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The Heritage Program

Top Program Highlights
1. Meet a former member of British Parliament in London, England.
2. Join local students for a peer-led tour of Paris, France.
3. Gain insight into the Holocaust from a time-witness in Vienna, Austria.
4. Live like a local during a homestay in Salzburg, Austria.
5. Volunteer at a sea turtle rescue center in Athens, Greece.

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Duration

31 days

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Program Details

Day to Day

Washington DC, USA

Welcome to Washington, DC

Day 1

Meet your delegation in our nation’s capital, and get ready to embark on a truly life-changing 31-day journey.

Washington DC, USA

Center of Democracy

Day 2

Go behind the scenes on a tour of the U.S. Capitol building. The Capitol is a monument, a working office, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. After your tour of the Capitol, travel around the city with your professional guide, learning more about how this area became a federal district and the capital of the United States of America.

Overnight Flight

The Smithsonian

Day 3

Today you’ll visit with a U.S. government official to discuss the importance of global peace and the active role you can play in supporting the mission of People to People International. Later, visit the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Take time to venture around some of the 11 world-class museums along the National Mall. Later, board your flight to Europe.

Highland (Celtic Traditions)
Edinburgh, Scotland

Castle Rock

Day 4

Arrive in Scotland and meet your European Delegation Manager. Get an introduction to the beautiful city of Edinburgh—originally known as Castle Rock—from the vantage point of the historic Edinburgh Castle. The castle, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a fascinating window into Scotland’s past.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Meet a Highlander

Day 5

This morning take a tour of ancient Edinburgh, and then head to lunch for your chance to try Scotland’s national dish: haggis. Later, in a meeting with a real Scottish Highlander, you’ll learn how to tie a traditional Scottish kilt and how to use weapons the Scots used to battle the Romans and defeat the English.

Warwick, England

Hadrian's Wall

Day 6

Today you’ll travel from Scotland to England, stopping on the way at Hadrian’s Wall, one of the greatest monuments of the Roman Empire. The wall ran for 73 miles across open country, dividing present-day England and Scotland. You’ll stop at Birdoswald Roman Fort, the perfect place to see the longest remaining continuous stretch of this amazing World Heritage Site.

Warwick, England

Warwick Castle

Day 7

This morning, after exploring the Ancient Roman city of Chester, head to Warwick Castle and take a trip back into history on a visit to a medieval encampment. You’ll be greeted by Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, and his knight of the Realm, and later you’ll participate in a reenactment, where you’ll witness the firing of the world’s largest slingshot.

london
London, England

Welcome to London

Day 8

Continue on to London. For centuries London has been one of the world’s most influential cities, and over the next two days you’ll see just how much it has to offer in iconic sights, diverse cultures, museums, the arts and more. Tour the best of London, seeing iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge, The Houses of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square.

Meeting a former Member of Parliament (European Odyssey)
London, England

London Sights

Day 9

Visit the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels and over a thousand years of history. Then head over to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard. Afterwards, explore London by boat, cruising past many famous landmarks along the banks of the River Thames. In the afternoon, meet with a former Member of British Parliament. Tonight, enjoy dinner and theater in London’s West End.

Paris, France

The Louvre

Day 10

This morning, board a hi-speed Eurostar train and cross under the English Channel on your way to Paris. Arrive in the French capital and visit the famed Louvre Museum. The museum was once a palace, and now it houses art and works from throughout history, in every kind of style and medium. The highlight for many is the incomparable Mona Lisa.

Paris, France

Paris with Peers

Day 11

Today you’ll see the world-renowned Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Later, spend time with a group of local Parisian students. You’ll learn about their daily life in Paris and hear their impressions of the city. In the evening, make your way to the Eiffel Tower and see its impressive after-dark light show.

Paris, France

Versailles

Day 12

Take a trip to the Palace of Versailles, where French royalty lived their over-the-top lifestyle until the French Revolution. Learn the palace’s amazing history as you walk through the royal apartments and stroll the gardens. This afternoon, visit Montmartre, famous for its local artists. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with one of them, getting an insider’s view on the Parisian art scene.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Belgium to Holland

Day 13

Travel to Bruges, the picture-perfect Belgian town, where the cobblestone streets transport you back to the Middle Ages. Later, your journey continues in the Netherlands, where you’ll visit the Dutch windmill park Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a bike tour past the picturesque windmills, and spend an afternoon connecting with Dutch students over a soccer game or picnic.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Holland Past and Present

Day 14

Visit a Dutch farm to learn how cheese and clogs are made. Explore the farm and join in some traditional Dutch games. Later, return to Amsterdam and visit Anne Frank’s House. The house and museum offer a poignant and deeply personal glimpse into the Holocaust. End your day with a canal cruise, where you’ll see Amsterdam from a whole new perspective.

