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England - From Romans to Royalty

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 30 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 18 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: July - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2800 US Dollar (USD)

This tour combines visits to the famous gardens and museums of Bath, with extensive excursions to major sites and cities of southern England. For those people interested, on location art instruction in drawing or photography is available as well.See the England that photographers, from the world over, fell in love with.Only by touring the West Country, Southern Wales and Midlands can one experience such a wide range of British history. No matter what your interests are, from the mysterious ring of Neolithic Stonehenge, to Roman ruins, or British Royalty, this program has something for you!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Travel with our group leader; depart USA on a scheduled International flight and cross International Time Zones.

Day 2: You will arrive in London in the morning, and will be met by Group Leader at the airport. We will take a bus to Bath University. Orientation of Bath University and accommodations. After settling in, we will meet for lunch, informative orientation to the city and neighborhood.

Day 3: Meet for the daily orientation. We will learn about getting around town using public transportation, how to exchange currency, find and use the post office, locate the art supply and bookstores, and a few of the particulars of being in Bath. Your instructor will talk about the optional workshop and other exciting possibilities within the program.

We will have a brief overview of the history of the city, and its geography. Take bus to Bath, Tour the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Milson St., the Roman Bath, Pump Room and Bath Abbey. P.M., meet at Parade grounds for photography lecture. See photo studio.

Day 4: Take bus to Bath, Visit Roman Baths Museum and the Holburne Museumand Craft Studio. P.M., photo and art making at Bath.

Day 5: Orientation to Royal Photographic Society Darkrooms. Instructions on film development and printing. Non-photo students will meet for drawing instructions.

Day 6: Our first out-of-city excursion to the unspoiled county of Wiltshire to visit one of the most interesting megalithic monuments in Europe, the Stone Circles of Avebury. We will then continue on to Lacock National Trust Village. This preserved village keeps its 200 year old historical charm. Enjoy a lecture from Museum Curator Mike Gray. Return in late afternoon after tea at Castle Combe - voted the prettiest village in England.

Day 7: P.M., depending on the scheduled event, enjoy an evening at the Theatre Royal.

Day 8: Lecture by archivist Pam Roberts. P.M., visit Royal Crescent Museum, the Assembly Room, Museum of Costume and building of Bath museum.

Day 9: Second out of town excursion to the famous Prehistoric Stone circle of Stonehenge. We will continue on to Salisbury to visit its famous Cathedral. After lunch we stop at Stourhead, one of the first examples of 18th century landscape gardening in England.

Day 10: Full day in darkroom, drawing time and critique. Or free time.

Day 11: A day trip to Corsham Court, a Royal Manor of the Saxon Kings, which now contains a collection of 16th and 17th Italian and Flemish Master paintings. We will also see the garden and bath house.

Day 12: Full day in dark room, or at leisure.

Day 13: There will be a full day tour traveling around the Cotswolds. We will visit the charming villages of Bourton-On-The-Water and Stow-On-The-Wold. After lunch we will stop at he Prinknash Abbey on the return to Bath.

Day 14: Free Day.

Day 15: There will be a full day tour traveling around the Cotswolds. We will visit the charming villages of Bourton-On-The-Water and Stow-On-The-Wold. After lunch we will stop at he Prinknash Abbey on the return to Bath.

Day 16: This exciting day will take us to the city of Wells known as England smallest city where so many ancient buildings are still standing and put to their original use. Here we will see the Cathedral, Bishops Palace and Vicars Close: then on to Glastonbury-Cradle of English Christianity, see the Abbey and Tor. In the afternoon a drive through the famous Cheddar Gorge.

Day 17: All day in darkroom. Take departing 2 week people to airport-London. Pick up arriving 2 week people, bring to Bath. Orientation for new people.

Day 18: We will enjoy a full day at Exmoor National Park, renown for its natural beauty and seaside cliffs. We will also visit Devon Beach and Sidmouth. An excellent opportunity for landscape photography and drawing.

Day 19: Darkroom, or free time.

Day 20: Optional trip to Bristol, Clifton Suspension Bridge and the church of St.Mary Redcliffe.

Day 21: All day in darkroom. Last day in darkroom.

Day 22: Free day.

Day 23: Day trip to Thames Valley and see Windsor Castle, the primary residence of the queen and her family. Here we will see many highlights including St.George Chapel, the state apartments and the royal art collection.

Day 24: Today we will travel to Southern Wales to visit the well preserved 12th century Cardiff Castle. On the return trip we will stop to see the 2nd century Roman amphitheater at Caerlon, followed by a visit to the ruin of Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley.

Day 25: Final critiques. Last day in Bath. Clean rooms, pack.

Day 26: Leave by motorcoach for London and arrive at the university dorm for our 4 day stay. After unpacking and lunch we will visit St. Paul's Cathedral where we'll climb to the top of the dome to visit the Golden Gallery for a view and orientation of London. Other highlights we will see are the West Front and Towers and the Whispering Gallery.

Day 27: We start the day visiting the Tate Gallery with its outstanding collection of 20th century modern art and its magnificent Turner Bequest.P.M., visit Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

Day 28: A.M., Victoria and Albert Museum. P.M., Hyde Park.

Day 29: A.M., tour the National Gallery with its world famous paintings. P.M., the Royal Academy Summer Art Show or the British Museum.

Day 30: Fly back to USA. Arrive home the same day.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

We can book your flights for about $900.

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