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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.
Elevation Note
This program takes place at sea level.

Itinerary for Sep 26 — Oct 8, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This luxury Manhattan hotel on the East Side is perfect for visiting the city's best attractions, restaurants & shopping. Conveniently located for Rockefeller Center, Central Park, 5th Avenue, Broadway theaters & top NYC attractions.

Contact info:
525 Lexington Avenue at 49th St.
New York, NY 10017 USA
phone: 212-755-4000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycea-new-york-marriott-east-side/

Room amenities: Each room and suite at this East Side Manhattan hotel features new luxurious bedding and bathrooms. Plug-in panels connect laptops, MP3 players, cameras and game consoles to 32" flat panel HDTV,and WiFi. Business amenities include work desk, speakerphone, voicemail, high-speed Internet, and WiFi.

Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking, Beauty shop nearby (referral at front desk), Cash machine/ATM, Coffee/tea in-room, Concierge Lounge Hours, Concierge desk, Evening turndown service, Foreign exchange, Gift/newsstand, Housekeeping service daily, Local restaurant dinner delivery, Newspaper delivered to room on request, Newspaper in lobby, Phone calls: toll-free, Room service 6:00 AM-11:00 PM, Safe deposit boxes, front desk, Valet dry-cleaning, Vending machines, Virtual Concierge Available

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
TBA. Complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to Adventures Afloat Road Scholar in Boston or email afloatops@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Friday, September 26 - Arrival, Welcome
Afternoon: Independent arrivals. Welcome meeting in the hotel at 6 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel at 7:00pm.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore.

Lodging: East Side Marriott

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 (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, September 27 - Embark Queen Mary 2.
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a free morning on your own.

Lunch: You are free to enjoy lunch on your own. You may wish to take a late lunch onboard ship.

Afternoon: Group transfer by coach to embarkation of Queen Mary 2 at about 2 p.m.

Dinner: Onboard ship.

Evening: Free to begin exploring the magnificent Queen Mary 2 and its grand array of activities and entertainment.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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 (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Sunday, September 28 - Multi-media presentation by Giles Ramsay.
Breakfast: Onboard ship.

Morning: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of the free mornings 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.

Lunch: Onboard ship.

Afternoon: To prepare for your theatre adventure in London, Giles Ramsay, a theatre producer and director based in London, presents a colorful and informative lecture: "What is Theatre and Why Do We Need It?" He will offer insight on a different aspect of London theatre each afternoon.

Dinner: Onboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy an array of shipboard activities.

Lodging: Aboard The 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 (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, September 29 - Lecture by Giles Ramsay and Welcome Cocktail Part...
Breakfast: Onboard ship.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay presents the multi-media lecture: "Medieval Drama Reformation and Christopher Marlowe.” Also, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Party.

Dinner: Onboard.

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

Lodging: Aboard The 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 (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, September 30 - Lecture by Giles Ramsay on Shakespeare
Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: Enjoy an exceptional array of shipboard-enrichment activities.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: To continue your preparation for a fascinating theatre adventure in London, Giles Ramsay presents the lecture "Shakespeare's Life and Verse."

Dinner: Onboard.

Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Check the QM2 schedule to see which night you can experience a Royal Night Theme Ball, donning your formal dancing attire and taking to the floor in a sea of glittering ball gowns and tuxedos accompanied by the sounds of a wonderful orchestra.

Lodging: Aboard The 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 (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, October 01 - Lecture by Giles Ramsay on "British Theatre"
Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay presents the colorful and informative lecture: "3,000 Years of British Theatre."

Dinner: Onboard.

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: Aboard The 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 (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, October 02 - Insight on Theatre.
Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: Theater producer and director Giles Ramsay continues his expert insights into British theatre.

Dinner: Onboard.

Evening: Choose to relax taking in a movie in the ship's cinema, or take it up a notch at the G32 Night Club with a popular themed night from the 1960s, '70s or '80s. You have many options to experience all the QM2 has to offer.

