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2017 Tour Itinerary

Commemorating Jane Austen – 200 Years

A Pathfinders Tour

Because of the anticipated demand to participate in the commemorative activities in Winchester and other Hampshire sites, JASNA offered two back-to-back tours (Tour A and Tour B) in 2017 so that we could accommodate more members.  Optional Pre-Tour and Post-Tour trips were also available for participants who wanted to extend their tours.


Pre-Tour Add-On (optional):  July 7-9, 2017

This trip offered the opportunity to attend the afternoon events of the UK Jane Austen Society's Annual General Meeting at Chawton.

  • Thursday, July 6:  Fly to London. (Pathfinders will help make hotel arrangements for those wishing to arrive earlier, if requested.)
  • Friday, July 7:  Meet the tour guide and transportation at Heathrow and travel to Hampshire.  A stop can be made en route at Whitchurch to visit the silk mill.  Continue to the city of Southampton to explore the historic port city and check in at the Dolphin Hotel, where Jane Austen attended balls.  Hotel in Southhampton; D*
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    Coach House at Chawton House Library

    Saturday, July 8:  After breakfast, take a walking tour of the city following parts of the Jane Austen Trail, including Bargate, the Spa Gardens, and the site of the Austen ladies’ house in Castle Square.  (There is a pub, the Juniper Berry, on the site where the rented house stood and an apartment block on the site of the Marquis of Lansdowne’s mock castle).  In the afternoon, travel to Chawton to attend the Jane Austen Society's AGM and meet members of the Society.  There will also be an opportunity to attend Evensong at St. Nicholas Church, where Jane Austen’s mother and sister are buried. Return to Southampton in the early evening.  Hotel in Southampton; B*
  • Sunday, July 9:  In the morning explore places near Southampton, especially the New Forest (visited by the Austen family on various occasions), including the Netley Abbey ruins, Buckler’s Hard (an important shipbuilding town in the 18th Century), and Romsey Abbey.  Depart for London in the late afternoon to spend the night in a hotel near Heathrow Airport. All the Tour A participants will arrive this day, and there will be an opportunity for all to meet at dinner.  Hotel in London-Heathrow area; B, D*

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Main Tour "A":  July 9-19, 2017

  • Saturday, July 8Fly to London.  (Pathfinders will help make hotel arrangements for those wishing to arrive earlier, if requested.)
  • Sunday, July 9:  Arrive in London and transfer to the selected hotel.  There is opportunity to travel into ‘Town’ and visit central London for those who would like to do so.  Meet in the evening at the hotel, along with participants in the pre-tour trip.  Hotel in London-Heathrow area, D*
  • Monday, July 10:  Depart promptly after breakfast to travel via Staffordshire to Derbyshire.  On the way, stop in Lichfield to visit Dr. Johnson’s House Museum—formerly the home of the great writer and critic whose work was much admired by Jane Austen.  Opportunity to visit Lichfield Cathedral and take lunch in the cathedral refectory before traveling a short distance to Hamstall Ridware to visit the church, meet members of the Midlands branch of the Jane Austen Society, and explore the church's connection with Jane Austen’s cousin, the Reverend Edward Cooper, who was Rector there for many years.  After the visit, proceed northwards into the beautiful Peak District, where Elizabeth Bennet traveled with the Gardiners.  Hotel in Bakewell; B, D*
  • Tuesday, July 11:  Journey westwards across spectacular Peak District scenery to visit Lyme Park; tour the great house and view the famous lake where Mr. Darcy swam in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  Return to the hotel via Chapel-en-le-Frith, once known as the “Capital of the Peak District.”  Hotel in Bakewell; B, D*
  • Wednesday, July 12:  In the morning, see several villages and scenes evoked in Pride and Prejudice, as well as locations used in the novel's film adaptations.  Continue to Chatsworth House, the great home of the Dukes of Devonshire, which is thought by some to be the inspiration for Pemberley.  Tour the house and magnificent gardens.  Hotel in Bakewell, Tea*
  • Thursday, July 13Today is “Leigh Day.” Journey first to Stoneleigh Abbey, once the property of the Leighs, the family of Jane Austen’s mother.  Visit the stately home, then proceed south to Gloucestershire to the small village of Adlestrop, where Cassandra Austen's (née Leigh) cousin was rector.  Jane Austen, her mother, and her sister visited several times.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*
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Stoneleigh Abbey (photo © Sue Forgue)

