Greetings, Travelers!

 After much thought, careful consideration, collaboration with EF Tours, and researching the current European travel guidelines we have decided it is best for our group to postpone our trip to ensure the safety of all our students and chaperones, and to give us the best chance of experiencing Italy, France, and Spain when it’s safe and when more activities will be available to us.

While we are so sad that we will not be jetting off to Europe this year, we are excited to let you know that we rescheduled our tour for next July, 2022.

Because you were already enrolled on our 2021 trip, you are automatically signed up for the new date in July, 2022. You do not need to do anything, nor will it cost any more money than you were already anticipating paying, but now the monthly cost lower because it is spread out over a longer period.

That said, we understand that some may not be able to join us in 2022, and therefore EF is empowering each individual family with options. If traveling with us in 2022 does not work for you, you’ll still receive a Future Travel Voucher from EF worth 100% of what you’ve paid that can be used toward future travel with EF. Your voucher will be located on your online EF account and from there, you may explore all of the options through your voucher. More info on Future Travel Vouchers can be found here: https://www.eftours.com/travel-vouchers.

The reassuring thing is that you do not need to make the decision now as to whether you’re joining us in 2022, as EF understands there is a lot of uncertainty. You’ll have until 110 days (about 3.5 months) prior to our rescheduled tour’s departure to opt for an alternative option other than joining us in 2022, so you can take time to decide what’s best for your student/family.

Again, safety is our number one priority, and is the reason for which we are moving our trip to 2022. We truly appreciate the trust you have instilled in us, and belief in the value of affording your child this once in a lifetime opportunity. No one could have predicted the situation we are in, and we are grateful to EF to be providing us with such wonderful options so that we don’t have to forgo travel; we just have to wait a little bit longer to experience it.

All My Best,

Mr. Olson

Come with ECA and visit Italy, France & Spain in the summer of 2022.

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15 days – Madrid, Barcelona, Provence, French Riviera, Florence, Rome, extension to Valencia

Consider the Mediterranean Sea’s influence on the history—and modern culture—of three interconnected nations. 

From atop Montjuïc Hill in Barcelona, picture Christopher Columbus sailing into port to tell Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand V of his voyage to the Americas. In Provence, notice how the lavender perfumes the salty sea air. And along the French Riviera, let the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere inspire you.

             Itinerario

Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

Day 2: Rome

– Meet your Tour Director at the airport in Rome,
a city that integrates its past into the present
better than any other.
– Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Rome to
see important sites such as the Trevi Fountain,
Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the
Spanish Steps.

Day 3: Rome

– On your tour of Vatican City, be sure look out
for the colorful uniforms of the Swiss Guard,
protectors of the Vatican City.
– Marvel at Michelangelo’s breathtaking ceiling
during your visit to the Sistine Chapel.
– Visit St. Peter’s Basilica.

Day 4: Rome

– Take an expert-led tour of the world’s most
famous arena, the Colosseum, where you can
almost hear the stamping feet of the crowds
gathered for gladiatorial combat. Next, it’s the
Roman Forum, the former heart of the Roman
Empire where Julius Caesar gave many of his
great political speeches.
– Enjoy free time in Rome or
participate in a gladiator school experience.
– Enjoy an evening walk through Rome. Before
you say “arrivederci,” toss a coin into the Trevi
Fountain to ensure a return trip to the
Eternal City.

Day 5: Assisi | Florence

– Travel to Assisi.
– Visit the Basilica of St. Francis.
– Continue on to Florence, the birthplace of the
Italian language and opera. Florence was the
epicenter of the Renaissance movement from
the 14th to 16th century, and is the former
home of artists like Michelangelo and Botticelli.

Day 6: Florence

– On your walking tour, pass by classical statues
at the Piazza della Signoria and walk across
the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge where
many of Florence’s famed leather and gold
artisans keep shop.

Day 7: Florence | Pisa | French Riviera

– Travel to Pisa.
– See the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
– Visit the Pisa Baptistery.
– Visit the Pisa Cathedral.
– Continue on to the French Riviera.

Day 8: French Riviera | Provence

– Take a walking tour of Nice or Cannes.
– Continue on to Provence.
– Take a tour of Avignon.
– Visit the Pont d’Avignon.
– Visit the Palais des Papes.

Day 9: Provence | Barcelona

– Take a tour of Carcassonne.
– Travel to Barcelona, an art lover’s dream
city and the place where masters like Miró,
Picasso, and Dalí flourished.

Day 10: Barcelona

– Take an expert-led tour of Barcelona. Snap
photos of the twisting spires of La Sagrada
Família and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc,
which delights with dazzling light and water
shows. From atop Montjuïc Hill, enjoy
panoramic views of the harbor below. You’ll
also pass Barcelona Cathedral.
– Marvel at the landscaped greenery and playful
modernist mosaics on your visit to Park Güell.
– Enjoy free time in Barcelona or
enjoy a Barcelona by Bike tour.
– Flower vendors and street performers greet
you as you stroll the tree-lined Las Ramblas on
a walking tour of the city.

Day 11: Barcelona | Madrid

– Take the AVE train to Madrid, the capital
of Spain.
– Take a walking tour of Madrid.
– Visit the Prado to behold paintings like
Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s
paired canvases.

Day 12: Madrid

– Begin your day with an expert-led tour of
Madrid. Explore Puerta del Sol, the heart of the
city, and travel back in time to Spain’s Golden
Age at Plaza Mayor, where you’ll learn about
this grand square’s history of bullfights, royal
weddings, and public executions.
– Get a taste of royal Madrid on your visit to the
extravagant Palacio Real, where you’ll wander
the fabulous palace interior and find more
than 2,000 rooms decked in beautiful frescoes,
delicate porcelain wares, and finely
woven rugs.
– Enjoy a free evening or
attend a flamenco evening.

Day 13: Depart for home

2-DAY TOUR EXTENSION

Days 13–15: Valencia

– Transfer to Valencia.
– Experience the Valencia’s Old Town on a
walking tour.
– Learn about local agriculture during a
farm visit.
– Visit the City of Arts and Sciences.
– Enjoy free time to relax at the beach.