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England, Ireland, Wales & France Uncovered

UK, Ireland & France

england-ireland-france-mapExperience the Highlights of the UK and France as never before – 4 countries in 18 days – England, Ireland, Wales and France. Get ready for one amazing adventure after another!

Travel back to the distant past while you explore the British Isles; gain a unique insight into British Government and the role of the Monarchy both in history and in the politics of today, explore the picturesque countryside in Wales and the rural charm of Ireland as far west as the scenic Ring of Kerry and travel to France travel from Caen and the poignant Normandy Beaches to Paris, the City of Lights. Get to know a European family during a homestay, and build confidence when you abseil off a tower wall. You can gain a global perspective during these unique experiences that help you discover other cultures—learning what distinguishes one country from another, while building the common bonds that unite us all.

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Highlights:

  • Community Project
  • Parliamentary Briefing
  • Medieval Encampment
  • UK Sailing Academy
  • London Eye
  • West End Show
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Abseiling Adventure
  • Normandy Beaches
  • Memorial de Caen
  • Louvre Museum
  • Eiffel Tower


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Learning Outcomes

Suitable for students aged 14 – 18 years old
  • Participate in community service activities in Ireland, contributing positively to life in a typical Irish town and communicating pro-actively with the residents of the town
  • Build on leadership and communication skills and learn to overcome fear in a number of personal development challenges and adventure experiences
  • Learn about Britain's medieval history in a live historical re-enactment at a unique Medieval Encampment
  • Explore London and be immersed in British History since the time the Magna Carta was sealed
  • Learn about the current British royal family and the role of the monarchy in government and society at a unique session with a former member of parliament
  • Participate in a student led drama workshop learning skills to better express yourself, build confidence and communicate
  • Spend 2 days at UKSA on the Isle of Wight and learn new watersport skills and participate in team building challenges
  • Learn about the causes of the 2 Great World Wars and the impact on France and Europe today

What's Included

Our programmes are 100% fully inclusive of all meals and accommodation for the very best value.

  • Essentials

    • Accommodation
    • Homestay options (where noted)
    • 24-Hour Tour Manager
    • Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
    • Transfers
    • Traditional Fish & Chips Lunch
  • Entrance Tickets

    • Titanic Experience Cobh
    • Blarney Castle
    • GAA Museum
    • Warwick Castle
    • London Eye
    • Tower of London
    • River Thames Cruise
    • West End Show
    • Musee du Louvre
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Notre Dame
  • Guided Orientations

    • Historical walk through rural Ireland
    • Dublin - Ireland
    • Chester
    • Blue Badge Guided tour of London
    • Jack The Ripper
    • Professional Guided Tour of Paris - France
    • Professional Guided Tour of Normandy - France
  • Service Learning & ECE Exclusives

    • Community service project in Ireland
    • Visit a traditional Irish working farm
    • Medieval Castle and encampment experience
    • Parliamentary briefing with a former MP
    • Drama workshop led by students of a leading performing arts school
    • 2 Full days at the UK Premier Sailing Academy - UKSA
    • Commemorative service at Omaha Beach
  • Adventure Learning

    • Learn to play Gaelic Football
    • Ride a Horse Drawn Jaunting Car and visit the Gap of Dunloe
    • Adventure Activity Experience including abseiling
    • Student adventure meal
    • Warwick Castle Encampment
    • UK Sailing Academy

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival in Dublin

    Welcome to Ireland! Introductions to your Tour Manager and motor coach driver mark the start of your tour.
  • Visit to Phoenix Park

    If time permits visit Phoenix Park, at 707 hectares (1752 acres) it is one of the largest enclosed recreational parks within any European Capital city.

Day 2

  • Titanic Experience Cobh

    Visit this internationally acclaimed interactive museum situated at the departure point from Ireland where the Titanic's ill-fated voyage began, and learn all about the history of the ship and its journey.
  • Blarney Castle

    Explore Blarney Castle, long recognised as one of Irelands greatest treasures as it is the location of the Blarney Stone – take the challenge and kiss the Blarney Stone to gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Irish Homestay

    Tonight you will stay in a typical family guest house in Cahersiveen. Meet your guesthouse hosts and enjoy a pot of tea and the Craic amidst homestay family and experience traditional home cooked Irish food and the warmth of Irish hospitality.

Day 3

  • Community and Service Learning Project

    Today you will spend the day immersed in a delightful Irish community, take part in a locally led Historical Walk through the town, visit the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) and mix with local students and learn about the sports that ignites passion in the Irish. Give something back to community as you help local youths to complete rewarding tasks to help local people. Receive a lesson in how to cut peat from a local living in Cahersiveen. Once dried, this will then be given back to the elderly of Cahersiveen to burn for winter fuel. Prepare and deliver meals for the elderly, visit the local hospital or work in the gardens of this community
  • Irish Ceili

    Enjoy a traditional Irish Ceili, with music and dancing led by young local musicians. You will get the chance to participate and learn the art of Irish Dancing.

Day 4

  • Visit the Gap of Dunloe

    Spend the day in the breath-taking Gap of Dunloe. You will travel by Pony Trap known as Jaunting Car led by experienced second and third generation “jarvie’s” who will lead you through the valley and regale you with local annecdotes. End the day by travelling back across the Lake by boat taking in the tranquil scenery, and enjoying the views of the McGillcuddy Reeks .
  • Visit a Traditional Irish Farm

    At the farm you will be transported back in time and experience real farm life before everything became mechanised. See the traditional equipment, learn how cows were hand-milked and how the farms of yesteryear were run.

Day 5

  • Arrive in Dublin

    Travel from Limerick to Dublin.
  • Visit the GAA

    Take a guided tour of the GAA museum at the legendary Irish stadium, Croke Park, and learn all about Irish sports and it’s importance to the Irish people. The GAA is the custodian to all the artefacts and archives of the Gaelic games and honours the heritage of the games and the leading personalities in the sports of hurling and Gaelic Football.
  • Dublin Homestay

    Meet your homestay family and experience their hospitality and traditional Dublin home-life.
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