Lodging: Aboard The 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 (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Contact info:
Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com

Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, October 03 - Giles Ramsay lecture, "The 20th Century: Wilde, C...
Giles Ramsay lecture, "The 20th Century: Wilde, Coward, Pinter, Orton, Osborne."

Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: On your final day aboard the QM2, perhaps you will glean final bits of knowledge from a class you've been taking. Maybe you're in need of a rigorous walk around the Promenade Deck. Or perhaps you and new friends have been keeping track of your wins and losses playing bridge and are hoping to swing things in your favor. There are ample shipboard activities from which to choose.

Lunch: Onboard.

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay continues his series of exceptional lectures with "The 20th Century: Wilde, Coward, Pinter, Orton, Osborne."

Dinner: Onboard.

Evening: On your final evening aboard ship before making port in Southampton, you may want to have a quiet night spent with new friends. Or perhaps you'll toast the last of your nights at sea, marveling at all you've done and learned while crossing the Atlantic.

Lodging: Aboard The Queen Mary II

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

Description: Located close to the West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary 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:
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: 10:00 AM

Day Nine: Saturday, October 04 - Arrive England, Winchester Cathedral, The Scotti...
Note: Walking and standing of up to one hour in Winchester Cathedral; some steps, stone floors. The Garrick Theatre has a ramp access from the street to the foyer.

Breakfast: Onboard.

Morning: Disembark Southampton and transfer by coach to London via Winchester. Experience a field trip to the magnificent Winchester Cathedral, which is one of the largest cathedrals in England and is the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe.

Lunch: At the Winchester Cathedral Refectory.

Afternoon: Continue the transfer to London.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: The Scottisboro Boys at the Garrick Theatre 7:45pm. Following a sold out run at the Young Vic, the critically acclaimed The Scottsboro Boys transfers to the Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited season. Step right up and jump on board for this sensational musical which brings to life the extraordinary true story of nine young men, in a case that changed history forever. Winner of the Critics' Circle Best Musical Award 2013 and nominated for 6 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, this is also the final collaboration of legendary composing duo Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) and is directed and choreographed by five-time TONY Award-winner Susan Stroman (The Producers). This is an all-singing, all-dancing, exhilarating and bold new musical that everyone is talking about.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

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

Description: Located close to the West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary 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:
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: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Sunday, October 05 - A top national journalist speaks. The Commitments...
Note: Most London theatres do not have elevators. There are steps from the foyer to seats at all levels.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a captivating discussion with one of England's top national journalists on the "State of the Nation." Discuss England's world role in the past, present and future.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon on your own in the great city of London to see and experience its top attractions, including the British Museum, Tate Modern, Madame Tussauds, the Tower of London, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Roddy Doyle's The Commitments at the Palace Theatre 7:00pm. The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlieky bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever ever produced. Featuring soul clasics Night Train, River Deep, Mountain High, I Heard it Through the Grapevine and many more. An exhilarating evening.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

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

Description: Located close to the West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary 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:
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: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Monday, October 06 - Victoria and Albert Museum. Theatre workshop. Gr...
Note: There are steps from the foyer to all levels of seating.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: On a field trip, experience the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), new home to the theatre collection. Theatre and performance galleries are dedicated to the performing arts, displaying works of art, costumes, ephemera, video recordings, puppets, posters and photographs. The V&A's Theatre Collections hold the UK's national collection of material about live performance in the UK since Shakespeare's day, covering drama, dance, musical theatre, circus, music hall, rock and pop, and other forms of live entertainment. The collections were founded in the 1920s when a private collector, Gabrielle Enthoven, donated her extensive collection of theatrical designs, memorabilia, books and photographs to the Museum. She continued to add to her collection, and worked on it as a museum volunteer until her death in 1950. Since that period, the collection has continued to grow, and has provided a home for many other significant objects and archives. Between 1987 and 2007, some of this material was housed at the V&A's branch museum in Covent Garden, the Theatre Museum. New galleries devoted to the performing arts opened at the V&A in South Kensington in 2009.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Experience an interactive theatre workshop. The Rehearsal Room – a practical workshop. Workshop objectives: To provide an engaging, practical and fun introduction to the process of rehearsing theatre. To demonstrate that the rehearsal room is a space for exploration and a safe place to try out alternatives away from an audience. To highlight the range of choices actors and directors have available to them when approaching text. Andrew Pugsley Andrew studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. As a performer he has recently been working with ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’ on the West End and on BBC Radio 4. He teaches acting and improvisation classes, most recently at The Bridge Drama School and with opera and musical theatre students at The Advanced Performer’s Studio. He runs workshops on creativity and communication for corporate clients, and has also worked with aspiring film makers, facilitating workshops at the London Film School. www.andrewpugsley.com

