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Ireland, England, and ScotlandTravel

Ireland, England, Scotland

May 25 - June 3, 2020

Dive into city life as you explore three different European capitals that each have their own unique personality. Walk along the famous cobblestones at Dublin’s Temple Bar, marvel at London’s iconic Big Ben, and fall in love with Scotland’s historic Edinburgh Castle.

This trip is open to students, alumni, pastors, and friends of MVNU.

Printable Itinerary (PDF)

  • Day 1: Fly to Ireland - Meet your group and travel on an overnight flight to Dublin.
  • Day 2: Dublin Arrive in Dublin: Welcome to Dublin, Ireland’s capital. From traditional music in Temple Bar to the gothic arches of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, there’s so much to experience in this bustling and historic city. Walking tour of Dublin: Your Tour Director introduces you to the Irish capital on a lively walking tour. From the world-famous Grafton Street—home to several iconic Irish buisinesses and high-end shops—to the dynamic atmosphere of Temple Bar, enjoy getting to know your new surroundings. Dinner: Celebrate your first day with a delicious meal.
  • Day 3: Dublin Sightseeing tour of Dublin: Experience Ireland’s capital, scenically situated between Dun Laoghaire and Howth Head’s rocky peaks. On your sightseeing tour, pass by Phoenix Park and the presidential residence before continuing to bustling O’Connell Street. As you ride through Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, be sure to ask your guide about the colorful doors. Trinity College: Playwright Samuel Beckett and satirist Jonathan Swift studied at Trinity College. In the Long Room of the Old Library, view the Book of Kells, a calligraphic manuscript created by Irish monks more than 1,000 years ago. St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Explore the Gothic arches and spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which honors the patron saint of Ireland. Free time: Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring Dublin. Walk through the vibrant sights and sounds of Moore Street, the oldest outdoor food market in Dublin. Or trade cobblestones for clovers with a stroll through St Stephen’s Green, a beautiful park that is just a stone’s throw from Henry Street—another famous shopping center.
  • Day 4: Dublin Free day: Get to know the city however you see fit. Choose to take a walk along the River Liffy, explore one of Dublin’s free national museums, or return to one of your favorite spots from your sightseeing tour. Or, choose to go on an optional excursion to the Giant’s Causeway and Belfast. Giant’s Causeway | Belfast: Touted as the eighth wonder of the world, the Giant’s Causeway is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind geological phenomenon. These ancient rock formations are comprised of thousands of 55-million-year-old hexagonal basalt columns. Enjoy climbing this honeycomb pathway to the sea. Then, explore Belfast, where you can learn how the city is redefining itself after undergoing a period of religious strife in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Day 5: Dublin | London Fly to London: Hop on a short flight to London, a city of eight million people that has become one of the world’s great melting pots—while still maintaining a distinct character that’s all its own. Walking tour of London: Get to know the city alongside your knowledgeable Tour Director. Stretch your legs and set out through Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the Strand, and Leicester Square. Dinner: Reflect on the day’s activities over dinner with your group.
  • Day 6: London Sightseeing tour of London: From Big Ben to the Houses of Parliament, Great Britain’s royal tradition and rich history greet you at every turn. On your tour, led by an expert local guide, you may be able to see architectural marvels like St. Paul’s Cathedral, or check out the five-way intersection at Piccadilly Circus and the urban greenery of Hyde Park. You may even get a chance to witness the ceremonial Changing of the Guard. Sightseeing tour of Windsor Castle: At this former fortress, see priceless objects in the State Apartments, like paintings by Rubens and Holbein. Encounter the Gothic splendor of St. George’s Chapel, the final resting place of many monarchs. Peek into the miniature world of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, where castle items are replicated in one-twelfth scale—complete with a working lighting system and functional plumbing.
  • Day 7: London Free day: Take the entire day to explore the city however you please. You can enjoy scones and clotted cream while at afternoon tea, stop into one of the city’s several free museums, or see a show at one of London’s many theaters. Or, choose to go on a full-day optional excursion to Stonehenge and Bath. Stonehenge | Bath: Take in two world-class archaeological sites. Visit Bath, built in the 1st century as a vacation retreat for the empire’s elite. Continue on to unmistakable Stonehenge, whose exact origin and purpose remain shrouded in mystery more than 4,000 years after its construction.
  • Day 8: London | Edinburgh - Take a morning train to Edinburgh: Get your camera ready as your train comes to a stop in Scotland’s capital. Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh: Learn about the city as your expert local guide introduces you to some of its most famous sites and regales you with entertaining stories of the city’s past and present. Edinburgh Castle: Perched atop a dormant volcano, Edinburgh Castle is the enduring symbol of Scotland’s capital. Here, Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI, who would later rule England as James I. Dinner: Tonight, gather with your group for dinner.
  • Day 9: Edinburgh Free day in Edinburgh: The day is yours to explore Edinburgh at your own pace. You may choose to meander down the Royal Mile, visit the famous Edinburgh Zoo, or stop into one of the city’s many galleries. Alternatively, you can choose to take an optional excursion to St Andrews. St Andrews: Pay a visit to charming St Andrews, famous as a university town and as the birthplace of golf. Each year, the city hosts the British Open major tournament on its fabled course.
  • Day 10: Depart for home -  Transfer to the airport and check in for your flight home.
     
