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The History and Craft of Spying With Nigel West

Program Number: 19346RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/2/2014 - 1/10/2014; 1/3/2015 - 1/11/2015; 3/25/2015 - 4/2/2015; 10/28/2015 - 11/5/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: England, UK:England
Price starting at: $2,555.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Immerse yourself in the world of spies, lies and intelligence with renowned author and intelligence expert Nigel West. Consider the impact of espionage on history from World War I to today’s global conflicts. As a special feature, join theater producer and director Giles Ramsay for a briefing in preparation for a London theater performance. Hear a journalist on "the state of the nation."




Highlights

• Intelligence historian, author and “experts’ expert” Nigel West leads your foray into the world of espionage.
• Spend a full day at Bletchley Park, code name Station X, to learn about code-breaking and the Enigma machine used during WWII.
• Enjoy a London theater performance.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day.




Date Specific Information

1-2-2014, 1-3-2015, 3-25-2015, 10-28-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival London, 7 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival London
7 nights
Departure

From the code-breaking of the “Zimmerman Telegram” in World War I to the latest in aerial reconnaissance and unmanned aerial vehicles in use today, survey the history of spying with world-renowned intelligence author Nigel West. Enjoy a full-day field trip to Bletchley Park, the National Codes and Cipher Centre, the historic site of secret British code-breaking activities during WWII. Hear the tales of spies and strategic deception and as a highlight see the Enigma machines, including the rare “Abwehr G312.” Visit the Block B Exhibition Centre and museum which depicts the incredibly complex processes of decryption, see the collection of Churchill memorabilia that captures the spirit of the great man, and uncover spy sites throughout London.




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
Four-star hotel near London’s West End.

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

Nigel West is a military historian specializing in intelligence and security issues. In 1989, he was voted The Experts' Expert by a panel of spy writers. He is the European Editor of the Washington D.C.-based International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and a lecturer at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Va. In 2003, he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers’ first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.
 
Giles Ramsay

Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He is the Founding Director of the charity Developing Artists, a Fellow of St. Chad’s College, Durham University and Course Leader in Theatre at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has devised and instructed on Road's Scholar programs since the early 1990's and has run theatre projects in countries ranging from Kosovo to Zimbabwe.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
  London, England, UK:England 7 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
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch is served in the hotel. Welcome meeting is at 5:00pm in the hotel. 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. You will be staying at Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participant Information Form.
  Parking availability:
N/A.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: As above.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London, England
  Nearest city or town:  London.
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation to site: If arriving and departing on group travel days. Complete the Participant Information Form on-line. Or in the complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to Road Scholar in the UK Please include departure and arrival date, departure airport, airline, flight number, arrival airport, date and time. We recommend completing the form on-line as information will be kept for future programmes Nearest underground is Warren Street-adjacent to the hotel on the Victoria and Northern lines. Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and a taxi from there. The Heathrow Express is a fast and frequent train service from Heathrow terminals to Paddington. Trains run every 15 minutes and the journey time from Heathrow Central for Terminals 1 and 3 is 15 minutes; passengers at Terminal 4 may use the free transfer shuttle Heathrow Connect to Heathrow Central; 21 minutes from Terminal 5. Fares, in 2010, start at £16.50 for a single and £32 for a return. Tickets may be purchased at the station or via the web www.heathrowexpress.com/Home From Gatwick take the Gatwick Express to Victoria and a taxi from there. The Gatwick Express is a fast non-stop train service from South Terminal to Victoria. It runs every 15 minutes and takes 30 minutes. Fares, in 2010, are £16.90 single; £28.70 return. Tickets may be purchased at the station or via the web www.gatwickexpress.com
  From End of Program
  Location: London, England
  Transportation from site: Program Only Participants (POP) will be transferred on group arrival days so long as they complete the Participant Information Form found within the program materials and are arriving/departing on the group travel dates. Reverse the above arrival arrangements.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
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, January 2)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight to London.

