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English Literature on Location

Program Number: 20128RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/27/2014 - 6/9/2014; 5/17/2016 - 5/30/2016; 9/13/2016 - 9/26/2016;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: England, UK:England
Price starting at: $4,297.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Literature
Meals: 31; 12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Heroines like Elizabeth Bennet and heroes like Oliver Twist. Bedeviling mysteries solved by Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple. The “merely realistic dream country” of Wessex created by Thomas Hardy. English literature has given us beloved characters, engrossing stories and indelible scenery. Gain entry to the world of great British authors in the places where they lived, worked, dined and found inspiration.


• Journey through the Dickensian London of gas lamps and alleys, Hardy’s picturesque Wessex and the atmospheric Dartmoor of Sherlock Holmes.
• Search for clues on an Agatha Christie-inspired field trip and stay at her favorite hotel.
• Enjoy a field trip to quaint Lacock, where the BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice” and parts of the Harry Potter movies were filmed.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day with some hills. Stairs at historic sites.

Date Specific Information

5-27-2014, 5-17-2016, 9-13-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival London; coach to Bath, 5 nights; coach to Torquay, 2 nights; coach to Dorchester, 3 nights; coach to London, 2 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival London
Coach to Bath
5 nights

Consider the role of Bath in English literature, from the meaning of “taking the waters” at the ancient spa to the fashionable balls of Jane Austen’s world. Take tea in the famed Grand Pump Room as a string quartet plays. Discover Salisbury’s magnificent cathedral and Mompesson House, a National Trust historic house and filming location for “Sense and Sensibility."

Coach to Torquay
2 nights

Venture across Dartmoor, an otherworldly moorland that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s settings in “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” In coastal Torquay, enter Agatha Christie’s lovely holiday home and absorb the atmosphere of the Grand Hotel, which she frequented.

Coach to Dorchester
3 nights

Make a stop in Lyme Regis to walk on the Cobb, a sturdy harbor wall found in stories including “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” Journey along the Jurassic Coast, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow the Hardy Trail to discover important sites in the author’s “Wessex,” based on real places in this area — for instance, Dorchester is Hardy’s “Casterbridge."

Coach to London
2 nights

Step inside Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, where she penned “Mansfield Park” and “Emma.” An expert-led field trip through Dickens’s London brings you to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, where a dramatic scene in “Bleak House” unfolds, the Charles Dickens Museum in his one-time home on Doughty Street and more. Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street.


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.

Bath: Hotel in the heart of the city on the River Avon. Torquay: Historic, four-star seaside hotel. Dorchester: Historic coaching inn in the town center. London: Four-star hotel in South Kensington.

