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Join Exeter Expeditions in 2020

Arrangements Abroad Inc. is offering two exciting trips for Exonians in 2020. The first, from July 18-26 and led by Instructor in Theater and Dance Sarah Ream ’75, provides a cultural immersion into London’s world-renowned theater scene.

The second is a tour of some of the most famous WWII landmarks in France, including stops in Normandy and Rouen, with Emeritus History InstructorJack Herney, from September 20-27. 

Garrick Theater in the evening.

London Theater, July 18–26

Over the course of one week in July, we plan to attend plays that represent the very best of what London theater has to offer. This may involve several productions in the West End (London’s version of Broadway), several in the London Fringe (the cousin of Off-Broadway), and even a few in the remote corners of London, way off the beaten tourist track.

Mornings we will meet in the library of the Haymarket Hotel and discuss the play from the night before in a makeshift Harkness classroom. 

Each day offers something new and relevant to enhance the evening’s entertainment. This year’s offerings promise a few special additions. After we see a production of a hit new musical, we will meet with the cast in a private conversation about their rehearsal process. After seeing a theatrical adaptation of a bestselling novel, we will have tea with a member of the cast and learn how the ensemble worked to translate fiction to the stage. And, as always, before we see Shakespeare anywhere in London, we will have a classical voice tutorial at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, from one of London’s most talented voice teachers.

Trip Highlights

  • See six plays, reflecting the best of current theater, in Britain’s capital.

  • Attend Harkness sessions each morning for enriching discussions of the plays seen the previous day.
  • Go behind the scenes in the world of London theater as you join in conversations with directors, producers, and stars.
  • Stay at the historic, five-star Haymarket Hotel in the heart of London’s theater district.
  • Savor festive welcome and farewell dinners with fellow Exonians.

Ile de la Cite

Remembering D-Day, Sept. 20–27

Starting at the World War II sites of Paris, we will trace the story of D-Day to Normandy’s landing beaches, visiting the German battery at Longues-sur-Mer, the monuments of Omaha Beach, and the 100-foot-high cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, site of a dramatic D-Day battle. We will tour a fascinating museum built around a German bunker on Utah Beach and discover Sainte-Mère-Église, the first French town liberated by Allied troops.

This will be an interactive and immersive trip, with daily Harkness discussions that will deepen your appreciation of the many sites we will visit. 

Utah Beach

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the legendary battlefields on which the Allies gained a foothold in France, including the landing sites of Omaha Beach, the imposing cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, and the church square in Sainte-Mère-Église.
  • Pay respects to fallen heroes on the hallowed ground of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer and Paris’ Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, one of the most powerful Holocaust memorials in Europe.
  • Enjoy a private lunch with Jean-Guillaume and Stéphanie de Tocqueville at their historic family château, once the home of philosopher and author Alexis de Tocqueville (pending confirmation).
  • Delve into other facets of Normandy’s rich history, from the Bayeux Tapestry, an impressive 11th-century embroidery depicting the Norman conquests, to the impeccable Gothic Cathedral of medieval Rouen, the town where Joan of Arc met her fate.
  • Lodge in historic hotels, including the Hôtel Pont Royal in Paris, which Sartre, Hemingway, Camus, and Fitzgerald once frequented.

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To reserve your place or to learn more about these trips, please contact Arrangements Abroad at 212-514-8921 or 800-221-1944, or by email: trips@arrangementsabroad.com