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Current Itinerary - NOW 11 DAYS! - Historical Hysterical Storytelling England/Ireland Tour
(last update: 2/18/2018 10:01 AM)
(All scheduled events and attractions subject to change and weather variables)

I AM STILL WORKING TO FINALIZE ALL TOUR ATTRACTIONS AND ACCOMMODATIONS,
BUT HERE IS THE BASIC ITINERARY!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Noon - Leave Phoenix for Dublin (see FAQs for flight info)

Day 1 -

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 9:40 AM - Arrive DublinAirport -
Go through customs -

We will gather at the airport for a brunch. Then proceed to a 12:50 flight to London.

 

We will arrive approx. 3:00 or so. We will head to the hostel (TBA) by group taxi or underground train.

We will have a small geographic orientation. Perhaps a walk or impromptu storytelling.
The rest of the afternoon is free.

In the evening we will gather for a WELCOME Dinner (included in the price of the tour).

Accommodations:
TBA

     

Day 2 - Thursday, May 18, 2017 -  
 
London -
Today we'll start with a visit to the Globe Theatre - famous site of many of Shakespeare’s plays. Most of his plays had both a prologue and an epilogue. Sometimes, these could stand on their own as the "bare bones" of the story of the play. We'll see what play is on (we'll know before the tour) and discuss attending... or perhaps some other production/show in the evening.

We'll head for the London Eye, a giant slow-moving ferris wheel (you don't feel it move) with spectacular views of the city.

Other possible atractions today: Madame Tousuad's Wax Museum - surprisingly, one of the most fun attractions!

Rest of the day - free

Accommodations:
TBA

     

Day 2 - Friday, May 19, 2017 -8:00 am Train from London to Canterbury  
 

Canterbury - arrive approx 10:30 am at Canterbury East Train Station
short/cheap taxi from Canterbury East to Kipps
The city is steeped in both religious and literary history. There is an enjoyable "street fair" ambiance with many "busking" performers, food carts and interesting sights.

Hotel check in is at 2:00 PM, so we will drop our bags and head to the Cathedral for a tour. There is much history in this lavish old cathedral. The massive ceilings tower over visitors and there are many displays of the riches of the church. There are many preserved artifacts, such as the armor of Edward, Prince of Wales, known as the Black Night.

     
 
After the cathedral, we'll lunch, then head to The Canterbury Experience (a “walk through” of several of the Canterbury Tales). You may recognize some of the stories both told and represented by the characters in the displays. Perhaps you didn't know they came from Chaucer's famous book. Or maybe you did, and are aware of the mutations they have gone through.

Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, is a collection of twenty stories, presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. A similar contest will be open to all tellers on this tour – sort of a Canterbury Story Slam. The prize for the best teller will be a free dinner on the last night of the tour!

Rest of the day free.

Gather in the evening for the day's review and stories

Accommodations:
Kipps Backpackers Hostel - 40 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury CT1 3JT, United Kingdom
Bunk Beds in Dorm Rooms - CONTINENTAL Breakfast avaulable for £2.50
Phone: +44 (0)1227 786121 - Website - Map

     

Day 3 - Saturday, May 20, 2017 -  
 

Another day in Canterbury
Today we'll enjoy the flat bottom "punting" boat guided tour of the mill stream. There are some beautiful sights and we should get a bit of a short history lesson from the guides. We will assess the skills of the guide as it pertains to storytelling in interpretive settings.

We'll also enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of the city. There are many musicians and street performers (buskers). Anyone want to try their hand at gathering a crowd for a story - - then passing the hat?!?!

Next, a tour of the Canterbury Geographic/Historical Museum and/or the Roman Museum. Both great sites with a lot of rich history.

 

     
 
A visit to Poundland the English equivalent of the Dollar Store, will call upon your improv skills.

Afternoon - possible improve story workshop (or maybe free time)

Evening - Review of the day and Stories

Accommodations:
Kipps Backpackers Hostel - 40 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury CT1 3JT, United Kingdom
Bunk Beds in Dorm Rooms - CONTINENTAL Breakfast avaulable for £2.50
Phone: +44 (0)1227 786121 - Website - Map

     

Day 4 - Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Early Morning Departure by train for Salisbury (3 hour+ train)  
 

Salisbury is our next stop, where one may eat a Salisbury steak (yet the Brits have a history of over-cooking meat).

Arrive and drop off bags at Sarum College - lunch.

After lunch Salisbury Cathedral, it bears the tallest spire in England, and is one of the five places that hold original copies of the Magna Charta. Recently finished renovations have both strengthened and restored this building which has no actual foundation set in the ground!

Next stop - Salisbury Escape Rooms - A wonderful group mystery expereince. Solve the mystery, and we "escape" from the rooms! Lots of fun and laughter.

Accommodations:
Sarum College

     

Day 5 - Monday, May 22, 2017  
 

Day two in Salisbury
Morning - we will board a bus to Stonehenge. One of the most famous, ancient structures in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

Afternoon - Lunch - Then, We'll see...maybe something special.

Accommodations:
Sarum College

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Stonehenge - click for larger image
     

Day 6 - Tuesday, May 23, 2017- Morning Train to Bristol  

 

 

Grab 1 or 2 "pan aux raisin" pastries for the train!

TBA - We are working on some storytelling events in Bristol

Dinner and review of the day and Stories

Accommodations:
TBA

     

Day 7 - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Start the day early in Bristol  
 
TBA

Afternoon - Perhaps a short workshop here designed to examine and expand on the language of storytelling.

Also, sometime today, A special story from Pam - Uncle Olas Survives the Titanic.

Evening - Review of the day and Stories

Accommodations:
TBA

     

Day 9 - Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Morning flight to Dublin  
 

Lunch at a cafe or pub.

Afternoon - Titanic Museum

If time permits - A tour of Trinity College - Oldest university in Ireland
Has the Room of Kells

Rest of the day FREE

Evening STORY-BUS Tour

Accommodations:
Abigails Hostel

     

Day 10 - Friday, May 26, 2017 - Dublin
 

Day trip to Blarney Castle - Kiss the Blarney Stone - Our bus driver will have several stories on the way

Dinner at a local Pub

Accommodations:
Abigail's Hostel

 
     

Day 11 - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Dublin last day  
 

We are working on some sort of storytelling event in Dublin

Perhaps free time to explore today

Evening - Final Dinner & Stories

Accommodations:
Abigail's Hostel

 
     

DEPART-

Sunday, May 28, 2018 - Early Mornining Departure by shuttle for the airport
We go through customes at the Dublin Airport BEFORE departure

 

 

 

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