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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

WESTERN EUROPE DISCOVERY

Travel throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales to explore the old world grandeur, rugged natural beauty, and cultural treasures of these storied lands.

scotland kayak tripUnited Kingdom & Ireland Discovery is a two-week journey combining hands-on historical touring, exhilarating outdoor experiences in the Scottish countryside and bonding with fellow Jewish teens in a region renowned for its old European charm and contemporary culture.

You’ll travel to the grand European capitals of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin where you’ll cover all of the must-see sites and must-do experiences. Along the way, you’ll also discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European societies continue to shape our own lives today.

As a Jewish experience, United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery is about understanding the colorful history of Jewish Europe – its origins, triumphs and its sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues and spend an authentic Shabbat in Glasgow and London.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Glasgow
Kayak toward the city center of Dublin while listening to local musical artists

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Browse Piccadilly Circus and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site
  • Walk the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scotland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scotland historically and architecturally
  • Spend the afternoon participating in local games at Action Glen
  • Head back to Edinburgh
  • Explore the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults during the “Doomed, Dead & Buried” walking tour and head to the Canongate graveyard, where the spirits of the dead await.

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Scotland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Have free time in Balloch
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Kosher dinner with local Jewish students and Kabbalat Shabbat services

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Garnethill Synagogue for morning service and kiddush
  • Walking tour of Glasgow
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum, with over 22 exhibitions
  • Visit the National Piping Centre to explore over 300 years of musical history and try the bagpipes for yourself
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and dinner

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Travel to Ireland

  • Travel by ferry to Larne in Northern Ireland
  • Visit Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience where you’ll explore the story in a new way
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Enjoy Riverdance, a show with Grammy Award-winning music Irish dancing at the Gaiety Theater

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum and embark on a storytelling experience taking you on a trip to the Otherworld, home of leprechauns and other mythical creatures.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Dublin
  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland and walking tour
  • Free time in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick and check-in to the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Explore Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Have free time in Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Travel to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city for a walking tour
  • Free time to explore the city
  • Travel to Dublin and check-in to the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Free time around Albert Dock area
  • Walk to Liverpool ONE

OVERNIGHT: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Head to charming English village, Bourton on the Water, known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses
  • Free time to explore
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Walk to the Marble Arch, designed in 1827 as the gateway to Buckingham Palace
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Walk to Coram’s field and enjoy a morning in nature
  • Visit the British Museum and learn about two million years of human history and culture
  • Free time in afternoon
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and dinner

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
  • Free time and lunch in Trafalgar Square
  • See Parliament Street, Westminister Abbey, House of Parliament and the Westminister Bridge
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Free time and lunch at the Borough Market, one of the largest and oldest food markets in London
  • Give back and participate in a community service project
  • Visit the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 3/4

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Farewell!

  • Depart London on a supervised flight (optional)

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past travelers and families.

 

scotland kayak tripUnited Kingdom & Ireland Discovery is a two-week journey combining hands-on historical touring, exhilarating outdoor experiences in the Scottish countryside and bonding with fellow Jewish teens in a region renowned for its old European charm and contemporary culture.

You’ll travel to the grand European capitals of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin where you’ll cover all of the must-see sites and must-do experiences. Along the way, you’ll also discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European societies continue to shape our own lives today.

As a Jewish experience, United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery is about understanding the colorful history of Jewish Europe – its origins, triumphs and its sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues and spend an authentic Shabbat in Glasgow and London.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Glasgow
Kayak toward the city center of Dublin while listening to local musical artists

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Browse Piccadilly Circus and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site
  • Walk the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scotland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scotland historically and architecturally
  • Spend the afternoon participating in local games at Action Glen
  • Head back to Edinburgh
  • Explore the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults during the “Doomed, Dead & Buried” walking tour and head to the Canongate graveyard, where the spirits of the dead await.

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Scotland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Have free time in Balloch
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Kosher dinner with local Jewish students and Kabbalat Shabbat services

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Garnethill Synagogue for morning service and kiddush
  • Walking tour of Glasgow
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum, with over 22 exhibitions
  • Visit the National Piping Centre to explore over 300 years of musical history and try the bagpipes for yourself
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and dinner

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Travel to Ireland

  • Travel by ferry to Larne in Northern Ireland
  • Visit Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience where you’ll explore the story in a new way
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Enjoy Riverdance, a show with Grammy Award-winning music Irish dancing at the Gaiety Theater

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum and embark on a storytelling experience taking you on a trip to the Otherworld, home of leprechauns and other mythical creatures.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Dublin
  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland and walking tour
  • Free time in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick and check-in to the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Explore Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Have free time in Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Travel to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city for a walking tour
  • Free time to explore the city
  • Travel to Dublin and check-in to the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Free time around Albert Dock area
  • Walk to Liverpool ONE

OVERNIGHT: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Head to charming English village, Bourton on the Water, known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses
  • Free time to explore
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Walk to the Marble Arch, designed in 1827 as the gateway to Buckingham Palace
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Walk to Coram’s field and enjoy a morning in nature
  • Visit the British Museum and learn about two million years of human history and culture
  • Free time in afternoon
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and dinner

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
  • Free time and lunch in Trafalgar Square
  • See Parliament Street, Westminister Abbey, House of Parliament and the Westminister Bridge
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Free time and lunch at the Borough Market, one of the largest and oldest food markets in London
  • Give back and participate in a community service project
  • Visit the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 3/4

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Farewell!

  • Depart London on a supervised flight (optional)

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

WESTERN EUROPE DISCOVERY

Travel throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales to explore the old world grandeur, rugged natural beauty, and cultural treasures of these storied lands.

