About the Culture and Music in Western Europe Summer Program
This program examines the culture and customs of Western European countries and involves traveling to Italy, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom. This 15-day European tour explores the range of activities, beliefs, behaviors and ideas of groups of people with shared traditions including social customs, leisure activities, dress, celebrations, foods and rituals.
The Brockport Best of Europe Program offers you the opportunity to:
- Understand how culture creates and transforms individual experiences, everyday community life, and social relations,
- Identify comparisons between US and European lifestyle focusing on attitudes, values, behaviors, celebrations and rituals,
- Understand the historical events that shaped each unique culture,
- Learn about the Arts and architecture that are unique each Western European country,
- Promote cultural competence though interacting with individuals from different cultures,
- Enhance the ability to make observation, analyze situations and form a perspective using critical thinking skills and document finding effectively.
For more information, please contact the faculty leader Dr. Anthony Dumas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will be staying in hotels for the duration of the program.
Fees for the Culture and Music in Western Europe Summer 2017 Program:
Undergraduate 3 credit program: $5,621.89
The Cost of the Program includes:
- Tuition (3 credits)
- SUNY International Health Insurance
- Campus-specific fees (college and technology fees)
- Program acceptance fee
- Pre-departure orientation materials
- Round-trip airfare from NYC to/from Europe
- Hotel accommodations
- Breakfast at hotel every day of the tour
- Flight from Florence to Barcelona
- Guide and transportation most of the days
- Welcome and farewell dinners, and
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services
The cost of the program does not include
- Transportation to/from NYC
- Additional meals
- Miscellaneous expenses (this includes entertainment, internet, laundry, souvenirs, airline luggage fees, etc.)
Tuesday, August 1st- Depart JFK for Rome
Wednesday, August 2nd- Arrive in Rome, Walking tour of Rome
This tour will lead you down narrow, sometimes traffic clogged streets that have witnessed more commerce and religious fervor than any other neighborhood in Rome. Be prepared for glittering and very unusual shops that lie cheek by jowl with churches dating back to A.D. 500. Sights will include: - Piazza del Quirinale - Trevi Fountain - Spanish Steps - Augustus Mausoleum - Borghese Palace (Palazzo Borghese)
Thursday, August 3rd- Vatican Tour
This walking tour covers the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican is one of the most interesting and breathtakingly beautiful sites in the world. Spend the day with the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica.
Friday, August 4th- Colosseum Tour
Spend the day exploring ancient Rome at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.
Saturday, August 5th- Travel to Florence
Sunday, August 6th- Florence Tour
Travel to Piazzale Michelangelo, a pretty square that offers magnificent panoramas of the city. Continue on to Florence Old Town. On arrival, climb out of your coach and set off on a city walking tour. Follow your guide along the windy pathways, then come to a stop in Piazza del Duomo. Be awed as you take in the glory of the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori). Next, stroll to the Accademia Gallery. Head directly inside and make a beeline for the gallery’s most famous exhibit: Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. Admire the marble statue which was carved in the early 16th century, and learn how it is a symbol of strength and youthful, human beauty. This afternoon take in the panoramic views of Florence, Fiesole and the Arno Valley, then head into Florence Old Town to see the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. Pose for photos by its distinctive façade before strolling to Piazza della Signoria. See the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and admire the replica of Michelangelo’s David. Then, wander through the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air sculpture gallery. After, make for the Uffizi Gallery, which is home to more than 1,500 pieces of art including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raffaello, Cimabue and Caravaggio. Head directly inside for a guided tour of some of the gallery’s most famous pieces.
Monday, August 7th- Travel to Barcelona
Tuesday, August 8th- Barcelona Tour
Enjoy a tour of the city of Barcelona. Visit la Segrada Familia and stroll through the Park Guell, two of the famous works by artist Antoni Gaudi.
Wednesday, August 9th- Montserrat
Enjoy an excursion to Montserrat.
Thursday, August 10th- Travel to Paris
Friday, August 11th- Paris Tour
Begin your comprehensive Paris city tour with a coach ride through the city to see the most famous landmarks. Travel past the ChampsElysees, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Palais de Chaillot, Palais Bourbon (National Assembly) and the city's western districts. Make your way to Paris' most recognizable sight – the Eiffel Tower – where you'll take the elevator to the top level. You'll have time to take in the amazing views at your leisure. You will then be dropped off near the Île de la Cité to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. Behold the Gothic architecture of this monument with its spires and famous gargoyles, while listening to the comments of your guide outside the building. You will also get a chance to admire the superb stainedglass and rose windows. Then you will explore Paris’ most bohemian, artistic district - Montmartre. You will discover the picturesque streets that inspired Renoir, Picasso, and Edith Piaf. We will run into countless photo ops, as we enjoy the romance of Montmartre. We end at Sacre Coeur, with the best views of Paris lying at our feet.
Saturday, August 12th- Versailles Tour
Begin your day with a visit to the famed Chateau of Versailles. Your guide will let you relive the life of the Versailles Palace during this excursion where, in 1682, Louis XIV officially installed the court and government. You will discover the Great Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's Apartment. There will be some free time at the end of the excursion for you to stroll through the French gardens bordered by many sculptures -statues, busts, marble vases... sculpted from 1661 by a contingent of artists originally directed by Charles Le Brun, the King's leading painter. Upon your return to Paris, take a 1 hour cruise on the Seine to experience the city from the water.
Sunday, August 13th- Travel to London
See some of London’s highlights by bus and cruise boat on this tour, which includes a guided tour of Westminster Abbey. Take a seat and pass top London sights including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Then, soak in more London landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, on a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Finally, crown your day with a visit to stunning Westminster Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's widely acknowledged as London's finest Gothic masterpiece.
Monday, August 14th- London Tour
Head for the Tower of London, the 11th-century fortress that looms over the Thames River. Gaze up at this forbidding UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then head inside for a tour guided by a Yeoman Warder – one of the colorfully dressed ‘Beefeater’ guards. Inspect the gruesome torture exhibits at the Wakefield Tower, and ogle the Crown Jewels – the magnificent symbols of royal power that are still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Continue to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, to see the Changing of the Guard. Watch this centuries-old ceremony as the soldiers of The Queen’s Guard, dressed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange places with the new guard to military music. We start the afternoon part of our tour with a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. This masterpiece was designed in 1673 by Sir Christopher Wren, our tour will include listening to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. On Sundays when viewing is restricted, there will be an opportunity to enter and enjoy one of the services. The Coca-Cola London Eye is centrally located in the heart of the capital, gracefully rotating over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. At 135 meters, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel; a feat of design and engineering it has become the modern symbol representing the capital and a global icon. It offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the capital.
Tuesday, August 15th- Return to US
Summer 2017: August 1st - August 15th