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Quintessential Britain

Program Number: 12187RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/16/2013 - 10/4/2013; 9/8/2014 - 9/26/2014; 9/29/2014 - 10/17/2014; 5/4/2015 - 5/22/2015; 6/1/2015 - 6/19/2015; 6/22/2015 - 7/10/2015; 7/20/2015 - 8/7/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/25/2015;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: England/Scotland
Price starting at: $5,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 45; 17 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 17 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Piece together storied histories, rivalries and landscapes to experience quintessential Britain -- from London to Bath, the villages of the Cotswolds to the dreaming spires of Oxford, the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. In each city and village, uncover the surrounding history, geography, culture, literature, houses and gardens, cathedrals and castles with local experts.




Highlights

• View the recently rediscovered amphitheatre and ruins of Roman London.
• Explore the castles and history of mountainous Snowdonia in North Wales.
• Visit Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles; standing on city sidewalks. Stairs in historic buildings.




Date Specific Information

9-16-2013, 9-8-2014, 5-4-2015, 6-1-2015, 6-22-2015, 7-20-2015, 9-7-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival London (England), 4 nights; coach to Mickleton, 3 nights; coach to Chester, 3 nights; coach to York, 3 nights; coach to Edinburgh (Scotland), 4 nights, departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival London (England)
4 nights

Discuss the city’s origins and history before visiting Sir Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral. Uncover the secrets and crown jewels locked in the Tower of London and boat up the Thames to discover Westminster Abbey . En route to the Cotswolds, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, see the Georgian houses of the elegant spa town of Bath and visit the Roman Baths.



Coach to Mickleton, the Cotswolds
3 nights

On a day-long excursion, explore Oxford and enjoy a guided tour of Christ Church -- setting for the Harry Potter films. An undulating landscape of peaceful valleys and villages, visit Hidcote Manor Garden, Shakespeare's birthplace, idyllic English villages such as Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden. Sample fare from the famous “Pudding Club.”



Coach to Chester
3 nights

Leaving Mickleton, stop to discover the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Ironbridge. In Chester, discuss the county of Cheshire before exploring the city’s medieval "rows" (covered market arcade) and cathedral. Crossing into Wales, visit Conway Castle and Welsh Slate Museum of Snowdonia.



Coach to York
3 nights

Venture to the village of Haworth, home to the Bronte sisters, before arriving in York. Amid York's medieval streets, examine the elegant Jacobean and Georgian architecture and the imposing grandeur of York Minster. Catch a glimpse of monastic life at the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx and Hawksmoor's Castle Howard, immortalized in the series “Brideshead Revisited.” Mingle with locals over lunch in Rievaulx’s village hall.



Coach to Edinburgh (Scotland)
4 nights
Departure

Delve into the history of Edinburgh and the turbulent border wars between Scotland and England on a visit to Hadrian's Wall. Walk the Old Town and Royal Mile in Edinburgh. In Perth, examine the treasures of the Scone Palace and venture through the woodlands and hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.




Accommodations
London: Four-star hotel that once served as the residence for the Vanderbilts. Mickleton: Traditional Cotswolds hotel, built in 1870 and home to the “Pudding Club.” Chester: Comfortable hotel. York: Four-star hotel in the heart of the city. Edinburgh: Comfortable, centrally located hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Peter Farrand

Peter Farrand is a qualified adult education lecturer and former ranger in the Lake District National Park. Since 1998 he has been developing and guiding on a variety of Road Scholar programmes. His many and varied interests include landscape history, industrial archaeology, environmental issues and local literature.
 
