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Oslo and the Fjords: A World of Vikings, Trolls and Glaciers

Program Number: 21038RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/2/2013 - 6/21/2013;
Duration: 19 nights
Location: England/Norway/Denmark
Price starting at: $5,716.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 56; 18 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 19 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

From friendly Oslo to the magnificent fjords to charming seaside villages, experience the Viking treasures, natural beauty and intriguing mythology of Norway.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Some uneven terrain and stairs without railings. Tenders ashore in some ports.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Southampton (England), 2 nights; aboard Minerva, 15 nights; London, 1 night.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Arrival London (England) / coach to Southampton:

Delve into the past and present of the Royal Navy at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Lodging: Four-star hotel in 500-year-old building famous for hosting Jane Austen’s 18th birthday party.



Days 4-6: Coach to Portsmouth / embark Minerva / At Sea:

Take part in expert-led presentations as you sail the North Sea.



Day 7: Oslo (Norway):

Discover Norway’s capital city including the Vigeland Sculpture Park.



Day 8: Aalborg (Denmark):

Take a field trip to Voergaard Castle, a moated Renaissance manor house boasting an incredible art collection.



Days 9-10: At Sea / Haugesund (Norway):

Begin your voyage up the coast, stopping to explore typical Norwegian coastal towns and a reconstructed Viking farm on Bukkoy Island.



Day 11: Ulvik: Sail into the majestic, 111-mile Hardangerfjord.

At its far end explore verdant Ulvik, the “fruit garden” of Norway, and enjoy a local cider tasting.



Day 12: Flam:

Ride past plummeting waterfalls on the famed Flam railway, a masterpiece of Norwegian engineering.



Day 13: Forde:

Learn about farming life in Norway at the open-air Sunnfjord Museum.



Day 14: Andalsnes:

Journey up the winding Trollstigroad (“Path of the Trolls”) to take in spectacular mountain vistas.



Day 15: Olden:

Stand in awe of the Briksdal glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park.



Day 16: Bergen:

Explore the Bryggen, this city’s historic Hanseatic League wharf, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Days 17-20: At Sea / Portsmouth (England) / coach to London / departure:

Visit the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, a beautiful example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Lodging: Comfortable hotel near airport.



MV Minerva

This stylish, newly upgraded vessel is operated by a long-established British company and boasts a loyal following of British travelers. It offers its 350 passengers two restaurants plus al fresco dining, a cinema, two bars, a library/card room, a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna. The spectacular Orpheus Lounge provides panoramic views of your surroundings.


Meals and Lodgings
   Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
  Southampton, UK:England 2 nights
   MV Minerva
  At Sea, USA 15 nights
   Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
  London Heathrow Airport, UK:England 1 night
 Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel stands in a Grade II listed 500-year old building, famous for hosting Jane Austen's 18th birthday party.
  Ship Information: N/A.
  Contact info: 34-35 High Street
Southampton,  SO14 2HN UK:England
phone: +44 2380 386460
web: www.mercure.com
  Room amenities: All bedrooms are non-smoking and have WiFi access, flatscreen TV with satellite channels, hair dryer, iron and board, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial telephone. Air Cooling. 220/240 V AC and 110/120 V AC.
  Facility amenities: Brasserie style Signature Restaurant and Oak Bar. WiFI internet access at a fee. Dry cleaning at a fee.
  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

 MV Minerva
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities
  Contact info: N/A
N/A,   UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com
  Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.
  Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Close to Heathrow Airport.
  Contact info: 140 Bath Road.
Hayes, Middlesex.,  UB3 5AW UK:England
phone: +44 20 8759 6311
web: www.radissonedwardian.com
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal number and voicemail, satllite TV and pay movies, in room safe. In room bar, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Complimentary wireless internet access, business centre, newsagents, health spa and fitness centre.
  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 at 12:30pm in the hotel. After check in relax before a welcome meeting at 5:00pm. You will be staying at Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is at 11:00am. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Not applicable.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Southampton
  Transportation to site: Arrival transfers are organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers may take a designated transfer if they complete the Independent Travel Form in the preparatory materials. Road Scholar in the UK will arrange a suitable transfer based on flight arrival times. If travelling to Southampton, take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington and cross London by underground to reach London Waterloo or London Victoria where trains leave for Southampton Central every 30 minutes and take 1 hour 14 minutes. a single journey costs approx. GBP24.
  From End of Program
  Location:  London Heathrow Airport
  Transportation from site: A Hoppa public transport bus leaves from the hotel to all Heathrow terminals. The Group Leader will give you the fare for this.
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:
(Sunday, June 2)
   
