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Kingdom by the Sea (6/30/14 - 7/9/14)

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Dublin Tour with Guide
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Dublin-Holyhead Ferry
  • Dove Cottage
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • Edinburgh Tour with Guide
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Old Town Ghost Tour with Guide
  • York Minster
  • Windsor Castle
  • London Tour with Guide
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • English Food Tasting with Lunch
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Tour Details:

Departure City: New Orleans
Duration: 10 Days
Overnights: Dublin 2, Lake District 1, Edinburgh 2, York 1, London 2

Cultural Connections:

Edinburgh Old Town Ghost Tour

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will discover how the geographical locations of Dublin, Edinburgh and London led to their development as centers of trade, strategic and political power, and to their flowering as the cultural hearts of these diverse but related nations.
  • Students will learn about the roles that Catholic and Protestant religions have played and continue to play in Irish life and politics.
  • Students will become familiar with Georgian architecture through Robert Adams' buildings in Edinburgh's New Town.

Itinerary:

Jun 30, 2014 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Jul 1, 2014 Dublin
Arrive in the Emerald Isle. The remainder of the day is free to unpack and relax. Why not wander across St. Stephen's Green to Grafton Street? You may hear buskers playing traditional Irish music. (D)
Jul 2, 2014 Dublin
Sightseeing shows you statue-filled O'Connell Street and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Also included is a visit to Trinity College to see the book of Kells. In the afternoon you have time to explore the Temple Bar section of Dublin. Situated near the Liffey and the Ha'penny Bridge, Temple Bar boasts cafes, galleries and trendy shops. (B)
Jul 3, 2014 Lake District
Journey across the Irish Sea to Wales. You travel through North Wales to the Lake District, where you will spend the night. Comprised of 16 lakes, the area is incredibly beautiful and mystical. (B,D)
Jul 4, 2014 Edinburgh
Begin your morning by visiting the village of Grasmere, a favorite among Lake poets. Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage and is buried at the local church. Imagine yourself as a Roman soldier in Britain as you travel to Hadrian's Wall, the Roman Empire’s northernmost defense against marauders in northern Britain. Portions of the once 80-mile-long wall still stand a testament to Roman engineering. Continue through the spectacular Northumberland Moors to Edinburgh for the evening. (B,D)
Jul 5, 2014 Edinburgh
Sightseeing shows you Princes Street, Charlotte Square and Edinburgh Castle, perched high up in the old town. The afternoon is free to indulge in local literary history at the Writer's Museum or shop for souvenirs; woolens, tartans and sheepskins are an especially good value. In the evening test your nerves during a ghost tour and treasure hunt of the Old Town. Stick close to your guide who brings to life haunting stories of the city's past, both above the streets and in the vaults below, and then work in groups to solve riddles they present. (B,D)
Jul 6, 2014 York
Journey south, stopping first to photograph the impressive Alnwick Castle. Fans will recognize the medieval fortress as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films. Arrive in the walled city of York and uncover the secrets of its quaint cobbled streets during a walking tour including entrance to York Minster. (B,D)
Jul 7, 2014 London
This morning journey to London via Windsor Castle. Begun by William the Conqueror, today it is an official residence of the British Royal Family. (B,D)
Jul 8, 2014 London
A local guide takes you inside St. Paul's Cathedral, and shows you Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament on your morning sightseeing tour. Then head to Covent Garden for an English food tasting. Sample and learn the history behind traditional dishes such as jellied eels, game pie and Trinity cream before enjoying a classic English lunch. The afternoon is free to explore more of London at your own pace. (B,D)
Jul 9, 2014 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. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $22,818
Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $22,818
Total Group Fees 1:
$22,818
1 Valid through with deposit of $200

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $125
Single Room Supplement: $640
Double Room Supplement: $360
Ultimate Protection Plan: $300
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $250

Full Payment Deadline: 2/15/14


What to See

Shopping
DUBLIN

Grafton Street
It's no more than 200 yards long and about 20 feet wide, but brick-lined Grafton Street, open only to pedestrians, can claim to be the most humming street in the city, if not in all of Ireland.

