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The Best of England and Wales: Shakespeare to Snowdonia, Castles to Colleges

Program Number: 21454RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2015 - 5/11/2015; 8/18/2015 - 8/31/2015; 9/22/2015 - 10/5/2015; 10/6/2015 - 10/19/2015; 5/3/2016 - 5/16/2016; 5/31/2016 - 6/13/2016; 7/12/2016 - 7/25/2016; 9/13/2016 - 9/26/2016; 10/4/2016 - 10/17/2016;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: England/Wales
Price starting at: $3,998.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 24; 12 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Timeless villages, bustling cities, grand manors, renowned universities, beautiful natural areas — explore all of these and more on this jolly good jaunt through England and Wales. Outstanding local experts tell the stories of royals, poets and commoners and illuminate the essence of Britain as you explore Windsor, Oxford, the Lake District, the Cotswolds, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and the rugged coast of Wales.




Highlights

• Discover Oxford’s soaring spires, lovely landscapes and intriguing lore with university insiders.
• Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform one of the Bard’s plays.
• Experience the dramatic mountain environment of Snowdonia National Park in Wales.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Some stairs without railings in historic buildings.




Date Specific Information

4-28-2015, 8-18-2015, 9-22-2015, 10-6-2015, 5-3-2016, 5-31-2016, 7-12-2016, 9-13-2016, 10-4-2016

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival London (England), coach to Windsor, 2 nights; coach to Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 nights; coach to Deganwy (Wales), 3 nights; coach to Keswick (England), 3 nights; coach to Manchester, 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival London (England)
Coach to Windsor
2 nights

Begin your British adventure in Windsor, 21 miles west of London on the River Thames. Visit iconic Windsor Castle — built within the royal hunting forest in the 11th century, it’s been lived in and added to by monarchs for a millennium. View the changing of the guard ceremony from a privileged vantage point inside the castle and walk through the
cobbled streets of Windsor.



Coach to Stratford-upon-Avon
3 nights

Journey to “the City of Dreaming Spires” to discover the landmarks and lore of Oxford University. Continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, a charming town of half-timbered houses best known as the home of Shakespeare. Dine at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rooftop Restaurant before taking in a performance of one of the Bard’s plays. Spend a day amid the rolling hills of Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and explore the typical English villages Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden.



Coach to Deganwy (Wales)
3 nights

Head northwest to the walled city of Chester and discover its rows, unique, medieval covered walkways that connect storefronts. Cross into Wales en route to Deganwy, a port town where the River Conwy meets the sea. Take a field trip to Conwy Castle, an imposing fortress that exemplifies medieval military architecture. Experience the dramatic mountain environment of Snowdonia National Park and visit some of the villages within the park, where you are likely to hear the Welsh language spoken.



Coach to Keswick (England)
3 nights
Coach to Manchester
1 night
Departure

Return to England to explore Liverpool where a stroll on Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, illuminates the city’s rich maritime history. Continue north into the hills and valleys of the Lake District, beloved by holidaymakers for centuries. Absorb the lakes’ natural beauty on a steamboat excursion. Visit beautiful country houses including Castle Cottage, home of the author Beatrix Potter; stately, centuries-old Sizergh Castle, ringed by colorful gardens; and Brantwood, home of the great Victorian man of letters John Ruskin.




Accommodations
Windsor: Historic hotel opposite Windsor Castle. Stratford-upon-Avon: Charming hotel in 16th-century manor house. Deganwy: Stylish hotel with views of Conwy Estuary. Keswick: Elegant family-run hotel in town center. Manchester: Comfortable airport hotel with shuttle service.

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

Conway Davies earned a degree in history at Bangor University, a master's from Cardiff University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Swansea University. Conway has extensive knowledge of the Welsh language and the history and culture of both North and South Wales. He is the author of two books, "The History of Poor Law Provision in South Wales" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: the History of Mental Health provision in South Wales."
 
