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Independent London Theatre at New Year’s

Program Number: 18167RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/29/2014 - 1/4/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: England, UK:England
Price starting at: $2,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Independent City Discoveries; Holidays
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Ring in the New Year in festive London by enjoying both contemporary and traditional theater, including the beloved Christmas Pantomime. Join Giles Ramsay, a director and producer of independent theater, to attend two of the top productions in the West End and join in the Yuletide custom known as “the Panto,” a rowdy, joyous show of song, dance, jokes, cross-dressing performers and audience participation. Take in a major art exhibition; enjoy afternoon tea with a leading critic at a London hotel and journey to Hampton Court Palace.




Highlights

• Enjoy three theater performances: two of the top current productions and the traditional Christmas Pantomime.
• Intimate conversations and lectures with theater professionals and critics make for an in-depth experience of the performances and give you a chance to share your opinion.
• Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a gala dinner and a toast with your fellow participants.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to three hours on some field trips.



Included in the program-only price: Five nights hotel accommodations, all breakfasts, one lunch, five dinners, three theater performances, lectures by local experts, two self-guided excursions, substantial free time. Not included: Airport transfers.




Date Specific Information

12-29-2014

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival London, 5 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night


Arrival London
5 nights
Departure

Your companion for this exploration of London theater is Giles Ramsay, a director and producer who helps you see the show behind the show. Meet with a leading critic to discuss the good and bad of contemporary theater. Take part in a great British tradition, the Christmas Panto, and learn how it grew out of the Commedia dell'Arte. Enjoy plenty of time to explore London on your own, enjoying the festive holiday decorations and attending a New Year’s Eve dinner. Plus a top journalist offers a discussion of today’s England and a field trip brings you to Hampton Court Palace, particularly spectacular at this time of year.







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
Historic four-star hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street
  London., UK:England 5 nights
 Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Recently completely refurbished and upgraded. Located in Bloomsbury , close to the West End and the British Museum. Nearest underground Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines)
  Contact info: 9 - 13 Bloomsbury Street
London,  WC1B 3QD UK:England
phone: +44 207 636 5601
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. Mobile phone hire.
  Facility amenities: Bloomsbury Street Restaurant and Bar. Fitness room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: See preparatory materials 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: See preparatory materials 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 for those arriving in time. The afternoon is free until the welcome meeting at 5:30 pm in the hotel. You will be staying at Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. You will be staying at Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Not available.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and underground as on arrival available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London.
  Nearest city or town:  London
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation to site: Trains, underground (nearest station Piccadilly) available. take the Heathrow or Gatwick Express and a taxi from the train station. The Heathrow Express departs the airport every 15 minutes and takes 15 minutes add 6 minutes from T5.) to London Paddington. An Express single costs £16.50 (2010 prices), 1st Class is £26, return is £32. Paddington Station is situated in the west end of central London. It connects to the Bakerloo, District and Circle lines on the London Underground and is also a short walk to the Hammersmith and City line. The Gatwick Express departs the airport every 15 minutes and takes 30 minutes to London Victoria. It departs at these minutes past the hour 00 - 15 - 30 - 45. An Express single costs £16.90 (2010 prices), Express return is £28.70. With three London Underground stations - for the Victoria, District and Circle lines - getting around central London is easy and direct from London Victoria station. Victoria bus station is next door, and it’s only a short walk to the National Express coach station.
  From End of Program
  Location: London.
  Transportation from site: Trains and underground as on arrival available. Heathrow Express or Gatwick Express. As above from Paddington or Victoria.
    (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:
(Monday, December 29)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flights from North America.

Day 2:
(Tuesday, December 30)
   
 Morning: Independent transfers.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free time until a welcome meeting and briefing before dinner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Post performance New Year's Eve dinner
(Wednesday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to an art exhibition.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Special New Year's Eve dinner in the hotel post theatre performance. Toast in the New Year
 Evening: Theatre performance
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Hampton Court Palace.
(Thursday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Free after last night's festivities. Followed by a late departure for a field trip to Hampton Court Palace. Explore Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace. See Tudor cookery in the famous Great Kitchens, stroll through Henry's State Apartments, marvel at the magnificnet Chapel Royal. Learn how William III's palace was restored after fire. Visit the Queen's Apartment and the Georgian Rooms. Venture outside to William III's restored Privy Garden and acres of parkland.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: State of the nation by a renowned journalist.
(Friday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lectures in the hotel. "The State of the Nation" by a renowned journalist and political commentator followed by Giles Ramsay, course director, on "The plays".
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon
 Dinner: Taken out.
 Evening: Theatre performance.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Afternoon tea with a theatre critic.
(Saturday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Free morning.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: 3:30pm Take Flemings Mayfair famous afternoon tea with a theatre critic and Giles Ramsay.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Theatre perfromance.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7:
(Sunday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Independent transfers.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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