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Members can now enjoy the experience of traveling the world with other members and like- minded individuals.

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council has partnered with Jackson Cultural Tours to offer travel opportunities to our membership and interested members of the community. By traveling with an experienced small group tour professional, you will benefit from:

  • Intimate groups of 12- 24 guests
  • Carefully Designed Itineraries with a Relaxed Pace of Travel
  • Hotels of Excellent Quality and Location
  • Experienced Tour Guides
  • Major Airline Service
  • Guaranteed Inclusive Tour Prices 

Why Travel Around the World?

OUR NEXT TOUR

Registration Form Here: London Tour 2017 Reservation Form

Panoramic picture of Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Bridge, London
England, Bath and Stratford upon Avon 

April 27 – May 11, 2017

Spring is a “Jolly Good Time” to go to England.  The flowers are blooming and the air is fresh.  Historically this is the land of Kings and Queens, poets and playwrights, a land of landscape painters and the birth place of the “Arts and Crafts Movement”.  

London is the center of the arts today with exciting concerts, opera companies, theatres and first class art galleries.  We will stay at the beautiful intimate four star Grange White Hall Hotel with a private English Garden.  The British Museum is just around the corner from the hotel.  It is located in Bloomsbury near Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line.  Bloomsbury is the former home of some of the elite writers of the English language such as Virginia Woolf.  The National Theatre is located on the South Bank and is one of the finest theatre companies in the world.  Some of the world’s best art collections are housed in The Tate Gallery (both traditional and modern) and the National Gallery as well as in the Victoria and Albert .  Well known actors can be seen in the small West End Theatres.

Bath, known for its restorative powers was once the home of Jane Austen in the early 19th century.  The Roman built baths are still in existence.  In the 17th Century, Bath became popular as the “spa town” with stunning Victorian architecture found in the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms all built with Bath stone, where Beau Nash presided over the city’s social life from 1705 until his death in 1761.  Bath Abbey was founded in the 7th century and became a religious centre; the building was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries.

Shakespeare is alive and well in Stratford upon Avon with museums and three theaters  performing his works.  Stratford, known as a “Market Town,” is a favorite place to shop.  In Stratford we will learn about the history of our language.  Included in our trip to Stratford is a journey through the scenic Cotswolds,  a visit to Oxford and the home of C S Lewis, noted author and theologian.   We will also include a visit to his favorite pub, Eagle and Child for lunch.

                                                                         Preliminary Itinerary
Thursday, April 27
Depart for London

Friday,  April 28 London
Arrival London Heathrow, clear customs, gather luggage, meet for coach departure to Grange White Hall, Russell Square,  Check into room.
4:30 meet in Lobby for walk around the Bloomsbury area
7:00 pm Group dinner at Grange Hotel or local restaurant

Saturday, April 29  London
Breakfast at hotel
Day Activities to be determined
Dinner on your own
Evening: evening free for theatre or concert

Sunday, April 30  London
Breakfast at hotel
9:30 am meet in lobby – taxi to Westminster Abbey, sit in the Choir 10:00 Sung Morning Service
Lunch on your own
Afternoon optional visit to British Museum
Evening free for concert (London Symphony at concert hall or chamber music at Wigmore Hall)

Monday, May 1 London
Breakfast at hotel
Day’s activities to be determined
Dinner on your own
Evening free for theatre or concert

Tuesday, May 2 London
Breakfast at hotel
    9:30 am meet in Lobby to go to Globe Theatre for tour
Sightseeing/shopping and lunch on your own
    Evening free for theatre or concert

Wednesday, May 3 London
Breakfast at hotel
Optional day trip to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court   
    Lunch on your own
Late afternoon arrival at hotel
Evening free for theatre or concert

Thursday, May 4  London
Breakfast at hotel
Free day in London
    7:00 Dinner and Meeting with Lady Kramer, a member of the House of Lords 

Friday, May 5  London/Stratford 
    Breakfast at hotel
9:30 Depart for Stratford upon Avon
    Visit C S Lewis home and area of Oxford – famous writer of The Lion, The Witch and 
        the Wardrobe
    Lunch on your own at the Eagle and Child Pub where the “Inklings” met
Arrival Stratford – Falcon Hotel 
Group Dinner at the hotel – possible performance at Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Saturday May 6 Stratford 
Breakfast at hotel
    9:30 morning visit Anne Hathaway Cottage and Mary Arden Farm
Afternoon free for shopping in Stratford – excellent place to shop
Group Dinner at Hotel   –  possible performance at Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Sunday May 7 Stratford 
Breakfast at hotel
    9:30 morning drive to Coventry Cathedral to see bombed ruins of old cathedral and the adjacent modern cathedral
Afternoon return to Stratford and rest of day free to explore the village
Dinner on your own  with evening free

Monday May 8 Bath 
 Breakfast at hotel
9:30 departure to Bath with sightseeing in Cotswolds on the way
Lunch in small village (not included)
Late afternoon arrival Bath Royal Hotel 
Group dinner at the hotel

Tuesday May 9 Bath 
Breakfast at hotel
9:30 sightseeing at Royal Baths 
    Lunch in the Pump Room
Afternoon free for sightseeing or shopping
Group dinner at hotel –  evening free

Wednesday May 10 Bath
Breakfast at hotel
    9:30 depart Bath for Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral
Lunch on your own
Late afternoon return to Bath
Farewell dinner at place to be selected

Thursday May 11 United States or extend your stay in Europe
    Breakfast at hotel
10:30 am  departure for Heathrow for flight home

  Tour Includes: 
   7 nights London, 3 nights Stratford upon Avon, 3 nights Bath
   Full English Breakfast daily 
   7 Dinners and one lunch with drinks included
   Sightseeing with local guides as noted in the Itinerary
   Coach Transportation to and from airport in London (if traveling with the group) and trip out of London
   Lectures as noted in the Itinerary
   All tips for luggage, meals and sightseeing
   Two pre-departure meetings 

Tour Cost
All costs are based on the exchange rate of May 10, 2016 and include all land arrangements as noted in the itinerary.  
Per Person Double occupancy: $2795   Single Supplement: $1290.00
A deposit of $500 is required to secure a place on the tour.  
Deposit: $500 per person by September 15, 2016 
Second Payment:  $1950 due no later than November  15, 2016
Final Payment:  $345 due no later than February 15, 2017
 Travel Insurance is highly recommended.  
Tour Directors 
Dr Dennis Jackson,  Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado, Boulder, has lead tours to London, New York, Vienna and Munich for over 25 years.  He has also lived in London.

Karen Burghart is the Executive Director of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council.  She has previously served the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council as a board member and president for five years, and has worked as a non-profit development executive for several other nonprofit organizations.

Jackson Cultural tours is a Colorado registered travel company.                                                       Colorado ID# 20151808459 

 

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