23191
United States/England
Churchill’s Finest Hour: A Transatlantic Voyage on the QM2
The Russians nicknamed him the “British Bulldog.” Learn about Winston Churchill’s fighting spirit as you study his life and work on a Transatlantic voyage aboard the QM2.
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Program No. 23191RJ
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13 days
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13 days
12 nights
31 meals
12 B 8 L 11 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Reception
New York City
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

Afternoon: Orientation: 6:00 p.m. 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 program will staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who, unless otherwise specified, will lecture, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. Meal Service: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the main restaurants; alternative fine dining options available at additional cost. Water during meals and coffee after meals are complimentary; alcoholic drinks, specialty teas, and coffees available for purchase. Afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes, and pastries served each day. 24 hour room service. Periods in the daily 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. Following the Orientation session we will have a Welcome Reception with drinks for our Road Scholar group.

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.

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

DAY
2
Embark Queen Mary 2
At Sea
B,L,D
Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold items such as eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms, cereals, toast, pastries, fruit, cold cuts, cheeses, yogurts, juices, tea, coffee, water.

Morning: The morning is free for you to explore the local area, before we check out of the hotel and make our way by motor coach to Brooklyn to rendezvous with the Queen Mary 2. Here we will complete embarkation and safety procedures, and board the ship.

Lunch: Late lunch aboard the Queen Mary 2.

Afternoon: After completing boarding procedures and getting your cabin, take some time to freshen up and begin to familiarize yourself with the ship. We will participate with the rest of the passengers in the required Safety Drill before departure, so please listen for the announcement.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00 p.m., choose what you like from the menu with choices of appetizers and soups, salads, entrées, and desserts; water during dinner and coffee after dinner are included, other beverages available for purchase. Revel in the sumptuous surroundings as you make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to see a show in the ballroom, watch a movie in the theatre, have a beverage and a chat in one of the bars, or find a book in the library — one of the best shipboard libraries available — and curl up in that perfect reading chair. The choice is yours.

DAY
3
Our Lecture Series Begins
At Sea
B,L,D
Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing. The Britannia Restaurant offers choices such as fresh fruit and compote, a variety of breakfast entrées, pancakes and waffles, hot and cold cereals, cold cuts and cheese, yoghurts, a variety of baked goods, juices, coffee, tea, water. Or try the King’s Court casual breakfast on Deck 7. Or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised descriptions of the day’s on-board activities.

Morning: We’ll gather with our Study Leader for our first in a series of on-board lectures. Topics covered will include Churchill In The Boer War, The Tragedy of Gallipoli, Churchill In The Trenches, The First Finest Hour, Churchill & His Generals and The Big Three.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing. The Britannia Restaurant offers appetizers and soups, salads and sandwiches, main dish entrées, and desserts. The Kings Court has buffet dining, while the Boardwalk Café (weather permitting) has light lunch choices.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for 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. You’ll have a variety of shipboard enrichment activities from which to choose. You might like to take a class such as watercolor painting or ballroom dancing, enjoy one of the ship's swimming pools, take a brisk walk around the decks, or continue reading that book. The history of the Cunard Line is displayed in an exhibition running through the halls of the ship.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. You may choose to enjoy a show in the ship’s theatre, practice your dance steps in the ballroom, or simply return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on the ship’s TV.

DAY
4
Lectures Continue
At Sea
B,L,D
Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: The lecture series continues.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the variety of shipboard enrichment activities. Weather permitting, you might like to take a leisurely stroll around the Promenade Deck and take in the fresh sea air.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Choose from several kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music, and more.

DAY
5
Lectures Continue
At Sea
B,L,D
Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Gathering in our lecture room, we’ll continue to explore the life and times of Winston Churchill.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. Take advantage of the many educational, social, and physical activities available on board, or simply relax in one of the deck chairs with a view of the Atlantic, glistening when the sun shines.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to visit the Queen Mary 2’s beautiful theatre, home to nightly productions from stars of stage and screen alike.

DAY
6
Lectures Continue
At Sea
B,L,D
Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We join our Study Leader for today's illuminating lecture.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. You might grab a ticket for the planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps retreat to the spa for a massage.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. The Golden Lion, a traditional English pub, runs a competitive pub quiz – perfect for showing off your newly gained knowledge.

DAY
7
Lectures Continue
At Sea
B,L,D
Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Join your Study Leader for another lively discussion.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. When not performing, members of the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts give you the opportunity to flex your acting muscles at daily workshops.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. From insight and enrichment to sports and fitness, music and theatre, pub entertainment, relaxation and leisure, there is more to do aboard the QM2 than hours in the day.

DAY
8
Final Onboard Lecture
At Sea
B,L,D
Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Gather with our Study Leader for the final lecture before we make land.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. You may wish to explore the history of the Cunard Line at a unique exhibition running through the halls of the ship.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy your last evening onboard and prepare for docking at the cruise terminal in Southampton in the morning, followed by disembarkation and transfer.

DAY
9
Disembarkation, Chartwell, Transfer to London
London, England
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Breakfast: Early in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will complete disembarkation procedures and make our way to the motorcoach, before traveling onwards to Chartwell, the adult home of Sir Winston Churchill. It has been preserved to appear exactly as it would have when Churchill lived there, and houses a great number of his personal effects including paintings, books, honours, and medals. It is also home to some beautifully landscaped gardens, which provided inspiration for many of Churchill’s paintings.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken at Chartwell.

Afternoon: Our exploration of Churchill's home continues, before we continue on to the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served dinner including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Houses of Parliament, Churchill War Rooms
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, cereals, pastries, toast, jams and marmalade, juices, milk, tea, coffee, water.

Morning: This morning we’ll ride to the Houses of Parliament, the site of some of Churchill's greatest victories. An expert will take us through the corridors of power, including the Queen's Robing Room, the Members' Lobby, Westminster Hall, the Lords' Chamber and the Commons' Chamber.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Following our visit, we'll walk iconic Horseguards Parade before visiting the Churchill War Rooms. It was here that Churchill’s government sheltered during the worst of the bombing, and the conditions of the time are faithfully recreated in this subterranean maze. The facility also houses the Churchill Museum, which brings to life the exciting story of Churchill’s life – from his childhood to his “finest hour”.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Blenheim Palace
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we depart by motorcoach to Blenheim Palace, a journey of Blenheim is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. The Palace was originally a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe, and the fascinating visitor experience “Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story”. The Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born in 1874. Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, the Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of “Capability” Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake and beautiful formal gardens.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Following Blenheim Palace, we'll a stop at Bladon - the burial place of Winston Churchill. The coach then returns to our hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
The Imperial War Museum
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Our final field trip takes us to the Imperial War Museum. The vast museum chronicles Britain’s involvement in wars from 1914 to the present day, keeping a very human perspective on the immense turmoil that both Britain and the wider world as a whole have endured over the last century. Of particular importance are its First World War galleries, and its new Witnesses to War exhibition. Presented in a state of the art atrium, the exhibition includes a Harrier Jet, a Spitfire, and a V2 rocket.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free for you to explore the delights of London.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner and share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

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

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Breakfast: Hotel buffet, depending on departure times. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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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