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13 Days | 12 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 Jun 2 — Jun 14, 2015

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Millenium Hilton hotel is conveniently located in Lower Manhattan right in the heart of New York City’s bustling financial district within easy reach of Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty. The hotel is located just a few steps from the National 9/11 Memorial and is surrounded by the renowned New York neighborhoods of SoHo, Tribeca and Greenwich Village.

Contact info:
55 Church Street
New York, NY 10007 USA
phone: 212-693-2001
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/millenium-hilton

Room amenities: Relax in a contemporary guest room offering a king-sized bed, 42-inch plasma screen TV and cordless telephones, AM/FM radio, hair dryer, coffee maker and "The Bed" by Hilton.

Facility amenities: Liquid Assets cocktail bar. 24-hour fitness center and heated, glass-enclosed indoor pool overlooking Ground Zero. Automated Teller (ATM), Baggage Storage , Complimentary WiFi in Lobby , Concierge Desk, Foreign Currency Exchange , Gift Shop, Laundry/Valet Service , Lounge , Multi-Lingual Staff,News Stand, Room Service, Safety Deposit Box, WiFi - $12.95/day in Guestroom (2014 price), 24 hour business center.

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, June 02 -
Afternoon: After check, in settle in before a welcome meeting and introduction by Dr Steven Parissien in the hotel at 6:00pm.

Dinner: In the hotel

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Millenium Hilton

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm.

Contact info:
N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Wednesday, June 03 - The Frick Collection
Breakfast: In the hotel. You will receive a voucher for this on arrival.

Morning: We will begin our explorations of British art and architecture by investigating the world-class collection of British pictures at one of the world’s most impressive private galleries – housed in a sumptuous Fifth Avenue mansion built in 1913-14 by the industrialist Henry Clay Frick. View British Art by Turner, Constable and Gainsborough.

Lunch: You may take a late lunch on board the Queen Mary II. The coach departs the hotel at 1:00pm for a 2:00pm embarkation.

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

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm. Delicious menus designed by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann await you in Britannia and Britannia Club Restaurants. Make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase into the elegant Britannia two tier dining room and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service.

Evening: At leisure. See a show tonight in the ballroom, or relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or perhaps wander to one of the bars for a beverage and chat. Or wander through the stacks of the library, one of the best shipboard libraries available, find a book and that perfect reading chair.

Lodging: Queen Mary II.

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

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm.

Contact info:
N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Thursday, June 04 - Insights into the "Georgian Revolution".
Breakfast: Taken on board ship in the Britannia or more casually in King's Court.

Morning: Dr Steven Parissien, your course director and a leading authority on the Georgian period begins his insights on British art and architecture with an illustrated lecture on Baroque Britain and the Georgian Revolution. We examine the astonishing range of architectural inventiveness in the late Stuart Britain of 1660-1714 – whose creations range from Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre to London’s St Paul’s Cathedral – and revisit at the early Georgian period to find not as, as is often thought, an era of undisturbed gentility, but a time of revolutionary ideas, social unrest and excessive gin drinking, all of which are reflected in the art of Britain’s first great native painter, William Hogarth.

Lunch: On board ship.

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

Dinner: On board ship.

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

Lodging: Queen Mary II.

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

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm.

Contact info:
N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, June 05 - The Golden Age of British Painting.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Dr Parissien lectures on Neoclassicism and the Golden Age of British Painting. The advent of Neoclassicism in the 1760s provides Britons with an appropriately grand and aspirational idiom in which to express their increasing wealth and self-confidence. Meanwhile, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Romney and Ramsay become the first British painters whose undoubted genius is recognised across Europe.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy an exceptional array of shipboard-enrichment activities. Welcome cocktail party.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Free for leisure activities.

Lodging: Queen Mary II.

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

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm.

Contact info:
N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, June 06 - The King George IV and the Arts.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Dr Steven Parissien lectures on the fascinating figure of George IV, images of the King and the Arts. The colour, fun and eclecticism of the Regency period of c.1783-1830 is epitomised and inspired by the larger-than-life figure of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. British art and architecture reach triumphal heights of innovation never yet seen before; meanwhile, however, George himself deteriorates into a soap-opera figure of fun.

Lunch: On board ship.

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

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: Queen Mary II.

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

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm.

Contact info:
N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, June 07 - Explore the worlds of the Gothic and Victorian In...
Breakfast: Onboard ship.

