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Centre Court at Wimbledon: Inside the World’s Most Historic Tennis Tournament

Program Number: 21150RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2013 - 6/30/2013; 6/25/2015 - 7/3/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: England, UK:England
Price starting at: $4,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Tennis; Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 10; 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Strawberries and cream. Borg and McEnroe. Venus and Serena. Federer and Nadal. In all of sports there is nothing like the tradition, history and athletic perfection of the Wimbledon Championships. Join us for two days of the tournament with coveted seats at the All England Club’s Centre Court. Outside of the tournament, we have an exciting schedule planned, offering a complete immersion into the wonderful experience of tennis in its birthplace.




Highlights

• See the best players in the world compete at Centre Court — for two days of play on opening week Tuesday and Wednesday
• Discuss the history of Wimbledon with Richard Evans, broadcaster, journalist, author and esteemed tennis historian.
• Meet Nick Wood, the head tennis professional at Hampton Court Palace, and learn the history of Royal tennis on their courts. Hear insights from ESPN commentator Chris Bowers.



Participants will attend two days at Wimbledon's Centre Court on Tuesday 24 June and Wednesday 25 June.




Date Specific Information

6-22-2013, 6-25-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival London, 7 nights; departure.



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

Attending two full days of matches at the covered stadium, Centre Court, is just part of our Wimbledon experience. You’ll trace nearly 500 years of lawn tennis history at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Marvel at futuristic exhibits that explain the science of the game and a holographic John McEnroe (yes, seriously!) roaming the dressing room. Meet Chris Bowers, tennis commentator, broadcaster, journalist and author of books on the game and tennis commentator Richard Evans. The head tennis professional at Hampton Court Palace, Nick Wood, discusses "the sport of kings" — the original indoor racquet sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis evolved. Then a former tennis umpire from the Lawn Tennis Association and Lawn Tennis Club talks about the The View from the Chair: tennis egos and umpiring.




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
A modern four star hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

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

Chris Bowers has been reporting on the international tennis scene since 1986, the year Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova won singles titles. He has commentated on Wimbledon for the BBC since 1994. Fluent in French and German, Chris is the author of several books, including “The Book of Tennis” and “Roger Federer: The Greatest,” which chronicles the career of the 16-time Grand Slam and seven-time Wimbledon champion.
 
Nick Wood

Nick Wood is the head professional at The Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace, the oldest surviving real tennis court in England, dating to 1529. Real tennis is a mixture of tennis and squash and The Royal Tennis Court is one of fewer than 50 such courts in the world. Nick has won many real tennis titles, with the year 2000 probably his most successful, winning the British and U.S. titles and reaching the final of the Australian Open.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Millennium Gloucester Hotel
  London, England, UK:England 7 nights
 Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.
  Contact info: 4-18 Harrington Street
London,  SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 207 373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.
  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:
Welcome meeting and programem overview at 5:00 pm in the hotel. You will be staying at Millennium Gloucester Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The programme ends after breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at Millennium Gloucester Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. N/A.
  Parking availability:
N/A.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains, buses and underground available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London, England
  Nearest city or town:  London.
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow
  Transportation to site: Take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington station. From there take a taxi to the Millennium Gloucester hotel. The Gloucester Road underground station is next to the hotel. It is served by the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines.
  From End of Program
  Location: London, England
  Transportation from site: See above in reverse.
    (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:
(Saturday, June 22)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flights from North America.

