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Quintessential Britain

Program Number: 12187RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2015 - 7/10/2015; 7/20/2015 - 8/7/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/25/2015; 4/11/2016 - 4/29/2016; 5/9/2016 - 5/27/2016; 6/6/2016 - 6/24/2016; 7/11/2016 - 7/29/2016; 9/5/2016 - 9/23/2016; 9/26/2016 - 10/14/2016; 10/17/2016 - 11/4/2016;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: England/Scotland
Price starting at: $5,994.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 45; 17 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 17 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Piece together storied histories, rivalries and landscapes to experience quintessential Britain — from London to Bath, the villages of the Cotswolds to the dreaming spires of Oxford, the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. In each city and village, uncover the surrounding history, geography, culture, literature, houses and gardens, cathedrals and castles with local experts.




Highlights

• View the recently rediscovered amphitheatre and ruins of Roman London.
• Explore the castles and history of mountainous Snowdonia in North Wales.
• Visit Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles; standing on city sidewalks. Stairs in historic buildings.




Date Specific Information

6-22-2015, 7-20-2015, 9-7-2015, 4-11-2016, 5-9-2016, 6-6-2016, 7-11-2016, 9-5-2016, 9-26-2016, 10-17-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival London (England), 4 nights; coach to Mickleton, 3 nights; coach to Chester, 3 nights; coach to Harrogate, 3 nights; coach to Edinburgh (Scotland), 4 nights, departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival London (England)
4 nights

Discuss the city’s origins and history before visiting Sir Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral. Uncover the secrets and crown jewels locked in the Tower of London and boat up the Thames to discover Westminster Abbey. On a day-long excursion, explore Oxford and enjoy a guided tour of Christ Church -- setting for the Harry Potter films. En route to the Cotswolds, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, see the Georgian houses of the elegant spa town of Bath and visit the Roman Baths.



Coach to Mickleton, the Cotswolds
3 nights

On a day-long excursion, explore Oxford and enjoy a guided tour of Christ Church -- setting for the Harry Potter films. An undulating landscape of peaceful valleys and villages, visit Hidcote Manor Garden, Shakespeare's birthplace, idyllic English villages such as Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden. Sample fare from the famous “Pudding Club.”



Coach to Chester
3 nights

Leaving Mickleton, stop to discover the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Ironbridge. In Chester, discuss the county of Cheshire before exploring the city’s medieval "rows" (covered market arcade) and cathedral. Crossing into Wales, visit Conway Castle and Welsh Slate Museum of Snowdonia.



Coach to Harrogate
3 nights

Venture to the village of Haworth, home to the Bronte sisters. From your base in the stunning spa town of Harrogate, journey to York's medieval streets and examine the elegant Jacobean and Georgian architecture and the imposing grandeur of York Minster. Catch a glimpse of monastic life at the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx and Hawksmoor's Castle Howard, immortalized in the series “Brideshead Revisited.” Mingle with locals over lunch in Rievaulx’s village hall.



Coach to Edinburgh (Scotland)
4 nights
Departure

Delve into the history of Edinburgh and the turbulent border wars between Scotland and England on a visit to Hadrian's Wall. Walk the Old Town and Royal Mile in Edinburgh. In Perth, examine the treasures of the Scone Palace and venture through the woodlands and hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.




Accommodations
London: Four-star hotel that once served as the residence for the Vanderbilts. Mickleton: Traditional Cotswolds hotel, built in 1870 and home to the “Pudding Club.” Chester: Comfortable hotel. Harrogate: Four-star hotel in the heart of the city. Edinburgh: Comfortable, centrally located hotel.

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

Peter Farrand is a qualified adult education lecturer and former ranger in the Lake District National Park. Since 1998 he has been developing and guiding on a variety of Road Scholar programmes. His many and varied interests include landscape history, industrial archaeology, environmental issues and local literature.
 
