SUMMER EXPERIENCES

EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY

Experience Europe’s cultural diversity and rich history as part of a close-knit group of teens on this four-week transcontinental odyssey traveling from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea!

venice student trip

This journey kicks off with Western Europe Discovery. Travel to the grand capitals of Amsterdam, Paris and London. Visit the Anne Frank Home, the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, Normandy, and Big Ben. Experience the highlights, heritage, and treasures of Western Europe.

Then, fly to the south of Europe where the journey continues with Italy Discovery. Experience the Colosseum, the Vatican, the leaning Tower of Pisa, the canals of Venice, and Michelangelo’s David Sculpture. You’ll also sample delicious food, enjoy Italian beaches and discover Italy’s many cultural treasures. And then for a change of pace (and climate), you’ll travel deep into the mountains of Slovenia to canoe on a glacial lake, raft down the roaring Soca River, explore a massive network of underground caves and enjoy the crisp mountain air of the European Alps.

Euro-Continental Discovery is also about connecting with the colorful history of the Jewish People in Europe. We visit centuries-old synagogues, confront the devastating effects of the Holocaust and experience a special Shabbat with the contemporary Jewish communities of Rome, Venice, and London.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Glasgow
Kayak toward the city center of Dublin while listening to local musical artists

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Browse Piccadilly Circus and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
Navigate the canals of old Venice by Gondola
Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Explore the Tuscan countryside and the beauty of the Italian Alps
Tour Florence, home to Michelangelo, Da Vinci & Dante
Explore the treasures of the Vatican and the Jewish Quarter in Rome
Learn how pasta and gelato are made
Raft the Soca River, trek the Postojna Caves and enjoy a memorable night at Lake Bled in Slovenia
Test out your problem solving skills as you decipher codes in the Escape Room

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of Italy Discovery #1 + United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from London to Milan is included as part of our optional supervised flight.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe

  • Arrive to London’s Heathrow Airport in the morning
  • Meet our local staff and travel to London for an orientation on the grounds of Windsor Castle
  • Return to London and check-in to our hotel
  • Enjoy an authentic dinner on Oxford Street

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #3 | Thursday | London, England

  • Take the “tube” to the Tower of London
  • Experience a Thames River Cruise to Tower of Westminster
  • Walk to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben clock tower for some photo-ops
  • Evening: Ride the London Eye, London’s iconic ferris wheel

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #4 | Friday | London, England

  • Explore 10 Downing Street– view the British Prime Minister’s residence
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at the Buckingham Palace
  • Enjoy lunch and exploration time at Borough Market
  • Participate in a London service project working with a migrant community
  • Return to hotel and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming and lunch
  • Sports activities and free time at Coram’s Field
  • Walk to the British Museum – View the treasures of ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece & Rome
  • Explore the National Gallery
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and a traditional fish and chips dinner

OVERNIGHT: London, England 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Stonehenge, England

  • Depart London for the English countryside
  • Nature walk and group building activity at Alice Holt Forest
  • Pizur lunch in Winchester
  • Grapple with the ancient mystery of Stonehenge
  • Arrive to Portsmouth on the English Channel – Board an overnight sleeper ferry to France
  • Enjoy a group dinner at sea!

OVERNIGHT: Sleeper ferry, crossing the English Channel

DAY #7 | Monday | Normandy, France

  • Disembark our ferry in Caen, France
  • Solemnly explore Normandy’s U.S. military cemetery from World War II
  • Recount the D-Day Landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy
  • Visit to the Normandy Memorial Centre for History and Peace
  • Arrive to Paris in the early evening and check-in to our accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Paris, France

  • Explore the palace and grounds of Versailles – Home to French Royalty and Mary Antoinette
  • Return to Paris and explore the Jewish Quarter – Le Marais – Center of Europe’s largest Jewish community
  • Learn about the experience of French Jews during World War II at the Shoah Museum
  • Paris on foot – Cathedral of Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Paris, France

  • Morning at the Louvre – View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting and much more
  • Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an unforgettable view!
  • Free time for shopping in Paris – Discover the “City of Lights”

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #10 | Thursday | Bruges, Belgium

  • Depart Paris in the morning and travel to Bruges, a cultural hub of Belgium
  • Enjoy lunch and Belgian fries at the Frietmuseum!
  • Explore Bruges on foot – St. Bonifacius Bridge, Grote Markt central square, and more
  • Sample delicious Belgian chocolate at a chocolate factory

OVERNIGHT: Ghent, Belgium

DAY #11 | Friday | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Drive towards Holland in the morning – Drive by the NATO and EU Headquarters en route
  • Explore Fort Breendonk – Transit point to Auschwitz for Belgian Jews during the Holocaust
  • Arrive to Amsterdam: check-in to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Chabad House with the local community

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Amsterdam

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Visit to the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam
  • Explore Amsterdam on foot on a walking your
  • Group night out strolling through the Leidseplein Square

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #13 | Sunday | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Learn about Dutch cheese-making techniques at Clara Maria Farm
  • Explore the picturesque Dutch countryside’s windmills on a bicycle ride
  • Return to Amsterdam and have a photo-op at the “I Am Sterdam” in front of Rijskmuseum
  • Visit the Anne Frank House
  • Evening: Enjoy a pizza dinner and river cruise!

