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Travel to Paris/Amsterdam with PDK: October 6-15, 2014

Enrollment for the 2014 tour is now closed.

PDK is teaming up with EF, an international tour group, to offer a 10-day trip to Amsterdam and Paris in fall 2014. This trip will be led by Kappan editor-in-chief Joan Richardson and is open to:

  • PDK International members;
  • Pi Lambda Theta members; and
  • Future Educators Association adult advisors.

This trip provides an exciting blend of professional development opportunities and sightseeing, including sessions with education leaders in each city and trips to historic locales, such as Anne Frank’s House, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Versailles Palace & Gardens. Professional development credits (PDF) will be available through EF. (For a detailed itinerary, see below.)

Exertion level

To ensure that everyone enjoys the travel experience, travelers should be in good physical and mental health and able to keep up with the pace of the group. Traveling as part of a group requires flexibility and the willingness to be tolerant of occasional changes or delays that are common during any trip.

For the most satisfying experience, and in fairness to your fellow travelers, please note that the tours require that participants be able to walk without assistance (sometimes over uneven terrain), climb sets of stairs without assistance, walk and stand for up to one hour, keep pace with an active group of travelers, and be on time for all scheduled activities. Tour managers are responsible for the whole group and will not be able to assist individuals with special needs.

Estimated tour cost* 

With Chicago as the departure and return city: $3640

With Denver as the departure and return city: $3770

With Dallas-Fort Worth as the departure and return city: $3710

With Indianapolis as the departure and return city: $3725

With Los Angeles as the departure and return city: $3710

With Miami as the departure and return city: $3695

With New York City/Newark as the departure and return city: $3540

With San Francisco as the departure and return city: $3745

With Atlanta (ATL) as the departure and return city: $3695

Land only travel through EF: $2495 (For land only, please contact EF directly to receive complete details, forms, and requirements.)

* Prices are valid thru June 30, 2014. Additional fees apply for single room accommodations. All fees are subject to change.

Your 10-day will include:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations (shared rooms); Single Room Supplement $320
  • Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Walking tours
  • Entrance fees to select attractions
  • Opportunities to hear from education leaders and visit local schools in Amsterdam and Paris

NOTICE:  Travelers MUST register with the name that appears or will appear on their passports.  Name changes will result in a minimum $200 fee, in addition to any costs incurred by the airlines.  These costs grow significantly as the departure date draws nearer.

Information regarding passport renewals and applications can be found at www.travel.state.gov.  It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain the proper travel documents.  Neither EF nor PDK International will issue refunds if a traveler does not have a valid passport or visa (non-US citizens) for travel.

 Amsterdam/Paris Itinerary

Itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1  ·  Overnight flight to Amsterdam

Day 2  ·  Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam

Day 3   ·  Amsterdam
Guided Sightseeing of Amsterdam. Visit the Anne Frank House.

Day 4  ·  Amsterdam
Professional Development Day (arranged by PDK)

Day 5  ·  Amsterdam
Walking Tour of Amsterdam. Transfer to Paris.

Day 6  ·  Paris
Guided Sightseeing of Paris. Guided Excursion to Versailles.

Day 7   ·  Paris
Walking Tour of Paris. Visit the Louvre Museum. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral.

Day 8  ·  Paris
Professional Development Day (arranged by PDK)

Day 9  ·  Paris
Professional Development Day (arranged by PDK). Visit to OECD.

Day 10  ·  Transfer to the Airport for Your Return Flight

 For more information, call 800-766-1156 or e-mail intltravel@pdkintl.org.


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