Fall 2020 Tour

September 13-21, 2020 (9 nights)

Meet the group at the hotel by 12 noon on the 13th and fly home on the 22nd.

Itinerary (tentative)

Here are some things you can look forward to:

  • Enjoying the company of a small group of tour participants (maximum 8 people)
  • Staying in 4- and 5- star hotels
  • Enjoying meals at famous restaurants as well as lesser known eateries favored by locals
  • Traveling in a modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Attending a village circus
  • Visiting Dame Zondra Rhodes’ Fashion and Textile Museum where you will view her designs for people including Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana
  • Taking a “foodie tour” (sampling as you go) on the history of food in Bath, England
  • Spending an afternoon relaxing in Bath’s Thermae Spa
  • Seeing the much-anticipated Alice in Wonderland exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum celebrating more than 150 years since the publication of Lewis Carroll’s book
  • Participating in a book discussion and afternoon tea at Persephone Books in London
  • Spending a day in Canterbury, first made famous by Chaucer, touring Canterbury Cathedral and viewing the spot where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered at the order of King Henry II
  • Seeing Winston Churchill’s papers and paintings at his home at Chartwell and exploring the nearby underground hospital and tunnels used in World War II
  • Viewing the stunning White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle
  • Sitting in the jury box at a performance of award-winning “Witness for the Prosecution” in London’s County Courtroom.
  • Walking through Eltham Palace, a medieval palace transformed into “the finest art deco interiors in England”
  • And more!


May 13-21, 2020 (9 nights)

Meet the group at the hotel by 12 noon on the 13th and fly home on the 22nd. 

​​Mary Valentine has been leading tours of England since 2007. For this tour, she’s picked the places most liked by previous participants and added some new ones as well. Our goal is to take you to places in England that you wouldn’t usually see on a tour. We keep our groups small (8- 10 people) and have dinner together each night, so you’re guaranteed interesting conversation as you get to know each other.

Here’s what is currently being planned. Items may be added or adjusted as we get closer to May.

You can expect to:

  • Stay in 4 and 5-star hotels
  • Attend a performance of Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” in a real courtroom
  • Visit the new David Hockney exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery
  • Enjoy tea and scones as we participate in a book discussion at Persephone Books (You’ll have been given the title with plenty of advance notice.)
  • Dine at the Portrait Restaurant overlooking the lights of London
  • Visit London’s Foundling Museum and hear the heartbreaking stories of abandoned children in Victorian times
  • Tour Charles Dickens’ home in London
  • Dine at internationally famous Ottolenghi’s restaurant
  • Spend an afternoon exploring the colleges in Oxford
  • Visit Agatha Christie’s stunning home on the “English Riviera”
  • Explore English villages
  • Experience a village circus. Dine after the show with the performers.
  • Tour Prince Charles’ gardens at Highgrove
  • Sample amazing food and learn about tea on a foodie tour in Bath, England
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Thermae Spa in Bath
  • Be dazzled by the displays at the annual Chelsea Flower Show
  • Learn about the history of fashion at Dame Zondra Rhodes’ Fashion and Textile Museum. (She designed for Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana.) ​