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9 days

Program Overview

Experience the major museums and landmarks of London, Bletchley Park and Portsmouth. London is an influential city with a rich history among the many sights, including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. View the famous dome, spire and grand architecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Visit the American Memorial Chapel, dedicated to the thousands of Americans who died in Britain during WWII. Explore the Imperial War Museums, including the Churchill War Rooms, WWII and the Holocaust Exhibition. Listen to stories of codebreaking and cybersecurity with visits to Bletchley Park, the top-secret home of World War II codebreakers. Begin the journey into D-Day history in Portsmouth and view the Overlord Embroidery.

Learn more legends and history of Europe in Normandy and Versailles. Get a WWII history lesson on the Allied troops in Normandy on Utah Beach and at the museum as well as guided tours of Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and Normandy American Cemetery. Go on a visual journey through 11th-century history while viewing the Bayeux Tapestry, which is 231 feet of embroidery depicting the Norman Conquest of England. An essential stop in France is the Palace of Versailles, which was designed to glorify the king and express his power over nature. While here, walk the Hall of Mirrors, where tall windows draw in light and mirrors reflect the gardens across the way.

The rest of the journey is spent in Paris, which is known by many names due to the famed sights and artistic trends. View more of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius artwork at the Louvre, see the national art collections at Musée d’Orsay, and explore the academic side of town in the Latin Quarter. Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, which Napoleon commissioned to celebrate the victory of his French armies, and visit his tomb in Hôtel des Invalides. Experience the historical expanse of the City of Light on visits to iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Tuileries Gardens. Stroll through the cobbled streets and charming squares known for the artists and philosophers who have called Paris home.

Daily Itinerary

Learning Outcomes

On this nine-day tour of Europe, learn the background of the Allied troops who were there during World War II and explore the artistic symbols of local culture and history. Discover the stories of thousands of Americans who paid the ultimate price for freedom far from home at the American Memorial Chapel, The D-Day Story and the Utah Beach Museum. Educational visits to the Holocaust Exhibition, Bletchley Park and tours with a local historian drive home the impact that WWII had on so many lives. Explore local architecture and culture from the medieval period of Europe to the still growing art collections of present day, including the Bayeux Tapestry, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Latin Quarter. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.

Curated Experiences

Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

Gratuities

Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.

Insurance

International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.

Interactive Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

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