Grand Tour East & Rome and the Greek Islands 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

About This Program

Grand Tour Europe East offers a diverse array of sounds, sights, tastes and topographies of European cities, towns, castles, mountains, and monuments. From ancient ruins to contemporary cities, experience a variety of European cultures in one unforgettable summer abroad.

Berlin, Germany, is a modern, pulsating metropolis with a large arts scene sprung from the rubble of the Berlin Wall. Visit historic sites like the Brandenburg Gate, and Checkpoint Charlie, a symbol of Berlin’s past and present. Take in the city’s saturated street art, and relax in the beautiful Tiergarten Park. To the south is Munich, the birthplace of Oktoberfest and packed with Bavarian culture—and bratwurst! Explore picturesque parks nestled among the walkable city centre before stopping at the town hall to watch the famous glockenspiel show that chimes and re-enacts stories from the 16th century.

In Poland, explore Krakow’s Old Town with help from a knowledgeable local guide. Head out of the city to spend a somber afternoon at Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps.

Climb to the beautiful Alpine village of Zermatt, Switzerland, and hike in the shadow of the magnificent Matterhorn before rewarding yourself with a dip into a traditional Swiss fondue.

Bask in the architecture and ruins of the Roman Empire and medieval Europe in some of the continent’s oldest sites. In Prague, the “city of a hundred spires,” enjoy unforgettable views from Letná Park, watch the Old Town Hall’s astronomical clock chime on the hour, and visit the Jewish Museum.

Visit Venice, with its famous Grand Canal and gondolas. Positioned across 118 islands and boasting no roads, only canals linked by bridges, this city is like no other.

On the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, stroll the sunny streets of Split, a town known for its beaches and impressive Roman monument, the Diocletian’s Palace.

Board an overnight ferry across the Adriatic Sea and awaken in beautiful Rome, with its ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum, without which a tour of this proportion would be incomplete.

Our program continues on its second month in Rome, where students will explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum, learn how classical mythology and philosophy shaped Western civilization. Discover beauty at Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, and learn about power and grandeur in Vatican City. While in Italy, consider taking the opportunity to visit Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Visit Athens and explore both classical and modern Greece. Hike through the Acropolis and take in the glory of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. Explore the shops in Athens’ lively modern marketplace, Plaka, which is teeming with cafés, restaurants and night-life. Study the history of this ancient city, where so much of Greece’s history comes to life in local museums and galleries.

Leave the land behind and board private yachts for sailing and learning in the Argo-Saronic Islands. As you explore this unique archipelago, each island offers a stunning backdrop for your studies.

Head ashore in Kalamata, on the beaches of the Peloponnese, and opt to visit Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games, and Sparta.

Before heading home, celebrate Greek culture and food at a farewell banquet.

Included in Your Program

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

Optional Excursions

A complete list optional excursions will become available closer to the program date. Please check back soon for your chance to register!

July 3 – August 22, 2018*

Travel Services
$7,265
Appx. Taxes & Fees$1,000
Tuition & Supervision$5,730
Total:$13,995**
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Grand Tour East Courses (July)

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • World History Since the Fifteenth Century (CHY4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)

Rome/Greece Courses (August)

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • World History to the end of the Fifteenth Century (CHW3M)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
  • International Business (BBB4M)

Itinerary

  • Berlin: 4 days
  • Krakow: 2 days
  • Prague: 2 days
  • Munich: 2 days
  • Zermatt: 3 days
  • Venice: 3 days
  • Split: 3 days
  • Overnight Ferry: 1 day
  • Rome: 12 days
  • Poros: 3 days
  • Sailing: 3 days
  • Kalamata: 7 days
  • Athens: 4 days

Accommodations

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

*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.