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
   Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
  London, UK:England 4 nights
   Three Ways House Hotel
  Mickleton, UK:England 3 nights
   Westminster Chester Hotel
  Chester, UK:England 3 nights
   Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
  Harrogate, UK:England 3 nights
   King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
  Edinburgh, UK:Scotland 4 nights
 Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
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
web: www.radissonedwardian.com/londonuk_vanderbilt
  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 prior:  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

 Three Ways House Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Traditional Cotswolds hotel with honey coloured stone buit in 1870. Home to the "Pudding Club".
  Contact info: Mickleton
Chipping Campden,  GL55 6SB. UK:England
phone: +44 1386 438429.
web: www.puddingclub.com
  Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Westminster Chester Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: In the city centre near the Roman Walls, this olde-worlde hotel manages to combine 21st Century appeal with a modern, boutique aura. Close to the countless shops in Chester, this hotel is at the heart of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.
  Contact info: City Road
Chester,  CH1 3AF UK:England
phone: +44 1244 317341
web: www.bestwestern.co.uk/hotels/westminster-hotel-chester-83767/hotel-info/default.aspx
  Room amenities: Free Internet, complimentary toiletries, CD & DVD players in most bedrooms, hairdryers, iron and ironing boards, television, telephone, flatscreen TV.
  Facility amenities: Free internet, restaurants, bars, elevator, 24 hour service, hotel completely non-smoking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A Victorian landmark, the 4 star Majestic Hotel, set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens is situated at the heart of the spa town of Harrogate.
  Contact info: Ripon Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire,  HG1 2HU UK:England
phone: +44 1423 700300
web: www.thehotelcollection.co.uk/hotels/majestic-hotel-harrogate/
  Room amenities: Free Internet, flatscreen TV, 24 hour room service, hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Free internet, health club with swimming pool, beauty rooms, dining, bar, 24 hour room service, elevator.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located just off Princes Street a short walk from major attractions.
  Contact info: 107 Leith Street.
Edinburgh.,  EH1 3SW. UK:Scotland
phone: +44 (0)871 376 9016
web: www.thistle hotels.com
  Room amenities: Satellite television, radio, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer. High speed internet access.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bars, BT Openzone wireless internet.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  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 at 12:30pm. A welcome meeting follows at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel. that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Some departures may leave before breakfast. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Valid passport.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Underground, buses.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London
  Nearest city or town:  London.
  Nearest airport:  Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation to site: Program Only Participants (POP) will be transferred on group arrival days so long as they complete the Participant Information Form online or within the program materials and are arriving/departing on the group travel dates. From LHR, Heathrow Express train to Paddington. Every 15 minutes cost GBP21.50 one way. From LGW take the Gatwick Express train to Victoria. Every 15 minutes, cost GBP19.90 one way. Underground (Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines) to Gloucester Road or taxi.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Edinburgh
  Nearest city or town:  Edinburgh.
  Nearest airport:  Edinburgh.
  Transportation from site: Program Only Participants (POP) will be transferred on group departure days so long as they complete the Participant Information Form online or within the program materials and are arriving/departing on the group travel dates. Taxi from hotel to aiport, approx. GBP 12 or Airline 100 bus. 30 minutes, GBP9.
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, July 20)
   
 Depart From: N America on overnight flights to the UK.

Day 2: Arrival Day
(Tuesday, July 21)
   
