Cultural Connections Trip:

London & Oxford • June 1-7, 2023

Email to Parents: December 9, 2022

Final Itinerary

The final itinerary is now available on the 2023 London Trip Information page. You can easily get back to this page from the Cultural Expeditions menu item under "Programs" on the website.

Final Itinerary

Hotel

We will be staying at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Hotel Website

Trip Insurance

If you would like to purchase trip insurance, here are some options:

Travel Guard | Allianze Travel

FAQ

We encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions about the London & Oxford Trip, which will provide you with many details about the trip.

FAQ

Email to Parents: September 29, 2022

We are excited you have registered for the London & Oxford Trip with PDS! We have an unforgettable experience planned for you.

Registration Confirmation

This message confirms your registration for the London & Oxford Trip through PDS on June 1 – 7, 2023. Final payment for the payment is March 1, 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.

Final Itinerary

A final itinerary for the London & Oxford trip will be sent in December 2022.

FAQ

We encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions about the London & Oxford Trip, which will provide you with many details about the trip.

FAQ

Passports

If you do not already have a passport, you will need to obtain one for traveling to England.

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.

London Blue Badge Tour Guide – Karen

PDS has the good fortune of having an award-winning guide to lead us around London & Oxford.

Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her “the world’s greatest tour guide.” She hosts the Canadian television travel show “London Next Stop.”

She won the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year award. She’s the author of Royal London. She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she’s the “go to” London guide for every major media concern.

A reformed actress and occasional journalist, she was Independent Magazine’s Cultural Heritage Correspondent. Her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining. So: “World’s greatest tour guide,” CBC star, Guide of the Year – no way she wasn’t going to front the flagship London Walks film!

Itinerary

Thursday, June 1

United Airlines Departs Memphis @ 3:10 PM for Chicago

Arrive in Chicago @ 5:05 PM / Depart Chicago @ 6:45 PM

Arrive at London Heathrow at 9:00 AM

Friday, June 2

Arrive London Heathrow Airport @ 9:00 AM

Private Coach to Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Arrive at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (drop bags)

Lunch near Southbank

London Historical Tour: Big Ben / Houses of Parliament / Parliament Square / 10

Downing Street / Buckingham Palace

Check-in Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Evening Free

Saturday, June 3

Breakfast at the Hotel

Visit the Palace at Westminster (UK Parliament) - if open to public

Lunch near the Globe Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

London Eye

Evening Free

Optional - Dinner at Covent Garden

Sunday, June 4

Breakfast at the Hotel

The British Museum

Lunch near Trafalgar Square

Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum

Tower of London

Free Evening

Optional - Dinner at St. Pancras international & Platform 9 3/4

Monday, June 5

Breakfast at the hotel

Westminster Abbey

Changing of the Guard

Lunch near St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Optional: Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral (5:00 PM)

Optional: Jack the Ripper Tour (7:00 PM)

Tuesday, June 6

Breakfast at Hotel

Travel to Oxford

The “Great Hall” Christ Church College & Guided Walk

Lunch & Shopping in Oxford

Tour Bodleian Library

Free Evening

Optional: Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus Dinner & Shopping

Wednesday, June 7

Private Coach to London Heathrow airport leaves at 12:00 PM

United departs London @ 3:20 PM

Arrives Memphis @ 9:53 PM

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 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.

Travelex

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.
Trip Insurance

If you would like to purchase trip insurance, here are some options:

Travel Guard | Allianze Travel

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

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