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Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.
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Term 1
Jack the Ripper Tour, London from Oxford
Description

He came silently out of the midnight shadows on August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood and gore that led...nowhere. Yes, something wicked this way walked, for this is the Ripper's slashing grounds. We evoke that autumn of gaslight and fog - of menacing shadows and stealthy footsteps - as we inspect the murder sites, sift through the evidence - in all its gory detail - and come to understand the main suspects. Going on this walk is as close as you're going to get to nailing the Ripper. This is the best walk of its kind, as it was master-minded, and frequently led by Donald Rumbelow, who is "internationally recognized as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper". Britain's most distinguished crime historian, Rumbelow is the author of the definitive book on the Ripper, the best-selling The Complete Jack the Ripper. He's been the chief consultant for every major film and television adaptation of the Ripper for the last 25 years.

Join us this afternoon at Whitechapel…if you dare!

Anticipated Date: Wednesday 5th September

$79.00
Term 1
Hiking in the Pyrenees, Barcelona
Description

Catalonia has some of the most beautiful landscapes that Europe has to offer hidden away in and around the Pyrenees mountains. During a full day trip to the Catalan side of the mountain range (separating France from Spain), you will discover these treasures and they will take your breath away.

Getting an early start, you will travel away from Barcelona to the ancient settlement of Vic for a look at some beautiful renaissance and baroque buildings. Your journey will then take you even further north towards the Pyrenees, passing oak and red pine forests and castles which have been around since before the first millennia.

You will then head to the town of Ripoll, formerly home to the first Count of Barcelona, before moving on to Queralbs, 1,236m above sea level with only 200 inhabitants.

Finally you will travel the last 6km to your end destination, only accessible by a special railway track which will carry you into Valle de Nuria, surrounded by 7 glaciered peaks doing their utmost to hide the almost heavenly valley 2,000 meters above sea level. There you will be able to hike around the lake, explore the valley on trails with different levels of difficulty, or just relax and enjoy the views.

Please bring sunscreen, water, and a jacket for the cooler temperatures at the mountain top (there may be some snow on the ground!) and wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. Please bring a picnic lunch and snacks, though there will be places to purchase food. Don’t forget your camera!

Anticipated Date: Saturday 15th September

$189.00
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Term 1
Beach Cruiser Bike Tour, Barcelona
Description

Zip around Barcelona on the city’s coolest form of transportation.

Enjoy a 3 hour ride around Barcelona on these brightly – colored beach cruisers. These fun, jewel-bright bicycles will turn heads as you pedal through the quaint bohemian side streets and the sprawling squares of Barcelona’s charming Gracia neighborhood.

Whether you want to ride towards the turquoise shoreline or toward the striking Sagrada Familia, you are sure to have an incredible experience.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 16th September

$89.00
Term 1
Ostia Antica & Ostia Beach, Rome
Description

A visit to Ostia is a relaxing day out that will take you away from the hustle, bustle and noise of Rome.

In the morning, with our guide, we’ll explore the expansive site of Ostia Antica, an area of Roman ruins which date from the early third century BC. Ostia became an important harbour town, supplying Rome. Over the years Ostia was struck by earthquakes and tsunamis. Instead of rebuilding ruins, the materials were often recycled, with Ostian marble even being used to build cathedrals in Pisa, Florence, Amalfi and Orvieto. The excavations here show many incredible layers of time.

To cool off after exploring the ruins, we will head to Lido di Ostia. Spend your time here at the beach swimming, sunbathing (or studying?!); exploring the shops; people watching in the cafes; or strolling along the promenade.

As we’ll be spending time at the beach, be sure to leave valuables at the hotel. Please wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat, and bring your sunscreen and beach apparel. We will return to Rome for dinner.

Anticipated Date: Saturday 22nd September

$189.00
Term 1
Naples and Pompeii, from Rome
Description

We will experience Naples, the Birthplace of Pizza, by having a slice of pizza.

Leaving Naples, you will cross the valley of Mount Vesuvius, passing through the villages of Ercolano (Herculaneum), Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata before arriving in Pompeii.

Nestled at the foot of Mount Vesuvius is Pompeii. Throughout the height of the Roman Empire, it was quite the lively city. As a result of a volcanic eruption, the town was covered in molten lava and ultimately “frozen in time.” The city lay silent for almost two thousand years, until it was excavated hundreds of years later. A picture of life in Roman times was revealed.

What lay beneath was the town of Pompeii, perfectly preserved as a result of the layer of volcanic ash that had covered it for centuries. Today it remains one of the most compelling archaeological sites and by far one of the most visited Italian attractions.

Visiting Pompeii is an incredible experience. We will take a guided tour of the site, where we will see the houses, theatres, arenas, temples, and public buildings where its original inhabitants lived, worked, played, and worshipped.

We will depart from Rome after breakfast and travel approximately four hours south to Pompeii. We will return to Rome in time for a late dinner at the hotel.

