22816
England
Living and Learning in London: Independent Stay and Study
Live like a local in London as you explore the best of this great European city on field trips with the experts.
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Program No. 22816RJ
Length
30 days
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10,999
Flights start at
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30 days
29 nights
32 meals
28 B 1 L 3 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive London, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
London, England
D
Dolphin House

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. If you arrive before rooms are available, you may leave your luggage with the concierge and go out for a walk or wait in the hotel.

Afternoon: After checking in at the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar “living and learning” program for those with a high degree of independence. •The program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader — Giles Ramsay — who will lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. •In addition to a guide book and information on the local area, you will receive a Visitor Oyster Card to use on public transport (used most days). This “smartcard” is a quick and easy way to pay for journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, River Bus and most National Rail services in London. Put money on your Oyster card and use it to pay as you go. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, relaxing, and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. You will also have most weekends free for independent exploration. 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 a local restaurant, we will have a plated and served 3-course dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

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

DAY
3
Walking Orientation, London Panorama
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: Walking up to 2 hours; city sidewalks. Use of the Tube/London Underground public transportation system; accessed by going up and down flights of stairs, adding considerably to the amount of walking in a day; elevators/escalators not available in most stations.

Breakfast: The daily English breakfast buffet in the Citadines Holborn offers choices such as eggs and omelettes, waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, baked beans, hash browns, pastries, toast, marmalade, jams, cereals, fruit juices, tea, coffee and water.

Morning: We’ll take an expert-led walk of the surrounding areas of Holborn and Camden, both historic and fashionable London "villages". Covent Garden, legal London and the City are all within walking distance, and superb public transport connections afford fast and easy access the West End.

Lunch: 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. Prepare your own lunch, pick up a sandwich in the local shop or venture into one of the many pubs, cafés, and restaurants in the Holborn area.

Afternoon: We’ll take a panoramic field trip by motorcoach with a local expert who will provide commentary en route to see major sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament. We’ll be dropped off back at our apartments, with the remainder of the day free.

Dinner: Independent meal to enjoy what you like. Cook for yourself or join with fellow participants in exploring local cuisines. Far from the old stereotype, London is now regarded as one of the finest culinary cities in the world. Favorites with Londoners include Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Argentinian, and much more.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
London History
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: In the hotel, our Study Leader, Giles Ramsey, will give his first illustrated lecture on the history of London, its origins, and Romans.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most in this vibrant and endlessly fascinating city. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: We’ll gather as a group and travel by motorcoach to attend a performance at one of London's famous theaters. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. The information will be posted on our website when available and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
5
Free Day
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Free time. These free days offer an opportunity to see and do more of what interests you most. You might like to venture farther afield by train to iconic places such as Oxford, Cambridge, or Bath. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and help you plan your day.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: Stairs in historic buildings.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll take public transport to iconic Westminster Abbey where an expert will outline the history of this great place of worship, its architectural highlights, and famous figures buried here. Raised from the foundations of several previous churches on this site, the Abbey as we see it today was first begun in 1245 by Henry III and was granted cathedral status by Henry VIII in 1540.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: We’ll re-group for an expert-led exploration of the Houses of Parliament that will reveal 1,000 years of history, astounding art and architecture, as well as addressing current issues and politics. Our expert will take us through the House of Commons and House of Lords including the Queen's Robing Room, the Central Lobby, and St. Stephen's Hall. After the field trip, you are welcome to return to your apartment by public transport or stay out and explore further on your own.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Free Day
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Free time. More exploring in London or beyond?

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Start The Week Lecture
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the week at Citadines with a guest speaker, such as a media figure, political journalist, or broadcaster who will talk about the state of the nation. This illuminating lecture will cover hot international and national issues.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Lecture
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Giles Ramsay will deliver a lecture on the history of the theatre in London with a focus on the Medieval era.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Art Exhibition
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: We will explore a major art exhibition at one of London's leading galleries or museums.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: We’ll attend a performance at one of London's famous theatres. Details will be posted on our website when available and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
11
Free Day
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Free day.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: Join the Group Leader and other Road Scholars as we go out to an institution at the heart of many British communities: the local pub where people from all walks of life gather to wind down after their days. Few places offer such insights into everyday British life.

