England | Sep. 25th - Oct. 4th
Wednesday, Sept. 25: Depart-Evening Flights (Individual arrangement at airline of your choice; Gatwick Airport, personal recommendation.)
Thursday, Sept 26: Arrival London (early morning). Take the Gatwick Express Train to Victoria Station (Or Heathrow Express to Paddington Station), taxi to Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel on Charles Street. Free Time, walking tour of neighborhood (optional).
Friday, Sept. 27: Optional Excursion($) Tour of Buckingham Palace; this attraction is only open to the public during the summer months when the Queen is not in residence. (Or, Free time in London.)
Saturday, Sept. 28: Optional Excursion($) Private Guided Tour of Hampton Court Palace; Hampton Court Palace was England's most significant palace during the Tudor age, and a personal favorite of King Henry VIII. (Or, Free time in London.)
Sunday, Sept 29: Optional Excursion($) Tour of Windsor Castle; home of British Kings and Queens for almost 1,000 years, and where The Queen spends most of her private weekends. (Or, Free time in London.)
Monday, Sept. 30: Depart London via Charter Coach to Norwich, Norfolk. Check-in to the Maid’s Head Hotel, the oldest hotel in England. Settle in, explore Norwich and downtown.
Tuesday, Oct. 1: Optional Excursion($) Tour of the Sandringham Estate and gardens, the much loved country retreat, and personal residence, of Her Majesty The Queen. Evening Networking Reception, hosted by the National Association of Estate Agents. Please consult your CPA for potential tax deduction.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, depart Norwich and travel south to Ashdown Park, Hotel and Spa
Thursday, Oct 3, Optional Excursion($) to nearby HQ of The Royal Navy in Portsmouth, with tours of Lord Nelson’s preserved flagship, HMS Victory, and other restored Royal Navy ships and installations, including Royal Marines Museum, Submarine Museum, etc. (OR, Relax in the spa facilities of Ashdown Park.)
Friday, Oct 4, Depart Ashdown Park. Coach makes stop at Gatwick Airport for those returning to USA immediately, or to St. Pancras Station for Eurostar train service to Paris for those going onwards.
Fluctuation in the exchange rate or number of travelers could result in fluctuation in fees. Itinerary Subject to change. Registration options available for Single Occupancy (private lodging) or Double Occupancy (two to a room); roommates will NOT be coordinated for you. Registration must be PAID IN FULL by September 1st. Airfare NOT included.
Paris Extension | Oct. 4 - 8
This year is the 75th anniversary of D Day, and there are various commemorations occurring at the American Cemetery and the D-Day battlefield beaches. (Not interested in the “England Experience”? Registration available for “Paris Only” 4-day trip.)
[Cont.] Friday, Oct. 4: Travel via the Eurostar train under the English Channel and through the French countryside of The Champagne to Paris. Taxi to hotel, Trianon Rive Gauche in the 6th Arondissement, adjacent to The Sorbonne, The Odeon, and The Luxenbourg Palace and Gardens.
Arrival midafternoon. Free Time, with walking tour for those who want to explore the neighborhood. Free time for dinner. Guidance provided.
Saturday, Oct. 5: Optional Excursion($) guided tour of Versailles, the grand palace of Louis XIV, ½ day trip followed by free time. (OR free time in Paris.)
Sunday, Oct 6: Optional Excursion($), full-day trip to Normandy Beaches and American Cemetery.
Monday, Oct. 7: Free Time! Suggested: Open Air bus tour of Paris’s most popular sites (Notre Dame, Champs Elyssees, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower. Tour The Louvre or Musee D’Orsay. Shopping and Dining!
Tuesday, Oct. 8:Early Eurostar to London St. Pancras, with direct train service to Gatwick for early afternoon departures, or check-in to Holiday Inn Gatwick for the night, allowing an evening meal at the delightful Olde Six Bells pub, then return flight Wednesday.(OR take a taxi or shuttle bus to Paris Charles de Gaulle for return flight direct from Paris.)
A valid Passport is REQUIRED for entry in England with at least 2 months of validity from date of departure; when traveling to France, passport with at least three months of validity from your date of departure is required. No Visa is required for this trip.
All hotels include breakfast.
We can offer advice on air travel arrangements; Gatwick Airport is recommended for both ease of travel and logistics in London. Gatwick Express Train will take you from the Airport to Victoria Station, where you will take a short taxi ride to the Chesterfield Mayfair hotel.
Airfares, local transport/trains, and the Eurostar must be booked individually. We will help!
Optional Excursions($) must be pre-booked and pre-paid at time of registration; these additional tours and attractions cannot be added on once the trip has begun!
NOTE: Deposit OR Full Payment due at time of registration.
Cancellation with Full Refund permitted until July 1st.
All registrations and balance payments must be made by September 1st. No Exceptions.
Questions? Contact Jessica Lowe JLowe@rapb.com
NOTES ON THE ENGLAND OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:
Hampton Court Palace, accessed via train from London Waterloo, the great restored palace of Henry VIII and 200 years of monarchs thereafter. We have arranged for a private guide. 5 hours
Buckingham Palace is only open to the public from early August until end of September while the Queen and her family and the court are in Balmoral in Scotland. The tour includes the Staterooms, including throne room and the grand ballroom. Ca. 2 hours
Windsor Castle, the largest working castle in the world, accessed via train, the favorite residence of the royal family, with magnificent rooms and furnishings. 5-6 hours
Sandringham country estate and gardens in Norfolk, the personal residence of HM The Queen and several British Monarchs dating back to 1682. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate.
Portsmouth, Royal Navy Base. Excellent naval museum, the preserved and restored flagship of the great Lord Nelson, modern battleships, other naval museums, seaside fish and chip shops (“chippies”).
NOTES ON PARIS EXTENSION OPTIONAL EXCUSIONS:
Versailles: The palace which set the standard for the world for royal excess and grandeur. 30 minutes outside Paris. We’ll have a private guide. Early morning start (7:45), but returning ca 2:30.
Normandy Beaches and American Cemetery. This is all day, but an experience in unabashed patriotism. See what our fathers and grandfathers did 75 years ago. Option includes motor coach (air conditioned) transport to Normandy, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, American Cemetery, with an English-speaking guide, and full lunch (3-courses with wine) while visiting Normandy.