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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 Sep 8 — Sep 19, 2014

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Day One: Monday, September 08 -
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, September 09 -
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, September 10 - Classical and Gothic Oxford.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Your Course Director John Hudson lectures on "The Architecture of Oxford". We then depart the hotel for a tour of the Bodleian Library.

Lunch: Taken out at the Mitre in Oxford. The present Mitre Inn dates from around 1630, but there has been an inn on this site since around 1300. It has always belonged to Lincoln College, and its name probably derives from the college coat of arms, which depicts the mitre of the Bishop of Lincoln. It was an important coaching inn, and as early as 1671 there were coaches running between London and the Mitre on three days a week. It is a Grade II* listed building.

Afternoon: Take a walk of Classical and Gothic Oxford. Enjoy a guided walk of the centre of Oxford showing examples of Gothic and Classical styles and explaining not only the differences between them but the reasons for them. Mention will also be made of the Codrington library at All Souls which has a Gothic exterior and a classical interior. Buildings visited include the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian theatre, Clarendon Building, Divinity School, St Mary's Church. Radcliffe square is surrounded by one of the most amazing collection of Gothic and Classical buildings which somehow seem to harmonise. The walk includes entrance to Exeter College, the fourth oldest of Oxford colleges, founded in 1314. This lively college is in the middle of Oxford. It would be difficult to be more central. 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: 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, September 11 - 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, September 12 - Inspector Morse, Christ Church and Keble College.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: This morning, guest lecturer Dr Anthony Richards lectures on the subject of Inspector Morse.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon's 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. Continue on to Harris Manchester College to view the Pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows in the Chapel and on to Gothic Keble College with its distinctive brickwork.

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, September 13 - The Pre-Raphaelites. Dinner in the Ashmolean Mus...
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Lectures in the hotel on "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Pre-Raphaelites".

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to discover Oxford's Open Door. Oxford Preservation Trust welcomes you to a weekend when we celebrate Oxford and all that makes it special – its places, spaces and most of all its people. Free Access to All. At 6:00pm, take a curator led gallery lecture at the world famous Ashmolean Museum. Over the weekend of September 13 & 14, Oxford opens its doors inviting you in to the familiar and the unexpected, the unusual and the everyday. The Universities, the Colleges and the Town all take part, taking a fresh look at the many places where we live, study and work.

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

Evening: Free, after the museum dinner.

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, September 14 - 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, September 15 - Lecture on C.S Lewis, dinner at The Eagle and Chi...
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

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

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon, to explore Oxford at leisure.

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 Nine: Tuesday, September 16 - The Cotswolds, Burford and Bibury.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

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

Lunch: Taken out in Maison Blanc in Burford.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

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 Ten: Wednesday, September 17 - Kelmscott Manor.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Today we have a full day field trip to Bampton and Kelmscott Manor. Travel through the Oxfordshire countryside to William Morris' Thames-side home. 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.

Lunch: Taken at Kelmscott.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a DVD showing of "Morse's Oxford".

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, September 18 - 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.The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic Oxford punt station and restaurant on the banks of the river Cherwell.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, September 19 -
Depart From: London Heathrow.

Breakfast: In the hotel unless transfers are early.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
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