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Tuesday, September 17
Arriving in London after your overnight flight, you will travel from Gatwick or Heathrow Airport by motor coach to The Langham, where you will enjoy quintessentially British accommodations at one of the city’s most prestigious hotels. Use your free time to unpack, unwind, enjoy the amenities of The Langham Club floor, and have lunch on your own either at the hotel or in one of the many nearby restaurants. Enjoy an afternoon exploring London, and in the evening, get to know your fellow travelers at our reception and dinner at The Langham.
Wednesday, September 18
After breakfast at the hotel—all breakfasts are included on this trip—we depart for a morning tour of London’s West End and Buckingham Palace. This is the only time of the year that Buckingham Palace is open to visitors, and there is always a special exhibition. This fall, the subject of the exhibit is the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation. At the heart of the exhibition will be Her Majesty’s spectacular Coronation Dress and the Coronation Robe, richly embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. Works of art connected with the Coronation are brought together for the first time since 1953. Enjoy lunch on your own and a free afternoon and evening in one of the world’s most exciting cities. After dinner on your own, we leave from The Langham for an evening tour of the City of London and the Tower of London. Escorted by the Yeoman Warder, our time at the Tower of London ends with the Ceremony of the Keys. We return to The Langham where we spend our second night.
Thursday, September 19
Kent—Groombridge Place and Squerryes
We travel to Groombridge Place, which served as Longbourne in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. Groombridge Place is a privately owned moated manor house in the village of Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells in Kent and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. It is noted for its formal gardens, vineyards, and a bird of prey sanctuary, and our time at Groombridge Place will focus on these gardens—the Knot Garden, the Secret Garden, the White Rose Garden, and the Oriental Garden, to name just a few. After exploring the gardens, we have lunch and continue to our next venue in Kent, Squerryes, for a private tour. Squerryes is a beautiful seventeenth-century manor house which has been the Warde family home since 1731. It is surrounded by attractive gardens with fine views and was a location for the Masterpiece Classic version of Emma. We then return to London for dinner on your own (The Langham Club has a wonderful lounge that serves heavy hors d’oeuvres in the evening if you do not feel like venturing out into the city). To top off your day, in the late afternoon/early evening enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of London and a glass of champagne aboard the 442-feet-high EDF Energy London Eye, the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.
Friday, September 20
Wilton House and Bath
After three nights at The Langham, we leave London and head for Bath. On the way, we stop in Wilton near Salisbury. By special permission from the Earl of Pembroke, who is providing us with one of the highlights of the trip, we are able to take a private tour of Wilton House. The house, which stands on the site of a ninth-century nunnery founded by King Alfred, contains many splendid State Rooms, including the magnificent Double Cube room, which contains a world-famous collection of van Dyck paintings. This room, among others, has offered producers the perfect setting for programs such as Sense and Sensibility, Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown, Pride and Prejudice, and films such as The Madness of King George and The Young Victoria. After leaving Wilton House, we make our way to Bath and check in at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel. A box lunch and dinner are included today.
Saturday, September 21
Wales and Wiltshire
After breakfast, we escape Bath for a side trip to Wales to visit Tredegar House, the location for many television series and films—Dr. Who, Sherlock, and Upstairs Downstairs. Lunch is served at Tredegar Brewhouse tea room. In the afternoon, we visit Lacock, whose houses date from the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. This is a village that is mostly owned by the National Trust. Street scenes have been shot here for Cranford, Moll Flanders, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter. We will also stroll around the eighteenth-century Lacock Abbey before returning to Bath for dinner and an evening on your own.
Sunday, September 22
Wiltshire—Stourhead Gardens and Great Chalfield Manor
On this Sunday morning, we take a stroll in Stourhead Gardens, perhaps the finest example of an eighteenth-century landscape garden in England, complete with classical temples, a tranquil lake, and Gothic follies. The Temple of Apollo was used during Elizabeth and Darcy’s encounter in the rain in the recent film version of Pride and Prejudice. After lunch at the restaurant near the gardens, we head to Great Chalfield Manor, setting for Persuasion, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Daughters and Wives. This beautiful medieval manor sits in peaceful countryside. We will cross the upper moat, passing barns, a gatehouse, and a delightful parish church, and enjoy fine oriel windows and the soldiers, griffons, and monkey adorning the rooftops. The romantic gardens offer terraces, topiary houses, gazebo, lily pond, roses, and views across the spring-fed fishpond. We return to Bath for a free evening and dinner on your own in the city where Jane Austen set so many of her novels.
Monday, September 23
Bath and Oxford
Today we enjoy a morning at leisure in Bath, where Vanity Fair, Persuasion, The Duchess, Dracula, Northanger Abbey, and Bertie and Elizabeth were filmed. You might want to take a walking tour of the places where Jane Austen lived and visited, and see her various homes in Bath, the church where her parents were married, and the places made famous in her novels. Persuasion was filmed at the grand Assembly Rooms. The famous Roman Baths and the Georgian Pump Rooms are legendary and well worth a visit. After lunch on your own, we leave the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel and journey to Oxford. On the way, we stop at Dyrham Park, which was a location for Remains of the Day, Servants, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Wives and Daughters. Set in a beautiful Gloucestershire valley and surrounded by 272 acres (110 hectares) of garden and rolling parkland, Dyrham Park is a grand baroque house with spectacular sweeping views toward Bristol. It was designed by Talman for William Blathwayt, Secretary at War during the reign of William III, and is surrounded by an ancient deer park near the village of Dyrham in Gloucestershire. Later that afternoon, we arrive in Oxford and check into the Macdonald Randolph Hotel, where we enjoy dinner that evening at the hotel.
Tuesday, September 24
After breakfast, we depart for a drive through the picturesque English Cotswolds villages—Little Rissington (Memphis Belle), Stow-on-the-Wold (The Mayor of Casterbridge), and Stanway House and
Gardens (The Buccaneers, Vanity Fair, Emma). Lunch is included, and after lunch we have a connoisseur tour of Sudeley Castle, another location for Emma. On our way back to the hotel, we stop in Bampton where you will recognize the church, the Crawley’s house, and the post office from Downton Abbey. Enjoy dinner on your own and a free evening in Oxford.
Wednesday, September 25
Oxford, Highclere Castle, and London
Spend the morning exploring Oxford after a visit to Christ Church College for a behind-the-scenes tour, which includes the eating room where Harry Potter was filmed. Before leaving Oxford, enjoy lunch on your own before heading to tea and homemade biscuits on our arrival at Highclere Castle. Highclere Castle has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679 and more recently made famous as the setting
for Downton Abbey. The castle was also Totleigh Towers in Jeeves and Wooster and appeared in Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw. The castle also has intriguing connections with the mysteries of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Our group will enjoy a private tour of Highclere outside of public opening dates, touring the Main State Rooms and the Egyptology exhibition in the castle cellars. After spending the afternoon at Highclere, we find our way back to The Langham and our final reception, dinner, and evening in London.
Thursday, September 26
We regretfully return to the United States.
*Itinerary is subject to change.