2017-18 Term 1: Western Europe

Itinerary

Oxford – London (day trip) – Barcelona – Rome – Florence (day trip) – Crete – Athens

Oxford & London

Begin this term in 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 beautiful city of Oxford. We’ll take day trips to London, and Bath & Stonehenge.

Barcelona

From the streets of Oxford to the beaches of Barcelona! A walking tour will acclimatize you to this energetic city. We will experience the grandeur of Gaudi at the Sagrada Familia, and the riches of the Picasso Museum.

Rome & Florence

From vibrant Spain to ancient Italy! Enjoy the grandeur of Rome with a walking tour and visits to the Vatican & Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum & Roman Forum and a day trip to Renaissance Florence.

Crete & Athens

Our last country visited is Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization. Our first stop is Crete, Greece’s largest island, where we will rejuvenate on dazzling beaches, swim in clear blue waters and play beach sports. We end our term in Athens, where we will visit the Agora and the Temple of Zeus, before taking our final exams and celebrating with our farewell banquet.

Flight Details

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

Date Arline/Flight # Departure Arrival
Monday, August 28th, 2017 Air Canada Flight 856 Depart Toronto 6:35pm Arrive London, Heathrow, 6:30am, August 29th
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 Air Canada Flight 1901 Depart Athens 1:05pm Arrive Toronto 5:05pm

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Group flights are on request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552

Included in your Program:

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More details of what is included:

  • Walking tours of Oxford, Barcelona, Rome, and Athens

  • Excursions to London, Bath & Stonehenge, Florence and Olympia

  • Visits to Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Vatican & Sistine Chapel, Colosseum & Roman Forum, Agora, Temple of Zeus

Below are the Optional Excursions Offered

Spires and Shires Cycling Tour (Oxford)

Encompassing town and country, the tour starts in the wonderful city of Oxford before escaping the madding crowds and discovering the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside that lies beyond the city limits. We’ll see classically English thatched cottages, village churches, and rolling fields, before finally ending back in the city, at Oxford’s architectural gem, located in Radcliffe Square.

Oxford is a very friendly place to cycle, and our tour will be at a leisurely pace with stops along the way.

We will make a stop off for lunch at a traditional English Pub*.

We provide English made Pashley cycle, helmet (upon request), basket, lock, bike lights and ponchos for the occasional wet weather. Soft drink and entry to an Oxford college included. Duration 5 ½ hours.

*Lunch not included.

Anticipated Date: Wednesday 6th September

Price: $95.00

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T1. Cycling

Hiking in the Pyrenees (Barcelona)

**FULL**

Catalonia has some of the most beautiful landscapes that Europe has to offer hidden away in and around the Pyrenees mountains. During a full day trip to the Catalan side of the mountain range (separating France from Spain), you will discover these treasures and they will take your breath away.

Getting an early start, you will travel away from Barcelona to the ancient settlement of Vic for a look at some beautiful renaissance and baroque buildings. Your journey will then take you even further north towards the Pyrenees, passing oak and red pine forests and castles which have been around since before the first millennia.

You will then head to the town of Ripoll, formerly home to the first Count of Barcelona, before moving on to Queralbs, 1,236m above sea level with only 200 inhabitants.

Finally you will travel the last 6km to your end destination, only accessible by a special railway track which will carry you into Valle de Nuria, surrounded by 7 glaciered peaks doing their utmost to hide the almost heavenly valley 2,000 meters above sea level. There you will be able to hike around the lake, explore the valley on trails with different levels of difficulty, or just relax and enjoy the views.

Please bring sunscreen, water, and a jacket for the cooler temperatures at the mountain top (there may be some snow on the ground!) and wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. Please bring a picnic lunch and snacks, though there will be places to purchase food. Don’t forget your camera!

Anticipated Date: Saturday 16th September

Price: $295.00

T1. Hiking

Sailing Excursion (Barcelona)

**FULL**

This is a great activity and guaranteed fun for all!

Enjoy a 3 hour cruise of the Costa Brava shoreline by boat. There’s plenty of space to spread out and sunbathe on deck. After some time sailing, we’ll set anchor to enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water.

An unforgettable way to enjoy and explore the Balearic Sea!

Wear your swimsuit. Make sure you bring your flip flops (no black soled shoes are allowed), towel, snorkel and windbreaker, in case the weather is cool offshore. Please also bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and snacks.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 17th September

Price: $150.00

T1. Sailing

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. Please wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat, and bring your sunscreen and beach apparel. We will return to Rome for dinner.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 24th September

Price: $250.00

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T1. Ostia Beach

Pompeii (Rome)

Nestled at the foot of Mount Vesuvius is Pompeii. Throughout the height of the Roman Empire, it was quite the lively city. As a result of a volcanic eruption, the town was covered in molten lava and ultimately “frozen in time.” The city lay silent for almost two thousand years, until it was excavated hundreds of years later. A picture of life in Roman times was revealed.

What lay beneath was the town of Pompeii, perfectly preserved as a result of the layer of volcanic ash that had covered it for centuries. Today it remains one of the most compelling archaeological sites and by far one of the most visited Italian attractions.

Visiting Pompeii is an incredible experience. We will take a guided tour of the site, where we will see the houses, theatres, arenas, temples, and public buildings where its original inhabitants lived, worked, played, and worshipped.

We will depart from Rome after breakfast and travel approximately three hours south to Pompeii. We will return to Rome in time for a late dinner at the hotel.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 1st October

Price: $300.00

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T1. Pompeii

Knossos Palace (Crete)

During this excursion we will visit Knossos, the largest Bronze Age architectural site on Crete and considered Europe’s oldest city.

A stay in Crete is not complete without a visit to the magnificent Palace of Knossos – palace of the powerful King Minos. Many Greek mythological stories are woven around this man – son of the Greek god Zeus and the mortal woman Europa, and this site – such as the myth of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur and that of Daidalos and Ikaros. Our guide will tell us more about this glorious history as we discover the ruins.

Please bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, water and wear a comfortable pair of shoes.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 8th October

Price: $125.00

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T1. knossos Palace

August 28 – October 19 2017

Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
$8,125
Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness$5,870
Total Fee:
$13,995*

or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Functions (MCR3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
  • Visual Arts: Drawing and Painting (AWM3M)
  • World History to the End of the 15th Century (CHW3M)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
  • Visual Arts: Drawing and Painting (AWM4M)
  • Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (GRADES 11 + 12)
  • AP English Language and Composition

Accommodations

Other Terms

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*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)**