Draft russia february 2017 Dubai British School

Russia

Russia 8 Days - Draft Itinerary
Tuesday 14 June 2016

School: Dubai British School Group Leader: Matt Bentley
Group ref: RUS8-170217-DBMB
Overnights: Moscow (3), overnight train (1), St Petersburg (3)
Proposed Travel Dates: 17th February - 24th February 2017
DAY 1 - Friday February 17th
TRAVEL TO RUSSIA
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Russia
Arrive in Moscow where your local TCBC guide will meet you and accompany you by coach to your
hotel and assist with check-in
Overnight Moscow
DAY 2 - Saturday February 18th
LENIN & RED SQUARE, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY
Depart hotel by coach
This morning visit Lenin's Mausoleum on Red Square, his final resting place (for the moment) and
whose body has been on display here since 1924
Enjoy a little free time to soak up the history and atmosphere whilst standing on Red Square,
which should actually be translated as "Beautiful Square" from the old Russian. You will also have
some time to peek inside GUM, now a high end shopping mall filled with the latest in luxury
designer goods, before continuing on your sightseeing tour of Moscow by coach
Tour the Contemporary History Museum, formerly known as the Museum of the Revolution. This
museum reflects upon the most important events affecting Russian society over the past century,
concentrating on the transition from Tsarist rule to a Soviet regime. On display are details of many
famous politicians, statesmen, eminent scientists, writers, artists and actors, with many examples
of Stalinist propaganda and exhibits on the revolution, political struggles and the Russian cultural
life of that era. The museum is located in the very centre of Moscow on Tverskaya street in a
building which used to house the Moscow English Club between 1831 and 1917
Head to Old Arbat street for lunch and some free time. Sample lunch place - Mumu
The Arbat is one of Moscow’s most popular meeting and shopping spots. Here you will find cafes,
art galleries, antique stores, souvenir stalls and portrait painters
Continue your city sightseeing tour with a visit to Sparrow Hills to enjoy the fabulous views of
Moscow from the world-renowned University wedding cake building. Make a stop at New Maiden's
Convent to admire the shining domes and stroll through Novodevichy Cemetery, the resting place
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of many notable Russian citizens including Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Stalin's wife, Khrushchev,
Shostakovich and more recently, Yeltsin
Dinner at hotel
In the evening test your bowing skills against your fellow travellers at a local bowling alley (not
included)
Overnight Moscow
DAY 3 - Sunday February 19th
COSMONAUT MUSEUM, IZMAILOVO SOUVENIR MARKET & METRO
Depart hotel by coach
This morning visit the Cosmonaut Museum, located opposite the Hotel Cosmos by the All-Russia
Exhibition Centre at VDNKh. An extremely impressive museum, it documents the early days of
space exploration until present day, with interesting and detailed displays from the stuffed Belka
and Strelka (the first dogs to return safely from space), to the iconic Yuri Gagarin, to a fun
explanation as to how astronauts survive a journey into space. This is a very interactive experience
for your students and will give them a very good understanding of the space race and why the
Soviets valued it so highly
Pass the world famous Bolshoi Theatre, the sombre building that housed the KGB and the
spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, recently reconstructed after originally being converted
into a swimming pool for 40 years!
Lunch in the city centre
In the afternoon head to Izmailovsky souvenir market, located in the north-east of Moscow, a vast
outdoor bazaar, jam-packed with quintessential Russian souvenirs - hats, military watches,
lacquer boxes, wooden handicraft, chess sets, amber, matryoshka dolls and much more. This is a
place where shopping dreams come true!
