Putney Student Travel | Cultural Exploration in Switzerland, Italy, France, and Holland

Video and Photos

About

From the mountain trails and summer snowfields of the Swiss Alps and Italian Dolomites to the rich cultures of Florence, Paris, and Amsterdam, explore Europe as an active traveler. With a group of like-minded students, hike through alpine meadows and go canyoning in mountain streams. Study Renaissance masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery and in the piazzas of Florence before joining an Italian family in the medieval village of Osimo, just 20 minutes from the Adriatic Sea. Stay in a high-mountain rifugio and join local mountain guides for spectacular trekking in the Italian Dolomites. Explore the cafés, museums, and rich city life of Paris before taking a six-day bicycle trip in rural Holland. Cap off your journey with two days in Amsterdam, explore the city's busy canals and streets, and reflect on the natural and cultural richness of these four fascinating countries.

Highlights
  • Trek atop high mountain glaciers in the Swiss Alps
  • Sample gelato and stroll the small streets of Florence
  • Experience Italian family life at a week-long homestay near the Adriatic Sea
  • Climb the hill of Montmartre and view Paris from the steps of Sacre Coeur
  • Wind your way past sand dunes and windmills on a bicycle trip through the picturesque towns of rural Holland

Questions & Answers

Reviews

90%
based on 1 review
  • Growth 9
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 9
Showing 1 - 1 of 1
Default avatar
Grace
9/10

An Unforgettable Experience!

This trip was one of the best five weeks in my life. I decided to sign up because this program combined things I already knew that I would enjoy with things that I had never tried before. Not only did I have an amazing time, but I also pushed and challenged myself constantly. I overcame fears and built up strength in all different areas. This trip gave me the opportunity to do activities that I would never pursue on my own; hiking in the Dolomites, canyoning in Switzerland, and taking a bike trip throughout the Netherlands. Though it was sometimes hard, I am proud of everything that I achieved. I loved exploring the Louvre in Paris, going down the canals in Amsterdam, and grabbing gelato every day in Florence. I was able to really experience and observe true Italian culture through my homestay. My family was very accommodating and for that I am grateful. This trip also had a good balance of guided time and free time. It was a great way to give the students the chance to explore the city on their own. The food in each place was amazing, and everyone was always excited to grab breakfast, lunch, and dinner at authentic establishments. Putney not only provides students with one in a life time experiences, but also with lifelong connections and friendships. This program was incredible not only because of the places that I got to travel to but also because of the people that I got to travel with. Some of the best memories I have are from the long train rides and strolls through the cities when I got to just spend time with my friends. I never expected to create the kind of friendships that I did; they are ones that will last forever. I am so grateful that I got to go on this trip and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Yes, I recommend this program

About Putney Student Travel

Since 1951, Putney Student Travel has offered high school students powerful travel and experiential education programs that help them prepare for college, shape their futures, engage with people from different cultures, and form lasting friendships....