The Blackrock Market
With over 50 shops specializing in clothing, gifts, art and curiousities, the Blackrock Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations amongst visitors and locals too.  Housed in a 250 year old Georgian house and located in the elegant Blackrock village in South Dublin, one can go for simply for the sights, if not the shopping.

EDINBURGH

Princes Street
The main shopping street in downtown Edinburgh has impressive views of the Old Town and of Edinburgh Castle. Here you'll find all the main department stores such as Debenhams, Frasers, BHS, Marks & Spencers.  If you're tired of shopping, why not relax in the shadowy garden next to the Castle.

St. Andrew's Square
Here you'll find Multrees Walk, which has quickly become the city's version of London's Bond Street, with big brand name stores like Armani, Louis Vitton and Mulberry.

Cockburn Street
This street is home to three indepedent music stores, the Avalanche, Underground Solu'shn and Fopp, which all offer an alternative to the crowded megastores.
 

LONDON

Portobello Road, Tube: Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove
For over 300 years, Portobello Road has been attracting tourists and natives alike to its varied markets. Throughout the week, Pembridge Villa sells high quality antiques at high prices, and on Saturdays the North end of Portobello Road offers more in the way of bargains, curios, and second-hand clothes.

Leadenhall, Tube: Bank or Monument
Originating in the 14th Century, the first building was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. Erected in 1881, the present victorian covered arcade retails meat, fish, flowers and foodstuffs. Fresh coffee from all over the world gives Leadenhall a delightful aroma. Open Monday through Friday.

Lillywhite's, Tube: Piccadilly Circus
This store claims to be the world's finest in sporting goods: from croquet mallets to football strips and cricket whites; it all can be found here! Open daily.

Hamley's, Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus
A short walk up Regent Street will bring you to London's finest toy store and, at one time, the largest. Five stories of toys, games, stuffed animals and many opportunities for fun! Don't forget to admire the window displays. Open daily.

Oxford Street Shopping, Tube: Oxford Circus
Shop here to stay caught up with all the latest fashions in clothes and shoes. Oxford Street is best known for Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and the other big department stores which are all found in the section from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus.

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Museums
DUBLIN

Dublin Theatre
Dublin is home to a thriving theater scene. Venues include the Gate Theatre, the Rupert Guinness Theatre, and the Abbey and Peacock Theatres, home of Ireland's National Theatre Society.

Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road
Restored in the 1960s, this building stood as a prison for 130 years and served as the holding place for many of the Nationalists that were executed after the Uprising of 1916. Tours include an audio-visual component. Open daily.

National Museum, Kildare Street
Built in the 1880s to the Victorian Palladianism design of Sir Thomas Deane, the museum houses priceless items such as Ireland’s Bronze Age gold, silver and glassware as well as unique items including 16th and 17th century wollen garments recovered from Irish bogs. Open daily, closed on Monday.

National Gallery, Merrion Square West
Houses a collection of more than 2,000 works from every major European school of painting, with particular emphasis on Irish landscape and portraits. Admission to the permanent collection is free. Open daily.

Dublinia, St. Michael's Hill, Christ Church
Presents a multimedia offering of Dublin’s medieval heritage from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans to the closures of the monasteries in 1540. Formerly the Synod Hall of the Church of Ireland, the impressive building was designed by G. E. Street. Open daily.

Chester Beatty Library
A connoisseur's delight, this "library" is considered by many to be the most impressive museum in Ireland. After Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), a Canadian mining millionaire and a collector with a flawless eye, assembled one of the most significant collections of Islamic and Far Eastern art in the Western world, he donated it to Ireland.

EDINBURGH

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street
Here you'll see famous Scots of long ago and the present. Portraits range from Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and even Sean Connery. The Gallery also houses the Scottish National Photography Collection. Open daily, free admission.

Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, Royal Mile
Home to many toys, dolls, games, costumes, and more! Probably the world’s noisiest museum and the first in the world to specialize in the history of childhood. Open daily, free admission.

Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Opened in 1998 in Edinburgh's Old Town, this Museum traces all of Scotland’s history from geological times to the present. Open daily, free admission.

Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Museum housing large collections of African, American, Middle Eastern, and Pacific ethnography, jewelery, scientific instruments, costumes, and fossils. Located next to the Museum of Scotland, open daily, free admission.