DAY
12
Legal London, St. Paul's Cathedral
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: This morning's lecture on the history of the City of London ranges from Elizabethans to Victorians.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: We’ll explore the legal side of London as we travel by public transport to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, taking in the Old Bailey along the way. We’ll then visit Temple Church. Originally built for the Knight’s Templar as their English headquarters, the church has since been used as a home for two Inns of Court, ancient societies of lawyers. Eagle-eyed participants will also recognize it from Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code.” We’ll move onwards to iconic St. Paul's Cathedral, an unmissable silhouette on the London skyline and often considered to be Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece. It has been standing in its current form since 1711 and its tranquil interior is majestic with Baroque splendor. Our local expert will take us through its turbulent and fascinating history as we explore this magnificent three domed structure.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Free Day
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Free Day
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Theatre Critic, Kensington Palace
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the week as a group at Citadines with a guest theatre critic such as Michael Billington.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: We’ll take a field trip to Kensington Palace with Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana's former Royal Protection Officer. The Palace was the childhood home of Queen Victoria and home to William III and Mary II. We’ll see the Queen's State Rooms, the King's Staircase by Christopher Wren with paintings of the court of George I by William Kent. We’ll also learn more about Queen Victoria’s life and reign in the Victoria Revealed exhibition that explores the Queen’s story in her own words using extracts from her journals and letters in the rooms where she grew up. Ken Wharfe will describe his time working as Princess Diana's protection officer and point out what is known as the Princess Diana Walk. When she lived in the palace, she was often seen in the shops and cafés of High Street Kensington. After the field trip, you are welcome to return to your apartment by public transport or stay out and explore further on your own. You might like to see more in the interesting area of Kensington, perhaps Leighton House, a Victorian gem on Holland Park Road, or the Royal Army Museum on Royal Hospital Road.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Lecture, National Galleries
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Giles Ramsay will give us another lecture on the history of the theatre, this time the rise of the playhouse and Shakespeare's Bankside.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: We will explore Britain’s two National Galleries, both situated in iconic Trafalgar Square, starting at the National Portrait Gallery with an expertly-led visit. Spanning six centuries of history, the Gallery tells the story of Britain through portraits of the men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life. There is world-famous portraiture on display and the chronological galleries help you understand the evolution of the portrait as a medium. We will then take the short walk to Britain’s National Gallery. A vast repository of artistic treasures, the Gallery contains classic pieces by artistic luminaries such as Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Van Gogh and you will be free to explore at your leisure.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Lecture, Theatre Performance
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll have a lecture the history of art in London focusing on great London artists.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: We’ll attend another performance in one of London's leading venues.

DAY
18
Backstage At A Theatre, RADA Rehearsal
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Today's lecture will address more great artists in London’s artistic history. We’ll go backstage at one of London's major theatres for an expert-led exploration and insights into the workings of putting on a large-scale production.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: For a special experience this afternoon, we’ll make our way to the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts to take part in a hands-on workshop. Two acclaimed West End actors will lead us through the rehearsal process, demonstrating that the rehearsal room is a safe space for exploration and experimentation. It’s 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: Independent meal.

Evening: During an informal visit to a pub or wine bar, we’ll discuss the program so far with our fellow Road Scholars.

DAY
19
The Tower of London
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Lecture on the history of art in London-The great London artists.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: We’ll take a field trip to the Tower of London, the city’s ancient defensive centre. Built at the behest of William the Conqueror in 1078, the White Tower still stands guard over the Thames. It is here that monarchs, importunate and unfortunate princes, queens, and lesser mortals were imprisoned and sometimes 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 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 into the power of the Royal Family throughout history.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure. Take some time to pack for our 3 nights in Edinburgh as we transfer in the morning.

DAY
20
Transfer to Edinburgh, Old & New Town
Edinburgh.
B,D
Holiday Inn Edinburgh

Activity note: Use of public transport. The train journey takes a little less than 6 hours; seats are reserved in advance; refreshments available for purchase on the train.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll take public transport to London Euston railway station and board the train to Edinburgh. The beauty of the English countryside passing by as we travel has inspired generations of poets, painters, and people of every variety.

Lunch: Independent meal aboard the train.