Kevin Flude

Kevin Flude lectures on the archaeology, history and museums at Central St Martins College (University of the Arts, London) the University of Westminster and is an Honorary Lecturer at University College London. He is also the Director of the Old Operating Theatre Museum, a fascinating Museum in Central London. Kevin serves as a study leader for Road Scholar programs, putting to use his deep and broad experience in the museum world gained during his time at the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Oxford’s Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
  London, UK:England 4 nights
   Three Ways House Hotel
  Mickleton, UK:England 3 nights
   Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
  Chester, UK:England 3 nights
   Hilton York
  York, UK:England 3 nights
   King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
  Edinburgh, UK:Scotland 4 nights
 Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.
  Contact info: 68-86 Cromwell Road
London,  SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/londonuk_vanderbilt
  Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer, in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access, complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business centre.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Three Ways House Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Traditional Cotswolds hotel with honey coloured stone buit in 1870. Home to the "Pudding Club".
  Contact info: Mickleton
Chipping Campden,  GL55 6SB. UK:England
phone: +44 1386 438429.
web: www.puddingclub.com
  Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in two acres of landscaped gardens close to the ancient city of Chester.
  Contact info: Whitchurch Road
Christleton
Chester,  CH3 5QL UK:England
phone: +44 844 8159001
web: www.mercure.com
  Room amenities: Flt-screen TV, movies on demand, music centre and high-speed Internet access. 220/240 V. A C. Trouser press and iron in room . Telephone, Radio in room . Tea/coffee making facilities. Hairdryer. Room service.
  Facility amenities: The Arts Brasserie Restaurant, bar. Sebastian Coe Health Club features a heated indoor swimming pool and modern multi-gym, Finnish sauna, steam room. Wi-Fi (fee payable), WiFI Wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hilton York
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in central York within the city walls
  Contact info: 1 Tower Street
York,  YO1 9WD UK:England
phone: +44 1904 648111
web: www.hilton.co.uk/york
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, 32 inch television. Adjustable thermostat. Tea and coffee making facilities. Trouser press. WiFi internet access.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located just off Princes Street a short walk from major attractions.
  Contact info: 107 Leith Street.
Edinburgh.,  EH1 3SW. UK:Scotland
phone: +44 870 333 9153.
web: www.thistle hotels.com
  Room amenities: Satellite television, radio, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer. High speed internet access.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bars, BT Openzone wireless internet.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: 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: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm. A welcome meeting follows at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel. that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Some departures may leave before breakfast. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participant Information Form required.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Underground, buses.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London
  Nearest city or town:  London.
  Nearest airport:  Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation to site: From LHR, Heathrow Express train to Paddington. Every 15 minutes cost GBP15 one way. From LGW take the Gatwick Express train to Victoria. Every 15 minutes, cost GBP12 one way. Underground (Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines) to Gloucester Road or taxi.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Edinburgh
  Nearest city or town:  Edinburgh.
  Nearest airport:  Edinburgh.
  Transportation from site: Taxi from hotel to aiport, approx. GBP 12 or Airline 100 bus. 30 minutes, GBP9.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Monday, September 16)
   
 Depart From: N America on overnight flights to the UK.

