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Intergenerational England: Go Undercover in the World of Spies

Program Number: 20796RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/1/2013 - 8/11/2013;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: England, UK:England
Price starting at: $2,998.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 24; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 11 years of age.

Enlist your favorite young secret agent to discover the secrets of the world of spies in England. Learn how to analyze fingerprints, decipher codes, identify suspects and become a “master of disguise.” Intelligence expert and author Nigel West uncovers the stories of spies from the CIA, MI6 and the KGB. Explore the grand old city of London and historic Oxford and Cambridge.




Highlights

• Expert-led field trips reveal the secrets of London at sites including the underground Churchill War Rooms, the Tower of London and the Dungeons.
• Learn how to crack codes at Bletchley Park, where English code breakers deciphered enemy secrets during World War II.
• From fiction (James Bond and Sherlock Holmes) to reality (MI6 and the Cambridge Five), investigate exciting cloak and dagger tales.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival London, 6 nights; coach to Cambridge, 3 nights; coach to London for departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival London
6 nights

Learn what it takes to be a spy, from fingerprinting to observation skills to disguises, in London, home of MI6. Take a boat ride on the Thames, journey back in time at the Tower of London, travel through the ages at the Museum of London and enter the 20th century at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms. Journey to magnificent Blenheim Palace and find your way through its famous maze. Walk among the “dreaming spires” of Oxford and enter the Great Hall — you might know it as the Hogwarts dining hall. Discover the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street and spy on the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace from the London Eye Ferris wheel. Lodging: Four-star West End hotel.



Coach to Cambridge
3 nights
Coach to London for departure

Known for producing scholars, Cambridge also plays an important role in a different type of intelligence. Delve into the story of the Cambridge Five, the notorious Soviet spy ring. Visit Bletchley Park, home of Station X and the Enigma machine, where secret Axis messages were decoded during World War II. Learn what’s real and what’s pure fiction in the James Bond stories. Lodging: Lakeside hotel.




England

It was the seat of an empire on which the sun never set. It has been Merry, Dickensian and Victorian. It has given us common law, Shakespeare, tennis, the Rolls-Royce and the Beatles. England and its people have played an outsize role in shaping world history. It is a country whose past, politics, culture and characters never cease to captivate.



Accommodations
London: Four-star West End hotel. Cambridge: Lakeside hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
  London, England 6 nights
   The Cambridge Belfry
  Cambridge., UK:England 3 nights
 Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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: 2:00 PM

 The Cambridge Belfry
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel located just 10 miles from the centre of Cambridge in spacious grounds and spa.
  Contact info: Cambourne
Cambridge,  CB23 6BW UK:England
phone: +44 1954 714600
web: www.qhotels.co.uk
  Room amenities: Large spacious befrooms , direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities. Hairdryer, trouser press and iron and ironing board. Free internet usage in room, Broadband wired internet.
  Facility amenities: Bridge Restauarnt and abr. Room service. Spa with indoor swimming pool and fitness suite.
  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 available at 12:30pm for those arriving in time. The welcome meeting is at 5:00pm preceeding breakfast. You will be staying at Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel. that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. There are no group activities on this departure day. You will be staying at The Cambridge Belfry the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: See above trains, buses, coaches available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London, England
  Nearest city or town:  London.
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who arrive on the group date into London Heathrow only. For Independent travellers, the Heathrow Express available from LHR Terminals to the Paddington station. From there we recommend a taxi to the Grafton Hotel. Warren Street underground is adjacent to the hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Cambridge.
  Nearest city or town:  Cambridge.
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who depart on the group date from London Heathrow only. Trains services available from Cambridge to London King's Cross station take around 60 minutes. Coaches from the centre of Cambridge to London Victoria coach station.
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:
(Thursday, August 1)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to UK.

Day 2: Welcome meeting with Nigel West
(Friday, August 2)
   
 Arrive To: London. Transfers from London Heathrow to hotel.
 Lunch: A light lunch at 12:30pm is included in the hotel for those arriving by lunchtime.
 Afternoon: Check-in and free time before a welcome meeting in the hotel at 5:00pm. Children take part in a finger print identity exercise at 5:00pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Renowned intellience expert, author and broadcaster Nigel West briefly introduces the World of Spies to all.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sherlock Holmes Day.
(Saturday, August 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture for adults on Russia, the US and UK and the Cold War by Nigel West. Children take part in "Identify the Suspects" and "Sherlock Holmes silhouettes" workshops.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Field trip by coach: London's Spy World followed by a field trip to 221 B Baker Street Sherlock Holmes Museum.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Children's workshop: Observation skills, Creating Disguises and Riddles. Adults: Sherlock Holmes pub trip.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: River Thames cruise, Tower of London and the London Eye.
(Sunday, August 4)
   
