Northern England Mystery Writers Trip

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May 7-21, 2018

Southern England is steeped in history and culture and features some of the countryís most beautiful and historically important areas. Our fourteen-day trip begins with a ten-day Blue Badge guided tour, with primary emphasis on the counties of Hampshire, Hardyís Dorset, and Wiltshire. The tour is followed by four nights in Bristol for the 10th annual Crimefest crime fiction convention, one of the best annual gatherings of international crime writers and fans of crime fiction anywhere. (Note that the ten-day tour is available if you prefer to make your own Crimefest arrangements or if you prefer not to attend Crimefest.) Participants will meet on the morning, of May 7, 2018, in Heathrow Airport for transport to Winchester for the start of our tour. Participants in the full 14-day tour will be transferred back to Heathrow on May 21.

Tour price includes:

  • 14 nightsí bed and full English breakfast: 4 nights in Winchester, 2 on the Isle of Wight, 2 in the New Forest, 2 in Dorset, and 4 nights at the Bristol Marriot in Bristol.
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners, 1 afternoon tea, 1 coffee
  • Several guest authors (to be confirmed)
  • Blue Badge guide
  • Transport from and to Heathrow Airport as noted on itinerary
  • All entrance fees included in itinerary
  • Hotel and restaurant staff tips and porterage for one bag at hotels
  • All coach and ferry transport

Participants make their own flight arrangements.

Lodging: The cost of the trip is based on double occupancy in twin-bedded rooms.

Estimated cost for 14-day tour: $4,259.00 (land price) before December 31, 2017. After January 1, 2018: $4,399.00

Single supplement: $1,133.00.

Please indicate if you are willing to share a twin-bedded room, perhaps even for one or two of the hotels, to reduce the cost of the single supplement.

10-day tour without Crimefest: May 7-17: $3,550.00 before 12/31/17.
After 1/1/18: $3,699.00

Single supplement without Crimefest: $940

Please note: 3.5% additional fee for credit card payments.

The complete package is offered by the Kimís Life Tours, LLC.

Program Leader: Kathy Ackley, Professor Emerita of English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Kathy has led 17 previous summer programs and has made more than 50 trips to the UK.

Tour Organizer and Blue Badge Guide: Nicky Godfrey-Evans has been creating tours in Britain for over 30 years and is celebrating her 41st year as a Blue Badge Guide. This is the her 9th tour with Kathy.

Copyright 2007-2017 Kathy Ackley. All rights reserved.

Last updated: 26 September 2017