 Arrive To: London Heathrow Airport.
 Morning: Transfers by car and coach to Southampton.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Check in and relax before a welcome meeting at 5:00pm in the hotel.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
(Monday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard see Nelson's HMS Victory, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior 1840. Take the Trafalgar Experience and visit theNational Museum of the Royal Navy.
 Lunch: In Boathouse No 7.
 Afternoon: Take a harbour boatride and see modern warships up close.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: D-Day Museum
(Tuesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the D-Day Museum and Overlord Tapestry in Portsmouth. Embark Minerva before lunch.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Ship orientation and safety drill. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: At sea. Lecture.
(Wednesday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic Lectures.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan-Whale and Dolphin Watching. The behaviour and identifcation of these fascinating creatures. Shipboard activities.Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Shipboard activities.
(Thursday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Shipboard activities.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan. Wildlife of the North Atlantic. Sea birds and Golden Eagles. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Norway's capital city, Oslo
(Friday, June 7)

Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Field trip to Norway's capital city, Oslo. Dock at 8:00am. Half day field trip to Vigeland Park which commemorates the world renowned artist, Gustav Vigeland. Influenced by Rodin, he began work on the park in 1924 and continued until his death in 1943. Pass through its monumental wrought iron gates into a world of frowning, fighting and posing bronze figures, the park also contains many of Vigeland's most famous works. You will visit the Munch Museum, that houses several thousand paintings, prints, drawings, engravings and photographs by the artist, Edvard Munch
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Aalborg and Voergaard Castle.
(Saturday, June 8)

Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Shipboard activities.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: The ship docks in Aalborg at 12:00pm. Half day field trip to Visit Voergaard Castle, located in Eastern Vendsyssel and boasting the broadest moat in Denmark. This is one of the best-kept Renaissance castles in the country and houses an extensive collection of European art and furniture, including works by Goya, Rubens, Raphael and El Greco, together with personal belongings of Napoleon, Louis XIV, and Marie-Antoinette.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities. The ship depars at 10:00pm.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Lecture
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic Lectures.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan. Wildlife of the Norweian Fjord. Habitats, species and wildlife in one of the last great wilderness areas of Europe. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Haugesund and Bukkoy Island.
(Monday, June 10)

Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Dock at Haugesund at 8:00am. Ayaldsnes half day field trip.Haugesund, a maiden call for Minerva, is a typical Norwegian coastal town. Visit nearby Avaldsnes, an ancient centre of power where the Viking King Harald Fairhair united Norway as a kingdom in AD872 and where you can see St Olav’s, one of Norway’s finest medieval stone churches. The reconstructed Viking farm is situated on scenic Bukkøy Island. Visit the farm and houses which have been reconstructed based on various archeological finds in Rogaland County. Visit St. Olavs Church, a medieval stone church and one of the largest churches along the coast of Norway, visited by many travelers on their pilgrimage to St. Olav's shrine in Trondhiem. Close to the North Wall is a monumental stone called Virgin Mary's Needle. It rises 7.2 meters above the ground and leans toward the Church wall. The legend claim that ‘the day of Judgement will come when the stone comes into contact with the church wall’. Located next to the Church is the Nordvegen History Centre, here you can visit a replica of a 25 metre longhouse and a boathouse.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Ship departs at 2:00pm. Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan. Norwegian Miscellany. The Raven and Scandinavian mythology, salmon and salmon framing, seals and lemmins, Herring and cod, Norway's trees. Shipboard activities. From the Promenade Deck, or the comfort of the panoramic Orpheus Lounge, watch the landscapes unfold as Minerva explores smaller fjords such as Akrafjord where the Langfossen waterfall cascades down the hillside.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ulvik, Osafjord and Hardanger Cider.
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Minerva dock at Ulvik at 8:00am. At the furthest end of the majestic Hardangerfjord lies Ulvik, nestled among steep wooded hills. Discover gentle, verdant orchard farms or admire panoramic views from the rugged mountain plateau. Ulvik, hidden amidst mountains and lakes, is one of Norway’s greenest areas. Renowned for its orchards and known as Norway’s ‘fruit garden’, it lies at the edge of the Hardangervidda mountain – Europe’s largest wilderness territory. Leaving Ulvik your scenic drive will pass orchards and fields en route to the wild, narrow and deep Osafjord. Situated at the end of the fjord lies the tiny village of Osa, which has a mere 30 inhabitants. After a pause for photos, the drive returns via the same road, making a small detour to Hjeltnes for a photostop of Norway’s oldest horticultural college. Continue to Hakestad farm for a short presentation on the tradition of cider production in the area and enjoy a cider tasting. Complete your tour with a folkloric performance, which includes the Hardanger fiddle, in the village hall at Ulvik.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: The ship departs at 2:00pm. During the afternoon Minerva cruises the 111 miles back down the majestic Hardangerfjord en route to Sognefjord, the longest of Norway’s fjords. Conditions permitting, the Captain may sail along the steep, narrow Naeroyfjord before calling at Flåm. Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan. Whaling Past and Present. The history of Whaling, whale watching industry and "scientific" whaling.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At anchor, Flam Railway.
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: After a short walk to the station, set off on a memorable ride on the famous Flåm Railway. The route follows the Flåm River before climbing the steep, narrow valley up Myradalsberg Mountain. Along the way you’ll pass spectacular waterfalls, including the 93m Kjosfossen fall; the train will slow down to allow for photos at the best viewpoints. On arrival at Vatnahalsen you’ll leave the train to enjoy refreshments and have time to admire the fine views, or take a short walk, before rejoining the train for the return journey to Flåm.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Forde Fordefjord
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: At port at Forde at 8:00am. Visit the Sunnfjord Museum which has an open air section showing daily life for a farmer family and a tenant family around 1850. All the buildings have their origin from different farms in the Sunnfjord region and show a variety of building traditions from 1500 until 1900. The next stop will be the 90 metre Huldrefossen waterfall, considered by many to be the most beautiful of the many waterfalls in this area.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: 2:00pm depart port. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Andalsnes. Troll Path scenic drive.
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: 8:00am arrival Andalsnes. Åndalsnes, badly bombed during World War II, sits in a spectacular landscape. Åndalsnes is a beautifully situated village on the Romsdalsfjord, surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks to all sides. Drive along the well-known Salmon River Rauma, to the left Mount Romsdalshorn and to the right Trolltindane. From the coach view Trollveggen, otherwise known as Troll wall, a 1000 metre vertical wall. Cross the Sogge Bridge to the Isterdal valley, surrounded by impressive mountains including The King, The Queen and The Bishop. Further up the valley you’ll reach the Trollstigroad (Path of the Trolls), which winds its way through 11 narrow hairpin bends, crossing the Stigfoss Waterfall where there will be a short photo stop. At Trollstigheimen enjoy some refreshments while admiring the fabulous views before returning to the quay via the same road
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Ship departs at 2:00pm. Road Scholar lecture The Attraction of Islandss-what appeals to us. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Olden Nordfjord and Briksdal Glacier.
(Saturday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: 8:00am at port at Olden. Cruise south along Nordfjord, amidst towering mountains, to the small town of Olden to explore the glacial tongue of Briksdal, a temperamental glacier. From Olden drive up the valley, along the shore of the small Floen Lake and the narrow Olden Lake, to the Jostedalen Glacier National Park. On arrival join the track on foot, cross the river and walk 2.5km (approximately 45 minutes each way) to the Briksdal Glacier. After viewing the glacier, return on the same path to the Briksdal Inn where a refreshment will be waiting.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Emerging from the fjord, Minerva continues her cruise amongst the islands and islets of the coast towards Bergen.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Bergen-World Heritage Site.
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: 8:00am at port in Bergen. Walking from the quay you’ll pass Bergenhus Fortress, dating from 1261 when Bergen was the capital of Norway, and continue along the Bryggen to admire its wooden wharf buildings (reconstructed in the 18th century after a fire in 1702 reduced the city to ashes). You’ll visit the Assembly Rooms, ‘Schotstuene’, where Hanseats enjoyed their food and social life. Visit the Hanseatic Museum, which provides an authentic picture of the working life of the German merchants and their apprentices. Continue on foot to the lower station of the funicular, and ascend by funicular to the summit of Mount Floien. Despite only being 320m above sea level, on a clear day you will have wonderful views of Bergen and out to the North Sea. Descend by funicular and walk back to the ship. Wander around the bustling fishmarket and UNESCO-listed medieval, wooden Bryggen area before Minerva sets sail for the return cruise to Portsmouth.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Lecture.
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Lecture TBC.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Farewell round up.
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Round up lecture.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Disembarkation.
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Dock in Portsmouth at 7:30am. After breakfast disembark in Portsmouuth and transfer to London via Brighton. Field trip to the Royal Pavilion. Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. This magnificent royal pleasure palace was revered by fashionable Regency society and is still a distinctive landmark for vibrant Brighton & Hove today.
 Lunch: Taken out in Brighton.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues to London near Heathrow Airport.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Departure day.
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by public Hoppa bus to Heathrow terminals.
 Lunch: Taken out in Brighton.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues to London near Heathrow Airport.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free Time Opportunities
 
  London Heathrow Airport Central London
There are endless possibilities for an evening in London: The theater, a walk along the South Bank, guided walks, historic pubs, trend-setting restaurants, a stroll through SoHo. For additional information, visit www.timeout.com/london/
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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