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #14 | Monday | Farewell Amsterdam, Hello Milan!

  • Depart Amsterdam on a supervised flight to Milan
  • Rest, relax, recharge and get ready for a new week!
  • Evening: Enjoy a group dinner in Milan

OVERNIGHT: Milan, Italy

DAY #15| Tuesday | Recharge and Refresh Milan

  • Casual walking tour of Milan – plenty of photo-op stops along the way
  • Group dinner

Overnight: Milan, Italy

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Milan

  • Meet your group and local staff in Milan!
  • Walking tour of Milan – Ice breakers and orientation
  • Photo stop at Sforza castle and head to Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) and admire all of
    the historic monuments along the way

OVERNIGHT: Milan, Italy

DAY #17 | Thursday | Venice’s Ghetto Origins

  • Depart for Venice
  • Stop to swoon under the balcony of “Juliet’s House” in Verona
  • Say goodbye to the bus and enter the water-filled streets of the Venice old city
  • Learn about the Venetian history of the word “ghetto” at the Jewish Museum
  • Wander through the historic Jewish Quarter and navigate Venice via traditional gondolas

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #18 | Friday | The Waterways of Venice

  • Set sail for the islands of Murano and Burano
  • Experience a traditional Venetian glass-making factory
  • Travel to Lido Island and enjoy beach time and swimming in the Adriatic Sea
  • Return to the main island of Venice and prepare for Shabbat
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Spanish Synagogue in the Venice Ghetto
  • Learn about the contemporary Jewish community of Venice over a traditional Shabbat dinner

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Venice

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch with the Jewish community
  • Venice on foot! – Explore Piazza San Marco, including the Basilica and Ducale Palace
  • Group night out on the town in Venice

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #20 | Sunday | Rafting in Slovenia

  • Depart Venice in the morning and set off for the Slovenian backcountry
  • White water rafting down the Soca – One of Europe’s most beautiful rivers!
  • Travel through the Slovenian mountains to Kranjska Gora deep in the Slovenian mountains

OVERNIGHT: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

DAY #21 | Monday | Adventures in the Backcountry

  • Take a boat ride to tiny Bled Island in the middle of the crystal blue lake
  • Make a wish! Ring the island’s legendary wishing bell
  • Visit Ljubljana – Slovenia’s capital – Take in the views from a castle towering over the city
  • Test out your problem-solving skills as you decipher codes in the Escape Room

OVERNIGHT: Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY #22 | Tuesday | The Italian Countryside

  • Cool off navigating underground through the Postojna cave system
  • Cross back into Italy and travel towards Florence via the Tuscan countryside
  • Stop in Bologna to explore the city
  • Arrive in the Florence region and check-in to accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Montecatini, Italy

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Florence, Italy

  • Explore Florence – the Duomo, Piazza San Lorenzo and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
  • Climb to the top of the Campanile Tower for a stunning panoramic view of Florence
  • The Art of Florence – View Michelangelo’s David Statue at the Galleria dell’Accademia
  • Tour the Great Synagogue – One of the world’s most beautiful synagogues
  • Depart to Montecatini

OVERNIGHT: Montecatini, Italy

DAY #24 | Thursday | Pisa, Italy

  • Travel to Pisa – Climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa and explore the Square of Miracles
  • Travel south along the coast towards Rome
  • Get oriented to the seven hills of Rome from Palatine Hill
  • Recount the legend of Romulus and Remus –the founding story of Rome
  • Channel your inner warrior taking part in a “Gladiator for a Day” training
  • Check-in to accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #25 | Friday | The Ancient Empire of Rome!

  • Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Empire at the Coliseum and the Forum Romanum
  • Explore Vatican City in the heart of Rome – St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel
  • Stand beside the massive Arch of Titus and view a depiction of the Temple Menorah that is believed to have been carried off to Rome from the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Oratorio di Castro Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #26 | Saturday | Shabbat in Rome

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Walking tour of Rome’s Jewish Quarter – The oldest continually settled Jewish community outside Israel
  • Continue exploring Rome on foot – stop at the Pantheon Temple and Fontana di Trevi

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #27 | Sunday | Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius

  • Guided tour of Pompeii – The preserved ancient Roman city
  • Drive up to Mount Vesuvius and peer into the volcano’s crater
  • Return to Rome for dinner

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #28| Monday | Ancient Tivoli

  • Travel to Tivoli– the ancient hilltop resort town of the Roman Empire
  • Relaxed beach time in the afternoon
  • Return to Rome in the evening for a final dinner party and group session

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #29 | Tuesday | Ciao Italy!

  • Depart from Rome on a supervised group flight in the morning
  • Arrive back to New York City in the afternoon

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

The weather throughout Italy and Slovenia is a typical Mediterranean climate – dry heat, cool evenings, and little to no rain. Temperatures will typically be in the 80s and 90s. Because of the dry nature of the heat in the Mediterranean, the sun is deceptively strong, and you should plan to bring plenty of sunscreen and a good hat for outdoor touring.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All food provided by BBYO Passport experiences in Israel are kosher. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Western Europe Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of Italy Discovery #1 + Western Europe Discovery #3, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of Western Europe Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #3, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #3 is the combination of Western Europe Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #4, and countries will be visited in that order. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from London to Milan is included as part of our optional supervised flight. Learn more about how connections work.

