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Current Itinerary - NOW 14 DAYS! - Historical Hysterical Storytelling England/Ireland Tour
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Friday, May 13, 2022 - Noon - Leave Phoenix for England (see FAQs for flight info)

   
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri

Sat

          May 13
DEPART
May 14
Arrive Dublin
May 15
Dublin
Blarney Stone Tour
May 16
Dublin
May 17
Fly to London
Train to Canterbury

May 18
Canterbury

May 19
Train to
Salisbury
May 20
Salisbury
Stonehenge
May 21
Salisbury
May 22
Train to
Oxford
May 23
Oxford College
Harry PotterTour

May 24
Train to
London

May 25
London
Globe
May 26
London
May 27
London
May 28
Return to USA

   
Day 1 - Saturday, May 14, 2022 - Arrive DublinAirport -
Go through customs / gather luggage - Get money from ATM - Bus or train into Dublin city- Kinley House
 

We will arrive approx. 12:30 or so. Check in at the Hostel is not until 2:00 PM, so we will drop our bags and head for a light lunch (save room for dinner).

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:
Kinley House
2/12 Lord Edward Street, D2 Dublin, Ireland 
Bunk Beds in Dorm Rooms - CONTINENTAL Breakfast included

     

Day 2 - Sunday, May 15, 2022 - Dublin  
  We'll drop our bags and get some lunch
Then take a tour of Trinity College, oldest university
Includes the Book of Kells - Then walk a bit and discover the city
Gather in evening for dinner & stories
 
     
Day 3 Monday, May 16, 2022 - Dublin  
  Take the Blarney Stone Tour - See the countryside of Ireland, hear stories from the bus driver about St. Brigid and other histories of Ireland. Vist Blarney Castle. Bend over backwards and kiss the Blarney Stone to be blessed with the "Gift of gab"
Return to Dublin for dinner and stories
 
     

Day 4 Tuesday May 17 - Fly to London then train to Canterbury  
 


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 Canterbury 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 telling during the tour 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:
YHA CAmterbury 54 New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3DT
+44 345 371 9010

Breakfast avaikable for a fee

     

Day 5 - Wednesday, May 18  
 

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?!?!

 

     
 
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:

     

Day 6- Thursday, May 19 - 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 the Kings Head hotel - lunch.

After lunch 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.

Return to Salisbury - Rest of the day free

Gather for dinner and the day's review

Accommodations:
The Coach House,
137 Castle Street, Salisbury SP1 3TB
+44 7741 650181

     

Day 7 - Friday, May 20  
 

Day two in Salisbury
Morning - 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!

Afternoon - We'll see...maybe something special.

Evening - Special Event - Two Tours Converge!
Carl Cooke and his Psychology Tour of England will meet up with Mark Goldman’s Storytelling England Tour. Mostly all from Arizona, the group of psychology students will enjoy tales of adventure, laughter and woe as told by the storytellers. The psychology students will then regale the tellers with their psychological analysis of the stories. It is sure to be an interesting interactive evening!

     

Day 8 - Saturday, May 21  

 

 

Morning - Marketplace Day in the Salisbury Town Square, you may hear the hawkers calling out, “Pound-a-bowl!” or other enticements to buy their foods or wares. Other options here include walking or bicycle tours of the town and its environs. The Brits love to “tell stories” and the locals here seem to want to talk to strangers at the drop of a hat. No qualms or hesitancy, they just begin as if they have known you for years. This is a feast for “listening”.

Shops nearby boast a variety of sweet or savory pastries. Make sure you follow me to the Cornish Bakery for the BEST "pan aux raisin" in the city!

After lunch - Depart by train for Oxford (2 hr trip)
Arrive early evening, settle into the Oxford YHA


Dinner and review of the day and Stories

     

Day 9 - Sunday, May 22 -Train to Oxford  
 

Oxford is the next to last stop on our tour. We will definitely visit the new Story Museum which celebrates story in all forms and explores their enduring power to teach and delight. Founded in 2003, The Story Museum began by taking stories and storytellers into schools and communities.

     
 
We'll visit and tour Oxford University, the oldest university in the English speaking world. Also hine to many of the scenes in Harry Potter.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), published by the Oxford University Press, is a descriptive dictionary of the “King’s English”. As well as describing English usage in its many variations throughout the world, it traces the historical development of the language, providing a comprehensive resource to scholars and academic researchers.

Afternoon - It would only seem fitting to do a short workshop here designed to examine and expand on the language of storytelling.

Evening - Review of the day and Stories

Accommodations:
Central Backpackers
13 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HH
+44 1865 242288

     

Day 10 - Monday, May 23, 2022 - Oxford  
     

 
Day 11 Tuesday 24 - Train to London  
 

London - The last stop on our tour. We'll head to the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel - you feel no movement - a great way to get a bird's eye view of the city!

Perhaps MAdam Tussaud's Wax Museum.
Very Hokey but loads of fun!

 

London Generater
37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, Camden London WC1H 9SE
+44 20 7388 7666

 
     

     
Day 12 Wednesday, May 25 - London  
 

We'll visit 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!

They will be performing Henry VIII. SOme of us may opt to see a performance in the evening (not included in the tour).

Nearby are several sites: London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Tower of London

Rest of the day - free


Day 13 Thursday, May 26, 2016
 

A whole day free to yourselves in London. Shopping, sightseeing, taking in the culture and environment.


Big Ben

Buckingham Palace

London Bridge

Evening - Final Dinner & Stories

     
Day 14 Depart for Dublin  
     
 

Abbey Court Hostel
29 Bachelors Walk D1 Dublin Ireland
+353 1 878 0700

 
     

DEPART- Saturday, May 28, 2016 - Early Mornining Departure by bus for the airport - Return to USA  

 

 
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