Dates: July 22 - August 3, 2014
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
A Literary Tour of England with Rainy Day Books
July 22 – August 3, 2014
Proposed Itinerary: (subject to change based on availability)
An 11-night trip showcasing London and the English countryside discovering great English authors of the past and meeting today’s popular authors in exclusive, intimate dinner settings!
- Arrive in London and travel to Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, via coach. Arrive in Oxford and on the to 5-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel, located in the city center. Oxford’s history is rich with a plethora of renowned authors who attended or taught at the University, including, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, among many others.
- Possible optional tours may include an Author dinner at the Randolph Hotel
- Walking tour of Oxford’s historic sites including the University precincts
- Daytrip outside of Oxford to Blenheim Palace, the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough
- Pub crawl of Oxford’s most historic and fun pubs including the Eagle & Child, the former hangout of the Inklings – Lews and Tolkein
- Venture into the heart of England, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as the Cotswolds region. Our stay for the next 3 nights will be at the 4-Star Dormy House Hotel & Spa
- Visit lovely Cotswold villages such as Bourton-on-the Water and Stow-on-the-Would
- Stop at an impressive garden such as Hidcote Manor Gardens or Prince Charles’ spectacular gardens at Highgrove
- Visit historic Sudeley Castle, former home and burial site of Queen Katherine Parr (sixth wife of Henry VIII)
- Daytrip to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace (and burial site) of the famous bard, William Shakespeare
- Possible Author Dinner in a gorgeous setting such as the Wesley House, a restaurant and inn dating back to the 16th century located on High Street in Winchcombe
- Depart the Cotswolds and journey to the magical book lover’s town of Hay-on-Whe.
- Afternoon arrival in the glittering city of Bath and to a two night stay at the 3-Star Best Western Abbey Hotel, a building dating back to the 1699 and located in the heart of the city within easy walking distance to many of the city’s renowned sites. The Abbey Hotel is also home to the Allium Brasserie boasting new head chef Chris Staines, formally of the Michelin-starred Foilage in London
- A full day to explore Bath
- A walking tour emphasizing the city’s Jane Austen connection and time for tea in the Georgian Pump Room
- Depart Bath and travel through the Salisbury Plain area with a stop at Stonehenge. A comprehensive guided tour of this prehistoric site is included
- Visit the famous Salisbury Cathedral boasting the tallest spire of any church in England
- Travel to England’s historic capitol of London and the 4-star luxury hotel, The Rubens at the Palace.
July 31-August 2:
- World War II London Tour – visit the Imperial War Museum and Churchill’s bunker
- Venture outside of London to visit Windsor Castle
- Guided tours of Westminster Abbey, highlights of the British Museum and the treasures found at the British Library
- Guided tour of the Tower of London and Britain’s fantastic royal jewels
- A champagne toast aboard the famous London Eye!
- A final Author Dinner to top off this magnificent trip for the final evening in London!