2021 Henderson UK and France Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||June 10, 2021 - June 21, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,990
Pay in Full
All prices in United States Dollars.
United Kingdom Cultural Journey
Welcome to the United Kingdom, comprised of four separate nations under one flag: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Home to roughly 65 million people, the UK is a constitutional monarchy with most real power based at Parliament in Westminster, while the head of state is currently Queen Elizabeth II based at Buckingham Palace. The capital of the UK and England is London, one of two global “alpha” cities in the world (along with New York). Two millennia old, it is a world cultural center and is a leading city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, transport, and more. You’ll ride the London Underground (the Tube), walk the River Thames, visit the ancient Tower of London, explore beautiful Covent Garden, learn at Parliament, and so much more.
Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Visit the Houses of Parliament
Tour Oxford University
Tour the Game of Thrones museum in Belfast
Learn at Trinity College Dublin
Explore Windsor Castle
Cruise through the Scottish Highlands
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|June 10||USA-London||Travel across the pond||Airplane|
|June 11||London||Upon arrival, we will have our first meal: fish and chips for lunch, then we will start our day with a walking guided tour of London, including inside the House of Parliament (when Parliament is not in session). We'll continue to Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen, where we will witness the Changing of the Guard. In the late afternoon, we will head to the Thames for a boat tour, where we will visit the city from a very different perspective. After a long and exciting day we will sleep well!||Palmers Lodge|
|June 12||London||This morning we will visit the Tate Modern, which is Britain's national gallery of international modern art and holds many famous artists like Dali and Warhol. Then we will hop on the Tube and head to London's bigger inner city farm, Mudchute. There we will have a farm Lunch followed by a farm tour and activities with animals on the farm. We will head back to the Hotel and have some free time before dinner and have a night time stroll around London.||Palmers Lodge|
|June 13||London||Today, we'll continue our tour of London at the Tower of London. Home to many prisoners over two millennia, this massive fortification is still home to the stunning Crown Jewels. Next, we'll cross the Tower Bridge and walk along the Thames past City Hall, the HMS Belfast,we will have a quick lunch and head to the Globe Theater where we will have a guided tour of one of London's most famous theaters. After that we'll also cross the Millennium Bridge to marvel at St. Paul's Cathedral have some free time to go shopping and have an English Roast dinner!||Palmers Lodge|
|June 14||London||This morning we will start our day at the British Museum, one of the most important museums in the world. Among 8 million artifacts, the original Rosetta Stone calls this museum home. In the afternoon, we will explore the Churchill War Rooms, a magnificent series of bunkers beneath central London, where the British government continued operations during the Battle of Britain during World War II.||Palmers Lodge|
|June 15||Stone henge||Once again we will have an action packed day with an early start to beat the crowds to the iconic Stonehenge, which stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to mention public debate ever since. Then we will head to Windsor Castle, vacation home of the Royal Family. Next we head to Bath, famous for its Roman Baths, that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. Built on Britain's only natural hot water spring lies the magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple. At the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site you can walk around the steaming pool on the Roman stone paving and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture. We will head back to London with our bus just time time for dinner and a night time stroll of London to say our farewell to the UK.||FIAP|
|June 16||London-Paris||Today we arrive in one of the most enchanting cities on earth! After our last English breakfast we will catch a train and be in Paris in just over 2 hours! You'll meet your leader before heading to our local hotel to settle in, grab some food and have a short orientation meeting. We'll spend the remainder of the day in the Montmartre District including a visit to the incredible Sacre Coeur. Dinner will be near our hotel.||FIAP|
|June 17||Paris||In the morning we'll visit the Louvre and you will have your chance to see the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and many other amazing works of art. We will have a guided tour and also plenty of free time to explore the works of particular interest. Next, we'll walk on to see La Madeleine, the famous neoclassical Roman Catholic church. From there we will walk up to the Palais Garnier Opera House and take a tour of the inside to fully admire its grandeur. We'll then make our way over to see the historic building that houses the Galeries Lafayette department store and finally make our way over to the Champs Elysées for Ladurée macarons, a classic French treat, and to see the Arc de Triomphe ! We will take the metro back to our accommodations and then have dinner in the area.||FIAP|
|June 18||Paris||We will begin our day by departing early for the Chartres, which is highlighted by it's famous cathedral. Then, we will see the palace of Versailles, one of the most opulent palaces in the world, with gardens equally as beautiful. We'll enjoy a nice picnic in the gardens and you'll also get the chance to visit the historic Hall of Mirrors - the treaty of Versailles was signed here, ending World War I. We'll return to Paris and get out at the Champs de Mars to see the Eiffel Tower up close. We'll have dinner near Trocadero, an excellent vantage point on the Tower. As a last activity for the day, we'll walk along the Seine to get to our night cruise embarkment from where we'll sail up the Seine, giving us a spectacular view of the city's most important monuments by night. Following that we'll head back towards our accommodations for a good night's sleep.||FIAP|
|June 19||Paris||Today we'll head to the Pompidou Center, France's largest and possibly funkiest, modern art museum for a visit of their impressive collection and for a view of the city from the top! From there we'll discover the lively Les Halles neighborhood surrounding the museum via a scavenger hunt. We'll then head over to the Marais neighborhood to have our lunch in the beautiful, quaint park in the Place des Vosges. We'll have the opportunity to walk around the neighborhood a bit before we go to see Père Lachaise cemetery to see the iconic tombs and mausoleums that span over 100 acres. From there we'll head back down to the Rue Mouffetard where we'll take in the sights of one of the oldest streets in Paris and have a last dinner amongst the lively comings and goings of both tourists and Parisians.||Home|
|June 20||Paris-USA||Today we will head to the airport for the flight home. Bon Voyage!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
This 4-star hotel is located in the middle of Sneem Village. This hotel is situated along the Sneem River and gives its guests a taste of the Irish country side, as it is a short drive from local farms and hiking trails. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Clayton Hotel Leopardstown
Clayton Hotel Leopardstown is just a train ride from the busy streets of Dublin. This 3-star hotel is full of warm colors and modern amenities. Each room comfortably fits up to 4 guests and has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel to keep everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Best Western Grosvenor Hotel
Best Western Grosvenor Hotel is perfectly located for any traveler’s needs. Easy access to motor ways, shopping centers, public parks, tourist attractions and restaurants. This Hotel offers a variety of room configurations and free Wi-Fi access. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
The Russell family has owned and operated the Ridgemount Hotel since 1786. It is located in central London near the underground and popular attractions. This hotel may be small but the staff is very hospitable and welcoming. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Ibis Belfast City Centre Hotel
Ibis Belfast City Centre Hotel is located next to public transportation allowing for easy access to local attractions, shops and restaurants. This 3-star hotel can accommodate up to 4 students in a room. There is air conditioning and free Wi-Fi access. Students will be grouped in their accommodations according to gender and availability.
Hub by Premier Inn – Royal Mile Hotel
Hub by Premier Inn – Royal Mile Hotel is a clean and modern hotel around the corner from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. All rooms have air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Fort William Backpackers
Fort William Backpackers is a hostel in the Scottish Highlands. The hostel is made up of 5 dorm style rooms that can hold a maximum of 8 beds per room. There is a communal kitchen and outdoor patio. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
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Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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