Berlin, Germany

West to East

Day 15

Your journey continues in Berlin. Take in the sights and sounds of this ever-changing city as you stroll down the Kurfürstendamm. The German capital was reborn out of war and political division in the 20th century, and today it’s a thriving, diverse, cultural treasure. Visit The TV Tower, which was built in the 1960s as both a symbol of Communist power and of Berlin.

Berlin, Germany

Giving Back

Day 16

Visit a defining feature of the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous crossing point between East and West Germany. Explore the museum, and meet with someone who lived here during the separation of East and West Berlin. Later, participate in a volunteer activity with a local non-profit organization that works to improve children’s lives in the community.

Prague, Czech Republic

The City of a Hundred Spires

Day 17

This morning travel to Dresden, a city that was profoundly damaged in World War II but still earns its reputation as a place of great beauty. Continue on to the Czech Republic, arriving in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. Go off the beaten path and explore the Old Town, with its array of ancient treasures, amazing architecture, and hidden gems. After dinner, see a show at the Black Magic Theater.

Vienna, Austria

A New Perspective

Day 18

Continue on to Vienna, Austria’s musical capital. In a truly unique activity today, you’ll have the chance to share in the life experience of blind men and women through an extraordinary role reversal exercise. You’ll rely on blind students for basic needs in your unfamiliar surroundings, and you’ll learn how they overcome prejudice and stereotypes in their daily lives.

Meeting a Holocaust Survivor
Vienna, Austria

Window into History

Day 19

This morning, gain insights into the Holocaust during an open discussion with an expert on this turbulent time of European history. Later, board a private vintage tram and ride through the city towards Schönbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Tonight, join a classical music concert, while walking in the footsteps of celebrated composers like Mozart and Strauss.

Salzburg, Austria

Austrian Alps

Day 20

This morning travel to Salzburg. Embrace the spirit of “The Sound of Music” during a day of exploration in the beautiful mountain scenery of Austria. Experience a thrilling ropes course and ride a cable car to Gruneck, with spectacular views the whole time. Then go on the thrilling Alpine Coaster for an unforgettable ride down the mountain. Later, meet your Austrian host family.

Salzburg, Austria

Austrian Homestay

Day 20-22

Settle in at your new home in this exclusive People to People experience. Over the next couple of days, you’ll immerse yourself in the everyday life of an Austrian family, enjoying everything from regional foods and local traditions to social activities with students your age.

Jesolo, Italy

Ciao Italia

Day 23

Say farewell to your Austrian family, and make your way to Italy. Arrive in Jesolo—a seaside resort town in the province of Venice—just in time to spend some relaxing time on the beach before dinner with your fellow student delegates.

Venice, Italy

The Canals of Venice

Day 24

Start your day riding a gondola through Venice’s famous canals. See the key sights, including the Guggenheim Museum and Mozart’s residence, and then learn about Venice’s most celebrated exports at a glass blowing demonstration. For lunch, dive into an array of pasta dishes, before taking a guided tour of the city, including the Basilica San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Later, travel to Tuscany.

florence
Florence, Italy

The Accademia

Day 25

Welcome to Florence, a living museum of art, architecture and history. Get to know the city on an expert-led guided tour. Visit the Accademia Gallery, where you’ll see Michelangelo’s David and an impressive collection of Renaissance art. This afternoon, visit Pisa and its famous Leaning Tower. Tonight, join a pizza-making class, where you’ll learn the secret to cooking up this Tuscan favorite.

Florence, Italy

Paying Respect

Day 26

Receive an official welcome at the Florence American Cemetery. There you’ll learn about the history of the area and about the brave sacrifices of soldiers, including over 4,000 Americans during World War II. This afternoon, continue on to Rome. Take part in an interactive gladiator school, where you’ll learn all about the lives of Ancient Roman gladiators.

Rome, Italy

Ancient Rome

Day 27

Rome is one of the most significant cities in the long history of Western Civilization. Today, take a tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Feel the ancient buzz of daily life that unfolded here for gladiators, spectators, merchants, and politicians.

Rome, Italy

Vatican City

Day 28

Visit Vatican City, the center of the Catholic Church and the world’s smallest country. Visit the Vatican Museums, see the famous ceiling 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 and learning what it takes to join one of the oldest military units in the world.

Athens, Greece

The Parthenon

Day 29

After flying from Rome to Athens, set your sights on the majestic Acropolis and magnificent Parthenon, which perfectly embody the glory of Ancient Greece. Enjoy some free time, and then put on your dancing shoes at a class in the Greek dance Sirtaki. Enjoy dinner with local families, learning more about Greek culture and what life’s like for teenagers living in Athens.

Athens, Greece

Sea Turtle Rescue

Day 30

Today you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside marine biologists at a sea turtle rescue center. Later, get an in-depth tour of the Acropolis, learning all about this Ancient Greek settlement. Tonight, join a final farewell dinner with your delegation.

Depart, Greece

Time for Farewell

Day 31

After one month, it’s time to head home. Return to the USA with a new global perspective, new friends, and memories that will last forever.