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The Game is Afoot! The English Murder Mystery Tradition on the Queen Mary 2

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • As you make the Atlantic crossing, learn about British detective fiction and participate in an interactive teatime murder mystery.
  • Explore the London of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot and the charming country villages where “Midsomer Murders” is filmed.
  • On a full-day excursion to Oxford, explore the city and colleges of Inspector Morse and take afternoon tea at the Victoria "Vicky" Arms, the pub he made famous.

Short Description

Crime fiction fans know and love authors like Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and detectives such as Inspector Morse, but why is Britain such fertile ground for murder mysteries? That’s the riddle we’ll solve on this voyage across the Atlantic aboard the magnificent Queen Mary 2. Leading the way is Antony Richards, Road Scholar’s detective expert and the author of “The Oxford of Inspector Morse.” Once you’ve landed in England, discover the streets, villages and pubs where beloved British mysteries are set.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
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3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City New York
End City London

Trip Includes

  • 12 nights of accommodations
  • 6 expert-led lectures
  • 9 expert-led field trips
  • 6 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

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, New York City

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: New York Marriott Downtown

Afternoon: The programme begins with a welcome meeting and introduction by Antony Richards in the hotel, commencing at 6:00pm followed by dinner and 1 glass of wine.

Dinner: at 7:00pm

Evening: At leisure.

Day 2: Embark QMII.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the hotel. You will receive a voucher for this on arrival.

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing by coach to embark the QMII at 2:00pm.

Lunch: You may take a late lunch on board the Queen Mary II. The coach departs the hotel at 1:00pm for a 2:00pm embarkation.

Afternoon: After the safety drill, familiarise the many facilities of the ship. Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of the next six afternoons and evenings as you sail to London and your theatrical learning adventure. Experience the Cunard Insights guest lecture series, which explores historical and contemporary issues presented by speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award-winning actors and film makers. If you are an avid reader, take advantage of the Book Club and literary discussions with librarians, or choose from a wide range of classes such as watercolors, computer lessons, wine tasting, ballroom dancing and more, or enjoy bridge and board games. On deck, games and more active entertainment are available. You can exercise in the fitness center, walk around the Promenade Deck, swim in one of the pools, play tennis, or take exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates. In the Royal Court Theatre, enjoy singers and dancers in stage shows. There are movies in the cinema, and the bars and lounges throughout the ship feature pianists, jazz bands and string quartets. Hear the Julliard School jazz series and take part in the Royal Night Theme Balls. Polish your acting skills with one-hour workshops with actors who spent three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Or simply take Afternoon Tea and enjoy the Maritime Quest exhibition throughout the ship.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm. Delicious menus designed by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann await you in Britannia Restaurant. Make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase into the elegant Britannia two tier dining room and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service.

Evening: At leisure. See a show tonight in the ballroom, or relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or perhaps wander to one of the bars for a beverage and chat. Or wander through the stacks of the library, one of the best shipboard libraries available, find a book and that perfect reading chair.

Day 3: Antony Richards Lecture Series, Murder Mystery at Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Antony Richards' lectures are entitled "How not to Write a Detective Story! Tales from a Publisher", "How not to do a Murder Mystery" and "How not to guide".

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Take afternoon tea as you participate in the interactive (optional) Murder Mystery, complete with costumes and props, with Antony as Sherlock Holmes in "The Packet Boat Theft".

Dinner: At 6:00pm in the Britannia Restaurant

Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music and more.

Day 4: Colin Dexter & Morse's Oxford.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Multi-media Lecture: "Inspector Morse and More."

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: See a DVD of Morse's Oxford. and/or Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of entertainment featuring dancing, music and more.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music and more

Day 5: Sherlock Holmes Day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: A controversial lecture on "Sherlock Holmes: The Myth and the Facts"

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: DVD showing The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes. and/or Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, perhaps exercising your mind playing bridge with new friends or trying out a board game, then exercising your body in the QM2's fitness center. Your activity choices are plentiful.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Relax on the deck enjoying the camaraderie of new friends. Or choose one of the many kinds of nightly entertainment found on this elegant ship. You will never find yourself without plenty of nightly options.

Day 6: Famous London Murders, 10 Rillington Place.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Lecture: "Murder Most Foul!"

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: DVD showing 10 Rillington Place and/or Shipboard activities. You may choose to enjoy a yoga or Pilates class with one of the QM2's expert fitness instructors, or improve your skills in a computer class or one of many other class offerings. Choose from the plentiful shipboard activities offered on this grand ship.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 7: Forensics day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Lecture "So you think you know CSI? Every Contact Leaves a Trace".

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: DVD showing of a Forensics documentary.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

DAY 8: "Classic Television Murders."

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Lecture: "Other classic television Murders"

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: DVD showing of The Jewel that is Ours.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities. Mingle with your new friends in anticipation of docking in England for the next part of your learning adventure.

