People to People Unique Moments
The Genuine German Experience
Live like a local alongside the family of a peer your own age during an exclusive People to People family homestay. This cultural experience just cannot be equalled as you are welcomed into family life and see first-hand a German home, experience typical home cooking and meet likeminded friends through your German host. This is international networking like never before!
International Sports and Building Relationships
Take part in specially arranged sports and games, including soccer and biking, together with your new Dutch friends as you explore like a local.
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 of Lights. Make friends with your local guides as you shop for mementos.
Cultural Exchanges / Education and Service
An In-depth Meet and Greet with the Political Elite
Go behind the scenes of one of the oldest parliaments in the world as you meet a former Member of British Parliament. This amazing 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. Europe is changing, and you’ll be in the know!
Tread the Boards at the Bard’s Globe Theatre
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.
Building Connections in the Community
Connect with members of the local community on a visit to a retirement home where you’ll perform American songs to your appreciative audience. It’s a great service learning opportunity whilst making friends at the same time. The stories you hear and share will touch your heart!
Fun and Adventure!
A Night on the Town
Dress up and step out to an evening in style at a celebrated theater show in London’s world famous West End, the British equivalent of Broadway! It’ll be lights, camera and action all night long allowing you the ultimate bragging rights amongst your friends back home.
Learn from a Pro!
Learn from the experts in Roemerwelt, during an Archery lesson that tests your nerves just as much as your shooting skills. After an introduction from a fully qualified instructor you’ll be given the chance to play like a pro.
Step out of your comfort zone with thrilling, confidence-building outdoor activities in the Austrian Alps. There really is something for everyone from the thrill of a rope garden, alpine coasters and cable cars. After this, your confidence really will soar as you a picnic with breath-taking views surrounded by Mother Nature surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
DAYS 1-2Welcome to Europe
It’s all about 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.If times allows, visit Runnymede and see first-hand where the Magna Carta was signed before you have the opportunity to pay your respects at the John F. Kennedy Memorial.Kick off the afternoon in style, marvelling at the treasures of the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels and over a thousand years of fascinating history. It’s then time for some well-earned dinner and rest at your London hotel.
DAY 3Leaders and Landmarks of London
During an in-depth tour of the very best of London, you’ll get the chance to see iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Following lunch, it’s time to meet a Former Member of the British Parliament for a fascinating discussion, including the impact of Brexit on UK politics. This afternoon you’ll be able to shop until your drop with a trip to London’s famous Oxford Street! Then hit the town in the evening for a pre-theater dinner before taking in a West End Show, the British equivalent of Broadway!
DAY 4Treading the Shakespearean Stage
Join a drama workshop for a lesson on the works of the most celebrated playwright of all time.During an action packed afternoon, soar above the city’s skyline on the Coca-Cola London Eye before heading down to the coast for a delicious dinner. It’s then time to bid farewell to Britain, as you hop across the English Channel on a ferry to France. This overnight ferry is the ultimate sleepover with your new found friends!
DAY 5In the Footsteps of Heroes
Walk in the footsteps of the brave solders who stormed Omaha Beach, while exploring a collection of military artifacts. Pay your respects during an official ceremony at the American Cemetery, where Saving Private Ryan was filmed.After a traditional French lunch, visit the Memorial Museum which explores the history of not only WWII, but also the impact of the Cold War on both Europe and the World at large. During dinner, indulge in the famous delights of French cuisine.
DAY 6The City of Lights
Discover Paris on an 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! Your social media pages will have a much more international feel after your day of exploring!Following yet another delicious dinner, head over to the Eiffel Tower and its spectacular light show for a truly breath-taking display (and a fantastic photo opportunity) before settling down for the night in your Parisian Hotel.
DAY 7Palace 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. Here you’ll be able to barter like a local.During the afternoon, meet with a local artist for a first hand insight into the celebrated world of Parisian art. Tuck into a selection of French delicacies, including escargot, perched on top of Montmartre’s hill. Don’t worry though, other food options will be available!
DAY 8Treasures of the Louvre
With the wealth of art and priceless artefacts on show in the World’s most famous museum, it really is best to take the time to explore it on your own. We’ve prepared a quiz for you to ensure that you see the very best that the museum has to offer, so grab a new friend and blitz the quiz.Dine in the Louvre’s ‘Carousel Restaurants du Monde’ which showcases the cuisines from across the globe.After making the trip to Bruges, dine in the picture perfect town before settling down to some well-earned rest.
