A Pathfinders Tour Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America

July 13-23, 2009

7/13 Join JASNA travelers at Heathrow Airport or at a tour-designated Heathrow area hotel. (Pre-tour arrangements will be available.) Austen Specialist Tour Guide, Elizabeth Proudman; Tour Escort, Mary Lou White; and a JASNA officer will greet you. Travel to central London by deluxe motor coach to the British Library where the Austen specialist will show Austen manuscripts, letters, and memorabilia. At the National Portrait Gallery see Cassandra’s portrait of Jane Austen and others prominent in her era. Travel to Kent for a get-acquainted cocktail party and welcome dinner. Hotel in Canterbury; D*

7/14 Gain an overview of the tour’s itinerary with an illustrated lecture by Elizabeth Proudman. Visit the house, gardens, and church of Goodnestone, home of the in-laws of Jane Austen’s brother Edward. Meet Lady FitzWalter, a descendant of that family, and lunch in the converted stables. Tour the grounds of Edward’s estate Godmersham and observe bell-ringing in the church. Hotel in Canterbury; B, L

7/15 Travel via Horsmonden and see the church and home of Jane Austen’s paternal grandparents. Continue to Sevenoaks, where there are more links with her grandparents and father. In Sevenoaks visit Knole Park, the magnificent ancestral home of Vita Sackville-West. Travel to Winchester. Hotel in Winchester; B, D

7/16 Participate in a service at Jane Austen’s grave in Winchester Cathedral. Optional: Take a walking tour in the historic city of Winchester. Travel to Alton and see the exterior of Ashe House, home of Mrs. LeFroy. Tour Ibthorpe House and gardens, where Jane’s friends the Lloyds lived, and have tea. Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea

7/17 Enjoy a special visit to Chawton commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Austens’ move to the village. Tour the Jane Austen House Museum with its particularly fine bookstore. See original letters of Jane Austen owned by the Museum. Visit Chawton Great House for a session in the Library and a guided tour of the house. Take tea and meet Chawton House Library’s chief executive, Steve Lawrence. Return to Winchester by way of the pretty little town of New Alresford. Free evening in Winchester. Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea

7/18 In Steventon, visit the church and site of Jane’s birthplace. Tour The Vyne, home of the Chutes, a prominent family during Austen’s time. Return to Chawton for the afternoon proceedings of the Jane Austen Society of the UK, with special greetings to the JASNA group by JAS Chairman /Austen descendant Patrick Stokes. The meeting is annually highlighted by a lecture and followed by evensong at St. Nicholas Church, Chawton. There will be a special dedication of the restored church bells, which rang during Austen’s lifetime; since JASNA contributed to the restoration project, our group will be recognized. Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea

7/19 Travel to Lyme Regis, walk on the Cobb, and hear a presentation by Austen descendant Diana Shervington. Travel through lovely countryside to Bath. Hotel in Bath; B, D


7/20 Tour Bath on foot in the steps of the Austen Family: visit the Jane Austen Centre, the Georgian House at No. 1 Royal Crescent, and the Assembly Rooms and Museum of Costume and see exteriors of Austen residences in Bath. Attend an evening musical performance and dinner in an elegant Bath private home. Hotel in Bath; B, D

7/21 Travel north to Lichfield, via Petty France (on Catherine Morland’s route to "Northanger Abbey"). In Lichfield visit the house and museum of Dr. Samuel Johnson (2009 in his tercentenary), a writer much admired by Jane Austen. Return to Warwick. Hotel in Warwick; B, D

7/22 Enjoy a private guided tour of Stoneleigh Abbey, once the home of the Leighs, Jane Austen’s mother’s family. In the charming village of Adlestrop see houses and the church that were there when the Austens visited. Have lunch in a private home. Return to Windsor for a farewell dinner. Hotel in Windsor; B, L, D

7/23 Following breakfast, vans will transport members to the major Heathrow terminals based on departure times and to central London for those who have made continuing arrangements with Pathfinders. Tour ends. B

*B, L, D, Tea indicate meals that are included in the tour price.