The People's Story Museum, Canongate Tolbooth, Royal Mile
Housed in the sixteenth century Tolbooth, this museum tells the story of the life and work of Edinburgh's people for the past 200 years with life-like reconstructions. Open Monday through Saturday, free admission.

The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair’s Close
A museum dedicated to the lives of Scotland's great literary figures: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Open Monday through Saturday, free admission.

National Gallery of Scotland,The Mound
A wonderful collection of paintings, drawings, and prints by Renaissance, Romantic, and Impressionist artists. Open daily, free admission.
 

LONDON

British Museum, Tube: Tottenham Court Road
One of the world's finest museums: "the closest thing this planet has to a complete record of its civilizations." The Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and an incredible collection of coins. Open daily. Free admission.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Tube: South Kensington
A collection of fine and applied arts from all over the world are displayed here. Particularly noted for the clothing collection and the twentieth century design exhibits. Open daily. Free admission.

Natural History Museum, Tube: South Kensington
This museum illustrates all forms of life, from the smallest bacteria to the largest creatures, dinosaurs, and fossils. Open daily. Free admission.

The Science Museum, Tube: South Kensington
Over seven acres of hands-on scientific history. Also includes a history of medicine and an IMAX 3D film theater. Along with the National Railway Museum in York and the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford, these museums together comprise the National Museum of Science & Industry ( NMSI ). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.

The Museum of London, Tube: St. Paul's or Barbican
From pre-history to the present day, the growth of London is charted here. A museum with something for everyone. Open daily. Free admission.

London Transport Museum, Tube: Covent Garden
For those interested in transportation throughout the ages, here is a fabulous collection of buses, trams, trains, and their history. The museum boasts hands-on fun for all ages and a lovely shop with lots of Tube-related merchandise. Open daily.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Tube: Baker Street
Madame Tussaud started in wax modeling making masks of victims of the French Revolution, and in 1835 she moved to England to this location. Be prepared for the Chamber of Horrors! Open daily.

The National Gallery, Tube: Charing Cross
A wealth of art from the early Renaissance to the nineteenth century is catalogued and beautifully displayed here. Spanning the period from about 1250 to 1900, it is one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. Open daily. Free admission.

National Portrait Gallery, Tube: Charing Cross
This gallery houses a collection of portraits that well illustrate the history of Britain. The Great and the Good, along with some for whom the jury is still out, are represented here. Open daily. Free admission.

Tate Britain, Tube: Pimlico
This is the national gallery of British art with works from 1500 to the present day. Tate holds the greatest collection of British art in the world, including works by Blake, Hirst and Moore. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Free admission.

Tate Modern, Tube: Southwark
This museum displays the Tate's collection of international modern art from 1900 to the present day, including major works by Bacon, Dalí, Picasso, Matisse, Rothko, Warhol and McQueen. Open daily. Free admission.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Tube: Wimbledon
Newly opened in 2006, the Lawn Tennis Museum features some incredible new technology in order to immerse the visitor in the world of Wimbledon.  There is a 200° cinema that screens a film about the science and biology of tennis, as well as a recreation of the 1980s dressing room where a projected image of John McEnroe gives you a tour.  Open daily.

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Outdoors
DUBLIN

Merrion Square
Created between 1762 and 1764, this tranquil square a few blocks east of St. Stephen's Green is lined on three sides by some of Dublin's best-preserved Georgian town houses, many of which have brightly painted front doors crowned by intricate fanlights.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
The largest cathedral in Dublin and also the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, St. Patrick's is the second of the capital's two Protestant cathedrals.

St. Stephen's Green
Dubliners call it simply Stephen's Green, and green it is (year-round) -- a verdant, 27-acre Southside square that was used for the public punishment of criminals until 1664.

Trinity College
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I to "civilize" (Her Majesty's word) Dublin, Trinity is Ireland's oldest and most famous college.

Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place
Work on the present building at Christ Church began in 1169 under the direction of the Norman knight, Strongbow. The crypt below the cathedral is one of the largest in the British Isles and is thought to be Dublin’s oldest surviving building. Open daily. (During services, access is limited.)

