About this Study Abroad 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 sombre 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.
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.
SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Keep in mind, the fast-paced itinerary makes prioritizing rest and getting adequate sleep important in each country we explore.
Included in Your Program
City Walking tours
Colosseum & Roman Forum
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
- 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
|Tuesday, July 2, 2019||Air Canada flight 1966||Depart Toronto 8:40 pm||Arrive Berlin 10:30 am, July 3
|Saturday, July 27, 2019||Air Canada flight 891||Depart Rome 1:15 pm||Arrive Toronto 4:55 pm
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.
*The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on in 2018, 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!
Alternative Berlin Street Art Tour & Workshop (Berlin)
Discover some of the latest, greatest and oldest examples of street art, graffiti & mural art in one of the most famous capitals of urban art, Berlin. Led by your professional guide, you will see some of the best stencil art, throw ups, mural art, hall of fame´s, paste ups, tagging, ad busting, heaven spots, burners and installations while learning who is behind the art and what their motivations were. The art changes rapidly in the streets so there is always fresh work to see. You might even get the chance to see an artist doing a piece live!
We then visit the workshop. After receiving instruction on various street art and graffiti techniques, you will create your very own canvas piece to take home with you as a memento of this truly Berlin experience!
History & origins of this underground global phenomena
Urban art in society & underground circles
Street art vs. Graffiti, unwritten rules & codes of conduct
Mural art by Blu, Osgemeos, Syrus, Victor Ash, ROA and more
Culture jamming, activism in art & ad-busting, Futuristic graffiti techniques
** Participation is not recommended for anyone with asthma or other lung conditions as you will be working with aerosols.
Kutná Hora Bone Church (From Prague)
About an hour outside of Prague lies Kutná Hora, a town famous for its eerie Bone Church, or Ossuary.
Decorated with more than 40,000 human skeletons, this 15th Century church been described as one of the most unique burial places in the world.
Its most fascinating works include a coat of arms and an immense chandelier containing at least one of every human bone. We’ll travel in our private coach with our professional guide to Kutna Hora for this fascinating half-day excursion.
Venice Islands: Murano, Burano & Torcello
Explore the famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Burano and Torcello. Accompanied by our local guide we will hop on board a boat for our half day excursion.
We’ll visit a glass-blowing factory on Murano. This island has been the home of glass-blowers since 1291 when they were moved here due to the risk of fire on the main Venice islands. The extraordinary glass blown here ranges from extravagant chandeliers to glass beads (the perfect souvenir, small enough to take home in your case!).
Onwards we visit Burano. Known for its intricate lacework and brightly coloured homes, we will stroll here among the rainbow of houses and learn the history of lacework.
Finally, we stop at Torcello, a quiet, sparsely populated island, and home to Venice’s first cathedral. Take in the peace of this island and enjoy the tranquillity before we return to the bustling Venice for dinner.
Stand Up Paddling (Split)
This water adventure takes you along Split’s magnificent coastline, giving you the opportunity to sightsee as well as relax on your board. Stand Up Paddling is a relatively new sport, and also one for all ages and fitness abilities. No prior experience is necessary!
Included: Board, paddle, life-jacket, professional guide, and support vehicle.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, July 21st
Hydromania Waterpark (Rome)
Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon at Hydromania, Rome, one of Italy’s best waterparks!
We’ll be picked up after lunch by private coach for our 30-minute 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.
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.
July 2nd – 27th, 2019*
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$1,000|
|Tuition & Supervision||$2,845|
Courses, Choose One
- English (ENG3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- World History Since the Fifteenth Century (CHY4U)
- International Business (BBB4M)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Berlin: 3 days
- Krakow: 3 days
- Prague: 3 days
- Munich: 2 days
- Zermatt: 3 days
- Venice: 3 days
- Split: 2 days
- Overnight Ferry: 1 Day
- Rome: 4 days
*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.