Sunday April 22, 2018 – Monday April 30, 2018
7 Days – $2,000
Single Supplement $400.
$500.00 deposit due upon booking.
Final Payment of $1,500.00 due by February 20 2018
Immerse yourself in 18th century life as you explore key sites in London and Bath, visit stately homes and stay in a period townhouse. Museums such as the Roman Baths, the Costume Museum, No. 1 Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Centre will illustrate daily life, while our “Honorary Guide,” author Catherine Curzon – Kings of Georgian Britain, Queens of Georgian Britain (October 2017), Life in the Georgian Court – will be with us throughout as we take you to the places associated with the people and events that shaped this vibrant and beloved period in British history. A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience life in Georgian England!
- Stay in a period townhouse in Bath
- Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey
- Visits to Blenheim Palace and Woburn Abbey
- Museum visits in Bath and London
- Walking tour of Georgian London
Arrival at London hotel and Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers.
Depart by private coach for Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, home to the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. At the end of the 19th century, the Palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough’s marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Enjoy a tour of the Palace before boarding the tram for tours of the formal gardens and lake. Walk the Pleasure Gardens and visit the café and shop before re-boarding our coach for the journey to Bath and your accommodation at a Georgian townhouse in the City centre. Refreshments will be served in the townhouse this evening.
Visits today will include the Jane Austen Centre, the museum at No. 1 Royal Crescent and the Fashion Museum. Afterwards, we will have dinner at Cote Brasserie, followed by a talk this evening by Catherine Curzon on The Scandalous Marriage of George IV, while Dr. Jacqueline Reiter, author of The Late Lord and Earl of Shadows will discuss the marriage of John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham and his wife, Mary.
Today you will visit the Roman Baths Museum, Bath Abbey, and Sally Lunn’s famous bun shop. The rest of the day is at your leisure to sightsee, shop and dine before we assemble again this evening for a presentation by Dawn Wood and Andrew Clark on period dress and uniforms, followed by the opportunity to don Georgian dress. Frizz and powder your hair, apply some white lead and a beauty patch and join us for a candlelit soiree. Catherine will speak to us on the topic of 18th century courtesans and refreshments shall be served.
Our day begins with a stop at the Bath Postal Museum, after which we’ll take the short stroll to the Holburne Museum followed by a turn through nearby Sydney Gardens, the place for fashionable society to see and be seen during the Georgian period. Afterwards, you may like to visit personal places of interest, take a stroll by the River or get a bite to eat before we reconvene for an evening of historical talk, a discussion on the madness of King George and assorted other royal gossip at the Townhouse.
Departing Bath this morning, we travel on to Woburn Abbey, home to the Dukes of Bedford. The property was largely rebuilt by architect Henry Holland in 1744 and is surrounded by a deer park. It is at Woburn, legend tells us, that Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, first instituted that great British tradition – afternoon tea – and we will partake of this ritual in the Duchess’s Tea Room. This afternoon we return to our London Hotel and this evening you are free to attend the theatre, see the sights or perhaps you’d care to join Catherine and Kristine for an impromptu meal.
This morning we shall embark on a walking tour through Georgian and Regency London, visiting many of the sites associated with both periods, whether they be well known locations or hidden gems. Along the way, we will be stopping at landmarks well known to all history aficionados and wander down alleyways, hidden passages and the dueling spot hidden in the middle of Mayfair. Rest stops will be taken along the way, as well as a break for lunch. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore London.
Today we’ll pay a visit to the Wallace Collection, set in an historic London town house. The 25 galleries offer unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
This evening, we’ll gather for a farewell dinner, where our special guest will be actor Adrian Lukis, who played Mr. Wickham in the BBC’s 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice and more recently appeared as Sir John Darnley in Season 6 of Downton Abbey. Adrian will spend an evening with us, chatting about the filming of both roles, as well as discussing his career with moderator Catherine Curzon.
- 3 nights in a 4 Star London Hotel
- 4 nights in a Georgian townhouse in Bath
- 4 Continental Breakfasts
- 2 Dinners
- Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey
- Talks/Lectures by Catherine Curzon, Dawn Wood, Andrew Clark and Adrian Lukis
- Walking tour in London
- Private coach transportation on travel days
- Services of a professional guide throughout
- Entry or admission fees to all venues
PLEASE NOTE: This is a departure from our usual tour venues, as we will be staying in lodgings other than a proper hotel for our four nights in Bath. There are fifteen places available between the two period townhouses we will be using and there are concessions to be made in exchange for the experience of living like a character from a Jane Austen novel:
There are only 4 single rooms available, which will be assigned on a first booked, first served basis.
Like the Bennet household, some bedrooms will offer three beds and we sisters shall share, but these are lovely rooms:
Bathrooms are modern but are not en-suite and will be shared by two or three guests.
There will be no housekeeping services during our stay in Bath. Beds will be made prior to our arrival and linens, towels and toiletries will be provided. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped in both houses. Continental breakfast will be provided each morning and evening refreshments where indicated above. Both townhouses are located in the heart of Bath, within walking distance to everything, including pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets. You are welcome to stock the kitchen/fridge with whatever personal food or drink you like.
There are no televisions, wifi or hairdryers in one of the townhouses.
There will be stairs. And no footmen.