EUROPEAN CULTURAL SCHOOL TOUR - 16 DAYS - from R 41 900 per pupil with free leader places

This is a sample itinerary of a recent tour we booked - We will custom make your school tour to your specifications.

 

DAY 1 

Depart O R Tambo International Airport  Destination Rome

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DAY 2

Arrive in Rome 

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Rome - the capital of the Roman Empire, the most powerful, largest and longest lasting empire of classical Western civilization. It’s hard to say what you'll find most breathtaking about the Eternal City - the arrogant opulence of the Vatican, the timelessness of the Forum, or the gory resonance of the Colosseum!

 

On arrival at the airport, meet your local tour coach and transfer into the city centre to your hotel . After check in, meet your local guide to embark on a half day Imperial Tour of Rome including The Roman Forum and The Colosseum.

Return to your hotel for dinner.

DAY 3

After breakfast, use your Metro tickets into the city to explore The Pantheon, The Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona. Free time for sightseeing and shopping.

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Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at your hotel.

 

DAY 4

After breakfast, collect your packed lunch and then use your Metro tickets for transfer to The Vatican City.

A local guide is provided for a half day tour of the Vatican City.

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The Vatican Museums are one of the most famous and renowned cultural institutions of the Holy See. They are known everywhere because of the masterpieces which the Roman Pontiffs have commissioned, collected and preserved during the ages.

Lunch for own account.

Use your Metro tickets to explore some of wonderful the sights in Rome and do a self-guided walking tour. Buy an ice cream at a local gelateria and remember to throw a coin into the Trevi fountain to ensure your return to the eternal city.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

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Overnight at your hotel.

Dinner at local restaurant

 

DAY 5

 

After breakfast, collect your packed lunch we depart by coach for Florence, capital of the Italian Renaissance and a world centre for art.En route make a stop in Siena.  Time to walk the city walls at leisure. More than anywhere else, Siena embodies the aspect of a medieval city.  With its yellowish-brown buildings (from which the colour ''sienna'' is named) and encircled by massive ramparts, the city extends over three converging clay hills at the very heart of the high Tuscan plateau.  As a centre for the arts, Siena is an enticing maze of narrow streets, lined with tall palaces and patrician mansions, which come together as the famous Piazza del Campo.

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Continue late afternoon to Florence. The evening is at leisure to explore this beautiful city.

Overnight at your hotel

Dinner at a local restaurant

DAY 6

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After breakfast, meet your guide for a half-day city guide to see all the main sites including a visit to the Academia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s wonderful statue of David.

Rich in history Florence is one of the most enticing cities in Italy. Its rich culture and architecture is evident in the beautiful cathedral - the Duomo, and also in the Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio - a famous 14th century bridge.

Enjoy lunch – for own account at San Lorenzo Markets

San Lorenzo markets

The San Lorenzo markets are actually comprised of two separate markets. One is better known as the Central Market (Mercato Centrale), which is a two-level, indoor food market. The other is the outdoor market full of stalls selling leather, clothing, and souvenirs. It runs from the Church of San Lorenzo along Via Ariento all the way to Via Nazionale. The market is as markets go – a cheap and cheerful place to search for a bargain, although definitely not the best quality items (and not always a bargain), but popular with tourists as much as Italians. 

Afternoon at leisure – for more sightseeing, a self –guided tour and some shopping

Dinner and overnight at your hotel

 

DAY 7

After breakfast, collect your packed lunch for an early departure for Venice this morning. 

En route, take a short stop in Bologna - one of Italy's great medieval cityscapes. This delightful city is not only pleasing to the eye but is the culinary capital of Italy!  Make sure you enjoy a delicious gelato while walking along one of Bologna’s famous porticos

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Board your coach and depart for Venice

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Venice

DAY 8

After breakfast, meet your local guide for a walking tour of Venice.

Venice is a legendary city. She chose the waters of the lagoon for her regal existence of more than a thousand years, the same water that has saved her from the clutches of time and yet threatens her very being. She is a city of a multitude of faces and moods - each visitor to Venice takes away a highly personal impression of the city's essence.

As we approach, take in the fine views of Piazza San Marco and the Doges Palace.  Meet with your local guide and embark on a walking tour through San Marco, visiting the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica and on through the maze of alleys to the Bridge of Sighs and beyond.

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Lunch for own account.

This afternoon your local guide will take you on a tour of the islands of Murano and Burano by Vaporetto.

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Day 9

This morning collect packed lunch and after an early breakfast, we leave this wonderful city and depart for Bergamo.

End-route we have a stop in Verona.

Known as La Piccola Roma (Little Rome), Verona flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries and is still well known for its Romeo and Juliet connections immortalised by Shakespeare. As well as Juliet's House there are many fascinating sights in Verona including those dating back to Roman times such as the pink-marble amphitheatre which is now Verona's opera house.

 

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Depart for Bergamo.

Check in to Bergamo Hostel and embark on a Funicular ride up to Citta Alta.

Dinner at hostel

Day 10

Late morning after breakfast, collect your packed lunch. We leave for Switzerland driving past picturesque Lake Como and through some wonderful Alpine scenery en route to Grindelwald.  Situated between two beautiful lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and at the foot of the famous trio of peaks: the Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger, Grindelwald is ideally situated for enjoying scenic views and excursions in Switzerland.

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Dinner at Hostel

Overnight at the Grindelwald YHA or similar.

 

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DAY 11

This morning we journey to the roof of Europe on an excursion by rack railway into the heart of the Swiss Alps. Amid spectacular scenery we climb high above the tree line to Kleine Scheidegg for a fantastic panorama of the Jungfrau, the Monch and the world famous North Face of the Eiger.

 

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Kleine Scheidegg

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Afternoon is free for a spot of hiking or other outdoor activity!

