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Program #20703RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Robert from West Palm Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/19/14
This is the best planned and executed of the excellent programs we have attended with your organization. John Hudson and Geoff Morgan each contributed from their wealth of knowledge, experience and concern for the needs of all participants to produce a worthwhile educational opportunity. We highly recommend The Spirit of Oxford to all Scholars. Florence & Bob Turner

Dina from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/19/14
"The Spirit of Oxford" is the best trip I've taken in many years, both with Road Scholar and on my own. John Hudson and Geoff Morgan were outstanding leaders, and the people who wanted to go on this trip were a very congenial group. I learned a lot, but also just enjoyed being in Oxford and the surrounding countryside. It's a great trip--don't miss it!

Barbara from Colusa, CA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/19/14
Spirit of Oxford was even better than I had hoped. With two knowledgeable and personable leaders our small group learned about history, architecture, art, literature, and even some TV shows set in or near this beautiful city. Thank you, John Hudson, Geoff Morgan, and Road Scholar for an exhilarating experience.

Salvatore from Unionville, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/16/14 - 06/27/14
I thoroughly enjoyed The Spirit of Oxford program. Oxford is a wonderful small city. Our group leaders and lecturers were all so knowledgeable and accommodating. The excursion and field trip were well-organized. And the other participants were interesting and enjoyable people. I would very much recommend this program!

Carolyn from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/16/14 - 06/27/14
I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in spending time in and learning about Oxford. The program is well organized, the lectures were excellent, and the field trips added to the quality of the program.

Phyllis from Georgetown, TX Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/16/14 - 06/27/14
Great program with very well informed presenters. A must for those interested in Oxford. Be prepared for considerably more walking than you might expect to get the most from the program.

Deborah from Warrenville, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/16/14 - 06/27/14
The Spirit of Oxford: on this trip you will become immersed in the history of the University and become acquainted with its memorable figures, Dons, Fellows, Professors, writers, thinkers, and artists. You will study the unusual architecture of the colleges, its hold on the middle ages, its hidden delights, the wonderful gardens and the rivers, among them. All this comes to you by means of a wonderful group of lecturers and daily excursions.

Anthony from Tenafly, NJ Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 05/26/14 - 06/06/14
‘The Spirit of Oxford’ is amongst the best of the many courses my wife and I have attended through Road Scholar. The organization of ‘The Spirit of Oxford’ deserves five stars. Lectures were prompt, and transport for field visits was always on time, thanks to John Garrod, who paid meticulous attention to detail. The successful presentation was a triumph for the course organizer, John Hudson. His thematic presentation of ‘The Spirit of Oxford’ embraced many aspects of the city and its characters. Analyses of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were counterbalanced by humorous coverage of Inspector Morse, at which Dr. Antony Richards excelled. The Pre-Raphaelites were covered extensively by the senior curator of European art the Ashmolean Museum (followed by a superb dinner in the rooftop restaurant!). Field trips were all first rate. Visits to Christ Church, Keble, Exeter, and New College (my old alma mater!) were complemented by a tour of the Bodleian Library, the medieval roots of the University. A tour of Jericho, conducted by Mark Davies, gave us a feel of the old working-class area. Visits farther afield were most enjoyable. The 16th century village of Bibury was delightful and Blenheim Palace was awe-inspiring. Nor were our creature comforts neglected. The hotel was comfortable, with friendly, helpful staff and with a lovely garden and bountiful breakfasts. The lecture room was small for our group of twenty-two. Other delights included gastronomical treats at famous pubs – the Mitre (somewhat crowded), the Eagle and Child, and the Bookbinders Arms in Jericho – all topped by a delicious farewell dinner at the Cherwell Boathouse on the river. John Hudson’s final presentation, bringing together all the themes, was a veritable tour de force. Perhaps the spirit of Oxford is medieval, backward-looking intellectual arrogance and conservatism. But you will enjoy this top-notch course which comes all too soon to an end. Our thanks to the organizers. Well done!

