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Program #21454RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Oct 7 — Oct 20, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, October 07 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Two minutes from Windsor Castle in a striking contemporary townhouse with spectacular views of the Changing of the Guard.

Contact info:
23 High Street
Windsor
Berks, SL4 1PH UK:England
phone: +44 1753 483100
web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone, flat screen television, complimentary WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary mineral water, iron and ironing board, mini-bar, Bose iPod™ dock. 24 hour room service.

Facility amenities: Caleys Restaurant. Complimentary WiFi throughout.

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 Additional two nights in London available on request to Road Scholar Travel Services: 2 nights B&B and the transfer from London hotel to Windsor included. You are responsible for the transfer from London Heathrow arrival airport to the London hotel. RSTS will be able to advise on additional costs for this service.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 08 - Arrival day.
Arrive To: London Heathrow.

Morning: Transfers by private car to Windsor.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.

Afternoon: At leisure until the welcome meeting in the hotel at 5:00pm.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure or you may wish to join your group leader for an orientation walk.

Lodging: Ye Harte & Garter Hotel

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

Description: Two minutes from Windsor Castle in a striking contemporary townhouse with spectacular views of the Changing of the Guard.

Contact info:
23 High Street
Windsor
Berks, SL4 1PH UK:England
phone: +44 1753 483100
web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone, flat screen television, complimentary WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary mineral water, iron and ironing board, mini-bar, Bose iPod™ dock. 24 hour room service.

Facility amenities: Caleys Restaurant. Complimentary WiFi throughout.

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 Additional two nights in London available on request to Road Scholar Travel Services: 2 nights B&B and the transfer from London hotel to Windsor included. You are responsible for the transfer from London Heathrow arrival airport to the London hotel. RSTS will be able to advise on additional costs for this service.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, October 09 - Windsor Castle, the Changing of the Guard
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk from your hotel to Windsor Castle. Enjoy a remarkable building - Windsor Castle, which has been shaped by the tastes of kings and queens over 1,000 years, Today HM The Queen spends most of her private weekends here which is also used for ceremonial and state occasions. Built by William the Conqueror within what was the royal hunting forest (now Windsor Great Park), Windsor Castle has been successfully enlarged, adapted and rebuilt by monarchs from Henry II to Queen Elizabeth II. Their legacy can be seen throughout the Castle which is also home to some of the greatest paintings and works of arts in the world. From the unique view within the Castle watch the Changing of the Guard (please note: Please note that this schedule is set by the British Army and is subject to change. Dates are set at the end of the month before). The Ceremony takes place outside the Guardroom in the Lower Ward of the Castle and takes 30 minutes. At 10.45am, the marching band leaves Victoria Barracks on Sheet Street and arrives at Windsor Castle at 11am. The band plays for the audience until the new guard is ready to take up their duties and then marches back at 11.30am. Date not yet confimred for Changing of the Guard for October. It runs on alternate days.

Lunch: Excluded. Refreshments may be purchased within the castle grounds.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Excluded so that you may sample the many restaurants, cafes and pubs all on your doorstep in Windsor.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Ye Harte & Garter Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the heart of Shakespere country, the historic Alveston Manor Hotel is set in its own grounds just 5 minutes walk from all the cultural attractions of Stratford-upon-Avon and retains some 16th century original features. Most bedrooms are in the modern wing.

Contact info:
Clopton Bridge
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warks, CV37 7HP UK:England
phone: +44 844 879 9138
web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Traditional and modern bedrooms. Direct dila telephone, flat screen television with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilties, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, complimentary filted water. WiFi (fees apply). 24 hour room service.

Facility amenities: Award-winning Manor Restaurant, Blue Lounge, Manor Bar. Extensive grounds. Vital Health & Wellbeing with a range of fitness facilities including a Technogym, 18 metre heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, October 10 - Oxford highlights.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Straford-upon-Avon via Oxford's famous "dreaming spires". Oxford academic and resident Oliver Cox meets you at 10:30am for coffee and an introduction to Oxford's beauty and traditionalism with Oliver in the High Street (University College or St Mary's Church). Then move across to the Radcliffe Camera and Square and discover the contrasting Classical and Gothic architecure, the Clarendon Building and the Sheldonian Theatre. ceremony).

Lunch: Excluded. Choose from central Oxford's many tea rooms, cafes, pubs, sandwich bars and restaurants. Time for lunch is quite limited so that we can make the most of the day in Oxford.

Afternoon: A custodian takes you behind the scenes at one of Oxford's most famous colleges, Christ Church and Cathedral. See the secret garden, sights filmed in the Harry Potter series, the famous water meadows and buildings from different periods, from Henry VIII and Wolsey's Tudor Kitchen, the Great Hall and classical Peckwater Building. Great photo opportunities with the statue of Mercury, lilly pond and Tom Tower. Travel to just outside Stratford-upon-Avon to check in.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: After dinner Oliver Cox introduces Stratford-upon-Avon and the play Love Labour's Won which we will see tomorrow evening.

