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Windsor Castle Bath Lacock Village Oxford Stratford-upon-Avon Blenheim Palace Tower of London Paris
Tower of London
Have you always dreamed of a trip to Britain? It is the land of royalty, castles, Shakespeare, and Harry Potter. You are invited to join Holly Sallee and Taree McGee, friends and family of McKendree Alumni Association for a fun, cultural tour. As a special bonus, there’s an optional 3-day post-tour to Paris!
Highlights of the tour include:
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, July 6, 2018: Fly
Group flights will be available from St. Louis, but travelers can also make their own travel arrangements once the tour is a guaranteed departure. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday. July 7, 2018: Windsor, Oxford
On arrival at Heathrow Airport, our expert Blue Badge accredited tour director will welcome us to the UK. We will drive to nearby Windsor and have free time for coffee or an early lunch. In the afternoon we will tour Windsor Castle, including St. George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s dollhouse. We will continue on to Oxford and check-in to our hotel. Tonight’s Welcome Dinner includes a glass of wine. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, July 8, 2018: Bath, Lacock, Oxford
Today’s day trip begins with a visit to Bath, one of the most attractive cities in England. We will tour the Jane Austen Museum, and see the elegant Royal Crescent. We will also tour the Roman Bath Museum. On our way back to Oxford we will stop in Lacock, a quintessential English village. The village’s most famous appearances include ‘Downton Abbey’, the BBC’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Cranford’, and the film ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’. We will dine in a traditional local pub, then return to our hotel in Oxford. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, July 9, 2018: Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon
Our tour director will take us on a walking tour of Oxford this morning, including the magnificent cathedral. We will drive through the scenic Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon. After checking-in our hotel, we will have an early dinner and watch a live Shakespeare play (tickets are included). (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Warwick, Oxford
We have a morning excursion to nearby Warwick Castle, a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It’s now a family-friendly attraction, including a life-size trebuchet, and wax-work exhibits including a Victorian week-end party, and a Kingmaker battle scene. We will return to Stratford and tour the Shakespeare Birth House and Trinity Church. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Blenheim, London
We will visit one of England’s most impressive stately homes today, which was also the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace houses a large art collection and has magnificent gardens designed by “Capability” Brown, including scenic walking trails. Our bus will take us to our London hotel and we will attend a London Show this evening (tickets included). (B/D)
Day 7: Thursday, July 12, 2018: London
Our guided morning tour will include Westminster Abbey, the site of many royal coronations. We will see the Houses of Parliament, and the tower housing “Big Ben”. The bell is undergoing repairs, so it has been silent for 4 years. Yesterday we saw Churchill’s birthplace, and now we will visit his War Rooms, and learn more about his historic role. We will watch the Changing of the Guard by Buckingham Palace, then have a delicious Afternoon Tea at the Goring Hotel, which is a favorite of the Royal Family. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B/AT)
Day 8: Friday, July 13, 2018: London
After breakfast, we begin with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, a marvelous building designed by Sir Christopher Wren and recently renovated to its former splendor. The Tower has a fascinating and rather grisly history and we will hear about the various inhabitants through the centuries. We will also see the glittering Crown Jewels. After the tour, we will take a ride on the Thames back to Westminster. We will end the tour with dinner in a restaurant, followed by a ride on the London Eye, giving us a panoramic view of London. (B/D)
Day 9: Saturday, July 14, 2018: London
Those returning to the USA will transfer to the airport. (B)
Day 9: Saturday, July 14, 2018: London, Paris
After breakfast, we will transfer to St. Pancreas Station and check-in for our 1st class Eurostar train ride to Paris. When we arrive in Paris, we will board our bus for a half-day orientation tour ending at our hotel by the Eiffel Tower. We will dine in a restaurant, then take an evening cruise to see Paris at night. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, July 15, 2018: Paris
Today is a free day to explore Paris at leisure. We will have a 2-day Paris Pass which includes entry to 60+ museums and monuments, and unlimited use of the public transport system. Taree is available to escort anyone who would like to see Paris highlights with a group. (B)
Day 11: Monday, July 16. 2018: Paris
We have a free morning to explore Paris. In the afternoon we will have a guided walking tour including Notre Dame, and an inside visit to the Louvre. We will end the day with dinner with wine in Montmartre. (B/D)
Day 12: Tuesday, July 17, 2018: Return
We will transfer to the airport for our flights to the USA.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to slight changes
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
July 7-8, 2018
Harte & Garter Hotel
31 High St
Windsor SL4 1PQ
July 8-9, 2018
Hawkwell House Hotel
Oxford OX4 4DZ,
July 9-11, 2018
Crowne Plaza Stratford-Upon-Avon
Stratford-Upon-Avon CV37 6YR |
July 11-14, 2018
Millennium Gloucester Hotel
4-18 Harrington Gardens
London SW7 4LH
July 14-17, 2018
Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
20 rue Jean Rey
Group flights have been arranged from St. Louis. If you would like to arrange your own flight, please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking. We can either assist you with flights or you can book your own. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it. If you arrive at a different time than the group, we can arrange a transfer to Windsor (not included in tour price).
|BA 194||April 1/2||Houston||London||4:10 PM||7:25 AM|
|BA 1438||April 2||London||Edinburgh||9:15 AM||10:40 AM|
|BA 195||April 12||Heathrow||Houston||10:00 AM||2:25 PM|
|AA 1831||April 19||St. Louis||Charlotte||11:01 AM||1:53 PM|
|AA 786||April 19/20||Charlotte||Paris||4:45 PM||6:55 AM|
|AA 787||April 25||Paris||Charlotte||1:00 PM||4:20 PM|
|AA 5519||April 25||Charlotte||St. Louis||6:00 PM||6:55 PM|
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants.
Land-only price is $2,999. The Paris extension is $900 per person.
• Round-trip flights from St. Louis ($1,200 including taxes and fees)
• Land Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
• 1st class train tickets from London to Paris (for those on the extension)
• Accommodations (twin/double occupancy) in 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Blue Badge Guides in London and local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• All transfers, as a group
• All taxes and tips
• Basic passenger trip cancellation insurance (Upgrade available from $205)
• Extension to Paris ($900)
• Single supplement ($800 England, $200 Paris)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. (Passports must be valid for six months beyond return date.)
Please make checks payable to “Reformation Tours” send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222. You can pay by installments. If you would like to pay by credit card (3.5% surcharge), please call (800) 303-5534.
• Deposit of $350, and submitted reservation form, will secure your place on the tour
• Final invoices will be sent in March 2018
• Final payment is due by April 22, 2018
• Reservations will be accepted after April 22, 2018, subject to availability, and must be paid in full
Starting in 2018, we are switching to the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. This will be automatically added to your invoice.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure: $100
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab or click here to download the form.
You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card.
Starting in 2018, we are switching to the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. This will be automatically added to your invoice..
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