With its impressive history and rich literary culture, England is the perfect introduction to Europe for student travelers. Explore the buzzing capital of London, from its classic monuments–Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey–to modern gems like the London Eye and Camden Market. This itinerary is easily customizable–choose day trips out of London that your students will love, and feel free to adjust the length of the trip.
Thanks to our years of experience bringing students to the United Kingdom, we know exactly how to educate, excite, and inspire young travelers. Join us for the chance to immerse your students in the best that England has to offer and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Admire some of the world’s most impressive cultural artifacts, from the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum to the priceless paintings in the National Gallery
- Experience British theater culture with your choice of shows in the West End or Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Delight in local culinary specialties like fish and chips, meat pies, and of course, afternoon tea
- Soak in the view of the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, and Tower Bridge from atop the London Eye
- Have a tour of the spooky Tower of London led by one of the Queen’s own Yeoman Warder guards
DAY 1: Cheerio, London!
Flight from your preferred airport to London.
DAY 2: Welcome to Windsor
Welcome to Great Britain! Arrive in London and meet your TFT staff, who will join you for the remainder of your journey. Board our private coach to Windsor Castle, where we’ll have lunch before touring this home of the British monarchy. Later, our coach will bring us to our hotel in the heart of downtown London. We’ll get settled in before going out to a classic pub for our first dinner.
DAY 3: Afternoon tea, anyone?
We’ll spend today enjoying some of London’s finest traditions, beginning with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. From there, we’ll enjoy afternoon tea, featuring finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries. Next, 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! After dinner, go on our unique “Blood and Tears Walk” to learn some darker secrets of London’s history.
DAY 4: 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 5: Museums and Markets
Today we’ll savor some of the attractions that make London truly unique. We understand that student travelers have diverse interests and needs, so our staff do their very best to accommodate everyone’s must-sees. This morning, students will have the option of visiting the National Gallery, home to one of the world’s best collections of European paintings, or the British Museum, where they can view artifacts from cultures around the world. The group will reconvene at the eclectic Camden Market for lunch and to hunt for souvenirs. In the afternoon, students will again be presented with various options. 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. Tonight, a night out in London’s incredible theater district awaits! Choose between a modern show or musical in the West End, one of Shakespeare’s plays at a classic theater, or something totally different!
DAY 6: Day Trip Of Your Choice
All around London, there are wonderful day trips to be enjoyed by students and teachers alike. Depending on your curriculum and your students’ interests, we can tailor-make this itinerary with the day trip(s) of your choice. Options include but are not limited to:
- The Harry Potter film studios in Leavesden, where all 8 films were made
- Stratford-Upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare was born and his final resting place is found
- Oxford, home to the world-class University and Bodleian Library
- Cambridge, one of the most beautiful and prestigious universities in the world
- Stonehenge and the nearby villages of Salisbury or Bath, of particular interest to students of history and geology
- Brighton, a vibrant port city on the southern coast of England famous for its pier
- Southampton, from which the Titanic set sail just days before her sinking
- The Greenwich Observatory, home to the Prime Meridian and where Greenwich Mean Time is established
In the evening, we’ll return to London and enjoy an elegant final dinner to celebrate this amazing trip!
DAY 7: 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.
Looking for something a little longer? This trip can be extended!
For teachers looking for a longer adventure, this trip can be adapted to up to 12 days! Our expert trip designers will be able to help you craft the perfect itinerary with plenty of options and exciting cultural connections to extend your stay. Contact us for details!
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 winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.
"My experience traveling with TFT was nothing but extraordinary. In the summer of 2017 I set off, by myself for the first time, to travel abroad in Europe. Not only did Travel for Teens place me in a group with amazing people that I grew to be very close with, but I was guided through this trip with knowledgeable group leaders who cared about giving us the best experience possible. Through TFT I was able to visit the countries of Italy, Switzerland, and Paris. Each day was jam packed full of different activities including museums, hiking, eating delicious local cuisine, and creating new relationships with my group. My leaders, Taylor and Holden, knew facts regarding each area we ventured to, which made the trip so much more interesting and thoughtful. My favorite part about this trip, and the TFT company as a whole, was that travel, accommodation, and each experience was local and unique. We never loaded onto a tour bus, did not wait in long lines, stand in big crowds, or follow someone with a giant sign to each destination. Travel for Teens was personal, giving chief importance to an authentic experience abroad. I felt so secure with my team throughout the whole trip, with each activity being very well researched and planned, so there was never any confusion or worry. It was through this safe environment I was able to experience the true beauty of travel, which has inspired me to go out of my comfort zone, not to be timid, but to run towards any new opportunity in my life with an open mind!"
"My experience going on an adventure with Travel For Teens was incredible and unforgettable. Last summer, I went on the two week trip to Florence, Cinque Terre, Switzerland, and Paris with Older Teens. My trip had a rough start, since I did not go on the group flight, and my flight missed a connection in Portugal. I was scared that I would be missing out on activities and that it would be difficult to make friends if I joined the trip after it started. It was such a relief when I finally arrived in Florence and was greeted by my counselor Mike at the airport. He made me feel comfortable right away. It turned out that multiple people on my trip had problems with flights and TFT was able to keep track of everyone and collect them one by one from the airport. Once I got over the sleep deprivation from the long overnight flight, all of my worries went away and I had the best time traveling around Europe with people from all over the country, none of whom I had met before yet all of whom I became friends with. From Italy to Switzerland to France, we saw all of the famous sites and tried all of the amazing food. Just a few of the memorable experiences included learning how to make delicious homemade pesto in Cinque Terre, sampling fondue in Interlaken, paragliding through the Alps, and climbing up the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I must have taken over two thousand pictures over the span of the trip, and I look at them all the time to keep the memories of the trip intact and to put a smile on my face. I had the best summer of my life, and I couldn’t have done it without TFT."
"I had the amazing opportunity to travel on the Europe for Older Teens trip to Amsterdam, Munich, Switzerland, and Venice with TFT in the summer of 2018 and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had! My amazing counselors were so welcoming and inclusive to not only me, but all the campers. I was a little nervous to go on the trip at first, but after just one day on the trip I knew I made the right choice! TFT programs are great because the counselors give you that independence you want, while also keeping everyone safe! That trip was one I will never forget, the memories I made with awesome people is priceless. Thank you TFT!"