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.
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.
Rise early to witness a fine example of British pageantry—the Opening Ceremony at the Tower of London. Still listed as an official Royal residence, the Queen's Guard is responsible for guard duties at the Tower and this traditional Opening Ceremony includes, with requisite pomp and circumstance, a march by the military escort and Yeoman Sergeant to open its gates for the day. Once admitted, explore the glittering Crown Jewels, learn the legend behind the Ravens, see Henry VIII's suit of armour, and imagine beheadings on the Tower Green.
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.
Depart from the USA.
Welcome to London! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore the city. Your cental hotel location allows you to walk to many unique neighborhoods, museums and monuments with ease. Depending on which area you are in, you may want check out the street markets along Portobello Road in Notting Hill; explore the paths of Hyde Park or the mansions of nearby Belgravia; visit museums in South Kensington; or stroll along the artsy South Bank.
Start today with a guided visit inside the mammoth 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. Then cross the Thames, where your guide brings London's vibrant and artsy South Bank district alive on a guided walking tour past the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's replicated Globe Theatre. After time this afternoon for lunch and exploring more of the South Bank at your own pace, enjoy a guided walking tour of Charles Dickens's London, which transports you back to the life and times of the beloved writer.
One highlight of the Tower of London is witnessing the
opening ceremony, and we get there early before the crowds arrive to catch it with our famously boisterous Beefeater guide. Since its construction, the castle has been used as a treasury, palace and prison—today it houses 1,000 years of Royal history and the Crown Jewels. Afterward, cross one of the iconic bridges that spans the Thames for a guided visit of the Tate Modern. This world-renowned museum hosts eclectic exhibitions of contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Rothko, Dalí and Matisse, in a unique space that also offers stunning views of the city across the Thames.
This morning drive to Duxford to visit the Imperial War Museum. Housed at a historic former airfield (keep an eye on the runway and skies for live air shows and reenactments), this large and interactive museum covers war and conflict from WWI through the present day, with many examples of military aircraft and stories of aviation history from the past 100 years on display. Then jouney on 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. After time to get lunch, you'll visit King's College. One of the 31 colleges that comprise the university, it's filled with notable examples of Gothic architecture. Continue north and arrive in York in time for dinner.
Explore the walled city of York and uncover the secrets of its quaint cobbled streets during a guided walking tour that includes entrance to York Minster. This English Gothic cathedral is one of the largest and oldest of its kind in Europe. The afternoon is yours to explore more of the city's walls and ancient Roman heritage. In the evening, test your nerves during a ghost tour of the Old Town. Stick close to your guide who brings to life haunting stories of the city's past.
We continue today through the beautiful Northumberland countryside toward Edinburgh. En route, imagine yourself as a Roman soldier in Britain with a visit to one of the forts at Hadrian's Wall, the Roman Empire's northernmost defense against the "barbarians" in northern Britain. Portions of the once 80-mile-long wall whose construction began in 122 AD still stand—a testament to Roman engineering. Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, in time for dinner.
A guided morning walking tour of Edinburgh's medieval old town and Georgian new town shows you Princes Street and Charlotte Square before you ascend the hill to tour Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish crown jewels and the dramatically-named Stone of Destiny. This afternoon enjoy time to discover more at your own pace. You may wish to do a little shopping along Multrees Walk or wander the cultural, bohemian West End. Your feet may be tired at the end of this exceptional week, but you'll have plenty of memories to celebrate on your last night abroad.
Depart for the USA.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
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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