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Politics in Washington and New York

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

Tour Highlights

Recommended in Washington

Political – Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Walking Tour

This tour brings your group to the top of “the Hill.” Visiting the seat of America’s legislative and judicial branches it allows your students to not only explore these beautiful buildings, but the meaning behind them, gaining an understanding of the American political system and how it came to be. Your guide will take you inside what many consider the most beautiful building in the city for a Library of Congress tour and provide your group with tickets to further explore the Capitol building after your tour.

Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

It was a night that changed the history of a nation forever. Journey back in time with your guide to learn about the three-pronged attack designed to decapitate the U.S. Government. Shrouded in mystery, intrigue and conspiracy, the assassination of the 16th U.S. president has fascinated Americans and foreigners for nearly 150 years. On this tour you’ll understand the characters, walk the streets, and see the buildings where this great drama played out in the Lincoln Assassination. From The White House, home to the president, your students will follow in his footsteps past the site of the attack on Secretary of State William Seward, the National Theatre where Tad Lincoln learned of his father’s death, the home of Vice President Andrew Johnson, ending outside of Ford's Theatre and Peterson's Boarding House. Entries to buildings are not included in this tour but can be arranged separately, subject to availability.

Capitol Building

The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognisable symbols of representative democracy in the world. The world-famous domed building is home to the House and Senate and it’s where America’s congressmen and congresswomen conduct business, debate laws and pass bills on behalf of the American people. The Capitol also houses an important collection of American art, and it is an architectural achievement in its own right. Construction of the U.S. Capitol began in 1793. In November 1800, the U.S. Congress met in the first completed portion, the north wing. In the 1850’s, major extensions to the North and South ends of the Capitol were authorised because of the great westward expansion of our nation and the resultant growth of Congress. Since that time, the U.S. Capitol and its stately dome have become international symbols of our representative democracy. The U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre is the newest addition to this historic complex. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the Visitor Centre is the largest project in the Capitol's more than two hundred year history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol and the grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874. To tour the historical areas of the Capitol beyond the Capitol Visitor Centre, you must participate in a guided tour. A tour starts at one of the orientation theatre with a 13-minute film, "Out of Many, One," which will take you on a journey through our country's struggle to establish the world's first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses our Congress. Once inside the historic Capitol, you will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall before returning to the visitors centre.

Lincoln Memorial & Reflecting Pool

Towering over the Reflecting Pool this majestic memorial is a shrine to Abraham Lincoln - 190 feet long and 119 feet wide it reaches a height of just under 100 feet. Its design inspired by ancient Greek temples consists of 36 marble columns, each representing one state in the U.S. at the date of President Lincoln’s death. As you climb the steps into the interior you will see a memorable quote above the 19-foot tall, 175-ton statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln overlooking the Mall of the country that he fought so hard to preserve and unite. The quote reads "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." To the left of the statue is Lincoln’s great speech, the Gettysburg Address, perhaps the most famous in U.S. history. Every single word of the Address is etched into the wall to inspire Americans just as it did so in 1863. To the right is the entire Second Inaugural Address, given in March of 1865 and mere months before Lincoln’s death. With a clear sky the view from the steps at sunset is impressive, in particular with the Washington Monument in the distance. As you descend you’ll reach the Reflecting Pool, a permanent part of the backdrop for inaugurations, demonstrations, rallies, and marches, including the 1963 March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at which he delivered his famed 'I Have a Dream' speech. The Reflecting Pool also appears in the film Forrest Gump during his speech before an anti-war demonstration.

Recommended 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.

Top of the Rock

A New York City landmark for nearly 75 years, the Rockefeller Center is located in the heart of Manhattan. At the start of a visit you can enjoy the multi-media theatre exhibit which presents the historyof the Rockefeller Center. The Sky shuttle elevators then take you at speed up to the Observation decks on the 67th, 69th & 70th floors which give spectacular views of New York City.

Empire State Building

Reaching a ¼ of a mile into the Manhattan sky, The Empire State Building is New York’s best known skyscraper conceived in the booming 1920’s and completed in the gloom of depression in 1931. The observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floor are open daily, late into the evening, offering 360-degree views of this vibrant city.

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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