JANE AUSTEN: 200TH ANNIVERSARY
- TOUR DATES: September 8 to 10, 2017
- Three day tour with a Jane Austen specialist tour guide
- Tour includes Jane Austen Festival in Bath
- Two nights accommodation at historic coaching inn in Hampshire
- Tour starts and ends in London
Against a nostalgic backdrop of small villages and stately homes, Jane Austen's legendary novels take her readers back to 19th Century England. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane's death and what better way to celebrate one of the most famous novelists than embarking on a tour following her footsteps? Lead by our expert Jane Austen tour guide, we visit her childhood home in Steventon; Chawton, where she revised and decided to publish her most famous works; Winchester, where she died and is buried and the beautiful city of Bath, with its famous Pump Room, Assembly Rooms and Jane Austen Centre to really experience the Bath society brought to life in her novels. We'll enjoy delicious Georgian-style afternoon teas and typical pub lunches as we visit locations used in the filming of Emma and Pride and Prejudice and the stunning houses which inspired the grand homes in her novels.
Day 1 Friday September 8
Morning departure from London for the county of Hampshire. Lead by our Jane Austen guide we take you back in time to the 18th and 19th Centuries, through a countryside of turnpikes and toll roads. Visit one of the important posting-houses and discover the fashionable modes of transport in Jane Austen's novels: the curricle, the barouche landau and the gig. Lunch in a typical 18th Century pub, followed by a walking tour of Winchester including the city museum and house where Austen died. Visit 11th Century Winchester Cathedral, to see where Jane Austen is buried and enjoy a tour of the Cathedral. This is truly Austen country and we promise many surprising additions along the way! Overnight accommodation in Hampshire hotel.
Day 2 Saturday September 9
The elegant Georgian city of Bath and a walking tour of the sites and houses where Jane Austen lived and visited. Explore places made famous in her Bath novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, such as the Assembly Rooms, Pump Room, Abbey Church Yard and Bath Street. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the events and drama of the Jane Austen Festival. Visit the Jane Austen Centre and enjoy the authentic period atmosphere and watch the video of Jane Austen's Bath. Lunch at leisure, followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Lacock, a popular setting for period dramas as it remains much as it did in the 18th Century. Lacock's Church Street and High Street appear as locations in Emma and Pride & Prejudice. Option of a typical English afternoon tea in a country tea room or gardens. Overnight accommodation in Hampshire hotel.
Day 3 Sunday September 10
We drive through the English countryside, seeing villages with thatched roof cottages and houses very much as they were during Jane's time. Visit the site of Steventon Rectory, where Jane Austen was born and lived until she was twenty-five and where the initial drafts of Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice were written. Halt at the old posting inn at Deane Gate and learn of its connections with Jane's brother and visit The Vyne, a large stately home where Jane and her sister attended society dances. Explore Jane Austen's home in Chawton where she lived for the last eight years of her life and the museum housing a fine range of Austen memorabilia. It was here that she revised and decided to publish Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Close by is St Nicholas' Church, where Austen's mother and sister are buried. Return to London early evening.
Photographs: Main Image; Royal Crescent Bath; Jane Austen's House Chawton; Roman Baths © VisitEngland
Included in the per person price: Transportation from central London and return; tour guide; 2 nights bed and breakfast in a 3 star Basingstoke hotel; all sightseeing as listed in the tour and entrance fees to Winchester Cathedral, The Jane Austen Centre, The Vyne and Chawton.
All prices are per person. We require a 20% deposit to secure your booking. We will inform you by email when the balance is due.
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