WESTERN EUROPE DISCOVERY

Travel throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales to explore the old world grandeur, rugged natural beauty, and cultural treasures of these storied lands.

scotland kayak tripUnited Kingdom & Ireland Discovery is a two-week journey combining hands-on historical touring, exhilarating outdoor experiences in the Scottish countryside and bonding with fellow Jewish teens in a region renowned for its old European charm and contemporary culture.

You’ll travel to the grand European capitals of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin where you’ll cover all of the must-see sites and must-do experiences. Along the way, you’ll also discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European societies continue to shape our own lives today.

As a Jewish experience, United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery is about understanding the colorful history of Jewish Europe – its origins, triumphs and its sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues and spend an authentic Shabbat in Glasgow and London.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Glasgow
Kayak toward the city center of Dublin while listening to local musical artists

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Browse Piccadilly Circus and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site
  • Walk the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scotland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scotland historically and architecturally
  • Spend the afternoon participating in local games at Action Glen
  • Head back to Edinburgh
  • Explore the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults during the “Doomed, Dead & Buried” walking tour and head to the Canongate graveyard, where the spirits of the dead await.

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Scotland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Have free time in Balloch
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Kosher dinner with local Jewish students and Kabbalat Shabbat services

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Garnethill Synagogue for morning service and kiddush
  • Walking tour of Glasgow
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum, with over 22 exhibitions
  • Visit the National Piping Centre to explore over 300 years of musical history and try the bagpipes for yourself
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and dinner

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Travel to Ireland

  • Travel by ferry to Larne in Northern Ireland
  • Visit Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience where you’ll explore the story in a new way
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Enjoy Riverdance, a show with Grammy Award-winning music Irish dancing at the Gaiety Theater

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum and embark on a storytelling experience taking you on a trip to the Otherworld, home of leprechauns and other mythical creatures.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Dublin
  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland and walking tour
  • Free time in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick and check-in to the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Explore Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Have free time in Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Travel to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city for a walking tour
  • Free time to explore the city
  • Travel to Dublin and check-in to the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Free time around Albert Dock area
  • Walk to Liverpool ONE

OVERNIGHT: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Head to charming English village, Bourton on the Water, known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses
  • Free time to explore
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Walk to the Marble Arch, designed in 1827 as the gateway to Buckingham Palace
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Walk to Coram’s field and enjoy a morning in nature
  • Visit the British Museum and learn about two million years of human history and culture
  • Free time in afternoon
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and dinner

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
  • Free time and lunch in Trafalgar Square
  • See Parliament Street, Westminister Abbey, House of Parliament and the Westminister Bridge
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Free time and lunch at the Borough Market, one of the largest and oldest food markets in London
  • Give back and participate in a community service project
  • Visit the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 3/4

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Farewell!

  • Depart London on a supervised flight (optional)

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past travelers and families.

 

scotland kayak tripUnited Kingdom & Ireland Discovery is a two-week journey combining hands-on historical touring, exhilarating outdoor experiences in the Scottish countryside and bonding with fellow Jewish teens in a region renowned for its old European charm and contemporary culture.

You’ll travel to the grand European capitals of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin where you’ll cover all of the must-see sites and must-do experiences. Along the way, you’ll also discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European societies continue to shape our own lives today.

As a Jewish experience, United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery is about understanding the colorful history of Jewish Europe – its origins, triumphs and its sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues and spend an authentic Shabbat in Glasgow and London.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Glasgow
Kayak toward the city center of Dublin while listening to local musical artists

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Browse Piccadilly Circus and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site
  • Walk the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scotland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scotland historically and architecturally
  • Spend the afternoon participating in local games at Action Glen
  • Head back to Edinburgh
  • Explore the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults during the “Doomed, Dead & Buried” walking tour and head to the Canongate graveyard, where the spirits of the dead await.

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Scotland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Have free time in Balloch
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Kosher dinner with local Jewish students and Kabbalat Shabbat services

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Garnethill Synagogue for morning service and kiddush
  • Walking tour of Glasgow
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum, with over 22 exhibitions
  • Visit the National Piping Centre to explore over 300 years of musical history and try the bagpipes for yourself
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and dinner

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Travel to Ireland

  • Travel by ferry to Larne in Northern Ireland
  • Visit Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience where you’ll explore the story in a new way
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Enjoy Riverdance, a show with Grammy Award-winning music Irish dancing at the Gaiety Theater

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum and embark on a storytelling experience taking you on a trip to the Otherworld, home of leprechauns and other mythical creatures.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Dublin
  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland and walking tour
  • Free time in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick and check-in to the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Explore Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Have free time in Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Travel to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city for a walking tour
  • Free time to explore the city
  • Travel to Dublin and check-in to the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Free time around Albert Dock area
  • Walk to Liverpool ONE

OVERNIGHT: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Head to charming English village, Bourton on the Water, known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses
  • Free time to explore
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Walk to the Marble Arch, designed in 1827 as the gateway to Buckingham Palace
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Walk to Coram’s field and enjoy a morning in nature
  • Visit the British Museum and learn about two million years of human history and culture
  • Free time in afternoon
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and dinner

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
  • Free time and lunch in Trafalgar Square
  • See Parliament Street, Westminister Abbey, House of Parliament and the Westminister Bridge
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Free time and lunch at the Borough Market, one of the largest and oldest food markets in London
  • Give back and participate in a community service project
  • Visit the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 3/4

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Farewell!

  • Depart London on a supervised flight (optional)

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

 

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