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Roman Baths in Bath
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
You are invited to join Dr. Benson Fraser for a travel and educational experience studying C. S. Lewis and the Inklings in Oxford England. While staying at the exclusive Randolph Hotel in Oxford, we will immerse ourselves in the city of Oxford and the surrounding area in order to learn and enjoy how the culture and land influenced Lewis and the Inklings. The leisurely tour will include the opportunity to learn more about C. S. Lewis and his favorite places in Oxford and the area immediately surrounding this amazing city. Join us for an enjoyable, educational and empowering experience.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
Day 1: Thursday, May 28, 2020: Departure
We will leave Norfolk, VA for our overnight flights to London. (IF)
Day 2: Friday, May 29, 2020: Arrival, Windsor, Oxford
On arrival in Heathrow, we will board our bus and depart for Windsor for a visit to the castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. We will visit the State Rooms and St. George’s Chapel. After our visit, we will continue on to Oxford and check in to the Randolph Hotel, our base for the entire tour. We will dine in the hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, May 30, 2020: Oxford, The Kilns
After a relaxed breakfast, we will have a guided walking tour of this ancient university town including a visit to Christ Church College. Christ Church is the essential place to visit in Oxford. Two of its famous landmarks, Tom Tower, by Christopher Wren, and Oxford’s Cathedral spire, contribute to the city’s celebrated skyline. Many famous writers and poets are also associated with the college, including Lewis Carroll, W.H. Auden, and John Locke.
This afternoon we will visit C. S. Lewis’ home, The Kilns (subject to availability.) C. S. Lewis lived in the Kilns in Headington with his brother and we will tour his home. This is now the C. S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns and is a place of Christian hospitality, study, reflection, and learned conversation between Christian scholars, artists, and laity the world over. We will also visit Holy Trinity Church nearby where the Lewis brothers worshipped for over 30 years. Inside the church, designed by the celebrated architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, we will see the Narnia Window. (B)
Day 4: Sunday, May 31, 2020: Buscot Park, Oxford
The morning will be at leisure to allow time to attend church. In the early afternoon, we will have a tour of Buscot Park, located near the town of Faringdon. Buscot Park is the family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks after the property on behalf of the National Trust, as well as the family collection of pictures, furniture, ceramics, and objets d’art, known as the Faringdon Collection, which is displayed in the house. We will return to Oxford and attend Evensong at 6 PM, followed by dinner at the Trout Pub. (B/D)
Day 5: Monday, June 1, 2020: Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford
Today’s day trip will begin with a visit to Stonehenge. Lying prominently on the flat Salisbury plains, Stonehenge is Britain’s (possibly Europe’s) most important prehistoric monument. The standing stones are anywhere between three and four thousand years old, their purpose now largely obscured by time. It is known that some of the stones were brought in from as far away as Wales. We will continue on to Bath, where we will visit the Crescent, the Jane Austen Museum, and the Roman Baths. We’ll end our tour with Afternoon Cream Tea in the Pump Rooms. (B/AT)
Day 6: Tuesday, June 2, 2020: Stratford-upon-Avon, Bibury, Oxford
This morning we will travel up to Stratford-upon-Avon, the town where Shakespeare was born in 1564. The guided tour will include his Birthplace in the heart of the old town, as well as the Church of the Holy Trinity, where Shakespeare’s baptism and burial are recorded, and where he and his family are buried. There will be free time afterward to purchase lunch and for independent shopping and sightseeing. Tickets can be arranged for a matinee if there’s a suitable one on offer. We will then visit Bibury, a charming, typically Cotswold village. Bibury was once described by William Morris as “the most beautiful village in England.” While here we will also see the much-photographed Arlington Row cottages, which are quintessentially Cotswolds! (B)
Day 7: Wednesday, June 3, 2020: Oxford
Today will be a relaxing morning in Oxford. Options will include visits to Oxford Colleges, the Ashmolean Museum, Botanical Gardens, Natural History Museum, Pitt Rivers, etc. In the afternoon, we will have a C. S. Lewis-themed walking tour including an inside visit to Magdalen College, Addison’s Walk, and the Bodleian Library. Dinner will be in the Eagle and Child Pub. (B/D)
Day 8: Thursday, June 4, 2020: Blenheim Palace, Oxford
Blenheim Palace is the stately home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The magnificent palace was the masterpiece of John Vanbrugh and the extensive grounds were landscaped by ‘Capability Brown.’ We will tour the Palace, Park, and Gardens at our leisure. We will dine together in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 9: Friday, June 5, 2020: Return
A group transfer will be provided to Heathrow or Central London. (B)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
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!
May 29 – June 5, 2020
Oxford OX1 2LN
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
When this tour is a guaranteed departure, various flight booking options will be available. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: We have reserved group air flights on American and they are currently $1,100 per person round-trip. We will continue to monitor options and will switch to another airline if we can get a lower rate. Payment is due with final payment in March 2020. The last day to sign-up for group air is February 1, 2020.
|AA 4895||May 28||Norfolk||Philadelphia||3:01 PM||4:13 PM|
|AA 736||May 28/29||Philadelphia||London||7:20 PM||7:45 AM|
|AA 731||June 5||London||Charlotte||10:30 AM||2:55 PM|
|AA 5694||June 5||Charlotte||Norfolk||5:55 PM||7:08 PM|
Option 2: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 3: You may book your own flights, making sure you land in London on the morning of May 29, 2020 no later than 7:45 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in London. You are welcome to depart at any time on June 5. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare, and send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
We can arrange pre-tour and post-tour nights in London, but due to the volume of tours in 2020, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
*Price based on a minimum of 20 participants
• Ground transportation: via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in the Randolph Hotel – upgraded rooms available
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers
• All taxes and tips for provided services
• Group air transportation and related taxes and fees from Norfolk with included transfers (group air is available for $1,100)
• Transfers for those not on the group flights
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Single supplement ($1,200)
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Upgraded insurance (post-departure coverage included)
• Initial deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all checks to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in February 2020
• Final payment is due by March 14, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after March 14, 2020, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $2,999 – $500 x 6.14% = $154. To insure your land and air costs, the price is $4,099 – $500 x 6.14% = $221. A quote will automatically be 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 (under the images) 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 (additional 3.5% fee).
We offer the Professional Plan 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%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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