Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
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After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Participants will have unlimited access to personal headsets so that local guides and ACIS Tour Managers can more easily communicate with the group along the way.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
This is one unique experience that is definitely hands-on. In fact, we’ll give you a few helpful instructions and a pole to hold onto as you break into small groups to board traditional 'punts' which are open boats similar to a small gondola. This is a cherished hobby for Cambridge University students along the lovely River Cam and now you can experience it too. Learn a bit about the activity's history as you enjoy trying your hand at propelling the punt forward by pushing off from the riverbed and capturing the sights along the way.
Traditional Irish dance includes everything from jigs, reels and hornpipes, to sets, half sets, polkas and step dances. Learn about the rich heritage of this tradition in Ireland, and become your own lord of the dance floor as a local expert instructs you in the basic steps of a dance before you try it out to the lively beat yourself.
Tower Bridge, Tower of London, London Eye, St Patrick's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, The Lake District, St Paul's Cathedral, York Minster, Edinburgh Ghost Tour, Ha'penny Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Irish Dance Lesson, Haggis Dinner, Conwy Castle, Wordsworth's Grave
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
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Welcome to the Emerald Isle. Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore Dublin. The country's capital as well as its cultural center, Dublin is well-known for its rich literary heritage.
Your day starts with a guided sightseeing tour, during which you’ll drive down statue-filled O’Connell Street, the city’s bustling main thoroughfare, and view the charming Ha’penny Bridge, built in 1816 across the River Liffey. You’ll also visit regal St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the country’s largest church and a sterling example of early English-Gothic architecture. Then get your jig on as you receive an
Irish dancing lesson from a local expert. In the evening stroll around Trinity College’s lively campus neighborhood, which features pretty squares, historic buildings and grand architecture.
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry and arrive at Holyhead, once the island home of the Druids. After a short drive through North Wales, stop to explore brooding Conwy Castle, a massive medieval fortification built by King Edward I in the late 1200s. After that it's on to the famed port of Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles, which you'll arrive in via a ferry ride across the River Mersey.
Today enjoy a guided Magical Mystery Tour of Liverpool, which takes you to all things Fab Four, such as their childhood homes, the location where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met and the actual Strawberry Field and Penny Lane that inspired the songs of the same name. Then depart for the historic walled city of York, founded by the Romans back in 71 A.D.
Uncover the secrets of York's quaint cobbled streets during a guided sightseeing tour, including entrance to York Minster. This large English Gothic cathedral is among the oldest and largest of its kind in Europe. Then visit one of England's finest historic homes, the stately Castle Howard, located on a sprawling 10,000-acre estate outside the city. In the evening, give your fright factor a test during a ghost tour of the city's Old Town. Don't stray too far away from the group as your guide vividly brings to life haunting stories from bygone days.
Travel this morning to Cambridge for a walking tour viewing the famed University of Cambridge, which boasts 96 Nobel laureates and is the world's fourth-oldest university, founded in 1209. You'll also visit King's College. One of the 31 colleges that comprise the university, it's filled with notable examples of Gothic architecture. Then to round out the full Cambridge experience, try your hand at a classic student pastime—
punting on the River Cam. Continue to London for the night.
This morning, learn about London's majestic past and fast-paced present on your guided sightseeing tour. See Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Along the way, our guide will point out more landmark sites like the Gherkin, the Shard, and the Cheese Grater—all new buildings changing the London skyline. Another highlight of the day is a tour inside St. Paul's Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece is an enduring symbol of London, the seat of the Church of England and famed for its dome and Whispering Gallery. If you have time, your ticket includes access to climb to the top of the dome. In the afternoon enjoy time to discover more of London's historic attractions at your own pace. Perhaps nibble traditional fish and chips before channeling your inner fashionista in Soho, explore the museums of South Kensington, or stroll through Hampstead, where many literary giants once lived (look for blue plaques outside their former homes). In the evening you might cap off your experience with a walk under the bright lights of Theatreland in London's West End.
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Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Further immerse yourself in the culture and delights of England's capital with an extra night in London, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $270Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $225Add to Tour