Grand Tour Europe East 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.

Included in Your Program

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City Walking tours
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Hiking
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Colosseum & Roman Forum
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Swiss Fondue
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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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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

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!

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!

Included themes:

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.

Price: $85
 
Berlin Street Art - Optional Excursions Grand Tour Eastern Europe 2018

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.

Price: $160
 
Kutna Hora - Optional Excursions Grand Tour Eastern Europe 2018

Wieliczka Salt Mines, from Krakow

Prepare to be amazed at the devotion and superstition that drove miners to carve figures, monuments and altar pieces into the walls of an 800-year-old salt mine. As you walk down 360 steps into the mine, you have the impression of entering a vast underground city, complete with huge caverns and underground lakes. This underground world has earned a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list thanks to the creativity of the miners who carved chapels out of the walls, hundreds of metres below the surface. You will visit the largest of the chapels dedicated to St. Kinga, the patron saint of salt miners. This subterranean church is richly decorated with chandeliers, sculptures, and religious figures carved out of salt. As you follow the 2 1/2-kilometre walk, you’ll pass statues dating back to the 18th century depicting mythical, historical and religious figures. The lift will carry you back to the surface.

Price: $150
 
Salt Mines - Optional Excursions Grand Tour Eastern Europe 2018

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.

Price: $70
 
Standup Paddle Sunset - Optional Excursions Grand Tour Eastern Europe 2018

July 3rd – 28th, 2018*

Travel Services
$4,150
Appx. Taxes & Fees$1,000
Tuition & Supervision$2,845
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)
  • World History Since the Fifteenth Century (CHY4U)
  • 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: 4 days

Accommodations

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.