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European Odyssey 2018

$6,390.00

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Total price consists of the base program cost of $6390 plus an optional local domestic return flight between $0 and $900

LIST OF COUNTRIES VISITED
France, Italy, Vatican City and Greece.

LIST OF KEY CITIES VISITED
Paris, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Vatican City, Rome, Pompeii, Bari, Olympia and Athens.

Immerse yourself in a wealth of history, fine art and first-class cuisine while unearthing the realities of European life. Gain a unique understanding of the origins of modern society in the western world by exploring the Odyssey of Ancient Greece, culture of France and legacy of the Roman Empire.

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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 led immersive tour of the City of Lights. Get a real feel for the French capital with the help of kids your own age, as they show you their favourite places on a behind the scenes exploration of the city. Due to the small size of groups, this is the ultimate, personalised, tour of Paris. This is international networking like never before!

Authentic Homestay Experience in Italy

Live like a local alongside the family of a peer your own age during an exclusive People to People family homestay in Italy. This cultural experience just 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 basis when you come away from your family.

A True Taste of Greece

Embrace the Greek way of life, awash with vibrant colors, flavours 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.

Cultural Exchanges / Education and Service

Ride a Gondola in Venice

Take part in a glass blowing demonstration in the world famous town of Murano. Then head out on a Gondola as you navigate your way around the awesome canals which are just perfect for taking photos to send home before learning to shop like a professional as you buy a fantastic, fresh local lunch.

Meet with a Member of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican

Learn what it takes to be a member of the Swiss Guard, the Pope’s secret service! 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 unique insight into a secretive, Catholic institution.

Meaningful Contributions to the Community

Take part in specially designed exclusive People to People community programs, together with local Scouts in Greece. Enhance the quality of life in the community during service projects renovating parks, playgrounds and even a local monastery with the help of the celebrated Leousio Foundation.

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 the most amazing 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.

A Cruise to a Greek Island

Live the dream as you set sail in the sunshine on a Greek cruise. You’ll be able to top up your tan whilst admiring the most gorgeous scenery as you head towards the historic island of Aegina. It really is picture perfect.

Outdoor and Leadership

Step out of your comfort zone with thrilling, confidence building outdoor activities in the Italian countryside. There really is something for everyone thanks to white water rafting, climbing, rope gardens, trekking and engaging team building games. After this your confidence really will be rocketing!

  • DAYS 1-2

    Welcome to Europe
    Those all-important first impressions… Discover Paris during a specially arranged, expert orientation of the city. Take in all of the sights and sounds of the world renowned Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe and of course Notre Dame Cathedral.During the afternoon, meet with French artist Henri Landier for a first hand insight into the celebrated world of Parisian art. Tuck into a selection of French delicacies, including snails, perched on top of Montmartre’s hill to top off an unforgettable first day in the French capital.
  • DAY 3

    Treasures of Paris at the Louvre
    With 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.Meet up with local students who will share their secrets of the city, such as their favourite places to hang out in the stunning Garden of Jardin de Luxembourg. Join in with a number of activities designed to connect different cultures and build international relationships, there will even be the opportunity to shop for mementos with your new friends. Take an evening tour of the iconic Eifel Tower and marvel at the breath-taking light show. It’s the best view of the City of Light!
  • DAY 4

    UNESCO World Heritage
    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.Indulge in some retail therapy on the Champs Elysees; Europe’s most stylish district; the famous boulevard with shops full of famous designers. As we pack in as much possible during your European adventure, don’t waste a moment of your time by boarding an overnight sleeper train to the beautiful Italian city of Venice. Tonight really will be the ultimate sleepover!
  • DAY 5

    Romance in Venice
    Take a deep breath… 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 before you enjoy your gondola ride on the busy waterways.Learn about Venice’s most celebrated exports and be the envy of all of your friends, as you take part in a Murano Glass blowing demonstration. Tuck into an array of tasty pasta dishes for lunch, before heading out on a guided orientation of the city around bustling alleys, quaint bridges and narrow canals. See the Basilica San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs on this insightful, immersive program.
  • DAYS 6-8

    Live as a local
    Soak up the sun in style as you spend the morning relaxing on the beaches of Jesolo on the Adriatic Sea. It’s then time to meet your homestay family for the next few days, where you’ll have the amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditional Italian way of life.Your homestay family is specially selected, based on matching you with peers your own age, while the activities are 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.
  • DAY 9

