Western Civilization

Pre-College summer programs in Europe – TravelAdventure, History and Cultural Immersion

Pre-College Programs , Travel - Study Programs

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Wisdom begins in wonder



Athens, Rome, Florence, Paris


July 9 - August 3


$7,495 $6,245


Hotels, Student Apartments


Grades 9-12

Day Trips

Delphi, Glyfada, Pompeii, Siena, Versailles

Ελάτε! Περιπέτεια σας περιμένει! If you are interested in European history, philosophy, art, archeology, and mythology then prepare yourself for the ultimate academic adventure. It is nearly impossible to avoid the phrase “the trip of a lifetime” when thinking about our program itinerary. You’ll spend 6 nights each in Athens, Rome, Florence and Paris traveling and exploring alongside our staff of expert instructors, who specialize in European history from Ancient Greece to Revolutionary France. Just imagine, you will discuss Athenian daily life at the Ancient Agora right underneath the Acropolis in Athens, walk in Caesar’s footsteps in the Roman Forum, marvel at Michelangelo’s works in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria and contemplate Louis XIV’s idea of Absolutism while wandering in the gardens of Versailles.

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Program Highlights

  • Go on a unique educational journey to Europe’s greatest cities, lead by inspirational instructors, in the company of new friends
  • Travel in time to experience the greatest civilizations in human history
  • Discuss Aristotle and Plato at the Athenian Parthenon, walk in Cesar’s footsteps at the Roman Forum, admire Da Vinci and Michelangelo at the Uffizi in Florence, and discuss the fall of French monarchy at the Place de la Concorde in Paris
  • Live in modern, centrally located 3 star hotels in each city
  • Eat authentic food in local restaurants, getting a taste of the local culture
  • Learn in a fun, interactive way, outside of the classroom (hence our Experiential Learning Method!)
  • Be a savvy, sophisticated traveler. Go above and beyond the standard tourist checklist!
  • Meet local youth and make friends from all over the world
  • Included day trips to Nafplio, Pompeii, Sienna, Cinque Terre, Versailles, and more
  • Excursions to Europe’s greatest museums: Louvre, Capitolini, Uffizi, Accademia
  • All inclusive 3.5 week session

Daily Schedule

With four cultural capitals on our itinerary we have our work cut out for us. We create a balanced daily schedule each day that gives you the opportunity to learn about, explore, and experience the local culture in many forms. Mornings include guided tours and on-site lessons at monuments and museums while afternoons and evenings are dedicated to optional cultural activities and excursions, free time for exploration, and nightly group meals. Whatever the historic theme scheduled for the day may be, we strive to balance structure and spontaneity to ensure you get to see the “popular” sites, lesser-known “local” spots, and pursue your personal interests.

Important note: Curfew and Free Time

The students will have approximately 2 – 3 hours of free time per day, subject to our safety rules and guidelines. The curfew is at 11 pm on weekdays and 11.30 – 12 midnight on weekends, subject to change at program director’s discretion.

If you were there...

  • Morning

    Lesson at Acropolis

  • Morning

    Lesson at Saint Chapelle

  • Afternoon

    Beach day

  • Afternoon

    Day trip to Cinque Terre Italy

  • Afternoon

    Eiffel tower picnic

  • Afternoon

    Group discussion Napoli Museum

  • Afternoon

    In Versailles

  • Afternoon


  • Afternoon

    Notre Dame

  • Afternoon

    Rome, Coliseum Claire taking photos

  • Afternoon

    Rome, Coliseum group photo

  • Afternoon

    Three boys in Trevi

  • Soirée



Athens (Week 1) -

Our adventure begins in ancient Greece as you read important works by influential Greek thinkers, explore key monuments and discuss Athenian society and its greatest philosophers, artists and political leaders: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Pericles and Alexander the Great of Macedonia. You will enjoy Athens’ thriving contemporary culture, comparing traditional Greek fare with Greek fusion during group dinners, shopping for hand-made sandals in the open-air markets and interacting with locals in our historic neighborhood of Plaka. A relaxing day trip to the private beach resort of Glyfada is an excellent end to this first week of travel!

Rome (Week 2) -

Our journey continues with a visit to the 2,000 year-old town of Pompeii. A true snapshot of Roman society, preserved at the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius, it provides a perfect introduction to the Roman era. We then continue to the Eternal City, where you will learn about emperors from Augustus to Constantine, with excursions to the Coliseum, Pantheon, Vatican and visits to other relics of their legacies. Evenings provide ample opportunities to delight in the beauty of the city’s twinkling lights, and also to learn the idiosyncrasies of the culture that inspired the ever-so-popular phrase, “When in Rome…”

Florence (Week 3) -

The home of the Italian Renaissance, magnificent Florence welcomes you with open arms for the third part of our program. Excursions to the Uffizi, Accademia (home of Michelangelo’s David) and celebrated cultural sites will give you access to some of the greatest masterpieces of Renaissance art in existence. You’ll soon discover that seeing these works in person will inspire a discussion on the evolution of politics and society from Donatello to the ruling Medici family.

Paris (Week 4) -

We couldn’t imagine a better place to end our journey than in The City of Lights. Visits to the Bastille, Versailles, Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe and other landmarks open up a discussion on the Middle Ages, the era of absolute monarchy, the French Revolution, and the French Enlightenment. If you are passionate about art history then you’ll surely enjoy our visits to the Louvre, Museé d’Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou. We’ll also stroll through the city’s many historic neighborhoods, indulging in the famous café culture and enjoying a picnic (and boat ride) on the Seine.



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