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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This journey kicks off with Western Europe Discovery. Travel to the grand capitals of Amsterdam, Paris and London. Visit the Anne Frank Home, the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, Normandy, and Big Ben. Experience the highlights, heritage, and treasures of Western Europe.

Then, fly to the south of Europe where the journey continues with Italy Discovery. Experience the Colosseum, the Vatican, the leaning Tower of Pisa, the canals of Venice, and Michelangelo’s David Sculpture. You’ll also sample delicious food, enjoy Italian beaches and discover Italy’s many cultural treasures. And then for a change of pace (and climate), you’ll travel deep into the mountains of Slovenia to canoe on a glacial lake, raft down the roaring Soca River, explore a massive network of underground caves and enjoy the crisp mountain air of the European Alps.

Euro-Continental Discovery is also about connecting with the colorful history of the Jewish People in Europe. We visit centuries-old synagogues, confront the devastating effects of the Holocaust and experience a special Shabbat with the contemporary Jewish communities of Rome, Venice, and London.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Glasgow
Kayak toward the city center of Dublin while listening to local musical artists

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Browse Piccadilly Circus and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
Navigate the canals of old Venice by Gondola
Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Explore the Tuscan countryside and the beauty of the Italian Alps
Tour Florence, home to Michelangelo, Da Vinci & Dante
Explore the treasures of the Vatican and the Jewish Quarter in Rome
Learn how pasta and gelato are made
Raft the Soca River, trek the Postojna Caves and enjoy a memorable night at Lake Bled in Slovenia
Test out your problem solving skills as you decipher codes in the Escape Room

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of Italy Discovery #1 + United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from London to Milan is included as part of our optional supervised flight.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe

  • Arrive to London’s Heathrow Airport in the morning
  • Meet our local staff and travel to London for an orientation on the grounds of Windsor Castle
  • Return to London and check-in to our hotel
  • Enjoy an authentic dinner on Oxford Street

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #3 | Thursday | London, England

  • Take the “tube” to the Tower of London
  • Experience a Thames River Cruise to Tower of Westminster
  • Walk to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben clock tower for some photo-ops
  • Evening: Ride the London Eye, London’s iconic ferris wheel

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #4 | Friday | London, England

  • Explore 10 Downing Street– view the British Prime Minister’s residence
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at the Buckingham Palace
  • Enjoy lunch and exploration time at Borough Market
  • Participate in a London service project working with a migrant community
  • Return to hotel and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming and lunch
  • Sports activities and free time at Coram’s Field
  • Walk to the British Museum – View the treasures of ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece & Rome
  • Explore the National Gallery
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and a traditional fish and chips dinner

OVERNIGHT: London, England 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Stonehenge, England

  • Depart London for the English countryside
  • Nature walk and group building activity at Alice Holt Forest
  • Pizur lunch in Winchester
  • Grapple with the ancient mystery of Stonehenge
  • Arrive to Portsmouth on the English Channel – Board an overnight sleeper ferry to France
  • Enjoy a group dinner at sea!

OVERNIGHT: Sleeper ferry, crossing the English Channel

DAY #7 | Monday | Normandy, France

  • Disembark our ferry in Caen, France
  • Solemnly explore Normandy’s U.S. military cemetery from World War II
  • Recount the D-Day Landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy
  • Visit to the Normandy Memorial Centre for History and Peace
  • Arrive to Paris in the early evening and check-in to our accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Paris, France

  • Explore the palace and grounds of Versailles – Home to French Royalty and Mary Antoinette
  • Return to Paris and explore the Jewish Quarter – Le Marais – Center of Europe’s largest Jewish community
  • Learn about the experience of French Jews during World War II at the Shoah Museum
  • Paris on foot – Cathedral of Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Paris, France

  • Morning at the Louvre – View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting and much more
  • Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an unforgettable view!
  • Free time for shopping in Paris – Discover the “City of Lights”

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #10 | Thursday | Bruges, Belgium

  • Depart Paris in the morning and travel to Bruges, a cultural hub of Belgium
  • Enjoy lunch and Belgian fries at the Frietmuseum!
  • Explore Bruges on foot – St. Bonifacius Bridge, Grote Markt central square, and more
  • Sample delicious Belgian chocolate at a chocolate factory

OVERNIGHT: Ghent, Belgium

DAY #11 | Friday | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Drive towards Holland in the morning – Drive by the NATO and EU Headquarters en route
  • Explore Fort Breendonk – Transit point to Auschwitz for Belgian Jews during the Holocaust
  • Arrive to Amsterdam: check-in to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Chabad House with the local community

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Amsterdam

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Visit to the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam
  • Explore Amsterdam on foot on a walking your
  • Group night out strolling through the Leidseplein Square

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #13 | Sunday | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Learn about Dutch cheese-making techniques at Clara Maria Farm
  • Explore the picturesque Dutch countryside’s windmills on a bicycle ride
  • Return to Amsterdam and have a photo-op at the “I Am Sterdam” in front of Rijskmuseum
  • Visit the Anne Frank House
  • Evening: Enjoy a pizza dinner and river cruise!

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #14 | Monday | Farewell Amsterdam, Hello Milan!

