Science and technology School tour to Italy, Switzerland and France
Join us on our exciting science and technology school tour. Experience an exciting 12 day school tour filled with science and technology activities. Read more or enquire now for more information and to personalize the tour to your requirements.
Tour at a glance
- Rome: Rome City Tour, The Colosseum, Rome Time Elevator, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica
- Florence: The Garden of Archimedes, Academia Gallery, Florence Guided Walking Tour, The Duomo Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Duomo, Giotto’s Tower, Footsteps of Galileo, Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory
- Pisa: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa Cathedral Complex, Museum of Computation Tools
- Savona: All About Apple Museum
- Milan: Santa Maria delle Grazie – Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology, The Mont Blanc Tunnel
- Chamonix: Aiguille Du Midi including return cable car
- Geneva: Verbois Dam – SIG Energy Pavillion – Solar 3 Power Station, CERN
- Lausanne: Bolo Museum
- Paris: Paris City tour, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacré-Cœur, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Eiffel Tower – to 2nd level, Cite de Sciences et de l’Industrie, Zeiss Planetarium
- Day 1:Depart SA on your flight to Rome.
- Day 2:Arrive in Rome early this afternoon and transfer directly to your accommodation to check in & freshen up. Then, begin your journey with a half-day guided city tour of the historic Roman city centre! Later this afternoon transfer to the mighty Colosseum for a guided tour of this iconic structure
- Day 3:After spending the previous day walking in the footsteps of one of Mankind’s greatest empire builders, enjoy breakfast this morning before heading over to the Time Elevator. Later on transfer to the Holy centre of Catholicism and the smallest sovereign city-state in the World – The Vatican City; enjoy guided visits to St Peter’s, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel!
- Day 4:Today, bid farewell to this ‘Eternal City’ and make your way north and onward to the city of Florence! On arrival begin with a visit to the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory located just outside the centre of Florence, on the same hill where Galileo Galilei spent, in forced exile, the last 11 years of his life making many of his cosmological observations, namely the phases of Venus and the Galilean moons of Jupiter. Time permitting; enjoy a visit to the Garden of Archimedes! Thereafter continue your walking tour, to some of the other sites in Florence, such as: Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Duomo to view the Basilica and the Dome. Finally, end-off an enigmatic day of wonder and discovery with a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia to admire one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces – The Statue of David.
- Day 5:After breakfast this morning, a busy day awaits with a walking tour aptly titled In the Footsteps of Galileo, first on the agenda. Visit the Museo Galileo, a museum dedicated exclusively to this famous astrophysicist and mathematician. Bid farewell to Florence and get ready for your afternoon excursion to Pisa. In Pisa, enjoy a guided visit of Pisa Campo dei Miracoli, and have time for lots of photos at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Finish off with a visit to the Museum of Computation Tools.
- Day 6:Depart Pisa and head to the Italian Riviera, to the town of Savona! Here, enjoy a visit to All About Apple Museum.
- The museum with the largest collection of Apple memorabilia
- So unique that even Apple execs noticed it and sent a letter directly from Cupertino to the organizers to praise them, saying it is the best museum of its kind in the world.
- Personal computers, peripherals, accessories, Apple prototypes from the beginnings to the present day - for a total of 9000 pieces - include the legendary Lisa, designed in the early ‘80s, the Macintosh 128K, the PowerBook Duo, the 20th-anniversary Macintosh, the Newton and the first mouse.
- “Through an interactive journey, the machines on display, all turned on and functioning properly, tell of the birth and evolution of Apple computers, and of the transformation of personal computing carried out by the two Steves, Wozniak and Jobs,"
Enjoy some lunch (own account) on the Italian coastline and then continue on to the city of Milan. Once arrived in Milan enjoy a special visit to the Santa Maria delle Grazie where you will see the famous mural of Da Vinci’s Last Supper . (subject to availibility)
- Day 7:After breakfast you have an epic day ahead of you! First an early morning visit to the fascinating Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum. Thereafter, transfer to the Alpine region in France, Chamonix! As the towering Alps mountain range looms ever closer on your journey west, passage to France seems impossible – until you arrive at the foot of the highest mountain in the Alps: Mont Blanc. There, as if by magic, another of man’s great achievements disappears into the bedrock – The Mont Blanc Tunnel! Here you will take a cable car ride up the Aiguille du Midi to elevation of 3842m, a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps for a spectacular view of the Mont Blanc itself and the rest of France and Switzerland! Late afternoon continue on and arrive in Geneva, Switzerland for check in at your accommodation in this exquisite city overlooking her self-named magnificent lake. Enjoy your time in this alpine heath.
- Day 8:After breakfast, venture out of Geneva to the nearby city of Lausanne, whilst there visit the Bolo Museum, located on the campus grounds of The School of Computers and Communication Sciences.
- Museum is located at The School of Computers and Communication Sciences
- The Museum has thousands of objects from the history of computing and information technology.
- Disappearance Exhibit - The visitor is invited to explore five different leads:
REDUCTION: computers have become miniscule
DISSOLUTION: information technology dematerializes
OBLIVION: computers are only a memory
CAMOUFLAGE: computers hide themselves
HUMANIZATION: the computer thinks it's human
This afternoon continue being wowed by technological advancements as you enjoy a Tour of SIG Energy Pavilion, Verbois Dam and the Solar 3 Power Station.
The modern exhibition at the SIG Energy Pavilion tells the amazing story of electricity: the mysteries of its production, the ingenuity of its distribution and its impact on the environment. New renewable energy sources are presented in a practical through colourful explanations, films, models, and interactive activities The Dam is the largest source of electrical energy production in Geneva. Changes in the flow of the Rhone at the Seujet dam allow the Verbois works to produce electricity at times of high consumption. SIG Solar 3 is one of the biggest solar power stations in Switzerland with a surface consumption equivalent of two football pitches. It produces enough electricity for approximately 300 homes in Geneva
- Day 9:After breakfast, start off an action-packed day with a visit to the famed CERN facility for guided tour!
CERN's Two Permanent Exhibitions are as follows
Universe of Particles: Dedicated to CERN’s main missions, this exhibition allows you to confront the great questions of contemporary physics, currently being explored by the CERN via the Large hydrogen Collider and others.
Microcosm: In this exhibition you will explore the mysteries of the universe and discover the massive apparatus used by physicists, the accelerators and detectors, and see how each part works.
Once your tour is complete, enjoy some lunch (own account) before boarding your afternoon train to Paris. On arrival in Paris, transfer to your accommodation for check in
- Day 10:Enjoy breakfast and then meet Paris on your guided city tour. Some highlights: enter the beautiful Notre Dame, stroll down the Champs Elysees, view the Arc de Triomphe and ascend to the 2nd level of the iconic Eiffel Tower! Spend some time in the Artistic Quarter of Montmartre, where you visit the beautiful Sacre Coeur! Enjoy the view from the Sacre Coeur’s grassy slopes! Later this afternoon visit the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie and take an epic journey through the museum marvelling at the interstellar constellations at the 15-meter wide Zeiss Planetarium.
- Day 11:This morning make your way to the must-visit Louvre! Whilst there be amazed at the sheer size of the impressive collection! Be sure to make your way to the Mona Lisa. Thereafter the day is yours to do some shopping and exploring at your own pace. Later this afternoon you will have your private transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
- Day 12:Arrive in SA