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Capitals of Europe 2018

Unearth the history, culture, and politics of Europe’s most famous capital cities while meeting like-minded friends and creating a lifetime of memories. Avoid London’s crowds and cruise through the city by boat on the River Thames, marvel at the Mona Lisa while at the Louvre, and experience the serenity of The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
Duration

12 days

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People to People Unique Moments

Students of Paris Share the City’s Secrets

Discover the real Paris, according to local students, on a peer lead immersive tour of the city. Make friends with your local guides as you explore their favourite hidden gems, shop for mementos and unearth the secrets of the City of Lights. This unique exploration of Paris, alongside like-minded students, opens up the city in a whole new way.

A Taste of European Indulgences

What’s the best way to break down barriers, discover new cultures and make new friends? Food! Tuck into the tastiest of traditional local cuisines, celebrated throughout the world for their gastronomical delights and fresh produce, in a truly unique atmosphere. Alongside Italian families, immerse yourself in a range of delicious dishes while discussing the finer points of cooking and culture.

Shakespeare’s Famous Stage

Join a fascinating drama workshop for a lesson on the works of the most celebrated playwright of all time. Try on Elizabethan costumes and imagine stepping back in time during this once in a lifetime opportunity alongside professionally trained actors.

Cultural Exchanges / Education and Service

A Lesson with a Professional Artist

Explore the neighborhood of Picasso and Matisse before visiting a genuine Parisian artist´s studio. Take part in an insightful workshop of a famous French artist and discover the artwork, techniques, and the history of the other renowned artists of Montmartre, the home of painters who changed how we see the world. You’ll even have the chance to create your own artwork to take home.

Meet with a Member of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican

Learn what it takes to be a member of the Swiss Guard, the personal secret service of the Pope! These highly trained and elaborately dressed elite military personal play a vital role in the security of the world’s smallest state. Meeting with a genuine member of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican provides a truly unique insight into a secretive, Catholic institution.

Exclusive Access to a Former Member of Parliament

Go behind the scenes of Parliament in London as you meet a former Member of British Parliament. This immersive experience will allow you to ask questions directly to the expert as your group discusses the current challenges faced by the UK and European governments about the impact of Brexit and the UK leaving the European Union.

Fun and Adventure!

Master the Delicious Details of Italian Cuisine

Indulge in the world famous flavors of Italy. Test your culinary skills during a pizza making workshop that incorporates local produce as your cook in groups of 3–4 people. Head home with the ability to impress all your friends and family with the secrets of preparing this classic dish, which forms a fundamental part of life in the region.

Overnight Train to Milan

Enjoy the ultimate sleepover as you travel by overnight train to Milan, the centre of European fashion! Take a once in a lifetime rooftop tour of the city’s breathtaking Cathedrals, complete with insightful audio guides and knowledgeable group leaders.

Explore Rome Like a Local

Embark on an adventure through the heart of Rome, through its ancient streets and stunning landmarks. Compete against friends on a riddle filled tour of the city as you explore its world famous sights and sounds including the Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. What’s more, there’ll be a prize for the winning team!

  • DAYS 1-2

    The adventure begins …
    Those all-important first impressions … Following a meet and greet with your local guide, it’s time to head out into London for a special orientation of the city before stopping for your first taste of British cuisine.During an in-depth whirlwind tour of the very best of London you’ll get the chance to see iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge, The Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Take it all in over dinner, as you sit back and relax with your new friends.
  • DAY 3

    Leaders and Landmarks of London
    During an exclusive People to People moment, meet a Former Member of the British Parliament for a fascinating discussion, including the impact of Brexit on UK politics. It’s then time to head over to Buckingham Palace to witness the Changing of the Guard.Following lunch, head over to the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels and over a thousand years of fascinating history. Away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, explore London by boat, cruising past the many world famous landmarks that line the banks of the River Thames. Top off an action packed day with dinner and a show on London’s West End, the British equivalent on Broadway!
  • DAY 4

    Treading the Bard’s Boards
    Join a drama workshop for a lesson on the works of the most celebrated playwright of all time and an insight into modern interpretations of his plays. You’ll also have the chance to dress up, and act up, with professionally trained actors.Dive into a range of classic British dishes before bidding farewell to London as you prepare to hop across the English Channel to France.
  • DAY 5

    The Palace of Versailles
    Not only will you have the chance to explore the extravagance of the Palace of Versailles, but you’ll also have the opportunity to picnic in the grounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, following a trip to the market where you’ll pick up the ingredients for lunch.During the afternoon, meet with a local artist for a first hand insight into the celebrated world of Parisian art. Dive into a selection of French delicacies, including snails, perched on top of Montmartre’s hill. Spend the evening beneath the Eiffel Tower, marvelling at the striking landmark’s famous light show.
  • DAY 6

