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My 10 day Study Abroad with a little extension to tour has morphed to add a full Southeast tour before with my husband, and a York / Hadrian's Wall visit after with my mother (73).

I'd like to give a basic itinerary and see what your thoughts are about doability. My husband and I are covering more ground to get a taste of more, while my mother and I will do more lingering. I wasn't sure if I should split my threads, so I apologize for length! Comments on any/all are greatly appreciated!

And so we begin:

Day 1: Land @ Heathrow between 10-10:30 and pick up rental car. Make our way down to Eastbourne / Beachy Head. Check into B&B near BH and spend afternoon evening at cliffs. (I can't remember who sent me the pictures link, but THANK YOU! I am really excited to see them!)

Day 2: Drive to Chawton to see Jane Austen Museum (unsure whether to go Portsmouth route or through South Downs National Park--scenery is always good, but we don't want to spend all day on road through park), then on to Stonehenge. We don't know how long Stonehenge will take, so if, by some impossible chance, we have daylight left, we'd like to wander Avebury also. Our B&B is between the two.

Day 3: Bath. Mayor's Volunteer tour, Roman baths, museum, crescent. Parking on fringe in a lot, but would also appreciate recommendations.
-----check into B&B on north outskirts of Bristol to base for next few days------

4/5: Wales--St. Fagans? Tintern Abbey drive?

6: Drop car early and take train from Bristol to London. Check into hotel (nearish Euston). If time, dh continuing on to RAF museum for a quick blitz there. Me: unknown.

7: Very early Eurostar to Paris for a brief day there.

8: London: Tower first thing only decision. (this is dh only full day in London)

9: I join my group for 10 days over which I have very little control :), dh has morning in London, then early evening flight out LHR. Would it be possible to hit Churchill War Rooms first thing and be done by 1pm? Flight @ 5:10.

Last leg with my mother.
1: Meet her @ LGW @ noon and we take train to Newcastle, pick up rental car and drive to Haltwhistle B&B.

2: Vindolanda / Hadrian's Wall

3: Drive to York. There for 4 days: Walking tour, Minster, shambles, Viking place?, Castle Howard, cemetery at St. Martin's and one by church in Appleton (Mom has researched ancestors who were buried there in 1600s), races at Catterick Racecourse . . . ?

7: Drive south to LGW (we want to have a car when we get there, and we both like driving).

8: Crawley area--Box Hill

9: Fly Home--which may be tricky. I leave my mom at LGW, then bus (from other threads I think that will be easiest route?) to LHR for my flight--having evolved as a trip, our tickets didn't line up. Ah, well.

Whew! If you made it this far, bless your heart :). Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions on any of the plans or places.

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