From time immemorial, English writers have educated, enlightened and inspired students by producing some of the world’s finest books. What better way to bring literature to life than by showing students the homeland of some of their favorite authors? On this educational tour with a focus on British literature, students will not only walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s most famous authors, but also learn how English history and culture shaped their art. From William Shakespeare to J.K. Rowling, students will gain an appreciation for British literature across all ages, while at the same time discovering a love of travel. Of course, we’ll also show them the best that modern London has to offer, like the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and the architectural wonder that is Tower Bridge.
Thanks to our years of experience bringing students to the United Kingdom, we know exactly how to excite and educate 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…
- Visit some of London’s most quintessential sights, like Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben
- Take a guided tour of the Tower of London from one of the Queen’s Yeoman Warder guards to learn about the Tower’s grim history
- Visit the birthplace and final resting place of William Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Play quidditch, choose your wand at Ollivander’s Shop, and enjoy a fresh butterbeer at the Harry Potter Film Studios
- Enjoy a night at the theater in London’s West End district or at Shakespeare’s Globe
- Visit 221B Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes
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: Tea and Traditions
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. No trip to London would be complete without spending an afternoon in some of its world-class museums, so students will have their choice of visiting the British Museum or the National Gallery. After dinner, enjoy a modern show or musical in the buzzing West End Theatre District, one of Shakespeare’s plays at a classic theater, or something totally different!
DAY 5: Get your wands out!
This morning, pay a visit to Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station, before heading out to the nearby town of Leavesden, where all eight Harry Potter movies were made. This experience is always a student favorite! Walk through the Great Hall, see the original costumes from the films, ride a broomstick, enjoy a fresh butterbeer, and even visit Ollivander’s Shop in Diagon Alley. After lunch, we’ll return to London and have time to explore the fantastic Camden Market to hunt for souvenirs.
DAY 6: Birthplace of the Bard
What better way to give students an appreciation for British literary culture than by bringing them to the home of the Bard himself? Take a short train ride out of London to the quaint town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare was born, lived, and is now buried. At his birthplace, local Shakespeare experts will perform snippets from any of his works upon request, and students will really get a feel for what life was like in Elizabethan England. Students can visit Holy Trinity Church, Shakespeare’s final resting place, and explore this charming village. After returning to London, we’ll visit 221B Baker Street for Sherlock Holmes fans before enjoying an upscale final dinner to celebrate the end of an 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.
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.
"For my graduation present last year, I was grateful enough to travel to Italy with TFT! I was a bit nervous about traveling across the world without knowing anyone beforehand, but the staff and my peers were all so friendly and welcoming! Everything about this trip was so FUN, exciting, and very well organized. From the airport designations to the travel itinerary, everything was smooth sailing. There was always something new for us to do/see which was my favorite part of the trip. Although relaxing, it was fulfilling to be kept busy with a new culture to explore. I highly recommend not only the Amalfi trip, but any trip with TFT! They are an extremely trust worthy company and my parents were confident that I was being left in good hands. This trip was hands down one of the best trips I have been on and am excited to be traveling with TFT again soon!"
"When I decided I wanted to travel last summer, I looked at quite a few websites before I finally found TFT. I knew immediately that they were the company I wanted to spend my summer with because they had such a variety of intriguing options. The trip that really piqued my interest was the Europe for Older Teens: Prague, Austria, Slovenia & Croatia, and my experience with TFT ended up being two of the best weeks of my life! The activities were a perfect mix of history, culture, and free time to get to know all of the amazing people this tour allowed me to meet. Whether it was the locals, counselors, or other campers, I so enjoyed spending time with and interacting with them all! From wandering around the magical streets of Prague, gorging on pastries (and just food in general) in Vienna, indulging in the splendor of nature in Bled, and having my breath taken away by the charm of the Adriatic, every day was a treat. My summer with Travel for Teens was unforgettable, and I look forward to seeing even more of the world with them in the future!"
"Traveling with TFT was a life-changing experience for me. I was a very shy person and not very outgoing before I went on my trip to Europe. I was very nervous that I wouldn't fit in and the next month was going to be hard. In the end, it was the exact opposite. I made so many friends that I was sad to leave. The counselors made it easy to communicate with everyone so we were all really great friends. I would recommend TFT to anyone who is looking to step out of their comfort zone and travel. The activities we did were amazing. Although there was a tight schedule to make sure we got the most out of our trip, there was always free time at night where we could just wander and explore. Overall it was a life-changing experience that I will never forget!"