  • Friday, July 14Today we explore the city of Bath as it was known by Jane Austen, her parents, and her sister during the five years they lived here following Rev. Austen’s retirement in 1801.  See 1 Royal Crescent, walk along the Gravel Walk down to the Assembly Rooms, and visit Walcot Church, where Mr. and Mrs. Austen were married and Mr. Austen is buried.  Free time will be available in the afternoon for those who wish to visit the Jane Austen Centre.  In the evening, attend a festive supper and enjoy Regency-style entertainment in a classic 18th Century Bath townhouse.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*
  • Saturday, July 15:  In the morning, journey into the country to visit the beautiful village of Lacock, a film location used to portray Meryton and Highbury in film adaptations.  Return to Bath to enjoy the city and its fine shops.  Hotel in Bath; B*
  • Sunday, July 16:  Depart for Hampshire and visit Avington Park en route, a stately home near Winchester whose proprietors were related to Jane Austen through her mother.  Later, see the small villages of Ashe and Deane, where Jane Austen’s father and brothers served as clergymen.  Continue to Winchester and begin exploring the city where Jane Austen’s life ended in July 1817.  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*
  • Monday, July 17:  Travel to the village of Chawton in the morning to visit Chawton House Library and the church where Austen's mother and sister are buried.  Then visit Chawton Cottage, now Jane Austen’s House Museum, where the author lived with her sister, mother, and Martha Lloyd until the onset of her last illness.  Travel to the village of Steventon for a short visit and service at St. Nicholas Church, where Austen was baptized.  In the evening, meet with members of the Hampshire branch of the Jane Austen Society.  Hotel in Winchester; B*
  • Tuesday, July 18:  The program for this day in Winchester may change when official arrangements for the commemoration of Austen's death have been finalized.  Proposed activities include visits to the City Museum and the Winchester Discovery Centre and a private ceremony for the group at Jane Austen's grave in Winchester Cathedral.  Participants will have free time in the afternoon until the start of the special Cathedral service commemorating Jane Austen.  Following the service, return to the hotel for the tour's farewell dinner.  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*
  • Wednesday, July 19:  Tour ends.  Transfer to airport to return home.  (Arrangements for extending your stay in London can also be made through Pathfinders.)

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Main Tour "B":  July 17-27, 2017

  • Sunday, July 16: Fly to London.  (Pathfinders will help make hotel arrangements for those wishing to arrive earlier, if requested.)
  • Monday, July 17 Arrive in London and transfer to the selected hotel.  There is opportunity to travel into ‘Town’ and visit central London for those who would like to do so.  Meet for dinner at the tour hotel.  Hotel in London-Heathrow area, D*
  • Tuesday, July 18:  Depart for Winchester and visit the villages of Steventon, Ashe, and Deane en route.  Check into the Winchester hotel and join the members of Tour Group A to attend the commemoration service for Jane Austen in Winchester Cathedral.  (Details of the day's program will be determined by the final schedule set for official commemorative events.)  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*
  • Wednesday, July 19:  Continue your exploration of Jane Austen Country in Chawton with visits to Chawton House Library, Jane Austen’s House Museum, and St Nicholas Church, where Jane Austen's mother and sister are buried.  The group will also attend a special private ceremony at Jane Austen's grave in Winchester Cathedral and meet with local members of the Jane Austen Society.  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*
  • Thursday, July 20:  View special exhibits in the City Museum and the Winchester Discovery Centre.  In the afternoon, visit Avington Park, a stately home near Winchester whose proprietors were related to Jane Austen through her mother.  Hotel in Winchester; B*
  • Friday, July 21:  Depart promptly after breakfast to travel via Staffordshire to Derbyshire.  On the way, stop in Lichfield to visit Dr. Johnson’s House Museum—formerly the home of the great writer and critic whose work was much admired by Jane Austen.  Opportunity to visit Lichfield Cathedral and take lunch in the cathedral refectory before traveling a short distance to Hamstall Ridware to visit the church, meet members of the Midlands branch of the Jane Austen Society, and explore the church's connection with Jane Austen’s cousin, the Reverend Edward Cooper, who was Rector there for many years.  After the visit, proceed northwards into the beautiful Peak District, where Elizabeth Bennet traveled with the Gardiners.  Hotel in Bakewell; B, D*
  • Saturday, July 22:  Journey westwards through spectacular Peak District scenery to visit Lyme Park; tour the great house and view the famous lake where Mr. Darcy swam in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  Return to the hotel via Chapel-en-le-Frith, once known as the “Capital of the Peak District.”  Hotel in Bakewell; B, D*
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Chatsworth House (photo © Lauraleen O’Connor)

