Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Iceland to France

Faculty: Isabelle Corneaux, Viki Defferding
Class Meeting Night: Monday



Embark on a panoramic Study Tour of some of Europe’s most celebrated cities.

We will begin the adventure by exploring breathtaking landscapes in Iceland. We will go to the blue lagoon, an outdoor geothermal spa near Reykjavik and we will get a stunning impression of Iceland on the Golden Circle day tour and the South shore adventure tour which includes visiting geysers, amazing cascades, volcanoes and glaciers...

Then we will transfer to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and get acquainted with this historic city on a Canal tour and learn how the location of a port city has played a part in its history. We will visit some of the most famous sights in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank’s House, the Van Gogh museum, the Rejkmuseum, and reflect upon historic events that took place here during WWII. We will also worship with local Christians and visit the world’s biggest tulip garden; the Keukenhof Gardens and the quaint town of Haarlem and visit Corie Ten Boom’s house. A visit of Zans windmills will conclude the Netherlands portion of our trip. Then we will travel to a country rich in art, culture, history and the most visited country in the world: France! We’ll discover some of the finest examples of Medieval architecture in Dijon, capital of Burgundy with the Palace of the Dukes and the Bernardines Monastery and learn about the interconnections between church and the state during the Middle Ages as manifested in the history of France. We will also visit the colorful farmers market and take a 3 hour cooking class for lunch then enjoy food! We will also visit l’Hôtel-Dieu, a hospital for the poor and needy founded in the 15th century in Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy and visit Domaine Drouhin winery and the vineyards for a half-day tour by bicycles. From there we will go to the South of France in Provence where we will also explore Arles, Lubéron region and discover the influence of the Roman Empire. We will then enjoy “la douceur de vivre”, the good life in Provence through farmers’ markets. We will also spend one day in Camargue, go horse-riding and  swim in the Mediterranean sea. We will then experience changes in scenery as we ascend from the green valley to the picturesque town of Chamonix, located in the heart of the French Alps and the summit of Mont Blanc. We will catch a train in Geneva, Switzerland to reach Paris. Our final stay will be in the City of Lights, Paris! You will examine the role monuments play in Paris’ history as represented in such renowned and imposing examples as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. We will learn the basic feature of Gothic architecture through one of the most beautiful masterpiece of that style, Notre-Dame Cathedral. We will discover highlights such as the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay and its collection of Impressionist paintings and many other well-known sites in the most fabulous city in Europe! You will also have some free time to visit Normandy, Giverny, Versailles, or simply stroll in the most romantic city in the world!

Preliminary Itinerary





May 3

Icelandair to Reykjavik


May 4

Peninsula tour + Blue Lagoon; hostel; Reykjavik orientation


May 5

South shore adventure tour (12 hours)


May 6

Golden Circle tour (8 hours). + free time in Reykjavik


May 7

Flight to Amsterdam Orientation;Anne Frank House


May 8

Church; Haarlem; the Hiding Place


May 9

Van Gogh Museum, Keukenhof Gardens; canal tour


May 10

Free day in Amsterdam


May 11

Train to Dijon; orientation, free time (crêpes in a crêperie together)


May 12

Beaune; Hospices; winery tour; picnic and bicycle tour


May 13

Visit of the farmers’ market with a chef. Cooking Class + lunch, Musée des Beaux Arts; Sacred Arts museum, free time


May 14

To Arles (4H20); Roman ruins, orientation + free time


May 15

Bus to Lubéron in Provence; Gordes, short hike in Roussillon, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Isles sur la Sorgue


May 16

Bus to Saintes Maries de la Mer + Camargue (mediterranean sea) Aigue-Morte. Horse back riding.


May 17

To Chamonix; hike, explore, free time


May 18

Mont Blanc gondola Aiguille du midi + Glacier + hike


May 19

Hike (paragliding option?)


May 20

Travel to Paris; Orientation, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower; boat tour 


May 21

Sainte Chapelle; Musée du Moyen Age, Louvre


May 22

Musée d’Orsay; Rodin, Montmartre, Sacré Coeur(French restaurant together)


May 23

Free day: Paris sights or Chartres, Normandy, Chantilly


May 24

Icelandair to Portland