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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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They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
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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A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • 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
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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Don't go! March 2017

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  • 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

5.0
  • 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

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  • 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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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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,659

Price Per Day:

$ 740 per person
 
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Details
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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