Term One Itinerary
Oxford • London (day trip) • Barcelona • Rome • Florence (day trip) • Crete • Athens
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.
Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.
|Monday, August 27, 2018||Air Canada flight 856||Depart Toronto 6:35 pm||Arrive London, Heathrow 6:30 am, August 28
|Thursday, October 18, 2018||Air Transat flight 695||Depart Athens 2:10 pm||Arrive Toronto 5:45 pm
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
August 27 – October 18, 2018
(Including taxes & fees)
|Tuition, Supervision, Health & Wellness||$5,870|
- English (ENG3U)
- Functions (MCR3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
- Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
Included in your Program:
More details of what is included:
- Excursions to Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon and Florence
- Visits to the Vatican, Colosseum and Acropolis
*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)**