There is only one Shakespeare, only one man who could create King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, only man who could so skillfully blend theatre and poetry, only one man who could mix high drama and popular comedy. Yes, there is truly only one Shakespeare, and like the Bard himself, this unforgettable tour is undeniably one-of-a-kind.
London – Touching Down
This morning you land on the outskirts of London, the largest city in Europe and one of the leading cities in the world for more centuries, ready to discover the land where William Shakespeare lived, learned, loved and wrote and the places that were his home throughout his life. You’ll be picked up at the airport and escorted to your ideally situated and comfortably luxurious hotel where you can drop off your luggage, freshen up, and hit the London streets: do some shopping at Savile Row, Bond Street or Charing Cross Road or visit one of the city’s excellent museums before visiting Westminster Abbey, one of the most important religious buildings in the United Kingdom and the site of the famous Poet’s Corner, where the greatest names in English letters are lauded for eternity. No author’s presence quite so dominates the space as Shakespeare’s, for the monument to his life is placed in the transept in such a way as to put him, almost literally, center stage, the object of the envious glances of the great writers of the past and the reverential awe of those visitors in the present. After this amazing encounter, you can start out for some dinner in Westminster or neighboring Chelsea, where you might grab some great French cuisine at Circus 1 or the modern gastropub offerings at the Chelsea Brasserie and Bar.
London – Discovering Shakespeare’s Capital
South England – Elegance in Oxford and Blenheim
Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s Birthplace
South England – The Grandeur of Broughton Castle
London – Final Evening in England
London – Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
- Hit the highlights of Shakespearean London, from the recreated Globe Theatre to Chandos portrait in the National Gallery, and from the towers of Southwark Cathedral to the monument to the Bard and other illustrious Britons in Westminster Abbey
- Stop in Oxford, where you’ll witness the peaceful beauty of this renowned university town before experiencing the inimitable splendor of Blenheim Palace, one of the largest houses in the entire country
- Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon as Shakespeare would, where you’ll visit the place of his birth and get an insider’s look at the theatre and company that now bear his name
- Return to London by way of the Cotswalds, getting a sense of the true serenity of the English countryside, before stopping at Broughton Castle, the backdrop for much of the film Shakespeare in Love
From his dramas to his comedies and his sonnets to his histories, there is simply no writer in the English language that exerts quite the hold on our literary subconscious as the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare. This eight-day tour will give you the chance to walk in the great writer’s shoes, learn about life in Elizabethan England and discover the continuing efforts to promote the works of this singular genius. And with a backstage look at the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and no fewer than three world class performances, this is sure to be a trip that you’ll want to write home about.
Walk the south shores of the Thames in the heart of London’s Bankside to discover the memorials to Shakespeare and English drama from the sixteenth century, from public houses to cathedrals and from theatres to taverns. Explore the English countryside around Shakespeare’s birth as you tour the university town of Oxford and the stunning homes of Blenheim Palace and Broughton Castle. And experience Shakespeare’s birthplace in true style as you get a behind-the-scenes look into the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and prime seats to a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the most accomplished troupe of Shakespearean actors on the planet.
You’ve memorized Hamlet’s soliloquies and you’ve delighted at Puck’s monologues, seen the movies and read the plays, know the legends and yearn for the facts of this truly unique individual: now all that’s left is to meet the world he lived in. Be you college professor or high school freshman, a Shakespeare novitiate or a Bard aficionado, a bibliophile or drama fanatic, this is the only tour that will truly introduce you to the world of Shakespeare.
$2,445 per person (excluding international flights)
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