  • Sunday, July 23:  In the morning, see several villages and scenes evoked in Pride and Prejudice, as well as locations used in the novel's film adaptations. Continue to Chatsworth House, the great home of the Dukes of Devonshire, which is thought by some to be the inspiration for Pemberley. Tour the house and magnificent gardens.  Hotel in Bakewell; B, Tea*
  • Monday, July 24:  Today is “Leigh Day.” Journey first to Stoneleigh Abbey, once the property of the Leighs, the family of Jane Austen’s mother.  Visit the stately home, then proceed south to Gloucestershire to the small village of Adlestrop, where Cassandra Austen's (née Leigh) cousin was rector.  Jane Austen, her mother, and her sister visited several times.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*
  • Tuesday, July 25:  Today we explore the city of Bath as it was known by Jane Austen, her parents, and her sister during the five years they lived here following Rev. Austen’s retirement in 1801.  See 1 Royal Crescent, walk along the Gravel Walk down to the Assembly Rooms, and visit Walcot Church, where Mr. and Mrs. Austen were married and Mr. Austen is buried.  Free time will be available in the afternoon for those who wish to visit the Jane Austen Centre.  Hotel in Bath; B*
  • Wednesday, July 26:  In the morning, journey into the country to visit the beautiful village of Lacock, a location used to portray Meryton and Highbury in film adaptations.  Return to Bath to enjoy the city and its fine shops, followed by a festive supper with evening entertainment in a classic 18th Century Bath townhouse.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*
  • Thursday, July 27:  Tour ends.  Transfer to airport to return home.  (Arrangements for extending your stay in London can also be made through Pathfinders.)

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Post-Tour Add-On (optional):  July 27-30, 2017

This trip offered the opportunity to visit the churches important in Jane Austen's life.

  • Thursday, July 27:  Depart in a private minibus or large sedan for Hurstbourne Tarrant, near Andover, to visit St. Peter’s Church.  Meet Winchester-based local guide en route for the visit to the village and church, then travel east to Great Bookham in Surrey to visit St. Nicolas Church.  A local representative will assist with the visit.  Hotel in Tunbridge Wells; B*
  • Friday, July 28:  Set out with a knowledgeable local guide for a full day of visits to Kent churches: St. Margaret’s in Horsmonden, St. Peter and St. Paul in Tonbridge, Holy Cross at Goodnestone, and St. Lawrence at Godmersham.  If the visits fall behind schedule, one will be moved to July 29.  Hotel in Tunbridge Wells; B*
  • Saturday, July 29:  Travel to London by rail (35 minutes) or by road (1.5 hours approx.) and visit St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden.  You have the option of remaining in London for the rest of the day. Hotel in Tunbridge Wells; B*
  • Sunday, July 30: Transfer to the airport for the return flights.  (Arrangements for extending your stay in London can also be made through Pathfinders.)
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St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Tonbridge

 
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* indicates meals included in tour price.

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”

Pride and Prejudice