British Isles School Trip Overview
The vibrant energy of London, Edinburgh’s spectacular landscapes, and the laid-back charm of Irish fishing villages: On this tour through the British Isles, students will gain an appreciation for these dynamic European cultures and learn what makes them unique. We’ll begin in London, where students will enjoy the best this capital has to offer, like the views from the London Eye and a night out at a theater show. A leisurely train ride brings us to Edinburgh, where they’ll delve into its spooky history on a nighttime ghost tour. End this trip of a lifetime in beautiful Galway, the home of breathtaking landscapes and the heart of traditional Irish life.
Travel For Teens’ mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Our guides will help students to step outside their comfort zone, appreciate other cultures, and discover the joy of traveling. Thanks to our years of experience in leading young travelers all over Europe, Travel For Teens are experts in engaging and inspiring student travelers. Join us on this one-of-a-kind cultural experience and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
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During this trip, you and your students will…
- Marvel at the Queen’s Crown Jewels at the ancient Tower of London
- Browse for treasures at the eclectic Camden Market, home to food trucks, flea markets, and trendy boutiques
- Enjoy a night at the theater in London’s West End or Shakespeare’s Globe
- Admire the views of Edinburgh from atop Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat
- Walk in the footsteps of the Beatles at Abbey Road
- Learn about a darker side of Edinburgh’s history on a nighttime ghost tour
- Stroll through the quaint fishing villages on the Irish coast and watch a live Irish music performance
- Explore the Aran Islands by bike and learn about the ancient people who used to live here
- Have a photo shoot with the plunging Cliffs of Moher
- Enjoy a medieval banquet at a real Irish castle and even dress up in traditional clothes
DAY 1: Cheerio, London!
Flight from your preferred airport to London.
DAY 2: Welcome to Westminster
Welcome to Great Britain! Arrive in London and meet your TFT staff, who will join you for the remainder of your journey. After getting settled into your hotel in the heart of the city, we’ll take a walking tour of downtown London to familiarize ourselves with the main sights, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, the River Thames, and of course Big Ben! Finish off the day with your very first taste of British cuisine at one of our favorite local pubs.
DAY 3: The best views in London
The impressive Tower of London awaits today. Once home to some of England’s most notorious prisoners and now housing the Crown Jewels, this is a must-see and a student favorite! We’ll receive a guided tour from the Yeoman Warder guards at the Tower before crossing Tower Bridge (also known as London Bridge). After a delicious lunch in the always-busy Borough Market, we’ll explore the Southbank neighborhood and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Top it all off with a ride on the London Eye, the massive Ferris Wheel that gives the best views over all of London!
DAY 4: Teas and Traditions
We’ll spend today enjoying some of London’s finest traditions, beginning with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. For lunch, visit the amazing food trucks in Camden Market, which serve cuisine from all over the world. Take some time to hunt for treasures in the Market before choosing from several afternoon options. We understand that student travelers have diverse interests and needs, so our staff do their very best to accommodate everyone’s must-sees. Readers of Sherlock Holmes can visit 221B Baker Street; Harry Potter fans can visit Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station; or they can walk in the footsteps of the Beatles at Abbey Road. After dinner, enjoy a night out in London’s hip West End Theatre District or perhaps at Shakespeare’s Globe!
DAY 5: The rolling hills of Scotland
A leisurely train ride brings us from London to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. After getting settled in, explore this beautiful city’s top attraction, the Edinburgh Castle. Of course, the views from the UNESCO World Heritage site at Calton Hill aren’t to be missed. For dinner, try traditional Scottish cuisine–Haggis, anyone?
Day 6: Stroll the Royal Mile
Stroll down the Royal Mile to the Queen’s summer residence at Holyroodhouse Palace. Adventurous travelers will then have the opportunity to climb all the way up to Arthur’s Seat, which boasts the best views over all Edinburgh. After a refreshing picnic lunch, students will be able to spend their final afternoon as they choose, for example visiting the Scottish National Museum or with a Harry Potter-themed tour of the city. We’ll celebrate the end of an amazing trip with an upscale dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants, featuring, as always, authentic local cuisine and great atmosphere.
Day 7: Quaint Irish villages
A short flight will bring us from Edinburgh to Galway, home to Irish traditions and picturesque scenery. Upon our arrival, we’ll take a walking tour of this quaint village to see famous sights like the Spanish Arch, Quay Street, Kirwan Lane, and Eyre Square. During dinner at a classic Irish pub, students can watch live music performances at a traditional sessiún.
Day 8: Aran Islands & Inis Mor
Ride the ferry out to the Aran Islands to step back in time to nearly 5,000 years ago, when the Pagans called these islands home. We’ll have a guided bike tour of the island of Inis Mor, where no cars are allowed and the pace of life is just a little slower. Our local guide will bring us to the 5000-year-old ring fort Dun Aengus, the Pagan Burial Mounds, and show us around the charming village of Inis Mor. (An alternative will be offered for those not comfortable on a bike.) After some free time to explore the village, we’ll ride the ferry back to the mainland and return to Galway for dinner and an evening walk for ice cream.
Day 9: The Cliffs of Moher
On our final day in Ireland, students will have time for any last-minute activities they missed before we head out to the coast to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Plunging into the sea from heights of over 700 feet, the Cliffs will give students an appreciation for Ireland’s world-famous landscapes. Celebrate the end of an amazing trip with an upscale Medieval Banquet at a real castle! Be serenaded by minstrels as you eat, get dressed up in traditional garb, enjoy ancient recipes, and someone will even be crowned King and Queen!
DAY 10: Until next time!
Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
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The TFT Difference
We Never Combine Groups
Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.
Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support
We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.
Photos and Email Updates
Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!
Central Accommodation and Local Meals
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently awarded Top Youth Travel Program.
"I wanted to thank you for a fantastic trip for Kayla. She was very excited but also very anxious about this trip. I heard from her a lot the first few days but was really encouraging her to advocate for herself. It sounds like she worked on doing that and relayed the positive outcomes of conversing with you. That was a big deal for us. In addition to that it sounds like an amazing trip, and never having been to Greece I’m envious! I hope that you enjoyed your time as well.Thank you so much for your updates, support, and for working with my daughter. I hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer."
"This trip…my goodness!!! When we hear from Jordan, he is beyond happy! He has said that “this is the best time he’s ever had” and things “couldn't be better”. Based on the photos, your blogs and the things he tells us, he is not going to want to come home!! Thank you, Vianeli and Hana for making this an experience of a lifetime!"
"The feedback is that this has been the most outstanding trip Charlie has ever taken. This will go down as the time when my son broke out of his shell and started to really love life people places and experiences. Yes for such incredible friendships from these past 12 days and I don’t think I have ever seen him quite so happy every single time I talk to him. Charlie has expressed to me on numerous accounts how wonderful a counselor and guide and mentor and friend that you have have been. It is his fourth trip and by far his most favorite on all fronts. I can’t thank you enough for taking care of our children while in Europe. It’s a huge responsibility and you took it seriously and gave them the time of their lives. I could not be more grateful and appreciative of this trip and the program and the moments that he will carry with him the rest of his life. AAA+ grade in my book."