Jane Austen Celebration Tour
Tour B: July 8–18, 2022
A Pathfinders Tour Sponsored by JASNA
(Itinerary tentative as of January 2022)
- Thursday, July 7: Tour participants fly to England. Pre-tour overnights will be available at a hotel near Heathrow Airport.)
- Friday, July 8: The tour begins this morning with participants meeting at Heathrow Airport or at the designated airport hotel. Depart for Hampshire and visit Jane Austen’s home village of Steventon. Meet village residents, visit St. Nicholas’ Church, where Jane Austen’s father and brother were incumbents. A short service at the church will be led, if he is available, by the Rev. Michael Kenning, former rector of the parish. Continue on to Winchester to the tour hotel. After lunch, visit the Hampshire Cultural Trust for a talk by Louise West, former Curator of Jane Austen’s House. Afterwards, check into the hotel and meet for the tour welcome dinner. Hotel in Winchester; D*
Saturday, July 9: After breakfast (included each morning) explore Winchester and visit the Cathedral, with a ceremony at Jane Austen’s grave. In the early afternoon, return to Chawton to attend the afternoon proceedings of the Jane Austen Society's AGM, including the keynote lecture, tea, and the opportunity to meet informally with JAS members. After the special Evensong at Chawton Church we return to Winchester for the evening at leisure. Hotel in Winchester; B, T
- Sunday, July 10: The morning is free to explore and enjoy Winchester city. Then leave for nearby Chawton village to visit Chawton House and the library; lunch will be included here. After lunch, visit "Chawton Cottage," now known as Jane Austen’s House, before returning to Winchester. Hotel in Winchester; B, L*
- Monday, July 11: We leave Hampshire for the county of Dorset, traveling close to the southern coast, to the small town of Lyme Regis. Stroll on the Cobb and listen to a reading of the famous passage from Persuasion recounting Louisa’s "accident" on the harbor wall. Interested tour members can also visit the Philpot Museum, famous for the fossil discoveries of Mary Anning. After lunch, continue the journey into Somerset and the Georgian city of Bath, our home for the next three nights. Hotel in Bath; B, D*
- Tuesday, July 12: On a guided tour of the beautiful city, visit a number of sites associated with the Austen family and their stay in Bath after the Rev. George Austen’s retirement (Sydney Place, Green Park, and the Assembly Rooms), as well as No. 1 Royal Crescent. The afternoon is open to explore more of Bath at your leisure, perhaps visiting the Roman Baths. Hotel in Bath; B*
- Wednesday, July 13: The morning will be spent with further touring near Bath. On our return to the city, we visit St. Swithin’s Church, where Jane Austen’s parents were married and where her father is buried—as is also Fanny Burney. This evening we are guests for dinner and musical entertainment at the Sir Walter Elliot House in Sydney Place. Hotel in Bath; B, D*
Thursday, July 14: We leave Bath today for the university city of Oxford. En route we can make a short visit to the Abbey Gate in Reading. Part of this medieval abbey, which dates from the time of Henry I, was used for the school run by Mrs. Latournelle and attended for a short time by Cassandra and Jane Austen. On arrival in Oxford begin touring the city and view some of the most famous colleges, then check into our hotel. Hotel in Oxford; B, D*
Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
- Friday, July 15: Visit the Bodleian Library in the morning for a presentation by Dr. Chris Fletcher on the manuscript of The Watsons. After lunch we continue to one of the University’s most prestigious colleges, St John’s, where Jane Austen’s father, and later her brothers James and Henry, were undergraduates. George Austen became a fellow of the College. Other plans are being made for meetings with members of the University English faculty. Hotel in Oxford; B*
- Saturday, July 16: Depart this morning for London. On arrival, take an orientation tour of places Jane Austen visited and areas of the Mayfair district featured in Sense and Sensibility. The day’s program concludes with a visit to the British Library and the opportunity to see Austen's writing desk and some of her manuscripts. Check into the hotel. Tour participants have the opportunity to attend the theater. Hotel in London; B*
- Sunday, July 17: Today participants are at leisure in London for sightseeing, shopping, and visiting museums. (The Charles Dickens Museum is located near our hotel). Farewell dinner this evening. Hotel in London; B, D*
- Monday, July 18: Transfers will be provided to Heathrow Airport for return flights. Extension stays for one or two nights at the tour hotel can be arranged. B*
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Included in Tour:
- Ten nights' accommodation in first-class hotels, all breakfasts (B), five dinners (D), one lunch (L), one tea (T).
- All sightseeing and literary inclusions as mentioned, transportation by deluxe air-conditioned coach, guided by Marian Bacon.
- Tips and taxes for included services at rates in application at date of preparation, porterage of one suitcase per person.
Not Included in Tour:
- Air fares, meals and visits not listed.
• Winchester Cathedral (Carol Moss)
• Lyme Regis (Carrie Bebris)
• Radcliffe Camera, Oxford (David Iliff, License CC BY-SA 3.0)
• Blue Plaque, Hans Place, London (Jane Austen Society of North America)