Bring the pages of your history book to life! In London and Paris, you'll train as an honorary knight, walk along the beaches of Normandy, see Shakespeare’s birthplace, and go underground to see secret World War II hideaways. During this 14-day adventure, you’ll also see Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, spend a day in Disneyland Paris, and take a ride on the skyscraping London Eye! Your encounters with new people and places will inspire your imagination and help you understand your place in history.
Meet your fellow travelers and board your flight to Europe.
After meeting your delegation manager, visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial at Runnymede. Pay your respects and learn more about the Magna Carta—the basis for England’s constitution—signed here in 1215.
Soar 443 feet above the city on one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels—the London Eye.
Go backstage during a theater workshop introducing you to English drama. Learn Shakespearean acting techniques and performance skills in a fun, friendly, and confidence-inspiring environment.
Explore the Tower of London and learn about the scary torture devices used on prisoners more than 400 years ago. Look for the ravens that are said to haunt the tower, and meet the Beefeaters who protect the tower and its treasures.
Cruise the River Thames to see many of the city's famous sights.
Meet with a representative of Parliament to understand British politics. Ask questions and learn more about how this country’s government works with a queen, a prime minister, and a Parliament (like our Congress).
Go behind-the-scenes to visit the Cabinet War Rooms—Sir Winston Churchill's secret underground headquarters during World War II. Learn more about Churchill and his important wartime decisions.
Stroll through Covent Garden if time allows, visiting fun shops and watching the street entertainers on the piazza.
Finish your busy day by going to a fun theater show. London’s West End has amazing theaters, much like Broadway in New York City. Ambassadors have seen shows like Wicked, Lord of the Rings, and Mamma Mia.
Discover London with help from a knowledgeable Blue Badge Guide.
Visit Buckingham Palace to see the colorful, musical Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Then, you'll go back in time... it's your chance to train as an honorary soldier in an encampment built just for Student Ambassadors on the grounds of Warwick Castle. Test your medieval mettle as you learn sword fighting, bill drill training, and other pre-battle rituals.
Ambassadors get to explore the castle after hours, then round out the evening with a spectacular sight: the firing of the world's largest trebuchet, or catapult!
Discover the city of Oxford, home to England's oldest university, founded in 1167. Learn more about the architecture of Oxford's many colleges, and look up to see a skyline of spires.
Try your hand at punting—propelling a flat-bottom boat with a pole along the River Cherwell. Float quietly through Christ Church Meadows, where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice Through The Looking Glass.
Next, walk through the cobblestone streets of Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. Learn more about the life and times of this world-famous writer.
Challenge yourself and build confidence during some fun and exciting outdoor adventure challenges.
Visit the beautiful city of Bath, home to Britain's only natural hot springs. People have been coming here since 860 B.C. to enjoy the warm waters.
Explore the mysterious, prehistoric site of Stonehenge, dating back to 3,000 B.C. Scientists and archaeologists alike remain unsure how people of that time moved huge slabs of stone to construct this incredible monument.
Journey on to Portsmouth, where you’ll board an overnight ferry across the English Channel to France.
Deepen your understanding of World War II today. Begin at the Mémorial de Caen Museum, where you can get an idea of life in France under Nazi occupation, the secret work of the French Resistance, and the powerful impact of the D-Day invasion.
Walk the beaches of Normandy and honor the fallen at the Normandy American Cemetery. Be moved when you see the last resting place of 9,386 young soldiers who were killed in 1944 during the Battle of Normandy—an important battle leading to the liberation of France.
At the Pointe du Hoc battlefield, you can even duck into a German bunker, see the cliffs that American soldiers scaled to take the beach, and touch the craters left by falling bombs!
Once you understand the sacrifice made by the D-Day soldiers at Normandy, you’ll have a chance to reflect and give back. For your service project, write a letter to a soldier, past or present. Some Ambassadors’ letters will be chosen by the Mémorial de Caen to be on permanent display online.
Today you will enjoy a petit French lesson. Très bien, non?
Next, it will be time to visit one of the most luxurious palaces in the world—the Chateau de Versailles. Did you know that the palace has 700 rooms, 2,000 windows, 1,250 fireplaces, and 67 staircases? Explore the ornate rooms and walk the carefully designed gardens.
You'll be joined by an expert who will share stories of the important events that have taken place in the palace over the centuries. You'll get to stand right in some of these historic places, like the Hall of Mirrors where the treaty ending World War I was signed.
Enjoy a guided tour of one of the world’s most-loved cities—Paris. See famous landmarks such as the Champs-Elysées, described as one of the world’s most beautiful avenues. See the Arc de Triomphe, the world's first organized roundabout complete with a monument to Napoleon and his armies.
Of course, you can't visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. You’ll get to take two elevators to the top and look out over the city from 900 feet above.
In the heart of Paris, see the Notre Dame Cathedral. Construction of this fantastic building began in 1163 and took two centuries to complete!
At dinnertime, you’ll have the chance to try frog’s legs or escargot and see why French cuisine is famous all over the world.
Explore the Louvre today, a museum so large it would take at least three weeks to even glimpse all its treasures. Break into small groups to explore the most famous parts of the museum and come face to face with Leonardo's masterpiece, Mona Lisa.
Learn from a local artist during an art workshop in the Montmartre area. Make your own masterpiece in this unique setting—once home to artists such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.
Climb the steps to reach the second-highest point in Paris, the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, and take in the stunning views.
Get ready for a full day of adventure and fun at Disneyland Paris! Enjoy the surprising European feel of this fun theme park.
Enjoy some time to reflect on your last evening in Paris.
Depart Paris for the United States.
Note: Highlights featured represent past programs. Your program may differ slightly in some areas due to scheduling conflicts, unforeseen changes, and the arrival of new opportunities. Your program's schedule of activities will be provided as confirmed, closer to actual travel.
Our inclusive tuition is yet another reason People to People Student Ambassador Programs stands out.
|12 hours of pre-travel preparation||Yes|
|People to People Ambassador Programs travel shirt||Yes|
|International airline surcharge||No|
|Taxes and gratuities||Yes|
|Three meals per day||Yes|
|Safety & Insurance|
|On-site 24 hour delegation manager||Yes|
|Supervision (average leader/student ratio 1/10)||Yes|
|24-hour response team||Yes|
|Travel Protection Plan & Cancel For Any Reason Benefit Upgrade:
Available as optional purchases for your program
|One elective high school semester credit||No|
|College credit (Eastern Washington University)||No|
|10 service-learning hours||Yes|
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