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

Program Number: 21150RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/19/2014 - 6/27/2014;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: England, UK:England
Price starting at: $5,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Tennis; Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 11; 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 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

6-19-2014

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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.
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 5:30 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:
(Thursday, June 19)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flights from North America.

Day 2:
(Friday, June 20)
   
 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 5:30 p.m.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. Your group leader will lead an orientation of the area.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Real Tennis at Hampton Court Palace.
(Saturday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Hampton Court Palace, to explore the home and grounds of a long line of Royal Monarchs. In the afternoon, 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. Discover the treasures of this historic royal palace, gardens and terraces.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Guest speaker Chris Bowers.
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: The View from the Chair by a Lawn Tennis Association professional tennis umpire at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton. Half the group will have the talk in the morning and half in the afternoon.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: The View from the Chair by a Lawn Tennis Association professional tennis umpire at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner talk by Chris Bowers-The Professional Game. Chris will be commentating from Monday for ESPN and has just returned from the Women's tennis tournament at Eastbourne.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Lectures by Richard Evans.
(Monday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: In the hotel. Lectures by Richard Evans. Richard is a tennis commentator, broadcaster, journalist and author of books on the history of tennis, the lawn tennis association. Teas, coffees and pastries.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to maybe watch the Opening Rounds on TV as Andy Murray defends his title.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Centre Court at The Wimbledon Championships.
(Tuesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotlel.
 Morning: 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: Excluded.
 Afternoon: The tennis continues.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: Tennis continues perhaps under the roof.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Centre Court Wimbledon.
(Wednesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: The tennis continues at Wimbledon outer courts.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Tennis on Centre Court.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: Tennis continues.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8:
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotlel.
 Morning: Free day to enjoy London's many museums, galleries and parks.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9:
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Depart From: Transfers by private cars to London Heathrow.
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.

Suggested Reading List


Chris Bowers


Author: Novak Djokovic: The Sporting Statesman


Description: In this study of both Djokovic and Serbia, Chris Bowers paints two powerful portraits. He traces the story of the boy from modest surroundings, telling of how he met the woman who not only taught him tennis but how to deal with life as a high-profile icon, charts his battle with illness and his relationship with a volatile father, and how his on-court deeds have made his country proud. But he also tells the story of Serbia, pulling no punches about its role in the 1990s wars but offering a sensitive interpretation of the hopes and aspirations of a people with a troubled past. Bowers, biographer of Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and the British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, weaves together these sporting and geo-political strands to present a sensitive portrait of a man and his people, and how determination married to sensitivity can create a sporting statesman



Chris Bowers


Author: Federer - The Biography


Description: Chris Bowers is an official member of the International Tennis Writers Association, a commentator for BBC Radio, and a writer for the "Independent," the "Observer," and the "Times."



Chris Bowers


Author: Roger Federer: The Greatest


Description: This acclaimed sports biography, researched and written by the experienced and multilingual tennis writer Chris Bowers, considers who Federer is as a person and what place he will occupy in tennis and sporting history. Roger Federer is a legend not only in the world of tennis but also in the wider sporting arena. With a record-breaking tally of 16 Grand Slam titles to his name, he shows no sign of slowing down and in 2010 added another Australian Open win to his collection, as well as taking the trophy in the end-of-season ATP World Wide Tour Finals in London. This authoritative and affectionate biography traces the rise of Federer, from his first tentative strokes with a tennis racket to how he dealt with being sent away to a training academy where he struggled to communicate in a French-speaking part of Switzerland; and how he handled the sudden death of his first real coach and mentor. It looks at his development as a sportsman and how he has matured into a family man with his marriage to Mirka Vavrinec and the birth of their twin girls. It also examines how Roger bounced back from arguably one of the most challenging periods of his career as, following a serious illness and a dip in form, his run of successive Wimbledon championship wins was ended and he was toppled from the number one spot by his long-time rival Rafael Nadal. In characteristic style, Federer silenced his critics by winning the French Open title for the first time, reclaiming his Wimbledon crown and ending 2009 at the number one position for the fifth time.



Chris Bowers


Author: The International Tennis Federation: A Century of Contribution


Description: lively retelling of the history of tennis, using never-before-published photographs and rare memorabilia. For all fans of tennis, this lavish edition features all the highlights of the game as it developed from the early traditions of lawn tennis to the wildly popular spectator sport of today, including notorious matches; the advances in technology and physical standards for players; the politics of tennis as impacted by world events; and the legends of the game, who have influenced players at the grassroots level. Full-color action shots by the sport s top photographers are accompanied by an impressive collection of archival photographs and memorabilia. One of the few comprehensive and beautifully produced books on tennis, this volume will become an instant classic and an important addition to any collection of sports books.



Richard Evans


Author: The Wenger Code: Will it Survive the Age of the Oligarch?


Description: Arsene Wenger; coach, manager and enigma at the heart of one of the greatest London football clubs. He is a walking conundrum of ideas, philosophy, sports psychology and an unwavering sense of self. He is the talisman of a Gunners side who have ridden the highs and the lows of the Premiership, but who in the modern game has employed a unique code of management. The Wenger Code explores the essence of Wenger's genius and what makes him standout as Arsenal Manager and leader unmoved by the gargantuan finance of 21st century football. In the no nonsense writing of life long fan, Richard Evans, the reader is given the painful truth, the inspiring truth and the future hopes for Arsenal Football Club as it builds upon the intense vision and belief of one man, one manager, and one code. With evidence vividly brought to life from the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, The Wenger Code is a must read for football fans; as much a book about football management itself as a book about the mighty Arsenal FC.



Richard Evans


Author: Open Tennis: 25 Years of Seriously Defiant Success on and Off the Court


Description: Richard Evans is among the select few who have followed and fully understood the inside story of open tennis since it exploded on an unsuspecting public 25 years ago. As professional tennis has defied every economic downturn, Evans has followed the action of each tournament closely, observing a continual growth in prize money, spectator interest and international television coverage. This book analyses the phenomenal impact that John McEnroe and other superstars have had on sporting conduct, charts their greatest matches, and reveals the very latest insider politics that helped create the new ATP tour. As well as examining the heady early days of open tennis and such greats as Laver, Newcombe and Rosewall, this book comes right up-to-date and tackles such topical issues as the bizarre behaviour of Monica Seles, the increase of bigger rackets wielded by bigger players and the shortcomings of power tennis.



Richard Evans and John McEnroe


Author: The Davis Cup: Celebrating 100 Years of International Tennis


Description: Throughout 1999, the International Tennis Federation is celebrating the centenary of the Davis Cup, the oldest team competition in tennis. In this text, Richard Evans tells the story of the Davis Cup, from its beginning as a match between the United States and Britain, to the late 1990s era



Richard Evans


Author: Mc Enroe: Taming the Talent


Description: The Authorised Biography. Based on interviews with McEnroe, this book describes his middle-class New York Irish upbringing, his rise to stardom and the slump in his career. It goes on to examine his renowned on-court behaviour, his stormy relationship with the press, and marriage and fatherhood



Richard Evans


Author: Ilie Nastase


Description: Review: "This is a wonderful biography of one of the greatest talents and most controversial personalities of Open Tennis which I highly recommend to any tennis fan. The book, written by someone who knew well and understood Nastase goes a long way in exploring and analyzing the multifacets of Nastase’s complex character and personality."





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