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Highlights
  • Gain insight into the events of the First World War with renowned experts, authors, historians and broadcasters during a private conference in Oxford.
  • Enjoy the experience of studying at a major Oxford college.
  • Join speakers for discussions of the major events of 1917.

On July 28, 1914 in Serbia, the first shots of the Great War were fired. Four years later, more than 9 million soldiers had lost their lives, while another 21 million suffered injuries. We invite you to join distinguished scholars and historians in Oxford, England for a historic conference event. Delve into the battles, the strategy, the weapons, the politics and the lasting effects of the war with leading experts at the conference.

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An Oxford WWI Conference: Remembering The Great War

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Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
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  • 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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Road Scholar July 2016

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
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  • Transportation 5.0
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What could be better -- lectures on a major world event by knowledgeable, articulate professors with a senses of humor in an Oxford college that provided gourmet meals, fine accommodations, and pleasant grounds and with interesting companions from all over the country.
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Road Scholar tour July 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The WWI Conference was informative, the speakers were engaging, the conference leads were well organized and kept everything in order. The setting, both St. Hugh's College and Oxford University, is are delightful. The participants come from a variety of backgrounds but have a common interest; it made for great interaction during the conference.
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Road Scholar July 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I signed on to this adventure looking for "thoughtful content in a compelling setting." Exploring WW I, military intelligence, and British culture within the aura of Oxford University greatly exceeded this original intention.
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They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrival Day, Welcome reception, Oxford

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: St Hugh's College

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The college is within walking distance of central Oxford and Summertown, North Oxford with its cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Arrivals continue, with free time for those who have already arrived. At 5:30pm we will have an Orientation meeting. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will facilitate your educational content, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. Due to the high profile nature of many of our speakers, most will be confirmed by the time of the first set of Preparatory Materials, however there may be changes due to reasons beyond our control. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following the meeting we invite you to join us for a Welcome Reception with wine.

Dinner: Served dinner with wine, tea, coffee and water.

Evening: Free time.

Day 3: 1917: The Darkest Year, the AEF, American entry, Oxford

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room. A breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold items, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: This morning we begin our lecture series with Dr Spencer Jones, Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton on 1917 The Darkest Year. Refreshment break followed by Lt. Col. Andrew Duff on the American Expeditionary Force and Military Operations.

Lunch: Served in the dining room. A two course lunch with tea, coffee and tap water.

Afternoon: After lunch we join Professor Stephen Badsey on the US Entry to the War and British Propaganda before enjoying some free time. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions should you wish to further explore Oxford.

Dinner: Served in the dining room. A three course dinner with tea, coffee and tap water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Free time, or join Dr Spencer Jones on 'The Hell they called Passchendaele: The British Army and the Third Battle of Ypres, 1917'.

Day 4: U-Boats, Lessons of the Somme, Mapping, Oxford

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Our first of two lectures this morning will see Professor Andrew Lambert discuss Grinding Attrition: the U-Boat Threat. Refreshment break. Professor Bill Philpott considers The Lessons of the Somme.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: The lectures continue with Dr Peter Chasseaud on Gunners on the Grid: Maps, surveys and the creation of an integrated system on the Western Front, 1914-18. Free time.

Dinner: Served in the dining room.

Evening: Join Dr Spencer Jones as he discusses Cambrai: The First Great Tank Battle.

Day 5: Palestine, the War in East Africa, Oxford

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Dr James Kitchen discusses The Palestine Campaign 1917 Following our now traditional break for coffee and some fresh air we’ll gather with Dr Stuart Mitchell on The War in East Africa.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon we join TBC

Dinner: Served in the dining room.

Evening: Free time.

Day 6: British Generalship, Germans at Ypres, Oxford

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Professor Gary Sheffield begins the day with a consideration of British Generalship on the Western Front 1917. After a refreshment break Dr Matthias Strohn lectures on the German Army at Ypres 1917.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for you to explore the city of dreaming spires.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

Day 7: Middle East, the French Army, Oxford

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We join Dr Rob Johnson in an examination of the Middle East in 1917. Refreshment break followed by Dr Jonathan Boff on Mutiny and the French Army 1917.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lecture: Dr Jonathan Krause on the German Army in 1917. Free time.

Dinner: Served in the dining room.

Evening: Relax and enjoy a guided whiskey tasting with your Study Leader, John Harris.

Day 8: Exploring Oxford

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: St Hugh's College

Activity note: Walking up to two miles on city streets.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We stretch our legs in the city of dreaming spires as our Study Leader, John Harris, takes us on an expert-led walk of Oxford. We’ll walk along St. Giles past the famous Eagle & Child pub – home to meetings of the Inklings, a group of Oxford authors including CS Lewis and Tolkein – before making our way past St. John’s College and Balliol to the Martyr’s Memorial. As we push further into the city centre we’ll see some renowned colleges and remarkable buildings, including the Sheldonian Theatre, the Divinity School, the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the city of Oxford at your leisure. Your Group Leader will be happy to help with recommendations and directions. For those continuing on to the extension meet for an informal welcome with the Group Leader at 4:30pm.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

Day 9: Espionage Act , Russia. Gala Dinner, Oxford

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: This morning join intelligence expert Nigel West as he discusses “The Espionage Act of 1917". Coffee break. TBC War and the Russia Revolution.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Dr Spencer Jones joins us one final time for a round-up of everything you’ve learned over the course of the programme. We’ll discuss the themes and major events of 1917, and there will be time for any burning questions you still might have. Following the round up you are invited to join us for a reception with wine before our gala dinner.

Dinner: A gala dinner with wine served in the dining room.

Evening: Free time.

Day 10: Program Concludes, Oxford

Meals: Breakfast

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

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,985

Price Per Day:

$ 299 per person
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 8 nights of accommodations
  • 19 expert-led lectures
  • 1 expert-led field trip
  • 1 hands-on experience
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

St Hugh's College: 8 nights  Oxford

Set within fourteen acres of quiet, leafy North Oxford, St Hugh’s College, part of the University of Oxford is one of the loveliest hidden delights of Oxford.

Start City
Oxford
End City
Oxford
Guides

Andrew Duff

Lt. Col. Andrew Duff attended prestigious Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Royal Anglian Regiment where he commanded operational tours in Cyprus, N. Ireland and Belize. He has military operations, intelligence, security, exercise planning, training major, training officer and head officer of Arctic warfare training under his belt. With his love of military history and his experience, Lt. Col. Duff makes a battlefield come alive as he exposes the story of war from all angles.

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