    The City of Lights
    Discover Paris on an specially arranged orientation of the city, then meet up with local French students your own age for a peer led exploration of the French capital where you’ll learn the secrets of the city from those in the know!This afternoon see the wealth of art and priceless treasures on show in Europe’s biggest museum, the Louvre, it really is best to take the time to explore it on your own as you marvel at works including Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. If you’d rather follow the exclusive People to People Quiz you’ll ensure that you’ll not miss a thing! This evening dine in the Louvre’s ‘Carousel Restaurants du Monde’ which showcases different cuisines from right across the globe.
  • DAY 7

    Italian Indulgences
    There’s no time to waste as you arrive in Milan following an overnight train journey, tonight really will be the ultimate sleepover! Take a once in a life time roof top tour of the city’s breath-taking Cathedrals, complete with insightful audio guides and knowledgeable group leaders.Embrace two of Italy’s famous contributions to the world. Explore the exhibits, art and history on show at some of the city’s most celebrated museums and galleries before indulging in a traditional Italian lunch.
  • DAY 8

    Renaissance in Florence
    With the help of an expert guide, visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s colossal statue David and an impressive selection of Renaissance art. Take a fascinating walk through the city of Florence, passing the Duomo and the bronze doors to the Baptistery, fittingly known as the Gate to Paradise.Dive into a taste of home at the Hard Rock Café. Situated inside a stunning former cinema, this location is listed as one of the city’s many heritage sites. Meet with Italian craftsmen who create some of the most revered products in the world, before an indepth pizza making lesson where you can of course try all your creations!
  • DAY 9

    The Good Life
    Make your way to sunny Tuscany for a touch of the good life. Pass through rolling countryside and stunning views before arriving at a genuine working farm. Learn how to identify and prepare local produce before trying out a variety of delicacies during a traditional European lunch.Try your hand at a number of intricate farming techniques under expert tuition, many of which date back centuries. For some wellearned relaxation, join a group of Italian locals for a selection of tasty treats and typical Italian chat.
    Italian chat.
  • DAY 10

    When in Rome …
    Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and pull your best gladiator pose inside the iconic venues. Stand in awe at the very best of the city’s most iconic sights including the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.Soak up the atmosphere of Rome’s ancient streets as you work up an appetite for one of Italy’s most celebrated products, Gelato! What’s more, you can tuck into your icecream in the beautiful surroundings of the Piazza Navona.
  • DAY 11

    The State within a State
    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 life-time tour of the Vatican Museums, spectacular frescos of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.Meet with a genuine member of the Swiss Guard. Hear tales from his time spent guarding the Pope, and learn just what it takes to join one of the oldest military units in the world. Take part in a City Quest around Rome, competing against your new friends to uncover the sights of the city in a whole new way.
  • DAY 12

    Bon Voyage!
    Depart for home from your voyage of selfdiscovery with a wealth of memories and friendships that will last a life-time.

Traveler Details

Leaders for Capitals of Europe

June 26 to July 7, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.

Duration in days

12

Program Details

Day to Day

New York City, USA

Overnight Flight

Day 1

Your adventure begins. Meet up with your delegation and board your overnight flight. Be sure to get some shut eye as you will hit the ground running when you land in London.

London, England

The Adventure Begins

Day 2

It’s time to head out into London for a special orientation of the city before stopping for your first taste of British cuisine. During an in-depth whirlwind tour of the very best of London, you’ll get the chance to see iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge, The Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square. Take it all in over dinner, as you sit back and relax with your new friends.

People to People Moment

Go behind-the-scenes of Parliament in London as you meet a former Member of British Parliament. This immersive experience will allow you to ask questions directly to the expert as your group discusses the current challenges faced by the UK and European government, such as the impact of Brexit and the UK leaving the European Union.
London, England

London Leaders and Landmarks

Day 3

During an exclusive People to People moment, meet a Former Member of the British Parliament for an enlightening discussion, including the impact of Brexit on UK politics. Then it’s time to head over to Buckingham Palace to witness the Changing of the Guard. Following lunch, head over to the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels and over a thousand years of fascinating history. Away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, explore London by boat, cruising past the many world-famous landmarks that line the banks of the River Thames. Top off an action-packed day with dinner and a show on London’s West End, the British equivalent of Broadway.