Anticipated Date: Saturday 29th September

$225.00
Term 1
Santorini, from Heraklion
Description

One of the most popular Greek islands, Santorini, known for its beautiful Cycladic architecture and idyllic sunsets.

Board your ferry for the leisurely crossing to Santorini. Upon arrival, visit Oia and explore your new surroundings. A picturesque village known for its white Cycladic buildings and blue domed churches. A perfect place for selfies at the breathtaking view of the volcanic islets, shopping and tasting local food or ice cream. We continue to Fira, the capital town of the island. Free time until we board our return ferry back to Heraklion. Breakfast and dinner on board.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 7th October

$225.00
Term 1
Knossos Palace, Crete
Description

During this excursion we will visit Knossos, the largest Bronze Age architectural site on Crete and considered Europe’s oldest city.

A stay in Crete is not complete without a visit to the magnificent Palace of Knossos – palace of the powerful King Minos. Many Greek mythological stories are woven around this man – son of the Greek god Zeus and the mortal woman Europa, and this site - such as the myth of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur and that of Daidalos and Ikaros. Our guide will tell us more about this glorious history as we discover the ruins.

Please bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, water and wear a comfortable pair of shoes.

Anticipated Date: Saturday 6th October

$125.00
Term 2
Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing
Description

The Temple of Heaven Park is located in the Chongwen District, Beijing. This was the place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It is the largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China's ancient sacrificial buildings.

Today, residents living near the Temple of Heaven enjoy many activities; such as running, cycling, singing, dancing, playing chess, flying kites, Tai Chi and more. On this day excursion, your tour guide will take you inside the temple and around the ancient Hutong city alleyways. Experience a Rickshaw ride, connect with some of the local people and join in on some of their favourite activities.

Please bring: Water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, 27th October

$135.00
Term 2
Community Service, Siem Reap
Description

Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth International Summer Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world. This optional excursion will allow students to engage in locally based environmental or educational initiatives. Their time with local children, animals, or the natural environment of the area will earn them 4-5 community involvement hours which can go towards his/her high school diploma. The students will be heading to Angkor Krav, a small village in Siem Reap and help plant vegetables and herbs for the community, tidy up the area and read to children.

Please wear appropriate clothing that you can get dirty, bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.

Anticipated Date: Sunday, 4th November

$65.00
Term 2
Kayaking, Luang Prabang
Description

We’ll leave our accommodation around 12:30pm and enjoy a drive through the local countryside to our starting point of this river adventure.

In the shadow of mountains, surrounded by jungle we will paddle along the river with several traditional villages on the river banks. We’ll even tackle some exciting river rapids! We rest along the banks for photos, river-jumping and swimming.

We will be guided by a knowledgeable local English-speaking guide. All equipment is provided.

Please bring: Sunscreen, swimsuit and a change of clothes, flip-flops/water-friendly shoes, and a water bottle.

Anticipated Date: Saturday 10th November

$110.00
Term 2
Elephant Sanctuary, Luang Prabang
Description

On the Elephant Volunteer Program, you will be spending the day at the sanctuary helping out onsite with many activities. Every week, the sanctuary has new projects underway; planting, growing and cutting elephant food and feeding the elephants.

This elephant experience is focused on education and animal welfare. We will learn about elephant behaviour, ecology and conservation efforts. We’ll take a boat upriver to assist the elephants with their morning bath, before trekking alongside the elephants through the jungle.

We’ll enjoy a traditional-style lunch, take a swim beside a waterfall and visit a local village while the elephants have their lunch. Then we’ll trek back to the elephant’s nighttime feeding grounds, say our goodbyes and return to base for snacks and de-brief. Prepare yourself for a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

We return to our accommodation for dinnertime.

Please bring: Long sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent and a spare water bottle.

Anticipated Date: Saturday 17th November

$220.00
Term 2
One-day Trekking, Chiang Rai
Description

Explore more of Chiang Rai and the beautiful villages surrounding this city. Start at around 9:00am and head to a relaxing hot spring before starting your 2 hour trek through Ban Lahu and Ban Arka village.

Stop for lunch and a rest and then continue to the waterfalls where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Finish your day off with some tea and a visit to the Chinese village before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

Please bring: Water, sunscreen, bug spray

Anticipated Date: Sunday 18th November

$100.00
Term 2
Thai Cooking Class, Koh Lanta
Description

We head to a local cookery school to learn how to cook some of Thailand’s most mouth-watering dishes, and learn about the herbs and spices that make this country’s cooking so unique.

As a group, you’ll get to make spring rolls and Pad Thai. Dishes will be made vegetarian with the option to add chicken or beef.

Our experienced teacher will make our class fun, and with a practical approach you’ll be able to recreate the dishes back home to impress family and friends.

Anticipated Date: Tuesday, November 27th

$80.00