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
 
Oliver Cox

Oliver Cox is a historian who is passionate about convincing the general public that heritage and history still matter in the 21st century. He is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow in the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford, and is the creator and manager of the Thames Valley Country House Partnership. Funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund, this partnership is busy finding new ways to engage wider audiences with country houses through exciting events and the innovative use of social media. Oliver’s research on “Rule, Britannia!” has seen coverage on BBC Radio’s Today program, BBC News, as well as in The Times, The Telegraph, The Australian and others. He recently filmed with Ian Hislop, Lucy Worsley, and the BBC’s The One Show. Oliver lives in Oxford and spends his spare time training for his second Ironman triathlon.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Ye Harte & Garter Hotel
  Windsor, UK:England 2 nights
   Alveston Manor
  Stratford-upon-Avon., UK:England 3 nights
   Quay Hotel and Spa
  Deganwy, Conwy, UK:Wales 3 nights
   Castle Inn Hotel
  Keswick, UK:England 3 nights
   Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport
  Manchester, UK:England 1 night
 Ye Harte & Garter Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Two minutes from Windsor Castle in a striking contemporary townhouse with spectacular views of the Changing of the Guard.
  Contact info: 23 High Street
Windsor
Berks,  SL4 1PH UK:England
phone: +44 1753 483100
web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk
  Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone, flat screen television, complimentary WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, complimenrtary mineral water, iron and ironing board, mini-bar, Bose iPod™ dock. 24 hour room service.
  Facility amenities: Caleys Restaurant. Complimentary WiFi throughout.
  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 Additional two nights in London available on request to Road Scholar Travel Services: 2 nights B&B and the transfer from London hotel to Windsor included. You are responsible for the transfer from London Heathrow arrival airport to the London hotel. RSTS will be able to advise on additional costs for this service.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Alveston Manor
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Situated in the heart of Shakespere country, the historic Alveston Manor Hotel is set in its own grounds just 5 minutes walk from all the cultural attractions of Stratford-upon-Avon and retains some 16th century original features. Most bedrooms are in the modern wing.
  Contact info: Clopton Bridge
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warks,  CV37 7HP UK:England
phone: +44 844 879 9138
web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk
  Room amenities: Traditional and modern bedrooms. Direct dila telephone, flat screen television with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilties, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, complimentary filted water. WiFi (fees apply). 24 hour room service.
  Facility amenities: Award-winning Manor Restaurant, Blue Lounge, Manor Bar. Extensive grounds. Vital Health & Wellbeing with a range of fitness facilities including a Technogym, 18 metre heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Quay Hotel and Spa
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Set on the idyllic Conwy Estuary, the Quay Hotel commands awe-inspiring views of the most magical scenery in North Wales and is located within easy reach of Snowdonia National Park, the neighbouring medieval town of Conwy and Victorian Llandudno.
  Contact info: Deganwy Quay
Deganwy, near Llandudno
Conwy,  LL31 9DL UK:England
phone: +44 1492 564100
web: www.quayhotel.co.uk
  Room amenities: Bedrooms have views over the tranquil Zen court yard and views of the Marina on the ground floor. Rooms include a LCD TV, free Wi-Fi access, work station, 24 hour room service, hair dryers, trouser press, bathrobes, coffee/tea making facilities, complementary bottled mineral water, in-room safe
  Facility amenities: Award winning The Grill Restaurant, The Grill Bar and terrace with complimentary WiFi. Spa with swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Fitness suite.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Castle Inn Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Castle Inn Hotel is one of the finest Lake District Hotels, set in mature landscaped gardens, offering a stunning location, overlooking some of England's highest fells and Bassenthwaite Lake.
  Contact info: Bassenthwaite
Nr Keswick
Cumbria,  CA12 4RG UK:England
phone: +44 (0)1768 776401
web: www.castleinncumbria.co.uk/
  Room amenities: DVD Player, Refrigerator, Iron and Ironing Board, Room Service, Tea & Coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Leisure club, bar, restaurant, 24 hour front desk, fitness facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Crowne Plaza Manchester hotel boasts a gym, stylish restaurant, high speed WiFi and new meeting rooms. The hotel also has airport parking with a free shuttle bus to Manchester airport and the airport train station. Superbly located on the Manchester Airport complex, the four-star Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport Hotel offers you fantastic accommodation with easy access to the M56, M60 and M62, as well as Manchester City Centre.
  Contact info: Ringway Road
Manchester,  M90 3NS UK:England
phone: +44 (0)871 942 9055
web: www.cpmanchesterairporthotel.co.uk/
  Room amenities: Flat screen TV, radio, hairdryer, trouser press, fridge, air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: Wi-Fi, Business Centre, Fitness Centre, 24 Hour Room Service, Free Airport Shuttle Bus.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: On request. For additional pre-program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch is served in the hotel. Welcome meeting at 5:00pm. You will be staying at Ye Harte & Garter Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast in the Manchester hotel. Brekfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 12:00am. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains available to Windsor and to Manchester Airport.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Windsor
  Nearest city or town:  Windsor
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow
  Transportation to site: Transfers are available if you are arriving on the group travel day into London Heathrow Airport. Complete the Participant Information Form on-line or complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to Road Scholar in the UK. Please include departure and arrival date, departure airport, airline, flight number, arrival airport, date and time. We recommend completing the form on-line as information will be kept for future programmes. Arrival transfers are based on individual and group transfers by private car based on arrival times.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Manchester
  Nearest city or town:  Manchester
  Nearest airport:  Manchester
  Transportation from site: The hotel provides a shuttle bus to Manchester Airport.
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:
(Tuesday, April 28)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Day 2: Arrival Day
(Wednesday, April 29)
   