DAY 9Remember the Fallen
Unearth the history behind the battles of Flanders Fields during an interactive journey around its museum before lunch in Ypres. History will be brought to life here as your tour guide assigns you a bracelet that represents a character, a real special moment within your tour.Once you’re back in Bruges, indulge in Belgium’s most famous export – Chocolate! Learn the secrets of the chocolate making process from an expert chocolatier, before tasting your creations. Make your way to dinner by horse and carriage that takes you past the sights and sounds of the city. Have your cameras at the ready, you’ll be sure to see some world famous sights one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities.
DAY 10International Politics
Travel to the Netherlands and visit the Dutch windmill park Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to a wealth of 17th century history, which you can discover by bike tour. Grab a bite to eat during a picnic within the most beautiful grounds of the park. You really will be the envy of all of your friends back home.Spend an afternoon connecting cultures, during a soccer game with local students, before attending the International Court of Justice. Explore the exhibitions of the UN office situated at the Peace Palace.
DAY 11Action Packed Amsterdam
Take a deep breath… First up, it’s time for a trip to a Dutch Farm to learn how cheese and clogs are made. Explore the farm, meet the animals and get involved in a number of engaging games. Here you’ll be able to purchase the ultimate memento of your trip – personalized clogs!After lunch, visit Anne Frank’s House for a fascinating and deeply moving insight into the Holocaust. This visit and the feelings that it creates will stay with you forever and you’ll understand just how important global peace really is.Next up, it’s a tour of a diamond factory before a delicious Dutch dinner and night-time canal cruise allowing you to see Amsterdam from a completely different view.
DAY 12The Cologne Carnival
Welcome to Germany. Take part in a scavenger hunt across the city, which is a fantastic way to see the sights, including the famous Cathedral.Discover what it takes to host one of the World’s largest and most famous carnival events while meeting with one of its organizers. You’ll be able to host the perfect party upon your return after this meeting!
DAY 13A Roman Adventure
Following your transfer to Rheinbrohl, explore the Roman museum’s exhibitions and outdoor activity centre. Dress up in traditional Roman gear close to the banks of the Rhine River as history is brought to life.After your Roman adventure, practice your sharp shooting skills – old school style! Take in a host of top tips from an expert in the field of archery before putting them to the test in a series of thrilling activities.
DAYS 14-15A True Taste of Europe
Settle in with your homestay family, as you immerse yourself in the true life of a European. Live the local way, enjoying everything from food and local traditions to social activities with students your own age.Thanks to this exclusive People to People moment, you’ll gain a truly fascinating insight, during a once in a life time experience, that showcases the day to day realities of your German peers.
DAY 16Storming Castles
Bid farewell to your homestay family, and head off to Heidelberg. Explore the city, sourcing your ingredients for a traditional lunch from local markets. Today you may have to use your new German skills as you meet and greet local shopkeepers!Following a city quest, unearthing the secrets of its stunning landmarks, it’s time to storm Heidelberg Castle. Hit the heights of the Alps on-board a mountain railway from the old town to the famous castle.This classic example of renaissance architecture is truly a sight to behold.
DAY 17Giving Back to the Community
While visiting a retirement home, discover shared interests and celebrate differences with residents. You’ll be able to perform rehearsed songs and dance routines as you meet with the locals.With a spectacular backdrop of mountain views, tuck into a tantalising BBQ dinner as you play local games. Take a stroll along the river and mountain beach while soaking up the air and natural beauty of the region.
DAY 18A Journey Through the Mountains
Embrace the spirit of the film The Sound of Music in the rolling hills of Europe. Hike through one of the region’s most stunning alpine trails as you learn to navigate your way through the mountains.At Vorarlberg, there really is something for everyone including the thrills of a ropes course, alpine toboggans and cable cars. After this, your confidence really will soar as you a picnic with breath-taking views surrounded by Mother Nature.
DAY 19Swiss Gold
Welcome to Zurich. Following a fun-filled lesson in cheese making, work on your own creation, that you can then take home with you to impress your friends and family.After lunch, explore the delights of Zurich, the beautiful city home to over 1,300 fountains and the secretive banks that finance some of the largest multi-national corporations in the world. Billions of dollars in gold are stored under the sidewalks of this city of global trade.
DAY 20Day 20 Bon Voyage!
Depart for home from your voyage of self-discovery with a wealth of memories and friendships that will last a life-time.