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Student European Tours

Don Finkbeiner of the Heartland International Travel & Tours Group Division has been organizing European tours for groups for more than 25 years. A large number have been student educational tours. It goes without saying that a tour to Europe provides an enlightening, cultural experience for all students and teachers. Some examples of tours are as follows. Should you wish to discuss the planning of such a tour please contact us. Sample itineraries follow.

WINNIPEG OAK PARK HIGH SCHOOL
EUROPE TOUR MAR. 2002
FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND - LEADER - RENEE KAPLAN

Sun. Mar. 29 - Departure
You depart Winnipeg on Air Canada flight #194 at 3:00 pm and arrive in Toronto at 6:18 pm. In Toronto you transfer to Air Canada flight # 880 departing at 8:20 pm for your overseas flight to Paris.


Mon. Mar. 30 - Paris, France
You arrive at Paris' Charles de Gaulle at 10:35 am in the morning. After clearing customs and claiming your luggage you will be met by your tour escort, Mr. Timo Stuck and driver Mr. Bernd Kruel and taken to your private bus. From the airport you transfer to your downtown Paris hotel. At 2:00 pm in the afternoon you are taken on a guided sightseeing tour of Paris; Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe and ending at the Eiffel Tower. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Comfort Primevere.


Tues. Mar. 31 - Paris, France
At 9:00 am in the morning you depart Paris for a guided tour of the magnificent Louis XIV Chateau of Versailles style gardens to enjoy the pavilions and fountains, the Grand and Petit Trianon. Later in the afternoon you return to Paris. At 8:00 pm in the evening you are taken on a wonderful Bateau Mouche tour. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Comfort Primevere.

Wed. Apr. 01 - Paris, France
Today is a free day to explore more of this exciting city on your own. Perhaps a visit to the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou or stroll through the Quartier Latin. Overnight is again at the Hotel Comfort Primevere.

Thurs. Apr 02 - Nice, France
This morning you depart Paris and travel south through the beautiful French countryside. You continue through the Bourgogne and Rhone-Loire regions to Provence, the Cote d' Azur and the city of Nice. Overnight at the Quality Hotel Nice.


Fri. Apr. 03 - Nice, France
In the morning you will depart on a day tour of Nice and Monaco. The Principality of Monaco, with an area about the size of New York's Central Park, is famous because of its casino. The tour includes a stop at a tropical garden, which is suspended from a mountainous rock overlooking the sea, plus the Prince's palace, which provides a fine view of the harbor. The Nice tour provides an opportunity to see the beautiful Promenade des Anglais, the flower market and the streets lined with picturesque old houses. Later you return to the Quality Hotel Nice.

Sat. Apr. 04 - Nice, France
Today you are taken on a tour of the town of Eze and also the famous BIOT glass making factory and the Grasse Perfumerie. Later in the afternoon you return to overnight at the Quality Hotel Nice.


Sun. Apr. 05 - Florence, Italy
Today you depart Nice and travel along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, passing the Italian Riviera, the port of Genova and continuing on to the famous city of Pisa. In Pisa you visit the Piazza del Duomo with the 13th century Santa Chaira hospital, the Pisan Romanesque style Duomo and the magnificent Leaning Tower. After the tour you continue to the city of Florence. Overnight is at the Hotel Universo in Florence.


Mon. Apr. 06 - Venice, Italy
In the morning you are taken on a guided Florence sightseeing tour; the Piazza del Duomo with its Cathedral and Cathedral Museum, plus the Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo(Palace) Vecchio. In the afternoon you depart for a visit to the beautiful medieval hilltop village of San Gimignano. From here you continue northeast to the great city of Venice. Overnight at the Hotel Union in Venice.
Tues. Apr. 07 - Venice, Italy
In the morning you are taken on a guided walking sightseeing tour of this unique city, the Piazza San Marco, Basilica San Marco, the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and the Gallerie Dell' Accademia. The afternoon is free to shop or visit more of Venice on your own. Overnight at the Hotel Union .
Wed. Apr. 08 - Lucerne, Switzerland
This morning you depart Venice and travel through northwest Italy and cross the border into Switzerland. You continue to the picturesque city of Lucerne. Overnight is at the Hotel Broadway in Lucerne.
Thurs. Apr. 09 - Lucerne, Switzerland
Today you are taken on a guided city sightseeing tour, the Altes Rathaus (old town hall), Kornmarkt (grain market), Hirschenplatz (Stag Square), Weinmarkt (wine market), and the old covered bridges, Spreuerbrucke and Kapellbrucke. The afternoon is free to visit more of Lucerne on your own. Overnight at the Hotel Broadway.
Fri. Apr. 10 - Return
In the morning you transfer to the Zurich airport and depart on Air Canada flight # 879 at 12:50 pm. This overseas flight arrives in Toronto at 3:45 pm. In Toronto you clear passport control, claim your luggage and clear customs. You then connect to Air Canada flight # 195 departing at 5:05 pm and arrive in Winnipeg at 6:32 pm.

