A Tour Provided by Pathfinders

July 20-29, 2007

Itinerary Highlights

Chawton Cottage
Chawton Cottage, Photo by Lynne Martens

7/20†† Meet Elizabeth Proudman, Austen Tour Specialist who will guide the tour, and Mary Lou White, previous tour organizer who will escort the group, at London Heathrow Airport.Travel by deluxe motorcoach to St. Nicholas Church in Steventon; later have tea at Ibthorpe House, home of Austen's friends Mary and Martha Lloyd.At Winchester Cathedral, join Helen LeFroy in a private ceremony at Jane Austenís grave.See the exterior of the house where Jane Austen died. Hotel in Winchester. Tea, D


7/21†† Enjoy a pictorial overview of the tour by Elizabeth Proudman and a visit to Winchester College, where Janeís nephews were educated.Meet British Janeites at the JAS AGM on the grounds of Chawton House Library.Be welcomed by Patrick Stokes, a descendant of Austenís brother Charles.Visit Austenís House, St. Nicholas Church, Chawton, and Chawton House Library, formerly the home of Austen's brother Edward.  Take tea in the converted stables of the great house. Hotel in Winchester. B, Tea


7/22†† Church service at Winchester Cathedral (optional).Travel to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and visit the HMS Victory and the Royal Naval Museum, site of the college where Francis and Charles Austen learned seamanship. Evening in Winchester with members of the Hampshire Branch of the Jane Austen Society.Hotel in Winchester.B, D


7/23†† Travel to Lyme Regis and walk the Cobb hearing relevant passages from Persuasion.See the Jane Austen Memorial Garden and meet Austen descendant Diana Shervington, who will show family memorabilia. Travel to Bath. Hotel in Bath. B, D


7/24†† Explore Jane Austenís Bath during a walking tour: the Pump Room and Assembly Rooms, Costume Museum, Jane Austen Centre, and exteriors of homes where the Austens lived.Have tea at 4 Sydney Place, the Austens' first Bath residence.Enjoy an elegant evening at Crowe Hall, a private home, including dinner and a concert of Austen-era music by a costumed trio. Hotel in Bath. B, Tea, D


7/25†† Travel through the Cotswolds to Oxford for a private visit at St. Johnís College, George Austenís college as student and don. Hear educator and Austen specialist, Tony Corley, speak of Oxford and the Reading school that Jane and Cassandra attended. Visit the site of that school in Reading. Hotel in Tunbridge Wells. B, D


7/26†† Be greeted at Goodnestone Park by Lady Fitzwalter, doubly descended from Jane Austen. Have a private tour of the house, church, and magnificent gardens. Enjoy lunch in the converted stables. Travel to Godmersham to see the exterior of Edward Knightís manor house and a tour of the grounds and gardens by the estate manager.Visit the church in Godmersham to see Austen/Knight memorials; hear a demonstration of bell-ringing. Hotel in Tunbridge Wells. B, L


7/27†† Visit the Tonbridge School, where Jane Austenís father was both student and teacher. In Sevenoaks see the exteriors of the private school where Janeís great-grandmother worked and the Red House where Janeís uncle had his lawyerís office. In London visit the British Library and see Janeís desk, original letters and manuscript of the cancelled chapter of Persuasion. Hotel in London. B


7/28†† Free morning with optional walk to the British Museum and Covent Garden, seeing Austen sites in both places. Afternoon tea and meeting with the London Group of the Jane Austen Society in Knightsbridge.Farewell dinner with a speaker from the JAS London group. Hotel in London. B, Tea, D


7/29†† Transfer to London Airport (either Heathrow or Gatwick). B