Grand Tour Europe West Blyth Academy International Summers Program


Grand Tour Europe West - students in Tuk Tuk

Grand Tour Europe West: Castelo de St. Jorge

Castelo de St. Jorge Hi Everyone! Wow. So sad right now. It’s the end of the last day. Yesterday I took a big group of students to Castelo de St. Jorge, let's just say it was a vertical 40-minute hike that I soon regretted. Just kidding. Honestly, I never would say...
Grand Tour Europe West - students at the Arco de Rua Augusta

Grand Tour Europe West: Lisbon!

Lisbon Hi family and friends 🙂 Lisbon! WOW! We love Lisbon. Most of us did not know what to expect from Portugal but we have been pleasantly surprised! We arrived in Lisbon around 3 after an 8-hour bus ride. We were all tired but we pushed through and walked the...
Grand Tour Europe West - student in Reina Sofia

Grand Tour Europe West: Reina Sofia

Reina Sofia Hi Everyone! Today has been a pretty simple day. Class this morning, Reina Sofia this afternoon (Picasso’s Guernica), free time, dinner, and an optional excursion to the trendy hipster neighbourhood of Malasaña. Overall, a calm day before a 6-hour bus ride...

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About This Program

Get to know several European countries in one amazing summer as you travel by plane and train—and sometimes boat—to thriving metropolises where modern architecture blends with medieval, as well as sandy Mediterranean shores and off-the-beaten-path places that offer an authentic cultural experience.

In London, a city bursting with history and iconic architecture, stroll along the banks of the Thames, shop at Covent Garden, Oxford Street, and Regent Street, and have a choice of which fascinating museums and galleries to visit.

Cross to mainland Europe and explore the colourful streets of Amsterdam, a city with more canals than Venice. Visit Anne Frank House, watch diamond cutters at a diamond house, and opt to go on a cycling tour.

In sophisticated Paris, gaze in awe at Notre-Dame, people-watch from sidewalk cafés, and immerse yourself in the masterpieces of the Louvre. Take a brief respite from the city hopping and stop on the south coast of France, spending your days on beautiful beaches and swimming in the cool Mediterranean Sea.

Spice things up in vibrant and lively Spain, and become familiar with two distinctly unique Spanish cultures. In Barcelona, view the inspiring architecture of Antoni Gaudí and take to the skies on a once-in-a-lifetime hot-air balloon ride over the Catalan countryside. Valencia, the birthplace of paella and an often overlooked city, offers a fabulous mix of ancient and modern sites. In Castilian Madrid, the capital of Spain, immerse yourself in the classic art of the Prado and modern works of the Reina Sofia.

No visit to the Iberian Peninsula would be complete without a stop in Lisbon, where you can marvel at the panoramic, no-filter-necessary views from São Jorge Castle atop one of the city’s famous seven hilltops, the perfect final photo to cap off this epic journey.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Much of this program is spent walking the streets of the incredible cities we visit so make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes. Keep in mind, the fast-paced itinerary makes prioritizing rest and getting adequate sleep important in each country we explore.


July 1st – July 26th, 2019

London ▸ 3 days
Amsterdam ▸ 3 days
Paris ▸ 3 days
South of France ▸ 3 days
Barcelona ▸ 3 days
Valencia ▸ 3 days
Madrid ▸ 3 days
Lisbon ▸ 3 days
*All dates are subject to change.


Activities included in your program

city walking tour
city walking tour
hot air balloon ride
hot air balloon ride
Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House
Included in your program: City walking tour
Included in your program: Beaches
Included in your program: Hot Air Balloon
Included in your program: Louvre
Included in your program: Anne Frank House

▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ 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 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.


Dear Future Student

This is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. You will make new friends, try new foods, and experience many different cultures. Remember to live in the moment as the time will fly by and always explore the cities you are in. Stay on top of your schoolwork but do not forget to enjoy your time in each new city. Bring snacks for the road trips!



Flight Details

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

Please Note: Group flights are full. Students may still join the program and make independent flight arrangements.

Monday, July 1, 2019
Air Transat flight 122
Depart Toronto 10:05 pm
Arrive London, Gatwick 10:05 am, July 2
Friday, July 26, 2019
Air Transat flight 337
Depart Lisbon 9:00 am
Arrive Toronto 12:10 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.


Optional Excursions

Registration open until June 7, 2019. Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.

Optional Excursion: Rural Cycling & Urban Canal Cruising
Optional Excursion: Graffiti Tour in Barcelona
Optional Excursion: Palace of Versailles
Optional Excursion: Surfing Lessons in Valencia
Optional Excursion: Sailing in the South of France

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
Taxes & Fees$1,000
Tuition & Supervision$2,355
Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.

**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.