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

Kevin Flude lectures on the archaeology, history and museums at Central St Martins College (University of the Arts, London) the University of Westminster and is an Honorary Lecturer at University College London. He is also the Director of the Old Operating Theatre Museum, a fascinating Museum in Central London. Kevin serves as a study leader for Road Scholar programs, putting to use his deep and broad experience in the museum world gained during his time at the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Oxford’s Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Bath City
  Bath., UK:England 5 nights
   Grand Hotel Torquay
  Torquay, UK:England 2 nights
   Best Western Kings Arms Hotel
  Dorchester, UK:England 3 nights
   Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt
  London, England, UK:England 2 nights
 Hilton Bath City
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Explore historic Bath from this centrally located hotel on the River Avon. Set amid the fine Georgian architecture of Bath.
  Contact info: Walcot Street
Bath,  BA1 5BJ UK:England
phone: +44 1225 463411
  Room amenities: Coffee and tea making facilities, telephone, 32” flat TV screen.
  Facility amenities: Zuccotta Bar, Restaurant and Lounge. Fitness Room.
  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
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Grand Hotel Torquay
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Grand is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, a short drive from Dartmoor National Park. The Grand Hotel dominates one side of the sweeping arc of Tor Bay in Torquay, heart of the English Riviera. Its location is ideal, looking out towards Torquay harbour and Corbyn Head. Once the favourite hotel of Agatha Christie.
  Contact info: Sea Front
Devon,  TQ2 6NT UK:England
phone: +44 1803 296 677
  Room amenities: Remote control colour TV with satellite channels, direct dial telephone with PC modem, hospitality tray, hairdryer and room safe.
  Facility amenities: The award winning Gainsborough Restaurant and The Compass Bar and Lounge. Toppers Leisure Club with heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, mini gym, all weather tennis court. Outdoor pool. Beauty Clinic.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Best Western Kings Arms Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Best Western Kings Arms Hotel is a renowned local landmark in the very centre of Dorchester. The hotel, build in 1720, retains many interesting and classical Georgian features. feel the history that is associated with its 288 year existence, you can imagine the scene of Michael Henchard The Mayor of Casterbridge carrying on his business in the Kings Arms as described in the novel by Thomas Hardy. The author himself descibed it as the chief hotel in Casterbridge - The Kings Arms. The Kings Arms Hotel was built in 1720 in the very centre of Dorchester during the reign of King George I. Throughout the intervening years several English monarchs including George IV and Queen Victoria have been residents at this fine old coaching inn; more recently Prince Charles and Prince Andrew have been seen frequenting the hotel whilst in the area.
  Contact info: 30 High East Street
Dorset,  DT1 1HF UK:England
phone: +44 1305 265 353
  Room amenities: Televisions with LCD screens, free high speed internet access, direct dial telephones, hospitality trays, mineral water, hairdryers, iron/boards, CD players, radios
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel was once the London residence of the Vanderbilt family. Many original features have been carefully restored to their former glory including stained glass windows, wood panelled rooms and its magnificent artistic ceiling.
  Contact info: 68-86 Cromwell Road
London,  SW7 5BT UK:England
phone: +44 20 7761 9000
  Room amenities: Each room offers a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer,in room safe, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct dial telephone, satellite TV.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Complimentary wireless Internet access , complimentary newspaper, 24 hour front desk, 24 hour room service, currency exchange, valet service available for laundry. Fitness room. Mobile phone rental. Business 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
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch will be served in the hotel in Bath at 12:30pm. Welcome meeting at 5:00pm. You will be staying at Hilton Bath City that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast in the hotel on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. N/A.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: See above.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bath.
  Nearest city or town:  Bath.
  Nearest airport:  Bristol.
  Transportation to site: Heathrow Express into Paddington Station London or Gatwick Express to Victoria Station London. 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. Or From Heathrow airport, catch the express coach from the arrivals terminal to Reading, and take the London train to Bath Spa. Its much easier than going into London. Trains to Bath Spa run from Paddington and take 1 hr. and 40 mins.
  From End of Program
  Location:  London, England
  Nearest city or town:  London.
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation from site: Underground , buses and trains available. The nearest underground is Gloucester Road on the Piccadilly, Circle and District line.
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Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Tuesday, May 27)
 In Transit: Overnight flight from North America.

