This jam-packed culture school trip to America takes students to the hotspots in Boston and New York, giving them a real taste of American culture and history. They’ll walk the Freedom Trail, go whale-watching off Cape Cod, and take in the wonders of the MET.
At a glance:
Days 1-2: Skywalk Observatory, whale-watching off Cape Cod, Freedom Trail walking tour, Fenway Park tour
Days 3-4: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Art Museums, North End neighbourhood visit, World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Brooklyn Bridge
Days 5-6: Jetboat ride, Harlem civil rights walking tour, Wall Street tour, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Like what you see? Discover our culture school trip to America in the detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are fully customisable to the needs of you and your students.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
You can find our full list of USA tours here.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Welcome to America
Today, your culture school trip to America begins! You’ll be greeted at the airport by your Adventure Leaders, who’ll get you all transferred to your accommodation. Once you’re unpacked and refreshed, they’ll give you a trip briefing. In this, they’ll discuss your travel plans for the week, advice on adapting to American culture, and safety tips to keep everything running smoothly.
After dinner, you’ll all head up into the clouds to enjoy some incredible views over ‘Bean Town’ from the Skywalk Observatory. Then, it’s off to bed to prepare for your week ahead!
Day 2: Whales & Trails
Once you’re breakfasted, students will be out on the high seas as they head whale-watching! Climb on board a boat and head off the coast of Cape Cod to see these magnificent sea beasts feeding.
This afternoon, you’re heading on a walking tour along the historic Freedom Trail, passing revolutionary landmarks as you go. You’ll stop at the Boston Common, Park Street Church, and Granary Burying Ground, learning all about the key sites in the city’s history.
After dinner it’s time for an amazing opportunity, as students get the chance to tour Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox!
Day 3: Art Museums
This morning, we’re taking you to a spot that’s a firm favourite of TLA staff members the world over: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This museum houses some significant examples of European, Asian and American art, and was also the site of one of the biggest art heists in history!
Then, once we’ve had lunch, you’ll be heading to the Harvard Art Museums, which are Harvard’s oldest museums. Here, you’ll be able to see even more amazing examples of European and American art, all the way from the Middle Ages to the present day.
This evening, get your dessert from Boston’s old Italian neighbourhood, North End. Make sure you pick up a cannoli from Mike’s, the legendary pastry shop!
Day 4: Empire State of Mind
The second leg of your culture school trip to America kicks off today, because you’re boarding a train that’s bound for New York City!
Once you’ve arrived, we’ll head straight to the World Trade Center. Students will learn about how New York has built back stronger following the 9/11 terror attacks, with a trip to the One World Observatory that’s perched atop the Freedom Tower. Then, we’ll head to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum next door, where students will gain a reflective and sobering understanding of this dark moment in American history.
This evening, you’ll get an amazing view of the world-famous Manhattan skyline when you take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll stop for a slice of pizza at Gemaldi’s – our favourite joint in town! Then, we’ll explore a little more of Dumbo (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) on foot before we head back into the city centre.
Day 5: American Civil Rights
This morning, once your breakfast has gone down we’re taking you on a high-octane morning adventure. You’ll board a jetboat, aptly named The Beast, for an exciting boat journey unlike any other as we head out to view the Statue of Liberty.
Then, after lunch, we’ll be getting to grips with America’s civil rights history with a walking tour through Harlem. We’ll meet an expert guide, born-and-raised in the area, who’ll show us around the culturally important district. Students will learn all about the lives of key players such as Malcolm X, Dr. Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr, and Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Day 6: From Finance to Fine Art
Students are up bright and early this morning, ready for a trip to ‘Fi-Di’ – New York’s Financial District. They’ll be heading to Wall Street for a walking tour, so be sure to stop and get a photo with the statue of the charging bull!
Following lunch, it’s off to another one of the TLA team’s America highlights – the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known to many worldwide simply as the MET. Students will have a packed afternoon as they explore the huge institute’s exhibitions, which feature over two million fascinating works!
It’s your final dinner in America this evening, so afterwards your group will come together for a reflection session. Students will be able to process their amazing new experiences, digesting what they’ve learned over the last week.
Day 7: Farewell
Sadly, today marks the end of your culture school trip to America. However, you’ll be returning home with the most important luggage of all – the memories of your incredible learning adventure!
Develop an understanding of America’s political and social history.
Gain real-world experience of America’s cultural traditions.
Learn more about America’s cultural position in the global economy.
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