Welcome to Heritage Discovery Education Travel!

Upcoming Excursions

New York City/Broadway

Summary: Students will experience the power of theater to broaden perspectives and enrich the soul. Students will see two Broadway musicals and will enhance their own skills as they are taught by Broadway actors in two theater workshop sessions. Tour guide Amy Oelrich will share insights from her decades of theater experience throughout the trip. NYC sightseeing as well.
Dates: March 8–11, 2024
Tour Guide: Amy Oelrich, AHS Drama Director
Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)
  • Flight to NYC, check in, dinner, and a show
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, lunch (on your own), 9-11 Memorial and the Intrepid Air & Space Museum. Dinner and a broadway show.
  • Theater Workshops, museums. Dinner and a broadway show. Or matinee show and then Manhattan night cruise.
  • Museums, NYC experiences. Departure flight.
  • Potential shows (students will choose the shows they see): Wicked, Hamilton, Hadestown, Mousetrap or The Play That Goes Wrong, Blue Man Group, Stomp, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Tentative cost: $1950 | Trip fee covers airfare, hotel, travel, shows, and workshops. Hotel will provide breakfast at no additional charge. Students responsible for all other meals.


Summary: Students will be deeply moved by the history, sights, and sounds of France and England with a focus on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, the life and works of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and the events and people of World War II. Tour guides Stu Back and Jake Earnest will provide powerful insights throughout the excursion.
Dates: Approx. March 29 to April 7, 2024 (AHS Spring Break)
Tour Guides: Stu Back (AHS History Teacher) and Jake Earnest (AHS English Teacher)
Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)
  • 2 days in Paris
  • 1 full day in Normandy, including beaches, WW1 trenches and a chateau
  • 2 days in London
  • 1 day in Oxford
  • 1 day (Sunday, preferably in England) for LDS services AND Anglican services in Anglican Cathedral

Tentative cost: $3500 | Trip fee covers airfare, hotel, transportation, and sites. Students responsible for most meals.

HDET travel is available only to American Heritage School students in grades 9–12. Students must apply in order to be considered for travel with HDET. Spots are limited, and filling out an application does not guarantee the student a spot on the trip. Students will be notified approximately four months before the trip date, or as soon as the trip roster is finalized, whichever occurs first.

About HDET

Heritage Discovery Education Travel is composed of teachers and leaders from American Heritage School who have one goal: To develop Christian character through travel. This means creating experiences that expose students to diverse cultures, history-changing events, and spirit-rich excursions that build gratitude, perspective, empathy, and hope. As a result, students will grow in their love of God and love of humankind (their neighbor).

The HDET team has decades of experience as teachers and has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles to dozens of countries around the world. Though not officially associated with American Heritage School, the HDET team believes in and works to support the values and mission of AHS.

Guides: Stu Back, Jake Earnest, Amy Oelrich (and more to come!)

Logistics: Dan Reed, Dave Buer

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