Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

ENGLAND / UNITED STATES

Adventures Afloat: Britain’s Brilliant Art and Architecture: A Queen Mary 2 Voyage

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

United States

Interest

Adventure Afloat Study Cruise

Price Range

$3500 - $5000

Start Date

End Date

More Options


AnyInternationalSt. BartsUnited StatesCanadaAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanAzoresBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBritish Virgin IslandsBruneiBulgariaBurmaBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanary IslandsCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChileChinaColombiaComorosCongoCook IslandsCosta RicaCroatiaCubaCuracaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEaster IslandEcuadorEgyptEnglandEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland IslandsFaroe IslandsFederated States of MicronesiaFijiFinlandFranceFrance Southern TerritoriesFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench West IndiesGabonGalapagos IslandsGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernsey IslandGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard and Mc Donald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIrelandIsles of ScillyIsraelItalyIvory CoastJamaicaJapanJersey IslandJordanKazakhstanKenyaKoreaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedoniaMadagascarMadeira IslandsMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMidway IslandMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueNamibiaNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorthern Mariana IslandsNorthwest TerritoriesNorwayOmanPacific IslandsPakistanPalauPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussia (Siberia)Russian FederationSaint HelenaSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaScotlandSenegalSerbiaSeychellesShetland IslandsSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSt Kitts and NevisSt. Eustatius (Statia)St. LuciaSt. Pierre & MiquelonSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSurinamSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaTasmaniaThailandTibetTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTristan da CunhaTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and CaicosUS Virgin IslandsUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamWalesYemenZambiaZimbabwe
Road Scholar
Program #21283RJ
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

Expand all
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, introduction by Dr Steven Parissien and reception 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 the many facilities of the ship. Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of the next six afternoons and evenings as you sail to London and your theatrical 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 Britian and the Georgian Revolution. We examine the astonishing range of architectural inventiveness in the late Stuart Britain of 1660-1714 – whose creations which 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, a 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 excercising your mind playing bridge with new friends or trying out a board game, then exercising your body in the QM2's fitness center. You 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. Victorian pubs.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Learn about the cultural importance of Victoria and Albert. Discover the significance of Victorian pubs and beer. 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 - The Age of Steam.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Dr Steven Parissien explores Cathedrals of the Steam Age and Imperial Architecture. The greatest triumphs of 19th century architecture are, arguably, the great railway stations – the cathedrals of the industrial age. This session looks at the great termini of Britain, from Euston to St Pancras, and at the great imperial creations of the Victorian era.

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. The Royal Pavilion Brighton -Geo...
Disembarkation. The Royal Pavilion Brighton -George IV's "Grand Folly?"

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: The Queen Mary II docks in Southampton at approximately 8:30am. Disembark and transfer by coach to Oxford via Brighton. Take a field trip to one of the most outrageous creations of King George IV, and one of the most bizarre royal homes anywhere in the world: the bizarre, ‘Chinese-Hindu’ seaside retreat of the Royal Pavilion Brighton, remodelled by John Nash as an indisputably exotic confection after 1815.

Lunch: Taken out in Brighton.

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, and, as a deliberate contrast, the magisterial pile of Blenheim Palace, built after 1705 as a vast tribute to the Duke of Marlborough, the greatest general of the Baroque era.

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: We conclude the programme, appropriately, with an exploration of the stone and brick delights of Victorian Oxford, from Jackson’s Examination Schools and Butterfield’s Keble College to Park Town and Polstead Road – 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.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

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

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.
Currently selected:Prices Starting At:

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

Ratings

4.6
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Back to Back Adventures

Choose a nearby learning adventure to add before or after this program:

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768