Following dinner at your hotel, enjoy an introduction to the heart and soul of Moscow as you take
a stroll around Red Square at night. Feel the unique atmosphere, surrounded by the imposing
Kremlin walls, Lenin’s Mausoleum, beautiful St Basil’s Cathedral and the famous department store
GUM
Take a ride on the famous Moscow Metro, one of the world's largest public transportation systems
with 9 million passengers daily. Many stations are works of art and your guide will show you the
highlights as you speed through underground museums replete with chandeliers, mosaics, statues
and marble
Overnight Moscow
DAY 4 - Monday February 20th
THE KREMLIN, ARMOURY, COLD WAR BUNKER
Depart hotel by coach
Today start with a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Kremlin, the historical and political centre of
the city, the beating heart of Moscow, and now also one of the most famous museums in the
world. The word "kreml" in Russian means "fortress" and that is exactly what this complex is,
strategically located on a hill by the banks of the river Moskva. Once inside the Kremlin tourists
must follow a well-trodden and guarded route. Much of it is out of bounds, understandably, with
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most of the interesting stuff hidden well beneath the ground. However you can see the mighty
walls and imposing towers of this powerful fortress, the Tsar's Bell and Tsar's Cannon, as well as
visit one of the Cathedrals, all of which are wonderfully maintained monuments of Russian church
architecture with unique richly decorated interiors and sparkling gold leafed domes
The Armoury is located within the Kremlin grounds and is one of the oldest museums in Russia. It
has a fantastic collection of insignia of imperial power, precious clothes, ceremonial harnesses and
a unique collection of imperial carriages. The 17th century throne of Alexey Romanov covered with
a turquoise mosaic and 900 diamonds, a phelonion of Metropolitan Platon decorated with 150,000
pearls (it took the embroiderer 2 years to work on the pattern!), the famous Faberge eggs – one
can’t help admiring these priceless and luxurious items
Lunch at Manezh
After lunch in a nearby food court, visit a real Cold War bunker - Bunker 42. Constructed in the
1950’s it occupies more than 7,000 square metres at a depth of 65 metres below ground level.
The facility could protect against all factors of an atomic explosion and you will be able to
experience how close the threat of a nuclear World War 3 actually was. During the tour you will get
a great sense of how the facility was operated, how the staff members lived and worked there and
admire the facility’s unique architecture
Dinner
Tonight, for a real traditional cultural experience, why not visit the Moscow Circus, one of the
Russians’ favourite forms of entertainment (not included and depends on schedule and availability)
Later on, transfer to the train station for your overnight journey to St Petersburg
23:40 Grand Express train departs for St Petersburg
Overnight on train
DAY 5 - Tuesday February 21st
ST PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING & PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS
08:35 Arrive St Petersburg
You will be met at the train station by your local TCBC guide. Load your luggage onto the coach
and depart for breakfast in a nearby restaurant
Having refreshed yourselves, enjoy a comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of this beautiful
former capital city. Amongst many striking sights see the Church of the Spilt Blood, rivalling the
beauty of St Basil’s in Moscow, Kazan Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman and the remarkable
battleship Aurora
Lunch on Nevsky Prospekt. Sample lunch place - Teremok
Cross the Neva River to tour historic Peter and Paul Fortress and see why Peter the Great selected
this location as ideal for the foundation of St Petersburg in 1703. The Cathedral on the island,
given away by its tall gleaming golden spire, was the burial place for Russian Emperors since Peter
the Great. In 1998, the remains of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family were finally
buried here
Then transfer to your hotel for check in and dinner
Overnight St Petersburg
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DAY 6 - Wednesday February 22nd
HERMITAGE & POLITICAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Depart hotel by coach
Today enjoy a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and finest art
galleries in the world, with a collection of over 3 million exhibits from prehistoric to modern times.
Empress Catherine II founded the Hermitage in 1764, when she purchased a large number of
Western European paintings. To house the collection she ordered a new building to be
constructed. Located along the banks of the River Neva, the permanent museum display now
occupies five buildings (the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Great Hermitage, the New
Hermitage and the Hermitage Theatre) together forming a brilliant architectural ensemble.
