Cinque Terre, Italy
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Europe Teen Adventure Camp

Ultimate Europe

France, Switzerland, Italy & Spain - 21 EPIC days in Europe! The best combination of sightseeing, adventure, and culture! Experience 4 countries by train, plane, bike, and foot. A once-in-a-lifetime supervised trip through Europe’s greatest countries and cities. From biking, hiking, and beaches - the best of adventure travel.

Price:$7,088

Destination

France, Switzerland, Spain & Italy

2018 Dates

July 1 - July 21
Available
July 23 - August 12
Full

Duration

21 days

Age

14-18

Trip Highlights

  • Paris: Louvre, Eiffel Tower & More
  • Switzerland: Canyoneer, Raft & Hike
  • Rome: Coliseum, Vatican & Italian Food
  • Italian & French Riviera: Rapallo, Pisa, & Nice
  • Barcelona: Gaudi, Las Ramblas & Paella
  • Sitges: Hike, Kayak, & SUP
  • Explore Madrid!

Price

$7,088

FRANCE & SWITZERLAND: PARIS SIGHTS & ALPS ADVENTURE

Ultimate Europe begins in Paris - a true highlight of Europe. Staying in the center of Paris, we begin three days of exploring Paris from the Louvre to Versailles and the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. From crepes to croissants, a jam-packed three days is a fantastic introduction to Paris! Next, we travel by train to Interlaken, Switzerland for three days of hiking, whitewater rafting, and canyoning. Surrounded by the Alps Mountains, we experience the best of Europe's outdoor adventure.

SPAIN: BARCELONA, BIKING AND BEACHES

Beginning in Barcelona, Spain, we spend the day on a walking tour of this classic city. Home to world-renowned Gaudí architecture, vibrant culture, and bustling markets, Barcelona is easy to fall in love with. Visiting La Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, and the cities beaches, Bold Earth experiences the best of Barcelona. Next, we leave Barcelona and travel to Sitges, a beautiful coastal town for hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Finally, we take a train to Madrid and enjoy our last few days together before our flights home.

ITALY: CULTURE, FOOD & HISTORY

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Rome, Italy's eternal city! Experiencing the best of Rome in two days we walk our way through the city, of course stopping to sample the local cuisine or to recharge with an espresso. From Rome, we travel to the beach and to Italy's world-famous Cinque Terre for three days of beaches, hiking, and incredible coastal towns. We'll swing through the Leaning Tower of Pisa on our adventure through Italy as well. We then travel the short distance to Nice, France for another beach day before our flying to our final country, Spain!
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Day 1-3
Paris Paris Paris
Our first three full days are jam-packed as participants are shown the BIG sights and the authentic culture and streets of Paris. Day 1 begins with the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, and an evening French feast. We sleep well tonight, knowing that tomorrow is a big day! We start bright and early to get in line at the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame and beat the crowds. After lunch, we take the Metro to the Palace of Versailles to explore the gardens and play games!
Day 4-6
Swiss Alps!
Waving goodbye to Paris, we take the fast TGV train into Switzerland and to the adventure capital of the Alps - Interlaken! At the center of two big alpine lakes, we make the most of our time in the Alps. Two full days of adventure makes this one of the most adventurous portions of Ultimate Europe. The first day is spent whitewater rafting! A full day of adventure down Class 3 rapids will have your heart racing. The second day is spent canyoneering - Bold Earth's top-rated activity. In the afternoon, we hike up to a small Swiss Village to say hello to some Swiss cows and watch the sunset over Interlaken. On day 6, we'll take an overnight train to Rome as we move towards Italy!
Day 7-9
Rome & Pisa
Oh to spend TWO full days exploring Rome - Italy's capital city and a cultural capital of the world. Traveling with a local guide, authenticity is the goal as we avoid the crowds while also visiting some of Rome's most famous sights. From Vatican City and the Coliseum to Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, Bold Earth campers travel through small streets and eat at small restaurants. We truly make the most of our time in Rome - getting a glimpse of this spectacular city's food, views, gardens, museum, churches and MORE! On Day 9 we'll check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa en route to the beautiful Italian Riviera.
Day 10-11
Italian Riviera: Rapallo
Enjoy two days of the best Mediterranean Beaches. From hiking and beach time to culture and small towns, Cinque Terre is a small slice of heaven. Staying in small bed and breakfast style hotels, adventure and culture are our main goals. The first two nights are spent in Rapallo on Italy's coast before we travel to Nice, France.
Day 12-13
French Riviera: Nice
Next up we travel back to France, but a very different part of France than Paris. We'll spend all day going for a hike along the coast and visiting nearby beaches and villages. On Day 13, we hop on a flight (airfare included) to Barcelona to explore our fourth European country: Spain.
Day 14-15
Barcelona
For our two days in Barcelona, we travel to the center of Barcelona for a delicious Spanish lunch. We'll stay in a beautiful hotel located a short distance from the famous and beautiful Park Guell, our home base while we explore the best that Barcelona has to offer. Wander the city and learn about Spanish culture, eat delicious food, visit stunning relics, and enjoy the city. In the afternoon of Day 15, travel to Sitges.
Day 16-18
Adventure in Sitges
For three days, we stay in the beautiful beach town of Sitges enjoying the best of relaxation and adventure. We'll explore Sitges on foot hiking, via kayak, and stand-up paddleboarding. In the afternoon of our last day, we'll take a scenic train to Madrid for our final stretch of exploration.
Day 19-20
Madrid
An incredible cultural city with wide boulevards, we spend our final two days exploring Madrid’s incredible food, art, and culture. Eating tapas, paella and visiting the Prado Museum, we'll experience authentic Spanish culture and explore the city's hidden lanes and majestic, legendary parks.
Day 21
Homeward Bound!
We travel to the Madrid Airport early in the morning to say our goodbyes after a summer of unforgettable travel in four different countries, outdoor adventure, new friends, and fun. Thank you! Mercí, Grazie, Gracias, and ciao!

