Cultural Connections Trip: Global Perspectives

London & Oxford

Limited Capacity

Our Cultural Expeditions program continues to grow! This trip is an optional summertime excursion for PDS boys, providing the opportunity to travel internationally with parents and siblings. Parent or legal guardian required.

As a capstone experience to a PDS education, we think giving boys the opportunity to explore and grow in their understanding of another culture is a unique educational experience.

International travel enhances students’ global awareness and appreciation for cultural differences and diversity. Seminal experiences like these broaden a boy’s future perspective. Travel to England presents our boys with the ease of speaking their mother tongue but the noticeable differences of its culture, history, and institutions. Experiencing the United Kingdom before a PDS boy embarks on a new educational journey is the perfect starter for international travel in a global world and the perfect destination for enhancing his historical knowledge of his country’s roots.

June 1-7, 2023

$2,900 per person

5th & 6th Grade Boys and Families

Informational Meeting:
September 9

Registration Deadline:
September 23

The London and Oxford trip is open to 5th and 6th grade families including parents and siblings (Grades 5–12) both boys and girls such as other PDS summer options. The trip is an optional summertime excursion for PDS boys, providing the opportunity to travel internationally with parents and siblings. Parent or legal guardian required.

We will visit famous historical landmarks such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Houses of Parliament, British Museum, the London Eye, and Oxford University.

 

Informational Meeting

Friday, September 9 • 7:45am • Hussey Commons •  Add to Calendar

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Registration Deadline for 2022-2023 Trip:
Friday, September 23

The cost is $2,900 covering:

  • Flights (Memphis to London Heathrow)
  • Hotels
  • Charter buses to / from Oxford & London Heathrow Airports
  • London Underground Oyster Card
  • Admission to attractions:
  • Houses of Parliament (if open)
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Bodleian Library Oxford
  • The ‘Great Hall’ Christ Church College Oxford
  • St. John’s College Oxford
  • London Eye
  • Historical Walking Tours (London Blue Badge Guide)
  • Cabinet War Room and Churchill Museum
  • Award winning London Blue Badge guide
  • Full English breakfast (lunch and dinner costs excluded)

A $1500 deposit is due at registration. The balance of your registration fee is due 30 days prior to the trip date.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Memphis to London Flight

Day 2

Arrive at London Heathrow

London Historical Tour:
Big Ben / Houses of Parliament / Buckingham Palace / Parliament Square / 10 Downing Street

Visit to Houses of Parliament

Visit Covent Garden

Day 3

British Museum

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Tower of London

London Eye

Dinner St. Pancras International – Optional Visit Platform 9 3/4

Day 4

Changing of the Guard near Buckingham Palace

Horse Guards Parade

Tour St. Paul’s Cathedral

Attend a West End Theatre Production (example Wicked or Le Misérables)

Day 5

Tour Westminster Abbey

Lunch near Trafalgar Square and Optional National or Portrait Gallery Visits

Tour Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum

The Blitz Tour (WWII)

Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral (Optional)

London Historical Walking Tour

Day 6

Travel to Oxford

Tour of the Bodleian Library

The “Great Hall” Christ Church College & Guided Walk

Visit St. John’s College

Tour University Church at St. Mary’s (Spires View)

Free Time in Oxford

Day 7

Depart London Heathrow for Memphis

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the London & Oxford Trip?

The London & Oxford Trip is held biannually after Memorial Day. We plan to leave June 1st and return June 7th. This allows five full days of exploring London and Oxford. Families desiring to stay longer in Europe after the trip should contact Mr. Sewell about alternative arrangements for a later return date.

What hotel do we typically stay in?

We plan to stay at the Imperial, Presidential, or Royal National Hotel near Russell Square in London, centrally located to tourist attractions.

What is included in the cost of the trip?

The cost of the trip is $2,900 per person.

Cost includes a full English breakfast every morning. The cost of lunch and dinner will be each individual’s responsibility.

The cost includes:

  • Flights (Memphis to London Heathrow)
  • Hotels
  • Charter buses to / from Oxford & London Heathrow Airports
  • London Underground Oyster Card
  • Admission to attractions:
  • Houses of Parliament (if open)
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Bodleian Library Oxford
  • The ‘Great Hall’ Christ Church College Oxford
  • St. John’s College Oxford
  • London Eye
  • Historical Walking Tours (London Blue Badge Guide)
  • Cabinet War Room and Churchill Museum
  • Award winning London Blue Badge guide
  • Full English breakfast (lunch and dinner costs excluded)
What do we visit on the trip?

Each year we typically visit the same places, although this may vary to some degree due to the availability of certain attractions. Take a glance at the sample itinerary and you will have a good idea of the sites we typically visit. We try to make each day of the trip thematic. For example, WWII day will usually include visits to the Imperial War Museum, War Cabinet Rooms, Churchill Museum, and the London Blitz walk guided by a Blue Badge Guide. Other themes include Royal Britain, Palaces and Cathedrals, and Modern Britain. We also find time to enjoy a musical in the evening such as “Lion King,” “Les Misérables,” or “Wicked.”

Where should I purchase British Pounds?

You can exchange money at several locations. Check first with your bank about exchanging money for the best exchange rate or simply use your credit card. Enter your zip code at the following websites and you can find your nearest currency exchange.

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What type of ID should I bring?

No ID is required other than your passport. We provide a Student ID. We give everyone a lanyard to hold their Student IDs and tube ticket throughout the trip. Student IDs will be handed out once we are on the bus and traveling to the hotel in London.

Are parents, siblings, and friends allowed to join the trip?

PDS boys (grades 5th & 6th), parents, and siblings (grades 5th-12th) are allowed to join the London & Oxford excursion each year.

Are there chaperones on the London trip?

Mr. Sewell will lead the London & Oxford Trip and will be the point of reference for all communication.

What documents should I bring? (Passports)

If you do not have a passport you need to apply for one immediately as the process can take as long as six to eight weeks. You will not be able to travel if you do not have a valid passport.

For instructions on obtaining a passport, please read this website.

If you have a passport, please check the expiration date as you are required to have a minimum 6 months of validity upon entry to the United Kingdom. Your passport should expire no earlier than November 2023.

Airline Tickets
Airlines tickets will be purchased in October, and flight times will be sent to registrants no later than November 2022. If you have alternative plans to stay longer in Europe beyond the set return date, please get in touch with Mr. Sewell for those changes.
FAQ

For more information on our Cultural Expeditions program, contact Brad Sewell.

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