 Arrive To: London Heathrow.
 Morning: Transfers by private car to Windsor.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.
 Afternoon: At leisure until the welcome meeting in the hotel at 5pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure, or you may wish to join your group leader for an orientation walk.
   
Accommodations: Ye Harte & Garter Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Windsor Castle and the Changing of the Guard
(Thursday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Walk from your hotel to Windsor Castle. Enjoy a remarkable building – Windsor Castle, which has been shaped by the tastes of kings and queens over 1,000 years. Today HM The Queen spends most of her private weekends here, as well as using it for ceremonial and state occasions. Built by William the Conqueror within what was the Royal Hunting Forest (now Windsor Great Park), Windsor Castle has been successfully enlarged, adapted and rebuilt by monarchs from Henry II to Queen Elizabeth II. Their legacy can be seen throughout the Castle, which is also home to some of the greatest paintings and works of art in the world. From within the Castle we will be able to watch the Changing of the Guard. The Ceremony takes place outside the Guardroom in the Lower Ward of the Castle and takes 30 minutes. At 10:45am, the marching band leaves Victoria Barracks on Sheet Street and arrives at Windsor Castle at 11am. The band plays for the audience until the new guard is ready to take up their duties and then marches back at 11:30am.
 Lunch: Excluded. Refreshments may be purchased in the Castle grounds.
 Afternoon: At leisure. You may wish to further explore Windsor Castle.
 Dinner: Excluded so that you may sample your choice of the many restaurants, cafes and pubs all on your doorstep in Windsor.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ye Harte & Garter Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: The City of Oxford
(Friday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to Stratford-upon-Avon via Oxford’s famous “dreaming spires”. Your Oxford expert will meet you in the morning for a refreshing cup of coffee and an introduction to Oxford’s beauty and traditionalism – be it academic or architectural. From there we’ll explore one of the city’s many university colleges (dependent on examination schedules and opening times) and take an expert-led walk, passing the Radcliffe Camera, the Clarendon Building and the Sheldonian Theatre. Discover the contrasts of the Classical and Gothic architecture in discussion with your expert as you walk.
 Lunch: Excluded. Choose from central Oxford’s many tea rooms, cafes, pubs, sandwich bars and restaurants. Time for lunch will be quite limited so we can make the most of the day in this fascinating and beautiful city.
 Afternoon: A custodian takes you behind the scenes at one of Oxford’s most famous colleges – Christ Church and the Cathedral. See the secret garden, sights filmed in the Harry Potter series, the famous water meadows and a panoply of buildings from different periods on the city’s history; from Henry VIII and Wolsey’s Tudor Kitchen to the Great Hall and the classical Peckwater Building. Great photo opportunities present themselves with the statue of Mercury, the wonderful lily pond and the iconic Tom Tower. From Oxford we will then travel on to Stratford-upon-Avon.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy an introduction to Stratford-upon-Avon before an evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Alveston Manor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Stratford-upon-Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Company
(Saturday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Your Group Leader will provide you with a City Sightseeing ticket, which includes entrances to the five famous properties associated with the Great Bard, William Shakespeare. You are then free to explore at your own pace.
 Lunch: Excluded. Stratford-upon-Avon has many fantastic tea rooms, cafes, pubs and restaurants for you to enjoy at your leisure.
 Afternoon: At leisure until a Front of House tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s building and theatres.
 Dinner: Enjoy the views, ambience and food at the RSC’s Rooftop Restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance of Love's Sacrifice by John Ford at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre. Struck by love at first sight, the Duke of Pavia has married the beautiful Bianca. But he's not the only one who loves her. Unknown to him, his best friend Fernando has also fallen for Bianca, and with each day that passes he finds it harder to conceal his true feelings. While the Duke is unaware of his friend's dilemma, his sister soon realises what is happening. Racked with jealousy by her own desire for Fernando, she begins to manipulate her brother, encouraging him to act against his friend. With echoes of Shakespeare's Othello, John Ford's rarely performed play is a thrilling revenge tragedy powered by the destructive force of unrequited love. Director Matthew Dunster makes his RSC debut. His most recent productions include Mametz (National Theatre Wales), The Lightning Child (Shakespeare's Globe) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre).
   
