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Educational Travel Programs

CTY’s Educational Travel Programs fully engage CTY families in authentic learning experiences at destinations all over the world. Although each adventure is unique, they all aim to introduce students and parents to the rich natural, cultural, and historical aspects of spectacular destinations spanning the globe. Participants will build lasting memories and wonderful friendships as they expand their worldview.

Please note: Our Educational Travel Programs are recommended for students in grades 5 –12. However, younger siblings and Talent Search participants in grades 2 – 4 may be permitted to attend after a parent or guardian speaks with Family Academic Programs staff about the pace and content of the programs. Please read Educational Travel Policies, Terms, and Conditions for more information. Deposits are required to reserve your space.

To speak with someone about these trips or to register, call 410-735-6115, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, or email ctyfam@jhu.edu.
 

Upcoming Programs

Darwin’s Galapagos Islands: Ecology and Conservation

Sunday, July 2 – Monday, July 10, 2017
Review itinerary for the July 2 Darwin's Galapagos Islands (PDF)

Friday, July 7 – Saturday, July 15, 2017
Review itinerary for the July 7 Darwin's Galapagos Islands (PDF)

large sea turtle swimming with school of fish

Ever since Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos in 1835, these islands have fascinated the world. Join CTY on an extraordinary journey and experience first-hand why Darwin was so inspired by these mythical islands. This Galapagos land-based tour is an excellent alternative to a traditional Galapagos cruise. During our program, you’ll get a real feel for what it’s like to have giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies outside your back door while connecting with the locals to get a feel for their daily life. Our journey begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Here, we will explore the colorful culture of the Ecuadorian people, including dance and musical performances. We’ll make a short trip to the equator, where you can stand in both hemispheres at once. A short flight westward will take us from the mainland to the first of three volcanic islands—San Cristobal, Isabela, and Santa Cruz—where we will stay in small, boutique hotels. Each day we embark on a different adventure to explore, snorkel, hike, and kayak to view the remarkable wildlife and landscape. Only in this truly magical setting can you snorkel among playful sea lions and colorful tropical fish; paddle a kayak past penguins and sea turtles; and hike across volcanic landscapes dotted iguanas and frigate birds. Naturalist guides will accompany us on our adventures so that our experience is a fulfilling and educational one. Our stay on the islands wraps up with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to explore conservation efforts. The program concludes with a return flight to Quito. 

Program includes accommodations and most meals during the program. It does not include airfare or other transportation to and from Quito at the start or end of the program.

Price per person:

  • $6,840 for adults
  • $6,640 for students 16 and under

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Thailand Family Adventure

Sunday, July 16 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Review itinerary for the Thailand Family Adventure (PDF)Thailand

Join CTY and discover many distinct sides of this truly magical land on one of our newest family adventures. Travel around Bangkok by tuk-tuk and long-tail boat to photograph colorful flower markets and golden-roofed temples. You will learn how to train a majestic elephant at Elephant Camp and hike through the astonishing forests and ancient ruins of Doi Inthanon National Park. You’ll see the 150-foot, gold-gilded statue at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the mesmerizing emerald and teal waters of Phang Nga Bay in Phuket. This trip is designed to showcase Thailand’s wealth of cultural and natural wonders. This unique itinerary offers a sensory feast sure to create a lifetime of memories for adults and children alike.

Program includes accommodations and most meals as indicated in itineraries during the program. It does not include airfare or other transportation to and from Thailand at the start or end of the program.

Price per person:

  • $5,590 adults
  • $5,390 students 17 and under

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Cultural and Historical Journey of Italy: Rome, Tuscany, Florence

Sunday, July 23 – Saturday, July 29, 2017
Review itinerary for the Cultural and Historical Journey of Italy (PDF)

ItalyFrom Rome’s Colosseum to the famed art museums of Florence to the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, this program has it all. Join CTY in these three must-see cities to explore them in a way most families never get the chance to, off the beaten path. In one perfectly timed week, you'll discover the best of Italy without feeling like you're in a rush. Local guides know how to get you a ride in the best gondolas, find the creamiest gelato, and gain family access to Michelangelo's David and the Sistine Chapel. Near Florence, you'll live and play like a Tuscan famiglia at a countryside hotel with a swimming pool as well as easy access to bicycles and walking paths, and go on a treasure hunt in Siena. We bring sprawling Rome down to size from the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum. Best of all, your family will meet pizza-makers, art experts, and gladiator trainers, all of whom give Italy a happy personal touch. 

Program includes accommodations and most meals as indicated in itineraries during the program. It does not include airfare or other transportation to and from Italy at the start or end of the program.

Price per person:

  • $5,395 for adults
  • $5,195 for students 16 and under

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