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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.

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.

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  • Queen Mary II

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

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They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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

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  • 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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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

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

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  • 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: 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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Ship Name

Queen Mary II

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
Meals Included:

12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 11 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Internal airfare and ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

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.

Start City
New York
End City
London
Guides

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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