Lodging: Alveston Manor

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

Description: Situated in the heart of Shakespere country, the historic Alveston Manor Hotel is set in its own grounds just 5 minutes walk from all the cultural attractions of Stratford-upon-Avon and retains some 16th century original features. Most bedrooms are in the modern wing.

Contact info:
Clopton Bridge
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warks, CV37 7HP UK:England
phone: +44 844 879 9138
web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Traditional and modern bedrooms. Direct dila telephone, flat screen television with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilties, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, complimentary filted water. WiFi (fees apply). 24 hour room service.

Facility amenities: Award-winning Manor Restaurant, Blue Lounge, Manor Bar. Extensive grounds. Vital Health & Wellbeing with a range of fitness facilities including a Technogym, 18 metre heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, October 11 - Straford-upon-Avon walk, Rooftop dinner at the RS...
Straford-upon-Avon walk, Rooftop dinner at the RSC with a performance of Love Labour's Won.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Oliver Cox or your group leader will provide you with a City Sightseeing ticket which includes entrances to the five famous properties associated with the great Bard, William Shakespeare. You are then free to explore at your own time and interests.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free until a Front of House tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company's building and theatres. 4:45pm.

Dinner: Enjoy the views, ambience and food at the RSC's Rooftop Restaurant. 5:45pm. 3 courses plus a glass of wine or soft drink.

Evening: A Theatre performance at the Swan. Love's Labour's Won by Shakespeare. Also known as Much Ado About Nothing. 7:15pm. Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out. Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies with Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Lodging: Alveston Manor

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

Description: Situated in the heart of Shakespere country, the historic Alveston Manor Hotel is set in its own grounds just 5 minutes walk from all the cultural attractions of Stratford-upon-Avon and retains some 16th century original features. Most bedrooms are in the modern wing.

Contact info:
Clopton Bridge
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warks, CV37 7HP UK:England
phone: +44 844 879 9138
web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Room amenities: Traditional and modern bedrooms. Direct dila telephone, flat screen television with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilties, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, complimentary filted water. WiFi (fees apply). 24 hour room service.

Facility amenities: Award-winning Manor Restaurant, Blue Lounge, Manor Bar. Extensive grounds. Vital Health & Wellbeing with a range of fitness facilities including a Technogym, 18 metre heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, October 12 - Essentially English-the Cotswolds.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a field trip by coach through the picturesque Cotswolds' countryside stopping at the essentially English villages of Stow-on-the Wold and Chipping Campden, noted for its elegant High Street, dating from the 14th to the 17th century. The street is lined with traditional Cotswold honey coloured limestone buildings with specialist shops and inns. At its centre stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627. Other attractions include the grand early perpendicular wool church of St James – with its medieval altar frontals (c.1500), cope (c.1400) and vast and extravagant 17th century monuments to local wealthy silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks and his family – the Almshouses and Woolstaplers Hall. The Court Barn near the church is now a museum celebrating the rich Arts and Crafts tradition of the area. Hear a talk at the Ashmolean Museum in the village of Broaway.

Lunch: Included and taken in a traditional Cotswold building.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Stow-on-the-Wold and Broughton- on -the- Water. Return to the hotel at 4:30pm.

Dinner: Excluded. You may wish to travel by public transport into Stratford ( 5 minutes) or take a meal at the hotel bar.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Alveston Manor

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

Description: Set on the idyllic Conwy Estuary, the Quay Hotel commands awe-inspiring views of the most magical scenery in North Wales and is located within easy reach of Snowdonia National Park, the neighbouring medieval town of Conwy and Victorian Llandudno.

Contact info:
Deganwy Quay
Deganwy, near Llandudno
Conwy, LL31 9DL UK:England
phone: +44 1492 564100
web: www.quayhotel.co.uk

Room amenities: Bedrooms have views over the tranquil Zen court yard and views of the Marina on the ground floor. Rooms include a LCD TV, free Wi-Fi access, work station, 24 hour room service, hair dryers, trouser press, bathrobes, coffee/tea making facilities, complementary bottled mineral water, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Award winning The Grill Restaurant, The Grill Bar and terrace with complimentary WiFi. Spa with swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Fitness suite.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, October 13 - The walled city of Chester and its Cathedral.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Conwy in North Wales via the historic city of Chester, which borders Wales. A guide will instruct you in 2000 years of history in the town centre. The city is famous for its galleried rows, Roman remains and complete city walls. See the remains of its Roman heritage as well as its unique Medieval Rows and the spectacular Chester Cathedral, or the Roman Amphitheatre.

Lunch: Is excluded so that you can explore further central Chester.

