Grand Tour Asia 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

About this Program

Explore the bustling city of Hong Kong, be awed by sacred temples in Cambodia and Thailand, trek through spectacular mountain scenery, and take a riverboat cruise on the Mekong River. During this once-in-a-lifetime program, you’ll experience fascinating cultures, ancient ceremonies, astounding architecture, and modern city life.

The adventure begins in Hong Kong, where you can barter like a local in incredible markets, experience the Symphony of Lights nighttime harbour front show, and visit the Po Lin Monastery, home to the Big Buddha. Enjoy a hike along the nature trails and view the fantastic panoramas of The Peak, and have the option to take an evening harbour cruise.

Prepare to fall in love with Laos, and its beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, a patchwork town of traditional Laotian and French colonial architecture dotted with golden-roofed temples and orange-clad monks, and surrounded by lush green mountains.

Stay in a Zen-like state on the gorgeous island of Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, with plenty of time to relax on beautiful beaches while studying and learning the local cultures and customs.

Experience the quiet calm of Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park, and watch the sun rise over temples and explore ancient ruins.

This program offers plenty of chances to get your adrenalin flowing, with snorkelling in clear azure waters, visits to stunning waterfalls, and a cruise along the Mekong River, as well as options to kayak through rapids, zip line through treetops, and dive in some of the best sites on earth before heading home with a new appreciation for Buddha, balance, and beauty.

Included in your program

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Hiking

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The Big Buddha

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Mekong River cruise

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Angkor Wat

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And more!

 

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
  • 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

Flight details for 2018 will be updated when available.

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

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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 email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Friday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.

Optional Excursions

The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on last year, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!

Kayaking (Luang Prabang, Laos)

We’ll leave Luang Prabang after class to enjoy a drive through the local countryside to our starting point of this river adventure.

In the shadow of mountains, surrounded by jungle we will paddle along the river with several traditional villages on the river banks. We’ll even tackle some exciting river rapids! We rest along the banks for photos, river-jumping and swimming.

We will be guided by a knowledgeable local English-speaking guide. All equipment is provided.

Please bring: sunscreen, swimsuit and a change of clothes, flip-flops/water-friendly shoes, and a water bottle.

Price: $175

 
Outrigger Canoe - Optional Excursion Asia 2017

Thai Cooking Class (Koh Samui, Thailand)

We head to a local cookery school to learn how to cook some of Thailand’s most mouth-watering dishes, and learn about the herbs and spices that make this country’s cooking so unique.

You’ll get to choose which 4 dishes you create, and choices include spring rolls, phad thai, green curry, and poached banana in coconut milk. Dishes can be made with chicken, beef, seafood or vegetarian.

Our experienced teacher will make our class fun, and with a practical approach you’ll be able to recreate the dishes back home to impress family and friends.

Price: $125

 
Thai Food - Optional Excursion Asia 2017

'Try Scuba' Dive for Non-Certified Divers (Koh Samui, Thailand)

The Try Dive program allows you to experience the thrill of diving under close supervision of experienced instructors in calm pool-like conditions.

Nothing compares with the sensation of breathing underwater and floating effortlessly above coral reef with tropical fish swimming around you.

During the class, you’ll master some of the basic scuba concepts and skills, before we take a boat excursion for two dives in shallow sheltered settings, chosen based on the weather and conditions of the day.

Dive equipment, snacks, soft drinks and Marine Park Fee included.

Medical Form is required.

Price: $375

 
Certified Diving - Optional Excursion Asia 2017

July 4th – 28th, 2018*

Travel Services
$5,090
Appx. Taxes & Fees$1,000
Tuition & Supervision$1,905
Total:$7,995**
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)

Itinerary

  • Hong Kong: 6 days
  • Luang Prabang (Laos): 6 days
  • Ko Samui (Thailand): 5 days
  • Siem Reap (Cambodia): 6 days

Accomodations

A final list of Accommodations for 2018 will be updated closer to the program date.

Testimonials

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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 www.blythsummers.com/fees 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 www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.