Travel in time with us in the footsteps of dinosaurs, ancient Egyptians, Victorian children and Harry Potter!Itinerary
|Date||Length of stay||Group size (min-max)|
|15-21 April 2018||7 days/6 nights||from 20|
We arrive at London Luton Airport early in the afternoon from where we reach our central London accommodation by train in half an hour. During our flight, we enjoy interesting quizzes on the history and culture of the UK. Arriving at our accommodation, we take some free time to unpack, have dinner and play some fun games. We go to bed early to be able to have a rest before our weekly adventures.
Topics: UK history, culture, interesting facts
Following our breakfast, we set out to discover some of the famous sights of London. We travel to Westminster station by underground where we get amazed by the Houses of Parliament with its famous clock tower, the Big Ben, we take a photo of the London Eye and look at the masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the remarkable Westminster Abbey where the coronations are held. We embark on a boat at the nearby pier and have a fantastic trip on the River Thames getting as far as the legendary Tower Bridge. We cross the bridge so we can see the Tower of London, a historic castle that was used for different purposes. We walk to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre passing the HMS Belfast, a World War II Royal Navy ship and reaching the Millenium Bridge, a suspension bridge for pedestrians, that leads into the gardens in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In the afternoon we visit the largest free school for poor Victorian children in London which works as a museum today. We take part in two sessions here, a Victorian lesson led by ”Miss Perkins”, a costumed actor, and a storytelling session, where old objects and costumes are used to tell the story of a Victorian family.
We spend the biggest part of our day in the British Museum, one of the most famous museums in the world. In the morning hours, we take a look at ancient Egyptian life and the mysterious secrets of mummies as part of two interactive guided tours in the exhibition site. We will definitely not miss the sculptures of the Acropolis of Athens, the 12th century Scottish chess figures and the Rosetta Stone either. This large piece of stone from the 2nd century BC has scripts on it in more languages therefore it enabled us to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs.
After our time travel, we hop on a red double decker in front of the museum building and go to Oxford Street where we can buy the coolest gifts to our family. We find the Hamleys, the oldest and biggest toy shop in the world among the elegant Georgian buildings of the Regent Street.
Let’s go to the Natural History Museum! We participate in a couple of amazing programmes here and look at the interactive exhibitions on botanics, mineralogy, paleontology. In the main hall of the museum, we can see the copy of a huge Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton. As dino scientists in white lab coats, we find out the diet, movements and habitats of ancient fossil animals. We also explore the exciting world of volcanoes and earthquakes and their effects on society in an awesome science show. Can you save a town from a volcano catastrophe?
In the afternoon, we have a picnic, relax and chill out in Hyde Park. We walk around its central lake, the Serpentine and visit Princess Diana’s Memorial Fountain. The world’s most famous luxury department store, the Harrods is not so far if we are in the mood to become princes and princesses for a short time.
Our first stop is Buckingham Palace where the Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place at 11 o’clock. After this unique experience, we walk to Trafalgar Square through St. James Park, famous for its birds. From the National Gallery steps, we can take a look at the beautiful fountains, lion sculptures and Admiral Nelson’s Column. We go inside the museum where students present the short presentations they have prepared about the different art movements and the famous painters representing them.
From Trafalgar Square, we can get to Piccadilly Circus easily, famous for its neon advertising signs. In the evening, we visit the old fruit and flower market of London, the Covent Garden, which is full of street performers and action.
If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is going to be your favourite day as we will see different filming locations during our sightseeing tour. After our breakfast, we head to London Zoo for an interactive discovery tour. While doing exciting tasks in small teams, we will have the chance to read a map, explore interesting facts about wildlife and interact with the local zookeepers. Find out where the snake winked at Harry Potter in the film!
In the afternoon, we walk to the nearby Primrose Hill where we can have a rest and get fascinated by the panoramic view of London. On the way to our accommodation, we stop at King’s Cross Station at the famous Platfrom 9 ¾ and take some photos at the magic brick wall.
We leave the city after breakfast, take some time en route to the airport on the train to reflect on the past week’s experiences and fly back to Budapest in the afternoon.
Our London accommodation is a high-standard hostel near St. Pancras Station. It has a central location and a nearby underground station therefore it is a perfect base to discover the city.
The hostel is suitable to accommodate student groups, with dormitory style bedrooms, shared bathrooms and a restaurant. Breakfast is served on site at the accommodation but also a packed lunch and a dinner menu can be arranged.