Semester One Itinerary
Oxford • London (day trip) • Barcelona • Rome • Florence (day trip) • Crete • Athens • Beijing • Siem Reap • Luang Prabang • Chiang Rai • Ko Lanta • Ayutthaya
Roam the hallowed halls of Oxford University, gaze upon great works of art and world-famous landmarks, visit castles and palaces, and see the seat of the Roman Empire with your own eyes. During Term One of Global High School, you’ll experience the best culture and history Europe has to offer.
Begin this term studying abroad in one of the United Kingdom’s most impressive seats of learning: Oxford. Enjoy a true university experience in 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, punt down the River Cherwell, and take day trips to London, Bath and Stonehenge.
Head south to the Mediterranean shore and wander through the beautiful quarters of Barcelona, immersing yourself in Catalan language, culture, and cuisine. Sun yourself at the glamorous Sitges Beach; be awestruck by examples of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, including the Sagrada Família and Park Güell; and study the riches of the Picasso Museum.
Take wing over the north of the Tyrrhenian Sea and descend in ancient Italy! Enjoy the grandeur of Rome and visits to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and a day trip to Florence – the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to our Italian campus. Stop in and say hello to our staff and students before departing eastward across the Adriatic to Greece, the cradle of Western civilization.
Acclimate yourself to Greek culture on Crete, the country’s largest island, where you can rejuvenate on dazzling beaches, and swim in clear blue waters. Head to the mainland and the iconic Athens, where you can feast your eyes upon the Agora and the Temple of Zeus, before closing the chapter on this leg of your global adventure.
Explore the bustling cities of Beijing, be awed by sacred temples in Cambodia and Thailand, trek through spectacular mountain scenery, and take a riverboat cruise from Laos to Thailand. During Term Two of Global High School, you’ll experience fascinating cultures, ancient ceremonies, astounding architecture, and modern city life all while you earn two Ontario Secondary School credits.
The journey beings in China’s capital city of Beijing, both a modern and ancient place to explore. From the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the National Museum of China, everything tells an incredible story. Beijing is an ever-evolving megacity of over 21 million that is home to seven separate UNESCO World Heritage sites; 91 Universities, a variety of palaces, temples, parks, gardens and tombs; a thriving cultural and arts scene; and much, much more. It is impossible to be bored in this buzzing metropolis – every turn brings new adventures, sights, and sounds.
Step out of the city and into the lush jungles of Cambodia, Another short flight brings us to the incredible country of Cambodia. The centrally-located Siem Reap will be your home base, as you travel to the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat, and surrounding monuments – from Ta Prohm, a temple enveloped in huge tree roots; to Bayon, decorated with huge carved smiling faces. Before you leave the country, take time to visit the Landmine Museum and learn about the horrifying history of the Khmer Rouge.
Dive back into the ancient world in Laos, and the town of Luang Prabang. Tour the most spectacular of over 30 Buddhist temples, see shrines decorated in gold, covered in intricate carvings and inhabited by orange-clad monks, and get your thrills on a zip line through the jungle and a hike to stunning waterfalls.
Leave the roads behind and take the scenic route to Thailand on a boat cruise along the Mekong River. Start from the top in Chiang Rai Province, where we’ll trek into the surrounding hills to see tribal villages. Further south, you’ll discover the island of Ko Lanta. Spectacular white sand beaches stretch along the west sunset coast. Students will spend the days having class on the sand and snorkelling in the clear blue waters before heading back inland to the breathtaking Ayutthaya, where the ruins of the old city form an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues, the perfect place to bid farewell to an awesome term two in Asia.
Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.
|Monday, August 27, 2018||Air Canada flight 856||Depart Toronto 6:35 pm||Arrive London, Heathrow 6:30 am, August 28
|Friday, December 7, 2018||Cathay Pacific flight 750||Depart Bangkok 11:40 am||Arrive Hong Kong 3:30 pm
|Friday, December 7, 2018||Cathay Pacific flight 826||Depart Hong Kong 6:15 pm||Arrive Toronto 8:20 pm|
TERM ONE OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Jack the Ripper Tour (London)
He came silently out of the midnight shadows on August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood and gore that led…nowhere. Yes, something wicked this way walked, for this is the Ripper’s slashing grounds. We evoke that autumn of gaslight and fog – of menacing shadows and stealthy footsteps – as we inspect the murder sites, sift through the evidence – in all its gory detail – and come to understand the main suspects.
Going on this walk is as close as you’re going to get to nailing the Ripper. This is the best walk of its kind, as it was master-minded, and frequently led by Donald Rumbelow, who is “internationally recognized as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper.” Britain’s most distinguished crime historian, Rumbelow is the author of the definitive book on the Ripper, the best-selling The Complete Jack the Ripper. He’s been the chief consultant for every major film and television adaptation of the Ripper for the last 25 years.
Join us this afternoon at Whitechapel…if you dare!
Anticipated Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
Hiking in the Pyrenees (Barcelona)
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 glacier 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 mountaintop (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, September 15th, 2018
Beach Cruiser Bike Tour (Barcelona)
Zip around Barcelona on the city’s coolest form of transportation.
Enjoy a 3-hour ride around Barcelona on these brightly – coloured beach cruisers. These fun, jewel-bright bicycles will turn heads as you pedal through the quaint bohemian side streets and the sprawling squares of Barcelona’s charming Gracia neighbourhood.
Whether you want to ride towards the turquoise shoreline or toward the striking Sagrada Familia, you are sure to have an incredible experience.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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: Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Naples and Pompeii (Rome)
We will experience Naples, the Birthplace of Pizza, by having a slice of pizza.
Leaving Naples, you will cross the valley of Mount Vesuvius, passing through the villages of Ercolano (Herculaneum), Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata before arriving in Pompeii.
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 four hours south to Pompeii. We will return to Rome in time for a late dinner at the hotel.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2018
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: Saturday, October 6th, 2018
One of the most popular Greek islands, Santorini, known for its beautiful Cycladic architecture and idyllic sunsets.
Board your ferry for the leisurely crossing to Santorini. Upon arrival, visit Oia and explore your new surroundings. A picturesque village known for its white Cycladic buildings and blue domed churches. A perfect place for selfies at the breathtaking view of the volcanic islets, shopping and tasting local food or ice cream. We continue to Fira, the capital town of the island. Free time until we board our return ferry back to Heraklion. Breakfast and dinner on board.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2018
TERM TWO OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Temple of Heaven Park (Beijing)
The Temple of Heaven Park is located in the Chongwen District, Beijing. This was the place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It is the largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings.
Today, residents living near the Temple of Heaven enjoy many activities; such as running, cycling, singing, dancing, playing chess, flying kites, Tai Chi and more.
On this day excursion, your tour guide will take you inside the temple and around the ancient Hutong city alleyways. Experience a Rickshaw ride, connect with some of the local people and join in on some of their favourite activities.
Please bring: Water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Countryside Biking (Siem Reap)
Depart at 3:00pm (3hrs) in the srok srai Khmer (Cambodian countryside). You will ride along red soil roads, rice fields, see farmers at work, and their beautiful small villages. We will then stop and pay a visit to some of these traditional Khmer stilt houses and pagodas (built of wood, bamboo and palm), and chat with the local people.
After a while you will take a rest and try some local drinks such as sugar cane juice, a refreshing drink poured over ice, which is drunk by Cambodians and is especially popular in the countryside.
Return to Siem Reap in time for dinner.
