European Odyssey: NYC to Athens

22 Days. Gain a deep understanding of the development of western civilization on this epic journey from the shores of America, through Europe, to ancient Rome and Greece. Experience the art and cuisine, soak in the history, engage the people, and embrace the natural beauty that has shaped our world over centuries.

22 days


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Traveler Details

Leaders for European Odyssey

June 30 to July 19, 2018 – Departs from Atlanta (ATL)
July 8 to July 27, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)
July 10 to July 29, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)

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Duration in days


Program Details

Day to Day

New York City, USA

Meet Your Delegation

Day 1

Arrive into JFK where you’ll be met by your leaders and the rest of your PTP Delegation.  Head into the city, check into your hotel and attend your Welcome Dinner to get to know your fellow world travelers.

People to People Moment

This evening take in the glitz and glamour of the stage with a Broadway show.
New York City, USA

The Big Apple

Day 2

Today is all about seeing the sights of New York City. Travel like a local by subway to The One World Observatory and take an elevator 102 stories in just 47 seconds. This astonishing ride reveals the transformation of New York City from unsettled lands to today’s world famous skyscrapers. After seeing Manhattan from above, it is time to see it from across the Hudson as you pay a visit to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. No visit to NYC would be complete without a visit to Broadway.

Depart, USA

The United Nations

Day 3

This morning is a unique opportunity to visit The United Nations- an organization developed to create and maintain international order. Tonight you’ll board your international flight to Paris.

paris france
Paris, France

Welcome To Europe

Day 4

Welcome to Paris. This afternoon, you will meet with French artist Henri Landier for a firsthand look into the celebrated world of Parisian art. Tuck into a selection of French delicacies while perched on top of Montmartre’s hill to top off an unforgettable first day in France’s capital.


People to People Moment

Discover the "real" Paris, according to local students, on a peer-led tour of The City of Light. Get an authentic feel for the French capital with the help of local students as they share their secrets of the city, such as their favorite places to hang out in the garden of Jardin de Luxemburg.
Paris, France

The Louvre

Day 5

With a wealth of art and priceless treasures in Europe’s biggest museum, the Louvre, it’s best to take the time to explore it on your own. Marvel at works including Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. If you’d rather follow the exclusive People to People Quiz, you’ll ensure you don’t miss a thing! This evening dine in the Louvre’s “Carousel Restaurants du Monde,” which showcases cuisines from across the globe. Then take an evening tour of the iconic Eiffel Tower and be awed by the breathtaking light show.

Overnight Train

UNESCO World Heritage

Day 6

Explore the extravagance of the Palace of Versailles and, following a trip to the market for fresh lunch ingredients, picnic on the grounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indulge in some retail therapy in the Champs Elysees, Europe’s most stylish district. Afterwards, board an overnight sleeper train to the beautiful Italian city of Venice.

Venice, Italy

Canals of Venice

Day 7

Kick off an action-packed day by navigating Venice’s picture perfect canals by Gondola. See all of the sites including the Guggenheim Museum, the “Fenice Theater,” and Mozart’s residence. Learn about Venice’s most celebrated exports and take part in a Murano glass blowing demonstration. Dive into an array of tasty pasta dishes for lunch before heading out on a guided tour of the city to see the Basilica San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs.

People to People Moment

Live like a local alongside a peer your own age during an exclusive People to People family homestay in Italy. This cultural experience cannot be equaled as you are welcomed with open arms into Italian family life. Indulge in traditional home cooking and local activities during a two-day international networking event. You’ll have friends on a global scale when you depart from your new family.
Jesolo, Italy

Italian Homestay

Day 8-10

Soak up the sun on the beaches of Jesolo on the Adriatic Sea. Then, meet your homestay family, where you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditional Italian way of life for the next few days. 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.

People to People Moment

Indulge in the world-famous flavors of Italy. Test your culinary skills during a pizza-making workshop that incorporates the tastiest local produce. Head home with the ability to impress your friends and family with the secrets of preparing this classic dish, which forms a fundamental part of life in the region.
Florence, Italy


Day 11

Bid farewell to your homestay family and then take a whirlwind tour of Pisa, culminating in a trip to the famous Leaning Tower. Snap that classic photo of you holding up the striking landmark before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Receive an official welcome at the American Cemetery in nearby Florence. There you’ll unearth the history of the area and learn about the brave sacrifices of soldiers, including over 4,000 Americans during World War II. Join a pizza-making class where you can try all your creations, and take home new-found culinary skills. They are crazy about the perfect pizza in Tuscany!