Morning: Join Steve Parissien with the Gothic Revival and Victorian Interiors. The Gothic Revival of the 1830s and 40s, and the simultaneously advent of Pre-Raphaelitism in art, changes the way in which the Victorians look at the world. In art and architecture, however, artists struggle with reconciling the benefits of mass-production to the process of artistic creation – with the result that influential critics like Ruskin and Morris begin to wish away the industrial revolution.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: Queen Mary II.

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

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm.

Contact info:
N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, June 08 - Victoria and Albert.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Learn about the cultural importance of Victoria and Albert, and the buildings of Victorian Britain – from the Houses of Parliament to the ‘Cathedrals of the Steam Age’, railway stations. The role of the monarchy in the Victorian art world: from patrons of Winterhalter and Landseer to the creators of the Great Exhibition and the Albert Memorial. At the other end of the social spectrum, there is an explosion in the provision of pubs – and a corresponding growth in artists’ fascination with everyday life and experiences.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board ship.

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

Lodging: Queen Mary II.

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

Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm.

Contact info:
N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, June 09 - Georgian and Victorian Oxford.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Dr Steven Parissien previews the buildings of Georgian and Victorian Oxford that we will be seeing, looking at the innate aesthetic conservatism of the city and the university, and explores the curious history of the three great country houses we will be visiting, all of which were rescued from ruin in the 20th century: Basildon Park (now a principal venue for Downton Abbey), Compton Verney (now a national art museum) and Upton House (which now belongs to the National Trust).

Lunch: On board ship.

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

Dinner: Farewell dinner on the Queen Mary II.

Evening: Mingle with your new friends in anticipation of docking in England for the next part of your learning adventure.

Lodging: Queen Mary II.

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

Description: Nestling in 40 acres of magnificent Thames-side parkland, which is home to a horse sanctuary, the hotel has a truly idyllic setting.The historic heart of Oxford is less than half a mile away with a short riverside walk to Oxford’s colleges, museums, shops and theatres.

Contact info:
Abingdon Road.
Oxford., OX1 4PS UK:England
phone: +44 1865 324324
web: www.four-pillars.co.uk/Spires/home.html

Room amenities: There are 115 bedrooms and suites that include complimentary hospitality trays, trouser presses, hairdryers, iron and ironing boards, safes, digital television and communications technology. Some rooms have balconies.

Facility amenities: Built in Cotswold stone, the Oxford Spires blends seamlessly into its historic setting and is decorated and furnished in a classically elegant style. The Spires facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath, and beauty therapy room. Restaurants and bars.

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 Nine: Wednesday, June 10 - Disembarkation and Basildon Park.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: The Queen Mary II docks in Southampton at approximately 8:30am. Disembark and transfer by coach to Oxford via the National Trust's Basildon Park, Georgian mansion set in parkland, a major location in the filming of Downton Abbey. Despite its years of neglect, when Lady Iliffe saw Basildon Park in the 1950s she fell in love with it. She and her husband lovingly restored every inch of the house, replacing door handles, plasterwork, fire places and every pane of glass. When you see the beautiful interiors today, it is hard to imagine the house was ever unloved.

Lunch: Taken out, in the Miller of Mansfield pub in Goring or similar.

Afternoon: The transfer continues. Estimated arrival in Oxford at 5:00pm. Check in and relax before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At lesiure. You may wish to explore the hotel's acres of landscaped grounds which lead down to the Thames and have interesting riverside walks.

Lodging: Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel

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

Description: Nestling in 40 acres of magnificent Thames-side parkland, which is home to a horse sanctuary, the hotel has a truly idyllic setting.The historic heart of Oxford is less than half a mile away with a short riverside walk to Oxford’s colleges, museums, shops and theatres.

Contact info:
Abingdon Road.
Oxford., OX1 4PS UK:England
phone: +44 1865 324324
web: www.four-pillars.co.uk/Spires/home.html

Room amenities: There are 115 bedrooms and suites that include complimentary hospitality trays, trouser presses, hairdryers, iron and ironing boards, safes, digital television and communications technology. Some rooms have balconies.

Facility amenities: Built in Cotswold stone, the Oxford Spires blends seamlessly into its historic setting and is decorated and furnished in a classically elegant style. The Spires facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath, and beauty therapy room. Restaurants and bars.

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 Ten: Thursday, June 11 - Ashmolean Museum.
Note: Walking up to three hours on paved streets. Rest stops available.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we explore the amazing Georgian and Victorian treasures at the Ashmolean, Oxford University’s repository of the arts and the world’s oldest museum, and look at how the city’s architecture developed in the 18th century, from the colleges of the university to the terraces of the poor.

Lunch: Taken out in Oxford's city centre.

