The Spirit of Oxford

Discover what makes Oxford such a cultural treasure as you admire its architecture, walk in the footsteps of renowned writers and enjoy expert-led excursions to iconic monuments.
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Program No. 20703RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Home to the oldest English-speaking university in the world, the city of Oxford is nothing if not a hub of scholarship and tradition. World-class writers — the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll — studied and were inspired here, while seven of England’s prime ministers were members of the local student union. With scholars and local experts, go behind the scenes of Oxford’s iconic colleges and museums and visit the homes of some of its renowned residents — then, enjoy opportunities for independent exploration and study, a key to experiencing the true spirit of Oxford.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Moderate walking, some stairs in historic buildings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk in the footsteps of literary legends such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Colin Dexter, Lewis Carroll and more.
  • Admire the architecture of St. Barnabas Church, the Divinity School, and Sheldonian Theater, some of Oxford’s most notable landmarks.
  • Go on behind-the-scenes explorations of Christ Church and the Ashmolean Museum.
Featured Expert
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John Hudson
As principal of the College of International Education, John Hudson has been sharing “magical” Oxford with Road Scholar participants since 2007. A resident of Oxford since 1966, John recognizes the impact of the city on writers, thinkers, artists and architects throughout the ages. He has extensive experience in education, having been deputy head of an upper comprehensive school for many years, as well as a teacher of history, philosophy and politics at one of the UK’s top boarding schools.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Hudson
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