Grand Tour Asia 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

About this Study Abroad Program

The journey begins in China’s capital city of Beijing, both a modern and ancient place to explore. From the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to the Great Wall of China, every excursion tells an incredible story. Beijing is an ever-evolving mega-city that combines modern architecture with ancient palaces, temples, and tombs.

Climb aboard a sleeper car on an overnight train to Mongolia by way of the Trans-Mongolian Railway. Discover the land of the eternal blue sky and its rugged flatlands, mountainous ranges, deep valleys, and mighty desert. Hop off the train in Ulaanbaatar to explore a city where modern life blends together with Mongolian traditions. Students will have the chance to go to the city’s annual Naadam Festival to watch the Three Games of Men. Mongolia’s Tumen Ekh Folk Song and Dance Ensemble perform nearby. Experience the incredible sights and sounds of traditional throat singers and the ancient art of Mongolian dance.

A bumpy car ride through sand dunes transports the group into the Gobi Desert where students take up accommodations in private yurts. The rustic dwelling provides a glimpse into the traditional life of the nomads. Camelback tours along the Orkhon River Valley will lead to waterfalls and hot springs. A temple tour of Kharakhorum city takes the group on a journey along the Silk Road.

From camel to airplane, students will head to Hong Kong to readjust to city life. A colourful and chaotic place to visit, the city is densely populated and littered with Colonial influences from the not-so-distance British past. Tours of the iconic skyline, a visit to the Symphony of Lights, and tour of the Po Lin Monastery provide glimpses into the city’s enchanting past and future.

Next, the program heads south to the tropical Hainan Island, known as the Hawaii of China. Located at the most southern tip of the country, there are opportunities for paddle boarding, surfing, and scuba diving. Recharge on the sandy white beaches before stepping aboard the overnight Yangtze River Cruise through the 120 mile Three Gorges region. Journey along the waterway between misty mountains and lush bamboo forests.

Flashing lights, modern architecture, ancient temples, and sacred gardens are all part of Shanghai’s awe-inspiring charm. Take the elevator to the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (the second tallest tower in the world) and view the modern skyline from the edge of the waterfront in the Bund district. Walk through the sacred Yuyuan Garden and explore the Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town to discover the ways the city combines western customs with Chinese traditions. The program ends with a final banquet overlooking the Yangtze River in Shanghai’s downtown core.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Most of the tap water in China is not drinkable. Bringing a portable, refillable water bottle will reduce the environmental impact caused by plastic bottle waste.

Included in your program


River Cruise


Camel Ride


Bullet Train




And more!


  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet
  • Supervision
  • 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.

Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure



Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.

Optional Excursions

*A Final list of optional excursions for 2019 will be made available closer to the program date. Please check back soon for your chance to register!

July 3rd – 27th, 2019*

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
Taxes & Fees$1000
Tuition & Supervision$1,905
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Courses, Choose One


  • English (ENG3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)


  • English (ENG4U)
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)


  • Beijing: 4 days
  • Ulaanbaatar: 5 days
  • Gobi Desert: 3 days
  • Hong Kong: 1 day
  • Hainan Island: 4 days
  • Yangtze River Cruise: 4 days
  • Shanghai: 4 days


Beijing: Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng
Ulaanbaatar: TBA
Hong Kong: ibis North Point
Hainan Island: Huayu Resort and Spa
Yangtze River Cruise: Century Sun
Shanghai: Ambassador Hotel Shanghai


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*All dates are subject to change.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1000 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.

***Please visit for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.