Afternoon: The transfer to Conwy continues. Check in and have a welcome meeting with Conway Davies, historian, author, broadcaster, and Welshman. He may teach you some words from the Welsh language traditionally spoken in parts of North Wales today.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: You may wish to explore the marina and Quay at Deganwy. Photo opportunities at sunset over the bay and mountains.

Lodging: Quay Hotel and Spa

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

Description: Set on the idyllic Conwy Estuary, the Quay Hotel commands awe-inspiring views of the most magical scenery in North Wales and is located within easy reach of Snowdonia National Park, the neighbouring medieval town of Conwy and Victorian Llandudno.

Contact info:
Deganwy Quay
Deganwy, near Llandudno
Conwy, LL31 9DL UK:England
phone: +44 1492 564100
web: www.quayhotel.co.uk

Room amenities: Bedrooms have views over the tranquil Zen court yard and views of the Marina on the ground floor. Rooms include a LCD TV, free Wi-Fi access, work station, 24 hour room service, hair dryers, trouser press, bathrobes, coffee/tea making facilities, complementary bottled mineral water, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Award winning The Grill Restaurant, The Grill Bar and terrace with complimentary WiFi. Spa with swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Fitness suite.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, October 14 - UNESCO site, Conwy and Conwy Castle.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Conway Davies gives you an illustrated potted history of Wales before embarking on a field trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Conwy Castle and City Walls. Conwy castle is a gritty, dark stoned fortress which has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The castle, commands a rock above the Conwy Estuary and demands as much attention as the dramatic Snowdonia skyline behind it.This is an historic site which still casts a powerful spell. Conwy is the classic walled town which you will walk with Conway Davies. Its circuit of walls, over three quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers, is one of the finest in the World. Conwy, constructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289 as one of the key fortresses in his 'iron ring' of castles to contain the Welsh, was built to prompt such a humbling reaction.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Conway Davies shows you the city highlights before some free time.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a traditional Welsh musical evening such as a Male Voice Choir of Harpist.

Lodging: Quay Hotel and Spa

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

Description: Set on the idyllic Conwy Estuary, the Quay Hotel commands awe-inspiring views of the most magical scenery in North Wales and is located within easy reach of Snowdonia National Park, the neighbouring medieval town of Conwy and Victorian Llandudno.

Contact info:
Deganwy Quay
Deganwy, near Llandudno
Conwy, LL31 9DL UK:England
phone: +44 1492 564100
web: www.quayhotel.co.uk

Room amenities: Bedrooms have views over the tranquil Zen court yard and views of the Marina on the ground floor. Rooms include a LCD TV, free Wi-Fi access, work station, 24 hour room service, hair dryers, trouser press, bathrobes, coffee/tea making facilities, complementary bottled mineral water, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Award winning The Grill Restaurant, The Grill Bar and terrace with complimentary WiFi. Spa with swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Fitness suite.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, October 15 - Snowdonia National Park.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a full day coach ride through the Snowdonia National Park. A region and a park spanning over 800 square miles, it was the first to be chosen of the three National Parks in Wales, in 1951. Snowdonia boasts the major mountain in Wales and the largest natural lake in Wales as well as a wealth of charming villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is rich in culture and local history, where more than half its population speak Welsh.

Lunch: Taken out in a village in the Snowdonia National Park.

Afternoon: The field trip continues through landscapes of stunning natural beauty.

Dinner: Excluded. You may wish to experience some of the eateries on Deganwy Quay or enjoy a bar meal in the hotel overlooking the bay.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Quay Hotel and Spa

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

Description: Situated in the centre of the bustling market town of Keswick, this historic hotel is surrounded by the Lakes and Mountains of the English Lake District.

Contact info:
Main Street
Keswick
Cumbria, CA12 5BN UK:England
phone: +44 17687 72071
web: www.lakedistricthotels.net/skiddawhotel/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, ironing board.

Facility amenities: 31 The Square, the air-conditioned restaurant. Conservatory lounge that looks directly onto the bustling Keswick town square. Free WiFi is available in all public areas. There is one elevator with steps leading to it.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, October 16 - The city of Liverpool.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Keswick in the English Lake District via the city of Liverpool, home to the Beatles and the Mersey Beat. Liverpool is noted for its rich architectural heritage and is home to many buildings regarded as amongst the greatest examples of their respective styles in the world. Several areas of the city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004. Referred to as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, the site comprises six separate locations in the city including the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street and includes many of the city's most famous landmarks. The majority of buildings in the city date from the late-18th century onwards, the period during which the city grew into one of the foremost powers in the British Empire. It also boasts more Georgian buildings than Bath! This richness of architecture has subsequently seen Liverpool described by English Heritage, as England's finest Victorian city. We will stop at the most famous dock the Albert Dock, which was constructed in 1846 and today comprises the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings anywhere in Britain. The Albert Dock houses restaurants, bars, shops, two hotels as well as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story. Art lovers may wish to visit Tate Liverpool (free daily talks, free entrance) to view modern and contemporary art at its best, including many works by Klimt.

