Discover the true character of England’s town and country life in historic Oxford and the picturesque Cotswolds. Call on stunning Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; tour Victorian Highclere Castle, made famous on the beloved television series Downton Abbey; visit Stratford-upon-Avon; and hear about contemporary life from the locals.
Meet Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill during a Private Tour!
Richard Wagner, Ph.D., AIA, is founding director and professor, Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program at Goucher College. He is also principal with David H. Gleason Associates, Inc., Architects where he specializes in historic preservation and rehabilitation projects. He earned his Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Edinburgh and his B.Arch. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Wagner previously served as Urban Program Manager and Director of Special Initiatives for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. He is currently a member of the Maryland Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and founder and board member, College Park City/University Partnership, a development corporation. Dr Wagner also holds appointment as research professor in historic preservation at The George Washington University.
1 Depart the U.S.
2 London, England/Cambridge (r)
◆◆ Check into the Five-Star Hilton Cambridge City Centre.
3 Cambridge (b)
◆◆Walking tour, visits to Emmanuel College, Wren Chapel and King’s College Chapel.
Cultural Enrichment: ◆◆ Coffee break in the famous Eagle Pub.
4 Cambridge (b,l)
◆◆ Visit to the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.
Cultural Enrichment: ◆◆ Visit to the Taylor-Schechter Cairo Genizah Collection.
5 Cambridge/Bletchley Park/Oxford
(b,l) ◆◆ Check into the Five-Star Macdonald Randolph Hotel.
Cultural Enrichment: ◆◆ Tour of Bletchley Park.
6 Oxford (b,d)
◆◆Walking tour of Oxford and its colleges.
Cultural Enrichment: ◆◆ Town & Country Life® Forum.
7 Oxford/Highclere Castle/Bampton (b)
Cultural Enrichments: ◆◆ Visit to Highclere Castle, the authentic country house featured in Downton Abbey.
◆◆ Visit to Bampton, a pastoral village filming location for Downton Abbey.
8 Oxford/Cotswolds/Blenheim Palace /Bladon (b,l,d)
◆◆ Privately guided tour of Blenheim Palace.
◆◆ Visit to Sir Winston Churchill’s grave in Bladon.
Cultural Enrichments: ◆◆ Excursion to Costwold villages of Burford and Bibury.
◆◆ Exclusive welcome by Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill in Blenheim Palace.
◆◆ Private luncheon in Blenheim Palace.
◆◆ Traditional Formal Hall Farewell Dinner.
9 Oxford/Check out of hotel/London (b)
Post-Program London Option* or ◆◆ Return to the U.S.
* Available at additional cost.