Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Rome to Madrid

Faculty: Steve Grant, Dale Isaak
Class Night: Tuesday



This European Study Tour will begin in Rome and will focus on the art, history and architecture of ancient Rome.  The Forum, the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, as well as several notable churches and various sites in Rome will help us see the influence of pre-Christian, early Christian thinking and the influence of the Roman Empire on Western Culture. 

From Rome, we will travel to Assisi, the home of St. Francis and then on to the most notable city of the Renaissance; Florence, where we will take in The David, see Michelangelo Park, see the open air markets of Florence and the Ponte Veccio Bridge. 

Following our time in Assisi and Florence, we will head northwest and visit an area known as Cinque Terra where will have the choice of hiking some of the most scenic trails in all of Italy or enjoying the beach at Monterosso…or both!  Our time in Monterosso will be followed by a scenic train ride along the Italian and French Riviera as we travel to the city of Nice.  From Nice, we will visit Monte Carlo and a small coastal community known as Villa Franche sur Mer and will spend the remainder of the day seeing the village and enjoying the beach.

Our next stop will be Antibes, where we will do some easy hiking to get to a breathtaking view of the French Riviera.  From Antibes, our route will take us to Avagnon and Arles where we’ll get to see the lasting impact of the Roman Empire’s influence in southern France.  From there, we will visit Nimes, (where denim was originated).  Leaving Nimes, we will travel southward to Spain and make our first stop in the beautiful city of Barcelona.  Sites in Barcelona will include Las Rambles, Montjuic Castle, the Basilica of the Sagrada and Bogutell Beach.  Our next stop will be the city of Madrid.  There, we will see the Prado Museum, Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace of Madrid, and we’ll enjoy a bike tour of the city and see sites the normal traveler will miss. 

Preliminary Itinerary


 Day 1 Portland to Rome            LV Portland

Day 2   Rome    Arrive in Rome at 8:30am:  See *Pantheon, Coffee stop, *Piazza  Novona, gelato stop, Fontana de Trevi, Spanish Steps

Day 3 Rome *Colosseo, *San Pietro in Vincoli, *Mammertine Prison,  *Capitolino, *Palatine Hill, *Forum     

Day 4 Rome  * Basilica di San Pietro *Palazzo Vaticano, *Catacombs                                           

Day 5 Rome/Assisi Church of San Francesco

Day 6  Assisi/Florence  Intro to Florence      

Day 7 Florence Free day site seeing

Day 8 Florence *Academia, *Bargello, Optional:  Duomo, Santa Croce,  Michelangelo Park

Day 9 Florence/Cinque Terre Vernazza Hike, swim, Stay in Monterosso                                                                    

Day 10  Monterosso/Nice                 

Day 11  Nice  Visit Villa Franche sur Mer and Monte Carlo

Day 12 Antibes  Visit Eze and Hike to top of vista

Day 13 Aix-en-Provence

Day 14  Avagnon/Arles/Nimes    

Day 15 Nimes to Barcelona     

Day 16  Barcelona  Las Rambles, Basilica of the Sagrada, Bogutell Beach

Day 17  Barcelona

Day 18  Barcelona/Madrid   Royal Palace, Puerto del Sol

Day 19  Barcelona    Casa Battlo

Day 20 Barcelona    Free time, Group Bike Trip                                     

DAy 21  Barcelona to Portland