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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!

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This journey kicks off with United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery. We will travel to the grand European capitals of Edinburgh, London, Dublin and the awesome backcountry of Scotland to cover all of the must-see sites!

Next we 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, London and Amsterdam.

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 United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #3, 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, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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)
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive to Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Meet with a Scottish-Jewish maker of contemporary kilts
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scottland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle, atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scottland
  • Lunch at Cliff Hydro Hotel
  • Spend the afternoon participating in outdoor activities including Segway, zip lining, archery
  • Dinner at Campus restaurant
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Ireland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Visit the Piping Centre for a Bagpipe experience
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scottland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Celebrate the beginning of a new week with Havdalah and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Travel to Ireland

  • Travel by ferry to Larne, in Northern Ireland
  • Visit Titanic Belfast – a monument to where the Titanic was built
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Belfast
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Dublin
  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum
  • Grab a bite to eat before the show
  • Enjoy Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland
  • Free time and Pizur lunch in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick
  • Check-in to our hotel for dinner
  • Overnight: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Travel to Blarney Castle for a tour and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Travel to Cork for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to Dublin to check-in to our hotel
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Visit the British Music Experience which tells the story of British music through costume, instruments, and performances
  • Overnight: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Check out of our hotel and head to Stratford
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespear for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the park
  • Afternoon tour of the British Museum
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Visit Buckingham Palace for the famous changing of the guards
  • Pizur lunch in Trafalgar Square and explore Westminster
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lunch and exploration time in Borough Market
  • Giving back – community service project
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Ciao Italia!

  • Visit Windsor Castle and head to the airport
  • Depart on a supervised flight to Milan
  • Overnight: Milan Airport Hotel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Lake Maggiore

  • Meet up with the rest of the group and travel to Largo Maggiore
  • Explore this picturesque region at the base of the Italian Alps
  • Overnight: Lake Maggiore, Italy

DAY #17 | Thursday | Venice’s Ghetto Origins

  • Wake up and smell the fresh alpine air before departing for Venice
  • Stop to swoon under the balcony of “Juliet’s House” in Verona
  • Say goodbye to our 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: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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
  • Evening: Group night out on the town in Venice
  • Overnight: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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 Lake Bled deep in the Slovenian mountains
  • Overnight: Hotel Ribno – Bled, 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: Hotel Ribno – Bled, 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 – Explore the city and visit the Gelato Museum for a tour and tasting!
  • Arrive to the Florence region and check-in to our accommodations
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse – Montecatini, Italy

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Florence, Italy

  • Discover the art of making fresh Italian pasta at Pastificio Fabbri
  • 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 Montecantini
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse – 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 our central Rome accommodations
  • Overnight: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Oratorio di Castro Synagogue
  • Overnight: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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 in the evening for a final dinner party and group session
  • Overnight: Ostia Antica Park Hotel – Rome, Italy

DAY #28 | Monday | Ciao Italy!

  • Depart from Rome on a supervised flight in the morning (optional)
  • 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 New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. 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 and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our 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’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, 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 United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #3, 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.

venice student trip

This journey kicks off with United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery. We will travel to the grand European capitals of Edinburgh, London, Dublin and the awesome backcountry of Scotland to cover all of the must-see sites!

Next we 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, London and Amsterdam.

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 United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #3, 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, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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)
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive to Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Meet with a Scottish-Jewish maker of contemporary kilts
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scottland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle, atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scottland
  • Lunch at Cliff Hydro Hotel
  • Spend the afternoon participating in outdoor activities including Segway, zip lining, archery
  • Dinner at Campus restaurant
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Ireland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Visit the Piping Centre for a Bagpipe experience
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scottland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Celebrate the beginning of a new week with Havdalah and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Travel to Ireland

  • Travel by ferry to Larne, in Northern Ireland
  • Visit Titanic Belfast – a monument to where the Titanic was built
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Belfast
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Dublin
  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum
  • Grab a bite to eat before the show
  • Enjoy Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland
  • Free time and Pizur lunch in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick
  • Check-in to our hotel for dinner
  • Overnight: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Travel to Blarney Castle for a tour and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Travel to Cork for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to Dublin to check-in to our hotel
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Visit the British Music Experience which tells the story of British music through costume, instruments, and performances
  • Overnight: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Check out of our hotel and head to Stratford
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespear for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the park
  • Afternoon tour of the British Museum
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Visit Buckingham Palace for the famous changing of the guards
  • Pizur lunch in Trafalgar Square and explore Westminster
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lunch and exploration time in Borough Market
  • Giving back – community service project
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Ciao Italia!