Afternoon: On arrival in Edinburgh, we will have panoramic field trip by motorcoach with expert commentary on board as we ride through the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town. At the Scottish Parliament, we’ll see the controversial new building while learning about the history of Scottish politics and well known figures with a local expert. We’ll then check into our hotel for the weekend.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated and served 3-course dinner with tea, coffee, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Returning to the hotel by public transport, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
21
Special Guest Speaker, Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh.
B
Holiday Inn Edinburgh

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: In the hotel, the full Scottish breakfast buffet offers choices such as egg, bacon, sausage, scone, baked beans, fried tomatoes and mushrooms, toast, and more plus tea, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: In the hotel, we’ll be joined by renowned Scottish columnist and broadcaster Joyce McMillan, who will speak on the history and politics of Scotland. Ms. McMillan is theatre critic of “The Scotsman” and also writes a political and social commentary column for the paper. She has been a political and arts columnist, theatre critic and broadcaster for 25 years, living in Edinburgh and working for various Scottish and London-based newspapers. She also broadcasts regularly on Radio Scotland and Radio 4. She has been involved in Scottish and European campaigns for democracy and human rights, and was a Convener of the Scottish Civic Forum.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Field trip to imposing Edinburgh Castle.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
22
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh.
B
Holiday Inn Edinburgh

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Field trip to the Museum of Scotland.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
23
Transfer to London
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: Use of public transport. The train journey takes a little less than 6 hours; seats are reserved in advance; refreshments available for purchase on the train.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we’ll take public transport to Edinburgh's Waverly Station for the train journey back to London.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in London, we’ll take public transport back to Citadines. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
24
Wallace Collection
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll go for a private, expert-led field trip to the Wallace Collection, a world famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The collection has many paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Velázquez, and Gaudi.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay will lecture on the history of theatre in London and 18th and 19th century theatre-going.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
25
Victoria & Albert Museum
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Giles Ramsay will give us another lecture on the history of theatre in London, this time focusing on modern theatre in a modern city. We’ll head out to the V&A — the Victoria and Albert Museum — for a hands-on workshop as we learn how contemporary artists fuse modern and classic techniques to create spellbinding works. The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with a permanent collection of more than 2.3 million objects spanning millennia of human creativity. It was established in 1852, following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition the previous year, with a mission of making works of art available to all, to educate working people, and to inspire British designers and manufacturers.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Art workshop at the world famous Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to join others for a visit to a local pub.

DAY
26
The Cathedral City of Canterbury
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: The drive to Canterbury is about 66 miles, approximately 2 hours by motorcoach.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll leave London for a full-day field trip to the Cathedral City of Canterbury. Canterbury is situated in the heart of Kent, known locally as the “Garden of England,” and as we ride through the county the endless fields and rolling hills present an evocative picture of rural English life. With a local expert, we’ll explore Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the UNESCO inscription states, “Canterbury, in Kent, has been the seat of the spiritual head of the Church of England for nearly five centuries. Canterbury's other important monuments are the modest Church of St Martin, the oldest church in England; the ruins of the Abbey of St Augustine, a reminder of the saint's evangelizing role in the Heptarchy from 597; and Christ Church Cathedral, a breathtaking mixture of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic, where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170.”

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Strike out and explore Canterbury independently. From local artisans to beautiful gardens and Benedictine monasteries, there is something in the city for everyone’s taste. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Canterbury has been considered a sacred place since pagan times, with a surprising French influence over the centuries. It has been a leading place of pilgrimage since the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1170. Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” is about pilgrims traveling from London to Canterbury. This is also a university town. Today there are focal points and festivals of many different kinds amid the medieval streets and city walls. We’ll return to London late afternoon.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
27
Free Day
London, England
B
Dolphin House

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
28
Wigmore Hall Concert
London, England
B,L
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll take public transport to Wigmore Hall, one of the world’s finest concert venues, and attend a mid-morning performance. (Details will be posted on our website when available and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.) Constructed from 1899-1901, Wigmore Hall has earned an international reputation for the quality and variety of the music it hosts, from chamber and instrumental music to song, a showcase for established artists as well as exceptional young talents.

Lunch: In the Wigmore Hall restaurant, we’ll have a plated and served 2-course lunch with tea, coffee, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
29
Final Round Up
London, England
B,D
Dolphin House

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Giles Ramsay will lead a final round up and discussion with Q&A.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Free time. Anything else you want to see and do? We’ll gather before dinner for a fond farewell drink.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated and served 3-course dinner with wine, tea, coffee, water; other beverages are available for purchase. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
30
Program Concludes
London, England
B

Activity note: See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation from Last Location.”

Breakfast: Dolphin Place buffet depending on transfer times; some transfers may leave before breakfast.

Morning: Transfers by private car to London Heathrow Airport (LHR). 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. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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