A Tale of Two Cities: A Tour of London and Paris, July 18-29, 2014
Alumni and Friends
The Howard College of Arts and Sciences of Samford University invites you to join us for a tour of London and Paris from July 18-29, 2014. Our home base will be the Daniel House, Samford’s London Study Centre. The Daniel House is ideally located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, within walking distance of Kensington Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum. A convenient London Underground stop (“the tube”) makes it possible to be in central London in just minutes.
While in London, we’ll tour some of the renowned sights of the city: Trafalgar Square, Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace (home to Kate, William, and baby George), as well as some less visited sites, such as the crypt under St. Martin-in-the-Fields and historic Smithfield (site of William Wallace’s execution). One of the highlights of any London trip is experiencing some of the finest theatre in the world, and a theatre ticket is included in the package price.
Your host for this tour will be the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Samford University, David Chapman. Dr. Chapman has led six previous tours and was Samford's Professor-in-Residence at the London Study Centre in 1994. Dr. Chapman will be providing historical and literary background as we travel, along with a few amusing anecdotes about the English and French notables, past and present.
We’ll make a day trip to Oxford, known for its famous colleges and gleaming spires, and Stratford-upon-Avon where we’ll visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. We’ll also wind our way through the Cotswolds—some of the most beautiful countryside in England.
Our weekend will be spent in Paris, “la plus belle ville du monde!” You’ll see architectural wonders like Notre Dame and cultural masterpieces like the Louvre. You’ll visit the famous cafes, see artists working along the Seine, and, if you like, sample fresh crepes from the street vendors.
We’ll end our trip with a celebratory “high tea” at one of London’s exclusive hotels. This is, after all, the city that gave us the idea of “putting on the Ritz.”
Our home in London will be the Daniel House (Samford University’s London Study Centre). The Study Centre is a four-story Georgian townhouse ideally located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The primary use of the facility is as a residence/classroom for Samford students, but the University seeks to open it to other groups associated with the university during the summer.
Tour participants should realize that the Centre is a dormitory-style facility, lacking many of the amenities of an American hotel. Rooms are small, with limited furnishings; there is no lift (elevator)*; four to five rooms share a bath on the hall; and there is no maid service for the bedrooms. Most bedrooms have two single beds (or bunk beds). Rooms have ceiling fans, but no air conditioning. In other words, the Centre is very English, in the British "B&B" tradition.
The Centre has a comfortable living room, a TV lounge, a coin-operated laundry, and a kitchen/ breakfast room where a continental breakfast is set out for guests.
*From basement to top floor, the Study Centre is six floors; participants must be able to manage the steps and their luggage. Group activities will include extensive walking and climbing steps.
Included in the Tour Fee
The package cost is $1979 per person (double occupancy)* which includes a non-refundable deposit of $400.00. Airfare is not included. Detailed instructions will be provided for getting from London Gatwick or Heathrow to the Daniel House.
The fee includes the following: ten nights lodging in London and Paris; continental breakfast every day; admission to planned group activities, and a night at the London theatre. Equivalent activities may be substituted as necessary for those on the planned itinerary.
Guests are responsible for meals (other than breakfast) and for local transportation (London underground or bus). No refunds will be given for group activities in which a registrant does not participate.
*Single occupancy is $2399.
Procedure for Reservations
Complete the application and return with the non-refundable $300 deposit per person. Deposits are due by March 12, but space is limited, so respond quickly. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Final full payment ($1579/1999) must be received by June 4 or space will be released.
Cancellations will receive a 50% refund if submitted on or before July 1. No refunds will be given after July 1. Individuals are encouraged to buy trip cancellation policies available from a variety of vendors, such as Travelex.
For additional information contact Glenda Martin at (205) 726-2771 or email email@example.com.
Samford University is not responsible for increased charges or damages that might result from circumstances beyond its control such as strikes, acts of God, or acts of government.