Day 2:
(Wednesday, May 28)
 Arrive To: London. Transfers to Bath (POPs complete the Participation Form on-line or in the preparatory materials).
 Lunch: In the hotel if arriving by lunchtime (12:30pm).
 Afternoon: Check in and free time. Welcome meeting before dinner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hilton Bath City
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Roman Baths, afternoon tea at the Pump Rooms.
(Thursday, May 29)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Walk to Pulteney Bridge, which crosses the River Avon and was completed 1774 and connected the city with the newly built town of Bathwick, designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style. It is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across its full span on both sides.
 Lunch: Excluded
 Afternoon: Visit to the iconic Roman Baths. Around Britain's only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificient temple and building complex that still flows with natural hot water. See the water's source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements around the steaming pool. Enjoy afternoon tea at The Pump Room, the elegant backdrop for a cream tea and part of the Roman Bath complex. Regarded as the social heart of Bath for more than two centuries, the Pump Room is a striking neo-classical salon where hot Spa water is drawn for drinking. A trio plays during the tea.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hilton Bath City
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Georgian Bath.
(Friday, May 30)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture by Kevin Flude, course director. "England, Landscape and the Novel". Tea/coffee. Lecture: "Regency Jane Austen: Bath, Balls and Bonnets".
 Lunch: In the hotel
 Afternoon: Walk Jane Austen’s Bath. In the early eighteenth century, under the direction of the socialite, Beau Nash, Bath became England’s premier spa town, where the rich and celebrated members of fashionable society gathered to ‘take the waters’ and enjoy the towns theatres and concert rooms. The Royal Crescent is described as the finest example of the Palladian style in Europe. Its hilltop position gives it unrivalled views over Bath. Number 1 was the first house to be built in the crescent and was given to the Bath Preservation Trust in 1968 and has since been lavishly and accurately restored to the style enjoyed by its former illustrious residents, who included the Duke of York in 1796. It is now a museum depicting a grand town-house of the late 18th century with authentic furniture paintings and carpets. Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806 and was a frequent visitor for most of her life. The Jane Austen Center, which is close to one of the houses where Jane Austen lived, exhibits aspects of her life in Bath. Field trip to the Assembly Rooms. The gentry gathered at the Assembly rooms in the 18th century and they appear in both Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Optional visit to the Fashion Museum.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hilton Bath City
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Medieval Lacock and Lacock Abbey.
(Saturday, May 31)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the National Trust's medieval Lacock,a charming rural village untouched by modern development. Lacock Village, dating back to the 13th-century, remains largely unchanged over the centuries and has many limewashed, half-timbered and stone houses. During the Middle Ages Lacock became a prosperous and thriving town through its wool industry. The village was well placed for communications, sited as it was on the 'cloth road' from London and the River Avon, which gave access to the sea at Avonmouth near Bristol. Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and its more recent role as a television and film location. The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the Abbey's monastic past. The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography. The medieval village has racked up enough TV and film appearances to be the envy of most Hollywood stars. Credits include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Moll Flanders and most recently Harry Potter.
 Lunch: In a traditional inn such as the George in Lacock.
 Afternoon: Field Trip continues
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure to explore the local area.
Accommodations: Hilton Bath City
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Salisbury and Stonehenge
(Sunday, June 1)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: The day begins with a field trip across Salisbury Plains to UNESCO World Heritage Site Stonehenge. Follow Tess' footsteps here. Stonehenge now has a transformed visitor experience. A new world- class visitor centre, housing museum-quality permanent and temporary exhibitions is now open. The centre is the first phase of English Heritage's £27million project to transform the visitor experience of this iconic site. For the first time, visitors are being given a proper introduction to one of the world's most important monuments, with over 250 objects of international importance on display, including the reconstructed face of an early Neolithic man. See Stonehenge emerge slowly on the horizon during the ten-minute shuttle ride from the visitor centre to the monument. .
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to the cathedral city of Salisbury, featuring the tallest spire in England. Explore the tranquil Close surrounding the Cathedral and handsomely furnished 18th century Mompesson House (location in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility) where you can sense the life of Close inhabitants in that century. Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure worked at the cathedral (Melchester) and The Market House, now the City Library was where Jude confessed to Sue that he had married Arabella.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hilton Bath City
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Conan Doyle's Dartmoor and Agatha Christie's Torquay.
(Monday, June 2)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Torquay via the dark sinister romanticism of Dartmoor, inspiration to Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. The most famous Sherlock Holmes tale: The Hound of the Baskervilles paints a vivid picture of a brooding landscape. Deadly Great Grimpen Mire was based on Fox Tor and the standing stones described by Watson can be seen all over the moor. The Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie booked into "the large, dreary " Moorland Hotel to finish her first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
 Lunch: Packed lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Arrive in the English Riviera's Torquay in Devon for a field trip to the Torquay Museum's Agatha Christie exhibition. Take a mystery field trip to The Agatha Christie Mile. There are 10 landmarks dotted around the harbour and seafront area. From Beacon Hill and the Imperial Hotel to the bronze bust in Cary Gardens, Princess Gardens, 12th century Torre Abbey opposite the main beach and the Grand Hotel where she spent her honeymoon. Visit All Saints Church where Christie was baptized.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy an Agatha Christie reading or film this evening.
