Tour Itinerary & Schedule

Commemorating Jane Austen – 200 Years
Pathfinders Tours
July, 2017

(Tentative as of January 2017)

The Pre-Tour and Post-Tour trips are optional and separate from Tour A and Tour B.  You may register for Tour A or Tour B without choosing to take the Pre-Tour or Post-Tour trip.  Each tour is separately priced.

PRE-TOUR

with an opportunity to attend the AGM of the Jane Austen Society (UK) at Chawton

July 7, 2017- July 9, 2017

It is assumed that participants in this tour will be taking part in the planned FIRST departure of the 2017 tour (Tour “A”), which begins in London, Heathrow area on Sunday, July 9.

Thursday, July 6: Fly to London.  (Pathfinders will assist those wishing to arrive earlier with hotels if requested).

Friday, July 7: Meet the guide and transportation at Heathrow, travel to Hampshire.  A stop can be made en route, e.g. at Whitchurch, to visit the silk mill.  Continue to the city of Southampton and explore the historic port city, check in at the Dolphin Hotel, where Jane Austen attended balls.  Hotel in Southhampton; D*

Couch House
Coach House at Chawton House Library

Saturday, July 8: After breakfast, 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—nearby there is an apartment block on the site of the Marquis of Lansdowne’s mock castle).  In the afternoon, we travel to Chawton to attend the Jane Austen Society AGM and meet members of the Society, 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: A morning to explore places near Southampton, especially the New Forest, visited by the Austen family on various occasions, including the ruined Netley Abbey, Buckler’s Hard—an important shipbuilding town in the 18th Century—and Romsey Abbey.  Late afternoon departure towards London to overnight at a hotel near Heathrow Airport.  Participants in the main tour will arrive this day and there is an opportunity for all to meet tonight at dinner.  Hotel in London-Heathrow area;B, D*

JASNA TOUR “A” TO ENGLAND

July 9, 2017- July 19, 2017

Saturday, July 8: Fly to London. (Pathfinders will assist those wishing to arrive earlier with hotels if requested).

Sunday, July 9: Participants in the first of the full-length tours will arrive this day at London and transfer to the selected hotel.  Opportunity to travel into “Town” and visit central London for those who would like to do this.  Meet this evening at the hotel, including participants in the pre-tour.  Hotel in London-Heathrow area, D*

Monday, July 10: Depart promptly after breakfast to travel via Staffordshire to Derbyshire.  On the way, there is a stop in Lichfield to visit the Dr. Johnson’s House Museum—formerly home of the great writer and critic, whose work was a major influence on Jane Austen.  Opportunity to visit Lichfield Cathedral and take lunch in the cathedral refectory before traveling the short distance to Hamstall Ridware, to visit the church, meet members of the Midlands JAS and explore its connections with Jane Austen’s cousin the Rev Edward Cooper, who was Rector here for many years.  After the visit, northwards into the beautiful region of England known as the Peak District—the location of the journey made by Elizabeth Bennet and 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.  Return via Chapel-en-le-Frith, once known as the “Capital of the Peak District.”  Hotel in Bakewell; B, D*

Wednesday, July 12: This morning we see several villages and scenes evoked in Pride and Prejudice, and others which have appeared in the films of Pride and Prejudice.  Then to Chatsworth House, the great stately home of the Dukes of Devonshire and—for many—the inspiration and model of “Pemberley.”  Tour the great house and magnificent gardens.  Hotel in Bakewell; B, Tea*

Stoneleigh
Stoneleigh Abbey (photo © Sue Forgue)

Thursday, July 13: Today is “Leigh Day”—journey first to Stoneleigh Abbey, once the property of the Leighs—Jane Austen’s mother Cassandra was of the family.  Visit the stately home, then south to Gloucestershire, to the little village of Adlestrop, where Cassandra Austen, née Leigh, was cousin of the Rector.  Jane Austen, her mother and her sister visited several times.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*

Friday, July 14: Today we explore the city of Bath as it was known by Jane Austen and her parents and sister during the almost five years they spent here following the Rev Austen’s retirement in 1801.  See 1 Royal Crescent, walk the Gravel Walk down to the Assembly Rooms, and visit Walcot Church, scene of Mr. and Mrs. Austen’s wedding and of Mr. Austen’s burial.  Free time in the afternoon for those who wish to visit the Jane Austen Centre.  Tonight, a festive supper with evening entertainment in a classic Bath 18th Century townhouse.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*

Saturday, July 15: This morning we journey into the country to visit the beautiful village of Lacock, the film location for “Meryton” and “Highbury.”  Return to Bath to enjoy the city and its fine shops.  Hotel in Bath; B*

Sunday, July 16: Depart for the journey to Hampshire; en route there will be a visit to Avington Park, a fine stately home near Winchester whose proprietors were related to Jane Austen’s through her mother.  Also, see the little villages of Ashe and Deane where Jane Austen’s father and brothers served as clergymen.  Continue to Winchester and begin sightseeing of the city where Jane Austen’s life ended in July 1817.  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*

Monday, July 17: To Chawton village this morning to tour the village and church, also visit the Chawton House Library.  Then visit “Chawton Cottage,” Jane Austen’s House Museum, where she lived with her sister, mother, and Martha Lloyd, until the onset of her last illness.  Also, visit the village of Steventon and meet village people, with a short service at St. Nicholas Church.  Opportunity to meet members of Hampshire Jane Austen Society this evening.  Hotel in Winchester; B*

Tuesday, July 18: The program for this day may be amended when official commemoration arrangements for the day of her death are known; included among the proposed activities are visits to the City Museum and the Winchester Discovery Centre and a private ceremony for the group at the grave of Jane Austen in Winchester Cathedral.  Afternoon at leisure until the time of the Cathedral service of commemoration for Jane Austen.  Return to the hotel for our farewell dinner.  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*

Wednesday, July 19: Transfer to Heathrow Airport for the turn flight.  (A continuation stay in London can be arranged.)