  • 2-DAY TOUR EXTENSION Day 10: Edinburgh | Loch Ness Travel to Loch Ness: See the large, deep, freshwater loch, which is best known for the alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition: Dive into 500 million years of history and natural mystery as you explore this high-tech exhibition, learning all about the unique environment of Loch Ness as well as its famous legend of a water-dwelling monster. Boat cruise or Urquhart Castle: Explore Loch Ness by boat (seasonal: Easter weekend through the end of September) or visit the famous Urquart Castle, which once served as a medieval fortress (October through Easter weekend). Dinner: Head back to the hotel for a delicious meal.
  • Day 11: Loch Ness | Edinburgh Glencoe Visitor Centre: Enjoy several exhibits and entertaining presentations that will teach you about Glencoe, a scenic village that’s surrounded by stunning mountains. It’s been featured in movies such as Skyfall and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban . Return to Edinburgh: Spend your last night in Edinburgh.
  • Day 12: Depart for home -  Transfer to the Glasgow Airport and check in for your flight home.
  • For full updated trip information visit EF College Study Tours
  • Program price ¹ $4,215
  • Includes:
    • Round-trip and on-the-ground transportation
    • Hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast daily and select dinners
    • Full-time Tour Director
    • Daily activities, tours and entrances to attractions
  • Giants Causeway and Belfast $80
  • Bath and Stonehenge $145
  • Private Group (20-24 Customers) $110
  • All-inclusive coverage $165 EF's Peace of Mind Program * Free
     
  • Total price (Age 29 and under) $4,715 - 14 monthly payments $330/mo
    • Triple/Quad room occupancy

  • Double room occupancy ² $320
  • Total price (Age 30 and over) $5,035
  • Double room occupancy - 14 monthly payments $353/mo

Quote created on 2/4/2019

¹ Program price valid for today only. Change and cancellation fees of up to the total price will apply. Minimum participation is required. All prices subject to verification by EF Program Coordinator. To view EF's Booking Conditions, visit efcollegestudytours.com/bc.

Applicable airline baggage fees are not included and can be found at efcollegestudytours.com/baggage. Some countries may require aircraft insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. Such countries can be found at efcollegestudytours.com/insecticide.

² Adult supplement required for travelers age 30 and older at the time of travel.

* We understand that plans sometimes change due to unforeseen circumstances. EF’s Peace of Mind Program allows your entire group to change your program or departure date. Your group can feel secure planning your trip, knowing that your plans are flexible.

Itinerary shown is for 2020 travel. Itineraries are subject to change biannually, please call for more details.

* Print, fill out and mail OR scan/email to david.wilkes@mvnu.edu

For more info

Dr. Dave Wilkes
Trip Coordinator
740-392-6868, ext. 3510