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For as long as students, parents and teachers can remember, the Granite Bay High School senior class has been provided with an opportunity to tour a few of the many European countries during the summer after they graduate.
The Europe trip, organized by Education First (EF) Tours, usually departs during June and costs around $4800 per student. That price includes the flight, hotels, transportation and all meals except lunch.
Next year, students of the class of 2017 are scheduled to depart for Lisbon on June 10, 2017 and return on June 26, 2017 from Lucerne, totalling about 17 days with approximately one or two days in each city.
The tour is scheduled to stop at Lisbon, Costa del Sol, Madrid, Prado, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco, Cinque Terre, Morocco, Venice and Lucerne, with some smaller stops along the way.
Seniors are encouraged to go on this trip by Mike Valentine and Brandon Dell’Orto, two of Granite Bay High’s Advanced Placement history teachers and the trip chaperones.
They emphasize that this tour may be the last opportunity many of these seniors will have to see such as vast amount of Europe at one time.
“For a lot of the kids, this might be there one time in their life to go to Europe,” Dell’Orto said. “They probably won’t go again.”
The circumstances regarding this year’s enrollment, however, have proven to be slightly different than past years for one particular reason.
In recent months, the European continent has faced multiple terror attacks, raising a concern of safety and security for students who are considering going on the trip.