Literature leaps off of the page and take on a life of its own when you visit the places where such works were written. Son Tours invites students to visit the United Kingdom, France, Italy, or Greece to experience places where some of the most famous authors and playwrights penned works that could move audiences from the highest joy to the lowest sadness and back again. Literature class tours abroad can add a whole new level of understanding for English and literature classes. Our tours for English and literature classes are completely customizable to class curriculum, focal areas, and specific interests.
- Literary Tours in England/UK
- Literary Tours in France
- Literary Tours in Italy
- Literary Tours in Greece
Our literary tours of England can take you through William Shakespeare’s stomping grounds in Stratford-upon-Avon, to the famous Globe Theatre where he found his peak of glory, to his final resting place. At Westminster Abbey, students can visit the Poets’ Corner, the final resting place of several poets, playwrights, and authors, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Lord Alfred Tennyson, and Rudyard Kipling, and where many others are memorialized. Here students also can visit the homes of John Keats, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, the Brontë sisters, and other renowned authors.
French authors and poets have written works that moved audiences to new understandings, and authors from all over the world have found inspiration in the beauty and culture of France. Tours to experience literature in France provide students with the opportunity to see where authors like Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gaston Leroux, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and so many others were inspired to write some of their most famous works. Students can visit Le Cimetière du Montparnasse, the final resting place of literary artists such as Charles Baudelaire and Samuel Beckett, and Père Lachaise Cemetery, where Oscar Wilde, Honoré de Balzac, and several other authors are buried. Through our educational tours, students can visit a variety of other literary sites, including Les Deux Magots, a Parisian café where James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and many other famous writers and artists would hang out.
Italy is a land of detailed architecture and flourishing arts, where many famous writers have lived and gathered inspiration. Italian educational tours take students through the historical experience of Dante Alighieri’s writing and exile, showing them where the Divine Comedy was written, from his hometown of Florence to Rome, where he began Inferno in the early 1300s. In addition, literary explorers on an Italian educational tour may walk through the settings of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, such as Verona, where Romeo and Juliet and part of Two Gentlemen of Verona take place, and Venice, where The Merchant of Venice and Othello are set. Students have the opportunity to explore Rome, Venice, and Florence, which drew in the Romantics, such as Lord Byron and John Keats, served as “Paradise” for Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and served as settings for works such as Ernest Hemingway’s Across the River and into the Trees.
All of our literature in Italy tours are customizable to accommodate various curricula and interests. For more information on our customizable English and literature class tours in Italy, click here or contact us.
Touring to understand the classics is an extraordinary way for students to see the world and connect with mythological writings and literature from the Classical era. Students are offered the chance to explore the settings of the great Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. They can see where Sophocles wrote his famous tragedies, including Oedipus and Antigone. Students taking tours to experience literature in Greece will tread where these famous works were created hundreds of years ago.