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The Shakespeare Tour

With Travel2Books - a British Connection company

This tour outline is a typical itinerary for a group tour for a book club, University group or Alumni Association. We also offer this tour as a scheduled departure tour. See out e mail newsletter for details of scheduled departure dates or use this tour outline to help plan your own private tour with a Shakespeare theme.

We are always flexible and can make alterations to the tour at your request. We can include more or less meetings with people in the world of stage and theater; we can include more or less live performances. We can use four or five star hotels of something more modest to suit the budget of the group. We can provide a free place for the tour leader. We can arrange pre and post tour accommodation, if required by participants.. We can include visits to gardens and historic houses or focus on theatrical performances. We can include all meals, entrances, and theater visits in the tour price or only some meals in the tour price.

Travel2Books will contact the participants in each tour prior to arrival to ascertain their particular interests and requirements on the tour. Travel2Books will make every effort to incorporate their special interests in the tour.

These tours are concentrated and enjoyable and we have found that many participants prefer to arrive prior to the start day of the tour and to stay privately in London or Oxford to rest from the journey and to prepare for the tour ahead.

Day One: Arrival day
Travel2Books will advise the meeting point for the tour. Arrive at hotel in Oxford. Orientation. Visit Woodstock, Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Winston Churchill), and Churchill's grave at Bladon Parish Church. Lunch in Woodstock. Afternoon free in Oxford (optional tour for those who wish). evensong at Oxford college when appropriate/available. Dinner.

Day Two: Introduction to the tour; Oxford and Environs Day
Introductory seminar. Shakespearean Oxford in the morning In the afternoon Special guided tour of Oxford, "Shakespeare's bedroom"; a visit to two of Oxford's most interesting colleges, one with Falstaff connections and then a visit to Christ Church for a guided "Alice in Wonderland " tour. Lewis Carroll lived at Christ Church, where he taught Mathematics and wrote the Alice Stories, followed by tea on High Table in the Great Hall.

Day Three: London day
Sightseeing in London, followed by a river trip on the Thames. Visit the Globe Theater. Attend a matinee performance at the Globe. Dinner in London with distinguished guest (whenever possible a celebrity name from the Shakespearean theater world). (BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING THEATRICAL CALENDAR AND THE VARYING AVAILABILITY OF DISTINGUISHED GUESTS IT IS NOT POSSIBLE AT THIS STAGE TO GUARANTEE SPECIFIC NAMES FOR INDIVIDUAL TOURS. DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED AS SOON AS THESE ARE AVAILABLE, AND WILL BE CONFIRMED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING FOR EACH TOUR)

Day Four: Stratford day, with theater performance
Morning seminar on a play to be seen that afternoon. Visit Stratford: We will see the Shakespearean sites, in the company of our excellent guide who will explain the context of these wonderful old buildings and their associations to Shakespeare. We will attend a matinee performance at the theater in Stratford on Avon in the best seats in the house. Following the performance there will be an opportunity to enjoy a discussion with performers, where possible. Will move from Oxford to our Cotswolds hotel for dinner.

Day Five: Visit Cotswolds Villages and a Private Performance at Broughton Castle
In the morning a visit to Chipping Camden a delightful cotswolds village for exploration and enjoyment Lunch. Afternoon visit to Broughton Castle, a medieval moated castle and the setting of much of the film Shakespeare in Love: Whenever possible, this will be a private visit and we will be shown around by the owner, Lord Saye and Sele (the uncle of Joseph Fiennes of Shakespeare in Love) and Broughton will be the setting for a private performance of love scenes from Shakespearean plays, specially commissioned for these tours, to be performed in the Great Hall or, in fine weather, in the beautiful grounds. A champagne buffet will follow.

Day Six: A delightful day seeing the best of Royal and Aristocratic Britain
Visit Warwick, England's finest medieval castle, with Richard 111 connections, a full day visit to the castle and gardens.
Visit Windsor, the Castle, and Eton College. Dinner at a special Oxfordshire restaurant.

