The London Theatre! Educational Tour
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The London Theatre!

9 Days London 7

Accommodations

Accommodations in centrally-located three-star or four-star hotels. Rooming on a triple basis. Double rooms: $280 per person.

Transportation

Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline.

Meals

All breakfasts. All dinners. Fish 'n' Chips dinner on Day 6. Dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon on Day 7. Carvery dinner on Day 8.

Guides

Services of a specially-trained passports Tour Director throughout.

Inclusions

Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.

Travel Protection

passports provides and pays for a Post Departure Travel Protection Plan that includes coverage for Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expense and Evacuation and more.

Days 1-2: Arrival London

Arrival transfer

Day 3: London

London City Sightseeing: Local guide

British Museum

West End Theatre Performance

Day 4: London

Excursion to Windsor Castle

West End Theatre Performance

Day 5: London

Optional Excursion to Bath and Stonehenge: Tour director-led walking tour in Bath, Visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room

Optional Medieval Banquet at the Beefeater by the Tower

Day 6: London

Globe Theatre Workshop

Guided tour of the Globe Theatre and visit to the Globe Theatre Exhibition

Fish 'n' Chips dinner

Day 7: London

Excursion to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon with RSC Performance: Visit to Oxford University and one of the colleges, Visits to Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company

Day 8: London

Optional London Eye

Carvery dinner

Day 9: Departure

Departure transfer

Days 1-2: Arrival

You head east, into a short night, and suddenly it's morning, and you're in England. Londontown: the hub and focus for theatergoers worldwide!

Settle into your hotel, then venture into your surroundings. Red, double-decker buses groan along the "wrong" side of the road, escorted by innumerable black taxicabs with engines that sound like sewing machines.

Day 3: London City Sightseeing, British Museum, West End Theatre

Enjoy a tour of the sights and sounds of the British capital. See such sights as St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Kensington, and Trafalgar Square.

Local guide

A local guide will accompany your group.

British Museum

Enjoy a visit to the world's oldest public museum, established in 1753, which has been splendidly renovated and has no admission fee. It houses countless treasures of ancient and modern civilizations, including Oriental ceramics. Sculptures from two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are on display along with the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, an important collection of Roman artifacts, and so much more.

West End Theatre

Attend a performance at a West End venue. In London you can find anything you're looking for, from classical drama to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Perhaps a good tear-jerker?

Day 4: Excursion to Windsor, West End Theatre

Head to the town of Windsor, the location of royal residences for almost one thousand years, ever since William the Conqueror settled there in 1070.

A visit to Windsor Castle includes the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House (a palace-within-a-palace with functioning lights, running water and Lilliputian-size books written by famous authors of the 1920s) and St. George's Chapel, one of the country's finest churches in the typically English style known as Perpendicular Gothic.

Free time in London

Consider a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum (free admission), which was intended as a teaching museum and houses more than 4 million objects spanning 2,000 years. It's widely regarded as one of the world's most important museums of decorative arts. Its Theatre and Performance Gallery displays the collection of props, costumes and playbills previously exhibited at the former Theatre Museum, as well as documents on rock and pop music.

West End Theatre

The London theatre scene is unmatched in Europe, from classical drama to Shakespeare, from whodunnits to musicals. Tonight, enjoy a West End theatre performance.

Day 5: London, Optional Excursion to Bath and Stonehenge, Optional Medieval Banquet

Plan your free time or consider an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion to Bath and Stonehenge

Today's excursion brings you to the elegant city of Bath to admire its Georgian splendor, in particular the beautiful rows of honey-colored stone houses, arranged in graceful curves, that are known as the Royal Crescent and the Circus.

Tour director-led walking tour in Bath

A walking tour with your courier introduces landmarks such as the 15th-century abbey and the 18th-century Pulteney Bridge, lined with shops.

Visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room

Visit the thermal springs that had brought fame, long before their arrival, to the settlement the Romans called Aquae Sulis. The baths and temple complex they built on the site of the "Waters of the Goddess Sulis" have endured to our time. Measuring over 900 feet in length, with a width of 350 feet, their remains are among the best examples of Roman architecture in England. A notable addition is the 18th-century Pump Room, which is also included in the visit.

Visit to Stonehenge

Learn about the origins of this colossal structure erected between 2,000 BC and 1,500 BC. Hear how the immense blocks of stone were transported to this site and speculate about the religious customs of these prehistoric builders, who possessed a sophisticated understanding of arithmetic and astronomy.

Optional Medieval Banquet at the Beefeater by the Tower

This evening, you will attend a Medieval Banquet, served by costumed hosts with Falstaffian good cheer. Revel!

Day 6: London, Globe Theatre Workshop, Globe Exhibition and Theatre, Fish 'n' Chips Dinner

Enjoy some free time this morning.

Globe Theatre Workshop

You will meet and work with real Shakespearean actors and actresses at a Globe Theatre Workshop.

Guided tour of the Globe Theatre and visit to the Globe Theatre Exhibition

Follow a guide through the Globe Theatre for an inside look at the replica of Shakespeare's "Great Wooden O".

Visit the Globe Theatre Exhibition, which illustrates the history and reconstruction of the round theatre, with materials and techniques used 400 years ago.

Fish 'n' Chips dinner

Enjoy a real fish 'n' chips dinner tonight.

Day 7: Excursion to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon with RSC Performance

An excursion today takes you into Shakespeare's countryside.

Visit to Oxford University and one of the colleges

Images of ornate Gothic spires and professors on bicycles will etch your memory and camera film. A visit is included to one of the colleges, such as Christ Church, where visitors can see the stained-glass window depicting Alice in Wonderland, the charming creation of one of Christ Church's most famous professors, Lewis Carroll.

Visits to Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Visit the main landmarks in Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace, on Henley Street, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the romantic thatched-roof dwelling on the outskirts of town where Shakespeare courted Anne before their marriage in 1582.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre performance

Enjoy a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hear it the way he wrote it! Thrills and chills up and down your spine, here in Merry Old England.

Day 8: London, Optional London Eye, Carvery Dinner

Interested travelers may want to take a riverboat to Greenwich to walk along the Prime Meridian. There are museums there as well: the Old Royal Observatory with its display of inventions and instruments that marked the advent of modern science, and the National Maritime Museum with the world's largest exhibit of ship models, naval instruments and maps. Nearby are anchored the clipper ship Cutty Sark (one of the fastest vessels of her time when launched in 1869) and Gipsy Moth IV, the 53-foot ketch which Sir Francis Chichester sailed solo around the world in 1966.

Take a walk down Oxford Street, London's well-known shopping street, renowned for its fashion boutiques and large department stores, such as Selfridges and John Lewis. The flagship store of the Marks and Spencer chain is situated nearby.

Optional London Eye

Enjoy a ride on one of the world's top ten Ferris wheels. It's magnificently situated by the River Thames, across from the Houses of Parliament. Revolving slowly above the London skyline, this "Millennium Wheel" takes visitors on a unique ride over England's capital city.

Carvery dinner

A traditional Carvery Dinner is included tonight. Most commonly found in pubs and hotels, a Carvery is a typical Sunday-style dinner, served any day of the week, with meat sliced to order and sides that usually include gravy and Yorkshire pudding.

Day 9: Departure

With images of your journey still vivid in your mind, race the sun westward aboard your wide-bodied jet. Write down what you remember best. You'll be home before you know it, eager to share your discoveries with family and friends.

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