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Highlights
  • Get an in-depth look at MI5 with intelligence expert Nigel West, and explore the role of spies in fiction and in politics.
  • With Royal Editor Robert Jobson and former Royal Protection Officer Ken Wharfe, consider the lives of the new royal family in the 21st century.
  • Join diplomat Charles Anson, former Press Secretary to Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher, as he talks about his career and his experience as a hostage in Iran.

Espionage. The British monarchy. International diplomacy. It’s hard to think of a more “royal” way to celebrate Road Scholar’s 40th anniversary than by joining some of our top instructors for an iconic voyage aboard the QM2. With intelligence expert Nigel West, Royal Editor Robert Jobson, former Royal Protection Officer Ken Wharfe and diplomat Charles Anson, get the insider’s perspective on the British government, culture and much more on this fascinating journey from New York City to London!

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Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Ship Name
  • Queen Mary II

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Road Scholar Travel Reviews & Ratings
90% Recommend

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4.6 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.4 Transportation
4.5 Meals
4.4
The Best of Britain: Celebrate Road Scholar’s 40th Anniversary Aboard the QM2

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Does Not Recommend

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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S

Does Not Recommend

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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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • 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.

Operator Road Scholar

TCtssvawmc

Recommends

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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WE

Recommends

A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • 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: Welcome Meeting in New York

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Millenium Hilton

Afternoon: After making your own way to the New York hotel meet your Group Leader. There will be a welcome meeting and introductions in the hotel at 6:00pm. Meet speakers Nigel West, Robert Jobson, Ken Wharfe and Charles Anson.

Dinner: In New York.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 2: Embarkation on The Queen Mary II

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: Your Group Leader will give you vouchers for breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: The mandatory shipboard passenger safety drill will take place in the afternoon, after which you will have time to explore the many entertainment and activity venues aboard Queen Mary 2. This afternoon is an excellent opportunity to get to know your shipboard home for the next eight days. The ship is scheduled to depart from New York in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Participants will assemble for dinner in the Britannia Restaurant at 6.00 pm. Revel in the splendid nightly occasion of dining in the magnificent two-tiered Britannia Restaurant which pays glorious homage to the opulent dining salons from ocean travel’s golden heyday. Pillars and art deco arches add decorative flourishes to a rich culinary experience, complemented by fine wines and attentive service. BRITANNIA RESTAURANT ENTRÉES Pesto Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce (V) Broiled Lobster Tail, Drawn Butter & Garden Risotto Roast Duck à l’Orange, Hazelnut Croquettes & Grand Marnier Sauce Châteaubriand Béarnaise, Young Vegetables, Périgourdine Sauce Forest Mushrooms, Parmesan Polenta & Garlic Spinach DESSERTS Seven Layer Washington Apple & Molasses Gâteaux Red Berries Shortcake with Vanilla Sauce Baked Alaska with Morello Cherries Sugar Free - Strawberry Mousse with Fresh Berry Salad Lime Sorbet & Chocolate Ice Cream with Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt, Peach Sauce Cheese Selection with Stilton, Saint Paulin, Gruyère, Pepper Boursin

Evening: You are free to enjoy the many alternative activities, entertainment choices and meal venues described in your Daily Programme.

Day 3: Nigel West on MI5 during the Abdication Crisis

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: BRITANNIA RESTAURANT Breakfast CHILLED JUICES Choice of Orange, Grapefruit, Cranberry, Apple, Prune, Pineapple, Tomato, V8 FRESH FRUIT & COMPOTE Half Sectioned Grapefruit Fresh Melon Platter, Fresh Fruit Salad Tropical Fruit with Low-Fat Yoghurt or Cottage Cheese Compote of Stewed Prunes, Grapefruit Segments & Kadota Figs HOT & COLD CEREALS Choice of Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat , Choice of Corn Flakes, All Bran, Raisin Bran, Special K, Rice Crispies, Total, Shredded Wheat, Swiss Muesli, Alpen, Weetabix YOGHURTS Choice of Plain or Mixed Fruit Available as Regular, Low-Fat or Non-Fat FRESH FROM THE BAKERY Croissants, Brioche, Assorted Danish Pastries, French Bread, All Bran & Blueberry Muffins, Toasted English Muffins, Toasted Bagels, White & Whole Wheat Toast, Rye Bread, Pumpernickel, White Rolls, Banana Bread Fruit Crisp PRESERVES & SPREADS Orange Marmalade, Strawberry, Blackberry, Apricot, Cherry, Honey, Peanut Butter PANCAKES & WAFFLES Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Syrup Buttermilk Pancakes with American Bacon, Link Sausages & Maple Syrup Golden Waffles with Fresh Fruit French Toast with Whipped Butter & Maple Syrup or Honey BREAKFAST ENTREES Fried Eggs, English Bacon, Mushrooms, Wiltshire Sausage, Baked Beans, Grilled Tomato, Sauteed Potatoes Scrambled Eggs, American Bacon, Corned Beef Hash, Link Sausages, Hash Brown Potatoes Omelette with Ham, Cheese & Mushrooms Egg White Omelette with Onions, Peppers, Tomato & Cheese Eggs Benedict on English Muffin & Canadian Bacon with Holl&aise Sauce Toasted Bagel with Smoked Salmon, Crème Cheese, Red Onion & Capers Grilled Scottish Kippers with Sauteed Potatoes Smoked Finnian Haddock with Melted Butter (Please ask your server for low cholesterol egg alternatives) ASSORTED COLD CUTS & CHEESE Black Forest Ham, Smoked Turkey, Roast Beef, Italian Salami, Liver Pâté, Cheese – Emmentaler, Camembert, Cottage, Cream, Blue

Morning: Nigel West begins the lecture series with a consideration of King Edward VIII, Wallace Simpson, her lover Guy Trundle, Prime Minister Oliver Baldwin and MI5 surveillance during the Abdication crisis.

