See England through the eyes of some of its most famous literary figures on a journey from Virginia Woolf’s London neighborhood to Jane Austen’s Bath to the home of Wordsworth in the lovely Lake District.

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Literary England: A Tailor-made Journey from London to the Lake District

9 days from $8,500

See England through the eyes of some of its most famous literary figures on a journey from Virginia Woolf’s London neighborhood to Jane Austen’s Bath to the home of Wordsworth in the lovely Lake District.

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Accommodations

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Roseate House London

London, England

A boutique hotel near Hyde Park, the Roseate House comprises three mid-19th-century Victorian townhouses overlooking leafy Westbourne Terrace. The 48 rooms and suites are classically furnished with period furniture and original art work personally curated by Jonty Hearnden, antiques experts and presenter of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. The hotel’s handsome Hyde Restaurant offers views of one of South London’s toniest streets, as well as excellent meals and an afternoon tea. Guests may also dine in the intimate gardens.

Number of nights: 2

Roseate Villa Bath

Bath, England

Set within two Victorian houses with an interesting history, the Roseate Villa Bath is a serene retreat just five minutes from the historic heart of Bath. Interiors are elegant and full of character, and the 21 rooms and suites are individually decorated and equipped with modern amenities. Guests have access to a lovely private garden, and the bright Henrietta Bar serves breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails.  The boutique hotel overlooks Henrietta Park, opened to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria of 1897.

Number of nights: 2

Arden House

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

A traditional townhouse with just 10 guestrooms, Arden House is a unique, intimate bed and breakfast right in the historic center of Shakespeare’s hometown. Three types of rooms—Cosy, Delightful, and Splendid—are decorated with modern simplicity and bright textile accents. The Arden House invites guests to help themselves to a pantry full of snacks and refreshments, enjoy afternoon tea in the Garden Room, and savor their award-winning breakfasts.

Number of nights: 1

The Wild Boar

Bowness-on-Windermere, England

Tucked away in a tranquil valley within Lake District National Park, just a few minutes’ drive from Bowness-on-Windermere, The Wild Boar is one of the oldest and most-beloved inns in the region. Guest rooms are elegant and individually styled, and common areas brim with character befitting a traditional pub-style property. The Wild Boar is especially well known for its high-quality cuisine: the oak-beamed Grill & Smokehouse serves country-style, locally sourced cuisine by candlelight, and The Wild Boar Bar features its own microbrewery and is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring the Lake District.

Number of nights: 2

The Tower House

Oxford, England

Built into the Oxford medieval city wall, the Tower House is a simple 17th-century townhouse on a quiet street near the city center. Its eight rooms, all unique in size, layout, and décor, feature a charming mix of antique, modern, and repurposed furnishings. Breakfast is served at the Turl Street Kitchen next door. A portion of the hotel’s proceeds help fund a local charity called Student Hub, which engages students in initiatives that tackle social issues and support disadvantaged members of the community.

Number of nights: 1

Tailor-Made Benefits

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.