Semester One

Europe & Southeast Asia

TRAVEL JOURNAL

Term Two 2019 - students participating in Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

Learning in Laos

We have been busy exploring the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Luang Prabang. The prevailing character of this ancient capital is serene and sacred.

Hello From Luang Prabang

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students sitting on Cyclo bikes in Hanoi

Greetings From Hanoi!

Greetings From Hanoi!   Dear Parents, Greetings from Siem Reap, where today we sit in a breezy open space under a dozen ceiling fans. With laptops open and ice waters by our side, we are slowly acclimatizing to 33°C and the equally warm culture of Cambodia. Since...

STUDY ABROAD IN EUROPE & SOUTHEAST ASIA

About Semester One

Semester One of Global High School combines Term One and Term Two. You’ll experience fascinating cultures and history, ancient ceremonies, astounding architecture, and modern city life.

Begin this semester 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 stay in residence at Oxford University, the perfect home base for exploring this historic university. Then Head south to the Mediterranean shore and wander through the beautiful quarters of Barcelona, immersing yourself in Catalan language, culture, and cuisine.

Take wing over the north of the Tyrrhenian Sea and descend in ancient Italy! Make your way through the winding streets of Florence to explore the birthplace of the Renaissance before departing south to Rome where you will visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, and marvel at the grandeur of the ancient Colosseum.

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.

The journey continues in Vietnam’s second-largest city, Hanoi, a bustling metropolis often referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’ due to its large collection of French colonial architecture. Taking a breather from the city life, we’ll board a two-day overnight boat cruise that will wind its way to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to 1600 limestone islands, enormous caves, beaches, and wildlife.

Rested and relaxed, we’ll venture over 1,000km south to the country’s capital and largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City. A fast-paced and rapidly evolving city, it is a mix of old and new, with 19th-century buildings side-by-side with sleek modern skyscrapers, temples, and pagodas.

Step out of the city and into the lush jungles 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. Dive back into the ancient world in Laos, and the town of Luang Prabang. Tour the most spectacular Buddhist temples, see shrines decorated in gold, covered in intricate carvings and inhabited by orange-clad monks.

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 western sunset coast. Students will spend their 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.

Itinerary

August 26th – December 6th, 2019*

 

TERM ONE
Oxford
London
Barcelona
Florence
Rome
Crete
Athens

TERM TWO
Hanoi
Ha Long Bay
Ho Chi Minh City
Siem Reap
Luang Prabang
Mekong River Cruise
Chiang Rai
Ko Lanta
Ayutthaya

INCLUSIONS

Activities included in your program

The following activities are just some of the amazing activities you will be able to take part in, please view Term One or Term Two for a full list of included activites.

stonehenge
stonehenge
colosseum
colosseum
acropolis
acropolis
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Ha Long Bay Boat Tour
Ha Long Bay Boat Tour
Included in your program: Hiking
Included in your program: Colosseum
Included in your program: Acropolis
Included in your program: Vatican
Included in your program: Acropolis

▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ Accommodation
▸ Tuition & Supervision

▸ Breakfast and dinner daily
▸ Farewell Banquet
▸ Departure taxes, fees & surcharges
▸ Pre-departure briefing and materials
▸ Designated outings and activities

▸ City orientation tours
▸ Use of free Internet, where available*
▸ Access to Travel Journal & Vidigami
▸ Regular exercise activities
▸ And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

private sailboat students will stay on

WHERE WE STAY

Accommodations

Oxford: St.Hilda’s College

Barcelona: Travelodge Poblenou

Florence: Hotel Arizona

Rome: Hotel Trustever

Crete: Kastro Hotel

Athens: Hotel Stanley

Hanoi: La Suite Hotel in Hanoi

Ha Long Bay: Oriental Sail Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City: Dyn Opera Hotel

Siem Reap: Salasara Hotel

Luang Prabang: Sanakeo Boutique Hotel

Chiang Rai: Maryo Resort

Ko Lanta: Southern Lanta Resort

Ayutthaya: Krungsri River Hotel

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Dear Future Student

Be prepared for an experience that will be so unique and so incredible! This program will show you a whole new side of travel and immersion and is such a great opportunity to make great friends! I was nervous on the plane here, but the second I arrived, I felt right at home. Enjoy this unforgettable experience and see all you can!

Mia

HOW WE GET THERE

Flight Details

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

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

DateAirline/Flight #DepartureArrival
Monday, August 26, 2019
Air Canada flight 848
Depart Toronto 8:40 pm
Arrive London, Heathrow 8:35 am, August 27
Friday, December 6, 2019
Air Canada flight 9764
Depart Bangkok 11:40 am
Arrive Hong Kong 3:30 pm
Friday, December 6, 2019
Air Canada flight 16
Depart Hong Kong 4:30 pm

Arrive Toronto 6:20 pm

OPTIONALS

Optional Excursions

Term One Optional Excursion - Biking Around Oxford
Term One Optional Excursion - Tower of Pisa
Term One Optional Excursion - Santorini
Term Two Optional Excursion - Community Service
Term Two Optional Excursion - One Day Trekking
Term One Optional Excursion - Hiking in the Pyrenees
Term One Optional Excursion - Gladiator School
Term Two Optional Excursion - Ninh Binh Day Tour
Term Two Optional Excursion - Kayaking
Term Two Optional Excursion - Thai Cooking Class
Term One Optional Excursion - Beach Cruiser Bike Tour
Term One Optional Excursion - Knossos Palace
Term Two Optional Excursion - Countryside Biking
Term Two Optional Excursion - Elephant Sanctuary
Term One Optional Excursion - Biking Around Oxford
Term One Optional Excursion - Hiking in the Pyrenees
Term One Optional Excursion - Beach Cruiser Bike Tour
Term One Optional Excursion - Tower of Pisa
Term One Optional Excursion - Gladiator School
Term One Optional Excursion - Knossos Palace
Term One Optional Excursion - Santorini
Term Two Optional Excursion - Ninh Binh Day Tour
Term Two Optional Excursion - Countryside Biking
Term Two Optional Excursion - Community Service
Term Two Optional Excursion - Kayaking
Term Two Optional Excursion - Elephant Sanctuary
Term Two Optional Excursion - One Day Trekking
Term Two Optional Excursion - Thai Cooking Class

PROGRAM FEES
Travel Services
(Including taxes & fees)
$18,200
Tuition, Supervision, Health & Wellness$10,085
Total Fee:
$28,285*

CANCELLATION PROTECTION & MEDICAL INSURANCE (OPTIONAL)
Cancellation Protection - click for policy details.$990
Medical Insurance** - click for policy details.$250
Cancellation Protection & Medical Insurance Package**$1,190

Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.***

*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.

**Medical insurance is available to Canadian residents only. While Cancellation protection and Medical insurance is optional, we strongly recommend that you purchase both.

***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.

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