Day 1 :
Day 2 :
- Meet your tour director and check into hotel:
Day 3 :
- London guided sightseeing tour:
Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace
- Tower of London visit:
Get up close and personal with the Tower of London. Towers, rather. Twenty stone towers, as well as tunnels, winding staircases and narrow passageways comprise this huge fortress covering 18 acres on the banks of the Thames. A royal residence from the 11th - 16th centuries, the Tower also served as a jewel safe and a prison. The headless skeletons of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (Henry VIII's former wives who were executed here) are believed to be buried here. The Crown Jewels are housed here, including the largest cut diamond in the world (530-carats). Beefeaters (guards) lead tours through the Tower.
Day 4 :
- Windsor Castle excursion:
See how the Queen relaxes on this tour of the royal weekend estate (originally built as a fortress in the 11th century, when William the Conqueror ruled). Tiptoe through the tulips (and other flowers) in the East Terrace Gardens. Alternatively see the Gothic-style St. George's Chapel or peek into the rooms of Queen Mary's doll house with its gallery of pint-size perfect furniture. Get decorating tips for your own country estate (uh, dorm room, that is).
- Add on: London Theatre Performance:
Head to London's famous West End to sit back and enjoy a theater performance.
Day 5 :
- Travel to Stratford via Oxford:
- Oxford guided sightseeing tour:
Explore the ancient university city of Oxford from an American perspective, including Christ Church College, complete with portraits of American Revolutionaries, and the Bodleian Library. Discover why the college bell is still rung 101 times at 9:05 p.m.
- Anne Hathaway’s Cottage visit:
- Shakespeare's birthplace visit:
- LEAP Prime Time Shakespeare!:
Produce a prime time TV show for sixteenth-century England! Compare Shakespearian times to our own and see the Bard's work in a new light.
LEAP Activity | Prime Time Shakespeare!
Produce a prime time TV show for 16th century England! Compare Shakespearean times to our own and see the Bard’s work in a new light.
Day 6 :
- Travel to York:
- York tour director-led sightseeing:
Charming York combines medieval mysteries with modern flair. Gothic buildings and cobblestone streets lead to bustling shopping districts; ancient stones make up the now-picturesque city walls. Explore the birthplace of Guy Fawkes with your Tour Director.
Day 7 :
- Travel to Edinburgh:
- Durham Cathedral visit:
- Roman Army Museum visit:
- Hadrian's Wall visit:
LEAP Activity | Who Rules?
Meet great Britons from history. Debate their merits and contributions to decide who is the greatest of them all!
Day 8 :
- Edinburgh guided sightseeing tour:
Edinburgh Castle visit, Crown Jewels, St. Margaret's Chapel
- Holyroodhouse Palace visit:
LEAP Activity | Scottish Steps
Learn the art of Scottish dancing at a social gathering, or Ceilidh, (pronounced “Kay-lay”). Dance to live music as an instructor shows you some traditional steps.
Day 9 :