  • Depart Amsterdam on a supervised flight to Milan
  • Rest, relax, recharge and get ready for a new week!
  • Evening: Enjoy a group dinner in Milan

OVERNIGHT: Milan, Italy

DAY #15| Tuesday | Recharge and Refresh Milan

  • Casual walking tour of Milan – plenty of photo-op stops along the way
  • Group dinner

Overnight: Milan, Italy

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Milan

  • Meet your group and local staff in Milan!
  • Walking tour of Milan – Ice breakers and orientation
  • Photo stop at Sforza castle and head to Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) and admire all of
    the historic monuments along the way

OVERNIGHT: Milan, Italy

DAY #17 | Thursday | Venice’s Ghetto Origins

  • Depart for Venice
  • Stop to swoon under the balcony of “Juliet’s House” in Verona
  • Say goodbye to the bus and enter the water-filled streets of the Venice old city
  • Learn about the Venetian history of the word “ghetto” at the Jewish Museum
  • Wander through the historic Jewish Quarter and navigate Venice via traditional gondolas

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #18 | Friday | The Waterways of Venice

  • Set sail for the islands of Murano and Burano
  • Experience a traditional Venetian glass-making factory
  • Travel to Lido Island and enjoy beach time and swimming in the Adriatic Sea
  • Return to the main island of Venice and prepare for Shabbat
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Spanish Synagogue in the Venice Ghetto
  • Learn about the contemporary Jewish community of Venice over a traditional Shabbat dinner

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Venice

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch with the Jewish community
  • Venice on foot! – Explore Piazza San Marco, including the Basilica and Ducale Palace
  • Group night out on the town in Venice

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #20 | Sunday | Rafting in Slovenia

  • Depart Venice in the morning and set off for the Slovenian backcountry
  • White water rafting down the Soca – One of Europe’s most beautiful rivers!
  • Travel through the Slovenian mountains to Kranjska Gora deep in the Slovenian mountains

OVERNIGHT: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

DAY #21 | Monday | Adventures in the Backcountry

  • Take a boat ride to tiny Bled Island in the middle of the crystal blue lake
  • Make a wish! Ring the island’s legendary wishing bell
  • Visit Ljubljana – Slovenia’s capital – Take in the views from a castle towering over the city
  • Test out your problem-solving skills as you decipher codes in the Escape Room

OVERNIGHT: Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY #22 | Tuesday | The Italian Countryside

  • Cool off navigating underground through the Postojna cave system
  • Cross back into Italy and travel towards Florence via the Tuscan countryside
  • Stop in Bologna to explore the city
  • Arrive in the Florence region and check-in to accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Montecatini, Italy

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Florence, Italy

  • Explore Florence – the Duomo, Piazza San Lorenzo and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
  • Climb to the top of the Campanile Tower for a stunning panoramic view of Florence
  • The Art of Florence – View Michelangelo’s David Statue at the Galleria dell’Accademia
  • Tour the Great Synagogue – One of the world’s most beautiful synagogues
  • Depart to Montecatini

OVERNIGHT: Montecatini, Italy

DAY #24 | Thursday | Pisa, Italy

  • Travel to Pisa – Climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa and explore the Square of Miracles
  • Travel south along the coast towards Rome
  • Get oriented to the seven hills of Rome from Palatine Hill
  • Recount the legend of Romulus and Remus –the founding story of Rome
  • Channel your inner warrior taking part in a “Gladiator for a Day” training
  • Check-in to accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #25 | Friday | The Ancient Empire of Rome!

  • Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Empire at the Coliseum and the Forum Romanum
  • Explore Vatican City in the heart of Rome – St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel
  • Stand beside the massive Arch of Titus and view a depiction of the Temple Menorah that is believed to have been carried off to Rome from the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Oratorio di Castro Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #26 | Saturday | Shabbat in Rome

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Walking tour of Rome’s Jewish Quarter – The oldest continually settled Jewish community outside Israel
  • Continue exploring Rome on foot – stop at the Pantheon Temple and Fontana di Trevi

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #27 | Sunday | Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius

  • Guided tour of Pompeii – The preserved ancient Roman city
  • Drive up to Mount Vesuvius and peer into the volcano’s crater
  • Return to Rome for dinner

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #28| Monday | Ancient Tivoli

  • Travel to Tivoli– the ancient hilltop resort town of the Roman Empire
  • Relaxed beach time in the afternoon
  • Return to Rome in the evening for a final dinner party and group session

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #29 | Tuesday | Ciao Italy!

  • Depart from Rome on a supervised group flight in the morning
  • Arrive back to New York City in the afternoon

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

The weather throughout Italy and Slovenia is a typical Mediterranean climate – dry heat, cool evenings, and little to no rain. Temperatures will typically be in the 80s and 90s. Because of the dry nature of the heat in the Mediterranean, the sun is deceptively strong, and you should plan to bring plenty of sunscreen and a good hat for outdoor touring.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All food provided by BBYO Passport experiences in Israel are kosher. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Western Europe Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of Italy Discovery #1 + Western Europe Discovery #3, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of Western Europe Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #3, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #3 is the combination of Western Europe Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #4, and countries will be visited in that order. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from London to Milan is included as part of our optional supervised flight. Learn more about how connections work.

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY

Experience Europe’s cultural diversity and rich history as part of a close-knit group of teens on this four-week transcontinental odyssey traveling from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea!

EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY

Experience Europe’s cultural diversity and rich history as part of a close-knit group of teens on this four-week transcontinental odyssey traveling from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea!

venice student trip

This journey kicks off with Western Europe Discovery. Travel to the grand capitals of Amsterdam, Paris and London. Visit the Anne Frank Home, the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, Normandy, and Big Ben. Experience the highlights, heritage, and treasures of Western Europe.

Then, fly to the south of Europe where the journey continues with Italy Discovery. Experience the Colosseum, the Vatican, the leaning Tower of Pisa, the canals of Venice, and Michelangelo’s David Sculpture. You’ll also sample delicious food, enjoy Italian beaches and discover Italy’s many cultural treasures. And then for a change of pace (and climate), you’ll travel deep into the mountains of Slovenia to canoe on a glacial lake, raft down the roaring Soca River, explore a massive network of underground caves and enjoy the crisp mountain air of the European Alps.

Euro-Continental Discovery is also about connecting with the colorful history of the Jewish People in Europe. We visit centuries-old synagogues, confront the devastating effects of the Holocaust and experience a special Shabbat with the contemporary Jewish communities of Rome, Venice, and London.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Glasgow
Kayak toward the city center of Dublin while listening to local musical artists

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Browse Piccadilly Circus and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
Navigate the canals of old Venice by Gondola
Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Explore the Tuscan countryside and the beauty of the Italian Alps
Tour Florence, home to Michelangelo, Da Vinci & Dante
Explore the treasures of the Vatican and the Jewish Quarter in Rome
Learn how pasta and gelato are made
Raft the Soca River, trek the Postojna Caves and enjoy a memorable night at Lake Bled in Slovenia
Test out your problem solving skills as you decipher codes in the Escape Room

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of Italy Discovery #1 + United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from London to Milan is included as part of our optional supervised flight.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe

  • Arrive to London’s Heathrow Airport in the morning
  • Meet our local staff and travel to London for an orientation on the grounds of Windsor Castle
  • Return to London and check-in to our hotel
  • Enjoy an authentic dinner on Oxford Street

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #3 | Thursday | London, England

  • Take the “tube” to the Tower of London
  • Experience a Thames River Cruise to Tower of Westminster
  • Walk to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben clock tower for some photo-ops
  • Evening: Ride the London Eye, London’s iconic ferris wheel

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #4 | Friday | London, England

  • Explore 10 Downing Street– view the British Prime Minister’s residence
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at the Buckingham Palace
  • Enjoy lunch and exploration time at Borough Market
  • Participate in a London service project working with a migrant community
  • Return to hotel and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming and lunch
  • Sports activities and free time at Coram’s Field
  • Walk to the British Museum – View the treasures of ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece & Rome
  • Explore the National Gallery
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and a traditional fish and chips dinner

OVERNIGHT: London, England 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Stonehenge, England

  • Depart London for the English countryside
  • Nature walk and group building activity at Alice Holt Forest
  • Pizur lunch in Winchester
  • Grapple with the ancient mystery of Stonehenge
  • Arrive to Portsmouth on the English Channel – Board an overnight sleeper ferry to France
  • Enjoy a group dinner at sea!

OVERNIGHT: Sleeper ferry, crossing the English Channel

DAY #7 | Monday | Normandy, France

  • Disembark our ferry in Caen, France
  • Solemnly explore Normandy’s U.S. military cemetery from World War II
  • Recount the D-Day Landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy
  • Visit to the Normandy Memorial Centre for History and Peace
  • Arrive to Paris in the early evening and check-in to our accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Paris, France

  • Explore the palace and grounds of Versailles – Home to French Royalty and Mary Antoinette
  • Return to Paris and explore the Jewish Quarter – Le Marais – Center of Europe’s largest Jewish community
  • Learn about the experience of French Jews during World War II at the Shoah Museum
  • Paris on foot – Cathedral of Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Paris, France

  • Morning at the Louvre – View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting and much more
  • Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an unforgettable view!
  • Free time for shopping in Paris – Discover the “City of Lights”

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #10 | Thursday | Bruges, Belgium

  • Depart Paris in the morning and travel to Bruges, a cultural hub of Belgium
  • Enjoy lunch and Belgian fries at the Frietmuseum!
  • Explore Bruges on foot – St. Bonifacius Bridge, Grote Markt central square, and more
  • Sample delicious Belgian chocolate at a chocolate factory

OVERNIGHT: Ghent, Belgium

DAY #11 | Friday | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Drive towards Holland in the morning – Drive by the NATO and EU Headquarters en route
  • Explore Fort Breendonk – Transit point to Auschwitz for Belgian Jews during the Holocaust
  • Arrive to Amsterdam: check-in to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Chabad House with the local community

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Amsterdam

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Visit to the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam
  • Explore Amsterdam on foot on a walking your
  • Group night out strolling through the Leidseplein Square

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #13 | Sunday | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Learn about Dutch cheese-making techniques at Clara Maria Farm
  • Explore the picturesque Dutch countryside’s windmills on a bicycle ride
  • Return to Amsterdam and have a photo-op at the “I Am Sterdam” in front of Rijskmuseum
  • Visit the Anne Frank House
  • Evening: Enjoy a pizza dinner and river cruise!

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #14 | Monday | Farewell Amsterdam, Hello Milan!

