England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland

Educational Travel - Ireland - Quo Student Travel

Some of the greatest stories of our time have come out the United Kingdom. Next summer, it’s time to make your own story! Rich in beauty, culture and history, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland will never disappoint. This adventure strikes the perfect balance between must-see spots and taking deeper dives into individual communities to better understand our neighbors across the Pond. A great first adventure for new global travelers, the UK and Ireland are low on the culture-shock-scale, and you’ll even know the native language!

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Smaller group. Bigger impact.

Program length: 15 days
All Inclusive Price from: $5,795

Programs Depart: Summer 2018


Program Highlights:

  • Tower of London and West End Show
  • London Eye and the Crown Jewels
  • Christ Church College in Oxford
  • Visit the Home of Manchester United Football Club
  • Attend School with British Students
  • Explore Medieval Life First-hand at Warwick Castle
  • Authentic Encounter with a Genuine Scottish Clansman
  • Learn about “The Troubles” in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Experience the Magical Ring of Kerry
  • Ride a “Jaunty Car” Through the Gap of Dunloe
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Authentic Irish Ceili

 

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Full Program Itinerary

Day One –  Fly to London
Today we will board your international flight from USA to London.
Day Two – A View from an Eye?
Upon arrival in London we will be met by our guide and will have a chance to exchange money into local currency before heading into the spectacular city of London. We won’t waste any time getting to the good stuff – first thing, we will board the London Eye and have an incredible bird’s-eye view of the vast and historic city below.
Day Three – Bedazzled by Pomp, Circumstance and the Crown Jewels!
This morning we will experience the pomp and circumstance of the changing of the guard. This time honored tradition showcases the guards who look after the Queen’s palace. At exactly the same time each day the ritual of the changing of the guard takes place as thousands of visitors look on. Following lunch, we will see the Tower of London, learn about the history of the palace, find out why ravens are kept captive at the tower, and hear about the many grizzly executions that took place in the grounds. The Tower is also the home of the British Crown Jewels. You’ll never forget the sense of wonder and awe that comes over you as you marvel at the exquisite workmanship of jewel makers through the years. See if you can spot the world’s largest diamond! Is it set in a crown or a scepter? And in London there is always another adventure to be had, so we’ll journey down the River Thames by boat to the Westminster Pier. This evening we will enjoy a West End Musical.
Day Four – Medieval Castles!
This morning we journey north to Oxford to see Christ Church College, which was the inspiration for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. Later, we step back in time at Warwick Castle to join the Earl of Warwick’s celebrated army. We will be whisked back in time and initiated in medieval battle arts like sword fighting, battle drill training and battle rituals.
Day Five – The Lake District
Today we travel to Manchester and visit Old Trafford, home to the world famous Manchester United football club. We will enjoy some free time in the downtown area before heading to the picturesque Lake District where we will spend the night.
Day Six – Haggis Anyone?
This morning begins with a cruise on Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. We will enjoy stunning views of the area and the towns on the edge of the lake. Following lunch we head to Edinburgh where we will visit the Edinburgh Castle and enjoy the views from the walls high atop a volcanic rock.
Day Seven – Scottish Clans
This morning we enjoy a stroll up and down Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile before heading out to learn about the Scottish History of Clans in a lively and fully interactive workshop. Our host is a true Scottish Highlander of the first order, and acted as advisor to the filmmakers of the popular TV series “Outlander” in addition to starring in battle scenes from the film “Braveheart.”
Day Eight – School Life in the U.K.
After breakfast we spend time at a British School learning about a typical day in the life of the students who attend. Following lunch we climb to the top of The Wallace Monument, a tribute to the man known as Braveheart, one of Scotland’s most famous patriots.
Day Nine – Northern Ireland
Today we transfer to Cainryan to catch our ferry transport across the Irish Sea to Belfast. We will enjoy lunch today on board the ferry. Upon arrival in Belfast we will enjoy a guided tour from a professional city expert who will introduce us to the all that Belfast has to offer. We’ll gain an understanding of the conflict which existed in this region for so many years. If your family has Irish heritage, you’ll find this day particuarly fascinating.
Day Ten – Dublin!
We head to the city of Dublin in Ireland where we have an orientation of the city and then head to the Croke Park to learn about the Irish Sports of Gaelic Football and Hurling. We then have some time for shopping on Grafton Street which is the main shopping street of Dublin.
Day Eleven – Bunratty Castle
We head to Southwest Ireland today and the famous Bunratty Castle, the most authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Folk Park recreates 19th century life in great detail. This day is truly a step back in time, and an unforgettable experience.
Day Twelve – Jaunting through The Gap of Dunloe
This morning we board our Jaunty Car (who doesn’t want to ride in something called a Jaunty Car?!). Our Jaunty Cars will lead us through The Gap of Dunloe, one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland. Following our ride we cruise across the lakes of Kilarney in the shadow of this beautiful scenery. Our day concludes with a visit to Muckross Farm where we meet a wide variety of farm animals and learn about the machinery involved in one of the most important industries in Ireland.
Day Thirteen – Do you need the Gift of the Gab?
No visit to Ireland would be complete without a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Legend has it that anyone who kisses the stone will forever have the “Gift of The Gab.” You may already have a touch of this gift, but why not go all out? We then head to Waterford to visit the Kennedy family’s homestead Cork. This center traces the history of the Irish family that would one day give rise to an American business and political dynasty including a U.S. President. Later this afternoon we enjoy free time in Cork to enjoy the ambiance of Ireland’s second largest city.
Day Fourteen – Ceili Night!
This morning we make our way back to Dublin and stop off at the Rock of Cashel, the seat of the Kings of Munster. Never heard of the Kings of Munster? After today, you’ll be an expert on royal Munster trivia. Back in Dublin, we’ll spend our last night at a traditional Ceili, a fantastic evening of Irish song and dance.
Day Fifteen – Homeward Bound
The fun must eventually draw to a close. Sadly, we’ll bid farewell to Europe today and head to the airport for our journey home to the USA.