Event Price 
Approx. $4,995
Single Supplement Waived

EARLY FALL 2021 - Final dates to be announced. 

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

  • Private guided walking tour of London to include entrance into Westminster Abbey and a group experience at Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers.
  • Group tour, introduction into the treasury and private dinner at the British Library.
  • Private guided walking tour of Oxford to include Magdalen College, Merton College, St Marys Passage, Christ Church, Botanic Gardens, and the Bodleian Library Tour. 
  • Private guided walking tour of Shakespeare's birthplace to include 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 Egyptian Exhibition. 
  • Private guided tour of Jane Austen's House and Museum, St Nicholas Church, and Chawton House. 

Accommodation at Belmond Cadogan Hotel (London, Stylish Retreat), McDonald Randolph Hotel (Oxford, 5-star), and Lainston House (Hampshire, 5-Star Country House Hotel).

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Event Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in London

  • Arrival at Heathrow Airport and transport to The Cadogan Hotel, Chelsea for check-in
  • Optional visit to John Sandoe Books
  • Evening welcome reception 

Day 2: Literary Tour of London

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Guided walking tour of London
  • Intimate and exclusive guided tour of the Charles Dickens Museum
  • Guided tour, led by the vergers at Westminster Abbey where you will see special parts of the Abbey
  • Private visit to Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers 
  • Private guided tour of the British Library followed by a private tasting menu for dinner.

  Day 3: Experience Oxford: J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, & William Golding

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Meet your private guide at the hotel before a walking tour of Oxford's literary past. 
    • Visit the University of Oxfordshire Botanic Gardens,
    • Behind the scenes tour of one of the oldest working libraries in the world the Bodleian Library
    • View of Radcliffe Square and the iconic round Radcliffe Library 
    • View of St Marys Passage at Oriel Square 
  • Lunch in Oxford city center with group
  • Your walking tour will finish at the Eagle and Child Pub where you will have a drink before returning back to your hotel for an evening at leisure

  Day 4: Shakespeare's Birthplace – Stratford upon Avon

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Travel to Stratford upon Avon with a private guide
  • Walking tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, and get up close to rare objects from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today. Tour includes Nash House, New Place, and Mary Arden's House
  • Explore the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, the physician John Hall. 
  • Visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the beautiful 500-year-old cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be
  • Return to Oxford for an evening at your leisure

     Day 5: Discover Downton Abbey & Chawton House

  • Travel to Highclere Castle, the real-life home to Downton Abbey, where the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon reside to this day
    • Group visit to the castle to include Staterooms, bedrooms, and grounds and gardens
    • Viewing of the Egyptian Exhibit, where artifacts from the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb are on display. 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 (famously inspiring the "Mummy's Curse")
  • Travel to Chawton House for a private luncheon and guided tour of the library reading rooms, exhibition, and gardens
  • Afternoon visit to Stevenson Village, the birthplace of Jane Austen, while living at the rectory Jane drafted three of her novels: Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Sense & Sensibility. 
    • Enjoy a lecture by Michael Kenning, the Vice-Chair of the Jane Austen Society, followed by afternoon tea in the Village Hall
  • Travel to Lainston House for a farewell reception and dinner

Day 6: Departure day

  • Departure from Lainston House Hotel back to London Heathrow Airport
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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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Dartmouth Exclusive Program
Operator Name 
Humphreys of Henley