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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.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every 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.
Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
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.
Lace up your sneakers for a fun two-wheeled tour of some of London's most iconic highlights crossing the Thames from the London Eye, to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, to the Cabinet War Rooms, Horse Guard Parade, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. You'll get an up-close feel for the essence of London thanks to guided commentary and photo stops along the route, as you safely navigate around the city by bike as many locals do.
Enjoy a meal of traditional cuisine as you taste and learn the poetic history of Scotland's rustic national dish.
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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Upon arriving in Edinburgh, meet your ACIS Tour manager for an orientation, then set out to familiarize yourself with Scotland’s capital, renowned for its rich history and literary heritage. Perhaps stroll through the Grassmarket or Victoria Street shopping districts. It’s said Victoria Street–a narrow and winding lane lined with tall buildings–inspired J.K. Rowling’s vision of Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series of books; the nearby Elephant House Café is where she wrote parts of the first Potter novel.
Sightseeing shows you Princes Street and Charlotte Square before a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high up in the old town. The afternoon is free to indulge in local literary history at the Writer's Museum or shop for souvenirs; woolens, tartans and sheepskins are especially popular. In the evening, cap off the day by learning the poetic history of Scotland’s national dish with a traditional
haggis tasting and dinner.
Journey south through the Northumberland countryside. Arrive in the walled city of York and uncover the secrets of its quaint cobbled streets during a sightseeing tour including entrance to York Minster. This grand English Gothic cathedral is among the oldest and largest of its kind in Europe.
Continue to the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and his burial site at Holy Trinity Church. After a pre-theater dinner, experience a performance by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (in the event that it is unavailable, a play in London's West End will be substituted).
Get your imagination fired up as you depart for a visit to Oxford, including a tour of Christ Church College where Lewis Carroll penned Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and also where many memorable scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed (note the Great Hall, the inspiration for Hogwarts Hall). Then travel towards London, stopping for a tour of the Warner Bros. Harry Potter studio, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the movies, based on author J.K. Rowling's books about the young orphaned wizard, were made, from detailed sets to animatronics. Arrive in London this evening and begin to discover the wonders of this thriving city. An included three-day London transport travel card allows you to explore with ease.
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. After you'll have time to explore more of London at your own pace. Stroll along under the London Eye or drop by the National Gallery for eye-opening art.
Experience an up-close look at London's iconic treasures on this morning's guided
London by Bike tour, including views of the Big Ben, the Horse Guard Parade, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and more. As you cycle and stop for photos, your guide's commentary will bring the history of what you are seeing to life. The afternoon is free for you to perhaps check out the shops along Portobello Road in Notting Hill or stroll the artsy South Bank. Tonight enjoy a theater performance in London's famous 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 $450Add 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 $315Add to Tour