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United Kingdom & Ireland 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.

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | Current Grades: 9-11

    Community Service: ~2 Hours

    Location: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $3,950
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: ~$1,100

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

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, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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)
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive to Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Meet with a Scottish-Jewish maker of contemporary kilts
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scottland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle, atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scottland
  • Lunch at Cliff Hydro Hotel
  • Spend the afternoon participating in outdoor activities including Segway, zip lining, archery
  • Dinner at Campus restaurant
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Ireland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Visit the Piping Centre for a Bagpipe experience
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scottland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Celebrate the beginning of a 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 – a monument to where the Titanic was built
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Belfast
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Dublin
  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum
  • Grab a bite to eat before the show
  • Enjoy Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland
  • Free time and Pizur lunch in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick
  • Check-in to our hotel for dinner
  • Overnight: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Travel to Blarney Castle for a tour and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Travel to Cork for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to Dublin to check-in to our hotel
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Visit the British Music Experience which tells the story of British music through costume, instruments, and performances
  • Overnight: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Check out of our hotel and head to Stratford
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespear for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the park
  • Afternoon tour of the British Museum
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Visit Buckingham Palace for the famous changing of the guards
  • Pizur lunch in Trafalgar Square and explore Westminster
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lunch and exploration time in Borough Market
  • Giving back – community service project
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Farewell!

  • Depart London on a supervised flight

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 New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. 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 and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. 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’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should 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 here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + CLTC #7 (Beber)
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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 teen travelers.

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-11

    Community Service: ~2 Hours
    Location: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $3,950
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: ~$1,100

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

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, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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)
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive to Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Meet with a Scottish-Jewish maker of contemporary kilts
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scottland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle, atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scottland
  • Lunch at Cliff Hydro Hotel
  • Spend the afternoon participating in outdoor activities including Segway, zip lining, archery
  • Dinner at Campus restaurant
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Ireland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Visit the Piping Centre for a Bagpipe experience
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scottland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Celebrate the beginning of a 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 – a monument to where the Titanic was built
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Belfast
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Dublin
  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum
  • Grab a bite to eat before the show
  • Enjoy Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland
  • Free time and Pizur lunch in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick
  • Check-in to our hotel for dinner
  • Overnight: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Travel to Blarney Castle for a tour and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Travel to Cork for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to Dublin to check-in to our hotel
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Visit the British Music Experience which tells the story of British music through costume, instruments, and performances
  • Overnight: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Check out of our hotel and head to Stratford
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespear for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the park
  • Afternoon tour of the British Museum
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Visit Buckingham Palace for the famous changing of the guards
  • Pizur lunch in Trafalgar Square and explore Westminster
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lunch and exploration time in Borough Market
  • Giving back – community service project
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Farewell!

  • Depart London on a supervised flight

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 New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. 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 and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. 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’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should 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 here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + CLTC #7 (Beber)
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

United Kingdom & Ireland 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.

United Kingdom & Ireland 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.

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | Current Grades: 9-11

    Community Service: ~2 Hours

    Location: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $3,950
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: ~$1,100

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

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, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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)
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive to Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Meet with a Scottish-Jewish maker of contemporary kilts
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scottland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle, atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scottland
  • Lunch at Cliff Hydro Hotel
  • Spend the afternoon participating in outdoor activities including Segway, zip lining, archery
  • Dinner at Campus restaurant
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Ireland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Visit the Piping Centre for a Bagpipe experience
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scottland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Celebrate the beginning of a 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 – a monument to where the Titanic was built
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Belfast
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Dublin
  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum
  • Grab a bite to eat before the show
  • Enjoy Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland
  • Free time and Pizur lunch in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick
  • Check-in to our hotel for dinner
  • Overnight: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Travel to Blarney Castle for a tour and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Travel to Cork for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to Dublin to check-in to our hotel
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Visit the British Music Experience which tells the story of British music through costume, instruments, and performances
  • Overnight: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Check out of our hotel and head to Stratford
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespear for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the park
  • Afternoon tour of the British Museum
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Visit Buckingham Palace for the famous changing of the guards
  • Pizur lunch in Trafalgar Square and explore Westminster
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lunch and exploration time in Borough Market
  • Giving back – community service project
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Farewell!

  • Depart London on a supervised flight

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 New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. 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 and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. 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’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should 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 here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + CLTC #7 (Beber)
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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 teen travelers.

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-11

    Community Service: ~2 Hours
    Location: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $3,950
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: ~$1,100

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

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, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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)
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive to Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Meet with a Scottish-Jewish maker of contemporary kilts
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scottland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle, atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scottland
  • Lunch at Cliff Hydro Hotel
  • Spend the afternoon participating in outdoor activities including Segway, zip lining, archery
  • Dinner at Campus restaurant
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Ireland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Visit the Piping Centre for a Bagpipe experience
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scottland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Celebrate the beginning of a 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 – a monument to where the Titanic was built
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Belfast
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Dublin
  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum
  • Grab a bite to eat before the show
  • Enjoy Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland
  • Free time and Pizur lunch in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick
  • Check-in to our hotel for dinner
  • Overnight: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Travel to Blarney Castle for a tour and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Travel to Cork for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to Dublin to check-in to our hotel
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Visit the British Music Experience which tells the story of British music through costume, instruments, and performances
  • Overnight: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Check out of our hotel and head to Stratford
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespear for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the park
  • Afternoon tour of the British Museum
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Visit Buckingham Palace for the famous changing of the guards
  • Pizur lunch in Trafalgar Square and explore Westminster
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lunch and exploration time in Borough Market
  • Giving back – community service project
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Farewell!

  • Depart London on a supervised flight

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 New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. 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 and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. 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’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should 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 here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + CLTC #7 (Beber)
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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