Day 2:
(Friday, January 3)
   
 Arrive To: London.
 Morning: Check in to the hotel.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon. Welcome meeting with course director, Nigel West, at 5:00pm in the hotel.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: London Spy Sites
(Saturday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture by Nigel West in the hotel on " The Impact of Espionage on History: From the Zimmerman Telegraph to Iraqi WMD."
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Spy sites in London by coach. Explore Birdcage Walk, Parliament Square, Ebury Street.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Nigel West on Sources of Intelligence
(Sunday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture by Nigel West in the hotel: Sources of Intelligence: Aerial Reconnaissance, Satellites and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Bletchley Park Churchill's "Station X".
(Monday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Full day field trip to Bletchley Park, the National Codes and Cipher Centre, the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer. Hear the tales of spies and strategic deception and as a highlight see the Enigma Machines, including the rare 'Abwehr G312'. Visit the Block B Exhibition Centre and museum which depicts the incredibly complex processes of interception, decryption, translation, interpretation and analysis that were needed to produce the vital intelligence that proved so important in ending the war. See the collection of Churchill memorablia captures the spirit of the great man. Churchill had significant links with Bletchley Park and famously said of the workers at the Park 'The geese that laid the golden eggs - but never cackled'.
 Lunch: Taken in Bletchley Park.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues. The coach departs Bletchley Park for the hotel at 3:30pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Theatre performance and guest lecturer, independent theatre producer Giles Ramsay.
(Tuesday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Free time.
 Lunch: Included
 Afternoon: 3:30pm Theatre performance briefing by Giles Ramsay.
 Dinner: Pre theatre dinner out at the famous Criterion Restaurant with Giles Ramsay.
 Evening: Theatre performance in one of London's leading theatres. Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud Theatre. 7:30pm. Two strangers. One conversation. The perfect murder. A seemingly innocent conversation soon turns into a nightmarish and dangerous reality for Guy Haines when he meets Charles Bruno on a train journey. Ahead lies a lethal nightmare of blackmail and psychological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and his sanity. His choice: to kill, or to be framed for a murder he didn't commit. Get on board for the West End's most gripping new thriller, as the classic Strangers on a Train opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 2nd November. Written by Craig Warner and based on Patricia Highsmith's acclaimed novel, inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's legendary movie, this new stage production stars in alphabetical order Laurence Fox, Jack Huston, Christian McKay, Miranda Raison, Imogen Stubbs and MyAnna Buring.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Lecture by Nigel West on "Managing Human Intelligence".
(Wednesday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture by Nigel West in the hotel on "The Wilderness of Mirrors: Managing Human Intelligence".
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Excluded
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Guest lecturer -top journalist in conversation with Giles Ramsay.
(Thursday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: A top London journalist discusses the "State of the Nation" with Giles Ramsay. Followed by a round up with Nigel West of The Spy World: Current issues.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free time. Drinks reception for before dinner.
 Dinner: Farewell dinnner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9:
(Friday, January 10)
   
 Depart From: London.
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


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


Author: Nigel West


Description: This is the story of the heads of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service. It contains numerous anecdotes and is fully up to date, and is written by acclaimed author and intelligence expert Nigel West. This remarkable book tells the story of that role, from Smith-Cumming to Scarlett, and each of the other twelve C's in between. For the first 85 years of the SIS, known variously as 'the firm', 'the funnies' and, within the Foreign Office, 'the friends', its existence and the identity of its Chief were subject to the strictest secrecy. Its only official recognition was the wartime designation MI6, by which the service continues to be commonly known today.



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.



Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence)


Author: Nigel West


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


Philby: KGB Masterspy


Author: Philip Knightley


Secret Intelligence: A Reader


Author: Christopher Andrew, Richard Aldrich, Wesley Wark (editors)


Description: This Reader in the field of intelligence studies focuses on policy, blending classic works on concepts and approaches with more recent essays dealing with current issues and the ongoing debate about the future of intelligence. The subject of secret intelligence has never enjoyed a higher profile. The terrorist attacks of 9/11, Madrid and London, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the missing WMD, public debates over prisoner interrogation, and new domestic security regulations have all contributed to make this a 'hot' subject over the past decade.Aiming to be more comprehensive than existing books, and to achieve truly international coverage of the field, this book provides key readings and supporting material for students and course convenors. It is divided into four main sections, each of which includes full summaries of each article, further reading suggestions, and student questions: the intelligence cycle Intelligence, counter-terrorism and security ethics, accountability and control intelligence and the new warfare.



Spy: A Handbook


Author: Harry Ferguson


Description: Former MI6 officer Harry Ferguson gives behind the scenes information including things not shown on screen. Spy also goes beyond the techniques of espionage to examine a range of issues facing today's intelligence services? the morality of using assassination and blackmail, the heroes and villains of the espionage world, and how modern terrorists are able to evade detection by Western intelligence organisations.



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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