About This Program
A tour through some of classical literature’s most inspirational cities and towns, this program will be a treat for the academics at heart.
In London, stay at Imperial College, take in St. Paul’s Cathedral, and study Shakespeare while visiting the stage his plays were created for at the Globe theatre. Explore the British Museum before learning the history of the Tower of London and viewing the Crown Jewels inside.
Travel to Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, and take up residence at St Hilda’s College, the perfect home base for exploring this historic university. Visit the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, and punt down the River Cherwell.
Cross the Irish Sea and step into the laid-back and friendly west-coast town of Galway, Ireland. Visit the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, enjoying coastal walks along the rugged cliffs, and spend time beach combing along the Atlantic coast, and listening to live music filling the streets.
Settle in at the historic Trinity College in Dublin and explore the campus in the heart of the city. Use your Dublin Pass to join a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and choose which of the top attractions to visit, including the Guinness Storehouse, the trendy Temple Bar neighbourhood, the Viking museum, and the shops of Grafton Street, just steps from your residence.
Step into another time in Rome, the Eternal City, and see all of the important sites, from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum to Trevi Fountain, the Vatican and its Sistine Chapel, and the Spanish Steps. Opt to visit Ostia Beach and the Ostia Antica ruins, and feast on Italian cuisine before saying ciao to your classical tour.
Included in your program
City walking tours
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Tower of London
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 3, 2018||Air Transat flight 222||Depart Toronto 10:05 pm||Arrive London, Gatwick 10:05 am, July 4
|Saturday, July 28, 2018||Air Transat flight 387||Depart Rome 2:05 pm||Arrive Toronto 5:50 pm
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 complete the Meet and Greet application by clicking Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto. Applications must be received by Friday, June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.
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!
Stonehenge (From Oxford)
Straight after morning class, we will set off for a drive through the rolling hills and beautiful countryside of England to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge.
Probably the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, this impressive stone circle has an informative visitor’s centre which houses an interesting exhibition on the monument and the people who built it. Check out the Neolithic houses on the site which were built using authentic materials and techniques of the period 4,500 years ago. Study over 250 archaeological objects and treasures discovered in the local landscape ranging from jewellery and pottery to human bones.
We’ll have time to explore and learn about Stonehenge before having time to take in the views, before returning to Oxford for dinner.
Howth Head Peninsula (Dublin)
Escape the city to explore the beautiful peninsula of Howth Head. This stretch of land offers stunning views across Dublin Bay, and has a pretty harbour full of fishing boats.
Leaving Dublin straight after morning class, we’ll take the train to Howth Station from where we have a short walk to Howth Castle, a privately owned estate. The house is not normally open to the public, but we will have a private tour! The castle has been home to the Gaisford-St. Lawrence family for over 800 years and has hosted some famous visitors including Queen Victoria, Bing Crosby and even Joan Rivers.
From the castle, we’ll be met by our knowledgeable guide for our hike of about 3 hours. We’ll pass through woodland, visit a Neolithic tomb with a folklore tale, climb to Muck Rock to take in a vista HG Wells once described as the ‘most beautiful view in the world’, then descend to the clifftops for panoramas of The Baily Lighthouse. Fresh sea air, exquisite nature and peaceful surrounding rejuvenate us!
Please bring a picnic lunch, snacks and water. Remember to wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather conditions.
Ostia Antica & Ostia Beach (Rome)
A visit to Ostia is a relaxing day out that will take you away from the hustle, bustle and noise of Rome.
In the morning, with our guide, we’ll explore the expansive site of Ostia Antica, an area of Roman ruins which date from the early third century BC. Ostia became an important harbour town, supplying Rome. Over the years Ostia was struck by earthquakes and tsunamis. Instead of rebuilding ruins, the materials were often recycled, with Ostian marble even being used to build cathedrals in Pisa, Florence, Amalfi and Orvieto. The excavations here show many incredible layers of time.
To cool off after exploring the ruins, we will head to Lido di Ostia. Spend your time here at the beach swimming, sunbathing (or studying?!); exploring the shops; people watching in the cafes; or strolling along the promenade.
As we’ll be spending time at the beach, be sure to leave valuables at the hotel. While the town is on the coast, the ruins can get extremely hot, so wear layers. Also, wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes and a sun hat, and bring your beach apparel. We will return to Rome for dinner.
July 3rd – 28th, 2018*
|Appx. Taxes & Fees||$900|
|Tuition & Supervision||$3,935|
Courses, Choose One
- English (ENG3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Classical Civilization (LVV4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- London: 5 days
- Oxford: 4 days
- Galway: 4 days
- Dublin: 4 days
- Rome: 7 days
*All dates are subject to change.
**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $900 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.