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Summer  –  LONDON, ENGLAND     June 30th to July 7th, 2007

Sat June 30th
US Departure
Overnight flight from US to London

Sun July 1st
Arrival London with Windsor (D)
Morning arrival at Heathrow.  Meet your Select Travel Service tour manager.  Departing the airport we make the 15 minute journey to the town of Windsor, best known for its royal castle.   The castle has a colored history since its founding in the 11th century – King John rested here before signing the Magna Carta, Charles I was imprisoned here before losing his head, Queen Victoria mourned her Albert and the Royal Family used it as a refuge in World War II and then tragically partially destroyed by fire in 1992.  With in excess of 1,000 rooms we will see the just a few including the Royal State Apartments.There will be time to see the town as well before continuing into central London by mid afternoon for check in and unpacking.  Gather together again for an early dinner before retiring for the night.

Mon July 2nd
London & Sadlers Wells (B,D)

This morning we enjoy an orientation tour of the city.  The tour will encompass as many of the traditional sites of London as possible such as the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Oxford Street, Hyde Park and Regents Street.  However as much time as possible will be dedicated to touring on foot from Buckingham Palace, along The Mall to Trafalgar Square, then along Whitehall and the Prime Minister’s residence at No.10 Downing Street, past Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, across Westminster Bridge to the London Eye.  A 30 minute ride on this massive ferries wheel is included and offers wonderful views of London.

There will be time to purchase lunch before this afternoon’s visit to Sadlers Wells. This is a premier venue for dance and opera in London. It occupies the site of a series of theaters, the first built in 1683. In the early 1990s, the turn-of-the-20th-century theater was mostly demolished, and construction began on an innovative new design completed at the end of 1998. The old facade has been retained, but the interior has been completely revamped with a stylish cutting-edge theater design. The new theater offers classical ballet, modern dance of all degrees of "avant-garde-ness," and children's theatrical productions.  We will enjoy an afternoon at the complex complete with backstage tour and lecture. We break for dinner at a local restaurant, before returning to the theatre to attend tonight’s production.  Late evening return to the hotel.

Tue July 3rd
London Studio Workshops (B, D)

This morning we visit the magnificent Theatre Museum located in Covent Garden.  This branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum contains the national collections of the performing arts, encompassing theater, ballet, opera, music hall, pantomime, puppets, circus, and rock and pop music. We will attend a makeup demonstration or costume workshops using costumes from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.

This afternoon we visit The Place.  The Place is the UK's premier centre for contemporary dance, uniting training, creation and performance in one unique building.  Working with dancers from age 5 upwards, The Place brings new talent into the dance profession and guides artists through their careers. The Place’s activities, unmatched in their quality and range, include London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company and the Robin Howard Dance Theatre, together with pioneering education, outreach and professional development projects. We will participate in a private workshop at the studio.  Subject to availability tonight we will also perform in the studio’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Wed July 4th
Leeds Castle (B, D)
Following breakfast, we depart for Leeds Castle.  Said by many to be the most beautiful castle in the world, Leeds has been a royal residence for six medieval queens, a palace for Henry the Eighth and a retreat for the powerful and influential.  Enjoy the day at Leeds, participating in the English celebrations surrounding the 400th anniversary of the sailings to Jamestown.   A full program of events is planned, and will include period costume displays, falconry exhibitions, games and family orientated activities.   Tours of the castle will be freely available including the state rooms and wonderful formal gardens and grounds.  A variety of special commemorative events are also planned with dignitaries from both the State of Virginia and County of Kent, in attendance.The centerpiece of the day will be the series of concerts held on the main stage in front of a capacity audience of 15,000.  Heartbeat dancers and staff will perform here.  You will have best seats to enjoy the program performed by a mix of the finest performing arts groups from the USA and their British counterparts.  Late evening return to London.

