Our program begins in London, where we’ll stay at Imperial College and take in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Big Ben and St. Paul’s Cathedral. We’ll also explore the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery before learning the history of the Tower of London and viewing the Crown Jewels inside.
We then travel to Oxford, the city of dreaming spires. We’ll stay at St Hilda’s College, the perfect home base for exploring this historic university. We’ll visit the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, and punt down the River Cherwell.
A short flight takes us to Dublin, Ireland. After settling in at the historic Trinity College, we’ll explore the campus in the heart of the city. We’ll have a Dublin Pass, which admits us to many of the city’s largest attractions including the Guinness Storehouse and Christchurch Cathedral.
Next we cross to the west coast of Ireland for a stop in Galway. We’ll visit the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher and enjoy coastal walks along the rugged cliff tops, as well as readings of Yeats at Ben Bulben’s Head.
Another flight takes us to our final stop in Rome, the Eternal City. We’ll catch all of the important sites, from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum to the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican and its Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps.
We’ll have the option to visit Ostia Beach and the Ostia Antica ruins before celebrating the end of our program with a feast of Italian cuisine at our farewell banquet.
Included in your Program:
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Tower of London
Other Inclusions of this Program:
Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
Group airport transfers at location
Transportation for moves between cities with the group
Breakfast and dinner daily
Farewell Banquet and Awards Night
Pre-departure briefing and materials
Designated outings and activities
City orientation tours
Use of free Internet, where available*
Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
Access to Vidigami photo sharing
And much more!
* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Air Transat flight 504
Depart Toronto 9:15 pm
Arrive London, Gatwick 9:20 am, July 5
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Air Transat flight 387
Depart Rome 2:00 pm
Arrive Toronto 5:50 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?
Blyth airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email email@example.com no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.
Stonehenge (From Oxford)
Straight after morning class, we will set off for a drive through the rolling hills and beautiful countryside of England to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge.
Probably the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, this impressive stone circle has an informative visitor’s centre which houses an interesting exhibition on the monument and the people who built it. Check out the Neolithic houses on the site which were built using authentic materials and techniques of the period 4,500 years ago. Study over 250 archaeological objects and treasures discovered in the local landscape ranging from jewellery and pottery to human bones.
We’ll have time to explore and learn about Stonehenge before having time to take in the views, before returning to Oxford for dinner.
Anticipated Date: Tuesday, July 11th
Howth Head Peninsula (Dublin)
Escape the city to explore the beautiful peninsula of Howth Head. This stretch of land offers stunning views across Dublin Bay, and has a pretty harbour full of fishing boats.
Leaving Dublin straight after morning class, we’ll take the train to Howth Station from where we have a short walk to Howth Castle, a privately owned estate. The house is not normally open to the public, but we will have a private tour! The castle has been home to the Gaisford-St. Lawrence family for over 800 years and has hosted some famous visitors including Queen Victoria, Bing Crosby and even Joan Rivers.
From the castle, we’ll be met by our knowledgeable guide for our hike of about 3 hours. We’ll pass through woodland, visit a Neolithic tomb with a folklore tale, climb to Muck Rock to take in a vista HG Wells once described as the ‘most beautiful view in the world’, then descend to the clifftops for panoramas of The Baily Lighthouse. Fresh sea air, exquisite nature and peaceful surrounding rejuvenate us!
Please bring a picnic lunch, snacks and water. Remember to wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather conditions.
Anticipated Date: Tuesday 18th July
Ostia Antica & Ostia Beach (Rome)
A visit to Ostia is a relaxing day out that will take you away from the hustle, bustle and noise of Rome.
In the morning, with our guide, we’ll explore the expansive site of Ostia Antica, an area of Roman ruins which date from the early third century BC. Ostia became an important harbour town, supplying Rome. Over the years Ostia was struck by earthquakes and tsunamis. Instead of rebuilding ruins, the materials were often recycled, with Ostian marble even being used to build cathedrals in Pisa, Florence, Amalfi and Orvieto. The excavations here show many incredible layers of time.
To cool off after exploring the ruins, we will head to Lido di Ostia. Spend your time here at the beach swimming, sunbathing (or studying?!); exploring the shops; people watching in the cafes; or strolling along the promenade.
As we’ll be spending time at the beach, be sure to leave valuables at the hotel. While the town is on the coast, the ruins can get extremely hot, so wear layers. Also, wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes and a sun hat, and bring your beach apparel. We will return to Rome for dinner.
Anticipated Date: Sunday 23 July
Hydromania Waterpark (Rome)
Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon at Hydromania, Rome, one of Italy’s best waterparks!
We’ll be picked up after lunch for our 30 minute private transfer to this tropical oasis. There’s a wave pool, a fitness pool where music and dance parties happen, a Jacuzzi, a regular pool for those who want to do some lengths and several adrenalin-inducing waterslides! Whether you choose to race down the ‘Tangle’, ‘Toboggan’, ‘Black Hole’, ‘K2’ and the multi-slide, or prefer to chill under one of the poolside parasols, you’ll have a fun-filled experience. Our air-conditioned coach will pick us up in time to return to the hotel for dinner.
This is a great escape from Rome’s heat and the perfect place to release some stress before our final exam!
On site: refreshments are available for purchase, lockers are available for rent (though we recommend leaving valuables at the hotel), showers are available for a small fee, change-rooms are available for free. Please bring your swimwear and towel. There are stalls selling items such as sunscreen, hats, and flip flops should you forget these.
Anticipated Date: Tuesday 25 July
July 4 – July 29, 2017
(incl. taxes & fees)
|Tuition & Supervision||$3,935|
Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
Classical Civilization (LVV4U);
Visual Arts:Photography (AWQ4M)
- London: 5 days
- Oxford: 4 days
- Galway: 3 days
- Dublin: 5 days
- Rome: 7 days
London: Imperial College: Wilson House
Galway: NUI Galway: Corrib Village
Dublin: Trinity College
Rome: Hotel Cicerone
*Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $895 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change.
**Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.