 Morning: Transfers from airport to hotel.
 Lunch: In hotel dining room for those arriving by lunchtime.
 Afternoon: Arrivals continue, with a free afternoon for those who arrived earlier. A welcome meeting with the whole group and Group Leader precedes dinner.
 Dinner: The Course Director will join us for dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The British Museum, St Paul's Cathedral and Guildhall
(Wednesday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning's field trip takes us to the British Museum to explore world cultures, from Prehistory to the present day. Your Course Director will offer a brief on-site introduction to the museum, followed by time to explore the wealth of exhibits and galleries on your own. We then re-group for the British Galleries, Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo collections, expertly guided by your Course Director.
 Lunch: Lunch is excluded today to allow participants to discover local cuisine.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues this afternoon to the Guildhall and St. Paul's Cathedral. The Guildhall was the administrative centre of London for over 800 years. Christopher Wren's famous cathedral was built to replace the earlier medieval building which was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and London Eye
(Thursday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning's field trip takes us to the Tower of London, the City's ancient defensive centre. Built at the behest of William the Conqueror in 1097, the White Tower stands guard over the Thames. Here monarchs, importunate princes and lesser mortals were imprisoned and beheaded. Now the Tower is best known as the repository of the world famous Crown Jewels, including the Koh-I-Noor and Cullinan Diamonds – two of the world’s most famous diamonds and worn in the crown of Queen Victoria. The Crown Jewels were remade for Charles II after the originals were melted down in the Civil War and provide a spectacular insight to the wealth and power of the royal family throughout history.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will travel by boat along the Thames to Westminster, the centre of British political power, where we will see the exterior of the Houses of Parliament and maybe hear the chimes of Big Ben. We then continue on to a guided field trip inside Westminster Abbey before a flight on the London Eye, the Ferris wheel built to celebrate the Millennium, which affords spectacular views over the City.
 Dinner: Taken out in the Sherlock Holmes pub or similar.
 Evening: This evening your Course Director will lead a coach tour of London by night.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Oxford: Christ Church and the Ashmolean Museum
(Friday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today’s full day field trip takes us outside London to Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires. Enjoy a guided walk around the city with your Course Director, and explore the prized collections of art and archaeology on display at the world-famous Ashmolean Museum.
 Lunch: Taken out in Oxford at the Quod Bar or similar.
 Afternoon: This afternoon's field trip reveals the grandeur of Henry VIII's Christ Church. Founded in 1546 and one of the largest of Oxford's colleges, Henry's Lord Chancellor Thomas Wolsey planned the impressive Great Quadrangle, the Tudor kitchen and Great Hall. Subsequent centuries have added to this architectural heritage. Christ Church is, uniquely, the Cathedral seat of Oxford and occupies a 150 acre site in the centre of Oxford. This includes the Meadow, a tranquil area of pasture bounded by the Rivers Isis and Cherwell.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to the Cotswolds: Stonehenge and Bath
(Saturday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: We bid farewell to London and depart for the picturesque Cotswold village of Mickleton, visiting the iconic Stonehenge and the Roman spa city of Bath on the way. 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 Ł27million 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.
 Lunch: Packed lunch to make the most of this busy transfer day.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to Bath where we visit the well-preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room. Around Britain's only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent 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. The Pump Room is 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. Following the visit there will be an optional walking tour of Bath with your Course Director, before we journey onwards to the village of Mickleton. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and attend a Welcome Meeting at dinner with Peter Farrand, your Course Director for the remainder of the programme.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Costwolds Villages and Countryside
(Sunday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning Peter Farrand lectures on “The Cotswolds”, followed by a field trip by coach to the countryside and villages of the Cotswolds, starting with Broadway before moving on to Stow.
 Lunch: Excluded to allow you to explore Stow’s restaurants, cafes and pubs.
 Afternoon: Our field trip continues to the lovely market town of Chipping Campden, where we will spend the afternoon.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: A visit to the heart of many British towns and villages – the local pub!
   