JASNA TOUR “B” TO ENGLAND

July 17, 2017- July 27, 2017

Sunday, July 16: Fly to London.  (Pathfinders will assist those wishing to arrive earlier with hotels if requested).

Monday, July 17: Participants in the second of the full-length tours will arrive this day at London and transfer to the selected hotel.  Opportunity to “go up to Town” and visit central London, meet for dinner at the tour hotel.  Hotel in London-Heathrow area; D*

Tuesday, July 18: Depart for Hampshire.  Visits en route to Steventon, Ashe and Deane, and to Winchester on arrival.  Check into the Winchester hotel and attend the commemoration service for Jane Austen in Winchester Cathedral.  This day’s program will be determined by the official commemorative events to be announced.  Join the members of the group completing their own tour today.  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*

Wednesday, July 19: Continue the exploration of Jane Austen country with visits to Chawton House Library, Jane Austen’s House Museum, and St Nicholas Church in Chawton.  A special private ceremony for the group in Winchester Cathedral will be held, also a meeting with local JAS members.  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*

Thursday, July 20: Today there will be visits to the special exhibits in the City Museum and the Winchester Discovery Centre.  In the afternoon, visit Avington Park, a fine stately home near Winchester whose proprietors were related to the family of Jane Austen’s mother.  Hotel in Winchester; B*

Friday, July 21: Depart promptly after breakfast to travel via Staffordshire to Derbyshire.  On the way, there is a stop in Lichfield to visit the Dr. Johnson’s House Museum—formerly home of the great writer and critic, whose work was a major influence on Jane Austen.  Opportunity to visit Lichfield Cathedral and take lunch in the cathedral refectory before traveling the short distance to Hamstall Ridware, to visit the church, meet members of the Midlands JAS and explore its connections with Jane Austen’s cousin the Rev Edward Cooper, who was Rector here for many years.  After the visit, northwards into the beautiful region of England known as the Peak District—the location of the journey made by Elizabeth Bennet and the Gardiners.  Hotel in Bakewell; B, D*

Chatsworth
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
(photo © Lauraleen O’Connor)

Saturday, July 22: Journey westwards across spectacular Peak District scenery to visit Lyme Park; tour the great house and view the famous lake where Mr. Darcy swam.  Return via Chapel-en-le-Frith, once known as the “Capital of the Peak District.”  Hotel in Bakewell; B, D*

Sunday, July 23: This morning we see several villages and scenes evoked in Pride and Prejudice, and others which have appeared in the films of Pride and Prejudice.  Then to Chatsworth House, the great stately home of the Dukes of Devonshire and—for many—the inspiration and model of “Pemberley.”  Tour the great 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—Jane Austen’s mother Cassandra was of the family.  Visit the stately home, then south to Gloucestershire, to the little village of Adlestrop, where Cassandra Austen, née Leigh, was cousin of the 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 and her parents and sister during the almost five years they spent here following the Rev Austen’s retirement in 1801.  See 1 Royal Crescent, walk the Gravel Walk down to the Assembly Rooms, and visit Walcot Church, scene of Mr. and Mrs. Austen’s wedding and of Mr. Austen’s burial.  Free time in the afternoon for those who wish to visit the Jane Austen Centre.  Hotel in Bath; B*

Wednesday, July 26: This morning we journey into the country to visit the beautiful village of Lacock, the film location for “Meryton” and “Highbury.”  Return to Bath to enjoy the city and its fine shops.  Tonight, a festive supper with evening entertainment in a classic Bath 18th Century townhouse.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*

Thursday, July 27: Transfer to London Airport this morning for the return flights.  (A continuation stay in London can be arranged.)

POST-TOUR

with an opportunity to visit churches important in Jane Austen’s life

July 27, 2017- July 30, 2017

It is assumed that participants in this tour will have taken part in the planned SECOND departure of the 2017 tour (Tour “B”), which concludes in Bath on the morning of Thursday, July 27.

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*

st Peter St Paul Church
St Peter and St Paul Church, Tonbridge

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 timing is right, finish all in one day, if not, one church will be added on July 29.  Hotel in Tunbridge Wells; B*

Saturday, July 29: If the visits program in Kent is completed, travel to London either by rail (35 minutes) or road (1.5 hours approx.) to Covent Garden to visit St Paul’s Church.  Option of remaining in London for the rest of the day.  Hotel in Tunbridge Wells; B*

Sunday, July 30: Transfer to London Airport this morning for the return flights.  (A continuation stay in London can be arranged.)

*indicates meals included in the tour price.

More details are on the price page.