Remarkable architects and sculptors of the 18th and 19th centuries decorated the museum's
interiors. A number of staterooms, where official ceremonies used to be held, preserve their
sumptuous décor. The Hermitage proudly displays authentic masterpieces by some of the greatest
painters and sculptors in the world including da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, El
Greco, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse. Your guide will
introduce you to the most important works of art since you would need several years to see
everything
Lunch on Nevsky Prospekt
In the afternoon tour the Political History Museum, founded in 1919 and located in a historical part
of the city centre in two mansions. One of the mansions used to belong to the Mariinsky theatre
prima ballerina Matilda Kseshinskaya. In 1917 it housed the headquarters of the Bolshevik
revolutionists and was very often visited by famous Bolsheviks like Lenin, Stalin, Zinovyev and
Sverdlov. Current exhibitions and displays focus on the main political, economic and cultural
changes of Russia in the 19th-21st centuries and the turning points of Russian history. The
Museum is dedicated to telling the stories of famous Russian politicians, reformers,
revolutionaries, emperors and party leaders.
Dinner at hotel
This evening there will be an opportunity to visit the world-renowned Russian ballet at one of
St Petersburg famous theatres (not included and depends on schedule and availability)
Overnight St Petersburg
DAY 7 - Thursday February 23rd
YUSUPOV PALACE & SIEGE OF LENINGRAD
Depart hotel by coach
In the morning make your way to a quiet stretch of the Moika to visit Yusupov Palace, one of the
most sumptuous palaces in St Petersburg, whose history is closely associated with aristocrats,
eminent architects and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. It belonged to the wealthy and
respected Yusupov family, and is now famed for being the scene of Rasputin's murder in
December 1916. A self proclaimed holy man, Rasputin's death was an even bigger mystery than
his life itself had been and a small exhibition guides you through the tragic tale
Lunch
This afternoon visit Rumyantsev Mansion on English Embankment which houses one of the most
impressive Siege of Leningrad exhibitions in St Petersburg. The building originally housed a large
collection of historical and cultural artefacts belonging to Count Rumyantsev, a prominent
statesman and diplomat who had worked widely across Europe in the 19th century. This collection
was relocated to Moscow and subsequently became a museum for the history of St Petersburg.
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There are over 4000 exhibits, the main one dedicated to the Siege of Leningrad with a large
selection of documents and photographs
This evening after dinner you will have the option of visiting a traditional Russian folklore show in
the magnificent setting of the graceful Nikolayevsky Palace (not included and depends on schedule
and availability)
Overnight St Petersburg
DAY 8 - Friday February 24th
PUSHKIN, CATHERINE'S PALACE & FLIGHT HOME
Check out and depart hotel with luggage on coach
Travel south to Catherine Palace, located in the town of Pushkin, approximately 15 miles south of
St Petersburg
En route stop at the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad and have a short tour of the
small exhibition dedicated to the 900 day blockade, located beneath the monument
Continue on to Pushkin, often referred to as Tsarskoye Selo (Royal Village) as this was its original
name when founded in the 18th century as the summer residence of the Russian Tsars. Pushkin
studied here for six years and the town was renamed after him to commemorate his tragic death
in 1937. The Palace itself dates back to the 18th century when architect Rastrelli was
commissioned by Catherine to rebuild the original summer palace. Nowadays Catherine Palace has
become world-renowned for its elegant architecture, both on the exterior and interior, and its
beautifully landscaped parks and ponds. However one of the most wonderful highlights of
Catherine Palace is the Amber Room, an entire room decorated solely in amber. Left in a bad state
by the Nazis after 1945, with most of the original amber missing, the Amber Room has been
meticulously restored to its former glory with the help of German funding
Lunch near airport
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home
Your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice due to a variety of factors. Whilst every effort will be made by the
guides to visit all the sites included in your itinerary, there may be times when this will not be possible.
