Why Travel with the Helix EuroClub and EF Tours?
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It’s the opportunity to explore your world up close and travel with new and old friends. It’s learning outside the classroom, amid the awe-inspiring sights of Europe. It’s building confidence, increasing cultural awareness and meeting people. It’s an experience like no other.
What's not included:
We insist upon hotels that are comfortable, clean and safe, and all rooms have a private bathroom. EF staff personally visit hotels to make sure they meet our standards. Keep in mind you’ll spend little time in your hotel—you’ll be too busy exploring the best of your destination. Please keep in mind that groups may not all be roomed next to each other and may be on different floors, and some hotels may be located outside the city center.
Every breakfast and dinner is included on your EF Tour. We provide a European breakfast - juice, coffee, bread and rolls with butter and jam, and often cereal, yogurt, fruit, cheese or meat. For dinners, we choose restaurants with a balance of familiar dishes and local favorites, such as fish and chips in London, bratwurst in Munich or pasta in Italy.
Lunches are yours to explore local restaurants and cafés. Savor a warm crêpe as you stroll down Champs-Élysées in Paris or devour a delicious gyro at a taverna in Athens with your friends.
Want more ideas for food? Your tour director can suggest places to eat!
EF Tour Directors
EF Tour Directors are available 24 hours a day while on tour, and they know their stuff! They take care of all the logistical details on tours (hotels, buses, sightseeing tours, etc.) so you can have fun. They also give you ideas for free time and take you to some of the coolest off-the-beaten-path locations!
Guided sightseeing tours
Get to know a destination just like an insider when expert local guides provide in depth tours by motorcoach of their city. Besides telling you all the history, culture and customs of the area, they also lead visits to museums and monuments.
Where Are You Going Next?
A trip to a great European destination is scheduled for Spring Break 2022.
Travelers who sign up in the first 2 weeks will receive a $200 discount!
Individuals who have previously traveled with EF receive an additional $100 discount!
A student conducting diligent fundraising over four years will be able to raise much of this, but keep in mind, students/parents need to make up for any shortfalls when the tour fees become due in December of 2021.
Day 1: Fly overnight to Switzerland
Day 2: Zurich | Lucerne – Meet your Tour Director at the airport. – Travel to Lucerne, where the majestic Swiss Alps rise behind the shores of Lake Lucerne and provide the stunning backdrop to one of Switzerland’s most picturesque cities.
Day 3: During your tour of Lucerne, you’ll see the poignant Lion Monument, or Löwendenkmal, a sandstone statue commemorating the Swiss Guards slain in the 1792 Paris storming of the Tuileries. Follow Lucerne’s winding cobbled streets past fairy-tale houses to the Chapel Bridge, or Kapellbrücke. Stroll along this covered bridge, which dates back to medieval days, and admire the colorful murals overhead. – Time to see more of Lucerne or enjoy a Swiss Alps experience.
Day 4: Lucerne | Lake Como | Cinque Terre – Travel to Cinque Terre via the Italian Lake District, which stretches across Northern Italy.
Day 5: Visit Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. See the stunning, colorful houses built along the rugged landscape, and admire the captivating view of the surrounding hillsides.
Day 6: Travel to the French Riviera. On the way, stop in Monaco to take in the sights and sounds. The kingdom of Monaco, ruled by the House of Grimaldi since 1297, is the second smallest country in the world. A tourist destination and a recreation center for the wealthy, picturesque Monaco is often romanticized in popular culture. – Take a walking tour of Nice, known as Nice la Belle or “Nice the Beautiful.” Such is the breathtaking allure of this port city that it has inspired countless geniuses—painters like Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, composers such as Hector Berlioz, and philosophers like Friedrich Nietzsche. – Enjoy dinner in Nice.
Day 7: Continue on to Provence. Painter Paul Cézanne once said of Provence: “Everywhere are the fragrances of honey, thyme, lavender, all the herbs of the nearby hills.” Discover for yourself what also inspired Picasso and van Gogh. – Take a tour of Avignon: Pont d’Avignon. – Visit the Palais des Papes, home to French native Pope Clement V, who moved the papacy here from Rome in 1309. View the stunning Italian frescoes in the chapel and see the hidden vaults where the church’s riches were stored.
Day 8: Provence – Visit Pont du Gard. – Take a tour of Nîmes. – Visit the Nîmes Amphitheater.
Day 9: Travel to Barcelona, an art lover’s dream city and the place where masters like Miró, Picasso, and Dalí flourished. – Take a walking tour of Barcelona: Las Ramblas.
Day 10: Barcelona – Take an expert-led tour of Barcelona. – Enjoy free time in the city
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