Accommodations: Alveston Manor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Essentially English: The Cotswolds
(Sunday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Take a field trip by coach through the picturesque Cotswolds’ countryside, stopping at the beautiful English villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden. Noted for its elegant High Street dating from the 14th to 17th Centuries, Chipping Campden is lined with traditional Cotswold honey coloured limestone buildings with specialist shops and inns. At its centre stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627. Other attractions include the grand early perpendicular wool church of St. James – with its medieval altar frontals (c.1500), cope (c.1400) and vast and extravagant 17th Century monuments to local wealthy silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks and his family – the Almshouses and Woolstaplers Hall. The Court Barn near the church is now a museum celebrating the rich Arts and Crafts tradition of the area. We will also pay a visit to the fascinating Ashmolean Museum in Broadway village. Other attractions include the grand early perpendicular wool church of St James – with its medieval altar frontals (c.1500), cope (c.1400) and vast and extravagant 17th century monuments to local wealthy silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks and his family – the Almshouses and Woolstaplers Hall. The Court Barn near the church is now a museum celebrating the rich Arts and Crafts tradition of the area.
 Lunch: Taken in a traditional Cotswoldian inn.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues before returning to the hotel at 4:30pm.
 Dinner: Excluded. You may wish to take the quick 5 minute journey into Stratford by public transport, or dine in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Alveston Manor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: The walled city of Chester and its grand Cathedral
(Monday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to Conwy in North Wales via the historic city of Chester, which borders Wales. A guide will take you through 2,000 years of history in the town centre, introducing you to the city’s famous galleried rows, Roman remains and complete city walls before finishing at the spectacular Chester Cathedral.
 Lunch: Excluded to give you time to further explore Chester.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues. Check in at the hotel and have a welcome meeting with your guide for the next section of the programmes, Conway Davies. An author, historian, broadcaster and Welshman, Conway may teach you some words from the Welsh language. The oldest language in Britain, Welsh is still spoken in parts of the country today.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. You may wish to explore the marina and Quay at Deganwy. There are some wonderful photo opportunities as the sun sets over the bay and mountains.
   
Accommodations: Quay Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Conwy and Conwy Castle
(Tuesday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full Welsh and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Conway Davies gives you an illustrated potted history of Wales before embarking on a field trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site Conwy Castle and City Walls. Conwy Castle is a gritty, dark stoned fortress which has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The castle commands a rock above the Conwy Estuary and demands as much attention as the dramatic Snowdonia skyline behind it. You will then walk Conwy’s ancient circuit of walls, over three quarters of a mile long. Guarded by no less than 22 towers, it remains one of the finest in the world. Constructed between 1283 and 1289 by English monarch Edward I as one of the key fortresses in his “iron ring” of castles to contain the Welsh, it was built to provoke a humbling reaction and still manages to do so to this day.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Conway Davies leads you through some more city highlights before some free time.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a traditional Welsh musical evening such as a Male Voice Choir or Harpist.
   
