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European Treasures: Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy

Program Highlights
1. Meet with a Concentration Camp Survivor in Vienna, Austria
2. Go island hopping off the coast of Split, Croatia
3. Visit the Postojna Caves in Postojna, Slovenia
4. Live like a local during a homestay in Tuscany, Italy
5. Take part in local outdoor adventures in Umbria, Italy
Duration

19 days

Availability

Open Enrollment for Students in Grades 8-12

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Traveler Details

Duration in days

19

Program Details

Day to Day

New York City, USA

Take Off!

Day 1

Let the excitement build as you board your overnight flight to Vienna, Austria.

Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna

Day 2

Touch down in Vienna, the capital city of Austria. The city is world-renowned for its classical music, and Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. Take a sightseeing tour of the city and join your delegation for your welcome dinner.

Meeting a Holocaust Survivor
Vienna, Austria

Classical Vienna

Day 3

Spend the morning participating in an open discussion with a World War II expert. Gain insights into the Holocaust while discussing this complex, turbulent era of European history. This afternoon, board your private vintage tram and ride through the city in style towards Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Tonight, join a Classical Viennese Concert while walking in the footsteps of celebrated composers Mozart and Strauss.

Vienna, Austria

Wachau Valley

Day 4

Today, you will visit the Wachau Valley. The Danube River cuts through cliffs and hills to create this incredible natural beauty. While there, you will visit the Melk Monastery, a large Baroque monastery built on a cliff overlooking the valley.

Budapest, Hungary

Hello Budapest

Day 5

Arrive in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. With its rich culture and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Budapest is often to referred to as “Paris of the East”. Take a guide sightseeing tour of this beautiful city, and finish with a funicular ride up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town.

Zagreb, Croatia

Community Service

Day 6

Join locals in giving back during a day of community service in Budapest. Not only will you make a lasting impression on the city, but you will also make a few local friends. Later this afternoon, visit Lake Balston, a popular vacation spot. Enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation on the lake before heading to Croatia.

Split, Croatia

Zagreb

Day 7

Set out on a guided sightseeing tour of Croatia’s northwestern capital, Zagreb. Visit Upper Town to see the twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and 13th-century St. Mark’s Church with its colorfully tiled roof. Walk up Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor café. Explore and enjoy lunch at a local market. This afternoon, make your way to your next destination: Split.

Split, Croatia

Island Hopping

Day 8

Located on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Split is well-known for its beaches and the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. This afternoon set sail on a boat tour and go island hopping off the coast of Split.

Rijeka, Croatia

Zadar

Day 9

Get to know the city of Zadar with a sightseeing tour. Visit the historic old town, filled with Roman ruins and medieval churches.

Padua, Italy

Postojna Cave

Day 10

This morning travel to Postojna, Slovenia and visit the Postojna Cave. One of the most famous and largest cave systems in the world, this natural wonder was used by the German Forces in WWII to store aircraft fuel. Later on, depart for Padua, Italy.

venice
Venice, Italy

Canals of Venice

Day 11

Your journey continues in Venice, once a strong naval power and one of the most important cities on the world stage. On a guided tour, learn what made Venice so significant and see all the key sights, including the Basilica San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. After taking some time to shop for a souvenir or two (top-quality glassware is a Venetian specialty), you’ll embark on the classic Venice experience: a gondola ride on the legendary canals. Tonight, you will meet your homestay family!

Homestay in Spain (Mediterranean Dreams)
Venice, Italy

Italian Homestay

Day 11-13

Be immersed in the traditional Italian way of life for the next two days with your homestay family. Your homestay family is carefully selected, based on matching you with peers your own age and with activities designed to provide you with the most authentic experience possible. Eat regional foods, meet local students, and see the real Italy during this unique People to People moment.

Florence, ITaly

Tuscany

Day 14

Today visit the town of Pisa and see the famously unusual Leaning Tower. Find out why it leans, snap some photos, and then spend the rest of the day enjoying free time on the beach. Tonight, you’ll join a pizza-making class, where you’ll learn the secret to cooking up this Tuscan favorite.

Florence, Italy

The Renaissance

Day 15

Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance and remains a living museum of art, architecture, and history. With the help of an expert guide, visit the Accademia Gallery, where you can see Michelangelo’s famous statue David among the impressive collection of Renaissance art. Then take a guided walk through the city. See the towering Duomo and the bronze doors to the Baptistery, fittingly known as the Gates of Paradise.

Umbria, Italy

Outdoor Adventures

Day 16

Travel on to scenic Umbria, and get your body moving with fun challenges, adventure-learning, and team-building activities. Whether it’s a thrilling white water rafting ride, or a ropes course that combines trekking, climbing, and jumping techniques for all ability levels, today is all about being active, feeling accomplished, and bonding with the others in your group.

Rome, Italy

The Vatican

Day 17

Continue today to Rome, and on into Vatican City, the center of the Catholic Church and the world’s smallest country. On your tour led by a professional guide, visit the Vatican Museums, see the spectacular frescos of the Sistine Chapel, and walk through St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll even meet with a member of the Swiss Guard, hearing his tales of guarding the Pope, getting more behind-the-scenes insight into the Pope’s home, and learning what it takes to join one of the oldest military units in the world.

 

Rome, Italy

Roman Highlights

Day 18

Today you’ll discover Rome, as you travel back to one of the most significant chapters in the history of human civilization. See the iconic sights, like the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. On your tour of the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites—feel the ancient buzz of daily life that unfolded here for gladiators, spectators, merchants, politicians, and more. And of course your day in Rome wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the local favorite treat: gelato.

Rome, Italy

Departure Day

Day 19

As your journey ends, head to the airport for your flight home.