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Group Tours to Europe: Get Lost!

As I travel around Europe on this student group travel tour, getting lost has been a regular occurrence. I definitely consider myself directionally challenged, and city maps and street signs here might as well be Egyptian hieroglyphics. My past two weekend destinations have been Zermatt, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic. Zermatt, with its cliff-hugging alpine hiking trails and Prague, with its winding cobblestone streets, offered plenty of opportunities to get lost. As soon as Patrick and I arrived in Zermatt, in an impulsive decision, we decided to hike towards the Matterhorn. … [Read more...]

Group Tours to Europe: The Sounds of Salzburg

Beautiful sights and sounds filled my weekend and took my breath away. My student group travel adventures sent me to Salzburg, Austria. This gorgeous city is historically known for raising Mozart and Maria Von Trapp, and the "Sound of Music" story, among other things. Due to severe storms in Germany, our trip was cut short, but that didn't keep us from crossing a couple things off our bucket list first. After traveling 11 hours on Friday, our European group travel crew made it to Salzburg famished and slightly delirious. We checked into our hostel and began wandering the city to … [Read more...]

Group Tours to Europe: Get Cultured

 image source: wikimedia commons After two weeks of constant student group travel, the thought of having classes begin this week sounded slightly heavenly. That sleep-deprived thought was quickly put to rest as “student” duties unfortunately overtook my mind. This semester, I am taking Dutch Art History, History from 1500 to Present, Political Science, and an independent study course for anthropology. Last week, my Dutch Art History course held class at the Basilica of Saint Servatius in Maastricht. At the cathedral, we learned some of the differences between Gothic and Romanesque … [Read more...]

Group Travel: Europe Through the Back Door

  The city of Florence is a tourist’s dream. Cafés spill out into the cobblestone streets, and the Arno River cuts through the heart of the city. Tuscan hills dotted with vineyards line the horizon. Florence means colors, culture, and those cream-colored Italian stucco buildings with the orange-tiled roofs. It’s picturesque, famous, and idyllic, and because of that, you get to enjoy the relatively small Italian city with 50,000 other tourists. I'm quickly figuring out that the real gems of this continent are not where the crowds are. The best cities, restaurants, and activities are … [Read more...]

Four Steps to Making Friends on Student Group Travel

It’s been an incredible first week of student group travel in Europe. Time after time, I’d get off our group travel tour bus to be greeted by the type of vistas you see only on postcards and in magazines. The beauty of central Europe is simply astounding. So far, we've visited France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Liechtenstein. Seeing so many cultures in such a short time has been presented lots of unique learning opportunities underlined by one central idea: I don’t know how to do much of anything in a foreign country. Shopping for basic toiletries in a Dutch strip … [Read more...]

Student Group Travel: Pizza Fixes Everything

Group travel is always a learning experience. You may learn some facts after a visit to a museum or historic site, you may discover how to navigate public transportation in a foreign city, or you may realize just how important it is to plan ahead with a custom group travel operator. Mary Kujak, a member of student group travel with Baylor University, made a few discoveries of her own during the independent travel portion of the program.    I was ecstatic when I was informed that I was accepted into the Baylor in Maastricht student group travel program earlier this year. I mean, … [Read more...]

Announcing Student Group Travel Bloggers Summer 2014

It's time to announce our newest student group travel bloggers for the summer! Millennium Tours is all about custom group travel, and student group travel happens to be our specialty. Study abroad offers opportunities like few other things students will experience in their lives. It's a privilege to have educational travel tours inspire students to have some great adventures and make grand discoveries. Every semester, we select a couple students from our college group tours to share their group travel experiences with us on this blog. If you'd like to be the first to know when these students … [Read more...]

Reflections on Student Group Travel

Student group travel blogger Kandace Little leaves us with her last post of the semester, a realization and reflection. One day during my semester abroad of educational group travel, I was at a bus stop in Maastricht, the Netherlands, loaded down with a backpack and the dreary, early morning fog. I was feeling a bit isolated, despite the group around me. I was on the outskirts, huddled and drawn into my own thoughts.   Just one of those days, I guess. I happened to glance to my left, and my gaze met a woman with closely cropped hair, wearing sensible but scuffed brown … [Read more...]

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