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
12 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
Moderate walking, some stairs in historic buildings.
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.
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John Garrod
John Garrod has been a registered lecturer and excursion leader in the city of London since 1997, and is also a Hampton Court Palace lecturer of several years standing. John has worked regularly as a group leader for Road Scholar since 1997, and has had long experience giving illustrated talks on various aspects of London to a wide range of clubs and societies. His interests include English history, architecture, the arts, and almost anything to do with London, Britain, and the world around him. He is a Freeman of London.
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