Lunch: Excluded. The Albert Dock is home to a wide and varied number of eateries.

Afternoon: The transfer to the Lake District continues. Check in at the hotel followed by the opportunity to visit the local market outside the hotel. An illustrated talk by Cumbrian based Val Abraham follows: "Inspirational Landscapes: The English Lake District." Question and answer session with maps.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to join Val on a walk through this market town and/or continue on to Derwentwater .

Lodging: Skiddaw Hotel

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

Description: Situated in the centre of the bustling market town of Keswick, this historic hotel is surrounded by the Lakes and Mountains of the English Lake District.

Contact info:
Main Street
Keswick
Cumbria, CA12 5BN UK:England
phone: +44 17687 72071
web: www.lakedistricthotels.net/skiddawhotel/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, ironing board.

Facility amenities: 31 The Square, the air-conditioned restaurant. Conservatory lounge that looks directly onto the bustling Keswick town square. Free WiFi is available in all public areas. There is one elevator with steps leading to it.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, October 17 - Castle Cottage private tour and tea. Beatrix Po...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: A unique experience to hear and learn about the real Beatrix Potter. The new tenant (2013) of Castle Cottage near Sawrey, also in charge of marketing for the Beatrix Potter Society will show you around the cottage, the garden and historic barns. We will have tea and coffee and flapjacks or teabread. Walk through the village of Sawrey and on to the National Trust's Hilltop Garden. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. (House exterior only).Walk through the interesting village of Hawkshead where William Wordsworth went to school and see the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Lunch: Excluded. Explore Hawkshead.

Afternoon: Enjoy a different perspective on the Lakes on a steamer ride floating from Lakeside to Ambleside via St Johns in the Vale to Castle Ridge Stone Circle.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Optional walk with Val Abraham.

Lodging: Skiddaw Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the centre of the bustling market town of Keswick, this historic hotel is surrounded by the Lakes and Mountains of the English Lake District.

Contact info:
Main Street
Keswick
Cumbria, CA12 5BN UK:England
phone: +44 17687 72071
web: www.lakedistricthotels.net/skiddawhotel/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, ironing board.

Facility amenities: 31 The Square, the air-conditioned restaurant. Conservatory lounge that looks directly onto the bustling Keswick town square. Free WiFi is available in all public areas. There is one elevator with steps leading to it.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, October 18 - Bowness-on-Windermere, River Levens, Coniston, La...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a scenic Lakeside drive to Bowness-on-Windermere where you will discover the Arts & Crafts Blackwell House and Garden where we''ll have an introductory talk by a docent. Today the objects in the period room displays are drawn from the Lakeland ArtsTrust’s own collections and loans from other institutions and private lenders. See a rare pair of armchairs designed by the architect of Blackwell, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott (1865-1945) and " Seated Madonna", a porcelain figure by Philip Eglin. From the Eastern shores of Windermere, take an optional walk into Coniston village.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Travel from the western shores of Coniston to Lakeside Bluebird Cafe. Take the Coniston launch to Brantwood House and Gardens-home to the great Victorian and man of letters, John Ruskin. Brantwood is the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District. Brantwood is both a treasure house of historical importance and a lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations associated with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State. Return via the Yew Tree Valley Potter farms and the Langdales.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: Skiddaw Hotel

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

Description: Near to aiport (Terminal 1).

Contact info:
Outwood Lane.
Manchester., M90 4HL. UK:England
phone: +44 161 498 0333
web: www.bewleyshotels.com/manchester_airport_hotel

Room amenities: Free Broadband Internet, Telephone & Voice mail, Sky TV, Tea & coffee facilities, Hairdryer, Iron & board, Trouser-press, Fax & Modem point, Hypoallergenic duvets.

Facility amenities: Brasserie, hotel lounge with free 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: 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 out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Sunday, October 19 - Kirkstone Pass and Sizergh Castle.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Manchester via a great photo opportunity at Kirkstone Pass and take a coffee at the Kirkstone Pass Inn. Travel on to the National Trust's Sizergh Castle and Gardens. Beautiful medieval house, with rich gardens and estate. This imposing house stands proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Its rich and beautiful garden includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs.

Lunch: Taken in Sizergh Castle cafe.

Afternoon: Take a guided tour of the house and gardens.

Dinner: In the airport hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Bewley's Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Monday, October 20 - Departure day.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Manchester Airport by the hotel courtesy shuttle bus. Your group leader will assist you in making arrangements.

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 ...
12 nights of accommodations
24 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
20 Field trips
2 Performances

Ratings

4.7
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