England Alumni Trip Itinerary

July 17 - July 27, 2017

This is our initial itinerary.  It is subject to change due to the vicissitudes of travel and/or other circumstances outside of the control of program staff.  If substantial changes are made, activities of equal or greater value will be offered.

Ground transportation will be by private charter bus and is included in the cost of the program, as is admission to all museums and other sites on the group itinerary.

Monday, July 17Overnight flights from the USA to London's Heathrow Airport, departing the USA on Monday July 17.  Participants will make their own flight arrangements.
Tuesday, July 18

Trans-Atlantic flights will arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. 

Program staff will meet participants at the airport (Heathrow only) through 12 noon and coordinate van transportation to the London hotel as people arrive.

Lunch on your own at cafes near the hotel.

Staff will have suggestions for nearby eateries and attractions for optional afternoon activities.

Our official Welcome Banquet!  This will be the first group meal included in the program cost.
Wednesday, July 19

Introduction to London's West End.

Walking tour of the West End theatre district led by Dr. Melanie Blood, followed by group lunch at a famous theatre pub (included in program costs).

After group lunch, free time for sightseeing and shopping.  Program staff will make recommendations on places to visit.Evening theatre performance #1.
Thursday, July 20

Shakespeare's Globe day.  

Education program and actor-led tour of Shakespeare's Globe, followed by group lunch at or near the Globe (included in program costs).

After lunch, visit to Shakespeare's Globe Museum, followed by a theatre performance at the Globe.

Dinner on your own and free evening for independent sightseeing.

July 21

Covent Garden (opera and ballet) day.

Optional shopping or sightseeing.

Group luncheon with Geneseo alumni living in London (included in program costs), followed by a backstage tour at Covent Garden.Group dinner at Covent Garden (included in program costs), followed by an optional theatre, opera, or dance performance (TBD).
Saturday, July 22

Stratford-upon-Avon day.

AM Departure from London and transfer by private coach to Stratford-upon-Avon.  Check-in at Stratford-upon-Avon/Oxford area hotel (one night), followed by group lunch (included in program costs).

Following lunch, guided tour of Shakespeare's birthplace, then free time to explore Stratford.Dinner on your own, followed by an evening performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford.
Sunday, July 23

Oxford day.

Hotel check-out and transfer via private coach to New College Oxford.  11:00am walking tour of Oxford University, led by Dr. Graham Drake of SUNY Geneseo.  

Lunch on your own, followed by a 2:30pm theatre performance in Oxford.  6:00pm post-theatre dinner with Geneseo students studying Humanities in Oxford (included in program cost).  Late evenening transfer by private coach back to London hotel.
Monday, July 24

Free day in London for shopping and sightseeing.

Staff will have suggestions for optional activities in London or optional day-trip coach tours outside of London (coach tours will be independently arranged by program participants, tour fees not included in program costs).

For participants choosing to stay in London, program staff will offer an optional guided trip to S Kensington for shopping at Harrods and the Theatre Museum at V&A.  Optional evening theatre performance in London.

Tuesday, July 25

Royal National Theatre day.

Optional shopping or sightseeing.  Lunch on your own.

Backstage tour of Royal National Theatre, or other historic theatre site.Group dinner (included in program costs), followed by a play at the Royal National Theatre.
Wednesday, July 26

Final full day in London.

Program staff will provide optional guided trips to Borough Market for lunch (not included in program costs) and to view the Shakespeare window.

Afternoon free for shoping or sightseeing.Our official farewell banquet (included in program costs), followed by a final theatre performance in London.
Thursday, July 27

Breakfast at hotel and hotel check-out.

The program formally ends at 12 noon.  Program staff will be available at the hotel during the entire day in case anyone needs assistance or experiences unforeseen departure difficulties.