 288 year existence, you can imagine the scene of Michael Henchard The Mayor of Casterbridge carrying on his business in the Kings Arms as described in the novel by Thomas Hardy. The author himself descibed it as the chief hotel in Casterbridge - The Kings Arms. The Kings Arms Hotel was built in 1720 in the very centre of Dorchester during the reign of King George I. Throughout the intervening years several English monarchs including George IV and Queen Victoria have been residents at this fine old coaching inn; more recently Prince Charles and Prince Andrew have been seen frequenting the hotel whilst in the area.

Contact info:
30 High East Street
Dorchester
Dorset, DT1 1HF UK:England
phone: +44 1305 265 353
web: www.kingsarmsdorchester.com

Room amenities: Televisions with LCD screens, free high speed internet access, direct dial telephones, hospitality trays, mineral water, hairdryers, iron/boards, CD players, radios

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, October 02 - Far From the Madding Crowd. Thomas Hardy "Caster...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: "Far From the Madding Crowd: Hardy's Wessex." Followed by a walk around Dorchester (Casterbridge)-the Hardy trail.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Best Western Kings Arms Hotel

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

Description: The Best Western Kings Arms Hotel is a renowned local landmark in the very centre of Dorchester. The hotel, build in 1720, retains many interesting and classical Georgian features. feel the history that is associated with its 288 year existence, you can imagine the scene of Michael Henchard The Mayor of Casterbridge carrying on his business in the Kings Arms as described in the novel by Thomas Hardy. The author himself descibed it as the chief hotel in Casterbridge - The Kings Arms. The Kings Arms Hotel was built in 1720 in the very centre of Dorchester during the reign of King George I. Throughout the intervening years several English monarchs including George IV and Queen Victoria have been residents at this fine old coaching inn; more recently Prince Charles and Prince Andrew have been seen frequenting the hotel whilst in the area.

Contact info:
30 High East Street
Dorchester
Dorset, DT1 1HF UK:England
phone: +44 1305 265 353
web: www.kingsarmsdorchester.com

Room amenities: Televisions with LCD screens, free high speed internet access, direct dial telephones, hospitality trays, mineral water, hairdryers, iron/boards, CD players, radios

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, October 03 - Hardy's Cottage and Max Gate.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Thomas Hardy's land was Dorset or part fictional Wessex and proved to be the inspiration for his writing. Today we take a field trip to around the "Hardy Trail". From Puddletown to Cerne Abbas (home of the famous Cerne Giant) on to Sherbourne for the Market Place in The Woodlanders and then to Sturminster Newton where he wrote The Return of the Native.

Lunch: Taken out in a Dorset pub such as The Crown at Marnhull.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Hardy's Birthplace in Higher Bockhampton, now owned by the National Trust. Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in this small cob and thatch cottage, which was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since the family left. His early novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd were written here. On to Stinsford Church where Hardy requested he was buried. On his death his ashes were interred in Westminster Abbey but his heart is buried here in the grave of his wife. Our last Hardy location today is Max Gate, the house he designed and lived in from 1885 to 1928. During the years that he resided at Max Gate, Hardy wrote some of his most well known works, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, The Dynasts as well as numerous poems and short stories.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Best Western Kings Arms Hotel

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 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: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Saturday, October 04 - Winchester Cathedral, Jane Austen's House Museum.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to London by coach via Winchester. Take a specialist led walk around Jane Austen's Winchester Cathedral and Austen's city streets including College Street where she lived her last days. View the plaque and stained glass windows.

Lunch: A packed lunch to make the most of this busy day.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Chawton where Jane Austen lived with her mother and sister and wrote her greatest works. Jane Austen's House Museum is located in the 17th century home to Jane Austen for her last eight years. The rooms of the House and Museum, along with its garden, and with its prominent position at the heart of Chawton Village, all help to provide a tangible connection to the environment where the Austen family lived. On the way to London visit 12th century Steventon Church where Jane worshipped. The church stands almost unchanged from those days. Here there are memorial tablets to James Austen, Jane's eldest brother, who took over the parish from her father, his two wives and some of his relations. Their graves are in the churchyard. There is also a bronze plaque dedicated to Jane Austen. Another plaque recognises the generous support from members of the Jane Austen Society of North America who paid for the refurbishment of the church bells in January 1995. -

Dinner: In the London hotel.

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 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: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Sunday, October 05 - London of Dickens and Sherlock Holmes. The Charl...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: A field trip by coach takes you to Dickens' Camden and Smithfield (Oliver Twist) .

Lunch: Lunch is taken out in the Sherlock Holmes pub

Afternoon: Field Trip continues to New Square and Lincoln's Inn Fields. Dickens' friend and biographer John Forster lived at number 58 and Dickens used it as the home of Mr Tulkinghorn in Bleak House. Dickens gave private readings here to Forster, Thomas Carlyle and Daniel Maclise. The field trip continues to Dickens House Museum. This is the only one of Dickens' London homes to survive and is central to the celebrations of Dickens 200. He lived in the Georgian house between April 1837 and December 1839. Writing his first three novels he was on the way to becoming the most famous author of the 19th century. Four floors ( no elevators) are filled with the most important collection of Dickens' material anywhere in the world. Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street. Farewell meeting before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Monday, October 06 -
Breakfast: In the hotel unless transfers depart early.

In Transit: Return flights to North America.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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12 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
24 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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