From High Tea to the Highlands: London and Edinburgh (10th–12th)

Dates: 3/30 – 4/6
Location: England
Price Range: $5,000 – $6,000
Theme: Arts & Culture
Faculty Contact: Verity Sayles and Caitlin McLane
Join us for a tale of two cities as we explore London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland! This trip to the United Kingdom will focus on historical sites, literary arts, and British and Scottish culture. We will spend several days in London exploring this modern city, enjoying British cuisine, and seeing sights such as The British Museum, National Gallery, The Globe Theater, and the Tate Modern. We’ll clap at a theater in the West End and cheer on a Premier League game. Then we will experience a hallmark of European travel by taking a train from London through the English countryside to Scotland. In Edinburgh, we will explore medieval architecture, walk along the ancient cobblestone streets of the Royal Mile, and pay a visit to St. Andrews University. Students should be prepared for a lot of walking as we take a whirlwind tour of two of the greatest cities in the United Kingdom.

Date Itinerary
Saturday, March 30th Flight to London (Seattle to Heathrow direct, depart @ 5:15 PM).
Sunday, March 31st ·        Arrive @ 10:40 AM, bus to hotel.

·        Hop-on, Hop-off London City Bus Tour

·        Design Museum

·        Dinner near hotel

Monday, April 1st ·        Museum Day! Students pick two museums to visit in small groups with chaperones. Options include:

o   V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)

o   The British Museum

o   Churchill War Rooms

o   Tate Modern

o   The Science Museum

o   The Natural History Museum

·        A ride on the London Eye (weather pending) to see the cityscape (or a visit to Westminster Abbey)

·        Early dinner in the West End & a play in the evening!

Tuesday, April 2nd ·        Neighborhood Walking Tours

·        High Tea

·        London’s iconic department stores (Harrod’s, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason)

·        Premiere League game! (pending cost & ticket availability)

Wednesday, April 3rd ·        Train to Edinburgh & catch a glimpse of the beautiful English countryside

·        Hotel check-in

·        Walk to Scottish Parliament

·        Visit the Queen’s Gallery & Holyrood Palace

·        Hike up Arthur’s Seat to view the city.

·        Dinner & walk the Royal Mile (if time)

Thursday, April 4th ·        Edinburgh Castle tour

·        National Galleries of Scotland

·        National Museum of Scotland

·        Royal Yacht Britannia

·        Possibly try your hand at bagpiping at the National Piping Centre!

·        Dinner in the city in small groups (students will plan ahead of time & make reservations)

Friday, April 5th ·        Day trip to St. Andrews! (train or bus)

·        University of St. Andrews

·        Walking tour of the famous Old Course

·        Mini golf at the Himalayas Putting Course

·        Return to Edinburgh for final group dinner

Saturday, April 6th Flight home departing Edinburgh @ 9:10 AM, stopping in Amsterdam, then home to Seattle with an arrival of 3:50 PM.

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