22570
England

Tally Ho! An Epic London Adventure With Your Grandchild

Pack your best British accent and get ready to explore London with your grandchild during inspiring theatre workshops, great performances, walks through the city and cool museum visits.
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Program No. 22570RJ
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9 days
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9 days
8 nights
18 meals
7 B 6 L 5 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival London, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
London, England
L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Lunch: In the hotel dining room for those arriving by lunchtime. A light lunch with coffee, tea and water; other beverages are available for purchase.

Afternoon: After checking in to the hotel we’ll have some time to relax and unpack before our Orientation meeting at 5:00 p.m. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. Unless otherwise specified, all transportation will be provided by motorcoach requiring ascending/descending a few steps. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, a 2-course dinner will be served with coffee, tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Entertainment History, The Museum of London
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Walking through the museum; standing up to an hour at a time; many benches on which to sit and rest.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet with a wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: We’ll gather at the hotel for a lecture by our Study Leader on the history of entertainment in London.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have a light plated and served lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the Museum of London. Our Study Leader will introduce this fantastic museum, before we have some time for self-directed exploration. From prehistoric marshes, through Roman occupation, civil wars, fires and plagues, London has a fascinating tale to tell and the museum will whisk us through these ages with its chronological exhibitions. After spending the afternoon here, we’ll make our way back to the hotel by motorcoach.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Royal London, Theatre Workshop & Performance
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach, walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; paved city streets.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After breakfast this morning, we'll board a motorcoach and travel to the Royal heart of London, Buckingham Palace. We’ll explore the area outside the Palace gates, including St James’s Park, the Victoria Memorial, and The Mall (which in this case rhymes with “pal” rather than “fall”!) as we learn more about the past and present lives of the Royal Family in London from our Study Leader. The Changing of the Guard ceremony is a grand display of military pomp that takes place at 11:00 a.m. four times a week, when the Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace Old Guards hand over duty to the New Guard from Wellington Barracks. If a ceremony coincides with our field trip, our Study Leader will identify a good viewpoint from which we can enjoy the iconic parade of Guards dressed in red tunics, gold brocade and bearskin hats, and will explain the significance of this spectacular event. Please note, the Changing of the Guard ceremony may not be available on every departure as schedules are released at very short notice for security reasons.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts (RADA) for a very special experience: taking part in a hands-on workshop with two acclaimed West End actors who will lead us through the rehearsal process. This workshop will demonstrate that the rehearsal room is a safe space for exploration and experimentation because it is often during this exercise that important creative decisions are made, directions that would never have come to life without this ability to try new approaches.

Dinner: At a local restaurant close to the theatre we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Performance: The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre. Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can't be trusted. In a town where everyone's a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?

DAY
5
Science Museum, Free Time
London, England
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach, walking up to 2 miles; periods of standing; paved city streets; opportunities to sit and rest.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll take a motorcoach this morning to London's historic museum district, South Kensington. We’ll enjoy an expert-led visit to the world-renowned Science Museum, where the permanent collection of more than quarter of a million objects includes spacecraft, robots, ancient and modern scientific instruments, historic aeroplanes, and household technology through the ages. During our field trip, we’ll have some hands-on experience of scientific phenomena in the Wonderlab exhibition.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a 2-course lunch.

Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The motorcoach will return to the hotel at 2:00 p.m. Participants may join the motorcoach, but you are welcome to remain in South Kensington to continue exploring the fantastic museums and return to the hotel independently. The Natural History Museum’s collections include millions of specimens spanning billions of years, and have delighted visitors since its foundation in 1881. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), founded in 1852, is regarded as the world’s leading museum of art and design.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Shakespeare's London, Theatre Performance
London, England
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile during group activities.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the fascinating and atmospheric area of Bankside - London's medieval entertainment district south of the Thames. In a fascinating lecture on board the motorcoach our Study Leader will provide a glimpse into the past to see what life in Shakespeare's London would have been like. At Bankside we'll enjoy an expert-led visit to the "new" Globe Theatre, a rebuilding of Shakespeare's theatre based on evidence from archaeology and 16th-century texts and images. Upon its completion in 1997, it was the first new building in London to have been allowed a thatched roof since the Great Fire of 1666. We'll take a walk around the Bankside area led by our Study Leader, to hear about the lives of the poets and playwrights who lived there ranging from Christopher Marlowe to Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare while close to the original sites of the theatres they worked in, such as The Rose and The Globe.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time before dinner to see and do what interests you most in Bankside. The Group Leader will be happy to assist with directions and suggestions.