Thu July 5th
London Workshops and Performance (B, D)

This morning is at leisure.  London’s fabulous shops await and if desired, we can arrange for special entry to one of the dance clothiers such as Freed of London, designers of some of the world’s finest dance footwear.  Otherwise, just relax and enjoy the morning.

This afternoon we visit the esteemed London Studio Centre. Bridget Espinosa opened the London Studio Centre in September 1978. At that time she was very aware of the need to provide dancers with the very best training in dance, music and drama in preparation for various careers in the professional theatre. This approach is based on her own auspicious career and has proved successful ever since. Bridget Espinosa trained at Elmhurst Ballet School. As a dancer she spent nine years as principal soloist with the International Ballet, working with Mona Inglesby, Nicholas Sergeyev, Leonide Massine, Maurice Bejart and other leading artists. Her considerable work as a choreographer and director ranged from a revue for the New York World Fair to West End productions.   The LSC is recognized as one of the finest and best equipped dance training centres in Europe.  We tour the facilities, participate in a studio workshop. Tonight we perform the final show of the tour at LSC’s own De Valois Theatre.

Fri July 6th
London at Leisure (B)
Today is a full day at leisure.  You will be provided with a 1 day tube and bus pass allowing you unlimited travel on the public transportation system and the day is yours to enjoy the sights, museums and shops of this great capital city.

Sat July 7th
Return to the USA (B)
Regrettably this morning we make bid farewell to England and journey to Heathrow for our return flight to the USA.

The quoted price includes the following services:
  • 06 nights first class hotel accommodation at Millennium Gloucester Hotel.  All rooms twin bedded with private bathroom.  A limited number of triple rooms are available.
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Dinner or lunch daily
  • Comprehensive sightseeing program including admissions as listed in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional tour manager for all touring, transfers and technical visits
  • Private, air-conditioned, touring motor coach for all touring, performances and technical visits
  • 1 day London tube/bus pass
  • Porterage of baggage (recommend 1 bag per person)
  • Value Added Taxes in Europe
Items not included in the land package price:
  • Health, trip cancellation/interruption or baggage insurance.  All are strongly recommended.
  • Passport & visa costs.
  • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls etc.).
  • Gratuities to the tour guides.
  • Items not specifically mentioned above.
  • Airfare
Down Payment Schedule for Land Package Only:
$100.00 per person due November 15, 2006
$ 400.00 per person due January 10, 2007
$1849.00balance per person due May 1, 2007
Total for Land Package:     

Cancellation Fees Per Person for Land Package:
$25.00 for deposits to January 9, 2007
$100.00 for deposits Jan. 10th to April 30, 2007
  $500.00 for deposits May 1st to June 1st.
  No Refunds from June 2nd to trip
Round-trip Airfare:
Airfare is being negotiated with several airlines to obtain the best group rate. Separate information will be available as soon as the rate is finalized.  It is too early to book the flight arrangements now because reduced rate packages will most likely be available as we get closer to the trip.  Mary Wangerin from Savage Travel will help us with the flight arrangements.  If you plan to lengthen your stay in Europe, I recommend working with Mary since she will be very familiar with the itinerary and – she finds great rates!
Hotel Accommodation:
We will be staying at the Millennium Hotel Gloucester in London.  The hotel has mainly double rooms but some triple rooms are available.
Payment Method:
Land Package – SELECT TRAVEL wants only one check written to them from the Heartbeat group rather than handling several checks from several people at each payment due date and they do not accept credit cards, therefore, credit card transactions will be handled through Heartbeat and checks should be made payable to Heartbeat.  Heartbeat will in turn issue a check to Select Travel for the total sum.  Payments can also be made in cash.
Air Package – SAVAGE TRAVEL will accept multiple forms of payment (check, cash, credit card) and wants all checks made payable to Savage Travel.
Travel Group Meetings:
Periodic informational meetings will be scheduled and posted on Heartbeat’s website and in the lobby for those who wish to attend.
Performance Rehearsals:
Dancers traveling to London will be issued a performance rehearsal schedule early in 2007.
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