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  • Enjoy a magical banquet in the Great Hall of Christ Church, famous from its film role as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Explore Warwick Castle’s mysterious Ghost Town and Dungeons.
  • Hear tales from 11 centuries of history since Saxon times in the “city of dreaming spires.”

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Embrace the magical worlds of Narnia, Alice’s Wonderland, Middle Earth and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts on a journey with your family to enchanted Oxford. Explore locales and meet characters made famous by some of the world’s most creative and intriguing authors — Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roald Dahl and Philip Pullman. During interactive discussions with local experts, all generations of your family will delve into these legendary tales of elves and hobbits, wizards and muggles, to discover their indelible mark on world literature.

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Road Scholar Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.6 Meals
A Family Adventure in Magical Oxford: From the Narnia Chronicles to Harry Potter

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  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
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Don't go! March 2017

  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:

While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:

Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Day 1

Depart From: Depart US for UK. Overnight flight.

Day 2

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Morning: Transfers from London Heathrow to Linton Lodge Hotel.

Lunch: In hotel dining room, for those who arrive by lunchtime.

Afternoon: Transfers continue. Free afternoon. Welcome meeting around 5.00pm.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: Workshop for all: Orientation walk.

Day 3: Guest lecturer for adults and Oxford Playhouse wo...            

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Guest lecturer for adults and Oxford Playhouse workshop for children. Discover the new Warner Bros. Studio "The Making of Harry Potter".

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a Sorting Ceremony. The adult's programme begins today with an Oxford based guest lecturer such as Dr Anthony Richards, talking about the Inspector Morse series while children enjoy a drama workshop with staff from the Oxford Playhouse.

Lunch: Take a quick snack lunch in the hotel before departing for the afternoon field trip.

Afternoon: Enjoy an exciting field trip to the newly opened Warner Bros. Studio at Leavesden for "The Making of Harry Potter". The Warner Bros. website describes the experience: "People the world-over have been enchanted by the Harry Potter films for nearly a decade. The wonderful special effects and amazing creatures have made this iconic series beloved to both young and old and, now, for the first time, the doors are going to be opened for everyone at the studio where it first began. You'll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the most successful film series of all time." See the Great Hall at Hogwarts, walk down Diagon Alley, explore Dumbledore's office and other wizarding sets from the movies.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: The children have a Lyra's Oxford workshop. Adults are at leisure.

Day 4: Middle Earth and Narnia Day. Discovery session at...

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Middle Earth and Narnia Day. Discovery session at the Ashmolean Museum.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning, the adults will hear a talk on the Magical Oxford of Tolkien, while the children enjoy a Middle Earth mapping workshop.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Visit the Ashmolean Museum, one of the most famous museums in the UK, to see an amazing collection of objects including King Alfred’s Jewel. You will not only be able to handle many of the objects but you will also be shown how to interpret them so that you learn about the past. There will also be an opportunity to design and make some objects of your own, in imitation of those you see.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture for all on "Harry Potter's Film World".

Day 5: Warwick Castle.          

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we have an all day excursion to Warwick Castle, including a tour of the castle and its towers and dungeons. The finest medieval castle in England rises majestically from the banks of the River Avon on a site fortified by William the Conqueror in 1068. For centuries, Warwick castle was home to the mighty Earls of Warwick, who were to play such key roles in the War of the Roses and the Hundred Year War with France. Richard III once owned the castle before meeting his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: The excursion continues.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Enjoy entertainment by a Magician.

Day 6: Meet a Children's storyteller or book illustrator...         

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Meet a Children's storyteller or book illustrator/Evening visit to an Inspector Morse pub for adults, drama workshop for children

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a workshop with a children's storyteller or book illustrator, for all.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon, walk Lyra's Oxford including the Pitt Rivers Museum for children.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel for children, adults will enjoy a meal out.

Evening: Adults follow in the footsteps of Inspector Morse on a literary pub trail to The Old Book Binders Ale House. The Old Book Binders is a Jericho pub, featured in the Inspector Morse episode The Dead of Jericho. In the original novel, the pub was called the Printer’s Devil. Children take a drama workshop.

Day 7: The Maze at Blenheim Palace.          

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we have a full day field trip to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace is situated in a park created by the famous landscape gardener "Capability" Brown. It was given by the English nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory over the French troops in 1704. It is a perfect example of an 18th century princely home. The field trip at Blenheim Palace continues with a chance to explore the Palace Maze, one of the world's largest figurative hedge mazes.

Lunch: At Blenheim Place.

Afternoon: The coach returns to the hotel at 3:00pm.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: The adults view and discuss the video Shadowlands over a glass of wine while the children enjoy a drama rehearsal.

Day 8: Harry Potter day        

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning adults hear a lecture on C.S.Lewis' life and works. Children have a Harry Potter workshop.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch we follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter to New College and the Divinity School.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: The children perform a play for the adults.

Day 9: Alice's Christ Church.               

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Linton Lodge Hotel.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Grandparents hear a lecture on the Spirit of Oxford by John Hudson, course director. Children play Quidditch for Muggles. The coach departs for Oxford at 11:15am. There is an opportunity for optional punting for those of an adventurous nature.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: This afternoon we have a special guided walk around Christ Church where much of Harry Potter was filmed and where Lewis Carroll lived and was Dean.

Dinner: A Harry Potter themed banquet in the Great Hall at Christ Church.

Evening: Farewell and scrapbook presentation.

Day 10

Meals: Breakfast

Depart From: Transfers to London Heathrow airport for flights to N America.

Breakfast: In hotel dining room. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,099

Price Per Day:

$ 310 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • 8 nights of accommodations
  • 23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 5 Expert-led lectures
  • 7 Field trips
  • 11 Hands-on experiences
  • 1 Performance
  • Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
  • An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
  • The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, which is purchased on behalf of every participant and provides 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance services coverage.
  • Taxes
  • State-of-the-art QUIETVOX listening devices
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 8 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Internal airfare and ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
End City

Age Notes

Min. Age: 9

Trip ID#: AfaAdvRoa


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