SUMMER EXPERIENCES

WESTERN EUROPE DISCOVERY

Travel to the grand Western European capitals of London, Paris, and Amsterdam on this multi-country journey full of world heritage sites and colorful Jewish history.

scotland kayak trip

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.

Western Europe Discovery is a jam-packed tour of England, France, Belgium and Holland. It’s also an opportunity to explore the culture of Western Europe closeup — its art, architecture, language, theater, culinary treats, and contemporary social trends. And along the way, you’ll discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European nations continue to shape our own lives.

As a Jewish teen experience, this program is about understanding the history of Western Europe’s Jewish community — its origins, triumphs and sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues, spend an authentic Shabbat in London and Amsterdam, and also confront the legacy of the Holocaust at places like the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup Memorial in Paris.

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CONNECT EUROPE + ISRAEL! | Extend in Israel for a complete summer of discovery and adventure. Connections qualify for $3,000 RootOne Vouchers, available on a limited basis – claim yours!

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

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 center of London, to Trafalgar Square
  • 10 Downing Street – view the British Prime Minister’s residence
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Lunch and exploration time at Borough Market
  • Cross the Thames River on the Victorian-style Tower Bridge and view the Tower of London
  • 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

  • London service project – e.g. work with a migrant community
  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

  • Depart Amsterdam on a supervised flight (optional)

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 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 Western and Central Europe is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60’s to the low 80’s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50’s. Rain is common in the summer, especially in London, so plan accordingly.

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. In Western Europe, some meals that we provide are certified kosher (typically on Shabbat), 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 needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and 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. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

WESTERN EUROPE + ISRAEL JOURNEY

A supervised connection
35 Days | Current 9-11th Graders

Connection Dates
June 29 – August 2, 2021
July 13 – August 16, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $TBA
Supervised Flight Costs: $TBA

SIGN UP

EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY

Italy-Discovery-Slider-1

A supervised connection of Western Europe + Italy
29 Days | Current 9-11th Graders

Connection Dates
June 29 – July 27, 2021
July 6 – August 3, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $TBA
Supervised Flight Costs: $TBA

SIGN UP

FUNDING FOR ISRAEL TRAVEL! Generous scholarships are available for all BBYO Passport programs that include travel to Israel on a limited basis. Learn more and act now!
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

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scotland kayak trip

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.

Western Europe Discovery is a jam-packed tour of England, France, Belgium and Holland. It’s also an opportunity to explore the culture of Western Europe closeup — its art, architecture, language, theater, culinary treats, and contemporary social trends. And along the way, you’ll discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European nations continue to shape our own lives.

As a Jewish teen experience, this program is about understanding the history of Western Europe’s Jewish community — its origins, triumphs and sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues, spend an authentic Shabbat in London and Amsterdam, and also confront the legacy of the Holocaust at places like the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup Memorial in Paris.

Flag of Israel
CONNECT EUROPE + ISRAEL! | Extend in Israel for a complete summer of discovery and adventure. Connections qualify for $3,000 RootOne Vouchers, available on a limited basis – claim yours!

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

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 center of London, to Trafalgar Square
  • 10 Downing Street – view the British Prime Minister’s residence
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Lunch and exploration time at Borough Market
  • Cross the Thames River on the Victorian-style Tower Bridge and view the Tower of London
  • 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

  • London service project – e.g. work with a migrant community
  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

  • Depart Amsterdam on a supervised flight (optional)

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 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 Western and Central Europe is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60’s to the low 80’s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50’s. Rain is common in the summer, especially in London, so plan accordingly.

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. In Western Europe, some meals that we provide are certified kosher (typically on Shabbat), 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 needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and 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. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

WESTERN EUROPE + ISRAEL JOURNEY

A supervised connection
35 Days | Current 9-11th Graders

Connection Dates
June 29 – August 2, 2021
July 13 – August 16, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $TBA
Supervised Flight Costs: $TBA

SIGN UP

EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY

Italy-Discovery-Slider-1

A supervised connection of Western Europe + Italy
29 Days | Current 9-11th Graders

Connection Dates
June 29 – July 27, 2021
July 6 – August 3, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $TBA
Supervised Flight Costs: $TBA

SIGN UP

FUNDING FOR ISRAEL TRAVEL! Generous scholarships are available for all BBYO Passport programs that include travel to Israel on a limited basis. Learn more and act now!
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

WESTERN EUROPE DISCOVERY

Travel to the grand Western European capitals of London, Paris, and Amsterdam on this multi-country journey full of world heritage sites and colorful Jewish history.

