The unspoilt nature of England lies in its idyllic university towns, pastoral villages and picturesque countrysides. Enjoy this extraordinary opportunity to travel to the university town of Oxford and through the Cotswold region, discovering the true character of England’s town and country life. Spend one night in the Five-Star Macdonald Windsor Hotel just steps away from Windsor Castle, and three nights each in a charming Cotswold village and in the Five-Star landmark Macdonald Randolph Hotel, surrounded by the fabled college quads of Oxford University. Visit the stunning Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Uncover the history behind Victorian Highclere Castle, also known as “Downton Abbey.” See William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has been a frequent speaker on international study tours for 20 years. Her research and lectures on the history of Western architecture have taken her to Italy, Turkey, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa numerous times. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and Hunter College and a Lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Gail also volunteers her time as an architectural historian at New York City’s historic City Hall and Tweed Courthouse. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society of Architectural Historians.
1 Depart the U.S.
2 London, England/Windsor
3 Windsor/Broadway, Cotswolds
4 Broadway/Stow-on-the-Wold/Chipping Campden/Stratford-upon-Avon
8 Oxford/“Downton Abbey” (Highclere Castle)/Bampton/Oxford
9 Oxford/London/Return to the U.S.