Package includes:

  • Air fare Winnipeg/Paris - Zurich/Winnipeg
  • 11 nights in 2 star tourist class hotels, 2 - 4 persons per room with private facilities breakfast and dinner daily
  • all transportation by private bus
  • English speaking tour escort
  • sightseeing and applicable entrance fees Paris, Versailles, Nice, Monaco,
  • Eze, BIOT glassmaking, Grasse perfumerie, Florence, San Gimignano, Venice and Lucerne
Not included: lunches, drinks with meals except coffee and tea with breakfast, passport expenses, travel insurance and expenses of a personal nature.

International School Tour Experience

MIAMI MANITOBA MIDLAND COLLEGIATE TRAVEL CLUB
MAR.1985 HOLLAND/GERM/AUST/SWITZ-MGR BILL MCKETIAK

WINNIPEG SILVER HEIGHTS COLLEGIATE BAND
JUL.1987 AUSTRIA/GERMANY-BAND DIRECTOR JIM MACKAY

WINNIPEG DAKOTA COLLEGIATE BAND
APRIL.1988 ORLANDO,FLA-DIRECTOR MARK CHRISTIANSON

WINNIPEG JOHN TAYLOR COLLEGIATE BAND AND CHOIR
JUL.1988 FRAN/GERM/BELG/ENGL-DIRECTOR ROSS SHAVER

WINNIPEG DAKOTA COLLEGIATE BAND
APR.1989 ST.LOUIS,MISSOURI-DIR MARK CHRISTIANSON

WINNIPEG SILVER HEIGHTS COLLEGIATE BAND
JUL.1989 ENGLAND/HOLLAND-DIRECTOR JIM MACKAY

WINNIPEG JOHN TAYLOR COLLEGIATE BAND AND CHOIR
JUL.1990 ITALY/AUST/GERMANY-DIRECTOR ROSS SHAVER

WINNIPEG WESTWOOD COLLEGIATE BAND
MAR.1991 ORLANDO,FLORIDA-DIRECTOR ERIC MARSHALL

WINNIPEG DAKOTA COLLEGIATE BAND
MAR.1992 MEITOKU, JAPAN-DIRECTOR MARK CHRISTIANSON

WINNIPEG SILVER HEIGHTS COLLEGIATE BAND
JUL.1992 GERM/SWITZ/AUST-DIRECTOR JIM MACKAY

WINNIPEG VINCENT MASSEY COLLEGIATE STUDENT TOUR
MAR. 1993 JAPAN - LEADER PAUL DOYLE

WINNIPEG OAK PARK HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH CLUB
MAR. 1993 FRANCE/ITALY/SWITZERLAND - LEADER RENEE KAPLAN

WINNIPEG WESTWOOD COLLEGIATE BAND
MAR. 1993 ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - DIRECTOR. ERIC MARSHALL

WINNIPEG JOHN TAYLOR MUSIC GROUP
JUL. 1993 GERM/SWITZ/AUST- DIRECTOR ROSS SHAVER

WINNIPEG VINCENT MASSEY COLLEGIATE FRENCH CLUB
OCT. 1993 FRANCE-LEADERS MARGO WILSON & PHILIPPE LECLERCQ

WINNIPEG DAKOTA COLLEGIATE BAND
MAR. 1994 MEITOKU, JAPAN - DIRECTOR MARK CHRISTIANSON

WINNIPEG OAK PARK HIGH SCHOOL EUROPE TOUR
MAR. 1998 FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND - LEADER - RENEE KAPLAN

WINNIPEG BALMORAL HALL SCHOOL EUROPE TOUR
MAR. 1999 FRANCE. SPAIN - LEADER - JENNIFER MACDONALD

WINNIPEG JOHN TAYLOR MUSIC GROUP
JUL. 1999 GERM/SWITZ/AUST- DIRECTOR ROSS SHAVER

WINNIPEG OAK PARK HIGH SCHOOL EUROPE TOUR
MAR. 2000 FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND - LEADER - RENEE KAPLAN

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA SINGERS EUROPE TOUR
APRIL/MAY 2001 GERM, SWITZ, ITALY - LEADER - HENRY ENGBRECHT

WINNIPEG OAK PARK HIGH SCHOOL EUROPE TOUR
MAR. 2002 FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND - LEADER - RENEE KAPLAN

WESTWOOD COLLEGIATE BAND EUROPE TOUR
JULY 2002 SWITZ, ITALY, AUST, GERM - LEADER - GREG EDWARDS

PRAIRIE VOICES CHOIR EUROPE TOUR
JULY 2003 GERM, SWITZ, AUST, CZECH REP - LEADER - ELROY FRIESEN

WINNIPEG OAK PARK HIGH SCHOOL EUROPE TOUR
MAR. 2004 FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZ, GERM - LEADER - RENEE KAPLAN


Should you have any questions or require additional information please e-mail info@heartlandtravel.ca or call Don Finkbeiner or one of our group travel counsellors at (204) 989-9630 (in Winnipeg) or 1-866-890-3377 or fax 204-989-9636.