2016-17 Term 1: Western Europe

The school term begins in Oxford, where we’ll have the privilege of staying on campus at Oxford University. The comfortable accommodations, riverside location and peaceful courtyards provide a tranquil home base from which we’ll explore the city of Oxford, the Cotswalds, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon- Avon, the Georgian architecture of Bath, and prehistoric Stonehenge.

We’ll also go river punting, play tennis on the grass and hike through the countryside.

From bucolic Oxford, we head to bustling Paris, where iconic historical sites tell the story of this great city’s past amid the gleam of everything chic and modern.

Cobblestone streets lined with shops and cafés lead the way to storied sites such as the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Each offers invaluable lessons in French history and culture.

We’ll also explore the city by bike, enjoy picnics on the banks of the Seine, and stroll along the Champs-Élysées for some of the best shopping and people-watching anywhere.

In Madrid’s historical centre, we’ll experience the brilliant architecture of the golden age of Spain. Art history also comes alive at the Prado Museum, with its extensive collection of masterpieces. For contemporary art, the Reina Sofía’s collection will inspire us. We’ll relax and toss a disc in Retiro Park, bike through the city and window shop on the Gran Via.

In cosmopolitan Barcelona, we’ll immerse ourselves in the distinct Catalan language and customs. The iconic Sagrada Família and the Picasso Museum will introduce us to Spanish culture and style. We’ll take in the sunshine at the city’s golden beaches, hike up Montjuïc, play table tennis in the city’s parks and shop at local markets.

Itinerary

Oxford:

Visit one of the United Kingdom’s most impressive seats of learning; Oxford. Enjoy a true university experience by staying in our comfortable accommodations at St Hilda’s College, and experience the ancient city of Oxford, as well as day trips to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bath & Stonehenge.

Paris:

Where better to study than by the Seine, in the Louvre or strolling the cobbled streets of the Left Bank. Our centrally located accommodations will be our jumping off point for walking tours of Le Marais, Notre-Dame,Montmartre and Sacré Coeur, and visits to the Musée d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, and the Pompidou Centre.

Madrid:

The heart of Spain and an important cultural centre, Madrid offers a chance to immerse yourself in the galleries of Prado and Reina Sofia, enjoy the blend of art and food, and soak up the language of this vibrant city.

Barcelona:

From the streets of Oxford to the beaches of Barcelona! Walking tours will acclimatize you to this vibrant city. We will experience the grandeur of Gaudi at the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, and the riches of the Picasso Museum.

Flight Details

The below times are examples from our 2016 programs – 2017 flight details will be posted at a later date.

Date Arline/Flight # Departure Arrival

Sunday, September 4

Air Canada flight 856

Depart Toronto 6:35 pm

Arrive London, Heathrow 6:30 am, September 5

Wednesday, October 26

Air Canada flight 1915

Depart Barcelona 11:45 am

Arrive Toronto 2:40 pm

Below are the Optional Excursions Offered

Oxford University: Introduction to University Life ($120.00)

oxford-ghs-optionalOn this unique excursion we will gain an understanding of life as part of this world-renowned institution.

Our afternoon will begin with a tour within the university grounds, and take us into one or more of the colleges for a ‘behind the scenes’ visit. Our student guide will share the age old university traditions and can answer many of your questions relating to the university application process and interviews. What a great source of knowledge for any student hoping to attend any prestigious higher education institution!

After our tour we will enjoy a talk entitled ‘Thinking for Success’. This interactive talk, from the perspective of an experience interviewer, will demystify the institution and cover what it takes to be successful. Once you get to the interview stage, most top university interviewers aren’t interested in extra-curricular activities. They want to know how you think. Can you come up with, and support, your own ideas? Are you able to start solving a seemingly impossible problem? Are you personable? Learn the good and bad of an interview and get some practise. We’ll learn how to tackle complex conceptual questions, and interpersonal techniques that will give you an edge.

Finally, we end with a workshop on Speech and Debate. We’ll explore debating styles and strategies that are sure to help as you pursue your path in education.

Price: $120.00

Anticipated Date: Wednesday September 7, 2016

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From Oxford: Full Day Cotswolds and Gloucester ($350.00)

oxford-ghs-optional-2Take a day to head north to the beautiful Cotswolds. This quintessentially English countryside tour begins after breakfast with a short scenic drive through the rolling hills to Gloucester. We will explore this medieval port town with a guide, and have an opportunity to enter Gloucester Cathedral. This is the final resting place for King Edward II, and was a filming location for three of the movies in the Harry Potter franchise – its stunning cloisters doubled as Hogwarts.

In the afternoon we make our way cross-country, stopping at some of the most beautiful villages and towns in England. Thatched cottages, stone bridges, and meandering rivers make for the perfect photo opportunities, and quaint tea-rooms selling fresh scones and jam are the perfect place to re-energise after your day exploring. There really is no other area that says England more than the Cotswolds!

Price: $350.00

Anticipated Date: Sunday September 11, 2016

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From Paris: Vimy Ridge & Arras ($265.00)

VimyRidgeIn the morning we will drive to the town of Arras, home to famous architects, composers and scientists. In Arras we will take a tour of the town. As we walk through the square we can take a moment to appreciate the beautiful bell tower, as well as the local market at Place des Heros. Then it is off to the catacombs, and the famous WWI Underground.

