Encore Travel: England in 2019

Encore surveyed the participants in the 2018 Canada concert tour:  "Where do you want to go next?" 

First choice was London, with an optional crossing on the Queen Mary 2.  So...

2019 Encore Concert Tour of London

London Sign Up 2Encore Creativity for Older Adults, partnering with Classical Movements and Cunard Line, announces our fabulous Spring 2019 concert tour to London, England. Participants will have the option to travel to England aboard the Queen Mary 2, with a final day concert in the Queen’s Ballroom, or travel via air directly to London.

Queen Mary 2 departure from New York will be on May 24, 2019.  Or fly to London on May 30th.  The tour will end on June 6th.

Planning includes at least two concerts in famous cathedrals and excursions to Oxford and Kent.  Concerts will include a joint performance with the Kent Police Male Voice Choir.

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DAY -7 to 1: NEW YORK CITY - SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND ABOART THE QUEEN MARY 2 (OPTIONAL)

QM2 PhotoStep into a world of effortless indulgence and inspiration aboard the world's only true ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, for the iconic Transatlantic Crossing. Seven days of discovery and delight await.

Singers will rehearse for 90 minutes each morning, then on the last day perform a concert in the luxurious Queen's Ballroom at High Tea.

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DAY 1: WASHINGTON –LONDON

§  Depart on an overnight flight, arriving in London in the morning.

DAY 2: SOUTHAMPTON –LONDON (WD)

Windsor Castle§  Upon arrival at Southampton Docks or London Heathrow Airport, meet your Tour Manager and Local Guide(s).
§  Travel to Windsor Castle, the sprawling royal residence and seat of the ruling family. The 800-year-old medieval castle, with sumptuous state apartments and a grand reception hall, displays a fascinating array of architectural styles.
§  Lunch on your own.
§  Check into the London hotel.
§  Group welcome dinner.
§  Overnight in London.

 

DAY 3: LONDON (B, L, D*)

St Pauls Cathedral London§  Breakfast at the hotel.
§  You will enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of London, including iconic sights such as Westminster Abbey or the Tower of London.
§  Thames lunch cruise.
§  Acoustic rehearsal and sound check.
§  CONCERT I: Possible venues include: Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church, and others. Possible exchange with a local choir.
§  Group dinner.
§  Overnight in London.

 DAY 4: OXFORD (B, L)

Oxford§  Breakfast at the hotel.
§  Half-or full-day excursion to Oxford, “the city of dreaming spires.” Home to England’s oldest university, the town offers stunning architecture, a host of cultural attractions, and no shortage of pubs. (Bath, Brighton, the CotswoldsAONB, Oxford, Cambridge, Winchester, and other options are possible.)
§  Group lunch.
§  Attend an Evensong performance at St. Mary’s, Christ Church, or Kings if in session.
§  Free evening. Dinner on your own.
§  Overnight in London.

 

 DAY 5: LONDON –KENT  (B, L)

Leeds Castle 7§  Breakfast at the hotel. Checkout of the London hotel.
§  Visit Leeds Castle. Set on two small islands in the middle of a lake and surrounded by 500 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Leeds Castle dates from the Norman era and is one of the best-preserved castles in Britain.
§  Group lunch.
§  Check into hotel.
§  Free evening. Dinner on your own.
§  Overnight in or near Maidstone.

 

 DAY 6: KENT (B, D)

Kent Police 15§  Breakfast at the hotel.
§  Enjoy a morning tour of Canterbury Cathedral, the magnificent 11th-century cathedral where Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170. His tomb and the cathedral have for centuries attracted pilgrims and travelers, including characters immortalized in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Much of the stained glass in the cathedral remains intact from the 13th century.
§  Lunch on your own.
§  Exchange, acoustic rehearsal and sound check.
§  CONCERT/EXCHANGE II: Possible exchange and concert with the Kent Police Male Voice Choir. Possible venues include Canterbury or Rochester Cathedrals.
§  Group dinner.
§  Overnight in or near Maidstone.

 

DAY 7: KENT –LONDON (B, L, FD)

Sissinghurst§  Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the Maidstone Hotel.
§  Enjoy a scenic steam train ride on the Bluebell Railway through High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a medieval landscape of wooded, rolling hills studded with sandstone outcrops, scattered farmsteads and fields, and ancient routeways. Railway stops include High Weald towns such as HorstedKeynes, Sheffield Park, and Kingscote.
§  Group lunch.
§  Visit the Bluebell Vineyard and Estates or Sissinghurst Estate and Gardens.
§  Farewell dinner.
§  Check into the London hotel.
§  Overnight in London.

 

DAY 8: LONDON –USA (B)

§  Breakfast at the hotel.
§  Check out of the hotel.
§  Transfer to the airport and fly home. Arrive home the same day.

END OF TOUR

 (* B = Breakfast Included; L = Lunch; D= Dinner)