Please wear comfortable shoes (no flip-flops) and conservative clothing for cycling through the villages. Bike, helmet, and English-speaking guide included. Please wear sunscreen, sunglasses and bring a water bottle.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Community Service (Siem Reap)
Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth International Summer Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world. This optional excursion will allow students to engage in locally based environmental or educational initiatives. Their time with local children, animals, or the natural environment of the area will earn them 4-5 community involvement hours which can go towards his/her high school diploma. The students will be heading to Angkor Krav, a small village in Siem Reap and help plant vegetables and herbs for the community, tidy up the area and read to children.
Please wear appropriate clothing that you can get dirty, bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2018
Kayaking (Luang Prabang)
We’ll leave our accommodation around 12:30pm and enjoy a drive through the local countryside to our starting point of this river adventure.
In the shadow of mountains, surrounded by jungle we will paddle along the river with several traditional villages on the river banks. We’ll even tackle some exciting river rapids! We rest along the banks for photos, river-jumping and swimming.
We will be guided by a knowledgeable local English-speaking guide. All equipment is provided.
Please bring: Sunscreen, swimsuit and a change of clothes, flip-flops/water-friendly shoes, and a water bottle.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Elephant Sanctuary (Luang Prabang)
On the Elephant Volunteer Program, you will be spending the day at the sanctuary helping out onsite with many activities. Every week, the sanctuary has new projects underway; planting, growing and cutting elephant food and feeding the elephants.
This elephant experience is focused on education and animal welfare. We will learn about elephant behaviour, ecology and conservation efforts. We’ll take a boat upriver to assist the elephants with their morning bath, before trekking alongside the elephants through the jungle.
We’ll enjoy a traditional-style lunch, take a swim beside a waterfall and visit a local village while the elephants have their lunch. Then we’ll trek back to the elephant’s nighttime feeding grounds, say our goodbyes and return to base for snacks and de-brief. Prepare yourself for a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
We return to our accommodation for dinnertime.
Please bring: Long sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent and a spare water bottle.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, November 17th, 2018
One-day Trekking (Chiang Rai)
Explore more of Chiang Rai and the beautiful villages surrounding this city. Start at around 9:00 am and head to a relaxing hot spring before starting your 2-hour trek through Ban Lahu and Ban Arka village.
Stop for lunch and a rest and then continue to the waterfalls where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Finish your day off with some tea and a visit to the Chinese village before heading back to the hotel for dinner.
Please bring: Water, sunscreen, bug spray
Anticipated Date: Sunday, November 18th, 2018
Thai Cooking Class (Koh Lanta)
We head to a local cookery school to learn how to cook some of Thailand’s most mouth-watering dishes, and learn about the herbs and spices that make this country’s cooking so unique.
As a group, you’ll get to make spring rolls and Pad Thai. Dishes will be made vegetarian with the option to add chicken or beef.
Our experienced teacher will make our class fun, and with a practical approach, you’ll be able to recreate the dishes back home to impress family and friends.
Anticipated Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
August 27 – December 7, 2018
(Including taxes & fees)
|Tuition, Supervision, Health & Wellness||$10,980|
- English (ENG3U)
- Functions (MCR3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology (HSP3U)
- English (ENG4U)
- Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
- Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
- Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
- Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
- Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (HSE4M)
- World Cultures (HSC4M)
- International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)
Included in your Program:
More details of what is included:
- Excursions to Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Florence, The Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square
- Visits to the Vatican, Colosseum, Acropolis, Po Lin Monastery, Big Buddha & Temples of Angkor
- Zip lining, Mekong River cruise, snorkelling, hiking & trekking
Oxford: St.Hilda’s College
Barcelona: Travelodge Poblenou
Rome: Hotel casa Per Ferie Santa Maria alle Fornaci
Crete: Kastro Hotel
Athens: K29 Hotel
Beijing: Grand Mercure Dongcheng
Siem Reap: Salasara Hotel
Luang Prabang: Sunways Hotel | Sabaidee Guesthouse
Chiang Rai: Maryo Resort
Ko Lanta: Relax Bay Resorts
Ayutthaya: Krungsri River Hotel
*Plus $495 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1,295.00** 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)**