Accommodations: Quay Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Snowdonia National Park
(Wednesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full Welsh and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Take a full day coach ride through the Snowdonia National Park. Spanning over 800 square miles, it was the first to be chosen of the three National Parks in Wales, in 1951. Snowdonia boasts the biggest mountain in Wales, the largest natural lake in Wales and a wealth of charming villages. The area is rich in culture and history and more than half of its population speak Welsh.
 Lunch: Taken out in a village in the Snowdonia National Park.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues through landscapes of stunning natural beauty.
 Dinner: Excluded for you to further explore Deganwy Quay.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Quay Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: The City of Liverpool
(Thursday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Full Welsh and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to the Lake District via the city of Liverpool, home to the Beatles, the Mersey Beat and Albert Docks, often considered to be the thriving heart of Liverpool’s reign as a global port and industrial hub. Liverpool is known for its rich architectural heritage and is home to many buildings regarded as amongst the greatest examples of their respective styles in the world and several areas of the city centre were granted World Heritage Status in 2004. Referred to as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, the site comprises six separate locations in the city, including the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown street and includes many of the city’s most famous landmarks. We will stop at Albert Dock, which was constructed in 1846 and today comprises the single largest collection of Grade I listed buildings anywhere in Britain. The Dock houses restaurants, bars, shops, two hotels as well as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and the Beatles Story. Art lovers may also wish to visit Tate Liverpool (free of charge) to view modern and contemporary art at its best, including many works by Klimt.
 Lunch: Excluded. The Albert Dock is home to a wide and varied number of eateries.
 Afternoon: The transfer to the Lake District continues. Check in at the hotel followed by an illustrated talk and Q&A session with Cumbrian based instructor Val Abraham on “Inspirational Landscapes: The English Lake District”.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. You may wish to join Val on an optional walk of the local area.
   
Accommodations: Castle Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Castle Cottage and Beatrix Potter’s Lake District
(Friday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: A unique opportunity to hear and learn about the real Beatrix Potter. The new tenant of Castle Cottage near Sawrey, also in charge of marketing for the Beatrix Potter Society will show you around the cottage, the garden and the historic barns before treating us to tea and coffee, with flapjacks or teabread. Walk through the village of Sawrey and on to the National Trust’s Hill Top Garden, a lovely and haphazard mix of flowers, fruit and vegetables (House exterior only). We’ll also take a walk through the interesting village of Hawkshead, where William Wordsworth went to school.
 Lunch: Excluded for you to explore the village of Hawkshead.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a different perspective on the Lakes as you take a steamer ride from Lakeside to Ambleside.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Castle Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12: Bowness-on-Windermere, the River Levels, Coniston and Langdales
(Saturday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Take a scenic Lakeside drive to Bowness-on-Windermere where you will discover the Arts & Crafts style Blackwell House where we’ll have an introductory talk by a docent. Today the objects in the period room displays are drawn from the Lakeland Arts Trust’s own collections as well as loans from private lenders and other institutions. See a rare pair of armchairs designed by the architect of Blackwell, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott (1865 – 1945) and “Seated Madonna”, a porcelain figure by Philip Elgin. From the Eastern shores of Windermere you can then take an optional walk into Coniston Village.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Travel from the Western shores of Coniston to Lakeside. We will take the Coniston launch to Brantwood House and Gardens, home to the great Victorian and man of letters, John Ruskin and one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District. The house itself is both a treasure trove of historical importance and a lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre-Raphaelites and Arts & Crafts movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State. We’ll then return via the Yew Tree Valley Potter Farms and the Langdales.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Castle Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Kirkstone Pass and Sizergh Castle
(Sunday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to Manchester via a great photo opportunity at Kirkstone Pass, before we take a coffee break along the way. We’ll then travel on to the National Trust’s Sizergh Castle and Gardens. Sizergh Castle is a beautiful medieval house with rich gardens, set in a fabulous estate. This imposing house stands proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Its gardens include a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs.
 Lunch: Taken in Sizergh Castle cafe.
 Afternoon: Take a guided tour of the house and gardens.
 Dinner: In the airport hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departure day.
(Monday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Manchester Airport by the hotel shuttle bus. Your group leader will assist you in making arrangements.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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