    In the Footsteps of Heroes
    Bid farewell to your homestay family then take a whirlwind tour of Pisa, culminating in a trip to the Leaning Tower. Here you can snap the classic photo of you holding up the striking landmark and take part in our People to People photo competition before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.Receive a grand welcome from an official at the American cemetery in nearby Florence, while unearthing the history of the area and the learning about the brave sacrifices of soldiers, including over 4,000 Americans during World War II. Join a pizza making class, where you can try out all your creations, and take home new found culinary skills. They are crazy about the perfect pizza in Tuscany.
  • DAY 10

    Florence Renaissance
    With the help of an expert guide, visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s colossal statue David and wealth 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.Tuck into a taste of home as your group dines at the Hard Rock Café. Situated inside a stunning 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 fantastic gifts for family and friends.
  • DAY 11

    Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
    Overcome fears, build confidence and strengthen your personal development. This thrilling day involves both indoor and outdoor challenges, adventure learning and teamwork! Take part in adrenaline-fueled white water rafting in small groups and challenge yourself on the rope course with a mix of trekking, climbing and jumping techniques for all abilities.This evening, take a well-earned rest while enjoying a delicious BBQ, swapping stories from the days adventures.
  • DAY 12

    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.For a further, behind the scenes insight into the home of the Pope, 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.
  • DAY 13

    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. Whilst at the Trevi Fountain be sure to a make a wish!Keep your eyes on the prize during a city quest through Rome’s ancient streets as you work up an appetite for one of Italy’s most celebrated products, Gelato! Tuck into a bowl or two while enjoying the stunning surroundings of the Piazza Navona. You really will be able to take the selfie of the summer today.
  • DAY 14

    Explosive History
    Step out into the wild. Hike up Mount Vesuvius, one of Europe’s few active volcanoes. A professional guide will lead you up meandering paths and explain the history the volcano, notorious for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.Once off the mountains, take in some well-earned refreshment, and try some tantalizing examples of local Italian cuisine in a traditional setting.
  • DAY 15

    A Gateway to Roman Life and Times
    Visit the ancient city of Pompeii, Vesuvius’ most famous victim. One fateful day, 2000 years ago, it rained ash and stone down on the city leading to it becoming buried beneath the debris. We are now able to use the semi- preserved remains as a fascinating gateway into the past. You’ll walk through the streets in the footsteps of the ancient Romans.Head out through rolling Italian countryside towards Bari, capital of Apulia and the second most important city in the south of Italy before stopping at a port located on the Adriatic Sea. You’ll then board a vessel, packed with all the mod-cons, restaurants and entertainment you would expect on a Mediterranean cruise as you set sail across the Ionian Sea. With amazing 6-bed cabins for you and your new friends, tonight will be a real highlight of your trip!
  • DAY 16

    Olympic Gold
    Arrive at the home of western philosophy and adjust to your new surroundings by trying your first taste of Greek cuisine, while learning to make the traditional dish moussaka with a local chef. With beautiful fresh produce and the most inspirational views, you’ll hear how to make the perfect Greek dish in no time!Take a fully guided tour of the sights of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics before heading to the impressive Temple of Zeus.After a short journey, stop off to admire the Corinthian Canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea (and provides the chance to take some of the best photos of the trip).
  • DAY 17

    A Greek Tragedy
    Delve into the spine-tingling world of Greek drama, with a guided visit of the grand theater of Epidaurus. Boasting celebrated acoustics that resonate throughout every seat in the audience, and the setting of so many classic stories, it is a truly amazing experience.During an insightful workshop, discover first-hand about 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.
  • DAY 18

    Immersive Greek Culture
    Take a tour of Athens with a difference, as you travel by Little Train with the help of an expert guide through the city center, past the many attractive monuments and landmarks that line the ancient roads. Next up is the majestic Acropolis and magnificent Parthenon, which perfectly embodies the glory of ancient Greece.Following some free time and shopping in one of the oldest parts of Athens, it’s time to put your dancing shoes on. Learn the fundamentals of the Greek dance Sirtaki. Enjoy a dinner with local Greek families and delve even deeper into Greek culture by trying some typical and traditional Greek dishes.
  • DAY 19

    Connecting Cultures
    Board the ferry to Aegina, a beautiful Greek island just 27 km off the coast of Athens. Once on land you’ll have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the community during a service project renovating parks, play grounds and even the local monastery.Take a well-earned rest on glistening white beaches, as you sit back, relax and soak up the sun while reflecting on your time discovering the origins of Europe.
  • DAY 20

    Bon Voyage!
    Return home with a wealth of memories and new found friendships from near and far that will last a lifetime.

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)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly

Duration in days

20