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Torquay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Dartmouth and the National Trust's Greenway.
(Tuesday, June 3)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to Dartmouth with some free time before the ferry to the National Trust's Greenway at Galmpton. This is an extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, and contains many of the family's collections, including archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. Outside you can explore the large and romantic woodland garden, with a restored vinery and peach house, wild edges and rare plantings, which drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary. Steep slope to the house.
 Lunch: In Greenway Kitchen.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues before a ferry journey back to Dartmouth.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Torquay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast
(Wednesday, June 4)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to Dorchester via the ancient seaport of Lyme Regis, the historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds. Jane Austen, with the Reverent and Mrs. Austen, Jane's brother and Casandra, her sister, visited Lyme Regis in 1803 and 1804. They stayed initially at a large house called 'Wings' near the Cobb harbour. Jane and Casandra were extremely hardy, it is reported, they continued daily sea bathing into October. The 1981 film of the novel French Lieutentant's Woman by John Fowles starring Merryl Streep and Jeremy Irons was filmed on the Cobb highlighting the iconic image of Merryl Streep looking out to sea. Fowles was a great fan of Thomas Hardy and in particular likened his own work to that of Tess of the D`Urbervilles.
 Lunch: Excluded. So that you can choose to have a meal while overlooking the sea or sat by a gurgling river in a secluded position. All the restaurants and cafes have access to fresh locally caught fish and shell fish straight off the fishing boats, which operate from the harbour. They also use fresh produce from the market gardens in the area. You might choose the Cobb Arms.
 Afternoon: Travel along the UNESCO World Heritage Site "The Jurassic Coast", It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. Continue to the unique Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset. This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. Continue on to Dorchester-at the heart of Thomas Hardy's life and work- the Casterbridge of the novel.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Best Western Kings Arms Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Far From the Madding Crowd. Thomas Hardy "Casterbridge" trail.
(Thursday, June 5)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: "Far From the Madding Crowd: Hardy's Wessex." Followed by a walk around Dorchester (Casterbridge)-the Hardy trail.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Guest lecture.
Accommodations: Best Western Kings Arms Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Hardy's Cottage and Max Gate.
(Friday, June 6)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Thomas Hardy's land was Dorset or part fictional Wessex and proved to be the inspiration for his writing. Today we take a field trip to around the "Hardy Trail". From Puddletown to Cerne Abbas (home of the famous Cerne Giant) on to Sherbourne for the Market Place in The Woodlanders and then to Sturminster Newton where he wrote The Return of the Native.
 Lunch: Taken out in a Dorset pub such as The Crown at Marnhull.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to Hardy's Birthplace in Higher Bockhampton, now owned by the National Trust. Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in this small cob and thatch cottage, which was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since the family left. His early novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd were written here. On to Stinsford Church where Hardy requested he was buried. On his death his ashes were interred in Westminster Abbey but his heart is buried here in the grave of his wife. Our last Hardy location today is Max Gate, the house he designed and lived in from 1885 to 1928. During the years that he resided at Max Gate, Hardy wrote some of his most well known works, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, The Dynasts as well as numerous poems and short stories.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Best Western Kings Arms Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Winchester Cathedral, Jane Austen's House Museum.
(Saturday, June 7)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to London by coach via Winchester. Take a specialist led walk around Jane Austen's Winchester Cathedral and Austen's city streets including College Street where she lived her last days. View the plaque and stained glass windows.
 Lunch: A packed lunch to make the most of this busy day.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to Chawton where Jane Austen lived with her mother and sister and wrote her greatest works. Jane Austen's House Museum is located in the 17th century home to Jane Austen for her last eight years. The rooms of the House and Museum, along with its garden, and with its prominent position at the heart of Chawton Village, all help to provide a tangible connection to the environment where the Austen family lived. On the way to London visit 12th century Steventon Church where Jane worshipped. The church stands almost unchanged from those days. Here there are memorial tablets to James Austen, Jane's eldest brother, who took over the parish from her father, his two wives and some of his relations. Their graves are in the churchyard. There is also a bronze plaque dedicated to Jane Austen. Another plaque recognises the generous support from members of the Jane Austen Society of North America who paid for the refurbishment of the church bells in January 1995. -
 Dinner: In the London hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: London of Dickens and Sherlock Holmes. The Charles Dickens Museum.
(Sunday, June 8)
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street. A field trip by coach takes you to Dickens' Camden and Smithfield (Oliver Twist) .
 Lunch: Lunch is taken out in the Sherlock Holmes pub
 Afternoon: Field Trip continues to New Square and Lincoln's Inn Fields. Dickens' friend and biographer John Forster lived at number 58 and Dickens used it as the home of Mr Tulkinghorn in Bleak House. Dickens gave private readings here to Forster, Thomas Carlyle and Daniel Maclise. The field trip continues to Dickens House Museum. This is the only one of Dickens' London homes to survive. He lived in the Georgian house between April 1837 and December 1839. Writing his first three novels he was on the way to becoming the most famous author of the 19th century. Four floors ( no elevators) are filled with the most important collection of Dickens' material anywhere in the world. Farewell meeting before dinner.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14:
(Monday, June 9)
 Breakfast: In the hotel unless transfers depart early.
 In Transit: Return flights to North America.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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