Alana from Novato, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/26/14 - 06/06/14
The logistics of this program were very well-organized and very smooth. John Garrod made it look easy--but we know that organizing transportation around a city for almost 25 people takes a lot of skill. John Hudson, the program director, was extremely knowledgeable, and all of his presentations were very interesting. The guest speakers were uniformly excellent and added depth to the program. We particularly enjoyed the three field trips outside of Oxford: to Blenheim, the Cotswolds, and Kelmscott Manor. Seeing the English countryside enriched the experience. The food was excellent, and the venues were very much on topic, like The Eagle and Child pub and the Ashmolean Dining Room. All in all, it was a great experience and showed us many diverse aspects of Oxford.

Mary Catherine from Aurora, IL Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 05/26/14 - 06/06/14
This program lives up to its description. It is a superb learning experience in a beautiful city.

David from Morristown, NJ Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 05/26/14 - 06/06/14
This was among the best of the 18 programs we have attended. The course content and its sequencing, the speakers' style and subject matter knowledge, the field trips and meals away from the hotel were all outstanding. Oxford is a truly beautiful small city and this program provided enough time within the program and enough free time to appreciate its architecture and gardens. C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were discussed as scholars not merely as authors of fantasy novel. We gained an appreciation for pre-Raphaelite art, a genre we had previously avoided. Trips to the Cotswolds (particularly to William Morris' Kelmscott Manor) gave a good flavor of the countryside that inspired the designers and writers discussed in this program. The course leaders, John Hudson and John Garrod, kept the group on track without "spoiling the fun."

Larry from Springdale, AR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/20/13
This was our first Road Scholar Program, and it was a wonderful experience that exceeded all my expectations. The organization and speakers were exceptional with the leadership of John Hudson. I would love to repeat it!

Carol from Santa Fe, NM Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/20/13

Carol from Lexington, MA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/20/13
This is a wonderful program. The leaders are exceptional. Touring around Oxford as well as the nearby areas was very educational and beautiful. The hotel and the food was also very good.

Jacqueline from Summerfield, FL Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/20/13
This was one of my favorite programs.Well planned by John Hudson who is a very capable and caring individual.I've recommended it to my friends. This was my tenth program. Thank you John& all UK staff who made it a winner.The Ashmolean Museum is fabulous. Jacquie from Florida.

Karen from Indiana, PA Number of programs attended: 219
Date attended: 06/17/13 - 06/28/13
My husband Gerald and I have attended 450 Elderhostels between us, and "The Spirit of Oxford" is one of our top favorites. Oxford is one of our favorite cities, and the experiences we had there thanks to Road Scholar we could never have duplicated on our own --meeting Colin Dexter, author of the famous Inspector Morse novels on which the TV series was based, was just one of them. Outstanding leadership by John Garrod, stimulating lectures by John Hudson, excursions to Oxford Colleges, museums,historic pubs,and other sights, field trips to such places as Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds -- plus excellent food and accommodations -- everything added up to make this trip one we would not have missed for anything and one we can not recommend highly enough.

Joyce from Gold Canyon, AZ Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 06/17/13 - 06/28/13
One of the most enjoyable programs we have taken with Road Scholar. The subject matter covered many different areas from architecture to art to authors. I would highly recommend this program

Robert from Libertyville, IL Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 06/17/13 - 06/28/13
Oxford's medieval past and cultural history came alive with John Hudson's admirable presentations and appropriate field excursions. It was an unforgettable and very special experience.

Fred from Gold Canyon, AZ Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 06/17/13 - 06/28/13
Our instructor, John's, love for Oxford comes out in his lectures and you can't help from becoming a part of that spirit. I did not know what to expect from the program but it challenged me to learn more about Oxford. I came home with a new appreciation for the arts and architecture. It's a wonderful place and a wonderful course.

Pamela from Midvale, UT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/17/13 - 06/28/13
This trip was fantastic. I learned so much and the company was fantastic. A great combination of art, architecture and authors in a location that can't be beat.

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