English Heritage Tour

with Jane Austen

September 3-12, 2019

 

Edventures is pleased to announce a tour of England for Fall 2019 using the lens of one of England’s greatest writers to explore some of the finest examples of English heritage. These include the gorgeous eighteenth century city of Bath as well as other historic towns and villages, the cathedrals and churches of traditional England, the Royal Navy, and the grand houses and gardens of the gentry and aristocracy. Jane Austen knew all these places and institutions well and made them the principal settings for her novels, and we will follow in her footsteps to get to know them ourselves. The trip will be led by David M. Shapard, who holds a doctorate in European history and who has written The Annotated Pride and Prejudice among other books on Jane Austen.

 
 

 
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Overview

  • Two nights in Bath, leading 18th century spa
  • Explore Lacock, a 15th century village featured in Pride and Prejudice
  • Give nights in Winchester with a visit to the gorgeous grounds of Stourhead
  • Guided by Dr. David Shapard, European history scholar who wrote several books on Jane Austen
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Mompesson House in Salisbury
  • Overview of British naval history
  • Visit Chawton, where Jane Austen lived until her death
  • Visit Steventon, where Jane Austen was born and lived until 25
 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - LEAVE USA

As of June of 2018 it is too early to determine flight plans. Please contact Edventures for additional information regarding flights. On the registration form indicate if you are interested in a group airfare rate.

DAY 2 - LONDON TO BATH

All members of the group, whether they have just flown in or are already in England, will meet in the morning at Heathrow Airport. From there we will depart together to Bath. After arrival in Bath we will walk from our centrally located hotel to see some of the principal sites of Bath, including places connected with Jane Austen, and to give everyone a sense of the city.

DAY 3 - BATH

In the morning we will take a bus tour that will point out leading places in Bath and provide historical background for the city. Over the course of the day we will also visit many of these places. These include the Assembly Rooms, which were the main historic venue for dances and concerts and which also contain some of the most beautiful interior architecture in the city, and the Royal Crescent, a curved street with an uninterrupted row of grand Georgian houses on one side that is probably the most iconic site in Bath.

DAY 4 - LACOCK AND BATH

In the morning we will take a bus to Lacock, an original medieval village whose current dwellings are almost all centuries old. Operated by the National Trust, its picturesque and historic character has made it very popular for movies and TV shows, including Downton Abbey, Harry Potter films, and more than one Austen adaptation.

DAY 5 - TRAVEL TO WINCHESTER

Leaving Bath in the morning we will first stop at Stourhead, a magnificent country house and grounds. The house is an excellent example of the Palladian mansions that were the most popular style for country houses in the eighteenth century, and gives a sense of the life of the landed elite that dominated England for centuries.

DAY 6 - CHAWTON AND STEVENTON

Chawton is a modest village near Winchester where in 1809 Jane Austen moved, with her mother and sister, to reside in a house owned by her brother Edward; she lived there until her death in 1817. 

DAY 7 - PORTSMOUTH

A short ride takes us to Portsmouth, the main British naval base for centuries and now the site for the Historic Dockyard, an elaborate complex devoted to the history of the navy.

DAY 8 - SALISBURY AND WINCHESTER

In the morning we will ride to Salisbury and take a special tour of Mompesson House, an eighteenth-century house in the center of town that is operated by the National Trust and that was one of the main locations for the film of Sense and Sensibility.

DAY 9 - FREE DAY

This day will be a free day where you can travel to London (just over an hour by train), travel elsewhere, or stay in Winchester, which contains several historic sites. David will be happy to provide people with advice and assistance to major sites in London.

DAY 10 - RETURN TO USA

In the morning a bus will transport us from our hotel in Winchester to Heathrow Airport. There you will be able to catch a flight, or take public transport into London to begin additional touring. Those who wish to remain in Winchester and not take the bus will also be free to do so. 

 
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Small group experience
  • $100 tax deductible contribution to Saratoga Arts, Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, Academy for Lifelong Learning or North Country Arts
  • Full time tour escort and guide David Shapard who will make English heritage through the lens of Jane Austen come alive 
  • Entrance fees for all included visits
  • Airport/hotel group transfers
  • Escorted sightseeing via private motor coach
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers
  • Lodging for 8 nights
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Pre-departure documents and meeting in Saratoga Springs
  • Memories to last a lifetime!

For full itinerary, costs, details, and booking terms and conditions please click here.


TRIP OVERVIEW MEETINGS

Saturday, July 28 at 11:30 am - Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

and

Wednesday, August 22 at 6 pm - Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


COSTS

The land only double occupancy cost is $3,260.

The single room supplement is $799.

A small group fee of $200 will be charged if the group number falls below 20.

Save $100 if you register by November 1, 2018.