Highlights
  • See the best players in the world compete for two days at Center Court.
  • Discuss the history of Wimbledon with Richard Evans, broadcaster, journalist, author and esteemed tennis historian.
  • Hear insights from ESPN commentator Chris Bowers. Learn the history of Real Tennis from a professional at historic Hatfield House, and try the game for yourself.

Strawberries and cream. Borg and McEnroe. Venus and Serena. Federer and Nadal. In all of sports there is nothing like the tradition, history and athletic perfection of the Wimbledon Championships. Join us for two days of the tournament with coveted seats at the All England Club’s Centre Court. Outside of the tournament, we have an exciting schedule planned, offering a complete immersion into the wonderful experience of tennis in its birthplace.

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Centre Court at Wimbledon: Inside the World’s Most Historic Tennis Tournament

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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

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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:
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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:
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Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Best trip I ever took! October 2016

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Loved the variety of different hotels, the expertise of the individual tour guides, the meals and especially the beautiful countryside. All 17 of us on the t rip got to know each other well, thanks to the kindness, the personality and the organizational skill of Mark, our tour director. Keep up the good work!
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Sunrise, Sunset, Learning Photography August 2016

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Road Scholar offers many tours starting in Utah. The one I took focused of photography of the National Parks in Utah, with a professional photographer traveling with us. The schedule was set up such that we would get "the golden light" at each of the parks. Those not familiar with the term must know that the best light occurs at either sunrise or sunset, when the impact of the sun on objects is diffused by having to travel through the earth's atmosphere on a diagonal rather than vertically.

As such, you can now expect that sleep will be an issue as you will get to bed late and rise early. But the territory is beautiful at all times, and more so illuminated by the golden light.

In order to maximize your sleeping ability, the tour is only offered in the spring and the fall. Doing this in the winter would be pretty cold and require special equipment to traverse the snow. Doing it in the summer would basically mean no sleep as the daylight is so long.

A great learning experience in beautiful territory.
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Thank you Road Scholar July 2016

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Thank you Road Scholar Staff for planning a wonderful introduction to Cuba today. My previous knowledge was from people who felt they had to leave Cuba more than fifty years ago. I learned from qualified professors, tour guides and from talking to Cuban people from different parts of Cuba who work in different kinds of jobs. I could see how the Cuban people have come together to meet the challenges of the past and to prepare for a brighter future.
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Thank you Road Scholar! July 2016

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Road Scholar tours are the best bang for your buck

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Fabulous! July 2016

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This is a fabulous program for young and old. The instructors are great with kids and adults. The activities are very well organized and varied. My grandson is already making plans for next year.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight flight from US

In Flight

Day 2: Arrival Day and Welcome, London, England

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Lunch: Lunch on arrival day is not included.

Afternoon: At leisure before a welcome meeting and programme overview in the hotel at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Your group leader will lead an orientation of the area.

Day 3: Real Tennis at Hatfield House, London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Hatfield House, to explore the childhood home of Elizabeth I. In the morning, we will explore the world of "Real or Royal Tennis." Real tennis – one of several games sometimes called "the sport of kings" – is the original indoor racquet sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis (usually simply called tennis), is descended. It is also known as court tennis in the United States, formerly royal tennis in England and Australia (now real tennis), and courte-paume in France (a reference to the older, racquetless game of jeu de paume, the ancestor of modern handball and racquet games; many French real tennis courts are at jeu de paume clubs). The term real was first used by journalists in the middle of the 20th century to distinguish the ancient game from modern lawn tennis (even though that sport is seldom contested on lawns these days outside the few social-club-managed estates such as Wimbledon). Real tennis players often call the game "tennis" while continuing to refer to its more widely played offshoot as "lawn tennis." Real tennis is still played by enthusiasts or realists.

Lunch: At Hatfield House.

Afternoon: The field trip continues. Discover the treasures of this historic royal home with an expertly guided visit.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 4: Guest speaker Chris Bowers, London, England

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: In the hotel. Lectures by Richard Evans. Richard is a tennis commentator, broadcaster, journalist and author of books on the history of tennis, the lawn tennis association. Teas, coffees and pastries.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: After dinner talk by Chris Bowers-The Professional Game. Chris will be commentating from Monday for ESPN and has just returned from the French Open at Roland Garros and the Women's tennis tournament at Eastbourne.

Day 5: The Art of Umpiring, London, England

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: The View from the Chair by a Lawn Tennis Association professional tennis umpire at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton (subject to availability).

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to maybe watch the Opening Rounds on TV as Andy Murray defends his title.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Centre Court at The Wimbledon Championships, London, England

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotlel.

Morning: A full day at Centre Court, The Wimbledon Championships. Travel by underground to Southfields station (London travel card, underground map and useful information will be included in your welcome packet). Take a shuttle bus to The Wimbledon Experience, where you wil receive your reserved-seating tickets, Wimbledon souvenir map, official programme, complimentary tea, coffee and Danishes. You then have admission to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. For a sporting venue known for its strict adherence to tradition, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is impressively futuristic, with its 3D cinema explaining the science of the game and a holographic John McEnroe (yes, seriously) roaming the dressing room. Interviews with players are broadcast on TV screens and an interactive area allows visitors to handle racquets, test their reaction skills in simulation games and have their picture taken with the singles trophies. Tracing the history of lawn tennis, there is memorabilia dating as far back as 1555, while new additions to the collection include outfits worn in the 2011 Championships by winners Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova and an exhibition dedicated to Fred Perry. At the centre of the show are the famous Championship trophies, as held aloft by the game's greatest players. There is also a display dedicated to a proud Wimbledon tradition, the queue.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: The tennis continues.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Tennis continues perhaps under the roof.

Day 7: Centre Court Wimbledon, London, England

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: The tennis continues at Wimbledon outer courts.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Tennis on Centre Court.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Tennis continues.

Day 8: At Leisure, London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotlel.

Morning: Free day to enjoy London's many museums, galleries and parks.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: Program Concludes, London, England

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

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Trip Includes
  • 7 nights of accommodations
  • 3 expert-led lectures
  • 1 expert-led field trip
  • 3 hands-on experiences
  • 1 performance
  • 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:

7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners

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

Millennium Gloucester Hotel: 7 nights  London

A modern hotel in fashionable Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.

Start City
London
End City
London
Guides

Chris Bowers

Chris Bowers has been reporting on the international tennis scene since 1986, the year Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova won singles titles. He has commentated on Wimbledon for the BBC since 1994. Fluent in French and German, Chris is the author of several books, including “The Book of Tennis” and “Roger Federer: The Greatest,” which chronicles the career of the 16-time Grand Slam and seven-time Wimbledon champion.

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