JASNA-sponsored tour of England

JANE AUSTEN: By the Sea, June 21-July 2, 2001


Itinerary Highlights

Thu 6/21 Meet tour organizer Mary Lou White at Newark Airport and get acquainted with other members of this JASNA-sponsored Austen Tour. Fly as a group from Newark at 6:30 p.m. via Virgin Atlantic's flight #18. D (aloft)

Fri 6/22 Arrive Gatwick Airportat 6:10 a.m. and be met by Elizabeth Proudman, tour guide. Travel via air-conditioned motorcoach to Sevenoaks for morning coffee and a walking tour past the Red House and Sevenoaks School. In Ramsgate, take a walking tour of this handsome resort and working port that was visited by Georgiana Darcy and Mr. Wickham. Relax over independent lunch. Depart for Canterbury and and enjoy free time to explore Canterbury Cathedral. Join the tour Welcome Party and Dinner. County Hotel, Canterbury. B (aloft), D

Sat 6/23 Savor a cooked English breakfast which begins each morning. Become tour oriented by Elizabeth Proudmanís slide lecture. Spend free time in Canterbury. Travel to Goodnestone Park, private home of Lord and Lady Fitzwalter, Patrons of the Kent Branch of the Jane Austen Society. Following a tour lunch, hear Jane Austenís family descendents, Francis and Alwyn Austen, discuss Janeís seafaring brothers. Tour Goodnestone house, gardens, and village. Visit Godmersham Park for a tour of the house, gardens, and local parish church, guided by the Estate Manager and another noted Austen enthusiast. Free evening.  County Hotel, Canterbury. B, L

Sun 6/24 Depart for Brighton early in the morning. Enjoy independent lunch in this seaside resort that was frequented by the Prince Regent, George IV. Tour the brilliantly restored Royal Pavilion originally designed by John Nash with exotic motifs. Stroll on the seafront promenade or the Palace Pier. Travel to the hotel in Winchester, check in and relax before the tour dinner. Royal Hotel, Winchester. B, D

Mon 6/25 In Southampton have morning coffee at the Dolphin Hotel and see the Assembly Rooms where Jane danced. Walk the ramparts in Portsmouth as Fanny did in Mansfield Park.. Following independent lunch, tour the HMS Victory and browse through the Naval Museum. Back in Winchester, enjoy a free evening. An option is to meet with other tour participants for an evening program of Austen-themed conversations, perhaps considering the difference between social life in the finished novels and the changes in Janeís life that inspired Sanditon. Royal Hotel, Winchester. B

Tue 6/26 Stroll on a walking tour of Winchester. An option is a visit to 8 College Street in Winchester, the home where Jane Austen died. Participate in a floral tribute at Jane Austenís grave in Winchester Cathedral. Depart for Chawton and hear greetings from Susan McCartan, Honorary Secretary of the JAS, Tom Carpenter, Administrator, and Jean Bowden, Curator of Jane Austenís House. Visit Jane Austenís House at your leisure. Hear about landscaping progress for the Chawton House Library by Casssandra Knight, descendent of Jane Austenís brother, Edward Austen Knight. Free evening in Winchester, perhaps sharing reflections on Jane Austen. Royal Hotel, Winchester. B

Wed 6/27 Depart for morning coffee at Ibthorpe House. Tour the house and gardens where Jane Austen visited with her friends, the Lloyds. Leave for Bath and arrive in time for independent lunch and shopping. In the mid afternoon, walk to 4 Sydney Place and have tea where Jane Austen and her family first lived in Bath. Continue the free time throughout the evening. Optionally, you may want to share Austen-themed conversations with 
participants. Prattís Hotel, Bath. B, Morning Coffee, Tea

Thu 6/28 Tour the Assembly Rooms and Museum of Costume and participate in a walking tour to the Royal Crescent and gravel path. Free afternoon for shopping or visiting the new Jane Austen Centre in Bath. In the evening, take cocktails on the patio of Crowe Hall, a privately owned stately home with lovely gardens and views. Following a tour dinner enjoy a vocal music program featuring songs from the Austen era by a costumed trio. Prattís Hotel, Bath. B, D

Fri 6/29 Depart for Sidmouth, a seaside resort where the Austen Family spent holidays during their years in Bath. Participate in a script reading on 
the beach of  "Jane Austen and Her Sailor Brothers." Choose between options: Spend a quiet, relaxing afternoon walking on the South Devon Coast Path enjoying the wide range of birdlife, or, travel to Exmouth, another seaside resort that might have inspired Sanditon. While there, visit the folly, A La Ronde, which was built in 1789. Free evening. Hotel in Sidmouth, B

Sat 6/30 Depart for the nearby seaside resort, Lyme Regis. Visit the Jane Austen Memorial Gardens on the cliffside. Then walk to the Cobb for readings from Persuasion beside Grannyís Teeth. In the early afternoon, meet Austen descendent Diana Shervington as she discusses and shows Jane Austenís artifacts that have been handed down by family members. Following tour dinner in Sidmouth, hear Austen scholar, Maggie Lane, tell of Jane Austenís fascination with the rise of seaside resorts and relate these sites to Sanditon. Hotel in Sidmouth, B, D

Sun 7/1 Travel to Weymouth, another seaside resort made popular by King George III. Dine independently in this still popular Georgian holiday port. In Steventon, attend a service in St. Nicholas Church with a sermon on a Jane Austen theme by the Rev. Michael Kenning and special music from the era. Be greeted by the warm welcoming members of the Friends of St. Nicholas Church. Walk through the neighborhood where Jane Austen spent her youth, noting houses important to her. Enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel near Gatwick Airport. Russ Hill Hotel, Russ Hill. B, D

Fri 7/2 Take the option for an early morning swim at the recreation center of the hotel, savoring Jane Austenís fascination with seaside resorts 
of her day. Depart for Gatwick Airport via motorcoach for the 1 p.m. Virgin Atlantic flight #17 to Newark. Arrive at 3:40 p.m. contemplating your 
personal search for Sanditon. B, L (aloft)

B, L, Tea, D, refers to breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner included as part of the tour.