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Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.
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Term 1
Biking Excursion, Oxford

There’s a reason why so many people use bikes in Oxford! This is one of the best cities in the country for cyclists, with flat terrain, minimal traffic and gorgeous scenery. Moreover, Oxford University is made up of some 38 colleges, spread all over the city. A bike is the perfect way of getting to see all of these dispersed attractions. Our Bike Tour of Oxford shows you a geographical range of sites that we simply can’t reach when we go on foot. We can be marvelling at Balliol College one minute, and zipping out to the lovely Port Meadow the next! Unsurprisingly, these are some of our favourite tours to give!

Anticipated Date: September, 4th

Term 1
Hiking in the Pyrenees, Barcelona

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: September, 14th

Term 1
Beach Cruiser Bike Tour, Barcelona

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: September, 15th

Term 1
Tower of Pisa, Full day, Florence

Come and discover why this tower leans!

We will depart Florence in the morning by train for a visit to the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, a UNESCO Heritage Site. We travel through the beautiful terrain and landscape of Italy’s Arno Valley.

A guided tour will allow for absorption of the history, art and landscape of the town. Walking through the bright and lively streets and squares of the old town, including Piazza die Miracoli will leave you in amazement! We will climb the tower to see the view from up top and then visit the Cathedral of Pisa afterwards. There will be lots of time for us to take some memorable (and fun!) photos of this unique building, and some free time for shopping before we return to Florence in time for dinner.

NB: Please ensure you are dressed appropriately to enter the cathedral (plastic ponchos are provided to those showing shoulders and midriffs, and wearing too short shorts/skirts). You may wish to take a scarf to cover up.

Anticipated Date: September, 21st

Term 1
Gladiator School, Shared Excursion, Rome

A gladiator (Latin: gladiator, "swordsman", from gladius, "sword") was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their lives and their legal and social standing by appearing in the arena. Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death.

A history lesson combined with an opportunity to find out what it takes to be an ancient Roma gladiator. During a 2 hour session, we learn firsthand from the Historic Group of Rome instructors how to fight wearing a traditional gladiator tunic and belt, with authentic weapons, wooden gladius swords, used by gladiators of ancient Rome. A rare opportunity to learn about ancient Roman history, combined with a great work out! A special certificate of attendance will be issued upon conclusion.

The learning grounds are located not far from the Colosseum, and we will be using public transportation to and from our group hotel.

Anticipated Date: September, 28th

Term 1
Knossos Palace, Crete

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: October, 5th

Term 2
Ninh Binh Day Tour, Hanoi

After breakfast, we will head to the ancient capital in Ninh Binh province. Our first stop is Mua Cave. Here you can learn the history from your local guide and climb 500 stone steps to the top of the mountain and take in the magnificent view. After lunch, we will head to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, a famous travel destination in Vietnam that was recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Covered by caves, mountain and river, Trang An offers amazing scenery and rich history. Fun fact- Kong: Skull Island was filmed here. Have the opportunity to view the demo of the ship and the aboriginal village, which was used as the main background for Skull Island.

Return to Hanoi for dinner.

Please wear hiking shoes, (no flop flops), comfortable clothing and bring water.

Anticipated Date: Sunday, October 20th 2019

Term 2
Countryside Biking, Siem Reap

Depart at 3:00pm (3hrs) in the srok srai Khmer (Cambodian countryside). You will ride along red soil roads, rice fields, see farmers at work, and their beautiful small villages. We will then stop and pay a visit to some of these traditional Khmer stilt houses and pagodas (built with wood, bamboo and palm), and chat with the local people.

After a while you will take a rest and try some local drinks such as sugar cane juice, a refreshing drink poured over ice, which is drunk by Cambodians and is especially popular in the countryside. Return to Siem Reap in time for dinner.

Please wear comfortable shoes (no flip flops) and conservative clothing for cycling through the villages. Bike, helmet, and English-speaking guide included. Please wear sunscreen, sunglasses and bring a water-bottle.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, 2nd November

Term 2
Community Service, Siem Reap

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, 3rd November

Term 2
Kayaking, Luang Prabang

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 9th November

Term 2
Elephant Sanctuary, Luang Prabang

On the Elephant Volunteer Program, you will be spending the morning 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 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 16th November

Term 2
One-day Trekking, Chiang Rai

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 and hiking shoes

Anticipated Date: Sunday 17th November

Term 2
Thai Cooking Class, Koh Lanta

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 26th