Experience the sprawling estates, cozy villages and delightful historic sites of Southwest England during this 10-night program featuring stays in Bath, Falmouth, Exeter and London. Begin in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage city bursting with beautiful Georgian architecture and sacred hot springs. Admire Longleat's Tudor facade and hedge maze, and tour Stourhead's Palladian mansion and gardens. Traverse North Devon to visit Port Isaac, and see the legendary Bedruthan Steps. Follow intrepid explorers at Falmouth's Maritime Museum, and explore Heartlands, a renovated mining landscape. Travel along the coast toward the fishing village of St. Ives and the medieval St. Michael's Mount. Taste smooth Plymouth Gin, tour Exeter city and witness the storied Magna Carta in Salisbury. Complete your adventure with leisure time in vibrant London. Along the way, local guides and experts will provide fascinating insight during included excursions and interactive talks. This small-group experience features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
Day 1: Depart gateway city for London, England
Day 2: Arrive London / Transfer to Bath
Day 3: Bath
Day 4: Longleat / Stourhead
Day 5: Bath / Port Isaac / Falmouth
Day 6: Falmouth / Pool
Day 7: St. Ives / Marazion
Day 8: Falmouth / Plymouth / Exeter
Day 9: Exeter
Day 10: Exeter / Salisbury / London
Day 11: London
Day 11: Depart for gateway city
Ron Edsforth is Distinguished Senior Lecturer in History and Chair of Globalization Studies in the Masters in Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program at Dartmouth. Since 1978, he has taught American economic and business history first at Michigan State University, Skidmore College, Hamilton College, and MIT before coming to Dartmouth in 1993. Ron has written extensively on the Industrial Revolution and the significance of the automobile industry in Great Lakes region. He established his reputation in American history with a book titled Class Conflict and Cultural Consensus: The Making of a Mass Consumer Society in Flint, Michigan; and in documentary films including PBS' America on Wheels, and Divided Highways: a history of the Interstate Highways.
During the last decade, he has developed new courses including "War and Peace: A Global History" and "Globalization and Its Discontents." Ron has recently refocused his scholarly work on the historically unprecedented peace movements and nonviolent revolutions that have transformed world politics in our lifetime. He currently has support from Dartmouth's Dean of the Faculty to produce a history of the global proliferation of non-violent regime changes since the 1970s.