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Draft russia february 2017 Dubai British School

  • 1. Russia 8 Days - Draft Itinerary Tuesday 14 June 2016
 School: Dubai British School Group Leader: Matt Bentley Group ref: RUS8-170217-DBMB Overnights: Moscow (3), overnight train (1), St Petersburg (3) Proposed Travel Dates: 17th February - 24th February 2017 DAY 1 - Friday February 17th TRAVEL TO RUSSIA Transfer to the airport for your flight to Russia Arrive in Moscow where your local TCBC guide will meet you and accompany you by coach to your hotel and assist with check-in Overnight Moscow DAY 2 - Saturday February 18th LENIN & RED SQUARE, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY Depart hotel by coach This morning visit Lenin's Mausoleum on Red Square, his final resting place (for the moment) and whose body has been on display here since 1924 Enjoy a little free time to soak up the history and atmosphere whilst standing on Red Square, which should actually be translated as "Beautiful Square" from the old Russian. You will also have some time to peek inside GUM, now a high end shopping mall filled with the latest in luxury designer goods, before continuing on your sightseeing tour of Moscow by coach Tour the Contemporary History Museum, formerly known as the Museum of the Revolution. This museum reflects upon the most important events affecting Russian society over the past century, concentrating on the transition from Tsarist rule to a Soviet regime. On display are details of many famous politicians, statesmen, eminent scientists, writers, artists and actors, with many examples of Stalinist propaganda and exhibits on the revolution, political struggles and the Russian cultural life of that era. The museum is located in the very centre of Moscow on Tverskaya street in a building which used to house the Moscow English Club between 1831 and 1917 Head to Old Arbat street for lunch and some free time. Sample lunch place - Mumu The Arbat is one of Moscow’s most popular meeting and shopping spots. Here you will find cafes, art galleries, antique stores, souvenir stalls and portrait painters Continue your city sightseeing tour with a visit to Sparrow Hills to enjoy the fabulous views of Moscow from the world-renowned University wedding cake building. Make a stop at New Maiden's Convent to admire the shining domes and stroll through Novodevichy Cemetery, the resting place The City Break Company Ltd | 35 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 1DR | Reg No. 05404342 tel 0161 491 0264 email info@tcbcschooltours.co.uk web www.tcbcschooltours.co.uk
  • 2. of many notable Russian citizens including Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Stalin's wife, Khrushchev, Shostakovich and more recently, Yeltsin Dinner at hotel In the evening test your bowing skills against your fellow travellers at a local bowling alley (not included) Overnight Moscow DAY 3 - Sunday February 19th COSMONAUT MUSEUM, IZMAILOVO SOUVENIR MARKET & METRO Depart hotel by coach This morning visit the Cosmonaut Museum, located opposite the Hotel Cosmos by the All-Russia Exhibition Centre at VDNKh. An extremely impressive museum, it documents the early days of space exploration until present day, with interesting and detailed displays from the stuffed Belka and Strelka (the first dogs to return safely from space), to the iconic Yuri Gagarin, to a fun explanation as to how astronauts survive a journey into space. This is a very interactive experience for your students and will give them a very good understanding of the space race and why the Soviets valued it so highly Pass the world famous Bolshoi Theatre, the sombre building that housed the KGB and the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, recently reconstructed after originally being converted into a swimming pool for 40 years! Lunch in the city centre In the afternoon head to Izmailovsky souvenir market, located in the north-east of Moscow, a vast outdoor bazaar, jam-packed with quintessential Russian souvenirs - hats, military watches, lacquer boxes, wooden handicraft, chess sets, amber, matryoshka dolls and much more. This is a place where shopping dreams come true! Following dinner at your hotel, enjoy an introduction to the heart and soul of Moscow as you take a stroll around Red Square at night. Feel the unique atmosphere, surrounded by the imposing Kremlin walls, Lenin’s Mausoleum, beautiful St Basil’s Cathedral and the famous department store GUM Take a ride on the famous Moscow Metro, one of the world's largest public transportation systems with 9 million passengers daily. Many stations are works of art and your guide will show you the highlights as you speed through underground museums replete with chandeliers, mosaics, statues and marble Overnight Moscow DAY 4 - Monday February 20th THE