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Heart of Europe 2018



Total price consists of the base program cost of $6290 plus an optional local domestic return flight between $0 and $900

France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Vatican City.

Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, the Alps, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome and Vatican City.

Embark on a grand tour of discovery through the heart of Europe. Follow in the footsteps of armies, aristocrats and artists as you unearth the secrets of a truly diverse continent. Indulge in a wealth of art, history and cuisine while creating a life-time of memories and contributing to local communities along the way.

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NOTE: all dates depart the USA from the international gateway of New York JFK. If you choose a different local departure point this will involve a seperate feeder flight. If you are making your own way to JFK please choose JFK as your local airport.

Please be aware that some airports will have a greater choice of connecting flights resulting in more convenient departure times and shorter transfer times at the gateway. The airports we recommend are: ATL, CLT, DEN, DFW, EWR, IAD, IAH, LAX, MCO, MSP, ORD, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SEA, SFO

Please note that if a student is 16 years of age or younger and not traveling on flights with a leader or a parent, the airline may mandate Unaccompanied Minor Services be purchased for travel. Ticket information will be provided to families approximately 3 weeks prior to departure so that these services can be arranged between the parent and the airline direct. All fees associated with these services are the responsibility of the traveler and may be necessary round-trip.



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People to People Unique Moments

Authentic Homestay in Germany

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 specially selected host. This is international networking like never before!

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. Make friends with your local guides as you explore their favorite 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.

The Palace of Versailles

Explore the extravagance of the Palace of Versailles. Enjoy a team picnic within the grounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site following a trip to the market, bartering for lunch ingredients in French.

Cultural Exchanges / Education and Service

A Lesson with a Professional Artist

Famed for its awe-inspiring art, explore the neighborhood of Picasso and Matisse before visiting a genuine Parisian artist´s studio. Take part in an insightful educational workshop in the 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. 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 secret service for the Pope! These highly trained and elaborately dressed elite military personnel 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.

An Expert’s Insight into the Tragedies of WWII

As one of the most shocking events of the 20th Century, the Holocaust is a subject taught the world over, with survivor’s stories shared as a warning to both current and future generations. Gain a fascinating first hand insight into the Holocaust from an expert passionate about WWII education during a truly unique and open discussion. What you hear and learn today will most certainly stay with you.

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 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.

Medieval Combat and Traditional Games

Calling all dead shots, brawlers and blacksmiths… Try your hand at medieval fighting practices and techniques (with expert help) or opt for the slightly less intense selection of genuinely thrilling traditional games. You’ll also be able to join in and contribute to the good work of the ‘Community Castle Project’. This experience culminates in a lavish banquet inside an ancient castle town.

Grab Your Dancing Shoes!

Twist and spin your way through Austrian culture, perched on the peaks of the Alps. Following an exploration of local artisanal craft worshops, let your hair down during a dance lesson with a difference. During a fun filled afternoon, attempt to master the folk dance “Schuplattler”. Take in the local’s moves and live music while getting to know your hosts, immersed in a truly unique atmosphere.

  • DAYS 1-2

    Welcome to Europe
    Those all-important first impressions… Discover Paris during a specially arranged, expert orientation of the city. Take in the sights and sounds of the world renowned Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe and of course Notre Dame Cathedral.During the afternoon, meet with a local artist 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

    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 barter in French and pick up the ingredients for lunch.With the wealth of art and priceless artifacts on show in Europe’s biggest museum, 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. Spend the evening taking in a breath-taking light show at the iconic Eifel Tower.
  • DAY 4

    Secrets of the City of Lights
    Meet up with local students who will share their secrets of the city, such as their favourite places to socialise, in the stunning Garden of Jardin de Luxembourg. Join in with a number of activities designed to connect different cultures and build international relationships.Following yet another delicious traditional French lunch, hop on the train to Munich for the second leg of your European grand tour. Journey through the beautiful countryside of the heart of the continent, while enjoying a specially prepared dinner, on-board a super-fast train.
  • DAY 5

    German Highs & Lows
    Experience a dark chapter of European History during a visit to the infamous Dachau Concentration Camp. Discover the true nature of these camps, and those it imprisoned, as you delve into Dachau`s terrible past. For lunch, head to the giant Munich Viktualien-Market for a traditional Bavarian meal.Explore the historic center of Munich, capital of Bavaria. From the top of the city’s tallest building, gaze out over the surrounding area and take in stunning panoramas stretching for as far as the eye can see. Munich is the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Germany and the home of much of the nation’s history.
  • DAY 6