  • Visit Windsor Castle and head to the airport
  • Depart on a supervised flight to Milan
  • Overnight: Milan Airport Hotel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Lake Maggiore

  • Meet up with the rest of the group and travel to Largo Maggiore
  • Explore this picturesque region at the base of the Italian Alps
  • Overnight: Lake Maggiore, Italy

DAY #17 | Thursday | Venice’s Ghetto Origins

  • Wake up and smell the fresh alpine air before departing for Venice
  • Stop to swoon under the balcony of “Juliet’s House” in Verona
  • Say goodbye to our 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: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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
  • Evening: Group night out on the town in Venice
  • Overnight: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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 Lake Bled deep in the Slovenian mountains
  • Overnight: Hotel Ribno – Bled, 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: Hotel Ribno – Bled, 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 – Explore the city and visit the Gelato Museum for a tour and tasting!
  • Arrive to the Florence region and check-in to our accommodations
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse – Montecatini, Italy

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Florence, Italy

  • Discover the art of making fresh Italian pasta at Pastificio Fabbri
  • 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 Montecantini
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse – 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 our central Rome accommodations
  • Overnight: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Oratorio di Castro Synagogue
  • Overnight: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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 in the evening for a final dinner party and group session
  • Overnight: Ostia Antica Park Hotel – Rome, Italy

DAY #28 | Monday | Ciao Italy!

  • Depart from Rome on a supervised flight in the morning (optional)
  • 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 New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. 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 and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our 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’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, 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 United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #3, 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.

 

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!

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This journey kicks off with United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery. We will travel to the grand European capitals of Edinburgh, London, Dublin and the awesome backcountry of Scotland to cover all of the must-see sites!

Next we 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, London and Amsterdam.

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 United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #3, 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, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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)
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive to Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Meet with a Scottish-Jewish maker of contemporary kilts
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scottland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle, atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scottland
  • Lunch at Cliff Hydro Hotel
  • Spend the afternoon participating in outdoor activities including Segway, zip lining, archery
  • Dinner at Campus restaurant
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Ireland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Visit the Piping Centre for a Bagpipe experience
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scottland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Celebrate the beginning of a new week with Havdalah and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Travel to Ireland

  • Travel by ferry to Larne, in Northern Ireland
  • Visit Titanic Belfast – a monument to where the Titanic was built
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Belfast
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Dublin
  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum
  • Grab a bite to eat before the show
  • Enjoy Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland
  • Free time and Pizur lunch in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick
  • Check-in to our hotel for dinner
  • Overnight: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Travel to Blarney Castle for a tour and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Travel to Cork for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to Dublin to check-in to our hotel
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Visit the British Music Experience which tells the story of British music through costume, instruments, and performances
  • Overnight: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Check out of our hotel and head to Stratford
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespear for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the park
  • Afternoon tour of the British Museum
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Visit Buckingham Palace for the famous changing of the guards
  • Pizur lunch in Trafalgar Square and explore Westminster
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lunch and exploration time in Borough Market
  • Giving back – community service project
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Ciao Italia!

  • Visit Windsor Castle and head to the airport
  • Depart on a supervised flight to Milan
  • Overnight: Milan Airport Hotel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Lake Maggiore

  • Meet up with the rest of the group and travel to Largo Maggiore
  • Explore this picturesque region at the base of the Italian Alps
  • Overnight: Lake Maggiore, Italy

DAY #17 | Thursday | Venice’s Ghetto Origins

  • Wake up and smell the fresh alpine air before departing for Venice
  • Stop to swoon under the balcony of “Juliet’s House” in Verona
  • Say goodbye to our 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: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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
  • Evening: Group night out on the town in Venice
  • Overnight: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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 Lake Bled deep in the Slovenian mountains
  • Overnight: Hotel Ribno – Bled, 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: Hotel Ribno – Bled, 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 – Explore the city and visit the Gelato Museum for a tour and tasting!
  • Arrive to the Florence region and check-in to our accommodations
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse – Montecatini, Italy

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Florence, Italy

  • Discover the art of making fresh Italian pasta at Pastificio Fabbri
  • 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 Montecantini
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse – 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 our central Rome accommodations
  • Overnight: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Oratorio di Castro Synagogue
  • Overnight: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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 in the evening for a final dinner party and group session
  • Overnight: Ostia Antica Park Hotel – Rome, Italy

DAY #28 | Monday | Ciao Italy!

  • Depart from Rome on a supervised flight in the morning (optional)
  • 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 New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. 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 and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our 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’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, 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 United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #3, 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.

venice student trip

This journey kicks off with United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery. We will travel to the grand European capitals of Edinburgh, London, Dublin and the awesome backcountry of Scotland to cover all of the must-see sites!

