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France & HollandA Taste of Europe

Travel to France and Holland on this adventurous student travel program for middle school students. Experience the sky-scraping Alps and the dazzle of Paris, the bucolic Dutch countryside and the charming canals of Amsterdam. This summer, go abroad to hike, bike, and explore the most beautiful landscapes and cities of northwestern Europe, and savor its rich heritage.


July 3–July 19, 2023July 6–July 22, 2023
17 days
$ 7,290 + airfare
Departs from New York
16-18 students, 2 leaders


  • Ride a téléphérique high above Alpine peaks and glaciers 
  • Bike through Holland’s picturesque countryside 
  • Listen to jazz on the Île Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris 
  • Discover van Gogh’s favorite haunts in Amsterdam

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This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

  • Departure
  • Travel Day

Meet your fellow middle school student travelers and one of your leaders in New York, and fly together to Geneva, Switzerland. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here

  • Argentière
  • 4 days

Stay in a mountain chalet opposite Mont Blanc in a small village above Chamonix. Hike above glaciers through wildflower fields with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, and enjoy an in-depth orientation to get to know your group leaders and fellow students.

  • Paris
  • 4 days

Travel by train to Paris and soak up Parisian life, from its music and cafés to museums and monuments. Explore the neighborhoods of the Left Bank, Île de la Cité, and Montmartre, and visit renowned sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. Taste escargots at grand Art Deco brasseries once frequented by Picasso and Sartre, and cruise down the Seine River to see the city illuminated at night.

  • Biking in Holland
  • 4 days

Head out on a four-day bicycle trip along rural bike paths, through sand dunes, and past windmills and Dutch farms. Along the way, stop to swim at beaches on the North Sea, sail or windsurf on inland lakes, and visit the towns of Noordwijk, Haarlem, Egmond, and Heemskerk.

  • Amsterdam
  • 3 days

Relax after your bike trip and explore Amsterdam’s busy canals and cobblestone streets. Visit Anne Frank’s house and admire paintings by Rembrandt and van Gogh at the Rijksmuseum.

  • Departure
  • Travel Day

Fly with your group and a leader from Amsterdam to New York, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

"I conquered many fears, and that gave me the highest sense of accomplishment. I believe that I came out of the program a more well-rounded person."

— Oliver B., Grace Church School, New York, NY

A Day in the Life: Argentiere

  • Due to the traveling nature of this summer program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Argentière.
  • Enjoy breakfast at a local boulangerie
  • Hop a local train to descend to the Valley of Chamonix
  • Ride one of the longest cable-car ascents in the world to the Aiguille du Midi
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by panoramic views of alpine peaks and glaciers
  • Hike to an ice cave and discover unique ice sculptures hidden in the mountains
  • Stop at a local café to rest and enjoy some ice cream
  • Hop on the train and travel back to Argentière
  • Share dinner at your group’s cozy mountain chalet
  • Meet as a group to discuss the day and upcoming schedule

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What to Expect

  • Independent Project

Pursue an independent project and explore an aspect of local culture of particular interest to you—make cheese with a local French farmer, learn a traditional Dutch song, or interview people from both countries about their views on the future of Europe.

  • Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer program. You can expect to participate in activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, and walking. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities and spending time outside.

  • Accommodations

Our residences in France and Holland are varied, ranging from comfortable, Old World-style hotels to a simple, dormitory-style mountain chalet. Residences are run by wonderful families or individuals who help set the tone for our experience and introduce us to local people. Rooms are a mix of doubles, triples, and quads with ensuite bathrooms. Leaders reside in the same accommodations as students throughout the program.

  • Meals

We begin each day with a traditional French or Dutch breakfast at our residence. For lunches and dinners, we find small restaurants or hit the markets to purchase food for a picnic.

Explore the Destination

"I personally gained the biggest sense of accomplishment from the biking trip. I really felt like it was challenging not only physically but even more so mentally. I gained independence and confidence in ways that will help me with future challenges."

— Byars L., St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, TX

Next Steps

This program is directed by Katie Bourque. If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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