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From approx. $5,995 including tax (VAT)

Join Dartmouth on a five-night literary tour of Southern England featuring Downton Abbey!

  • Guided experience in London to inlcude:
    • Intimate and exclusive guided tour of the Charles Dickens Museum
    • Private guided tour of Westminster Abbey
    • Private visit to Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers
    • Private guided tour of the British Library followed by a private tasting menu dinner at the library.
  • Guided expereince in Oxford to include:
    • Private guided tours of Oxford University to include Magdalen College (Oscar Wilde), Merston College, and Christ Church College (Lewis Carroll), Radcliffe Camera, and the Bodleian Library. 
    • Visit to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world.
    • See St Marys Passage at Oriel Square (inspiration to C.S. Lewis's The Chronicals of Narnia) and enjoy drinks at the Eagle and Child Pub, favourite haunt of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
    • Optional Enhancement: Evening River Cruise on the River Thames
  • Private guided tour of Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, to including Nash House, New Place, Halls Croft, Mary Arden's House, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. 
  • Guided tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and its gardens, including the famed Egyptian Exhibit, home to a Tutankhamun collection. Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon famously financed the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings where he died of uncertain causes, thus inspiring the "Mummy's Curse." 
  • Private guided tour of the Jane Austen House and Museum, St Nicholas Church, and Chawton House. 
    • Featuring a private lecture by the Rev. Michael Kenning, Vice-Chair of the Jane Austen Society.

Featuring exclusive accommodation in historic 5-star properties including the Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London (of Oscar Wilde fame), the Randolf Hotel, Oxford, and the 17th century Lainston House, Hampshire. Laniston House was designed by Sir Christopher Wren on the commission of King Charles II. Charles II lived in the country home from its completion until his death. 

Event Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival and evening in London
Day 2: Historic and literary tour of London
Day 3: Historic and literary tour of Oxford
Day 4: Literary Tour of Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon and evening in Oxford
Day 5: Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and Jane Austen's Chawton House and Stevenson Village (Hampshire)
Day 6: Hampshire and Departure

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Donald E. Pease

Donald E. Pease is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, and the Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. He is an authority on 19th- and 20th-century American literature and literary theory and founder/director of the Futures of American Studies Institute. Professor Pease has written numerous books, including Theodor Seuss Geisel (2010), and over 100 articles on figures in American and British literature. He is the editor of The New Americanist series, which has transformed the field of American studies.

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Humphreys of Henley