Scots, Bards and Brits

  • 8 Days
  • Explorer Value Trip

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Depart

Overnight Flight

1 1 Night

London

2 2 Nights

Stratford Area

1 1 Night

York

1 1 Night

Edinburgh

2 2 Nights
Return
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What's Included

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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Round-Trip Flights

3- or 4-Star Hotels

After a busy day, comfort is key.

3-Star Hotels

After a busy day, comfort is key.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)

Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.

24-Hour Tour Manager

Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.

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Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.

Service Guarantee

We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!

Global Network

24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.

Personal Headsets Included Throughout Tour

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.

Exceptional Experiences

Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.

Punting on the River Cherwell

Punting on the River Cherwell

Punts are shallow-water, flat-bottomed vessels with open tops and square bows. The punter stands tall in the boat and propels it by pushing a pole into the riverbed. Originally constructed for fishing and moving cargo, they've since been used primarily for pleasure and are a popular sight on the Oxford waterways. Try your hand at this classic English pastime (and test your balance!) along an idyllic stretch of the Cherwell River. Ask the locals for the proper Oxford technique and be sure to agree that they do it all wrong in Cambridge. Can you tell what makes it different from the gondolas of Venice?

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Punts are shallow-water, flat-bottomed vessels with open tops and square bows. The punter stands tall in the boat and propels it by pushing a pole into the riverbed. Originally constructed for fishing and moving cargo, they've since been used primarily for pleasure and are a popular sight on the Oxford waterways. Try your hand at this classic English pastime (and test your balance!) along an idyllic stretch of the Cherwell River. Ask the locals for the proper Oxford technique and be sure to agree that they do it all wrong in Cambridge. Can you tell what makes it different from the gondolas of Venice?

London Tour with Guide

London Tour with Guide

British Museum with Guide

British Museum with Guide

Christ Church College

Christ Church College

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church

Edinburgh Tour with Guide

Edinburgh Tour with Guide

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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Itinerary

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.

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

Day 2: London

Welcome to London! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore the city's unique neighborhoods. 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.

Day 3: London

Today’s panoramic sightseeing tour, led by a local guide, shows you Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Continue with a guided visit of the British Museum, home to an astounding 150 million items. You'll discover objects from around the world including the Rosetta Stone and sculptural friezes from the Parthenon. Later you can explore more of the museum or maybe stroll down nearby Oxford Street. In the evening perhaps revel amid the sights and sounds of West End attractions such as Leicester Square or nearby Piccadilly Circus.

Day 4: Stratford Area

Drive to Oxford, home to the oldest and grandest of England's universities. During a walking tour of the campus, learn some of its centuries-old traditions and what it's like to study here. Among the highlights is Christ Church College. Then try your hand at a classic Oxford pastime with a punting excursion on the River Cherwell. Continue to the Stratford area for the night.

Day 5: York

Today explore Stratford-upon-Avon, home of the famous playwright William Shakespeare. Entrance is included to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Holy Trinity Church, where the Bard is buried. Then journey to York and begin to uncover the secrets of its quaint cobbled streets during a walking tour.

Day 6: Edinburgh

Journey north, stopping to photograph the impressive Alnwick Castle. Fans will recognize the medieval fortress as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films. Then continue on to Edinburgh.

Day 7: Edinburgh

A guided sightseeing tour includes entrance to Edinburgh Castle, the seat of Scottish royalty for centuries and home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. Built atop an extinct volcano, the castle dominates the city’s skyline. Later, you’ll stroll along Princes Street, a noted shopping district, and through Charlotte Square. During your free afternoon, perhaps explore sites linked to famous Scottish literary figures such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.

Day 8: Departure

Depart for the USA.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Immerse yourself in the history of the Emerald Isle with a two-night extension to Dublin, via flight from Edinburgh. Explore the highlights and culture of the city with a sightseeing tour, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, and a Gaelic Games class. Includes the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.

Price This Tour

Price This Tour

Optional Extras

Ultimate Protection Plan

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 $240

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Comprehensive Protection Plan

Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $200

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