Then we will travel to the site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, one of Canada’s most important overseas war memorials to those Canadians who gave their lives in the First World War. It was constructed as the National Memorial for the 60,000 Canadians who died and is located on the site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The Memorial was designed by Canadian sculptor Walter Seymour Allward after his proposal was selected from 160 other submissions by Canadians who participated in a competition held in the early 1920s. Construction of the memorial commenced in 1925 and took 11 years. The official unveiling was on July 26, 1936, by Edward VIII, one of his few official duties during his short reign as King of Canada. In attendance at the unveiling were French President Albert Lebrun and over 50,000 Canadian and French veterans and their families. In 2007, the Memorial was completely restored and unveiled again.

At the base of the Memorial, these words appear in French and English:

To the valour of their countrymen in the Great War
And in the memory of their sixty thousand dead
this monument is raised by the people of Canada

We will have a guided tour where the history of the battle and memorial will be explained.
We will return to Paris in time for dinner.

Price: $265.00

Anticipated Date: Saturday September 24, 2016

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From Madrid: Toledo ($285.00)

ToledoDuring your stay in Madrid, we invite you to discover Toledo about an hour south of the capital. The city, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is situated on a rock in a bend in the River Tagus in the heart of ancient Castile. Toledo is one of Europe’s oldest settlements and is considered a museum city of great artistic beauty. It is also known as the City of Three Cultures where Christians, Muslims and Jews live together.

Admire buildings from almost all periods of history such as Moorish, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque. The city was also home to the great painter El Greco who lived here during the 16th century. We will visit the Cathedral, which is one of the greatest Gothic structures in Europe. With ornate sculptures, beautiful frescos and its golden alter, it is truly spectacular. It is also home to a gallery of paintings by El Greco, Rafael and Velázquez. With our private guide we will be able to wander the cobblestone streets learning the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy some wonderful vistas across the city before having some free time to explore on our own!

Price: $285.00

Anticipated Date: Sunday October 2, 2016

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From Madrid: Weekend in Seville ($945.00)

madrid-ghs-optionalGrab your weekend bag and head to Seville, a southern Spanish city located in the valley of the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia. There is lots to see in this city, from the cathedral (the largest Gothic cathedral, and the third largest Church, in the world), to the Plaza de España. Everywhere you turn there is amazing architecture. We’ll also discover the Royal Alcazar, known as one of the most beautiful in Spain, originally built for Moorish kings. Still used a residence by the Spanish Royal Family, the palace is an intricate showpiece of mosaic, sculpture and formal gardens.

Not to mention the Tapas! Don’t leave Seville without taking time out to relax in one of the many plazas and people watch with a coffee and some delicious tapas.
This excursion includes return transportation from Madrid to Seville, 2 nights of hotel accommodation (including breakfast and dinner), a private walking tour, and entrances to the Cathedral and the Alcazar.

Price: $945.00

Anticipated Date: Friday October 7, 2016 to Sunday October 9, 2016

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Tapas Tour by Bike, Barcelona ($100)

Going for tapas is a real culinary event. This tradition has been developed over hundreds of years. Our guide will take us on a bicycle ride through the city, mixing history with the some of the best tapas and treats Barcelona has to offer. Yum!

Price: $100.00

Anticipated Date: Saturday October 15, 2016

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From Barcelona: Hiking in the Pyrenees ($260.00)

barcelona-ghs-optionalCalling all nature enthusiasts! This full day excursion from Barcelona will take us sightseeing through the scenic Andorran Valleys by coach in the morning and then a guided hike in the afternoon to the spectacular wild lakes at 2,400m above sea level.

We’ll hike through some of the most peaceful and awe-inspiring countryside of the region, before returning to Barcelona in time for dinner.
Please remember to bring sunscreen, water, and a jacket for the cooler temperatures at the mountain top (there may still be some snow on the ground!) and wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. There will be a spot to purchase lunch, though you may wish to bring snacks.

Students from previous years have said that this was their best day in Spain. Don’t miss this!

Price: $260.00

Anticipated Date: Saturday October 22 2016

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September 4 – October 26, 2016

Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
$7,225
Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness$6,060
Total Fee:
$13,285*

or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Functions (MCR3U)
  • Functions and Applications (MCF3M)
  • Understanding Canadian Law (CLU3M)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
  • Visual Arts: Painting and Drawing (AWM3M)
  • World History to the End of the 15th Century (CHW3M)
  • Marketing Goods, Services, Events (BMI3C)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • Canadian and International Law (CLN4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
  • Visual Arts: Painting and Drawing (AWM4M)
  • Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
  • International Business Fundaments (BBB4M)

Included in your Program:

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More details of what is included:

  • Walking tours of Oxford, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona
  • Excursions to Bath, Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Visits to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Prado Museum, Reina Sofía, Sagrada Família, Picasso Museum and Park Güell

Accommodations

Other Terms

See what destinations, courses and excursions we offer on the other terms:

*Plus $495 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1,095.00** in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change. Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.

**Plus Cancellation and/or Medical Insurance fees (if selected)**