Overnight at the Grindelwald YHA

Dinner at the Hostel

Day 12

 After breakfast, collect your packed lunch and head for Strasbourg.

 Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the capital city of the Grand Est region, formerly Alsace, in northeastern France. It's also the formal seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences. Its Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame features daily shows from its astronomical clock and sweeping views of the Rhine River from partway up its 142m spire.

On arrival in Strasbourg check in to your Hostel.

After check-in, depart for a guided tour of Le Petit France

La Petite France is a charming and genteel neighbourhood, crisscrossed by the canals of the River III. It is within easy walking distance of the centre of Strasbourg, and your point of entry will be the Pont Saint-Martin. As you cross over the bridge you should be able to see the Pont du Faisan, a revolving steel bridge that was constructed in the late 19th century. Stroll along quiet streets lined with half-timbered houses that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, some with window boxes filled with flowers. One of the most famous is Maison des Tanneurs (House of Tanners), built in 1572. Today, it is a restaurant, popular for its chacroute, a recipe made from fermented cabbage. Take a table by a window to enjoy views over the canals. The area has several more restaurants by the water where you can sample traditional Alsatian cuisine accompanied by gorgeous views. As you are making your way through Le Petite France, you may also be able to see the workings of the canal locks. At the far end of the district, beyond the towers and covered bridges is the Barrage Vauban. This beautiful bridge, which looks like a house stretched across the waterway, was built in 1681 as a defensive structure.

Free time for some sightseeing.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 13

Check out of hostel, collect your packed lunch and depart for Paris.

Paris is a captivating city with bustling street life, cosmopolitan cafés and the some of the most spectacular buildings and monuments in Europe. The city exudes style and there is an exciting, romantic buzz in the air.

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Dinner at hotel restaurant this evening.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 14

After breakfast, meet up with your local guide for a half day tour of the French Capital this morning.  A tour of Paris rings with famous names - the Champs Elysees, Place de La Concorde, the Opera, magnificent Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter.

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Our tour ends with a visit to the Louvre, the most famous and prized museum in France. Constructed around 1200 as a fortress, and rebuilt around the mid-16th century as a royal palace, it became a public museum in 1793. The paintings, sculptures and artefacts on display have been assembled over the last 5 centuries, but undoubtedly the most famous is Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

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The remainder of the day free for sightseeing and shopping

Lunch for own account.

Dinner at local Paris restaurant this evening.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 15

Enjoy breakfast, embark on a one hour circular Bateau Mouche cruise.

Then proceed to the iconic Eiffel Tower for a visit to the 2nd level.

Paris in all her splendour, greets your incredulous eyes. You will enjoy clear views of all the capital’s monuments, The Louvre, Grand Palais, the bends in the Seine, Montmartre, Invalides and Notre Dame etc. It is also home to shops and dining options. Don’t miss the incredible macaroon bar.

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Board the Metro bound for Montmartre. You will have some free time for last minute shopping after which you will visit the incredible Sacre Cœur monument.

The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmarte, it has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital, from 130 metres above ground. In a Roman-Byzantine style, the Sacré Coeur is recognizable by its white colour. Inside the building, the ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic in France measuring about 480 m². The crypt is also worth a visit. And to go even higher up, visitors can access the dome where the 360° view of Paris is magnificent. A short walk from the Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre, the district of Abbesses with its steep, winding roads, and at the bottom of the hill, the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Montmartre.

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Overnight at your hotel

Day 16

 Enjoy breakfast, collect your packed lunch, check out of your hostel and board your coach bound for Versailles, where you will meet your local guide for a tour of the Château De Versailles and its magnificent gardens.

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Versailles is a city on the western edge of the French capital city Paris, now part of the sprawling metropolis within the Ile de France region. Versailles is best known for being the site of the vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV on what had been the grounds of a royal hunting lodge. It is also one of the wealthiest cities near Paris

After your tour, some free time to enjoy the beautiful village of Versailles.

 Known as the best in the region, come and discover the markets of Versailles and taste fresh local produce!

Live like locals by strolling around the market stalls in a friendly atmosphere... During the week or on the weekend, you will always find a market on one of the many marketplaces Versailles has!

Fresh products, flowers, clothes or furniture, you can find everything!

Sadly, the tour comes to and end. Board your coach, wave goodbye to Paris and proceed to the airport.

Check in for your flight 

INCLUDED IN COST:

Flights

Airport Taxes

14 Nights accommodation

30 million medical insurance cover

Breakfast Daily

7 Hotel dinners

7 Restaurant Dinners

7 packed lunches

Coach transport as specified

1 Free leader place for every 10 pupils traveling 

Half day Imperial city tour Rome with guide

Entrance to Pantheon Rome

Admission Roman Forum

Admission Colosseum

3 Day Rome Metro pass

Half day guise – Vatican City

Entrance Vatican Museum

Half day guided city tour Florence

Entrance Accademia Florence

Guided walking tour of Venice

Guided visits to Murano and Burano

Island Vaporetto Pass Venice – 3 islands

Funicular tickets Bergamo

Tickets for Jungfraubahn - Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg – return

Guided walking tour of La Petit France – Strasbourg

Half day guided tour Paris

Admission Louvre Museum

2 Day Metro Pass

Bateaux Mouche circular tour

Entrance to Eiffel Tower 2nd level (subject to availability)

Entrance to Sacre Coeur

Half day guide Versailles and gardens

Items not included in the price:

·  Meals not specified above..

·  Passport & visa costs.

·  Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls etc.).

·  Gratuities to the tour guides (unless specifically mentioned above).

·  Items not specifically mentioned above.

VISA COSTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
 

COST OF TOUR – R41 979

VISA COSTS – R1590.00

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