This tour introduces group members to sites associated with a broad range of the best of English writers and takes you to some of the less visited corners of England as well as popular areas such as Stratford and the Lake District.
There are too many literary sights to see in one trip so, if this one does not include all of your "must see" places, tell us and we will design an itinerary just to suit your group.
Day 1 IN FLIGHT
Depart the USA for London
Day 2 ARRIVE IN LONDON – JANE AUSTEN DAY – SALISBURY (2 nights)
Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, the house where she died in Winchester (outside only), her grave in Winchester Cathedral. Reading from one of her books in Chawton.
Day 3 THOMAS HARDY DAY
Hardy’s birthplace cottage, his grave, Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, lunch in King’s Arms (Mayor of Casterbridge), Bere Regis church (Turbeville graves), Hardy reading
Day 4 SALISBURY – STONEHENGE – STRATFORD (3 nights)
Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Anne Hathaway’s cottage
Day 5 OXFORD
Blenheim Palace, Walking tour of Oxford including entry into Christ Church College and cathedral, Bodleian Library, Blackwell’s bookshop in addition to other places of your choice
Day 6 STRATFORD – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE DAY
Walking tour of Stratford including admission to Shakespeare’s birthplace, backstage tour of the RSC theatre and Holy Trinity church (his grave). Mary Arden’s (his mother) house including falconry exhibition. Tickets to the RSC theatre. Shakespeare reading
Day 7 STRATFORD – LICHFIELD - LAKE DISTRICT (1 night)
Dr.Johnson’s house, Dove Cottage (Wordsworth’s house), Aira Force for Wordsworth reading
Day 8 LAKE DISTRICT – HAWORTH – PENNINES (1 night)
Rydal Mount (Another of Wordsworth’s homes), Bronte parsonage, St. Michael’s church (Bronte graves), walk on the moor for reading from Wuthering Heights
Day 9 PENNINES – EASTWOOD – LONDON (3 nights) D.H.LAWRENCE DAY
Lawrence birthplace and walking trail, British Museum
Day 10 LONDON
Westminster Abbey, British Library, National Portrait Gallery
Day 11 SOUTH-EAST ENGLAND DAY TRIP
Dickens’ House in Rochester, Kipling’s House at Burwash and Virginia Woolf’s "Knole House"
Day 12 DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport for flight back to the USA
This is a suggested itinerary to provoke discussion. Please ask us to make any amendments that you wish so that we may offer you a tour to meet your group's needs exactly..