Write About England
This is a 10 day tour visiting most of the favourite literary places of interest in the southern half of England.
Special emphasis is on Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and William Shakespeare, although many other writers are touched upon as well.
If you feel that you would like to stay for another day, perhaps a visit to Canterbury would fit in well. Why not ask your group to write a "tale" each with the group listening to one each evening?
We would be delighted to accommodate this idea or any of your own into your tour.
Day 1 IN FLIGHT
Depart USA for London
Day 2 ARRIVE IN LONDON – JANE AUSTEN DAY – SALISBURY (3 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)
Day 4 STONEHENGE AND BATH
Stonehenge, Roman Baths, Jane Austen Centre
Day 5 SALISBURY – OXFORD – STRATFORD (2 nights)
Salisbury Cathedral, 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 – LONDON (3 nights)
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, British Museum
Day 8 LONDON
Westminster Abbey, British Library, Globe Theatre tour (acting workshop available), Theatre tickets to West End production of your choice
Day 9 SOUTH-EAST ENGLAND DAY TRIP
Dickens’ House in Rochester, Kipling’s House at Burwash and Virginia Woolf’s "Knole House"
Day 10 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.