Travel to Stratford via Oxford
Details: Bath guided sightseeing tour
England's most fashionable spa town in the 18th century, beautiful, Georgian-style Bath was where the society set headed to "take the waters" and attend the theaters. But the spa scene began bubbling long before then. The Romans built baths here between the 1st and 5th centuries to capitalize on the area's natural hot springs. A professional, local tour guide will lead you to the Roman ruins, some of the best in Europe. But keep your clothes on! Your tour continues to the remains of the Medieval abbey church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (built on the site of a nunnery from the 670s). Look up at the fan-vaulted ceiling. Step back outside to see the ornate west front featuring relief sculptures of Jacob's ladder. Continue to Pulteney Bridge, built in the 18th century after the style of Florence's Ponte Vecchio. As in Florence, shops line the span.
Details: Oxford tour director-led sightseeing
Explore the oldest English-speaking university in the world. Founded in 1096, Oxford got a big attendance boost in 1167, when a tiff between the English and French kings caused all English students to be expelled from the University of Paris. Many came back to Oxford, and since then the university has been home to many of England's most illustrious thinkers and writers, including Sir Walter Raleigh, Roger Bacon -- and Dr. Seuss.
Details: Christ's Church visit
Envision flying candelabra, floating school crests, and swooping owls all hovering over the deafening din of a typical school cafeteria. Now step into Christ Church College, and see the location for Hogwart's dining hall. Don't forget to check out Bodleian Library, which was used as Hogwarts library, and the Divinity School, which was transformed into the hospital wing!