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Great Britain at Theatre Royal Haymarket 7:30pm A new play by Richard Bean Directed by Nicholas Hytner Transferring from the National Theatre, Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Welcome to The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Laughter-making on an industrial scale.’ Independent ‘A timely look at the tangled relationship between the press, politicians and the police. It’s barbed and very funny.’ Evening Standard ‘Blessedly funny. Bracing topicality. Richard Bean doesn’t do things by halves.’ Guardian ‘Laughter-making on an industrial scale. The NT is on exhilarating and exemplary form.’ Independent ‘Terrific acting and slick direction. Bluntly entertaining comedy.’Telegraph ‘Astounding. The most detailed stage satire I have ever seen.’Financial Times ‘A good night for theatre, a bad night for red tops.’ Independent ‘The laughs come thick and fast from the first minute.’ Libby Purves

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

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

Description: Located close to the West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary 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:
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: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Tuesday, October 07 - Afternoon tea with a theatre critic. Electra.
Note: There are 20 steps form the foyer to the Dress Circle.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Experience an enlightening field trip to an art gallery such as the National Gallery.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to savor local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy afternoon tea with a theatre critic at the Phoenix Arts Club. Sandwiches and cream tea will be served at 3 p.m. The Phoenix Artist Club - 'A hidden gem' - secreted away down a little side street (used in the opening sequences of 'Harry Potter') and tucked beneath The Phoenix Theatre lies this charming escape from the London norm. As featured in many films and TV Productions, Travel Channel's "The Layover" with Anthony Bourdain, written about by Rupert Everett in "Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins", visited by Princess Michael of Kent, Kiera Knightly, Jude Law, David Soul, John Hurt or Janice Dickinson to name but a few, inspiring screenwriters, authors and poets. With fascinating posters, paintings and pictures from decades of theatre productions, much of it signed and donated by members, a restored art deco interior and hidden treasures lurking in every corner, there is something new to see on every visit - and you never know who might decide to sing from the shows or do an impromptu routine!

Dinner: The enhanced afternoon tea will replace an early dinner.

Evening: Electra by Sophocles The Old Vic 7:30pm Kristin Scott Thomas and director Ian Rickson reunite to bring Sophocles’ tragedy to The Old Vic in the round. Frank McGuinness delivers a charged adaptation of this classic tale of power and revenge. Electra is bound by grief following the murder of her father Agamemnon, unwilling to forgive and consumed by a desire for revenge, her anger builds. On the return of her brother Orestes, Electra’s fury explodes without mercy, leading to a bloody and terrifying conclusion. Kristin Scott Thomas’ television and film credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient, Gosford Park and most recently Only God Forgives. Theatre includes The Seagull (Royal Court and Broadway), Betrayal and Old Times all directed by Ian Rickson. Ian Rickson’s directing credits include Mojo, Old Times, Betrayal and The Children’s Hour (West End), Hamlet (Young Vic), The Seagull (Royal Court and Broadway), and Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End and Broadway). Frank McGuinness’ plays include The Hanging Gardens, The Match Box, Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Speaking Like Magpies.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Wednesday, October 08 - Departures.
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Morning: Transfers to London Heathrow airport for departure flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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8 Expert-led lectures
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