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England: Cotswolds

August 16-24, 2009
U.Va. Faculty: Douglas Fordham, Professor of Art History
Price: $3,685
Price lowered ~ now just $3,550 per person, double occupancy

Single supplement: $600
Airfare: Approximately $1,185 from Washington Dulles including fees and transfers

Prices do not include taxes or fees.

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Overview

Time has passed with an unusually gentle hand over the rolling hills and small villages of England’s Cotswolds, a delightful region of lush pastoral landscapes, medieval castles and deep-rooted cultural traditions. On this exclusive journey, immerse yourself in the heart of the English countryside and discover the region’s enchanting natural beauty and priceless historic treasures. Stroll across the fabled quads of Oxford, marvel at the grandeur of Gloucester Cathedral and experience the traditions of villages like Broadway and Chipping Campden where life has remained little changed for centuries. Take a private “behind-the-scenes” tour of Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace at Blenheim Palace hosted by Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill. Throughout your stay, enjoy charming accommodations at the Queen’s Hotel, a splendid 150-year-old example of Regency-style architecture situated amidst immaculately groomed gardens in Cheltenham. To further enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the Cotswolds region, this carefully planned itinerary features a full program of lectures and presentations about regional art, history and culture and a specially arranged village forum with local residents.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

The Queen’s Hotel: While experiencing traditional village life in the Cotswolds, enjoy seven nights in the charming Queen’s Hotel ideally located at the top of the Cheltenham’s main tree-lined promenade. Founded in 1838, its stately neoclassical façade modeled after Rome’s Temple of Jupiter and lovely gardens still attract Cheltenham’s finest for traditional afternoon tea.

Each of the 79 comfortable guest rooms features a private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite television and 24-hour room service. The hotel’s restaurant serves regional cuisine and international specialties, and the intimate lounge and bar are perfect for relaxation and conversation.

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Meals

Breakfast each morning, four lunches, two receptions and three dinners

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Faculty

Douglas Fordham is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the McIntire Department of Art at U.Va.  He received his bachelor of arts in art history at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale University.  A scholar of 18th Century European art, Dr. Fordham has lectured widely on British and French art in the early modern period, including courses on the Italian Grand Tour.  The author of numerous articles on British art, Dr. Fordham co-edited a book of essays entitled Art and the British Empire and he is currently completing a book entitled Raising Standards: British Art and National Revival, 1745-1776

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Itinerary

Day 1 - U.S. / London, England

Day 2 - Cheltenham

Upon arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport, we transfer through the Thames Valley to Cheltenham and the Queen’s Hotel. Enjoy a buffet lunch upon arrival at the Queen’s Hotel. This evening, we’ll gather for a welcome reception with fine wines and local cheeses, followed by dinner.

Day 3 - Cheltenham / Gloucester Cathedral /Nature in Art Museum

During the Victorian era, the spa town of Cheltenham, in the heart of the Cotswolds, was one of Britain’s favorite holiday retreats . During a guided walk we’ll note Cheltenham’s Regency columns, wrought ironwork, grand homes and majestic gardens. We continue to Gloucester Cathedral, a true architectural jewel that is considered one of the finest examples of Norman and Gothic architecture in Britain. Originally consecrated as an abbey in 1100 by Britain’s Norman conquerors and later converted to a cathedral by none other than Henry VIII, this beautiful church is now known to many for its prominent setting in the popular Harry Potter films. Historically it has been venerated as the final resting place of King Edward II, the first Prince of Wales, who is buried in a magnificent canopied tomb. End the day with a visit to the unique Nature in Art Museum which shows a wide range of paintings, sculpture and other applied arts inspired by nature, including Picasso, Henry Moore and Rene Lalique

Day 4 - Blenheim Palace / Bladon /Woodstock/Burford

Upon arrival at Blenheim Palace, Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill welcomes us for a private visit and guided tour. Britain’s largest private residence and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim was built in the 18th century for John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough. The estate’s grounds are spread over a bucolic 2,200-acre park, designed by legendary landscape architect Capability Brown. Following a private luncheon in the Water Terrace Room, we drive to Bladon and visit Winston Churchill’s grave. On the return to Cheltenham stop in the picturesque villages of Woodstock and Burford.