Afternoon: Continue with a Georgian walk to John Street, the Clarendon Building, Radcliffe Camera, All Souls College and Queen’s College.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Evening walk: Oxford's Historic Pubs. An optional walk of Oxford’s venerable pubs, from the ancient Turf Tavern and the 17th century King’s Arms to the Inklings’ haunt of the Eagle and Child and Thomas Hardy’s Lamb and Flag

Lodging: Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel

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

Description: Nestling in 40 acres of magnificent Thames-side parkland, which is home to a horse sanctuary, the hotel has a truly idyllic setting.The historic heart of Oxford is less than half a mile away with a short riverside walk to Oxford’s colleges, museums, shops and theatres.

Contact info:
Abingdon Road.
Oxford., OX1 4PS UK:England
phone: +44 1865 324324
web: www.four-pillars.co.uk/Spires/home.html

Room amenities: There are 115 bedrooms and suites that include complimentary hospitality trays, trouser presses, hairdryers, iron and ironing boards, safes, digital television and communications technology. Some rooms have balconies.

Facility amenities: Built in Cotswold stone, the Oxford Spires blends seamlessly into its historic setting and is decorated and furnished in a classically elegant style. The Spires facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath, and beauty therapy room. Restaurants and bars.

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 Eleven: Friday, June 12 - Compton Verney and Upton House.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: We visit Compton Verney, a former Georgian mansion-turned-national art gallery set in 120 acres of landscaping of the 1770s. The building is a Grade I listed house built in 1714 by Richard Verney, 11th Baron Willoughby de Broke. It was first extended by George Verney, the 12th baron in the early 18th century and then remodelled and the interiors redesigned by Robert Adam in the 1760s.

Lunch: Taken in Compton Verney.

Afternoon: Continue on to the National Trust's Upton House. Lord Bearsted acquired Upton House in 1927 partly because of its location in good hunting country, but also because he was keen to see his expanding collection of art accommodated under one roof. Almost two decades later the National Trust accepted the gift of Upton House and Gardens on the strength of the collections of paintings and porcelain. It was, and is, one of the finest private art collections in England. Lord Bearsted organised his paintings by schools throughout the house. Dutch paintings in the Long Gallery, Stubbs in the Dining Room and the Old Masters in the Picture Gallery, just as it remains today. Without doubt the most permanent impression left by Lady Bearsted at Upton was in the gardens. A walk from the orchard, past the rock garden, along the herbaceous borders and north lake borders, past the formal gardens and the hornton stone staircase finishing in the Bog Garden means your gaze never leaves the inspirations of Lady Bearsted, realised by Kitty Lloyd Jones, her garden designer

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel

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

Description: Nestling in 40 acres of magnificent Thames-side parkland, which is home to a horse sanctuary, the hotel has a truly idyllic setting.The historic heart of Oxford is less than half a mile away with a short riverside walk to Oxford’s colleges, museums, shops and theatres.

Contact info:
Abingdon Road.
Oxford., OX1 4PS UK:England
phone: +44 1865 324324
web: www.four-pillars.co.uk/Spires/home.html

Room amenities: There are 115 bedrooms and suites that include complimentary hospitality trays, trouser presses, hairdryers, iron and ironing boards, safes, digital television and communications technology. Some rooms have balconies.

Facility amenities: Built in Cotswold stone, the Oxford Spires blends seamlessly into its historic setting and is decorated and furnished in a classically elegant style. The Spires facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath, and beauty therapy room. Restaurants and bars.

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 Twelve: Saturday, June 13 - Keble College and Victorian Oxford.
Note: Walking up to three hours.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: We conclude the programme, appropriately, with an exploration of the stone and brick delights of Victorian Oxford, from Butterfield’s Keble College to Park Town and North Parade – remarkable buildings from an era when, briefly, Oxford led the world in architectural innovation. In choosing William Butterfield (1814-1900) as their architect the founders were opting for a man with a proven track record as an exponent of the Gothic style (notably through his work at All Saints St Margaret Street, 1849) as well as High Anglican principles. Butterfield’s choice of brick was not just for reasons of economy, but also owed something to ideological and aesthetic principles. Butterfield himself claimed that he ‘had a mission to give dignity to brick’; the leading Anglo-Catholic Dr Pusey saw the College as a ‘broadside of Christianity against the [University] Museum’ across the road. In the buildings at Keble Butterfield displayed his characteristic penchant for polychromatic brickwork. This activity may take place in the afternoon, due to College availability.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Sunday, June 14 -
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel. Some departures may leave before breakfast.

Morning: Transfers from Oxford to London Heathrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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