Churchill Lives

Join Winston Churchill on a tour of jolly old England, September 25 to October 4, 2020.  See Bletchley Palace, Chartwell, the Cliffs of Dover and more.  Visit the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill Museum, & the Imperial War Museum.  Visit Parliament and Winston’s tailor before smoking a cigar at James J. Fox, the great British cigar merchant.

Includes Roundtrip Air from New York or Chicago.

September 24, 2020
Depart JFK Airport (New York) or ORD Airport (Chicago)
September 25, 2020
Arrive Heathrow Airport in London, JJ Fox & Savile Row
Arrive Heathrow Airport in London Transfer to Hotel to Check-in Then off to Savile Row to meet the tailors that dressed Winston Churchill and then to savor a fine cigar at JJ Fox, purveyor of Churchill’s cigars. Savile Row - Based in the heart of London’s Savile Row – home to the world’s finest tailors – they have been crafting finely tailored clothes since 1938. The company was founded by Gerry Doltis – who was a master tailor and made suits for many of the leading entertainment and establishment figures of the day, including Winston Churchill. JJ Fox – has been trading in fine tobacco and smokers' accessories from 19 St James's Street for over 225 years and our customers have included discriminating smokers from all walks of life – from commoners to kings. Among them have been Sir Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, British and Foreign Royalty, the officer's mess of famous British regiments, and the leading lights of the stage, film, sport, tv, radio, music and literature. Their world famous tobacco business started with Robert Lewis, who began trading fine tobacco in St James's Street in 1787. James J Fox was formed in Dublin in 1881 and opened its first tobacco shop in London in 1947. Welcome Dinner at the Hotel Accommodation: 4 Star, Copthorne Tara Hotel (or similar), London Central Situated moments from the buzz of Kensington High Street, The Copthorne Tara Hotel offers a seamless blend of personalized service with unrivaled comfort. The hotel is located nearby the iconic Royal Albert Hall and the beautiful Kensington Palace Bed and English Breakfast
September 26, 2020
Tours of the Battle of Britain Bunker and the Royal Airforce Museum with a local guide
The Battle of Britain Bunker housed RAF Fighter Command’s No.11 Group Operations Room throughout the Second World War, the room from which the RAF co-ordinated most of the Battle of Britain, presented as Winston Churchill saw it on 15 September 1940. The Royal Air Force Museum London is located on the former Hendon Aerodrome. It includes five buildings and hangars showing the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force. Accommodation: 4 Star, Copthorne Tara hotel or similar, London Central Bed and English Breakfast
September 27, 2020
Visit the Churchill Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms as well as the Imperial War Museum with a local guide
The Churchill War Rooms is a museum in London and one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum. The museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a British government command center throughout the Second World War, and the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum exploring the life of British statesman Winston Churchill. Construction of the Cabinet War Rooms, located beneath the Treasury building in the Whitehall area of Westminster, began in 1938. They became fully operational on 27 August 1939, a week before Britain declared war on Germany. The War Rooms remained in operation throughout the Second World War, before being abandoned in August 1945 after the surrender of Japan. The Imperial War Museum is a place to experience the continuing influence of war on the world – an experience that is as compelling and thought-provoking as it is unforgettable. Accommodation: 4 Star, Copthorne Tara hotel or similar, London Central Bed and English Breakfast
September 28, 2020
Churchill College, Cambridge and the Churchill Archives
We have a walking tour of Cambridge as well as the Churchill College, home to the Churchill Archives Center.   Private Punting tour on the River in Cambridge   Churchill College - Receiving its Royal Charter in 1960, Churchill College, is the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. It is the embodiment of his vision of how higher education can benefit society in the modern age.   The Churchill Archives Centre is a world-leading collection of 20th Century history.  Including the writings of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
MP; Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1906-8; President, Board of Trade, 1908-10; Home Secretary, 1910-11; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1911-15; Secretary of State for War and Air, 1919-21 Secretary of State for Air and the Colonies, 1921; Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1921-2; Chancellor of the Exchequer 1924-9; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1939-40; Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, 1940-5; Prime Minister, 1951-5.     Accommodation 4 Star, Holiday Inn Cambridge or similar, Cambridge or area Dinner, Bed & English Breakfast
September 29, 2020