Day 2:
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Morning: Transfers from airport to hotel.
 Lunch: In hotel dining room for those arriving by lunchtime.
 Afternoon: Arrivals continue, with a free afternoon for those who arrived earlier. A welcome meeting with the whole group and Group Leader precedes dinner.
 Dinner: The Course Director will join us for dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: After dinner, the Course Director will give us an introduction to the programme.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: British Museum, St Paul's Cathedral and Guildhall.
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning's Field Trip takes us to the British Museum to explore world cultures from Prehistory to the present day.
 Lunch: Lunch is excluded today to allow Participants to discover local cuisine.
 Afternoon: The Field Trip continues this afternoon to the Guildhall and St. Paul's Cathedral. The Guildhall was the administrative centre of London for over 800 years, which Christopher Wren's famous cathedral was built to replace when the earlier building was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: This evening the Course Director will lead a coach tour of London by night, then take us on to a historic London pub.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Field trip: Oxford's dreaming spires.
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today's Field Trip takes us out of London to the university city of Oxford where we will take a guided walk of the sights in central Oxford.
 Lunch: Taken out in Oxford at a brasserie or pub such as the Quod Bar in Oxford's High.
 Afternoon: This afternoon take a guided field trip around one of the most famous and largest Oxford colleges, Christ Church. It is unique in being a college and the Cathedral seat of the city of Oxford. See the Cathedral, Wolsey's Great Hall and the Meadows
 Dinner: Return to the hotel for dinner.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Tower of London/Westminster and Houses of Parliament, London Eye.
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning's Field Trip takes us to the Tower of London, the City's ancient defensive centre. Built at the behest of William the Conqueror in 1097, the White Tower stands guard over the Thames. Here monarchs, importunate princes and lesser mortals were imprisoned and beheaded. Now best known as the repository of Charles II's magnificent royal regalia - orbs, sceptres, rings and crowns.
 Lunch: Is excluded.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will travel by boat along the Thames to Westminster, the centre of British political power, where we will see the Houses of Parliament and maybe hear the chimes of Big Ben. We then continue on for a flight on the London Eye, the ferris wheel built to celebrate the Millennium, which affords spectacular views over the City.
 Dinner: Taken out in an historic building.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to the Cotswolds, via Bath.
(Saturday, September 21)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today's Field Trip, en route to the Cotswolds, takes us out of London to the Roman spa city of Bath, where we will visit the well-preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room. We visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Stonehenge enroute.
 Lunch: Packed lunch to maximise the time we spend in Bath on this busy transfer day
 Afternoon: This afternoon the Course Director Kevin Flude will lead us on an Architectural Walk and Talk of Bath including No. 1 Royal Crescent, the Roman Baths and Pump Room. We then continune on to village of Mickleton, where we will attend a Welcome Meeting on arrival with your Course Director, Peter Farrand, for the remainder of the programme
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cotswolds Villages and Countryside
(Sunday, September 22)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: After a lecture on The Cotswolds we have a full-day coach excursion to the countryside and villages of the Cotswolds, starting off with the archetypal Cotswold village of Broadway and continue on to Stow-in the Wold for free time.
 Lunch: Excluded to allow Participants to explore Stow's restaurants, cafes and pubs.
 Afternoon: Our field trip continues to and Chipping Campden, with its renowned high street, where we will spend the afternoon
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Stratford-upon Avon and Hidcote.
(Monday, September 23)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture in the hotel on Shakespeare's Stratford. Followed by a field trip us to Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon Avon where we will take a guided tour of the town.
 Lunch: Participants own choice in Stratford upon Avon.
 Afternoon: The field frip continues to Hidcote Gardens, a garden created in the Arts & Crafts style by Major Lawrence Johnston. It is arranged as a series of outdoor rooms, each with a different character and separated by walls and hedges of many different species.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Transfer to Chester.
(Tuesday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today we transfer to Chester stopping on the way at the town of Ironbridge, one of the most important centres of the Industrial Revolution. We will travel back into Victorian times at the Blists Hill living museum.
 Lunch: Excluded to allow participants to discover the restaurants of Ironbridge and Blists Hill.
 Afternoon: Transfer continues with a stop at Farndon Parish Church. Check in at hotel. Welcome to Chester and lecture "Introduction to Snowdonia".
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Field Trip to Snowdonia and Conwy Castle.
(Wednesday, September 25)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: During a lecture on the coach describing the scenery of North Wales and the National Parks of Wales, we will absorb the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. The Field Trip then continues on to the impressive medieval Conwy Castle.
 Lunch: Lunch out in Anna's Tea Room in Conwy.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit the Welsh Slate Museum in Llanberis to learn about one of the most important industries of Welsh history. Optional walk to the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Walking Field Trip of Chester.
(Thursday, September 26)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: We have a walking Field Trip of Chester today, including Chester Cathedral (self-guided) and an in-the-field lecture entitled Chester and Cheshire.
 Lunch: Lunch out at Chester Cathedral.
 Afternoon: After lunch we have free time in Chester.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Bronte's Haworth.
(Friday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today we transfer to York, with a field trip en route to Haworth, the home of the Brontes, including a lecture about the literary family and an excursion to the Parsonage.
 Lunch: Lunch out in the Old White Lion- a 300 year old hotel, restaurant and bar. The hotel looks down the famous Haworth cobbled Main Street and is opposite the Parish Church and Bronte Parsonage Museum.
 Afternoon: After lunch, the transfer continues with a lecture on York on the coach. On arrival at the hotel we will have a Welcome Meeting and a lecture on Abbeys and Monasteries.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Hilton York
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard.
(Saturday, September 28)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: We have a Field Trip to the ruins of English Heritage's 13th Century Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx village this morning. Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England’s abbey ruins.
 Lunch: Lunch is included at the village hall.
 Afternoon: This afternoon's Field Trip takes us to Castle Howard, one of England's greatest mansions, built in 1699 and set in over 1,000 acres of parkland, lawns, woodland gardens, lakes fountains and magnificent rose gardens. Today it is home to the Hon. Simon and Mrs. Howard and their children Merlin and Octavia.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: An evening of poetry and prose.
   
