Excursions

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Each Veritas program includes several excursions designed to help students gain a more in-depth cultural and historical understanding of the host country and region. Excursions are included in the program cost and cover ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours. Accommodations and breakfast are included on all overnight excursions. Some excursions may not be available for all terms. Optional excursions may be provided at an extra cost.

 

** Excursions may not be available for all terms **

BRIGHTON

On this excursion, we will travel to Brighton, England, known as London by the sea and as one the cultural capitals of England. Brighton has inspired many famous artists and musicians and is well-renowned for its live music scene as well as its art and architecture. Some UK polls place it as the happiest and 'coolest' (not a reference to temperature!) city in England, and its name is undoubtedly among the world's most recognizable beach towns.
 

CAMBRIDGE

Optional for some or all sessions
Cambridge is, in essence, a very quintessential British town. You can witness traditional British construction and engineering at its finest, visit some of its street food markets and even go for a punt on the river (a rowing boat). However, what Cambridge is most famous for is its university. 
 

CANTERBURY & DOVER CASTLE

On this excursion, we will travel to Canterbury, known as the birthplace of the Anglican Church and as the religious capital of England. Canterbury inspired the Father of English literature and the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, to write the Canterbury Tales.  Aside from soaking up the medieval atmosphere of Canterbury?s cobblestone streets, cathedral spires and framed housed, there will be a firm literary and historical grounding in the importance figures such as Chaucer and Becket still represented here in England. Our guided tours will focus on these figures and on the literary works associated with them.
 
After departing Canterbury, we will journey southeast to Dover, England's biggest port and long a popular point of entry to the British Isles. Dover faces France just across the narrowest part of the English Channel, and is home to the Dover-Calais ferry. In Dover, we will be immersed in the magnificent scenery surrounding the chalk cliffs aptly named the White Cliffs of Dover and the narrow sea passage known as the Strait of Dover. We will also visit Dover Castle, England?s largest. This very important medieval castle was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. According to anthropologists, this site has historically been a gateway for people entering and exiting Britain.
 

EDINBURGH AND LOCH NESS (SEMESTER ONLY)

Optional for some or all sessions

On this excursion we visit the city sometimes known as the Athens of the North: fascinating, historical Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is the second biggest city in Scotland behind Glasgow. It is home to the Scottish Parliament and has long been considered a premiere city of education, with the ancient University of Edinburgh ranking among the world's top 20 universities. It is also home to several world heritage sites, as well Edinburgh Castle and one of the Queen of England's official residences, Holyrood Palace. Formerly known for its brewing, distilling, banking and insurance, Edinburgh is now a city based on financial services, scientific research, higher education and tourism. The city is also rich with culture and hosts the Edinburgh International festival as well as the Fringe festival and international book festival.

The natural beauty of the highlands is evident from the beginning of our journey. Our excursion starts as we travel across the highland boundary fault where we encounter Loch Lomond?Scotland?s largest freshwater loch (Scot. for lake). From Loch Lomond we travel further into the highlands crossing Rannoch Moor, on to Glen Coe, to Fort William, across the Caledonian Canal before reaching Loch Ness for our chance to see Nessie!

STONEHENGE & BATH

Optional for some or all sessions

On this excursion, we will explore two of the most significant landmarks in England and Europe. Stonehenge, one of Britain's oldest Neolithic remnants, is an enigmatic monument formed from a ring of standing stones set within prehistorically engineered earthworks. It is easily one of world's most famous, and most visited sites, situated rather mysteriously amidst several hundred burial mounds and at great distances from any logical source for such large stones. It is known that some of the stones have travelled distances of over 150 miles and experts have ascertained that the stones originally came from Wales.

After our tour of Stonehenge we head northwest towards Bath. Bath is an ancient Roman town most famous for the baths constructed here over two millennia ago to take advantage of natural hot springs. Bath's hot spring is the only naturally occurring spring of its kind in the whole of the UK; archaeological evidence suggest that the ancient Britons may have used it as a shine to their pagan gods. We'll visit the site of the bath that gives this city its name, as well as many other architectural gems such as the Norman Church, the Royal Crescent, and other quintessentially Georgian buildings in various states of restoration. Bath has also been home to many famous writers, poets and celebrities, including the much-beloved novelist, Jane Austen.

 

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON & WARWICK CASTLE

Optional for some or all sessions

Stratford is, appropriately enough, also home to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the world's most prestigious Shakespeare production company. Certainly Shakespeare tourism is now a main driver of its prosperity. That said, Stratford's importance goes beyond its ties to Shakespeare. Up until the Industrial Revolution it was the gateway to the British canal network and was a town of appreciable importance for commerce and trade.

Warwick Castle, like many castles throughout the UK, was begun shortly after the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066. It is also located in Warwickshire, like Stratford, and was strategically built so as to use the Avon as a natural defence. Like many English castles, this one has gone through a number of renovations over the years from traditional to a military stronghold to a country home. The Castle was already receiving tourist visits as early as the 17th century, and today it has developed into one of the most popular tourist attractions in Britain with around 750,000 visitors a year.

 

WINDSOR CASTLE

On this excursion we will travel to the town of Windsor, an unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. It is widely known as the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal Family. Windsor Castle itself is the oldest continuously used royal residence in the world, and was first established in 1070 when William the Conqueror built a mote-and-bailey castle on the site. Her majesty the Queen's standard flies from the Round Tower when she is here in residence.‚Äč