Day Seven: Rural England at its best
Visit rural Cotswold villages: Travel through the beauty of these country villages with their narrow medieval streets a nd mellow stone walls. Visit some of these outstanding gardens: Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the most delightful gardens in England; Kiftsgate garden; and Barnsley Manor, the garden of Rosemary Verey. Visit a typical Cotswolds pub, and see antiques from Shakespeare's era in the many antique shops in Broadway or Burford. Tea in a Burford tea room. Dinner at a special Oxford restaurant.

Day Eight: Depart England for the USA

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Prices are based on seven nights, sharing double or twin room, or in single accommodation for which there is a single supplement
Price includes: All accommodation, with private facilities; full English breakfast, and dinner with fine wines; all internal travel, including transport to and from airports; all guiding; all theater tickets; entry to museums and other facilities; all visiting experts and guests speakers.
Price excludes: Air fare, lunches, personal bar bills, telephone and laundry.

Guideline Price for Seven Nights: $2,500.00
Note: The prices quoted are for the itineraries described. We will work with you personally to provide you with a vacation that is within your budget and preferences. Please contact Travel2Books directly to discuss your vacation's logistics and cost. For complete cost details contact Travel2Books and read the tour conditions and price details and inclusions.

Cost is inclusive of all accommodation, dinners with wine, domestic travel, theater tickets, entrance to museums etc., visiting lecturers etc., seminars, tour guidance and all relevant taxes. Not included: Airfare (the British Connection can arrange this), personal hotel bills such as telephone, lunches, bar and laundry, and travel insurance which we recommend and can provide.

Dates for 2011 begin in June and run through October. For groups the tour can be offered at any time subject to availability of suitable accommodation and transport and guide for the group.

FLIGHTS For groups we can provide group air, if required. For scheduled departure tours we can provide air tickets for individuals or participants can book their own air or use Frequent Flyer points. Air cost will be dependent upon class of service required, departure city, and time of year. The tours start either at a central London location or at the airport. Tours end at either at a central London location or at the airport. Participants will be advised where the pick up and drop off point is for each tour.

High Quality rooms with full English breakfast are provided daily. The hotel in Oxford is close to the river and the city center. Alternatively in Oxford, accommodation will be in an atmospheric old parsonage where Oscar Wilde once had rooms and which is now a hotel. Country accommodation is in an historic inn in the Cotswolds, an area closer than Oxford to the Shakespeare properties and theater at Stratford.

Groups may select accommodation appropriate to their budget and we discuss this with the tour leader(s) in detail to develop the tour that you want at the cost your group wishes to pay. We usually offer at least one free place for a group Leader with a group of at least 15 people.

Evening dining will be taken at a variety of carefully selected and varied venues offering the best in British hospitality.. In Oxford we look out over Christchurch from the elegant room of Oxford's best-known restaurant. We will spend an evening in the traditional surroundings of an old country inn in the countryside just outside Oxford. Careful selection of excellent wines is offered at every meal. Breakfast is included in all tours. Lunch is provided for group tours and may be included for scheduled departure tours. Please read the tour conditions for details.

The tour guide will meet guests at any London airport (or equivalent location) and take them in the comfort of car or taxi or mini coach to the hotel. During the tour we will travel by new, comfortable mini-coach.

Because of the success of our tours in the past, the British Connection has decided to keep all scheduled departure tours to a limit of 15 people for the Shakespeare tour, This assures complete individual attention. Larger tours can be arranged for groups on request.

Events and visits as described are subject to availability and may be changed if circumstances require this. For example in previous tours, some participants visited Warwick castle and environs and Coventry cathedral in preference to Windsor Castle and Eton. Not all events and tour visits will be included in every tour. For complete details of the tour - see individual departure dates or group tour schedule.

In the event of currency fluctuations we reserve the right to alter the price of the tour, and to charge a surcharge if this is necessary.

We recommend travel insurance.

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if necessary.

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