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The Heritage Program 2019

31 Days. As a tribute to the early days of People to People International, we’re excited to introduce our 31-day Heritage Program. Specially designed for true global citizens, this is a journey from Washington, D.C. through nine different countries in Europe. Experience a fascinating mosaic of cultures, people and history.
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31 days

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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 your impactful 31-day journey.

Please note: The June 24th departure will be reversed from Greece to Scotland. 

Washington DC, USA

The US Capital

Day 2

President Eisenhower spent 8 years in Washington, DC as President, and this is where the concept of People to People came about. Go behind the scenes on a tour of The United States Capitol which is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. With your professional guide, travel around the city and learn more about how this area became a federal district and the capital of the United States of America.

People to People Moment

People to People Political Discussion -International Peace
Overnight Flight

Depart USA

Day 3

Today you will visit with a member of the US Government to talk about the importance of Global Peace and how each of you can play an active role in supporting the mission of People to People International.   Visit The Smithsonian, which is the world’s largest museum and research complex. Take some time to venture around some of the 11 world-class museums along the National Mall.  Tonight, you will board your international flight to Europe.

Highland (Celtic Traditions)
Edinburgh, Scotland

Castle Rock

Day 4

Upon your arrival to Scotland, you will meet your delegation manager and begin to explore Edinburgh. Originally, known as Castle Rock, you will be introduced to this beautiful city from the vantage point of the historic fortress that is Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site is home of the Honours of Scotland, Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg and One o’clock Gun.

People to People Moment

Meeting and Demonstration from a Scottish Highlander
Edinburgh, Scotland

Meet a Highlander

Day 5

Discover for yourself Edinburgh’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets frozen in time since the 17th Century. During your tour of ancient Edinburgh, hear some of the gruesome tales of the residents from this time, which is nothing like the modern Edinburgh you see today. This afternoon it is time to try Scotland’s national dish – haggis. After dinner you will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime People to People unique experience meeting a true Scottish Highlander. Learn how to tie a traditional Scottish kilt and use weapons that the Scots used to battle the Romans and defeat the English.

London, England

Hadrian's Wall

Day 6

Today you will travel from Scotland to England and along the way you will touch one of the greatest monuments to the power of the Roman Empire. Hadrian’s Wall ran for 73 miles across open country dividing present day England from Scotland. You will stop at Birdoswald Roman Fort.  This is the perfect place to see the longest continuous remaining stretch of this magnificent World Heritage Site.

 

 

People to People Moment

People to People Unique Moment - Medieval Encampment
Warwick, England

Warwick Castle

Day 7

In the morning you’ll explore the ancient Roman city of Chester, before heading to Warwick Castle to experience your medieval encampment. Upon arriving at the Castle you will be greeted by Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, and his knight of the Realm. Obey the orders of the Earl or experience his wrath.

london
London, England

Welcome to London

Day 8

Welcome to London. With over 15 million visitors a year, it is a city that has it all. See the very best of this iconic city with your very own official Professional Guide before taking to the sky on the Coca-Cola London Eye for a bird’s eye view of the city.

Meeting a former Member of Parliament (European Odyssey)

People to People Moment

Exclusive People to People Moment - Political Discussions with a Former Member of British Parliament
London, England

Meet a Former Member of Parliament

Day 9

See the very best of London as you cruise past Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and beneath the iconic Tower Bridge. Explore Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus before watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Visit the Tower of London and meet a world famous Yeoman Warder. In the afternoon, like a true global ambassador, meet and talk with a former Member of British Parliament. Discover the differences and similarities between the UK and USA political systems. Top off a truly exciting day with a show in the West End, the British equivalent of Broadway.

 

Paris, France

The Louvre

Day 10

Cross the English Channel via the Chunnel and you will find yourself in Paris. You’re first stop is the Louvre, where you will see a wealth of art and priceless treasures on show in Europe’s largest museum, known for Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece the Mona Lisa. This evening dine in the Louvre’s “Carousel Restaurants du Monde,” which showcases different cuisines from around the globe.

People to People Moment

Peer Connections - Meet Local Parisian Students
Paris, France

Paris with Peers

Day 11

Experience Paris with local French students and learn the secrets of the city from your local peers. In the evening, you will climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and truly understand why Paris is known as the City of Lights as you take in the breathtaking 360 degree view.

People to People Moment

Interactive Learning Experience - French Cooking Class
Paris, France

Interactive Learning - Cooking and Art

Day 12

Spend the morning perfecting your culinary skills in a French cooking class. 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 escargot or crepes, while perched on top of Montmartre’s hill.

People to People Moment

Peer Connections - Go Biking with Dutch Students
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bike with Dutch Students

Day 13

Break into the ranks of true world travelers today as you dine in three different countries. You will enjoy breakfast in France, lunch in Belgium, and dinner in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands you will cycle through the Dutch windmill park, Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and join in on a friendly game of soccer with local Dutch students.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Anne Frank's House

Day 14

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 glimpse into the Holocaust. This visit and the feelings it creates will stay with you forever, and you’ll understand the importance of global peace. Round off the day with a nighttime canal cruise that allows you to see Amsterdam from a completely different perspective.

