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History & Civil Rights in Washington and New York

5, 6 & 7 Day Study Experience Tours from £925 per student
Departing: Throughout 2018 & 2019

Discover the historic legacy of the US capital, Washington DC and the mesmerising sights of New York, the acknowledged centre of global finance, media, theatre, art and entertainment. This highly enjoyable tour will provide your students with an exceptional 'learning outside the classroom' experience.

Washington DC is home to all three branches of the federal government and some of the most recognisable US landmarks - the giant domed Capitol building on 'the Hill', home to the Senate and the House of Representatives, the vast Library of Congress and the Supreme Court, and of course The White House itself, the residence of very U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

Nearby the National Mall stretches over two miles and is America’s most visited national park, where the past, present and future come together. The monuments and memorials in this park honour American forefathers and heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. From the “I Have a Dream” speech to the AIDS Quilt, the Mall is the national stage where movements and celebrations take place, where people gather to have their voices heard. As your students wander along the wide, edestrianfriendly, tree-lined boulevards they can take in the history and scenery of this stretch of land nicknamed America’s front yard, which includes the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art and the National Archives.

Across the Potomac River lie the Arlington National Cemetery and The Pentagon.

New York is undoubtedly the liveliest and most exciting city in the world and offers your students a truly unique experience. They will have the opportunity to visit its world famous sights - the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square; its remarkable museums - the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island; its world renowned Broadway theatres and the Wall Street financial district.

In addition to the famous sites and attractions you and your students will have chance to explore at your own pace, parts of the city such as Times Square, Greenwich Village, Fifth Avenue, Chinatown and Central Park, which will all provide new experiences that will stimulate and inspire them.

What the price includes

  • Scheduled flights from London to Washington and New York to London*
  • 1 checked bag (hold luggage) per passenger
  • Return coach transfers from the airport to your hotel
  • 3 or 4 or 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Hotel porterage for one piece of luggage in each city
  • Coach travel (4–5 hours) from Washington to New York*
  • Study Experiences representation whilst in Washington and New York
  • Individually tailored itinerary
  • Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
  • 1 Free Staff Place for every 10 students
  • All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
  • 24 hour emergency cover and support

*Please note your trip can be done in reverse i.e. New York then Washington


Civil Rights Walking Tour - Washington

From black America, to women to gay rights, on this special Civil Rights tour, your group will learn about the history of the Civil Rights movement in downtown Washington. Visits and discussion include:-

  • Site of the Epicurean Eating House and the Snow Riots
  • Site of the National Era offices – that first serialised Uncle Tom’s Cabin and was the site of the Pearl Riots
  • Pennsylvania Avenue – the story behind the Women’s Suffrage Parade
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Freedom Plaza & The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
  • Story of the Freedom Riders
  • The White House North Lawn - site of many protests for Civil Rights of all kinds

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - Washington

Established in 2003 by an Act of Congress, The National Museum of African American History and Culture became the 19th Smithsonian Institution museum. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture. The building has five floors above ground and three floors below with an exterior inspired by crowns used in West African art. It houses 11 exhibitions covering a variety of topics from history and culture to community, music and the arts. The exhibitions include:-

  • Slavery & Freedom - as the centrepiece of the museum, this exhibition explores the complex story of slavery and freedom.
  • Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968 - this exhibition takes visitors from the end of Reconstruction through the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
  • A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond - the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural—from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama.
  • Making a Way Out of No Way - learn about the ways in which African Americans created possibilities in a world that denied them opportunities.
  • Sports: Levelling the Playing Field - learn how African Americans have contributed to sports in America and how sports have helped people respond to injustice.

Other Visits and Attractions in Washington

Smithsonian Institution

Not only the world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, galleries and the National Zoo are dedicated to public education, research, national service, and scholarship in art, design, science, technology, history, and culture. It’s National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular in the world, and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened in September 2016.

The National Archives

The National Archives in downtown Washington is home to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, plus one of four copies of the Magna Carta. These and other historical documents help tell the stories of America's history as a nation and as a people.

Other Visits and Attractions in New York

Ferry to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

First stop is Liberty Island and an opportunity to explore in and around the Statue, then on to Ellis Island, where 20 million people from 120 ethnic groups became US citizens. The museum’s artefacts, photographs, prints, videos, interactive displays, oral histories and temporary exhibits will help to describe to your students the patterns of immigration and facts about the immigrants themselves.

9/11 Museum

This museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Centre site—telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artefacts.

Further Information

Your Flight Arrangements

We use the scheduled services of airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines or Delta Air Lines. Please see approximate timings below for flights from London (please note that these flight timings are purely for guidance). Flights are also available from regional airports at a supplement.

Outbound: Depart: London Heathrow 1200hrs, Arrive: Washington Dulles 1550hrs
Inbound: Depart: JFK 2000hrs, Arrive: London Heathrow 0755hrs (following day)

Please note that your inbound flight is overnight, departing during the evening and arriving back in the UK the following morning.

Your Accommodation

We offer a choice of hotel locations to ensure that you enjoy your stay in the accommodation best suited to your students’ itinerary plans and budget. In Washington our range includes hotels such as the Holiday Inn Central/White House in downtown Washington and the Capitol Skyline Hotel, south of the National Mall. In New York your group will stay in one of our carefully selected hotels in the areas of Midtown Manhattan or the Upper West Side. Our range includes properties such as the DoubleTree Times Square, The Row, Days Inn-Broadway, The Edison or similar. Accommodation in Brooklyn or New Jersey can be quoted for on request. All rooms at the hotels have two double beds, private bathrooms, colour television and telephone. Students are accommodated on the basis of four sharing a room. Teachers are accommodated either on the basis of two sharing a room or, for a supplement, in single rooms.

Your Meals

Accommodation is on a room only basis. As there are numerous places on hand to grab breakfast, a snack for lunch, or a meal for dinner, it is easy to make your own arrangements. If however, you prefer, your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book evening meals for your group to enjoy at a wide range of restaurants, such as Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo, Hard Rock Cafe or more traditional diners and sandwich shops.

Group Size

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 20 students.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our trips are available throughout the year, during term time and also during half terms and holidays, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students.

Our most popular travel periods for student groups are during the February and October half terms and the Easter holidays. Therefore should you be planning on travelling during these periods, we recommend that you contact us to plan your tour as early as possible to ensure we still have availability for your preferred travel dates.

Please note that during June and July, flight prices to both cities, in particular New York, are prohibitively high and therefore these periods are not recommended for travel for student groups.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Washington and New York your Tours Specialist can advise on how many nights to spend in each city, and is also able to recommend educational visits and activities to ensure your students get the most out of their time away.

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