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A classic tour for theater-lovers and soon-to-be theater-lovers alike. Enjoy three shows, a workshop and a backstage tour, plus the rest of London’s famous sites.

Leading a smaller group? Travel on our Showtime for Small Groups itinerary and you can have a private tour with as few as 13 participants!

DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: London

Welcome to London! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore the city's unique neighborhoods. You may want check out the street markets along Portobello Road in Notting Hill; explore the paths of Hyde Park or the mansions of nearby Belgravia; visit museums in South Kensington; or stroll along the artsy South Bank.

DAY 3: London

This morning, learn about London's majestic past and fast-paced present on your guided sightseeing tour. See busy Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament and watch the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Along the way, our guide will point out more modern landmarks like the Gherkin, the Shard, and the Cheese Grater—all new buildings changing the London skyline. Another highlight of the day is a tour inside St. Paul’s Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece is an enduring symbol of London, the seat of the Church of England and famed for its dome and Whispering Gallery. Tonight enjoy a theater performance in London's famous West End.

DAY 4: London

One highlight of the Tower of London is witnessing the opening ceremony, and we get there early before the crowds arrive to catch it with our famously boisterous Beefeater guide. Since its construction, the castle has been used as a treasury, palace and prison—today it houses 1,000 years of Royal history and the Crown Jewels. Then, all the world may be a stage, but to get an authentic feel of Shakespeare's theater it is essential to visit the reconstructed Globe Theatre along the Thames Embankment. Attend a workshop, conducted by actors, that introduces you to both the plays of Shakespeare and the conditions in which Elizabethan actors worked. If treading the boards at the Globe doesn’t get you soaring, skipping the lines with your subsequent timed reservation at the London Eye certainly will. On your 30 minute “flight” to a height of 443 feet, you’ll be amazed at how the London landscape unfolds below you and the engineering marvel of the Eye itself. Tonight, whether it is fish and chips or curry or Yorkshire pudding, you’ll get a chance to dine like the locals with restaurant vouchers and insider tips on the best places to go.

DAY 5: London

Get your imagination fired up for today’s visit to Oxford, including a tour of Christchurch College where Lewis Carroll penned Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and also where many memorable scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed (note the Great Hall, the inspiration for Hogwarts Hall). We then continue to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and his burial site at Holy Trinity Church. After a pre-theater dinner, experience a performance by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (in the event that it is unavailable, a play in London's West End will be substituted). We return to London in the evening.

DAY 6: London

Learn all about England's royal family today. Depart this morning for Windsor Castle, the official residence of the British reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Then return to London for a Monarchy by bike tour around Hyde Park and St. James's Park. Starting at Kensington Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pedal your way past many notable buildings and monuments linked to England's royal history and learn their stories. Dinner tonight is a London classic: fish and chips. Perhaps follow this with an evening stroll under the giant illuminated billboards of Piccadilly Circus.

DAY 7: London

The morning is free for last-minute souvenir shopping in Harrods or a visit to the British Museum, home to an astounding 150 million items including the Rosetta Stone and sculptural friezes from the Parthenon. This afternoon awaken your inner thespian during a National Theatre backstage tour. Your entertaining guide will share performance secrets and provide an insider's look at all the contributing pieces to a thriving and active production facility. Celebrate on your final night abroad with a theater performance in one of London's many world-class venues.

DAY 8: Departure

Depart for the USA.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Further immerse yourself in the culture and delights of England's capital with an extra night in London, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 13 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
 
  • 6 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 7 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
 
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • Enjoy the convenience and savings of a prepaid 3-day London Oyster card
 
  • No restricted view or balcony seats for all theater performances

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Big Ben

Big Ben

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

London skyline

London skyline

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will explore London in depth and witness its development from its Roman foundations to its 19th century role as the heart of an empire.
  • Students will learn about the Tower of London's many roles from palace and prison to zoo.
  • Students will gain increased familiarity with Shakespeare's plays and understand the social and political conditions under which Elizabethan actors worked to perform them.
 

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