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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart from U.S. to England
Day 2 Arrive in Manchester
  • Journey from Manchester to the Lake District
  • Lake District The Lake District is an incredibly scenic region of Northern England, filled with waterfalls, lakes and mountain peaks. Although beauty and outdoor activities are the main draws of the area, it is also full of historical interest. This was once a turbulent region: Celtic, Roman and monastic remains testify to the number of people who have passed through. It was also home to some of England’'s most brilliant writers and inspired many of the country'’s great artists.
Day 3 Lake District
  • Visit Haworth Village Situated at the edge of the Pennine moors in West Yorkshire; this area is known as Bronte Country. The village of Haworth is internationally famous for it's connection with the Bronte sisters. The majority of their works were written during the time they lived in the village parsonage.
  • Tour the Brontë Parsonage Visit the home of the Brontë family during the mid-1800s. The home now houses the Brontë Parsonage Museum, decorated as it was during the 1850s and containing letters, manuscripts, books, furniture and personal treasures of the famous literary family.
Day 4 Tintern Abbey - Bath
  • Travel from Haworth to Tintern Abbey
  • Visit Tintern Abbey We will visit Tintern Abbey, founded by the Cistercians in 1131 and the first Cistercian abbey in Wales. The abbey church, missing its roof and windows, is well preserved otherwise and the most outstanding feature of the Abbey is the seven-light west window. Other remains of the dining hall, kitchen and warming house are still visible also.
  • Continue to Bath
  • Bath Bath is a unique and beautiful city. The Romans turned it into England’s first spa resort and brilliant architects created the Neo-Classical facades that fill the city and recall its Georgian and Victorian golden age. Jane Austen lived here and the peaceful beauty of the city inspired several of her works.
  • Independent Exploration We will have some free time for shopping and exploration.
Day 5 Bath - Winchester
  • Walking Tour of Bath Enjoy a Walking Tour of Jane Austen’'s Bath, beginning with a brief visit to the Jane Austen Center, dedicated to the novelist and her time in Bath. Our walk will provide insight into the Bath of Jane Austen’'s time and will include a visit to the Assembly Rooms and Costume Museum, Pulteney Bridge, the house where Austen lived with her parents for 5 years, and the Georgian splendors of the Royal Crescent and the Circus.
  • Visit 1 Royal Crescent This magnificently restored Georgian town house creates a picture of life in Georgian Bath.
  • Visit the Assembly Rooms and Costume Museum This museum features a world-class collection of contemporary and historical dress including 150 dressed figures to illustrate the changing styles from the late 16th century to the present day.
  • Explore the Roman Baths Explore the extremely well-preserved Roman Baths, first associated with the Celtic King Bladud, and later established by the Romans in the 1st century. Step into the Pump Room, a set of elegant chambers built above the old Roman baths. The core of the Pump Room is the Grand Chamber, which looks down onto the old Roman Baths. We may have the opportunity to sample some of the spa'’s natural spring water.
  • Travel from Bath to Winchester
  • Winchester Winchester was once the capital of ancient Wessex, as well as the administrative center for the Anglo-Saxon kings until the Norman Conquest. The city is connected with Arthurian legend and is the resting place of one of Britain’s most beloved authors, Jane Austen.
Day 6 Winchester - Brighton
  • Winchester Castle Visit the remains of Winchester Castle where a round oak table, King Arthur's Round Table, is attached to the wall.
  • Winchester Cathedral Visit Winchester Cathedral, a historic medieval cathedral possessing the longest nave in Britain. This incredible structure is the resting place of many important British figures, most notably the author Jane Austen.
  • Continue to Brighton En route we will stop in Chawton.
  • Visit Jane Austen'’s home at Chawton. It was here that she penned some of her most beloved works, including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. The home is preserved as it would have been in Austen'’s day, and memorabilia, first editions and even the writer'’s donkey cart help recreate her life.
  • Independent Exploration We will have some free time for shopping and exploration.
  • Travel to Brighton
Day 7 Brighton - London
  • Visit Brighton Pavilion See one of the most unique structures in England. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle involved the Pavilion and his character Prinny in the novel Rodney Stone, a story about 'The Fancy,' the prize-fighting world of the Regency period.
  • Journey from Brighton to the Lewes Area
  • Visit Charleston House Take in the Charleston House in the Lewes area, once owned by Virginia Woolf's sister. Today it is a colorful, creative museum dedicated to the Bloomsbury Group.
  • Travel from Lewes to London
  • London London is the largest city in Europe: quite a feat, considering it's location on a relatively small island. London's location is perfect for an administrative, communications and trade center, as the Romans realized when they founded their city in AD 1st century. London is filled with countless historic and cultural treasures that meld seamlessly in this exciting, contemporary city.
  • Dinner in a Local Restaurant
  • London Highlights During our time in London we will explore the areas of Westminster and Whitehall, including Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Horseguards Parade, Parliament Square, Downing Street, St. James’s Park and Buckingham Palace.
  • Explore the City via Local Transportation In London, the cost of public transport is included for all group sightseeing. Escorted by our Tour Director, we will be able to experience the city in the same manner as the local people.
Day 8 London
  • Shakespeare’'s Globe Visit and take a tour of Shakespeare’'s Globe Theatre and Museum, housed in a reconstruction of the original theater that closed in 1642 and dedicated to the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance. The museum explores the costumes, special effects, music, and printing and publishing process during the Shakespearean era.
  • Explore the British Museum Visit one of the most comprehensive collections of art and artifacts in the world. Highlights of our visit will include the Rosetta Stone, the discovery of which led to the deciphering of hieroglyphs; the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens; and the Sutton Hoo Treasure.
  • Dinner in Covent Garden Enjoy dinner this evening in Covent Garden, home to some of the city'’s liveliest restaurants, pubs and cafés.
Day 9 London
  • Visit Westminster Abbey English kings and queens have been crowned here since 1066. Our Blue-Badge Guided Tour will include the Royal Chapels, containing the tombs of the English monarchs, as well as Poets’ Corner, featuring memorials to many famous British literary figures.
  • Thames River Cruise Enjoy a relaxing way to view many of London’'s most magnificent sights. Our trip will take us past the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and under the famous Tower Bridge.
  • Visit the Tower of London Explore one of Britain’s most fascinating and important historical structures. Begun as a fortress by William the Conqueror, the Tower is now primarily associated with the legendary figures imprisoned and executed here over the centuries. Our visit includes the armories, a display of instruments of torture and execution and the breathtaking Crown Jewels Exhibit.
  • Dinner in a Local Restaurant This evening we will dine in a local restaurant near to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, two of London’s most vibrant and lively areas.
Day 10 Departure
  • Depart London for the U.S.