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Hidcote
(Monday, July 27)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Your Course Director will this morning lecture on “Shakespeare and Stratford” before we take a field trip to Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Allow yourself to be immersed in this historic town on a fascinating guided walk.
 Lunch: Excluded for you to discover the delights of Stratford.
 Afternoon: The field frip continues to Hidcote Gardens, a garden created in the Arts & Crafts style by Major Lawrence Johnston. It is arranged as a series of outdoor rooms, each with a different character and separated by walls and hedges of many different species.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Transfer to Chester: Ironbridge and Blists Hill
(Tuesday, July 28)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we transfer to Chester, stopping on the way at the town of Ironbridge, one of the most important centres of the Industrial Revolution. We will also pay a visit to Blists Hill living museum, allowing us to travel back in time to the Victorian era.
 Lunch: Excluded to allow participants to discover the restaurants of Ironbridge and Blists Hill.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues with a stop at Farndon Parish Church. After check in at the hotel, we will have a welcome to Chester and a lecture concerning an “Introduction to Snowdonia”.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Westminster Chester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Snowdonia National Park and Conwy Castle
(Wednesday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a lecture on the coach describing the National Parks of Wales and North Wales as we absorb the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia National Park, before continuing on to the impressive medieval Conwy Castle.
 Lunch: Taken at Anna’s Tea Room in Conwy.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit the Welsh Slate Museum in Llanberis to learn about one of the most important industries of Welsh history. Optional walk to the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Westminster Chester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Walking Field Trip of Chester
(Thursday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we have a walking field trip of Chester, including Chester Cathedral (self-guided) and an in-the-field lecture entitled “Chester and Cheshire”.
 Lunch: Taken at Chester Cathedral.
 Afternoon: After lunch enjoy some free time to explore Chester. You may wish to take advantage of local laundry facilities.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Westminster Chester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Bronte's Haworth
(Friday, July 31)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today we transfer to the charming spa town of Harrogate, near the Cathedral City of York. En route we will pay a visit to Haworth, home of the Brontes. Enjoy a lecture on the coach about this famous literary family before an excursion to the Parsonage, their lifelong home.
 Lunch: Taken at the Old White Lion, Haworth. At the heart of the village, the Old White Lion is a 300 year old coaching inn.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues after lunch, with a lecture on York during the journey. On arrival at the hotel we will have a Welcome Meeting and a lecture on Abbeys and Monasteries.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey
(Saturday, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning’s field trip takes us to Castle Howard, built in 1699 and set in over 1000 acres of parkland, lawns, woodland gardens, lakes, fountains and magnificent rose gardens. After enjoying the castle we will travel to the small village of Rievaulx.
 Lunch: Lunch will be taken in the Village Hall.
 Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy a field trip to the ruins of the 13th Century Rievaulx Abbey.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: The Cathedral City of York
(Sunday, August 2)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we have a guided walk of the ancient city of York.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Fish & Chip lunch in York.
 Afternoon: Take some time for independent exploration of this magnificent and ancient city, packed with history and culture. Perhaps visit York Minster Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe. The coach will return to Harrogate at a specified time.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Transfer to Edinburgh: Scottish History and Hadrian’s Wall
(Monday, August 3)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today we transfer to Edinburgh via Chesters Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall.
 Lunch: Taken at The George Hotel.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues with a lecture on the coach entitled “Border Wars”. On arrival in Edinburgh, check-in to the hotel and hear a further lecture from your Course Director on Scotland’s History.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Walking Field Trip to Old Town
(Tuesday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we take a walking field trip to the medieval Old Town of Edinburgh. Old Town is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, all amazingly well preserved and steeped in the city’s history. At its centre is the Royal Mile, a remarkable street of Reformation-era tenement buildings, leading from the seat of Edinburgh Castle down to the grandiose Palace of Holyroodhouse (entrances at own expense).
 Lunch: Lunch is excluded to allow participants to explore Edinburgh's restaurants and cafes.
 Afternoon: A free afternoon in this amazing city. You may wish to visit Edinburgh Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Perthshire and Scone Palace
(Wednesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: We depart today for a full-day excursion to Perthshire with visits to Huntingtower Castle and Scone Palace, the original home of the Stone of Destiny and the site of the coronations of the Kings of Scotland.
 Lunch: Lunch is taken in Scone Palace.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: The Trossachs and Loch Lomond
(Thursday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: We depart early today for a full-day excursion to the Trossachs, some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain and home to Highland hero Rob Roy and Loch Lomond.
 Lunch: Lunch out in the tea room at the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
 Afternoon: The excursion continues with a boat ride on stunning Loch Katrine.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: A farewell meeting – time to say goodbye to your new found friends.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerlyThistle) Edinburgh.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19:
(Friday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.
 Morning: Transfer to airport for transatlantic flight.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  London London.
British Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Coutauld Institute, Wallace Collection, National Portrait Gallery, National gallery, Saatchi Collection, Geffrye Museum, William Morris gallery, National Maritime Museum, Leighton House, Science Museum, Kensington Palace, Natural History Museum, V&A, Museum of London, Old Operating Theatre, Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The Guildhall, St Batholemew’s Church, Church of St Stephen Walbrook, Covent Garden, Hampstead, Kenwood House. For additional information, visit www.londontown.com
  Edinburgh Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Castle, National Gallery of Scotland, Georgian House, National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Holyrood Palace, St Giles Cathedral, the Royal Mile, Leith, Lady Stair’s House, the Scottish Whisky Centre, Botanical Garden. For additional information, visit www.edinburgh.org/
  Chester Chester.
Heritage Centre, Chester Cathedral, Bishop Lloyd’s House, Roman Amphitheatre. For additional information, visit www.visitchester.co.uk/
  York York.
York Minster, Jorvik Viking Cente, Merchant Adventurer’s hall, Fairfax House, York Castle Museum, Guildhall, St Olave’s Church, Clifford’s Tower, National Railway Museum. For additional information, visit www.visityork.org/
  Mickleton Mickelton.
Walks around village.St Lawrence Parish Church,Methodist Church, St Catherine’s R.C. Church. Local pubs Butchers Arms , Kings Arms. For additional information, visit www.mickleton.com/
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.

