Yahoo! What a successful educational tour for this amazing group of students from Indiana School of the Deaf (ISD)! ISD recently embarked on a trip to London and Paris and spent 10 days exploring the main sights in both cities, as well as visiting Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Chateau Versailles, and more.
The trip began in London, where the group stayed in a cool hostel located in the heart of the city. The first day was spent exploring the city’s iconic landmarks, such as the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. The local tour guides, including us, communicated in sign language throughout the day, ensuring that everyone had an equal opportunity to learn about the history and culture of London. On a side trip, the group visited Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument located in the English countryside and Windsor Castle, a royal residence located just outside of London. ISD toured the castle and learned about its history, including its use as a residence for the British royal family. The tour also included a visit to St. George’s Chapel, where many members of the royal family have been laid to rest.
After several days in London, the group took the Eurostar train under the English Channel to Paris, where they stayed in a centrally located hostel. They explored cool sights such as the Eiffel Tower, International Visual Theater, Arc de Triomphe and more. The group also visited the Louvre Museum, home to some of the world’s most famous works of art, including a close up selfie with the Mona Lisa!
Another side trip to Chateau Versailles, a palace that was once home to the French royal family. The tour included a visit to the Hall of Mirrors, a room lined with mirrors that was used for formal receptions and balls. The group also had the opportunity to explore the palace’s extensive gardens, which are among the most beautiful in the world.
Throughout the trip, Hands On Travel provided sign language interpretation and accommodations to ensure that everyone had an equal opportunity to enjoy the experience. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the itinerary was carefully planned to provide a balance of sightseeing and free time.
Overall, the trip was a wonderful opportunity for the students and staff at the Indiana School for the Deaf to explore new cultures, learn about history and art, and connect with one another in a new setting. We are proud as a 100% Deaf-owned tour operator company that provides an inclusive and accessible experience that allowed everyone to fully participate and enjoy the trip.