Tour description

Music and Theatre in London – with visits to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Bath

On this leisurely 16-day tour to London and surrounding cities, we will enjoy a combination of music, theatre and historical and cultural tours. Upon arrival, we will board our coach and head straight to Oxford for a three-night stay. During our time here we’ll have a walking tour of Oxford University and visit the Bate Collection of musical instruments and the Oxford Botanical Gardens, the UK’s oldest, founded in 1621. From Oxford we travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. We plan to attend a play and enjoy an excursion to Coventry Cathedral. We then take a scenic drive through the Cotswolds to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, where we will have a walking tour, including a visit to the Roman Baths. Our final stop for five nights is London, where we will attend a play and a musical in the West End, two classical musical performances, visit the Victoria and Albert Museum and take a boat trip on the Thames to Greenwich.

Tour activity level: mild

Participants should be in good health, be able to walk reasonable distances, at times on uneven surfaces, and get on and off buses, subways and boats with ease.

Academic resource

Robert Holliston is an accompanist and chamber player, who studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin and Winnifred Scott Wood and at UBC under Robert Rogers. He has performed throughout Canada and the US, England, and New Zealand and recorded CDs with many other artists. Robert is currently keyboard department head and vocal coach at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, as well as Curator, Public Engagement, Pacific Opera Victoria. A popular and entertaining public speaker, Robert has given pre-performance Lobby Lectures for Pacific Opera Victoria since 1993. Additionally, he has led three previous tours to New York City, five tours to the Santa Fe Opera and two to Newfoundland for Continuing Studies’ Travel Study program, and has taught numerous courses in our community education program.

Pre-tour sessions

Your five pre-tour classroom sessions will take place on Thursdays, May 14 to June 11 from 7 to 9 pm. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

Tour dates June 15 – 30, 2020
Total tour cost$8,750.00
Early bird cost*$8,500.00
Single supplement$2,160.00

To ensure a place on this tour a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by March 6, 2020 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on March 13, 2020.

*Early bird: Pay your deposit by Dec. 20, 2019 and receive a $250 reduction on your balance of payment.

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