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London & Oxford

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Highlights of London
  • The London Eye
  • Big Ben
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Covent Garden
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Museum of London
  • Tate Modern
  • Shakespeare's Globe
Highlights of England
  • Magna Carta
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Royal Shakespeare House
  • Stonehenge
  • Bath's Roman Baths
  • Bristol's Banksy Tour
  • Oxford College
  • Blenheim Palace
  • The Cotswolds

Introduction

Since 2009 we’ve been offering all-inclusive international travel programs for students interested developing core travel skills while exploring some of the world's most interesting places as part of a small group.
Our programs focus on the students, constantly challenging language, navigation, collaboration, and budgeting skills with real world activities like acquiring maps, finding hotels, navigating public transportation, evaluating restaurants, and eating well while staying within a meal allowance.

Itinerary

London is over 2000 years old, the biggest city in Europe, one of the most visited cities in the world, it was the heart of the largest empire in human history and now the world's financial hub. It's "all that, and a bag of chips!", as they'd say.
But there's much more to England than London: Beautiful countryside, imposing castles, fine manors, sandy beaches, white cliffs, seaside towns and market villages.
This itinerary includes all the usual "don't miss" London stuff between Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, goes further afield to visit Wembley Stadium, London's East End & The Docklands, then still further to England's east coast, where we'll see the White Cliffs of Dover and visit Canterbury Cathedral. We then switch our base from London to Oxford from where we explore England to the west of London: Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, The Cotswolds, Salisbury & Stonehenge, Bath, and Bristol.
Day City Overview
1 Airborne Meet your Group Director at the airport for an overnight flight to London!
2 London Arrive in London, grab a quick snack in the arrivals lounge, then review maps and public transport systems before navigating to the hotel. Check in, freshen up, then meet in lobby. Our day begins with a metro ride to the Museum of London which traces the history of the city from pre-historic times to present day. We'll stop for lunch on the walk to nearby St. Paul's Cathedral, where we'll take a tour that visits the crypt (many famous tombs, including Nelson and Wellington) and climbs the tower (fantastic views of the city). We'll continue our walk to the nearby Tate Modern where an extraordinary collection of modern art (including Matisse, Mondrian, Warhol, Pollock, Hirst, and Rodin) is housed in a former power station. Back to the hotel, freshen up, then head out to dinner.
3 London It's South Bank day! We'll start with a metro ride to the Tower of London where we'll see the Crown Jewels and learn about the famous prisoners (including Sir Walter Raleigh) and executions (including 3 Queen's, most famously Anne Boleyn) before crossing the Thames to Shakespere's Globe where we'll tour the theatre and explore the exhibition space before finding a spot for lunch. Next stop: The London Eye, a 440' ferris wheel with glass capsules that delivers a 360° panorama (over 40km on a clear day). We'll get great views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as we cross the river to visit Westminster Abbey - where every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned. Back to the hotel, freshen up, then over to Covent Garden for dinner.
4 London Relaxed breakfast today, then we're off to Buckingham Palace where we'll catch the changing of the guard ( iconic bearskin-hatted regiments swapping shifts). Metro to Wembley for a tour of the stadium then we're off to the East End. Lunch, then a ride down Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit before we visit the Museum of London Docklands. Shopping & Dinner in the East End.
5 London Our daytrip through Kent will include visits to Hever Castle - the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Canterbury - this cathedral city with it's medieval cobblestone streets and timber frames houses surrounded by ancient roman walls was a pilgrimage site in the middle ages, Dover - with it's white cliffs, and finally the seaside town of Margate - with it's sandy beach and vintage rides. We'll enjoy dinner before heading back to London.
6 Oxford Today we'll check out of our hotel, take the train to Oxford, and check into our new hotel. We'll take a walking tour of the town to see some of the important college buildings - including Christchurch - before finding a spot for lunch. After lunch we'll visit Blenheim Palace - birthplace and home of Sir. Winston Churchill - before heading back to Oxford for dinner.
7 Oxford Our day starts with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon - birthplace of William Shakespeare, where we'll visit the Birthplace House, tour the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and enjoy lunch before heading into the Cotswolds to visit some of picturesque market towns, enjoy breath-taking scenery, architecture, and some fabulous English countryside. Dinner at a village inn before heading back to Oxford.
8 Oxford It's our last day, but it's a good one. We'll start with Salisbury Cathedral - home to an original copy of rhe Magna Carta, then we'll continue to the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge - perhaps the world's most famous pre-historic monument. Lunch will be in Bath, where we'll tour the Roman Baths (no, sadly they're not operational) before heading to Bristol - home of Banksy, where we'll admire some of his grafitti on a Banksy Walking Tour before dinner.
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