London Theatre Experience
Week of July 9, 2018
Fly overnight to London, England
Day 1: London – Arrival & City Tour
Meet your tour bus at the London airport. Enjoy the views of the brilliant 21st-century city with its rich history stretching back to the Roman times. Keep an eye out your window as you travel to your sleeping accommodations in order to freshen up. From the London Bridge to the beautiful architecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the 17th-century church designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Admire the thriving five-way intersection at Piccadilly Circus as you continue your travels. And don’t forget to snap a picture of the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey. After freshening up, enjoy a relaxing lunch in the city and possibly indulge in a cup of English Tea? During the afternoon, you will take a guided tour of London and learn the history and sights of this beautiful city. Enjoy an authentic dinner and a peaceful nights rest.
Day 2: London – Globe Theater, Workshop & West End Performance
Today you will wake up and head to the beautiful Globe Theatre. Go back in time to when the Globe Theatre first opened. When Queen Elizabeth I was in power and William Shakespeare wrote his incredible timeless plays. Although the original Globe Theatre burnt down, the replica is just as exciting. Take a guided tour and hear the incredible stories that arose from performing Shakespeare. Imagine the lively unruly crowds, the sounds, the smells from that time long ago when Shakespeare first produced his work. Learn the rich history that this incredible building has to offer. After traveling back in time, students will have the opportunity to partake in a workshop with professional actors and stunt artists from the Globe Theatre. Add this incredible experience to your resume and live the dream that so many have only imagined. Enjoy an evening theatre performance at the West End.
Day 3 London – Buckingham Palace, Picknic Shopping and Cruise
After breakfast, be ready to take some of the most enlightening and breathtaking tours available. Witness the beautiful Buckingham palace and learn the history while taking exquisite pictures. Find your inner peace when touring St. Paul’s Cathedral, and enjoy lunch on your own while Picknic shopping in the famous plaza. Today you will travel like a local and experience London’s clean, industrious subway system (the Loove). In the evening, witness the spectacular views of the London EYE. Then step onto your dinner cruise and travel in style while enjoying music, dancing and seeing the breathtaking city at night.
Day 4: London – Red Bus Tour, Museums & Performance
No day but today! Break into smaller groups and enjoy the city on the famous Red Bus tour! This day allows you and a small group to learn the history of the city and its architecture. Hop on and off with your group to shop, enjoy a free museum, high tea, or to simply take pictures. Enjoy lunch on your own in the city. This full day of history, exploration and shopping will surely be a day to remember.
Meet as a group for dinner and an evening of theatre.
Day 5: Countryside – Shakespeare’s Birthplace & Warwick Castle
Enjoy your charted bus ride into the country in order to spend the morning at Stratford-Upon-Avon and take a guided tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Gardens at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Students will attend a workshop with professional actors before lunch. Stratford-upon-Avon introduces you to a market town with more than 800 years of history, with many buildings that still survive today. Experience a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure, cuisine and shopping experiences.
In the afternoon, relax on your charter bus and enjoy the views of the country as you head to Warwick Castle. Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognizable examples of 14th century military architecture. It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604. Join us at Warwick Castle for more than 1,100 years of legend, history and adventure for the entire family! Are you strong enough to do battle with the Kingmaker, brave enough to witness dark deeds in our Dungeon; fair enough to enter the Princess Tower, or posh enough to party with the Countess? This amazing castle not only offers a guided tour filled with history, but also allows everyone to step into Medieval Times for a day full of fun and excitement.
Day 6: London – Dungeon, Pub & Performance
Today you will experience The London Dungeon. The Dungeons brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walk through experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary. We know you will love it. Here’s why: Full on 360 sets with gripping storytelling, 19 interactive shows, 20 live actors, 1000 years of history, state of the art special effects, 2 awesome underground rides, laughs, screams and cutting edge storytelling. After experiencing the London Dungeon, enjoy your lunch at a local pub. Spend your afternoon at Borough Market and conclude your trip with dinner and a theatre show.
Day 7: Depart for home