People to People Moment

Join a drama workshop for a lesson on the works of the most celebrated playwright of all time. Try on Elizabethan costumes and imagine stepping back in time during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity alongside professionally trained actors.
London, England

To Be or Not To Be

Day 4

Join a drama workshop for a lesson on the works of the most celebrated playwright of all time and get insight into modern interpretations of his plays. You’ll also have the chance to dress up, and act up, with professionally trained actors. Dive into a range of classic British dishes before bidding farewell to London and hopping across the English Channel to France.

People to People Moment

Explore the neighborhood of Picasso and Matisse before visiting a Parisian artist´s studio. Take part in a workshop led by a famous French artist and discover the artwork, techniques, and history of other renowned artists of Montmartre, the home of painters who changed how we see the world. You’ll even have the chance to create your own artwork to take home.
Paris, France

The Palace of Versailles

Day 5

Not only will you have the chance to explore the extravagance of the Palace of Versailles, but you’ll also have the opportunity to picnic in the grounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site after a trip to the market where you’ll pick out the ingredients for lunch. In the afternoon, meet with a local artist for a firsthand look into the celebrated world of Parisian art. Enjoy a selection of French delicacies, including snails, while perched on top of Montmartre’s hill. Spend the evening beneath the Eiffel Tower, marveling at the striking landmark’s famous light show.

paris

People to People Moment

Discover the "real" Paris, according to local students, on a peer-led immersive tour of the city. Make friends with your local guides as you explore their favorite hidden gems, shop for mementos, and unearth the secrets of The City of Light. This unique exploration of Paris, alongside like-minded students, opens up the city in a whole new way.
Paris, France

The City of Lights

Day 6

Discover Paris on an specially-arranged tour of the city, then meet up with local French students your own age for a peer-led exploration of the French capital. Learn the secrets of the city from those in the know! Later on, see a wealth of art and priceless treasures on show in Europe’s biggest museum, the Louvre. It really is best to take the time to explore it on your own as you marvel at works including Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. This evening dine in the Louvre’s “Carousel Restaurants du Monde,” which showcases different cuisines from around the globe.

Milan, Italy

Italian Indulgences

Day 7

There’s no time to waste as you arrive in Milan following an overnight train journey; tonight really will be the ultimate sleepover! Take a rooftop tour of the city’s breathtaking Cathedrals, complete with insightful audio guides and knowledgeable group leaders. Explore the exhibits, art, and history on show at some of the city’s most celebrated museums and galleries before indulging in a classic Italian lunch.

Florence, Italy

Renaissance in Florence

Day 8

With the help of an expert guide, visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s colossal statue David and an impressive selection 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. Meet with Italian craftsmen who create some of the most revered products in the world before an in-depth pizza-making lesson where you can try all your creations!

People to People Moment

What’s the best way to break down barriers, discover new cultures, and make new friends? Food! Tuck into the tastiest of traditional local cuisines, celebrated throughout the world for their gastronomical delights and fresh produce, in a truly unique atmosphere. Alongside Italian families, immerse yourself in a range of delicious dishes while discussing the finer points of cooking and culture.
Tuscany, Italy

The Good Life

Day 9

Make your way to sunny Tuscany for a touch of the good life. Pass through rolling countryside and stunning views before arriving at a contemporary working farm. Learn how to identify and prepare local produce and then try out a variety of delicacies during a traditional European lunch. Try your hand at a number of intricate farming techniques under expert tutelage, many of which date back centuries. For some well-earned relaxation, join a group of Italian locals for a selection of tasty treats.

Rome, Italy

When in Rome...

Day 10

Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and pull your best gladiator pose inside the iconic venues. Stand in awe of the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and more. Soak up the atmosphere of Rome’s ancient streets as you work up an appetite for one of Italy’s most celebrated products, Gelato! What’s more, you can tuck into your sweet treat surrounded by the beautiful Piazza Navona.

People to People Moment

Learn what it takes to be a member of the Swiss Guard, the personal secret service of the Pope! These highly trained and elaborately dressed elite military personnel play a vital role in the security of the world’s smallest country. Meeting with a member of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican provides singular insight into a secretive Catholic institution.
Vatican City

A State within a State

Day 11

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 tour of the Vatican Museums, spectacular frescos of the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Meet with a member of the Swiss Guard, hearing tales from his time spent guarding the Pope and learning just what it takes to join one of the oldest military units in the world. Take part in a City Quest around Rome, competing against your new friends to uncover the sights of the city in a whole new way.

Rome, Italy

Arrivederci!

Day 12

Arrivederci! Depart for home after your voyage of self-discovery in the world’s most iconic capitals with a wealth of memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.