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Embark on an exhilarating journey through the heart of Europe with our Ireland, England, and Scotland tour. Over the course of 11 days, you'll dive into the vibrant cultures, history, and sporting spirit of these iconic destinations. Here's a glimpse of what to expect:

Dublin, Ireland: Begin your adventure in Dublin, where the charming streets come alive with history and culture. Tour the world-renowned Guinness Brewery, learning the secrets of its iconic stout. Engage in friendly sports matches against local teams, forging connections and fostering sportsmanship.

Chester, England: Cross the Irish Sea and arrive in Chester, a city steeped in history and elegance. Delve into intense sporting competitions and celebrate post-match camaraderie with your local opponents. Explore Chester's picturesque city center, home to the historic Chester Racecourse.

Edinburgh, Scotland: Your journey continues to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, where a captivating blend of history, culture, and stunning landscapes awaits. Enjoy guided tours that reveal the city's treasures, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle. Venture to St. Andrew's, a town steeped in golf tradition and academia.

Throughout the tour, you'll have free days to explore these enchanting cities at your own pace. Savor local cuisine, experience cultural highlights, and create lasting memories.

This tour is not just about sports; it's a profound cultural and educational experience. It offers personal growth, lasting friendships, and a deeper appreciation for the diverse heritage of Ireland, England, and Scotland. Join us on this unforgettable journey of sport, culture, and adventure across these captivating European destinations.

Sports Available
Field Hockey
Best Dates of Travel
May - August
Level of Competition Available
Benefits of this Destination

This tour offers a wide range of benefits for participants, including:

  1. Cultural Immersion: Participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich cultures of Ireland, England, and Scotland through guided city tours, visits to historical sites, and interactions with locals.
  2. Sports and Competition: The tour includes multiple sporting events, providing participants with the chance to compete against local opposition, improving their sportsmanship, teamwork, and skills.
  3. Travel Experience: Traveling to multiple countries and cities allows participants to broaden their horizons, gain a global perspective, and become more culturally aware.
  4. Historical Sites: Visits to iconic sites like Edinburgh Castle, St. Andrew's, and the Guinness Brewery offer historical and educational experiences.
  5. Community and Team Bonding: Engaging in matches and tournaments fosters team bonding and camaraderie among participants, promoting a sense of unity and sportsmanship.
  6. Adventure and Exploration: Free days in Dublin, Chester, and Edinburgh allow for personal exploration, adventure, and the discovery of new places and experiences.
  7. Education: Educational opportunities are present, such as learning about the brewing process at the Guinness Brewery and exploring St. Andrew's University, where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied.
  8. Guided Tours: Guided city tours and ghost walks provide insights into the history, culture, and legends of the destinations, enhancing the overall travel experience.
  9. Physical Activity: Sports matches, tournaments, and optional outdoor activities like bike rides provide opportunities for physical activity and fitness.
  10. Culinary Exploration: Tasting local cuisine and dining at various restaurants offer a culinary adventure, allowing participants to savor the flavors of each destination.
  11. Personal Growth: Traveling abroad can lead to personal growth, increased self-confidence, adaptability, and a broader worldview.
  12. Lasting Memories: The diverse experiences, matches, and cultural encounters ensure that participants create lasting memories and forge new friendships.

Overall, this tour combines sports, culture, history, and adventure to create a well-rounded and enriching experience for participants, offering numerous opportunities for personal and collective growth.

Possible Cities to Visit
  • Dublin
  • Glendalough
  • Chester
  • Liverpool - depending on hotel location
  • Edinburgh
  • St. Andrews
Destination Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the itinerary:

  1. Dublin's Rich Heritage: Explore the vibrant city of Dublin with its historic landmarks, lively atmosphere, and deep-rooted cultural heritage.
  2. Guinness Brewery Tour: Visit the world-famous Guinness Brewery for a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process and a taste of Ireland's iconic beverage.
  3. Sports Matches: Engage in sports matches and tournaments against local opposition, fostering team spirit and friendly competition.
  4. Chester's Charming City Center: Discover the picturesque city of Chester in England, known for its historic city center, including the Chester Racecourse.
  5. Edinburgh's Cultural Treasures: Immerse yourself in the culture of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, with guided tours, visits to historical sites like Edinburgh Castle, and a Mercat Ghost Walk.
  6. St. Andrew's Visit: Explore St. Andrew's, the Home of Golf and a renowned university town, known for its historical and academic significance.
  7. Free Days for Exploration: Enjoy free days in Dublin, Chester, and Edinburgh, allowing you to explore these cities at your own pace and interests.
  8. Culinary Adventures: Savor local cuisine and dine at various restaurants, experiencing the diverse flavors of each destination.
  9. Educational Experiences: Learn about the history and culture of the places you visit through guided tours and visits to iconic landmarks.
  10. Community and Team Bonding: Engage in post-match hospitality with local opposition, fostering camaraderie and sportsmanship.
  11. Personal Growth: Traveling abroad provides opportunities for personal growth, increased cultural awareness, and expanded horizons.
  12. Lasting Memories: Create lasting memories through a combination of sports, cultural encounters, and exploration, making the trip unforgettable.

These highlights offer a well-rounded and enriching experience, combining sports, culture, history, and adventure in three beautiful countries.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from the USA

  • Depart from the USA on your overnight flight to Dublin.

Day 2: Arrival in Dublin

  • Arrive in Ireland and transfer to your Youth Hostel accommodation in Dublin.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Dublin to familiarize yourself with the city.

Day 3: Dublin Exploration

  • Visit the Guinness Brewery.
  • Participate in Match 1 against local opposition.
  • Enjoy post-match refreshments and return to your accommodation.

Day 4: Free Day in Dublin

  • Explore Dublin at your leisure.
  • Options for activities include a day out in Glendalough or a guided bike ride in the Irish countryside.
  • Experience the Celtic Nights Dinner & Show at The Arlington Hotel.

Day 5: Travel to Chester

  • Check out of your accommodation and transfer to Dublin Ferry Port.
  • Board an early morning ferry to the mainland UK.
  • Transfer to Chester and check into a 3-star City Centre Hotel.
  • Participate in Match 2 against local opposition.
  • Enjoy post-match hospitality and return to your accommodation.

Day 6: Senior Tournament in Chester

  • Participate in the Senior Tournament against local teams.
  • Post-match refreshments and return to your accommodation.

Day 7: Travel to Edinburgh

  • Check out of your hotel and depart for Edinburgh.
  • Accommodation in a local Youth Hostel for the next 4 nights.
  • Enjoy a Mercat Ghost Walk and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 8: Edinburgh City Tour

  • Guided panoramic coach and walking tour of Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle.

Day 9: Visit St. Andrew's

  • Transfer to St. Andrew's, known for golf and St. Andrew's University.

Day 10: Free Day in Edinburgh

  • Enjoy a full free day in Edinburgh.
  • Participate in Match 3 against local opposition.
  • Enjoy post-match hospitality and your last night of the tour.

Day 11: Departure

  • Check out from your accommodation and transfer to Edinburgh airport.
  • Departure from Edinburgh airport for the return flight to the USA.

This itinerary provides a comprehensive exploration of Dublin, Chester, and Edinburgh while offering sports matches, cultural experiences, and free time for exploration and relaxation.

Next Step

Step 1

Fill out the trip Request form and contact AIST to discuss your preferred tour options

Step 2

AIST will provide a custom program that includes a cost quote and sample itinerary - You'll have time to review and discuss with your team

Step 3

Once your destination and travel dates are confirmed:  Registrations and deposits are due to secure your tour!

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University of Chicago

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