Florence, Italy

Florence Renaissance

Day 12

With the help of an expert guide, visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s statue David and a wealth of Renaissance art. Take a walk through the city of Florence, passing the Duomo and the bronze doors to the Baptistery, fittingly known as the Gate to Paradise. Remember the taste of home as you dine at the Hard Rock Café. Situated inside a former cinema, this location is listed as one of the city’s many heritage sites. Hit the shops during some free time before meeting with Italian craftsmen who create some of the most revered products in the world. Today you’ll be sure to find great gifts for family and friends!

Umbria, Italy

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Day 13

This exciting day involves indoor and outdoor challenges, adventure-learning, and teamwork! Take part in adrenaline-fueled white water rafting and challenge yourself on the ropes course with a mix of trekking, climbing, and jumping techniques for all abilities.

People to People Moment

Learn what it takes to be a member of the Swiss Guard. These highly-trained and elaborately dressed elite military personnel play a vital role in the security for the world’s smallest country. Meeting with a member of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican provides unique insight into a secretive, Catholic institution.
Rome, Italy

Meet the Swiss Guards

Day 14

Explore the secrets of the center of the Catholic Church and the world’s smallest country, Vatican City. Your professional guide will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Vatican Museums, spectacular frescos of the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. For more behind-the-scenes insight into the Pope’s home, meet with a member of the Swiss Guard. Hear tales from his time spent guarding the Pope, and learn what it takes to join one of the oldest military units in the world.

Rome, Italy

When In Rome

Day 15

Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and pull your best gladiator pose inside the famous venues. Stand in awe of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. While at the Trevi Fountain, don’t forget to make a wish!

Naples, Italy

Mount Vesuvius

Day 16

Hike up Mount Vesuvius, one of Europe’s few active volcanoes. A professional guide will lead and explain the history of the volcano, notorious for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Once off the mountains, try some tantalizing local Italian cuisine in a traditional setting.

Naples, Italy

A Gateway To Roman Life And Times

Day 17

Visit the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. 2,000 years ago, ash and stone rained down on the city, leading to it become buried beneath the debris. We are now able to use the semi-preserved remains as a fascinating gateway into the past. Travel through rolling countryside towards Bari, capital of Apulia, before stopping at a port located on the Adriatic Sea. Board a vessel, packed with all the restaurants and entertainment you would expect on a Mediterranean cruise, as you set sail across the Ionian Sea.

Olympia, Greece

Olympic Gold

Day 18

Arrive at the home of western philosophy–Greece. Try your first taste of Greek cuisine while learning to make the traditional dish moussaka with a local chef. Take a guided tour of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics, before heading to the impressive Temple of Zeus.

Athens, Greece

A Greek Tragedy

Day 19

Delve into the spine-tingling world of Greek drama with a guided visit of the grand theater of Epidaurus. During a workshop, discover the complexities of Greek theater and the concept of tragedies while role-playing and re-enacting scenes from Greek plays. Finally, you can sit back, relax, and watch a live play.

People to People Moment

Embrace the Greek way of life, awash with vibrant colors, flavors, and dances. During a specially-arranged event with locals, immerse yourself in the culture of one of the modern world’s longest running democratic societies. Dive into a tantalizing, traditional Greek BBQ after learning the fundamentals of the famous regional Sirtaki dance.
Athens, Greece

Ancient Athens

Day 20

Travel through the Athens city center by Little Train on your guided tour, passing the many monuments and landmarks that line the ancient roads. Next up is the majestic Acropolis and magnificent Parthenon, which perfectly embody the glory of ancient Greece. Following some free time, put your dancing shoes on! Learn the fundamentals of the Greek dance Sirtaki. Enjoy dinner with local families and delve deeper into Greek culture by trying some typical Greek dishes.

People to People Moment

Take part in exclusive People to People community programs with local Scouts in Greece. With the help of the celebrated Leousio Foundation, enhance the quality of life in the community through service projects renovating parks, playgrounds, and even a local monastery.
Athens, Greece

Give Back

Day 21

Board the ferry to Aegina, a beautiful Greek island just off the coast of Athens. Make meaningful contributions to the community during a service project renovating parks, playgrounds, and even the local monastery. Take a well-earned rest on glistening white beaches. Sit back, relax and soak up the sun while reflecting on your time discovering the origins of Europe.

Depart, Greece

Bon Voyage

Day 22

Return home with a wealth of memories and new friendships that will last a lifetime.