Tour Itinerary

Jane Austen: Celebrating Sense and Sensibility

A 2011 Pathfinders Tour Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Inc.

July 14-23, 2011

Itinerary Highlights (Tentative as of January 2011)

7/14 Join JASNA members at Heathrow Airport or a hotel in the Heathrow area.  (Pre-tour arrangements will be offered.)  Tour escort and a JASNA officer will greet members.  Travel by private motor coach to Steventon, Austen’s birthplace, to see the village and the site of the rectory and visit St Nicholas Church where Jane was baptised.  Steventon parishioners will speak of Steventon “then and now.”  Afterward, walk in the gardens of Ashe House (home of Mme Lefroy), then continue to Winchester for a welcome dinner.  Hotel in Winchester; D*

7/15 Journey into the Hampshire countryside to explore the town of Alton and nearby Chawton village.  Tour Chawton Cottage, now Jane Austen’s House Museum, then visit Chawton House Library for a private guided tour and a talk by CHL Director Steven Lawrence.  Continue to Ibthorpe House (home of Mary and Martha Lloyd) for a private tour and tea with the owners.  Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea

7/16 Participate in a private ceremony at Jane Austen’s grave in Winchester Cathedral, with the remainder of the morning free to explore Winchester’s historic city centre and fine shops.  Optional tour of 8 College Street, where Jane Austen died (separate pricing).  Return to Chawton to attend the annual meeting of the UK Jane Austen Society.  Opportunity to meet JAS members over tea and attend the Evensong service in Chawton’s St. Nicholas Church.  Return to Winchester.  Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea

7/17 Leave Jane Austen’s home county of Hampshire to travel westwards across the Salisbury Plain to the National Trust-owned village of Lacock, the location used for “Meryton” in the 1995 adaptation of P&P.  Travel from Lacock to the beautiful 18th-century city of Bath for a two-night stay.  Take an introductory tour of the city, then visit the Jane Austen Centre and use free time to explore.  Meet for dinner at the hotel.  Hotel in Bath; B, D

7/18 Take a guided walking tour of Bath in the steps of the Austen family.  Visit the Assembly Rooms and the Museum of Costume; see the Royal Circus and Royal Crescent, some of England’s finest cityscapes.  Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying Bath’s many museums and shops.  Enjoy an evening dinner party in an elegant private house near Bath, followed by an Austen-themed musical performance.  Hotel in Bath; B, D

7/19 Travel to Lyme Regis on the seacoast of Dorset.  Walk the Cobb; hear a reading from Persuasion by Patrick Stokes, a descendant of Charles Austen; and attend a presentation by Austen descendant Diana Shervington.  Continue west into Devonshire, visiting the Regency resort-town of Sidmouth, where the Austen family spent several summer vacations, and Exmouth, another Austen seaside haunt.  Travel to Exeter with a brief diversion to Upton Pyne, which may have been the inspiration for Barton village.  Dinner at our hotel.  Hotel in Exeter; B, D

7/20 Journey to Saltram House in Plympton for a private tour of the former home of the Earl and Countess Morley, which was used in the 1995 film adaptation of S&S.  View a special exhibit of letters exchanged between Jane Austen and Lady Morley and enjoy a short piano recital, followed by lunch in the restaurant and free time to tour the gardens.  From Saltram House, travel to the sea-port city of Plymouth and visit the “Hoe,” the Citadel, and the Mayflower Stone.  On the return to Exeter, stop in the village of Berry Pomeroy to view the church used in the wedding scene in the 1995 version of S&S, then visit Dawlish, Robert and Lucy’s honeymoon destination.  Free evening; dinner on your own.  Hotel in Exeter; B, L

7/21 Set out for London, stopping enroute in the cathedral city of Salisbury to tour Mompesson House, the fine Queen Anne townhouse that served as a location for Mrs Jennings’ London townhouse in the 1995 S&S.  Free time for an independent visit to the Cathedral and the Cathedral Close, which served as a London street location in the film.  After arriving in London and settling into our Mayfair hotel, explore the fashionable neighborhood and some of the “real” sites mentioned in S&S.  Evening at leisure; opportunity to attend the theatre.  Hotel in London; B

7/22 Visit the British Library to view Jane Austen’s desk, manuscripts, and letters.  Continue to Hampstead to visit Kenwood House, a very fine Robert Adam mansion, and its Duelling Grounds, which may have been the inspiration for the setting of the Brandon-Willoughby duel.  Return for a late lunch and an afternoon at leisure, followed by a farewell dinner in Covent Garden and a stroll to Henrietta Street, where Austen stayed while in London.  Hotel in London; B, D

7/23 Following breakfast, vans will transfer members to the Heathrow and Gatwick airports.  Those prolonging their stay must make their own transportation arrangements if moving to another hotel and when returning to the airport.  Tour ends.

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