KREMLIN, ARMOURY, COLD WAR BUNKER Depart hotel by coach Today start with a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Kremlin, the historical and political centre of the city, the beating heart of Moscow, and now also one of the most famous museums in the world. The word "kreml" in Russian means "fortress" and that is exactly what this complex is, strategically located on a hill by the banks of the river Moskva. Once inside the Kremlin tourists must follow a well-trodden and guarded route. Much of it is out of bounds, understandably, with The City Break Company Ltd | 35 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 1DR | Reg No. 05404342 tel 0161 491 0264 email info@tcbcschooltours.co.uk web www.tcbcschooltours.co.uk
  • 3. most of the interesting stuff hidden well beneath the ground. However you can see the mighty walls and imposing towers of this powerful fortress, the Tsar's Bell and Tsar's Cannon, as well as visit one of the Cathedrals, all of which are wonderfully maintained monuments of Russian church architecture with unique richly decorated interiors and sparkling gold leafed domes The Armoury is located within the Kremlin grounds and is one of the oldest museums in Russia. It has a fantastic collection of insignia of imperial power, precious clothes, ceremonial harnesses and a unique collection of imperial carriages. The 17th century throne of Alexey Romanov covered with a turquoise mosaic and 900 diamonds, a phelonion of Metropolitan Platon decorated with 150,000 pearls (it took the embroiderer 2 years to work on the pattern!), the famous Faberge eggs – one can’t help admiring these priceless and luxurious items Lunch at Manezh After lunch in a nearby food court, visit a real Cold War bunker - Bunker 42. Constructed in the 1950’s it occupies more than 7,000 square metres at a depth of 65 metres below ground level. The facility could protect against all factors of an atomic explosion and you will be able to experience how close the threat of a nuclear World War 3 actually was. During the tour you will get a great sense of how the facility was operated, how the staff members lived and worked there and admire the facility’s unique architecture Dinner Tonight, for a real traditional cultural experience, why not visit the Moscow Circus, one of the Russians’ favourite forms of entertainment (not included and depends on schedule and availability) Later on, transfer to the train station for your overnight journey to St Petersburg 23:40 Grand Express train departs for St Petersburg Overnight on train DAY 5 - Tuesday February 21st ST PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING & PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS 08:35 Arrive St Petersburg You will be met at the train station by your local TCBC guide. Load your luggage onto the coach and depart for breakfast in a nearby restaurant Having refreshed yourselves, enjoy a comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of this beautiful former capital city. Amongst many striking sights see the Church of the Spilt Blood, rivalling the beauty of St Basil’s in Moscow, Kazan Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman and the remarkable battleship Aurora Lunch on Nevsky Prospekt. Sample lunch place - Teremok Cross the Neva River to tour historic Peter and Paul Fortress and see why Peter the Great selected this location as ideal for the foundation of St Petersburg in 1703. The Cathedral on the island, given away by its tall gleaming golden spire, was the burial place for Russian Emperors since Peter the Great. In 1998, the remains of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family were finally buried here Then transfer to your hotel for check in and dinner Overnight St Petersburg The City Break Company Ltd | 35 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 1DR | Reg No. 05404342 tel 0161 491 0264 email info@tcbcschooltours.co.uk web www.tcbcschooltours.co.uk
  • 4. DAY 6 - Wednesday February 22nd HERMITAGE & POLITICAL HISTORY MUSEUM Depart hotel by coach Today enjoy a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and finest art galleries in the world, with a collection of over 3 million exhibits from prehistoric to modern times. Empress Catherine II founded the Hermitage in 1764, when she purchased a large number of Western European paintings. To house the collection she ordered a new building to be constructed. Located along the banks of the River Neva, the permanent museum display now occupies five buildings (the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Great Hermitage, the New Hermitage and the Hermitage Theatre) together forming a brilliant architectural ensemble. Remarkable architects and sculptors of the 18th and 19th centuries decorated the museum's interiors. A number of staterooms, where official ceremonies used to be held, preserve