Lunch: On board ship. Sample lunch: BRITANNIA RESTAURANT Lunch CANYON RANCH SPA SELECTIONS Appetizer — Roasted Corn Chowder(V) Entrée — Baked Kohlrabi Tart Dessert — Freshly Sliced Cantaloupe Melon APPETIZERS & SOUPS Duck Rolls & Mint Confit, Raspberry Gastric Baby Shrimp Cocktail, Marie Rose & Pumpkin Seed Biscuit Roasted Corn Chowder(V) Chilled Tomato Soup with Gin & Basil SALAD & SANDWICH Butter Lettuce, Romaine, Choice of Dressings & CR Signature Dressing (V) A Selection of Cold Meats is Always Available Croque Monsieur - Warm Ham & Cheese Sandwich BRITANNIA RESTAURANT ENTRÉES Spaghetti Carbonara, Creamy Egg Yolk & Parmesan Sauce, Crispy Smoked Bacon Grilled Swordfish Steak, Lemon & Oregano Oil, Niçoise Olive Relish Navarin Of Lamb, Root Vegetables, Saffron Rice, Spanish Omelette Grilled Minute Steak, Herb Butter & French Fries DESSERTS Panna Cotta with Apricot Compote Warm Treacle Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream Sugar Free – Ice Coffee Strasbourg Lime Sorbet & Chocolate Ice Cream with Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt, Peach Sauce

Afternoon: During days at sea, there are a range of activities are available on board including celebrity speakers, family quizzes, dance lessons, game shows, fitness classes, sports tournaments, galley walk throughs, cinema screenings, spa seminars, digital living workshops and of course, sipping cocktails while soaking up the sun and much more!

Dinner: At 6:00pm in the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure for the many forms of entertainment offered on board ship.

Day 4: Nigel West on MI5 and Princess Diana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Nigel West continues his look at the role of MI5 at times of crisis with a talk on MI5's Denial of the Assassination of Princess Diana.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities. 4:00pm Nigel West gives an informal talk on Spies, Novels and Politics.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 5: Ken Wharfe on Life With William and Harry

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Ken Wharfe talks about his time with Princes William and Harry - who called him "Uncle Ken" - and his travels with Princess Diana.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Perhaps take in a show at the Royal Court Theatre.

Day 6: Ken Wharfe on The New Royal Family

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Ken Wharfe looks at the New Royal Family and Security and What Went Wrong in Paris.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 7: Robert Jobson on The New Monarcy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Robert Jobson lectures on the New Monarchy and Historical Examples.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities. Late afternoon, Robert Jobson's talk continues.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 8: Charles Anson on Working With Royalty

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Charles Anson talks on his professional life "Working with the Queen of Westminster (Margaret Thatcher) and the Queen of England".

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 9: Charles Anson on The Iranian Embassy Siege

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Charles Anson talks about his life in the Diplomatic Service and his time as a hostage at the Embassy in Iran in 1978.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities. Pre-dinner round up and Q&A with all our speakers.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 10: Disembarkation and Free Time in London

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The May Fair Hotel

Breakfast: Taken early today to faciliate disembarkation.

Morning: Transfer by coach to London.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Your time in London is free for independent exploration. Perhaps visit Kensington Palace after Ken Wharfe has given you insights into Diana's life there or maybe Buckingham Palace as it is open to the public in August. Alternatively Nigel West may have sparked an interest in the Churchill War Rooms and Churchill Museum. Your hotel is close to the British Museum and not far from Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery and National Portait Gallery. Your Group Leader will give you suggestions for activities.

Dinner: Excluded.

Day 11: Free time and Farewell Dinner, London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: The May Fair Hotel

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Free day.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Gather with your Group Leader for a farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: London, England

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: In the hotel. Some departures may leave before breakfast.

Morning: Transfers by private cars to London Heathrow Airport for the return flight home.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,799

Price Per Day:

$ 317 per person
 
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Details
Ship Name

Queen Mary II

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 10 Dinners

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

Queen Mary II: 8 nights  New York

Millenium Hilton: 1 night  New York

The Millenium Hilton hotel is conveniently located in Lower Manhattan right in the heart of New York City’s bustling financial district within easy reach of Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty. The hotel is located just a few steps from the National 9/11 Memorial and is surrounded by the renowned New York neighborhoods of SoHo, Tribeca and Greenwich Village.

The May Fair Hotel: 2 nights  London

Set in exclusive Mayfair in the heart of London, the May Fair hotel since its historic opening in 1927 by His Majesty King George V continues to play host to the rich and famous. Within a short distance of the chic areas of Bond Street and Knightsbridge, it is close to Green Park and Buckingham Palace.

Start City
New York
End City
London

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