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.
"I had never done an overnight camp before and I decided to go big and go to Scotland and Ireland with TFT! It was the best experience I ever had and I made so many memories. First off, the staff is incredible and they always take care of safety first, they are very fun and very supportive. One of the best adventures I remember was when we went rock climbing on the cliffs and rocks on the coast of Ireland, we got to jump off from the cliffs and into the ocean and that was such a blast. We also got to visit a castle and learn about falcons and even hold them as they would fly back and forth off our arms. The food was also incredible, as we got to try typical meals like a full English breakfast and haggis. The accommodations were very good too. For two of the three places we stayed at, we stayed at a hostel. They were quite small, but with all the new friends you meet there, it does not feel weird to be within such close proximity with others. The third place we stayed at was at an outdoor activity center on Achill Island and that was the most fun since every day there was a new activity such as surfing, canoeing, coasteering (climbing the rocks by the ocean), archery, and so many more. I have traveled a lot before, but with TFT, they are always on the move and you are trying new activities and trying new food while taking in the breathtaking scenery."
"I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel across Europe with amazing kids my age and outstanding counsellors. This trip showed me beautiful parts of the world I longed to see since I was a little girl. Not only were the people, accommodations and food incredible, but also the activities. Like canyoning down a mountainside in the middle of the Swiss Alps, paddle boating in the canals of Amsterdam and riding my bike on a beautiful trail just at the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle to a lake where we could swim to the middle and face the German hillside with two beautiful castles as the backdrop. After going on this trip, I can now tell my friends that I’ve travelled across Europe and I’m not even finished with high school yet. It was truly an incredible experience and I would totally recommend it to any teenagers aspiring to travel."
"I have traveled with TFT for four summers now, exploring Costa Rica, Croatia, Fiji and Greece. These trips have been the highlight of my summers. They have broadened my horizons and strengthened my confidence. Going on these trips and meeting new people changed how I view the world. I love having conversations with locals and people I meet along the way. The small TFT groups and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic group leaders make for a fun and eye-opening experience. What sets TFT apart is that we immerse ourselves in the culture and we are not just tourists. We meet locals, hear stories about their lives, and it is truly invigorating. Travel For Teens has given me so much more than fun memories over the summer. They have given me the ability to be comfortable talking to anyone, being in new places, having a widened perspective on other cultures, and to be independent. On my Costa Rica and Fiji trips, we volunteered with school children. In a very short time we made deep connections that I will always cherish. I feel so fortunate to have had my eyes opened through TFT to so many beautiful places and memorable people."