About this Study Abroad Program
With castles and cobblestones on the mainland and jungles and volcanoes on the horizon, Portugal offers visitors the perfect juxtaposition of old-world European culture and outdoor adventure.
The first stop is Porto, a coastal city with over 2,000 years of European history. Located along steep hills overlooking the Douro River, the city’s centre is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The multicoloured 14th-century homes that give the city its charm are filled with vibrant shops and cafes. Porto’s mix of history and modern living make it a renowned global city, and the perfect jumping off point for the rest of the program.
Hop aboard a river cruise down the spectacular Douro Valley where students will spend some time exploring the vast mountainous landscapes and the medieval towns in-between. Ride canoes and kayaks between the hillside vineyards, and enjoy a visit in the ancient Alpendurada Monastery before heading north to Lisbon. On route, stop in Coimbra to visit the 10th century Coimbra University, one of the oldest universities in Europe and one-time medieval fortress.
While in Lisbon, discover vibrant beaches, ancient ruins, white dome cathedrals, and hilltop views. Hit the waves north of the city in Nazare, a world-famous surfer town with the tallest breaks ever recorded. Have the option to visit the hilltop town of Sintra, 100m above sea level, to visit the vibrant Pena Palace.
After a few days in the bustle of Lisbon, retreat to the southern beaches of Algarve. Its cliffs, white sands, and remote islands are the backdrop for exploring ancient castles and the Atlantic Ocean.
Algarve’s natural landscapes are a warm-up for the breathtaking islands of the Azores, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The two-hour plane ride from Portugal’s mainland provides an incredible bird’s eye view of the islands’ volcanic landscapes, remote fishing villages, rolling green pastures, and hidden lagoons. Revel in the spectacular ecotourism on Sao Miguel Island by caving, hiking and visiting volcanic hot springs.
SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Terrain in the Azores can be slippery, rocky, and at times, steep. It’s important to bring shoes that will be comfortable and sturdy while hiking through the rainforest and up the sides of volcanoes.
Included in your program
Coimbra Day Trip
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
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 Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by June 1st and will be fulfilled as available..
*A final list of optional excursions will be made available closer to the program date. Please check back soon for your chance to register!
July 2nd – 27th, 2019*
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$895|
|Tuition & Supervision||$2,710|
Courses, Choose One
- English (ENG3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Porto: 7 days
- Douro Valley: 3 days
- Coimbro: day trip
- Lisbon: 5 days
- Algarve: 5 days
- Azores: 3 days
A final list of Accommodations for 2019 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 $895 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.