For Those of Drinking Age
Literary Pub Crawl, The Duke Pub, 9 Duke street
Professional actors lead this tour, performing from the works of Ireland’s great writers while visiting Dublin’s best known literary haunts. Open daily in the summer, Thursday through Sunday in the winter.

EDINBURGH

Sir Walter Scott Monument, Princes Street
Impossible to miss, this Gothic spire was once called "a steeple without a church." By climbing the 287 steps not only is the view great, but you can see Scott and his dog. Hours vary by season; open daily.

Princes Street Gardens, Princes Street
A beautiful, lush park to rest in after walking the Mound or Princes Street. Be sure to check out the Flower Clock which is made from thousands of different dwarf plants.

Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park
An energetic hike to the top of these volcano-made cliffs located in Holyrood Park will give a most stunning view of Edinburgh and out across the Firth of Fourth as well.

LONDON

Changing of the Guard, Tube: Green Park
Most famously at Buckingham Palace along with a few other locations, this is a hugely popular tradition of pageantry.  Occurs daily or on alternate days depending on the time of year.

Regent's Park, Tube: Regent's Park
The Park is London's largest outdoor sports area with pitches and courts for a variety of athletic activities. It also boasts the London Zoo, an Open Air Theater, cafés, picnic spots and the renowned Queen Mary Gardens and Rose Gardens.

Camden Lock & Passage, Tube: Camden Town
The Passage offers a selection of antiques, while Camden Lock is the weekend haunt of London's trendy youth. Clothes, shoes, records and a mouthwatering variety of foods can be found here.

Knightsbridge, Tube: Knightsbridge
Home to some of London's most expensive shops. Here, you will find Harrods and Harvey Nichols as well as nearby Sloane Street's Chanel, Hermes, and Gucci.

Piccadilly, Tube: Piccadilly Circus
While on Piccadilly take the opportunity to visit covered arcades on either side of the street, offering expensive purchases. Admire the statue of Eros and stroll to Fortnum and Mason as it is the ultimate place to shop for luxury foodstuffs and is a wonderful shopping experience.

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Restaurants
DUBLIN

Café Carlo, 63-64 O'Connell Street
Across from the famous Dublin Spire, Café Carlo is a wonderful eatery that offers a mix of Irish and Italian cuisine. This is a favorite spot amongst locals and visitors for its relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

The Green Bistro, Pearse Street
This bistro prides itself in the quality of its food, so it only uses the freshest of local ingredients. Known for its mouth-watering steaks and burgers, they only use prime Irish beef in their meals.  The bistro is located in the Holiday Inn in Dublin Center and also has 24 hour room service. This makes it an excellent place to dine before going up to your room accomodation.

Trocadero, 3 St. Andrew Street
"The Troc," as it's called is over a half century old and is known for its excellent pre-theater menu. Because the Troc is within walking distance of the Olympia Theatre, The Gaiety and Andrew's Lane Theatre, it is a popular place to have a traditional Irish dinner before heading out to see a show.

EDINBURGH

The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge
The coffee shop where J.K. Rowling spent most of her time while writing the Harry Potter series.

Kalpna, 2-3 St Patrick Square
The unremarkable facade of this vegetarian Indian restaurant, amid an ordinary row of shops, and the low-key interior, enlivened by Indian prints and fabric pictures, belie the food -- unlike anything you are likely to encounter elsewhere in the city.

Witchery by the Castle, The Royal Mile
The hundreds of "witches" who were executed on Castlehill, just yards from where you will be seated, are the inspiration for this outstanding and atmospheric restaurant. The cavernous interior, complete with flickering candlelight, is festooned with cabalistic insignia and tarot-card characters.

LONDON

Harry Ramsden's, Euston Station Foodcourt
World famous fish and chips.

Hard Rock Café, 150 Old Park Lane
Full of rock 'n' roll memorabilia and serving tasty, casual fare like the 10 oz. BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, this is the Hard Rock Caf
é that started it all. See the first donation, Eric Clapton's Lead II Fender, and derive inspiration from viewing John Lennon's hand amended lyrics to 'Imagine,' among many other items, in the Vault.

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