TERM ONE ITINERARY
Oxford • London (Day trip) • Barcelona • Florence • Rome • 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 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.
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
|Thursday, October 17, 2019||Air Transat flight 695||Depart Athens 2:05 pm||Arrive Toronto 5:45 pm
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.
August 26 – October 17, 2019
(Incl. Taxes & Fees)
|Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness||$6,470|
- English (ENG3U)
- Functions (MCR3U)
- World History to the end of the 15th Century (CHW3M)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
- Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
Included in your Program:
More details of what is included:
- Excursions to Bath, Stonehenge, and Stratford-upon-Avon
- Visits to the Vatican, Colosseum, Sagrada Familia 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)**