  • Depart Amsterdam on a supervised flight to Milan
  • Rest, relax, recharge and get ready for a new week!
  • Evening: Enjoy a group dinner in Milan

OVERNIGHT: Milan, Italy

DAY #15| Tuesday | Recharge and Refresh Milan

  • Casual walking tour of Milan – plenty of photo-op stops along the way
  • Group dinner

Overnight: Milan, Italy

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Milan

  • Meet your group and local staff in Milan!
  • Walking tour of Milan – Ice breakers and orientation
  • Photo stop at Sforza castle and head to Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) and admire all of
    the historic monuments along the way

OVERNIGHT: Milan, Italy

DAY #17 | Thursday | Venice’s Ghetto Origins

  • Depart for Venice
  • Stop to swoon under the balcony of “Juliet’s House” in Verona
  • Say goodbye to the bus and enter the water-filled streets of the Venice old city
  • Learn about the Venetian history of the word “ghetto” at the Jewish Museum
  • Wander through the historic Jewish Quarter and navigate Venice via traditional gondolas

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #18 | Friday | The Waterways of Venice

  • Set sail for the islands of Murano and Burano
  • Experience a traditional Venetian glass-making factory
  • Travel to Lido Island and enjoy beach time and swimming in the Adriatic Sea
  • Return to the main island of Venice and prepare for Shabbat
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Spanish Synagogue in the Venice Ghetto
  • Learn about the contemporary Jewish community of Venice over a traditional Shabbat dinner

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Venice

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch with the Jewish community
  • Venice on foot! – Explore Piazza San Marco, including the Basilica and Ducale Palace
  • Group night out on the town in Venice

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #20 | Sunday | Rafting in Slovenia

  • Depart Venice in the morning and set off for the Slovenian backcountry
  • White water rafting down the Soca – One of Europe’s most beautiful rivers!
  • Travel through the Slovenian mountains to Kranjska Gora deep in the Slovenian mountains

OVERNIGHT: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

DAY #21 | Monday | Adventures in the Backcountry

  • Take a boat ride to tiny Bled Island in the middle of the crystal blue lake
  • Make a wish! Ring the island’s legendary wishing bell
  • Visit Ljubljana – Slovenia’s capital – Take in the views from a castle towering over the city
  • Test out your problem-solving skills as you decipher codes in the Escape Room

OVERNIGHT: Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY #22 | Tuesday | The Italian Countryside

  • Cool off navigating underground through the Postojna cave system
  • Cross back into Italy and travel towards Florence via the Tuscan countryside
  • Stop in Bologna to explore the city
  • Arrive in the Florence region and check-in to accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Montecatini, Italy

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Florence, Italy

  • Explore Florence – the Duomo, Piazza San Lorenzo and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
  • Climb to the top of the Campanile Tower for a stunning panoramic view of Florence
  • The Art of Florence – View Michelangelo’s David Statue at the Galleria dell’Accademia
  • Tour the Great Synagogue – One of the world’s most beautiful synagogues
  • Depart to Montecatini

OVERNIGHT: Montecatini, Italy

DAY #24 | Thursday | Pisa, Italy

  • Travel to Pisa – Climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa and explore the Square of Miracles
  • Travel south along the coast towards Rome
  • Get oriented to the seven hills of Rome from Palatine Hill
  • Recount the legend of Romulus and Remus –the founding story of Rome
  • Channel your inner warrior taking part in a “Gladiator for a Day” training
  • Check-in to accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #25 | Friday | The Ancient Empire of Rome!

  • Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Empire at the Coliseum and the Forum Romanum
  • Explore Vatican City in the heart of Rome – St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel
  • Stand beside the massive Arch of Titus and view a depiction of the Temple Menorah that is believed to have been carried off to Rome from the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Oratorio di Castro Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #26 | Saturday | Shabbat in Rome

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Walking tour of Rome’s Jewish Quarter – The oldest continually settled Jewish community outside Israel
  • Continue exploring Rome on foot – stop at the Pantheon Temple and Fontana di Trevi

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #27 | Sunday | Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius

  • Guided tour of Pompeii – The preserved ancient Roman city
  • Drive up to Mount Vesuvius and peer into the volcano’s crater
  • Return to Rome for dinner

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #28| Monday | Ancient Tivoli

  • Travel to Tivoli– the ancient hilltop resort town of the Roman Empire
  • Relaxed beach time in the afternoon
  • Return to Rome in the evening for a final dinner party and group session

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #29 | Tuesday | Ciao Italy!

  • Depart from Rome on a supervised group flight in the morning
  • Arrive back to New York City in the afternoon

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

The weather throughout Italy and Slovenia is a typical Mediterranean climate – dry heat, cool evenings, and little to no rain. Temperatures will typically be in the 80s and 90s. Because of the dry nature of the heat in the Mediterranean, the sun is deceptively strong, and you should plan to bring plenty of sunscreen and a good hat for outdoor touring.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All food provided by BBYO Passport experiences in Israel are kosher. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Western Europe Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of Italy Discovery #1 + Western Europe Discovery #3, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of Western Europe Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #3, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #3 is the combination of Western Europe Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #4, and countries will be visited in that order. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from London to Milan is included as part of our optional supervised flight. Learn more about how connections work.

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past travelers and families.