France - Switzerland - Italy - Monaco - Spain?

Visit 5 incredible European countries! France – Switzerland – Italy – Monaco – Spain

Experience the sights, culture, adventure, and beauty of Europe! This incredible 21-day trip starts in London and ends in Barcelona. Does it get any better?! Not only the big cities (Paris, Milan, Rome, Nice, and Barcelona) but also experience adventure and an amazing group experience. Looking to fall in love with Europe? This trip is for you!

From the Alps to the Mediterranean, Barcelona, and Paris – Ultimate Europe is epic. So much more than a teen tour, Ultimate Europe includes the best of European sightseeing mixed with awesome outdoor adventure.

Ultimate Europe is fun, cool and active. Bold Earth’s small and diverse group of teenagers creates friendships and memories to last a lifetime!

Trip Highlights?

For 20 years Bold Earth has led carefully crafted European teen travel camps with cultural immersion, authenticity, fun, and leadership. Our local partner provides Bold Earth with unparalleled support, authenticity, and planning.

The HIGHLIGHTS:

• Paris: Eiffel Tower & Louvre, Walking & Croissants

• Switzerland: Interlaken – Hike, Whitewater Raft & Canyoneering

• Milan: Train through Alps & City Tour

• Rome: Incredible Walking Tour, Vatican & Coliseum

• Cinque Terre: Sunset Hikes & Incredible Beaches

• Barcelona: Gaudí, Beaches & La Ramblas

• Biking: Beautiful Biking in and around Girona, Spain

• World’s Best Food: Croissants – Pasta – Gelato – Paella

Can I speak to references?

To receive a list of Ultimate Europe? references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email info@boldearth.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.

Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programming and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.

We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.

Where Do We Stay?

Bold Earth spends countless hours securing incredible, perfect and amazing accommodations for Ultimate Europe. Stay in a converted palace in Barcelona, a youth hostel close to the Mediterranean Sea, and end in comfort at a Swiss chalet in Interlaken, Switzerland. . . Bold Earth does it best. YES, you will be comfortable!

Breakdown: • 20 Nights in Hostels & Bed & Breakfast style hotels

Youth Hostels: Bold Earth carefully selects hostels in Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and Nice. We always stay in private rooms with bunk beds. Male campers will stay in one room, female campers in another. We have a key and nobody but Bold Earth is ever in our rooms. Staying in hostels allows the group to stay in the city and fully explore the sights! Explore Europe with the locals.

Ultimate Europe is a carefully crafted trip! Where, how and why we pick each night’s lodging is why you select and put your trust in Bold Earth and we honor that trust.