WESTERN EUROPE DISCOVERY

Travel to the grand Western European capitals of London, Paris, and Amsterdam on this multi-country journey full of world heritage sites and colorful Jewish history.

scotland kayak trip

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.

Western Europe Discovery is a jam-packed tour of England, France, Belgium and Holland. It’s also an opportunity to explore the culture of Western Europe closeup — its art, architecture, language, theater, culinary treats, and contemporary social trends. And along the way, you’ll discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European nations continue to shape our own lives.

As a Jewish teen experience, this program is about understanding the history of Western Europe’s Jewish community — its origins, triumphs and sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues, spend an authentic Shabbat in London and Amsterdam, and also confront the legacy of the Holocaust at places like the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup Memorial in Paris.

Flag of Israel
CONNECT EUROPE + ISRAEL! | Extend in Israel for a complete summer of discovery and adventure. Connections qualify for $3,000 RootOne Vouchers, available on a limited basis – claim yours!

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

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 center of London, to Trafalgar Square
  • 10 Downing Street – view the British Prime Minister’s residence
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Lunch and exploration time at Borough Market
  • Cross the Thames River on the Victorian-style Tower Bridge and view the Tower of London
  • 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

  • London service project – e.g. work with a migrant community
  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

  • Depart Amsterdam on a supervised flight (optional)

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 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 Western and Central Europe is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60’s to the low 80’s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50’s. Rain is common in the summer, especially in London, so plan accordingly.

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. In Western Europe, some meals that we provide are certified kosher (typically on Shabbat), 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 needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and 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. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

WESTERN EUROPE + ISRAEL JOURNEY

A supervised connection
35 Days | Current 9-11th Graders

Connection Dates
June 29 – August 2, 2021
July 13 – August 16, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $TBA
Supervised Flight Costs: $TBA

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EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY

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A supervised connection of Western Europe + Italy
29 Days | Current 9-11th Graders

Connection Dates
June 29 – July 27, 2021
July 6 – August 3, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $TBA
Supervised Flight Costs: $TBA

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PROGRAM REVIEWS

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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.

Western Europe Discovery is a jam-packed tour of England, France, Belgium and Holland. It’s also an opportunity to explore the culture of Western Europe closeup — its art, architecture, language, theater, culinary treats, and contemporary social trends. And along the way, you’ll discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European nations continue to shape our own lives.

As a Jewish teen experience, this program is about understanding the history of Western Europe’s Jewish community — its origins, triumphs and sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues, spend an authentic Shabbat in London and Amsterdam, and also confront the legacy of the Holocaust at places like the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup Memorial in Paris.

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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

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 center of London, to Trafalgar Square
  • 10 Downing Street – view the British Prime Minister’s residence
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Lunch and exploration time at Borough Market
  • Cross the Thames River on the Victorian-style Tower Bridge and view the Tower of London
  • 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

  • London service project – e.g. work with a migrant community
  • Discover the world of the “Bard” touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

  • Depart Amsterdam on a supervised flight (optional)

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 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 Western and Central Europe is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60’s to the low 80’s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50’s. Rain is common in the summer, especially in London, so plan accordingly.

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. In Western Europe, some meals that we provide are certified kosher (typically on Shabbat), 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 needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and 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. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

WESTERN EUROPE + ISRAEL JOURNEY

A supervised connection
35 Days | Current 9-11th Graders

Connection Dates
June 29 – August 2, 2021
July 13 – August 16, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $TBA
Supervised Flight Costs: $TBA

SIGN UP

EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY

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A supervised connection of Western Europe + Italy
29 Days | Current 9-11th Graders

Connection Dates
June 29 – July 27, 2021
July 6 – August 3, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $TBA
Supervised Flight Costs: $TBA

SIGN UP

FUNDING FOR ISRAEL TRAVEL! Generous scholarships are available for all BBYO Passport programs that include travel to Israel on a limited basis. Learn more and act now!
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

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