 

venice student trip

This journey kicks off with Western Europe Discovery. Travel to the grand capitals of Amsterdam, Paris and London. Visit the Anne Frank Home, the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, Normandy, and Big Ben. Experience the highlights, heritage, and treasures of Western Europe.

Then, fly to the south of Europe where the journey continues with Italy Discovery. Experience the Colosseum, the Vatican, the leaning Tower of Pisa, the canals of Venice, and Michelangelo’s David Sculpture. You’ll also sample delicious food, enjoy Italian beaches and discover Italy’s many cultural treasures. And then for a change of pace (and climate), you’ll travel deep into the mountains of Slovenia to canoe on a glacial lake, raft down the roaring Soca River, explore a massive network of underground caves and enjoy the crisp mountain air of the European Alps.

Euro-Continental Discovery is also about connecting with the colorful history of the Jewish People in Europe. We visit centuries-old synagogues, confront the devastating effects of the Holocaust and experience a special Shabbat with the contemporary Jewish communities of Rome, Venice, and London.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Glasgow
Kayak toward the city center of Dublin while listening to local musical artists

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Browse Piccadilly Circus and visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
Navigate the canals of old Venice by Gondola
Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Explore the Tuscan countryside and the beauty of the Italian Alps
Tour Florence, home to Michelangelo, Da Vinci & Dante
Explore the treasures of the Vatican and the Jewish Quarter in Rome
Learn how pasta and gelato are made
Raft the Soca River, trek the Postojna Caves and enjoy a memorable night at Lake Bled in Slovenia
Test out your problem solving skills as you decipher codes in the Escape Room

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of Italy Discovery #1 + United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from London to Milan is included as part of our optional supervised flight.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe

  • Arrive to London’s Heathrow Airport in the morning
  • Meet our local staff and travel to London for an orientation on the grounds of Windsor Castle
  • Return to London and check-in to our hotel
  • Enjoy an authentic dinner on Oxford Street

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #3 | Thursday | London, England

  • Take the “tube” to the Tower of London
  • Experience a Thames River Cruise to Tower of Westminster
  • Walk to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben clock tower for some photo-ops
  • Evening: Ride the London Eye, London’s iconic ferris wheel

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #4 | Friday | London, England

  • Explore 10 Downing Street– view the British Prime Minister’s residence
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at the Buckingham Palace
  • Enjoy lunch and exploration time at Borough Market
  • Participate in a London service project working with a migrant community
  • Return to hotel and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: London, England

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming and lunch
  • Sports activities and free time at Coram’s Field
  • Walk to the British Museum – View the treasures of ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece & Rome
  • Explore the National Gallery
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Havdalah and a traditional fish and chips dinner

OVERNIGHT: London, England 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Stonehenge, England

  • Depart London for the English countryside
  • Nature walk and group building activity at Alice Holt Forest
  • Pizur lunch in Winchester
  • Grapple with the ancient mystery of Stonehenge
  • Arrive to Portsmouth on the English Channel – Board an overnight sleeper ferry to France
  • Enjoy a group dinner at sea!

OVERNIGHT: Sleeper ferry, crossing the English Channel

DAY #7 | Monday | Normandy, France

  • Disembark our ferry in Caen, France
  • Solemnly explore Normandy’s U.S. military cemetery from World War II
  • Recount the D-Day Landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy
  • Visit to the Normandy Memorial Centre for History and Peace
  • Arrive to Paris in the early evening and check-in to our accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Paris, France

  • Explore the palace and grounds of Versailles – Home to French Royalty and Mary Antoinette
  • Return to Paris and explore the Jewish Quarter – Le Marais – Center of Europe’s largest Jewish community
  • Learn about the experience of French Jews during World War II at the Shoah Museum
  • Paris on foot – Cathedral of Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Paris, France

  • Morning at the Louvre – View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting and much more
  • Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an unforgettable view!
  • Free time for shopping in Paris – Discover the “City of Lights”

OVERNIGHT: Paris, France

DAY #10 | Thursday | Bruges, Belgium

  • Depart Paris in the morning and travel to Bruges, a cultural hub of Belgium
  • Enjoy lunch and Belgian fries at the Frietmuseum!
  • Explore Bruges on foot – St. Bonifacius Bridge, Grote Markt central square, and more
  • Sample delicious Belgian chocolate at a chocolate factory

OVERNIGHT: Ghent, Belgium

DAY #11 | Friday | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Drive towards Holland in the morning – Drive by the NATO and EU Headquarters en route
  • Explore Fort Breendonk – Transit point to Auschwitz for Belgian Jews during the Holocaust
  • Arrive to Amsterdam: check-in to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Chabad House with the local community

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Amsterdam

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Visit to the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam
  • Explore Amsterdam on foot on a walking your
  • Group night out strolling through the Leidseplein Square

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #13 | Sunday | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Learn about Dutch cheese-making techniques at Clara Maria Farm
  • Explore the picturesque Dutch countryside’s windmills on a bicycle ride
  • Return to Amsterdam and have a photo-op at the “I Am Sterdam” in front of Rijskmuseum
  • Visit the Anne Frank House
  • Evening: Enjoy a pizza dinner and river cruise!

OVERNIGHT: Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY #14 | Monday | Farewell Amsterdam, Hello Milan!