Ultimate Europe References?

To receive a list of Ultimate Europe references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 email info@boldearth.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.

Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programming and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.

We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.

Community Service?

Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands-on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.

Service Credit: 4 Hours

Environmental Clean-Up in Spain!: Ultimate Europe is an action-packed, culturally rich trip – full of Switzerland, France, Spain, and Italy! As a core value, every Bold Earth trip includes a service project. In the afternoon of our bike trip, we spend an afternoon working with a local environmental organization. In years past, Bold Earth has cleaned trash from a recreational lake area or helping to maintain trails. Enjoying the beauty of Northern Spain and making the area cleaner is a great part of Bold Earth’s Ultimate Europe trip. Bold Earth campers help restore the natural habitat for plants and animals.

Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects

What To Pack?

Over the last 20 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Ultimate Europe Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Ultimate Europe Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.

Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Most airlines do not charge a checked bag fee for international travel. We recommend asking the airline for their specific policy – campers are responsible for checked bag fees.

Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.

Group Size?

Small group size = SUCCESS!

• Maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers • 2 adult trip leaders (at least one male and one female)

Group size matters! A small group puts YOU right in the center of the action and success. Ultimate Europe will include a maximum of 13 Campers and 2 Adult Trip Leaders. You should expect knowledgeable and experienced guides to make the trip safer and 100% solid.

Small groups allow campers to embrace culture, cooking, leadership, and responsibility. This is the RIGHT way to do Europe!

Local European Guides?

Bold Earth’s Ultimate Europe group is accompanied by local guides throughout the trip. There will always be the same two US guides with the group, but we will be joined by local European guides to enrich our experience. A European trip designed, led and managed by Europeans – OF COURSE!

Since 2000, Bold Earth has worked in coordination with a European partner to provide authentic and carefully crafted Bold Earth programs in Europe. The result is a more authentic, action-packed trip with real depth and superior content.

People who know Europe know the difference. Interestingly, it is not unusual for one or two Europeans to join a Bold Earth European trip. We consider this the ultimate compliment.

How Do We Travel?

Ultimate Europe travels by train and private vans driven by experienced trip leaders and guides. All travel is carefully planned and coordinated to maximize activities & culture and minimize time spent in the van.

All travel while with Bold Europe is fully included. Please view Ultimate Europe Trip Blogs to get a better idea of travel and day to day activities.

Food on Ultimate Europe?

Bold Earth food is awesome! YES, the food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Bold Earth emphasizes eating locally – this means learning to cook French, Italian and Spanish food – WOW!

Like all Bold Earth trips, we eat healthy, delicious meals. Food should be AMAZING! The group will eat out multiple times – OMG the food is SO good.

We cook our own food as well as enjoy seven meals out (or take-away). Many teens find cooking to be the highlight of the trip! Students cook in teams, learn to plan, shop (at local grocery stores) and cook local dishes.

Most special diets, allergies, and food preferences can be accommodated. There will always be plenty of delicious and nutritious food options – the quality of food and the experience of cooking is often a highlight of a Bold Earth trip!

Passport?

Yes, for all non-Europeans, a valid passport is needed to enter Europe.

Weather in Europe?

PERFECT!

Summer in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and France is perfect. Hot with very little rain. Expect temperatures ranging from 75°F – 100°F (22°C-35°C). Nights are very pleasant.

Do Campers Come Alone?

Yes! The MAJORITY of Bold Earth campers join alone – 85% to be exact. Coming alone allows campers the chance to truly grown and learn independence.

However, some students want to share this experience with their best friend, which is fine. Bold Earth will not allow more than 3 people that know each other in one group.

Ultimate Europe

Travel Made Easy!

  1. Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
  2. We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
  3. Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.

Every trip has a story.

We have 40+ years of amazing travel tales to share, but our favorites are always best told by our adventurers themselves.
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Interlaken, Switzerland
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"In Benya's own words, 'Bold Europe was the best summer experience I have ever had. It was amazing in every way.' Benya found all three of her leaders wonderful! They listened well, provided direction and guidance but expected all campers to assume responsibility for their Ultimate Europe experience. All three leaders were experienced and provided good feedback to Benya and members of the group. The leaders successfully created one team that supported each other. Thanks Bold Earth -- you exceeded our highest expectations!"

- Parents: Benjaporn & Steven

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