 Morning: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip : Cruise along the River Thames to the Tower of London. Explore this bastion of defence for the City of London and marvel at the Crown Jewels. The 900 year old Tower of London is home to the Crown Jewels, the White Tower, the Bloody Tower and the Medieval Palace dating back to 1220.
 Lunch: In the Royal Armouries cafe at the Tower.
 Afternoon: Take a panoramic flight over London on the London Eye-- look down on Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. On return to the hotel the adults have free time and the children enjoy a secret codes workshop.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Theatre performance such as 39 Steps.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Oxford's Dreaming Spires , Christ Church, Blenheim Palace.
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Oxford University's largest college, Christ Church. Uniquely Christ Church is both a college and Cathedral. Walk in the footsteps of Henry VIII, Lewis Carroll, creator of Alice in Wonderland and Dean of the college, and see trhe Great Hall-inspiration for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books and films. A private exploration takes you behind the scenes to Henry's Tudor kitchen, the secret garden and the Jabberwocky tree.
 Lunch: Taken in Blenheim Palace.
 Afternoon: Discover the treasures of the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace, centre for undercover spies during the Second World War. Children may wish to find their way through the famous Maze.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Museum of London and the London Dungeon.
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Museum of London-exhibitions telling the story of this most famous of cities. Explore Georgian rooms, the streets of Victorian London, and archaeological collections dating back to the Romans.
 Lunch: In the Museum of London's cafe.
 Afternoon: Take a creepy excursion to the London Dungeon and discover the city's underground secrets.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Cabinet War Rooms where Churchill led his country during the Second World War and the inspirational Churchill Museum documenting his life and works. See the Map Room, Churchill's bedroom and headquarters. Curatorial staff introduce the collections and lead a spy trail for all.
 Lunch: Not included so that you have free time in London.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Free time for adults; string lazers/assault course for children.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: University of Cambridge colleges.
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to Cambridge. Check in and orientation.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Explore the centre of Cambridge and its famous colleges including Trinty College-centre of activity for the Cambridge Five -and St John's.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Nigel West lectures on the infamous Cambridge Spies and ther British Establishment to adults. Children have an introductory workshop to Bletchley Park.
   
Accommodations: The Cambridge Belfry
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Bletchley Park-the Second World War's best kept secret.
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Bletchely Park--"the goose that laid the golden egg" in Churchill's WAr. See the huts where code breakers worked in top secret, where married couples kept their work and life at the Park secret from each other. Discover the Colossus and Enigma machines. Children will take a specially designed Codes and Ciphers workshop with staff from the centre.
 Lunch: In Bletchely Park.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Nigel West introduces James Bond before a showing of a Bond movie. Children may watch a children's spy film.
   
Accommodations: The Cambridge Belfry
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Final display of children's work.
(Saturday, August 10)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Nigel West brings the adults up to date with spy revelations of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Children prepare for the final show of work to the grandparents.
 Lunch: Not included.
 Afternoon: Free time in Cambridge. Coach leaves the Belfry at 11:30am departing the city centre for the hotel at 4:30pm.
 Dinner: Before dinner the children display their work. Dinner and farewell in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: The Cambridge Belfry
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11:
(Sunday, August 11)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel. Some departures may leave before breakfast. Independent travellers may join an exisiting transfer to London Heathrow if departing on this day.
 Morning: Transfers to London Heathrow Airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.

Suggested Reading List


Deceiving the Deceivers: Kim Philby, Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess


Author: S.J.Hamrick


Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence


Author: Nigel West


Description: Launches a new series of Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence that examines the shadowy world of spies - providing the most detailed, comprehensive, and accurate information available on a topic that has proved notoriously difficult to research. Offers insight into the history and operations of British Intelligence through its more than 1,800 entries, covering a vast and varied cast of characters, the spies and their handlers, the moles and defectors, the political leaders, the top brass, the techniques and jargon, and the many different offices and operations. Features 16 black-and-white photographs, an extensive chronology, and a comprehensive bibliography.



MI6 and the Machinery of Spying


Author: Philip H.J.Davies


Description: A detailed study of the management of the British intelligence organisation, MI6.



Mask: MI5's Penetration of the Communist Party of Great Britain


Author: Nigel West


My Silent War


Author: Kim Philby


New Cloak, Old Dagger: How Britain's Spies Came in from the Cold


Author: Michael Smith


Description: Offers insight into the role of British spies during the Cold War, including the activity of the SAS in MI6 operations. The book charts developments since the cessation of hostilities in the Cold War.



On Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Chiefs of Britain's Intelligence Agency, MI6


Author: Nigel West


Oxford Book of Oxford


Author: Jan Morris


Description: 'Few cities,' Jan Morris observes, 'have been much more loved, loathed, and celebrated.' This book has become a classic account of the character, history, mores, buildings, climate, and people of one of Britain's most fascinating cities. 'A book of outstanding excellence, with a sweep of knowledge and a distinction of style such as I have never before encountered in a work of this sort ... Brilliant alike in observation and imagination ... brings the very stones of Oxford to life' Sunday Telegraph



Philby: KGB Masterspy


Author: Philip Knightley


The Cambridge Spies: Untold Story of Maclean, Philby and Burgess in America


Author: Verne W. Newton


The Cold War (Cambridge Perspectives in History)


Author: Mike Sewell


The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)


Author: Robert J McMahon


The Spying Game


Author: Michael Smith


Description: Espionage exerts a hold on the public imagination. "The Spying Game" covers economic intelligence and the fight against organised crime as well as the activities of MI5, MI6, the Defence Intelligence Staff and GCHQ.





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