For many, the unspoilt nature of England, Shakespeare’s “blessed plot,” lies in the traditional ways of town and country life found in its pastoral villages, picturesque countrysides and idyllic university towns. Experience the time-honored quest for knowledge as played out in the distinguished classrooms, dining halls and quadrangles of Oxford and Cambridge. Learn more about how the legacy of days gone by transcends time and forms the roots of contemporary country life as you interact with village residents. Visit the hallowed grounds of the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, honoring fallen American soldiers, and at Bletchley Park, see where Allied cryptographers cracked the German Enigma code during World War II. Uncover the deep history behind Highclere Castle, the authentic Victorian manor house now known as “Downton Abbey.” Meet Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, cousin to Winston Churchill, when you call on the family’s stunning Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Savor the extraordinary experience of traveling in a small, merry group through university towns and the Cotswold region—town and country juxtaposed—discovering the great heritage and character of England’s historic academic centers, great country manor houses and enchanting villages.
Stroll the venerated grounds of the University of Cambridge; relive history in the iconic, 14th-century Eagle Pub, where the discovery of DNA was announced; and marvel at the vast collection of the university’s library. Explore the age-old traditions of Oxford and become more familiar with the lives of great authors and icons of English history who were educated here or hailed from the surrounding region. Admire the picture-perfect scenery of thatched‑roof cottages, English flower gardens and gentle streams, framed by the bucolic Cotswold landscape and dotted with evocative ruins and spectacular medieval churches built from the wealth of the wool trade. Hear about contemporary life from the local ladies and gents during the exclusive Town & Country Life® Forum. Experience the best of quintessentially English culture while staying in an elegant landmark, Five-Star hotel that offers award-winning food
in the heart of Oxford; and a centrally located hotel in Cambridge within walking distance of its exquisite university buildings.
This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind, small group travel program is an exceptional value and the best way to experience the charm and beauty of English town and country life. Don’t delay—this popular program sells out quickly.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.