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Great Britain & Ireland Discovered

England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales

britainmapEscape to the UK and Ireland and uncover the fascinating culture and history of England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Explore the lands famous for their medieval castles, breath taking landscapes and scenery, and the Loch Ness Monster!

As well as the must see sights, immerse yourself in the culture and discover what it is really like to live in these magnificent countries. Stay with a host family who will open their home and share their way of life as you dine on traditional foods. Learn from a local historian, become a Knight of the Realm and meet a local parliamentarian. Bring your classroom lessons to life and inspire your imagination with this immersive educational experience of a lifetime.

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Highlights:

  • School Visit
  • Community Project
  • Parliamentary Briefing
  • Medieval Encampment
  • London Eye
  • Tower of London
  • West End Show
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Giant's Causeway
  • White Water Rafting
  • Irish Sports Session


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Learning Outcomes

Suitable for students aged 14 – 18 years old
  • 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
  • Explore London and be immersed in British History since the time the Magna Carta was sealed
  • Learn about Britain's medieval history in a live historical re-enactment at a unique Medieval Encampment
  • Build on leadership and communication skills and learn to overcome fear in a number of personal development challenges and adventure experiences
  • 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
  • Learn about Northern Irelands troubled history and how it has affected politics today and latterly undergone a period of calm and economic growth
  • Experience life as a student in Northern Ireland at a local school Visit
  • Immerse yourself in bygone Scottish Rural Life at a living history museum
  • Learn about the importance of myths and legends in cultivating modern day tourism
  • Learn the ancient traditions of Scottish clans from a genuine Scottish Highlander
  • Understand Scottish history through visits to the iconic Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle
  • Enjoy the sporting challenges of white water rafting and the game of golf

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

    • EDF Energy London Eye
    • The Tower of London
    • Warwick Castle
    • West End Show
    • River Thames Cruise
    • Electric Mountain
    • Pearse Museum
    • Stirling Castle
    • Edinburgh Castle
  • Guided Orientations

    • Blue Badge Guided Tour of London
    • Chester
    • Dublin - Ireland
    • Carherisveen - Ireland
    • Blue Badge Guided tour of Belfast
    • Stirling - Scotland
    • St Andrews – Scotland
  • Service Learning & ECE Exclusives

    • Community Service Project in Ireland
    • School Visits
    • Parliamentary Briefing
    • Visit a Medieval Castle and Encampment
    • Live History Demonstration with a Scottish Highlander
    • Lecture on the Hisory of Northern Ireland Troubles era
  • Adventure Learning

    • Abseiling at Penrhyn Caste
    • Visit Bunratty Castle
    • Visit Folk Park
    • Ride a Horse Drawn Jaunting Car
    • Cruise on Killarney Lakes
    • Irish Sports Session at GAA
    • Visit the GAA Museum Dublin
    • Visit Carrick-a-Rede Roap Bridge
    • Visit Giants Causeway
    • Golf Experience at Elmwood Golf Academy
    • White Water Rafting
    • Cruise on Loch Ness
    • Visit a Traditional Scottish Farm
    • Highland Games

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival in London

    Welcome to England! Introductions to your Tour Manager and motor coach driver mark the commencement of your program.
  • Visit the JFK Memorial

    If time permits, head to Windsor for a walk through this charming Thame-side town dominated by Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in England.
  • London Eye

    Enjoy one of the most spectacular views of London from the tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere, The EDF Energy London Eye. This astonishing 443ft high ride provides a fantastic panoramic view of the city from 32 enclosed air-conditioned capsules.

Day 2

  • Changing The Guard

    Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace encompasses colourful spectacle and British pageantry. The privilege of guarding the Sovereign traditionally belongs to the Household Troops, better known as ‘the Guards’, who have carried out this duty since 1660. During the Changing the Guard ceremony, also known as ‘Guard Mounting’, one regiment takes over from another.
  • Tower of London

    Tower of London Explore the must-see Tower of London and make sure you take in a viewing of the 23,000 gems that make up the Crown Jewels collection. As a prison, The Tower of London was home to famous prisoners as Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, where she was tried and executed!
  • River Thames Cruise

    Cruise the River Thames taking in many of the city's famous sights. It is here on the River Thames that the beautiful Tower Bridge is located. You may remember during the London Olympics, the Olympic rings hung on this bridge making this iconic beauty even more spectacular.
  • West End Show

    West End Show End the day on a high in the famous West End - London’s equivalent to Broadway. Take in a performance at one of the city's best known theatres and enjoy a glitzy show.

Day 3

  • Discover London with a Blue Badge Guide

    A Blue Badge Guide - an expert on England's capital, will guide you through London’s many world famous sites, attractions and buildings often seen in the movies. See the lions in Trafalgar Square, the magnificent Palace of Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the most famous clock in the world, Big Ben.
  • Meet with Political Leaders

    Attend a prestigious educational London venue for your Parliamentarian Briefing. Today is all about politics, you will take part in an exclusive meeting with a current or former Member of Parliament. This unique opportunity exclusive to ECE explores the British Constitution and discusses the respective roles of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Monarchy, and England's long standing political relationship with other nations.

Day 4

  • Train as a Medieval Warrior at a Medieval Castle and Encampment

    Spend time discovering Warwick Castle, where you will have time to explore the magnificent medieval fortification overlooking the river Avon. Are you brave enough to join the Earl of Warwick's celebrated army? This evening, you will be whisked back in time and invited to train as a soldier in a specially recreated medieval encampment at Warwick Castle! You will be taught the arts of sword fighting, bill drill training and other pre-battle rituals before being treated to the spectacular sight of the firing of the world's largest trebuchet (catapult). Demonstrate your fierce battle poses in preparation of your training with a massed army photo, which you will be able to take away, along with your new skills and fantastic memories in this ECE Exclusive Experience.
  • Fish and Chips Lunch

    An opportunity to eat fish and chips from an award winning 'chippy' (fish and chip shop). Join the millions of Britain’s who enjoy this tasty fresh dish a British tradition which dates back over 150 years.
  • Orientation of Chester

    Spend some time exploring the wonderful roman city of Chester, which was once the capital of Great Britain. Receive a guided orientation from your Tour Manager of the Amphitheatre and the fortress walls.
  • Arrive in Wales

    Welcom to Wales! Receive an introduction to the local sights, culture and main activities you will participate in during your time in Wales before taking part in a 'Student Adventure Meal'.

Day 5

  • Adventure Team Challenge

    Today is all about challenge, excitement and energy! Get ready for a day full of adventure and personal growth through interactive and challenging workshops. You will have the opportunity to learn leadership skills, set personal goals and step outside your comfort zone to truly harness the power of positive thinking! Conquer FEAR by abseiling 75 feet off a tower wall at Penrhyn Castle!
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