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Oxford Book of Oxford


Author: Jan Morris


Description: 'Few cities,' Jan Morris observes, 'have been much more loved, loathed, and celebrated.' This book has become a classic account of the character, history, mores, buildings, climate, and people of one of Britain's most fascinating cities. 'A book of outstanding excellence, with a sweep of knowledge and a distinction of style such as I have never before encountered in a work of this sort ... Brilliant alike in observation and imagination ... brings the very stones of Oxford to life' Sunday Telegraph



Oxford – An Architectural Guide


Author: Geoffrey Tyack


Description: Few cities have a greater concentration of significant architecture than Oxford. Within a city of only 130,000 inhabitants there are important buildings, many of them of great beauty, from every period from the 11th century down to the present. Geoffrey Tyack chronicles the architectural development of Oxford - both University and City - from its origins to the late-20th century, explaining the idiosyncracies of Oxford's architectural history, and placing the buildings within their historical context. His approach is chronological, and his emphasis on what can actually be seen



Scotland: A Concise History


Author: Sir Fitzroy Maclean and Magnus Linklater


Description: Continuously in print for over thirty years and renowned to this day for the authority and wit with which it disentangles the complex threads of Scotland's rich history, this classic work has been brought up to date with a new chapter examining the Scots identity in the wake of the first Scottish Parliament in nearly 300 years.



Scotland: A New History


Author: Michael Lynch


Description: This full length history of Scotland is made up of 25 chapters spanning 18 centuries, from the Picts to the 1980s and is designed for the general reader. A particular feature of the book is the attention it gives to social and cultural history, including life in towns, the changing role of the nobles, and the shifting images of Scottish identity through the ages. The landmarks of Scottish history - the Wars of Independence, the Reformation, the Union of Crowns and the Union of Parliaments, the Jacobite rebellions, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, are all covered. The author is the editor of "The Innes Review", literary editor of the Scottish History Society and has written books on Edinburgh and the Reformation, Mary, Queen of Scots and the Scottish Burghs.



Snowdonia, Official National Park Guide


Author: Ian Mercer, Merfyn Williams, Jeremy Moore


Description: In the NATIONAL PARK GUIDE series, this volume introduces Snowdonia. It details the geology and scenery, climate, vegetation and wildlife, man's influence: prehistory and history, myths and customs and explores the Park giving useful information on recreational opportunities and places of interest. The colour photographs are by Jeremy Moore.



Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds: A Souvenir Colour Guide


Author: Michael Hall


Description: A guide to Shakespeare's birthplace, its wealth of Tudor buildings and their gardens, and the surrounding Cotswold countryside. The book provides an account of the Bard's association with Stratford, and also describes Kenilworth Castle, Coventry Cathedral and other places of interest nearby.



The Isles-A History


Author: Norman Davies


Description: The bestselling and controversial new history of the 'British Isles', including Ireland from the author of Europe: "A History". Emphasizing our long-standing European connections and positing a possible break-up of the United Kingdom, this is agenda-setting work is destined to become a classic. 'If ever a history book were a tract for the times, it is "The Isles: A History" ...a masterwork.' Roy Porter, - "The Times" 'Davies is among the few living professional historians who write English with vitality, sparkle, economy and humour. The pages fly by, not only because the pace is well judged, but also because the surprises keep coming.' Felipe Fern'ndez-Armesto, - "Sunday Times". 'A book which really will change the way we think about our past. marvellously rich and stimulating' Noel Malcolm, "Evening Standard". 'A historio-graphical milestone.' Niall Ferguson, - "Sunday Times" 'The full shocking force of this book can only be appreciated by reading it.' - Andrew Marr, "Observer". 'It is too soon to tell if [Norman Davies] will become the Macaulay or Trevelyan of our day: that depends on the reading public. He has certainly made a good try. This is narrative history on the grand scale - compulsively readable, intellectually challenging and emotionally exhilirating.' David Marquand, "Literary Review".



Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors Landscapes


Author: John Potter


Description: Offers a portrait of two of Yorkshire's gems - the North York Moors and its dramatic coastline. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the major attractions that include the Heritage Coast and the National Park. Based in York, John Potter is a leading landscape photographer.





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