England: Jane Austen Country and Beyond
October 5-11, 2016
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This study tour is designed for those who would "rather be reading Jane Austen." We will trace Austen's life from her homes in Chawton and Steventon to Winchester, where she died at age 41.
We will read Austen's novels at the sites of some of the most moving moments of her heroines' lives. In a lovely loop, we will visit Bath (where Persuasion's Anne strikes out from her domineering family) and many literary and familial Austen sites, as well as the Jane Austen Center, the Royal Crescent, the Roman Baths, and the famous Pump Room, where we'll enjoy tea.
We'll take in other extraordinary sites in this area of England: in Avebury, a dramatic stone circle; in Winchester, the cathedral in which Austen is buried; and in Lacock, a gem of a village, the film location of Wolf Hall and BBC's Pride and Prejudice.
Throughout, in the company of David Faulkner, master of the nineteenth-century British novel, we will heighten our appreciation of Austen's dead-on social commentary and satiric voice and the personal and historical forces that helped to shape them.
David Faulkner joined the Cornell faculty as a senior lecturer in the Department of English in 2007. He teaches in the first-year writing program, including the Writing Workshop. He has also taught writing and literature at Princeton University, Tompkins Cortland... > more
- Double occupancy: $6,998
- Single supplement: $790
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- Fitness scale: Slightly strenuous. May require extended walking over uneven ground as well as the ability to climb stairs and to stand for considerable periods of time.
Wednesday, October 5: Depart U.S.
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to London.
Thursday, October 6: Steventon and Ashe
Arrive at London Heathrow Airport in the morning and transfer to Hampshire. Check in to your hotel for lunch, then depart on afternoon visits to the nearby villages of Steventon and Ashe. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.
Oakley Hall Hotel (L, D)
Friday, October 7: Southampton and Winchester
Drive to Southampton to see Castle Square (where Jane's brothers lived), Bargate's Star, and the Dolphin Hotel, a famous coaching inn during the seventeenth century. Continue to Winchester to visit the magnificent cathedral where Miss Austen is buried and take a walking tour to see where she spent her final days. After some free time, return to Oakley Hall. In the evening, transfer to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, opened specially for our private tour and tasting.
Oakley Hall Hotel (B, D)
Saturday, October 8: Chawton
Visit Chawton for a guided tour of the Austen cottage and the adjacent stately home of her brother, which now houses a notable library of works by women writers. Lunch is served in the Great Hall at the Chawton Library, and dinner at a traditional English tavern, the Gamekeeper's Inn.
Oakley Hall Hotel (B, L, D)
Sunday, October 9: Lacock and Bath
Depart for Bath, stopping en route at the Avebury stone circles and the village of Lacock, a National Trust property with wonderfully preserved timber-framed houses. A box lunch is provided, and there is free time in Lacock to explore its historic and theatrical connections. Continue to Bath for a coach orientation tour of the town's Royal Crescent and the Circus before checking in to your hotel. Following a lecture at the hotel, the evening is at leisure.
Francis Hotel (B, L)
Monday, October 10: Jane Austen Center
A walking tour introduces you to the literary and familial Austen sites. At the Jane Austen Center, enjoy a live presentation by a costumed character followed by a self-guided tour of the exhibits. Visit the Roman Baths and have free time before partaking of a traditional afternoon tea at the famous Pump Room. In the evening, enjoy a farewell reception and dinner.
Francis Hotel (B, T, D)
Tuesday, October 11: Return to U.S.
Transfer to Heathrow Airport for return flights to the U.S.