Dinner: At the Anchor Pub we'll enjoy a two-course plated meal.

Evening: We’ll return to Shakespeare’s Globe to enjoy a performance of one of his best-known comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Four brawling lovers, caught in a dispute of increasingly magical proportions; a crew of keen mechanicals, determined to give it their all; and one roguish sprite, hell-bent on causing as much havoc as possible… What could possibly go wrong?

DAY
7
Hampton Court Palace
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Hampton Court is very large; half a mile from one side to the other. To see all the interiors and gardens you would travel over two miles. There is elevator access to to Henry VIII's State Apartments, the Georgian Rooms and King's Apartment and on to the Cartoon Gallery, rooms of Queen Caroline and Queen's State Apartments. There are ramps to the Tudor Kitchens. Access to Wolsey Rooms and exhibitions are via four steps. All routes have places to sit.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to Hampton Court Palace. Often associated with Henry VIII – his royal standard still flies above the gatehouse today – Hampton Court was actually built by Thomas Wolsey in 1515. As Wolsey fell from power, Henry acquired the property and embarked upon a series of extensive and ostentatious building programmes, transforming it into a palace fit for a King. It was here that scandal, romance and intrigue has erupted ever since and history can be found around every corner as you explore its varied rooms and spectacular gardens.

Lunch: Taken at Hampton Court.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our field trip to Hampton Court Palace until mid-afternoon, when we’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach. The rest of the afternoon is free time to see and do what interests you most in central London.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
The Tower of London, Free Time, Performance
London, England
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: The Tower of London is an historic building with difficult stairs and passageways and cobbles in some areas. The Jewel House is completely accessible. There is an elevator to the basement level of the White Tower.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and to the Tower of London, the City’s ancient defensive center. Built at the behest of William the Conqueror in 1097, the White Tower still stands guard over the Thames. It is here that controversial monarchs, importunate princes and lesser mortals were imprisoned, and some of them beheaded. Now the Tower is best known as the repository of the world-famous Crown Jewels, including the Koh-i-Noor and Cullinan I Diamonds — two of the world’s largest cut diamonds — and the world’s most comprehensive collection of coronation vestments and regalia. The Crown Jewels were remade for Charles II after the originals were melted down in the Civil War and provide a spectacular insight into the power of the Royal Family throughout history.

Lunch: At the Tower’s Royal Armouries Café.

Afternoon: We’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach, for an afternoon of free time to enjoy parts of London you have not seen on this program. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The motorcoach will make a brief stop at Trafalgar Square, where you are welcome to start your explorations rather than returning to the hotel if preferred. In the late afternoon, we’ll board a motorcoach at the hotel and ride to our dinner venue.

Dinner: At a local restaurant close to the theatre, we’ll gather for our farewell plated and served 2-course dinner. Toast to new friendships and recount favorite experiences from the program!

Evening: Performance: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at The London Palladium. In a vigorous and lively reimagining of the record-breaking 90s London Palladium production, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic family musical is set to entertain a whole new generation of fans. This colourful musical tells the story of Joseph who is gifted with a multi-coloured coat as a mark of his father’s favour. His many brothers are not impressed by Joseph’s coat or his prophetic dreams, and scheme to get rid of Joseph. Featuring songs across multiple musical styles Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat features songs like Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door, and Go, Go, Go, Joseph.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys






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