  • Depart Amsterdam on a supervised flight to Milan
  • Rest, relax, recharge and get ready for a new week!
  • Evening: Enjoy a group dinner in Milan

OVERNIGHT: Milan, Italy

DAY #15| Tuesday | Recharge and Refresh Milan

  • Casual walking tour of Milan – plenty of photo-op stops along the way
  • Group dinner

Overnight: Milan, Italy

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Milan

  • Meet your group and local staff in Milan!
  • Walking tour of Milan – Ice breakers and orientation
  • Photo stop at Sforza castle and head to Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) and admire all of
    the historic monuments along the way

OVERNIGHT: Milan, Italy

DAY #17 | Thursday | Venice’s Ghetto Origins

  • Depart for Venice
  • Stop to swoon under the balcony of “Juliet’s House” in Verona
  • Say goodbye to the bus and enter the water-filled streets of the Venice old city
  • Learn about the Venetian history of the word “ghetto” at the Jewish Museum
  • Wander through the historic Jewish Quarter and navigate Venice via traditional gondolas

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #18 | Friday | The Waterways of Venice

  • Set sail for the islands of Murano and Burano
  • Experience a traditional Venetian glass-making factory
  • Travel to Lido Island and enjoy beach time and swimming in the Adriatic Sea
  • Return to the main island of Venice and prepare for Shabbat
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Spanish Synagogue in the Venice Ghetto
  • Learn about the contemporary Jewish community of Venice over a traditional Shabbat dinner

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Venice

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch with the Jewish community
  • Venice on foot! – Explore Piazza San Marco, including the Basilica and Ducale Palace
  • Group night out on the town in Venice

OVERNIGHT: Venice, Italy

DAY #20 | Sunday | Rafting in Slovenia

  • Depart Venice in the morning and set off for the Slovenian backcountry
  • White water rafting down the Soca – One of Europe’s most beautiful rivers!
  • Travel through the Slovenian mountains to Kranjska Gora deep in the Slovenian mountains

OVERNIGHT: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

DAY #21 | Monday | Adventures in the Backcountry

  • Take a boat ride to tiny Bled Island in the middle of the crystal blue lake
  • Make a wish! Ring the island’s legendary wishing bell
  • Visit Ljubljana – Slovenia’s capital – Take in the views from a castle towering over the city
  • Test out your problem-solving skills as you decipher codes in the Escape Room

OVERNIGHT: Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY #22 | Tuesday | The Italian Countryside

  • Cool off navigating underground through the Postojna cave system
  • Cross back into Italy and travel towards Florence via the Tuscan countryside
  • Stop in Bologna to explore the city
  • Arrive in the Florence region and check-in to accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Montecatini, Italy

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Florence, Italy

  • Explore Florence – the Duomo, Piazza San Lorenzo and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
  • Climb to the top of the Campanile Tower for a stunning panoramic view of Florence
  • The Art of Florence – View Michelangelo’s David Statue at the Galleria dell’Accademia
  • Tour the Great Synagogue – One of the world’s most beautiful synagogues
  • Depart to Montecatini

OVERNIGHT: Montecatini, Italy

DAY #24 | Thursday | Pisa, Italy

  • Travel to Pisa – Climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa and explore the Square of Miracles
  • Travel south along the coast towards Rome
  • Get oriented to the seven hills of Rome from Palatine Hill
  • Recount the legend of Romulus and Remus –the founding story of Rome
  • Channel your inner warrior taking part in a “Gladiator for a Day” training
  • Check-in to accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #25 | Friday | The Ancient Empire of Rome!

  • Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Empire at the Coliseum and the Forum Romanum
  • Explore Vatican City in the heart of Rome – St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel
  • Stand beside the massive Arch of Titus and view a depiction of the Temple Menorah that is believed to have been carried off to Rome from the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Oratorio di Castro Synagogue

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #26 | Saturday | Shabbat in Rome

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Walking tour of Rome’s Jewish Quarter – The oldest continually settled Jewish community outside Israel
  • Continue exploring Rome on foot – stop at the Pantheon Temple and Fontana di Trevi

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #27 | Sunday | Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius

  • Guided tour of Pompeii – The preserved ancient Roman city
  • Drive up to Mount Vesuvius and peer into the volcano’s crater
  • Return to Rome for dinner

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #28| Monday | Ancient Tivoli

  • Travel to Tivoli– the ancient hilltop resort town of the Roman Empire
  • Relaxed beach time in the afternoon
  • Return to Rome in the evening for a final dinner party and group session

OVERNIGHT: Rome, Italy

DAY #29 | Tuesday | Ciao Italy!

  • Depart from Rome on a supervised group flight in the morning
  • Arrive back to New York City in the afternoon

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

The weather throughout Italy and Slovenia is a typical Mediterranean climate – dry heat, cool evenings, and little to no rain. Temperatures will typically be in the 80s and 90s. Because of the dry nature of the heat in the Mediterranean, the sun is deceptively strong, and you should plan to bring plenty of sunscreen and a good hat for outdoor touring.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All food provided by BBYO Passport experiences in Israel are kosher. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Western Europe Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of Italy Discovery #1 + Western Europe Discovery #3, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of Western Europe Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #3, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #3 is the combination of Western Europe Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #4, and countries will be visited in that order. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from London to Milan is included as part of our optional supervised flight. Learn more about how connections work.

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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