Day 5 - Broughton Castle and Park/ Kelmscott Manor

We drive through the picturesque villages of Ebringon, Upper and Lower Brailes and Shipston-on-Stour to the 14th-century Broughton Castle, a romantic setting complete with moats and spectacular gardens, which has served as a setting for such films as Shakespeare in Love and The Madness of King George. During a special tour, we learn about its royal guests and trace nearly seven centuries of English history, since each generation of owners added its own stylistic and architectural legacies. After lunch in the Castle, visit Kelmscott Manor, delightful Tudor home of William Morris, leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement in England in the second half of the nineteenth-century.  Original furniture, fabrics, wallpapers and tapestries created by Morris and his Pre-Raphaelite friends (a loose group of artists intent on regaining the spiritual purity characteristic of art before Raphael and the Renaissance painters “tainted” the world with humanism).  This evening, we learn more about life in the English countryside when local Cotswolds residents join us for dinner and special discussion.

Day 6 - Bibury/Oxford

We spend another relaxing day visiting the area’s most charming villages. We will admire the beautifully crafted homes of Burford, where little has changed since Georgian times, and stroll along the quaint streets of Bibury, which the great 19th-century artist William Morris once described as “the most beautiful village in England.”  Afternoon visit to one of the world’s great universities, Oxford.  Tour Christ Church College with its Christopher Wren designed Tom Tower.  Albert Einstein, Lewis Carroll, William Gladstone and twelve other British Prime Ministers were educated here.  The Picture Gallery displays a fine collection of Italian and Dutch Masters.  End with a guided tour of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford’s principal museum featuring works spanning over three thousand years of creativity.

Day 7 - Chipping Campden / Stow-on-the-Wold / Broadway

We set off today for two of the Cotswolds’ most famous and picturesque villages and one of Britain’s most famous gardens. We begin in Chipping Campden, a quintessential Cotwolds village with its 15th-century parish church, almshouses and market hall. The highest village in the Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold offers magnificent views of the countryside and was long known as a major center of the region’s renowed sheep and wool trades.  Finish the day with free time in Broadway.

Day 8 - Stratford-upon-Avon

We enjoy a day at leisure in Cheltenham or join a special optional excursion to the classic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Set in the beautiful landscape of Warwickshire, on the banks of the river Avon, the village of Stratford-upon-Avon is known as the hometown of William Shakespeare. Enjoy a walking tour of the town, which has maintained its distinct Tudor character, and visit sites closely tied with the great Bard, including the Holy Trinity Church, built over the grave of England’s greatest playwright. Visit Compton Verney, and its award-winning gallery located in a beautiful Robert Adam mansion.  Housing one of the finest collections of British Folk Art from the 16th to the 18th century, the treasures also include a Textiles Collection.

Day 9 - Transfer to London for return flights to the U.S.

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Program Fees

Price: $3,685 per person, double occupancy, Land only
Our operator will book flights for you if you would like. Approximate airfare from Washington Dulles including transfers is $1,185

Single supplement: $600

If you book your own air to London, you may purchase a transfer with the group from Heathrow airport for $40 and Gatwick airport for $60 per person. Approximate transfer time: 2 and 2.25 hours. Approximate taxi fare would be UKL 140 and UKL 165, respectively.

Price does not include taxes. (Approx. $245 per person.)

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us toll free at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $600 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final payment is due 95 days (May 13, 2009) prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Visa or MasterCard; however, credit cards are not accepted for final payment. Checks will need to be made payable directly to the travel provider, Gohagan & Company. We will provide you with this information, along with a mailing address.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

 

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NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport fees; visas and fees for obtaining visas; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; excess baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air taxes; airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Included Features” section; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel on day(s) of arrival and/or departure 1) if you have not purchased your air arrangements through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, or 2) if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); meals and alcoholic beverages not listed in the “Included Features” section; and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.

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HEALTH: Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation.

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Because these cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, as well as damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application after you make your reservation.

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RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change prior to departure.

REGISTRATION: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666. OST#: TA 0905.

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