Accommodations: Hilton York
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: York
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning we have a guided walk of the ancient city of York.
 Lunch: Enjoy an English fish-and-chip lunch.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon in York. Option of Choral Evensong at York Minster.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Hilton York
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Hadrian's Wall.
(Monday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today we transfer to Edinburgh via Chesters Roman Fort on UNESCO World Heriatge Site, Hadrian's Wall. The Roman Empire was one of the largest, most powerful and influential Empires the World has ever seen. The Frontiers of the Roman Empire reveal the epic story of Rome’s rise and fall – grand tales of Imperial ambition, personal dramas, political intrigue and commercial exploitation on a scale not seen until modern times. Remains of the baths and steam room, footings for the Roman bridge that once spanned the river and the beautifully restored Victorian museum of Roman finds from across Hadrian’s Wall – a museum of a museum and a fascinating insight into the way Victorians viewed the world. Guarding the nearby bridge across the river Tyne, Chesters Roman Fort is the best preserved Roman cavalry fort in Britain, once garrisoned by a regiment from Spain.
 Lunch: In Chesters' tea rooms.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues with a lecture on the coach entitled "Border Wars". After checking in at the hotel Peter Farrand gives a short lecture on Scotland's History.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Walking field trip to Old Town. Lecture in the field:
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning we take a walking field trip to the Medieval Old Town and the famous Royal Mile.
 Lunch: Lunch is excluded to allow participants to explore Edinburgh's restaurants and cafes.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon in Edinburgh. You may wish to visit the Castle.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Perthshire and Scone Palace.
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: We depart today for a full day excursion to Perthshire with visits to Huntingtower Castle- and Scone Palace, the original home of the Stone of Destiny and the site of the coronations of the Kings of Scotland.
 Lunch: Lunch is taken in Scone Palace.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Those participants who wish to have the opportunity to visit the Malt Shovel pub.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: The Trossachs and Loch Lomond.
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: We depart early today for our full-day excursion to the Trossachs, some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain and the home of Highland hero Rob Roy, and Loch Lomond.
 Lunch: Lunch out in the tea room at the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
 Afternoon: The excursion continues with a boat ride on stunning Lake Katrine.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Farewell meeting.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19:
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.
 Morning: Transfer to airport for transatlantic flight.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  London London.
British Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Coutauld Institute, Wallace Collection, National Portrait Gallery, National gallery, Saatchi Collection, Geffrye Museum, William Morris gallery, National Maritime Museum, Leighton House, Science Museum, Kensington Palace, Natural History Museum, V&A, Museum of London, Old Operating Theatre, Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The Guildhall, St Batholemew’s Church, Church of St Stephen Walbrook, Covent Garden, Hampstead, Kenwood House. For additional information, visit www.londontown.com
  Mickleton Mickelton.
Walks around village.St Lawrence Parish Church,Methodist Church, St Catherine’s R.C. Church. Local pubs Butchers Arms , Kings Arms. For additional information, visit www.mickleton.com/
  Chester Chester.
Heritage Centre, Chester Cathedral, Bishop Lloyd’s House, Roman Amphitheatre. For additional information, visit www.visitchester.co.uk/
  York York.
York Minster, Jorvik Viking Cente, Merchant Adventurer’s hall, Fairfax House, York Castle Museum, Guildhall, St Olave’s Church, Clifford’s Tower, National Railway Museum. For additional information, visit www.visityork.org/
  Edinburgh Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Castle, National Gallery of Scotland, Georgian House, National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Holyrood Palace, St Giles Cathedral, the Royal Mile, Leith, Lady Stair’s House, the Scottish Whisky Centre, Botanical Garden. For additional information, visit www.edinburgh.org/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Snowdonia, Official National Park Guide


Author: Ian Mercer, Merfyn Williams, Jeremy Moore


Description: In the NATIONAL PARK GUIDE series, this volume introduces Snowdonia. It details the geology and scenery, climate, vegetation and wildlife, man's influence: prehistory and history, myths and customs and explores the Park giving useful information on recreational opportunities and places of interest. The colour photographs are by Jeremy Moore.



Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds: A Souvenir Colour Guide


Author: Michael Hall


Description: A guide to Shakespeare's birthplace, its wealth of Tudor buildings and their gardens, and the surrounding Cotswold countryside. The book provides an account of the Bard's association with Stratford, and also describes Kenilworth Castle, Coventry Cathedral and other places of interest nearby.



The Isles-A History


Author: Norman Davies


Description: The bestselling and controversial new history of the 'British Isles', including Ireland from the author of Europe: "A History". Emphasizing our long-standing European connections and positing a possible break-up of the United Kingdom, this is agenda-setting work is destined to become a classic. 'If ever a history book were a tract for the times, it is "The Isles: A History" ...a masterwork.' Roy Porter, - "The Times" 'Davies is among the few living professional historians who write English with vitality, sparkle, economy and humour. The pages fly by, not only because the pace is well judged, but also because the surprises keep coming.' Felipe Fern'ndez-Armesto, - "Sunday Times". 'A book which really will change the way we think about our past. marvellously rich and stimulating' Noel Malcolm, "Evening Standard". 'A historio-graphical milestone.' Niall Ferguson, - "Sunday Times" 'The full shocking force of this book can only be appreciated by reading it.' - Andrew Marr, "Observer". 'It is too soon to tell if [Norman Davies] will become the Macaulay or Trevelyan of our day: that depends on the reading public. He has certainly made a good try. This is narrative history on the grand scale - compulsively readable, intellectually challenging and emotionally exhilirating.' David Marquand, "Literary Review".



Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors Landscapes


Author: John Potter


Description: Offers a portrait of two of Yorkshire's gems - the North York Moors and its dramatic coastline. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the major attractions that include the Heritage Coast and the National Park. Based in York, John Potter is a leading landscape photographer.





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