British Airways Deals Celebrate the Life of William Shakespeare

U.S. families are cautious about traveling internationally this summer, but those willing to go abroad are finding deals from airlines and destinations to bring Americans overseas.  Some new British Airways deals and vacation packages are encouraging travelers to explore London and celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare in honor of the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616.  Continue reading for more details on these British Airways deals and packages that include flight, hotel, tours and more.

Big Ben - London, England

Big Ben – London, England; photo by Mark Ashman, courtesy Disney Cruise Line

From British Airways’ Press Release

To travel abroad or not to travel abroad, that is the question. In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 1616, British Airways Holidays is encouraging literary lovers to explore London with various vacation packages including flight, hotel, tours and more. Those making the trip abroad with British Airways can also enjoy a selection of on board entertainment celebrating the famed playwright.


2B OR NOT 2B, image courtesy British Airways

Stay a Stone’s Throw Away From Shakespeare’s Globe

Commemorate Shakespeare’s life and impact on literature and English culture with a quintessential British vacation. Special packages are available for flight plus five nights at the Hilton hotel, conveniently located within walking distance to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Discover the largest exhibition dedicated to the famous playwright through the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition by booking through, with tickets starting from $25 per person. Interactive displays and live demonstrations allow visitors to immerse themselves in the history of theatre. A variety of experiences from British Airways are available is explore here.

Special flight plus hotel packages are available to book through Tuesday, May 31, 2016 for travel from April 19, 2016 to September 30, 2016 and are subject to availability.


Shakespeare admires video about the Globe Theatre on British Airways, image courtesy British Airways

Shakespeare Country & Beyond

British Airways encourages travelers to expand their journey beyond London and venture to Shakespeare’s birthplace. This significant anniversary presents the perfect opportunity to visit his home town, Stratford-upon-Avon. While in Stratford, travelers can tour the scenic Cotswolds, medieval Warwick Castle and historic Oxford.

Locations which feature among Shakespeare’s plays also appear throughout British Airways’ global route network; including Athens, Cyprus, Denmark, Florence, Milan, Naples, Paris, Rome, Scotland, Venice, Verona and Vienna.

Travelers can book flight-and-drive vacations through in partnership with Avis to save and enjoy benefits like great rates and flexibility, extensive choice of locations and the ability to earn Avios points. To book rental car on, customers can visit here.


British Airways celebrates Shakespeare in 2016, image courtesy British Airways

The Bard On Board

In commemoration of Shakespeare’s life, British Airways is offering a special selection of in-flight entertainment so customers can use the occasion to become reacquainted with the world famous playwright. Customers traveling on select long-haul flights will be able to listen to some of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays as well as watch content unique to British Airways.

Customers can watch a special live performance of “Much Ado About Nothing,” performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, on London’s Southbank, which was first published in 1632. Literary enthusiasts can also enjoy the 2015 film adaptation of “Macbeth,” starring acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender. On-board audio selections include The Tempest, Julius Caesar and Hamlet.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.