Today we visit Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park is a 19th-century mansion and estate in Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) that became the principal center of Allied code-breaking.  During World War II, the estate housed the British Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers.  The nature of the work there was secret until many years after the war.  According to the official historian of British Intelligence, the "Ultra" intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain.  The team at Bletchley Park devised automatic machinery to help with decryption, culminating in the development of Colossus, the world's first programmable digital electronic computer.   Accommodation 4 Star, Principle Oxford Spires (ex. Oxford Spires Four Pillars) or similar, Oxford or area.  Surrounded by beautiful parkland alongside the Thames, Principal Oxford Spires Hotel is a wonderful retreat from which to explore the City of Spires, blending Cotswold stone with contemporary interiors and comfy stylish bedrooms. Bed & English Breakfast
September 30, 2020
Oxford, including Christ Church College, Blenheim, Bladon & the White House
Local guide for half day walking tour in Oxford, including Christ Church College   In the afternoon we visit Blenheim Palace including a themed talk about Winston Churchill and private tour of the state apartments.  We end the day at Bladon Churchyard (Churchill’s graveside) and the White House Bladon Community Pub.     With Oxford’s busy town centre on one side, and the peaceful, green spaces of Christ Church Meadow on the other, Christ Church is a vibrant and diverse academic community where over six hundred undergraduate and graduate students explore a wide range of subjects. Uniquely among Oxford colleges, Christ Church has an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings, housed in the purpose-built Picture Gallery. It is also home to Oxford’s Cathedral, which has its own world-famous choir.   Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.  The palace is named for the 1704 Battle of Blenheim, in Bavaria. It was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough for his military triumphs against the French and Bavarians in the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the Battle of Blenheim.   St Martin's Church in Bladon near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, is the Church of England parish church of Bladon-with-Woodstock. It is also the mother church of St Mary Magdalene at Woodstock, which was originally a chapel of ease. It is best known for the graves of the Spencer-Churchill family, including Sir Winston Churchill, in its churchyard.   The White House Bladon Community Pub has been at the heart of the Bladon community since the 16th century, and is the last remaining pub in the community.  It’s also the pub where Churchill ‘learned to drink’ during his time in Blenheim Palace.   Accommodation 4 Star, Principle Oxford Spires (ex. Oxford Spires Four Pillars) or similar, Oxford or area Bed & English Breakfast  
October 1, 2020
Biggin Hill Museum and Chapel
Biggin Hill Museum and Chapel - Biggin Hill is best known for its role during the Battle of Britain in the Second World War, when it served as one of the principal fighter bases protecting London and South East England from attack by German Luftwaffe bombers. Over the course of the war, fighters based at Biggin Hill claimed 1,400 enemy aircraft, at the cost of the lives of 453 Biggin Hill based aircrew.  The museum is situated on the same site as St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, built in 1951 to preserve the legacy of those who served and died at Biggin Hill during the Second World War.     Accommodation 4 Star, Ashford International hotel, or similar, Kent area Bed & Full Breakfast
October 2, 2020
Dover Castle including the Underground Hospital along with the Cliffs of Dover
Today we visit Dover Castle including the Underground Hospital along with the Cliffs of Dover   Dover Castle - is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent, England. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.   Underground Hospital - Travel deep into the White Cliffs and explore Dover Castle's atmospheric Underground Hospital. Experience the sounds, smells and atmosphere of the Second World War dressing station with its operating theatre, wards and corridors.   Cliffs of Dover - The cliffs have great symbolic value in Britain because they face towards continental Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. The National Trust calls the cliffs "an icon of Britain", with "the white chalk face a symbol of home and war time defence." Because crossing at Dover was the primary route to the continent before the advent of air travel, the white line of cliffs also formed the first or last sight of Britain for travellers. During the Second World War, thousands of allied troops on the little ships in the Dunkirk evacuation saw the welcoming sight of the cliffs. In the summer of 1940, reporters gathered at Shakespeare Cliff to watch aerial dogfights between German and British aircraft during the Battle of Britain.     Accommodation 4 Star, Ashford International hotel, or similar, Kent area Bed & Full Breakfast
October 3, 2020
Visit Chartwell
Visit Chartwell including private gardens Tour   Chartwell is a country house near Westerham, Kent, in South East England. For over forty years it was the home of Winston Churchill. He bought the property in September 1922 and lived there until shortly before his death in January 1965. In the 1930s, when Churchill was out of political office, Chartwell became the center of his world. At his dining table, he gathered those who could assist his campaign against German re-armament and the British government's response of appeasement; in his study, he composed speeches and wrote books; in his garden, he built walls, constructed lakes and painted.
October 4, 2020
Farewell
Cost per person, double occupancy: $4949 Single Supplement: $750 Air from New York or Chicago Travel Protection is not included but highly recommended. Register Here:

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  • Motorcoach
  • Admissions and tours as described
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