British Mystery Writers: May 9 - 20, 2014
Cornwall, CrimeFest, and Bletchley Park
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Our tour begins with five days exploring fascinating Cornwall, England, with its creeks and coves, tiny fishing villages, magnificent cliffs, and stunning coastline. Its evocative and rugged landscape of the mining era, now called the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, provides a perfect backdrop for mystery writing. Then we transfer to Bristol to attend the 7th annual Crimefest international crime fiction convention, one of the best annual gatherings of international crime writers and fans of crime fiction anywhere. We end the in Oxford at Bletchley Park, home of the British National Codes Centre, the site of secret British code-breaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.
You’ll be met at Heathrow Airport on the morning of May 9 and transferred to Cornwall by high-speed train from Paddington. Writers whose novels are set in Cornwall include Emily Barr, W.J. Burley’s Wycliffe series, several Agatha Christie works, Daphne DuMaurier, Debby Fowler, Robert Goddard, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Jessica Mann, Rosamunde Pilcher, Nicola Upson, and many more. In Bristol, following a morning tour of the 800-year-old village Lacock, we’ll attend Crimefest sessions, with panel discussions of various aspects of crime writing, interviews with guest authors, book signings, and other special events featuring some of the top crime writers in the world. The tour ends with two nights in Oxford, convenient for our visit to Bletchley Park, which will observe its 75th anniversary in 2014 by refurbishing some of the older buildings and opening them to the public. Our tour ends on May 20 with transport to Heathrow Airport.
The tour includes visits to Penzance, Mousehole, Newlyn, St. Michael’s Mount, St. Ives, the Penwith Peninsula, Porthcurno, Land’s End, Zennor, the Helford River, Frenchman’s Creek, Falmouth, Truro, Fowey, Prideaux Place, Padstow, St. Austell, Tintagel Castle, Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway (or alternate escorted tour to nearby Totnes for those who have been to Greenway), Lacock, Bristol, Oxford, and Bletchley Park. Tour speakers and Crimefest authors will be announced as they are confirmed.
Approximate cost: $3,499, based on double occupancy. Single rooms available for extra charge.
Registration: Formal registration should be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of $250. A payment schedule will be sent for the balance of payment. Up to 120 days before departure, fees except the initial deposit will be refunded on withdrawal. After that, lodging and other cancellation charges will be assessed. No refunds or credits for cancellations received after 30 days before the trip start date. Price may fluctuate slightly based on currency exchange and group size. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Formal registration should be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of $250. A payment schedule will be sent for the balance of payment. Up to 120 days before departure, fees except the initial deposit will be refunded on withdrawal. After that, lodging and other cancellation charges will be assessed. No refunds or credits for cancellations received after 30 days before the trip start date. Price may fluctuate slightly based on currency exchange and group size. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Trip Leader: Kathy Ackley, Professor Emerita of English, taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 24 years before retirement. She and her husband twice led UWSP’s London Semester Abroad program and she has led 12 summer Mystery and Crime Writers programs in the UK. She has made more than 30 trips to England.
"Professor Ackley is a knowledgeable leader. The itinerary was great and all of the speakers were EXCELLENT. The places at which we stayed as well as the meals were outstanding. I certainly would recomment this program to anyone, but particularly to an avid reader of crime fiction." Jan D., 2013 participant
This trip is full; please Email Kim O'Flaherty to be put on a waiting list.
Cycling in Tuscany & Umbria, Itlay: September 5-21, 2014
This tour features Southern Tuscany (renowned for its art, history, landscapes, and wine) and Umbria (sometimes called Tuscany’s “gentler sister,” with pastoral countrysides and a profusion of medieval hill-towns). Siena and Florence are easy day trips from Radda. The estimated price is $2,678 (double occupancy) Including Bike Rental, Luggage Van, Bike Jersey, and Mechanical Support.
If you bring your own bike instead of renting, the price reduction would be €240 (about $312 at today’s exchange rate).
- 15 nights B & B
- 6 group dinners
- Airport transfer from Rome to Orvieto (at designated arrival time)
- Jersey, map, walking tour Rome, and more!
Registration Is Open! Download and print registration form.
New York City Theatre - Oct. 21-25, 2014
Join us for our 3rd annual fabulous fall get-away to New York City!
We’ll immerse ourselves in New York theatre and sightseeing for our third annual Broadway adventure with group leader Patricia Kluetz, Tuesday - Saturday, October 21-25 (4 nights). The trip is designed for active, self-motivated travelers. Price includes your round-trip flight (Milwaukee/New York, with coach transfers between Stevens Point and Milwaukee), airport shuttle to/from hotel, lodging (double occupancy) with full breakfasts at the Hampton Inn-Times Square North, and FOUR Broadway shows. Shows will be determined after the Tony awards are announced this spring. We will also do a city sightseeing tour, and another tour, based on group interest (Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Walk, 9/11 Memorial--just a few ideas!)
A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required with your registration, as we must book non-refundable airfare, hotel rooms, and theatre tickets. The estimated price for the trip is $2,259 (dependent on number of registrants, airfare, and Broadway ticket prices). Your deposit will be applied to your total trip cost. A payment of $700 will be due April 1.
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UWSP Continuing Education
can coordinate custom international tours for your group; please email Kim
O'Flaherty for details or call 715-346-2426.