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Afternoon Tea in Claridge's
Tower of London
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Author and speaker, Penelope Carlevato was born in England and has been involved in the tea industry for over three decades. Her love of all things British and a love of the Edwardian and Victorian Era provide the motivation for her writing and traveling. Her goal for each traveler is that the trip would provide a once in a lifetime experience of the literal heart of England. She states: ” Visiting England is like taking a walk through the pages of an illustrated history book, from the metropolis of London to the days of early Roman Britain. I want each guest to experience a leisurely paced overview of the history, culture, and architecture of England and be totally enthralled with the lovely and quintessential afternoon tea ritual during our travels.”
Comments from previous tours with Penelope:
“This was a dream vacation made special and memorable by your care and dedication to our experience. It was perfect for me and will remain one of my life’s highlights.” L. Baltad Calif.
“My trip opened up the world and placed the treasures of my long-time wish to go to England in my heart forever. Thank you for sharing what you love with others.” M. Jackson, Calif.
“The afternoon teas and the lovely Sunday Dinner were the highlights for me. It all ended too soon.” M. May, Colorado
“Being an English major, I loved Stratford-upon-Avon. From fish and chips to the night at the Royal Shakespeare Theater and the wonderful tour of Shakespeare’s properties, it was wonderful. Nothing left to chance…a very well planned trip, ” B. Barfod, Calif.
“Everything about the trip was wonderful. It truly exceeded my expectations.” N. Andrews, Colorado
“The tour was so much fun. The special people and the amazing places we went made it a treasured memory.” M. Olson, Hawaii
“More than I expected, much more. I travel a lot, and this was the best trip of my life.” C. Neumann, Calif
Member of AWSA
Member of Titanic Speakers Bureau
Books: Tea on the Titanic, First Class Etiquette, The Art of Afternoon Tea, Why? Titanic Moments and Moments with Billy Graham
[printfriendly]Key: IF = In flight meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
Day 1: Thursday, October 10, 2019: Flight
We will fly from the US to London. Reformation Tours can assist travelers with flights and pre-tour travel arrangements. (IF)
Day 2: Friday, October 11, 2019: Arrival in London
On arrival in London, we will have a private transfer to our centrally-located hotel. We will gather in the hotel lobby in the early afternoon and transfer to Claridge’s for Afternoon Tea. In the stunning art deco lobby, we will be served finger sandwiches, warm scones, spectacular cakes and refreshing tea. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (IF/AT)
Day 3: Saturday, October 12, 2019: London
After breakfast, we will start our day at the Tower of London, followed by a cruise on the Thames to Westminster Abbey. This afternoon we will tour Kensington Palace, a gorgeous Royal residence in central London. The exhibits include memorabilia of notable royals, including William and Mary, and George 1 and 2. There is also fashion on display from Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Princess Margaret. After touring the house, we will have Afternoon Tea in the Orangery. (B/AT)
Day 4: Sunday, October 13, 2019: London
We can either have a leisurely breakfast or attend a morning church service this morning. We will assemble outside Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard. We will then have a traditional Sunday roast lunch. Afterwards we will continue on foot for a tour of the Churchill War Rooms. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B/L)
Day 5: Monday, October 14, 2019: London
The whole of today will be at leisure, so that we can shop, explore art galleries, or see a West End Show. We will have a 1-day London Pass that will include entry to 80+ attractions. (B/AT)
Day 6: Tuesday, October 15, 2019: Blenheim Palace, Stratford-upon-Avon
After leaving London, we will have a tour of Blenheim Palace, a spectacular World Heritage site and home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. We will enjoy touring the rich interior of the palace and the landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens. We will continue to our hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon and we will dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 7: Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Stratford-upon-Avon
We will explore the Shakespeare sites today using the hop-on hop-off bus, enabling us to spend as much time as we like at each destination. There is a little something for everyone in Shakespeare’s hometown. This city is filled with delightful shops and top-quality restaurants and pubs line the medieval streets, all within walking distance of the scenic River Avon, and surrounded by wonderful Warwickshire countryside. We’ll visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Market Street, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Holy Trinity Church and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. The evening will be at leisure and tickets to the play can be booked in advance. (B)
Day 8: Thursday, October 17, 2019: Cotswolds, Bath
We will take a leisurely drive through the Cotswolds today, with a lunch stop in Bourton-on-the-Water. This delightful tour has a river running through the middle with quintessential cafes, art galleries, and craft shops. There’s also a motor museum. We will end the day in Bath and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 9: Friday, October 18, 2019: Bath
We will have a full day to explore Georgian Bath, one of the most attractive cities in England, with strong connections to Jane Austen. In the morning we’ll tour the Roman Baths Museum and see the famous Royal Crescent. The afternoon will be at leisure to visit the Jane Austen Museum or explore the city. The Pump Rooms offer an excellent Afternoon Tea. (B)
Day 10: Saturday, October 19, 2019: Lacock, Windsor
After breakfast, we will stop for a coffee break in the delightful Lacock. Owned by the National Trust, this is a quintessential English village. It’s been used for numerous period dramas including Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey, as well as movies like Harry Potter. We will continue on to Windsor and have free time for lunch. In the afternoon we will tour Windsor Castle. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 11: Sunday, October 20, 2019: Fly
After breakfast, we will transfer to Heathrow Airport for our return flights home. Post-tour travel can be arranged through Reformation Tours. (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!
October 11-15, 2019
97 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3LB
October 15-17, 2019
Stratford-Upon-Avon CV37 6YR
October 17-19, 2019
Bath BA1 1LF
October 19-20, 2019
Harte and Garter
Windsor SL4 1PQ
Flights will be arranged for this tour once it is a definite departure. We can either assist you with flights, or you can book your own, but we do ask that you wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before you book non-refundable airfare. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Price based on a minimum of 20 participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers as a group
• Baggage handling when available
• Basic travel insurance (upgrade to full-coverage available)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation (Reformation Tours can assist in booking flights)
• Single supplement ($350)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Upgraded passenger trip cancellation insurance
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in June 2019
• Final payment is due on July 27, 2019
• Reservations will be accepted after July 27, 2019, subject to availability
We offer 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%. A quote will be 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.
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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.
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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Tel: (618) 222-9914
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