Jolly Olde England – April 25 – May 8th 2018

England… an aura of deep-rooted history that emanates from almost every corner of the land. There’s a sense that its towns and villages, castles and cathedrals have grown organically over many centuries, to create calming and comfortable landscapes that the mind settles into like a favorite armchair. It’s a place that encourages leisurely contemplation. It’s also the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles. The capital London, home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London. It’s also a multicultural, modern hub for the arts and business. Come join us in “Jolly Olde England!”

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Day 1 – Wed. April 25th– Home to London 
We make our way to Portland this morning for our overnight flight to London… note – they are 8 hours ahead of us!

Day 2 – Thurs. April 26th – London – local touring
Welcome to London… the capital of England. We’ll have a city tour on arrival with a few stops along the way including breakfast before we check into our home for the next 2 nights the Copthorne Tara Hotel located in Knightsbridge just steps away from Royal Albert Hall and much more. Copthorne Tara Hotel (B)

Day 3 – Fri. April 27th –  London – local touring
We’ll start our day at Windsor Castle and the Royal State Apartments… the castle is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. It has been used by the reigning monarch and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. You’ll have some free time in London for lunch and shopping before we head to the Tower of London with the Crown Jewels… The Jewels, are part of the Royal Collection, they are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy and hold deep religious and cultural significance in their nation’s history. They are still used by the Queen for national ceremonies, such as the State Opening of Parliament. Copthorne Tara Hotel (B, D)

Day 4 – Sat. April 28th –  London to Canterbury
We’ll head South today first stop Dover Castle… It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. We’ll also tour Churchill’s War time tunnels… Churchill ordered their construction to house gun battery teams as they pounded German ships traversing the Channel. Lying 75ft below the coastline, the 3,500-square ft of interconnecting tunnels once housed 185 soldiers. We’ll continue on to Canterbury and our hotel for the next 2 nights the Cathedral Lodge Hotel… a Unique Hotel set within the stunning grounds of Canterbury Cathedral. Cathedral Lodge Hotel (B, D)

Day  5 – Sun. April 29th – Canterbury – local touring
We’ll have a leisurely morning so you can take in the services at the Cathedral (optional). Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. After lunch we head to the Bodiam Castle… Chances are that you have already seen hundreds of photos of Bodiam Castle – even if you’ve never heard of it until now. Bodiam is so picture-perfect that the image of the castle, emerging from a misty moat, has been emblazoned on thousands of books, chocolate boxes and tea towels. In fact, Bodiam is often portrayed as “the perfect English castle”! We’ll return to Canterbury where your evening is free to explore. Cathedral Lodge Hotel (B, L)

Day 6 – Mon. April 30th – Canterbury to Southampton
Enjoy the scenery as we continue along England’s South coastline. Welcome to Brighton Pavilion… The spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles. The Royal Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by the Queen. You’ll have some free time for lunch and to explore before we visit Arundel Castle… It was established on Christmas Day 1067. It was the first to hold the Earldom of Arundel by the graces of William the Conqueror. The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. From the 11th century, the castle has served as a home and has been in the ownership of the family of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years. Welcome to our home for the next two nights the Jury Inn Southampton. Jury Inn (B, D)

Day 7 Tues. May 1st – Southampton – Free Day
Today is all yours to enjoy the port towns of Southampton & Portsmouth… You may want to take in the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Or just relax and enjoy the sea breeze. Jury Inn (B, D)

Day 8  – Wed. May 2nd – Southampton to Plymouth
We’re off to Plymouth… first stop is the quant sea side village Lyme Regis… you’ll have some free time here to grab a coffee or shop in one of the many boutiques that line the streets. We arrive in Plymouth in time for lunch at the Plymouth Pub before we tour this great port city… early history extends to the Bronze Age, when a first settlement emerged at Mount Batten. This settlement continued as a trading post for the Roman Empire, until it was surpassed by the more prosperous village of Sutton founded in the ninth century, now called Plymouth. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers departed Plymouth for the New World and established Plymouth Colony – the second English settlement in what is now the United States. TBD (B, L, D) 

Day 9 – Thurs. May 3rd – Plymouth – local touring “Lands End”
Keep your camera ready we are heading to “Land’s End”. We’ll travel along the coastline and learn about the rich history of the seaside towns along the way, such as Truro… with its Cathedral, adorned with green spire and gothic appearance. Built at the turn of the century it dominates the Truro skyline with its 250-foot-high towers. We’ll continue to Falmouth… it has been shaped and influenced by its strong connection to the sea. Combining a fascinating maritime heritage and modern creativity. Next it’s Penzance… From Act 1 of the Pirates of Penzance, by Sirs William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The name “Pen Sans” in ancient Cornish language, means “Holy Headland” and refers to the sunniest western side of the harbour. Welcome to Cornwall “Land’s End” it’s loved for the dramatic coastline with its captivating fishing harbours, the spectacular beaches, and the pounding surf.  TBD (B, L, D)  

Day 10 – Fri. May 4th – Plymouth to Bath
We be traveling to Bath today… it was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa. It became an important centre for the wool industry in the Middle Ages but in the 18th century under the reigns of George l, ll and III it developed into an elegant spa city, famed in literature and art. The Roman remains, especially the Temple of Sulis Minerva and the baths complex (based around the hot springs at the heart of the Roman town of Aquae Sulis, which have remained at the heart of the City’s development ever since) are amongst the most famous and important Roman remains north of the Alps, and marked the beginning of Bath’s history as a spa town. We’ll tour this fascinating place before your free evening. Holiday Inn Express (B, L,)

Day 11 – Sat. May 5th – Bath to Oxfordshire
Enjoy a leisurely morning in this great place. We’ll depart early afternoon for Stonehenge…  For centuries, historians and archaeologists have puzzled over the many mysteries of Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument that took Neolithic builders an estimated 1,500 years to erect. It is comprised of roughly 100 massive upright stones placed in a circular layout. Whi1e many modern scholars now agree that Stonehenge was once a burial ground, they have yet to determine what other purposes it served and how a civilization without modern technology, or even the wheel, produced the mighty monument. Its construction is all the more baffling because, while the sandstone slabs of its outer ring hail from local quarries, scientists have traced the bluestones that make up its inner ring to the Preseli Hills in Wales, some 200 miles away. Our home for the night is the Milton Hill Hotel in Oxfordshire. Milton Hill Hotel (B, L)

Day 12– Sun. May 6th – Oxfordshire to London 
Today we’ll tour Oxford College… There is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest university. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. The two “ancient universities” are frequently jointly referred to as “Oxbridge”. Next we’ll visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the beautiful 500 year old cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be. Uncover five centuries of stories in this picturesque cottage and 13 generations of the family who lived there…  this is said to be the birthplace of Shakespeare. We’ll continue on to London and our home for our final 2 nights. Copthorne Tara (B, L)

Day 13 – Mon. May 7th – London – local touring  
Today we’ll tour the Hampton Court Palace… did you know Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York, Chief Minister and favourite of Henry VIII, took over the site of Hampton Court Palace in 1514? It had previously been a property of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Over the following seven years, Wolsey spent lavishly (200,000 Crowns) to build the finest palace in England at Hampton Court. Today, little of Wolsey’s building work remains unchanged. Lunch is at Great Foster… set amongst 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland in Egham, Surrey. Immaculately preserved, this stately historic monument boasts an enviable location. You’ll have some free time to explore London on your own before our farewell dinner. Copthorne Tara (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Tues. May 8th – London to Home
We’ll make our way home today with great memories and some fantastic knowledge of this wonderful place in the Eastern Hemisphere. (B)

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