Business in London & Edinburgh
Business Innovation in London and Edinburgh. From visits to local companies to insightful lectures, a design thinking workshop to a panel discussion, you’ll get a comprehensive look at the differences and similarities between British and Scottish business practices. In between, you’ll immerse yourself in the countries’ unique cultures, taking time to explore their many famous sites and attractions.
Group Leader: Dr. Keith Keppley
Registration for the Business Innovation in London & Edinburgh will begin in March 2020.
Day 1: Fly to Scotland
Meet your group and travel on an overnight flight to Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Day 2: Edinburgh
Arrive in Scotland
If you’ve arrived in Edinburgh, you’ll head for the center of this classic medieval city; if you’ve arrived in Glasgow, you’ll enjoy a short but scenic bus ride to the Scottish capital. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to settle in and explore on your own.
Get acquainted with Edinburgh as you follow your Tour Director on a walking tour of the city. Venture between classic sights in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, which towers above.
Tonight, gather with your group for a delicious meal.
Day 3: Edinburgh
Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
On your tour, see the homes of Alexander Graham Bell and Robert Louis Stevenson. Explore Edinburgh’s New Town, which was constructed in the 1800s and remains a shining example of city planning today. At Calton Hill take in views of the Lomond Hills of Fife. Pass by the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Family’s official residence in Scotland. Then, stroll down the Royal Mile through the Old Town, a romantic jumble of medieval buildings.
Perched atop a dormant volcano, Edinburgh Castle is the enduring symbol of Scotland’s capital. Here, Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI, who would later rule England as James I.
Free afternoon in Edinburgh
Enjoy free time in Edinburgh. Check out the Edinburgh Zoo or take photos of the surrounding hills and dazzling seascapes.
Day 4: Edinburgh
Industry Engagement Experience
Get a first-hand look at business practices within the U.K. on your visit to a local business.
Spend the day visiting charming St. Andrews, famous as a university town and as the birthplace of golf. Each year, the city hosts the British Open major tournament on its fabled course.
Day 5: Edinburgh | London
Travel by train to London
Get your camera ready as your train comes to a stop in one of the world’s historic, cultural, and economic epicenters.
Walking tour of London
Ready to see London on foot? Stretch your legs and set out through Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the Strand, and Leicester Square on a walking tour of the city.
Day 6: London
Sightseeing tour of London
From Big Ben to the Houses of Parliament, Great Britain’s royal tradition and rich history greet you at every turn. Admire architectural marvels like St. Paul’s Cathedral, and check out the five-way intersection at Piccadilly Circus and the urban greenery of Hyde Park. You may even get a chance to witness the ceremonial Changing of the Guard.
Tower of London
Pay a visit to the complex that has been a part of British rule for nearly a millennium. Nestled against the banks of the Thames, the castle and its surrounding edifices most famously served as a place of punishment, but have also enjoyed tenures as an armory, a mint, and a treasury. You’ll see the famous White Tower, built by William the Conqueror in 1066, and the fabulous Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
Explore London at your own pace for the rest of the day.
Day 7: London
Industry Engagement Experience
As a world leader in business, financial services, and culture, London is known for its prominent role in the global market. Central London serves not only as a major tourist destination, but also as the home for more than half of the United Kingdom’s top 100 companies. Enjoy a visit to one of London’s leading businesses.
In this former fortress, see priceless objects in the State Apartments, like paintings by Rubens and Holbein. Encounter the Gothic splendor of St. George’s Chapel, final resting place of many monarchs including Henry VIII. Take a look into the miniature world of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, where castle items are replicated in 1/12th scale—including functional lighting and plumbing systems.
Enjoy a fish and chips dinner with your group.
Day 8: Depart for home
Arrive at the airport and check-in for your flight home.
Depart for home: Your Tour Director assists with the ride to the airport, where you’ll board your flight home.