    German Engineering
    Learn more about BMW, the luxury car manufacturer, respected the world over for their high quality automobiles. Seize the chance to learn about modern technology used in the production process of BMW automobiles. You will be the envy of all your friends and family!Hit the heights of German engineering during a thrilling ride on an alpine coaster. The Alpine-Coaster is a spectacular adventure and breath-taking feat of design and construction that slides down the beautiful alpine mountains of Germany.
  • DAY 7

    The Sound of Music
    Uncover Salzburg’s hidden treasures on an insightful exploration of a truly beautiful city. Explore a wealth of history dating back to the Middle Ages with your knowledgeable local guide.Explore the picturesque landscapes of the Austrian Alps, made famous by the iconic opening scenes of the smash hit movie “The Sound of Music”. As you make your way through the stunning natural beauty of the region, keep an eye out for those famous film locations!
  • DAYS 8-9

    A 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 lifetime experience, that showcases the day to day realities of your European peers.
  • DAY 10

    Service Project and a Glimpse into a Dark History
    Step into the dark for a glimpse into the lives of disabled men and women. Roles are reversed as you rely on blind students for your basic needs in your new surroundings. Discuss the difficulties they face, and learn how they overcome prejudice and stereotypes during their day to day lives.Gain a fascinating first hand insight into the Holocaust from an expert passionate about WWII education during a truly unique and open discussion on this turbulent time of European history.
  • DAY 11

    Classical History
    Explore Vienna’s history and beautiful landmarks on a tour with a difference, during a guided City Quest around the city. Enjoy the most traditional of lunches at the truly unique Viennese Wuerstelstand which is an open air booth serving local sausages and other specialities. This really will be a lunch that you’ll never forget!This afternoon board your exclusive privately hired vintage tram as you ride through the city in style towards Schoenbrunn Palace. Bathe in the beauty of the Gardens of the Palace, summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Join a Classical Viennese Concert while walking in the footsteps of celebrated composers Mozart and Strauss.
  • DAY 12

    A Night Under the Stars
    Work alongside local residents on the ‘Castle Project’. Volunteers are united in the construction of an authentic medieval castle, using only medieval technology. Spend an afternoon tackling the challenges of a whole host of Medieval sports including archery, crossbow and chavelot.Your action-packed Middle Age themed day culminates in a rousing evening of traditional food and ritual games in the small castle-town of Friesach. Spend the night under the stars in a specially recreated medieval village. You’ll never forget the meal they cook for you!
  • DAY 13

    The Good Life
    Embrace small town, alpine life in the heart of Europe. Discover how local communities function, with an exploration of how industry in these areas has changed throughout the years, while still maintaining the charm of the area.Meet with local musicians and learn how to dance the traditional folk dance “Schuplattler”.Tuck into a home-made lunch, lovingly prepared by locals, before departing for your next destination, Venice!
  • DAY 14

    Romance in Venice
    Take a deep breath… Kick off an action-packed day by 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, fully immersive day. Learn about Venice’s most celebrated exports, as you and your new friends take part in a Murano Glass blowing demonstration.Tuck into an array of tasty pasta dishes for lunch, before navigating Venice’s picture perfect canals by Gondola. Take in sites including the Guggenheim Museum, the “Fenice Theater,” and Mozart’s Residence.
  • DAY 15

    Florence Renaissance
    Following the journey to Florence, try 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.With the help of an expert guide, visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s colossal statue David and a 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. Spend an evening in fantastic company, with Italian families, indulging in good food and great tales of the region.
  • DAY 16

    A Piece of Pisa
    Take a whirlwind tour of Pisa, culminating in a trip to the Leaning Tower, where you can snap the classic photo of you propping up the striking landmark before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.Receive a welcome from an official at the American cemetery in nearby Florence, while unearthing the history of the area and learning about the brave sacrifices of soldiers during WWII. Join a pizza making class, where you can try out all your creations, and take home new found culinary skills.
  • DAY 17

    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 as you soak up the sunshine with the most amazing views.
  • DAY 18

    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 19

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

Traveler Details

Leaders for Heart of Europe

June 30 to July 18, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)
July 7 to July 25, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.

Duration in days