Welcome to 11-Day tour to Switzerland, Italy & the French Riviera tour organized by EF College Study Tours. My name is Katia, I am an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver - Communication Design Department and I will be leading this wonderful 11-day tour.
Below, you'll find detailed information about the tour as well as answers to any additional questions you may have. If you still have any unanswered questions, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or use an instant email form below, under "Questions?" section. I will be more than happy to meet and discuss all the details with you. I am on campus Monday and Wednesday from 6:00pm-6:30pm - room CN309 (Central Classroom - Metropolitan State University of Denver). Email me in advance if you plan to stop by. ANYONE CAN ENROLL! Enroll early to reserve your price!
From pastures to chapels to quaint riverside homes, you'll get the chance to experience significant history and culture at the feet of three breathtaking landscapes.
Wrapped in the arms of the majestic Alps, you can keep your head in the clouds and your feet planted in the storybook beauty of Lucerne. Be bold enough to get the best view and travel high above the city to the daring altitudes of Mount Pilatus. Next, a stop in Venice will ground you in the royal splendors of the Doge's Palace as you trade natural Swiss beauty for exquisite Venetian gothic. The mammoth precision of Florence's Duomo may be as beautiful as you would imagine, but the angelic golden Gates of Paradise are sure to make a lasting impact.
Continuing along the French Riviera puts you in the tropic harbors of Monaco. The waters here are as clear as any Caribbean coast, and with comparable beaches and vegetation, you might forget you're still in Europe. ENROLL NOW TO RESERVE YOU PRICE! ENROLL SOON.
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Day 1: Fly to SwitzerlandMeet your group and travel on an overnight fight to Zurich.
Day 2: Zurich | Swiss AlpsArrive in Zurich: Welcome to Switzerland. Once your group has collected its baggage, make your way to the Swiss Alps. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to settle in and explore on your own.
Day 3: Lucerne | Swiss AlpsSightseeing tour of Lucerne: The majestic Swiss Alps rise behind the shores of Lake Lucerne and provide the stunning backdrop to one of Switzerland's most picturesque cities. You'll see the moving lion monument known as Löwendenkmal, a sandstone statue commemorating the Swiss Guards slain in the 1792 storming of the Tuileries.
Day 4: VeniceTravel to Venice: Travel through Verona, immortalized by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Here you can see a bronze statue of the tragic heroine, standing below the balcony where she sighed over her Romeo. Later, arrive in the Floating City of Venice, where you'll settle in with your group over a traditional pasta dinner.
Day 5: VeniceSightseeing tour of Venice: See gondolas glide down the Grand Canal before stopping in St. Mark's Square. Look for the golden weather vane, which resembles archangel Gabriel, atop the 323-foot Campanile ("Bell Tower"). Attend a glass-blowing demonstration and watch expert craftsmen spin molten-hot wares.
Day 6: FlorenceSightseeing tour of Florence: Florence is home to world renowned works of art, including Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's The Birth of Venus. As you explore the city, pass by classical statues at the Piazza della Signoria. You'll also walk across the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge where many of Florence's famed leather and gold artisans keep shop.
Day 7: FlorenceExplore Florence: Enjoy a free day in one of Italy's most beautiful cities. You may choose to visit the famous Uffi zi Gallery or another of the city's many museums. Alternatively, choose to wander the city's streets, as Florence's collection of impressive art makes it a veritable open-air museum itself.
Day 8: Pisa | Cinque TerreTravel to Pisa: Take an excursion to one of the world's most famous architectural blunders: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Outside the newly-restored tilted marvel, you can also visit the Pisa Baptistery and Pisa Cathedral. Later, continue on to the Cinque Terre.
Day 9: Cinque Terre | French RivieraCinque Terre: Spend some time exploring the beloved "Five Lands," a series of five small villages that have been carefully carved into the rugged Italian coastline. Collectively recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the towns' unparalleled beauty is inaccessible by car. Travel to the French Riviera.
Day 10: French RivieraSightseeing tour of Monaco: Visit Monaco, a tiny principality that packs wealth, royalty and the famous Casino Monte-Carlo into just 0.8 square miles. Pass by the Cathédrale de Monaco, where Prince Rainier wed movie star Grace Kelly, a union that ultimately sparked an influx of Hollywood stars and starlets to the French Riviera. Perfume factory and exploration of Nice.
Day 11: Depart for homeYour Tour Director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you'll check in for your return flight home.
* EXTENSION - Days 11-12: ParisExplore Paris: Take a walking tour of the Latin Quarter, so named because the language was once commonly Notre Dame Cathedral: Admire Notre Dame's sculptured façade, rose windows and seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings.
Day 13: Depart for homeTransfer to the airport and check in for your return flight home.
~$35This fee is added to the total price of a tour if a group chooses to depart and/or return on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
For Adults (age 30+):
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$145Please sign up for a monthly payment plan with EF Tours as soon as you enroll or call 1.800.873.2250 to learn about other payment options.
ANYONE CAN ENROLL. NOT ONLY STUDENTS.
Types of Available Scholarships:
Merit: The recipient may be determined by students' athletic, academic, artistic or other abilities. The largest scholarships are usually merit-based.
Sociology: This is financial aid where applicants must initially qualify by race, religion, or national origin. After filtering the applicants based on their ethnicity, additional factors are taken into consideration to determine the final recipients.
Institutional: These are scholarships awarded by a specific college or university (institution) to a student planning to attend that institution.
* Please note: One scholarship may not cover the entire cost of your study abroad program. Apply to as many scholarships as possible and as early as possible.
** Most deadlines for scholarships are in February and March.
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Study abroad allows you get to know another culture first-hand. Cultural differences are more than just differences in language, food, appearances, and personal habits. A person's culture reflects very deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence his or her way of life and the way that s/he views the world. Students who experience cultural differences personally can come to truly understand where other cultures are coming from.
Study abroad will help you develop skills and give you experiences a classroom setting will never provide. Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting is scary at first, but it's also exciting. It's an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems. You will encounter situations that are wholly unfamiliar to you and will learn to adapt and respond in effective ways.
Study abroad helps you to learn about yourself. Students who study abroad return home with new ideas and perspectives about themselves and their own culture. The experience abroad often challenges them to reconsider their own beliefs and values. The encounter with other cultures enables students to see their own culture through new eyes.
Study abroad expands your world view. In comparison with citizens of most other countries, Americans tend to be uninformed about the world beyond the nation's boundaries. Students who study abroad return home with an informed and much less biased perspective toward other cultures and peoples.
Study abroad enhances employment opportunities. Did you know that only 4% of U.S. undergraduates ever study abroad? Yet, the world continues to become more globalized, American countries are increasingly investing dollars abroad, and companies from countries around the world continue to invest in the international market. Through an employer's eyes, a student who has studied abroad is self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Your experience living and studying in a foreign country, negotiating another culture, and acquiring another language will all set you apart from the majority of other job applicants.
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