Berlin, Germany

West to East

Day 15

You’re halfway through your epic journey with 5 countries under your belt and 5 more to go. This evening find yourself in Berlin, Germany. Take in the sights and sounds of the German capital as you stroll down the Kurfürstendamm. You will get a glimpse of the city that now represents a varied, cultural treasure trove, but was once re-born out of war and political division during the 20th Century.

berlin

People to People Moment

Community Service - Volunteer to improve parks and playgrounds for local German students
Berlin, Germany

Give Back

Day 16

Visit a defining feature of the Cold War, at the infamous crossing point between East and West Germany. Unearth the realities of life for those who lived on both sides of the Berlin Wall with the help of the fascinating displays inside its museum. Make a real difference during this unique People to People moment as you help non-profit organizations improve children’s lives in the local community.

Prague, Czech Republic

The City of a Hundred Spires

Day 17

Stroll through Dresden, a city affected greatly by the actions of World War II that still has managed to retain its reputation as a place of beauty. Journey to Prague: “the City of a Hundred Spires.” Go off the beaten path and explore the Old Town with its array of ancient treasures, architecture, and awesome hidden gems. For your evening’s entertainment, take in a show at the Black Magic Theater.

People to People Moment

Peer Connections - Meet with Local Blind Students
Vienna, Austria

Gain a New Perspective

Day 18

Glimpse into the lives of disabled men and women in a role reversal exercise, leaving you to rely on blind students for 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.

People to People Moment

People to People Moment - Holocaust Education and Discussion
Vienna, Austria

The Holocaust

Day 19

Gain insights into the Holocaust from an expert passionate about World War II education during an open discussion on this turbulent time of European history. Later in the morning, explore Vienna’s history and landmarks during a guided City Quest. Enjoy a classic regional lunch at the unique Viennese Wuerstelstand—an open air booth serving local sausages and other specialties. This afternoon, board your private vintage tram and ride through the city in style towards Schoenbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. End your day with a classical Viennese concert.

Salzburg, Austria

Austrian Alps

Day 20

Uncover Salzburg’s hidden treasures as you explore a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages with your local guide. Explore the picturesque landscapes of the Austrian Alps, made famous by the opening scenes in the movie, “The Sound of Music.”

People to People Moment

Exclusive People to People Homestay Experience
Salzburg, Austria

Local Homestay

Day 21-22

Settle in with your homestay family as you immerse yourself in the true life of an European family. Live the local way, enjoying everything from food and local traditions to social activities with students your own age. This exclusive People to People moment provides you with truly fascinating insight into a new way of life.

Jesolo, Italy

Ciao Italia

Day 23

Say farewell to your Austrian family before making your way to Italy. You will reach Jesolo, a seaside resort town in the province of Venice, just in time to spend some time on the beach and have dinner.

Venice, Italy

The Canals of Venice

Day 24

Kick off an action-packed day by heading out on a guided tour of the city. Bustle through alleys, quaint bridges, and narrow canals, and see the Basilica San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Learn about Venice’s most celebrated exports as you take part in a Murano glass blowing demonstration. Sample 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.

florence

People to People Moment

Interactive Learning Experience - Italian Cooking
Florence, Italy

The Accademia

Day 25

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 walk through the city of Florence, passing the Duomo and the bronze doors to the Baptistery, fittingly known as the Gate to Paradise. In the afternoon, you will travel to Pisa and visit the famous Leaning Tower. You will end your day in an Italian cooking class, where you will get to eat a pizza made by you.

Florence, Italy

Pay Respect

Day 26

Receive a welcome from an official at the American Cemetery in nearby Florence and learn about the brave sacrifices of soldiers during World War II.

Rome, Italy

Ancient Rome

Day 27

Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Stand in awe 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.

People to People Moment

People to People Meeting with the Swiss Guard
Rome, Italy

Meet Swiss Guards

Day 28

Explore 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-lifetime tour of the Vatican Museums, spectacular frescos of the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Meet with a member of the Swiss Guard. Hear tales from his time spent guarding the Pope and learn what it takes to join one of the oldest military units in the world.

Athens, Greece

The Parthenon

Day 29

The final country in your adventure is Greece. Today you will fly from Rome to Athens. Set your sights on the majestic Acropolis and magnificent Parthenon, which perfectly embody the glory of ancient Greece. Following some free time, put your dancing shoes on! Learn the fundamentals of the Greek dance Sirtaki. Enjoy dinner with local families and delve deeper into Greek culture by trying some typical Greek dishes.

People to People Moment

Interactive Learning Experience - Greek Theater Workshop
Athens, Greece

Greek Drama

Day 30

Delve into the spine-tingling world of Greek drama with a guided visit of the grand theater of Epidaurus. Discover the complexities of Greek theatre. Kick back and relax by spending the rest of your day on the beach and in the sea, before sharing memories with the rest of your delegation at your farewell delegation.

Depart, Greece

Time for Farewell

Day 31

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