SEMESTER ONE ITINERARY
Oxford • London (Day trip) • Barcelona • Florence • Rome • Crete • Athens • Hanoi • Ha Long Bay • Ho Chi Minh City • Siem Reap • Luang Prabang • Mekong River Cruise • 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 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. Visit the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and punt down the River Cherwell before making your way to Spain.
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! Make your way through the winding streets of Florence to explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to Blyth Academy Florence. Stop in and say hello to our staff and students 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, before closing the chapter on this leg of your global study abroad adventure.
Explore the bustling cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, 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.
The journey begins 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. The city is hugely popular with tourists and is bursting with arts, culture, museums, shopping, and theatre. Take a walking tour into the city’s French Quarter and be amazed at the beauty of the Hanoi Opera House and the National Museum of Vietnamese History.
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. Ho Chi Minh city is renowned for its famous night-markets and delicious street food – the perfect place to fill up before heading into the lush jungles of Cambodia.
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. 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 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 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, the perfect place to bid farewell to an awesome term two in Asia.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.
|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
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
Biking Excursion (Oxford)
There’s a reason why so many people use bikes in Oxford! This is one of the best cities in the country for cyclists, with flat terrain, minimal traffic and gorgeous scenery.
Moreover, Oxford University is made up of some 38 colleges, spread all over the city. A bike is the perfect way of getting to see all of these dispersed attractions. Our Bike Tour of Oxford shows you a geographical range of sites that we simply can’t reach when we go on foot. We can be marvelling at Balliol College one minute, and zipping out to the lovely Port Meadow the next! Unsurprisingly, these are some of our favourite tours to give!
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!
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.
Tower of Pisa (Florence)
Come and discover why this tower leans!
We will depart Florence in the morning by train for a visit to the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, a UNESCO Heritage Site. We travel through the beautiful terrain and landscape of Italy’s Arno Valley.
A guided tour will allow for absorption of the history, art and landscape of the town. Walking through the bright and lively streets and squares of the old town, including Piazza die Miracoli will leave you in amazement! We will climb the tower to see the view from up top and then visit the Cathedral of Pisa afterwards. There will be lots of time for us to take some memorable (and fun!) photos of this unique building, and some free time for shopping before we return to Florence in time for dinner.
NB: Please ensure you are dressed appropriately to enter the cathedral (plastic ponchos are provided to those showing shoulders and midriffs, and wearing too short shorts/skirts). You may wish to take a scarf to cover up.
Gladiator School (Rome)
A gladiator (Latin: gladiator, “swordsman”, from gladius, “sword”) was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their lives and their legal and social standing by appearing in the arena. Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death.
A history lesson combined with an opportunity to find out what it takes to be an ancient Roma gladiator. During a 2 hour session, we learn firsthand from the Historic Group of Rome instructors how to fight wearing a traditional gladiator tunic and belt, with authentic weapons, wooden gladius swords, used by gladiators of ancient Rome. A rare opportunity to learn about ancient Roman history, combined with a great work out! A special certificate of attendance will be issued upon conclusion.
The learning grounds are located not far from the Colosseum, and we will be using public transportation to and from our group hotel.
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.
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.
Ninh Binh Day Tour (Hanoi)
After breakfast, we will head to the ancient capital in Ninh Binh province. Our first stop is Mua Cave. Here you can learn the history from your local guide and climb 500 stone steps to the top of the mountain and take in the magnificent view. After lunch, we will head to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, a famous travel destination in Vietnam that was recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Covered by caves, mountain and river, Trang An offers amazing scenery and rich history. Fun fact- Kong: Skull Island was filmed here. Have the opportunity to view the demo of the ship and the aboriginal village, which was used as the main background for Skull Island.
Return to Hanoi for dinner.
Please wear hiking shoes, (no flip flops), comfortable clothing and bring water.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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 2nd, 2019
Community Service (Siem Reap)
Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth Academy 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 3rd, 2019
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 9th, 2019
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 16th, 2019
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 17th, 2019
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 26th, 2019
August 26 – December 6, 2019
(Incl. Taxes & Fees)
|Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness||$11,540|
- English (ENG3U)
- Functions (MCR3U)
- World History to the end of the 15th Century (CHW3M)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology (HSP3U)
- English (ENG4U)
- Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
- Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
- Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
- International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)
- World Cultures (HSC4M)
- Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (HSE4M)
- Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
Included in your Program:
More details of what is included:
- Excursions to Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cu Chi Tunnels
- Visits to the Vatican, Colosseum, Acropolis, Temples of Angkor and Ha Long Bay boat tour
- Zip lining, Mekong River cruise, snorkelling, hiking & trekking
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: Blue Diamond Hotel
Siem Reap: Salasara Hotel
Luang Prabang: Sanakeo Boutique Hotel
Chiang Rai: Maryo Resort
Ko Lanta: Southern Lanta Resort
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)**