their sumptuous décor. The Hermitage proudly displays authentic masterpieces by some of the greatest painters and sculptors in the world including da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, El Greco, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse. Your guide will introduce you to the most important works of art since you would need several years to see everything Lunch on Nevsky Prospekt In the afternoon tour the Political History Museum, founded in 1919 and located in a historical part of the city centre in two mansions. One of the mansions used to belong to the Mariinsky theatre prima ballerina Matilda Kseshinskaya. In 1917 it housed the headquarters of the Bolshevik revolutionists and was very often visited by famous Bolsheviks like Lenin, Stalin, Zinovyev and Sverdlov. Current exhibitions and displays focus on the main political, economic and cultural changes of Russia in the 19th-21st centuries and the turning points of Russian history. The Museum is dedicated to telling the stories of famous Russian politicians, reformers, revolutionaries, emperors and party leaders. Dinner at hotel This evening there will be an opportunity to visit the world-renowned Russian ballet at one of St Petersburg famous theatres (not included and depends on schedule and availability) Overnight St Petersburg DAY 7 - Thursday February 23rd YUSUPOV PALACE & SIEGE OF LENINGRAD Depart hotel by coach In the morning make your way to a quiet stretch of the Moika to visit Yusupov Palace, one of the most sumptuous palaces in St Petersburg, whose history is closely associated with aristocrats, eminent architects and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. It belonged to the wealthy and respected Yusupov family, and is now famed for being the scene of Rasputin's murder in December 1916. A self proclaimed holy man, Rasputin's death was an even bigger mystery than his life itself had been and a small exhibition guides you through the tragic tale Lunch This afternoon visit Rumyantsev Mansion on English Embankment which houses one of the most impressive Siege of Leningrad exhibitions in St Petersburg. The building originally housed a large collection of historical and cultural artefacts belonging to Count Rumyantsev, a prominent statesman and diplomat who had worked widely across Europe in the 19th century. This collection was relocated to Moscow and subsequently became a museum for the history of St Petersburg. The City Break Company Ltd | 35 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 1DR | Reg No. 05404342 tel 0161 491 0264 email info@tcbcschooltours.co.uk web www.tcbcschooltours.co.uk
  • 5. There are over 4000 exhibits, the main one dedicated to the Siege of Leningrad with a large selection of documents and photographs This evening after dinner you will have the option of visiting a traditional Russian folklore show in the magnificent setting of the graceful Nikolayevsky Palace (not included and depends on schedule and availability) Overnight St Petersburg DAY 8 - Friday February 24th PUSHKIN, CATHERINE'S PALACE & FLIGHT HOME Check out and depart hotel with luggage on coach Travel south to Catherine Palace, located in the town of Pushkin, approximately 15 miles south of St Petersburg En route stop at the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad and have a short tour of the small exhibition dedicated to the 900 day blockade, located beneath the monument Continue on to Pushkin, often referred to as Tsarskoye Selo (Royal Village) as this was its original name when founded in the 18th century as the summer residence of the Russian Tsars. Pushkin studied here for six years and the town was renamed after him to commemorate his tragic death in 1937. The Palace itself dates back to the 18th century when architect Rastrelli was commissioned by Catherine to rebuild the original summer palace. Nowadays Catherine Palace has become world-renowned for its elegant architecture, both on the exterior and interior, and its beautifully landscaped parks and ponds. However one of the most wonderful highlights of Catherine Palace is the Amber Room, an entire room decorated solely in amber. Left in a bad state by the Nazis after 1945, with most of the original amber missing, the Amber Room has been meticulously restored to its former glory with the help of German funding Lunch near airport Transfer to the airport for your return flight home Your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice due to a variety of factors. Whilst every effort will be made by the guides to visit all the sites included in your itinerary, there may be times when this will not be possible. The City Break Company Ltd | 35 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 1DR | Reg No. 05404342 tel 0161 491 0264 email info@tcbcschooltours.co.uk web www.tcbcschooltours.co.uk