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.
"This past summer I had an unforgettable experience. Being a curious girl since I was little, I have always dreamed of traveling the world and discovering new places. TFT has allowed me to follow this dream of mine. I never would have thought I would have the opportunity to climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris or hike through Cinque Terre. I even got to go paragliding in Switzerland and hike through the Swiss Alps! Going on this trip has let me experience new things with people who are now my life long friends. We are actually planning on a reunion for this summer! If I had the chance to go on this trip again I wouldn’t even have to think twice about saying yes. This experience of trying new activities and making new friends is one I will treasure. If you are adventurous and a daredevil, I definitely recommend this trip."
"I am so glad I chose to sign up for two trips with TFT the summer of 2019! At first I was nervous traveling without my parents to a country I had never been to before, but this trip showed me my passion for traveling. My favorite thing about TFT is all the amazing people I met. I went on my trips not knowing anyone but everyone was so excited to meet new people so we quickly became a little family. I loved my counselors, they were so fun and amazing role models. They always made me feel safe and I knew I could talk to them if there was ever any problem. If you want to travel TFT is an amazing program and I definitely recommend you take the opportunity."
"I know you saw on social media, but I just wanted to “officially” tell you how wonderful the SHA British Isles trip was. Every day was full of fun and so many different activities and the pacing was perfect. Hannah and Hunt are awesome and felt just like SHA people (like you do too!). Our students were so happy and enjoyed it so much. It is truly a privilege to get to travel with them and be their teacher/friend in an entirely different capacity. All the trips are up on there on my “best of” list, but this one ranks near the top. Thanks for all the work that you and TFT do to make these trips possible. I know how much behind the scenes work goes on and how many different hands are involved. One of our Sacred Heart principles is educating to global awareness and I can’t think of many better ways to help them continue to develop into global citizens than through travel. I hope your summer is wonderful- with travel near and far- and that all the TFT trips are successes! Cheers!"