Day 9: Disembarkation/Conan Doyle locations.: London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

Breakfast: On board early breakfast before docking in Southampton.

Morning: The Queen Mary II docks in Southampton at approximately 8:30am. Disembark and recall the docks scenes in James Bond's Diamonds are Forever. Transfer to London via Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's grave at Minster Church and continue on to Winchester for some free time.

Lunch: On your own. Excluded.

Afternoon: Continue on to Portsmouth History Centre to see the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was working as a doctor in Portsmouth, when he began writing about Sherlock Holmes. While living in Portsmouth he wrote and published the first two Sherlock Holmes stories. "A Study in Scarlet", the first, was published in 1887, followed by the second of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, "The Sign of Four", in 1890. The collection, which is still being catalogued and recorded, includes some 2,000 objects, 13,000 books and 40,000 documents (not all are on display). The Collection shows Doyle's everyday life, his eccentric interests and his spiritualism. The transfer to London continues with an ETA of 4:30pm.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Antony Richards takes you on a mystery walk around Bloomsbury, including UCL and Senate House (optional).

Day 10: Holmes and Poirot's London, London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel. Variety of eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, cold cuts, cheeses, yoghurts, pastries, toast, marmalade, jams, cerals hot and cold, juoices, teas and coffee.

Morning: Take an informative coach and walk around the London of Sherlock Holmes and Poirot, including Bart's Hospital, Poirot's "Whitehaven Mansions" in Charterhouse Square, the College of Arms, the Sherlock Homes pub and the Freemason's Hall where we shall venture inside. Freemasons’ Hall has been the centre of English freemasonry for 230 years. It is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Grand Lodge in the world, and also the meeting place for over 1000 Masonic lodges. The building, which is listed Grade II* was completed in 1933. The architects were H V Ashley and F Winton Newman. The interior of the building is richly decorated and we shall see the Grand Temple and ceremonial areas.

Lunch: Taken out in the Butcher's Hook and Cleaver pub in Smithfield or similar.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. We will conclude in the Covent Garden area.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Morse's Oxford: London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Spend a day paying homage to the sights and sounds of Oxford-city of "dreaming spires" and one of the highest fictional murder counts in the country. See New College, Exeter College, the Sheldonian, the Divinity School and Bodleian Library. Explore Oxford University Press Museum.

Lunch: Excluded in Oxford.

Afternoon: Take afternoon tea in the Victoria at Marston- the Morse pub made famous for the Remorseful Day-see the plaque marking the death of Morse. Continue on for a side excursion to Bampton, the village where Downton Abbey is filmed. Depart at 5:30pm for the coach journey back to London.

Dinner: 7:30pm. In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: Midsommer Murders Day, London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Travel throught the beautiful English countryside, Buckinghamshire's Vale of Aylesbury and the Chiltern Hills on the trail of Inspector Barnaby. Quintessentially English, the seemingly peaceful villages with central greens, cosy pubs and old world cottages hide a multitude of sins. Take tea in Littlewick Green, a location appearing in a number of episodes of Midsomer.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Continue the field trip through more well preserved villages and lush English countryside before arriving at Long Crendon. Long a favourite with location scouts, the hidden High Street and 15th century Courthouse seen in "Dead Letters", next to the parish church leads us to Long Crendon Manor where we will join the owners for an afternoon cream tea in their home. Long Crendon Manor is a unique historic family house; the core of the house dates back as far as the 12th century with significant additions in 14th and 15th Centuries. The manor of Long Crendon was, in fact, a gift from William the Conqueror to Sir Walter Giffard following his endeavours at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. We take tea in the oak-panelled Drawing Room and enjoy the garden with its view over Thame to the Chiltern Hills beyond, the geometric maze garden and fountain and lawns with ancient yew hedges and mulberry trees. Long Crendon Manor has provided a backdrop for many television and film productions over the years including a number of Midsomer Murders episodes, many of which feature the village too. Big screen appearances range from The Private Life of Henry VIII (1934) with Charles Laughton to The Woman in Black (2011) which stars Daniel Radcliffe. Return to London by coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Program Concludes, London, England

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Transfers by individual cars to London Heathrow Airport.

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Queen Mary II

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Queen Mary II: 7 nights  New York

 

New York Marriott Downtown: 1 night  New York

The only Marriott hotel centrally located in Lower Manhattan, New York City's Financial District, and within walking distance to Wall Street and NYSE.

 

Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel: 4 nights  London.

Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name change.

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Antony Richards

Dr. Antony Richards is by profession a crystallographer, molecular modeler and lecturer in London, where he is a Freeman of the City. Born in Oxford, Antony has been friends with Colin Dexter for many years and eventually became an expert and author for those interested in the world of Inspector Morse. Antony was honored to be an executive producer for one production of the Inspector Morse television series. This ‘hobby’ has expanded to include all manner of murder mystery themes, including the formation of a specialist book company and a Sherlock Holmes group of actors.

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