Next we 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, London and Amsterdam.

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 United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #3, 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, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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)
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Europe!

  • Arrive to Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Meet with a Scottish-Jewish maker of contemporary kilts
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #3 | Thursday | Stirling, Scottland

  • Travel to Stirling for the day
  • Visit Stirling Castle, atop Castle Hill – one of the most important castles in Scottland
  • Lunch at Cliff Hydro Hotel
  • Spend the afternoon participating in outdoor activities including Segway, zip lining, archery
  • Dinner at Campus restaurant
  • Overnight: Edinburgh, Scottland

DAY #4 | Friday | Glasgow, Ireland

  • Depart our hotel for a cruise of the beautiful Loch Lomond
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Visit the Piping Centre for a Bagpipe experience
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scottland

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the Kelvingrove Park
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Celebrate the beginning of a new week with Havdalah and dinner
  • Overnight: Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Sunday | Travel to Ireland

  • Travel by ferry to Larne, in Northern Ireland
  • Visit Titanic Belfast – a monument to where the Titanic was built
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Belfast
  • Travel to Dublin
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #7 | Monday | Dublin, Ireland

  • Listen to local musicians while floating towards the city center on kayaks with Music under the Bridges
  • Pizur lunch and free time in Dublin
  • Visit the National Leprechaun Museum
  • Grab a bite to eat before the show
  • Enjoy Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Travel to Galway in Western Ireland
  • Free time and Pizur lunch in Galway
  • Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Travel to Limerick
  • Check-in to our hotel for dinner
  • Overnight: Limerick, Ireland

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Blarney Castle, Ireland

  • Travel to Blarney Castle for a tour and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Travel to Cork for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to Dublin to check-in to our hotel
  • Overnight: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #10 | Thursday | Travel to England

  • Travel by ferry to England
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Tour the Beatles Story – the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the Beatles
  • Visit the British Music Experience which tells the story of British music through costume, instruments, and performances
  • Overnight: Liverpool, England

DAY #11 | Friday | Stratford, England

  • Check out of our hotel and head to Stratford
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespear for free time and Pizur lunch
  • Travel to London to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at the Marble Arch Synagogue
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in London

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Picnic lunch in the park
  • Afternoon tour of the British Museum
  • Celebrate the start of the new week with Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #13 | Sunday | London, England

  • Visit Buckingham Palace for the famous changing of the guards
  • Pizur lunch in Trafalgar Square and explore Westminster
  • Ride the London Eye – London’s Iconic Ferris Wheel
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #14 | Monday | London, England

  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lunch and exploration time in Borough Market
  • Giving back – community service project
  • Overnight: London, England

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Ciao Italia!

  • Visit Windsor Castle and head to the airport
  • Depart on a supervised flight to Milan
  • Overnight: Milan Airport Hotel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Lake Maggiore

  • Meet up with the rest of the group and travel to Largo Maggiore
  • Explore this picturesque region at the base of the Italian Alps
  • Overnight: Lake Maggiore, Italy

DAY #17 | Thursday | Venice’s Ghetto Origins

  • Wake up and smell the fresh alpine air before departing for Venice
  • Stop to swoon under the balcony of “Juliet’s House” in Verona
  • Say goodbye to our 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: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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
  • Evening: Group night out on the town in Venice
  • Overnight: Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni – 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 Lake Bled deep in the Slovenian mountains
  • Overnight: Hotel Ribno – Bled, 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: Hotel Ribno – Bled, 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 – Explore the city and visit the Gelato Museum for a tour and tasting!
  • Arrive to the Florence region and check-in to our accommodations
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse – Montecatini, Italy

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Florence, Italy

  • Discover the art of making fresh Italian pasta at Pastificio Fabbri
  • 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 Montecantini
  • Overnight: Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse – 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 our central Rome accommodations
  • Overnight: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner at the Oratorio di Castro Synagogue
  • Overnight: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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: Hotel Nord Nuova – 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 in the evening for a final dinner party and group session
  • Overnight: Ostia Antica Park Hotel – Rome, Italy

DAY #28 | Monday | Ciao Italy!

  • Depart from Rome on a supervised flight in the morning (optional)
  • 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 New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. 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 and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our 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’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, 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 United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery + Italy Discovery. Euro-Continental Discovery #1 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #1 + Italy Discovery #2, and countries will be visited in that order. Euro-Continental Discovery #2 is the combination of United Kingdom & Ireland Discovery #2 + Italy Discovery #3, 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.

 

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