Day 2:
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Arrive To: London Heathrow Airport. Transfers by private cars to hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch on arrival day is not included.
 Afternoon: At leisure before a welcome meeting and programme overview in the hotel at 5 p.m.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Chris Bowers, tennis commentator, broadcaster and author, introduces the programme and discusses hot tennis topics.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Opening Rounds: Centre Court at The Wimbledon Championships.
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Participants on the Opening Rounds group: A full day at Centre Court, The Wimbledon Championships. Travel by underground to Southfields station (London travel card, underground map and useful information will be included in your welcome packet). Take a shuttle bus to The Wimbledon Experience, where you wil receive your reserved-seating tickets, Wimbledon souvenir map, official programme, complimentary tea, coffee and Danishes. You then have admission to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. For a sporting venue known for its strict adherence to tradition, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is impressively futuristic, with its 3D cinema explaining the science of the game and a holographic John McEnroe (yes, seriously) roaming the dressing room. Interviews with players are broadcast on TV screens and an interactive area allows visitors to handle racquets, test their reaction skills in simulation games and have their picture taken with the singles trophies. Tracing the history of lawn tennis, there is memorabilia dating as far back as 1555, while new additions to the collection include outfits worn in the 2011 Championships by winners Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova and an exhibition dedicated to Fred Perry. At the centre of the show are the famous Championship trophies, as held aloft by the game's greatest players. There is also a display dedicated to a proud Wimbledon tradition, the queue.
 Lunch: Opening Rounds group: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Opening Rounds group: The opening day of the Wimbledon tennis tournament begins. Be part of the excitement as last year's champion takes centre stage and dignitaries and royalty attend!
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: Opening Rounds: The tennis continues. Return by underground.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Opening Rounds: Centre Court Wimbledon.
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Opening Rounds group: Full day at The Wimbledon Championships with the same arrangements as on Monday.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Opening Rounds group: The tennis continues with the world's best players.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: Opening Rounds group: Continue at Wimbledon for the evening's tennis, perhaps under the roof or spotlights.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Opening Rounds: A day at Queen's Club with lectures by Richard Evans.
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: A day at Queen's Tennis Club. Lectures by Richard Evans. Ricahrd is a tennis commentator, broadcaster, journalist and author of books on the history of tennis, the lawn tennis association. Teas, coffees and pastries. Established in 1886, The Queen’s Club was the first multipurpose sports complex ever to be built, anywhere in the world. The Club offers its Members the opportunity to play Lawn Tennis, Real Tennis, Rackets and Squash on some of the finest courts in the world. It was named after Queen Victoria, its first patron, and is widely renowned as one of the premier Lawn Tennis and Racquets clubs in the world.
 Lunch: Opening rounds group: Buffet lunch at Queen's Club.
 Afternoon: Opening Rounds group: Lectures by Richard Evans.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: Opening Rounds group: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Opening Rounds: Real Tennis at Hampton Court Palace.
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotlel.
 Morning: Opening Rounds group: Field trip to Hampton Court Palace, where Head Professional Nick Wood will explore the world of "Real or Royal Tennis." Real tennis – one of several games sometimes called "the sport of kings" – is the original indoor racquet sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis (usually simply called tennis), is descended. It is also known as court tennis in the United States, formerly royal tennis in England and Australia (now real tennis), and courte-paume in France (a reference to the older, racquetless game of jeu de paume, the ancestor of modern handball and racquet games; many French real tennis courts are at jeu de paume clubs). The term real was first used by journalists in the middle of the 20th century to distinguish the ancient game from modern lawn tennis (even though that sport is seldom contested on lawns these days outside the few social-club-managed estates such as Wimbledon). Real tennis players often call the game "tennis" while continuing to refer to its more widely played offshoot as "lawn tennis." Real tennis is still played by enthusiasts or realists. After the workshop, discover the treasures of this historic royal palace, gardens and terraces.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Opening Rounds group: Further exploration of Hampton Court Palace, the royal palace in Greater London and home to Henry VIII and William III. The palace has two contrasting architectural styles: the Baroque and Tudor. Enjoy the architectural splendor, the landscaped gardens and parkland and the Maze.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: Opening Rounds group: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: The Art of Umpiring,
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Both Opening Rounds and Middle Rounds group join: A former tennis professional from the Lawn Tennis Association and Lawn Tennis Club will talk on the "Art of Umpiring."
 Lunch: Excluded for both groups.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Kensington Palace
(Saturday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotlel.
 Morning: Field trip to Kensington Palace, the former home of tennis lover Diana, Princess of Wales, and future home to Prince William and Princess Catherine of Cambridge. The Princess of Wales lived in Apartment 8 at Kensington Palace from the time of her wedding to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981 until her death on Aug. 31, 1997. The apartment was originally built in the 1720s but had been uninhabitable since the Second World War and was restored for the royal couple to move in following their wedding. Many photos of the Princess show her at home at the palace and she was known to go shopping on Kensington High Street and to visit the local cinema. She hosted events for charities that she was patron for at the Orangery and in the State Apartments. Explore the magnificent set of rooms that make up the King's State Apartments. The King's Staircase is the first link to the circuit of rooms making up the King's State Apartments. All the great and good of Georgian London would have climbed up these stairs to visit the king. In the Council Chamber see the sort of court dress that would once have been worn in these state rooms. You may wish to visit other Kensington museums such as the V&A or the Science Museum.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9:
(Sunday, June 30)
   
 Depart From: Transfers by private cars to London Heathrow.
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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