With travel restrictions loosening, Marquette has been working diligently behind the scenes to re-launch its international Spring Break offerings. COVID-19 may have claimed a utopian tour to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, but equally delightful excursions to Europe and South America remain on our itinerary.

WWII and the Western Front

From late March to early April 2022, a large faction of Marquette students and chaperones will cram a semesters’ worth of World War II history into 14 days. 

Following an overnight flight from Chicago to London, students will embark on a walking tour of London, the Churchill War Rooms, and the Imperial Warm Museum. The next day, they’ll hop on a ferry to Caen to experience once-in-a-lifetime sights that include the beaches of Normandy, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Latin Quarter. 

The travel group will spend a day-and-a-half in Paris where a local guide will take them around to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and other must-sees in the original City of Lights.

The trip continues with a swing through Bastogne, Belgium and on to Germany for guided tours of Cologne and Berlin where students can view Cologne Cathedral, the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, the remains of the Berlin Wall, and much more. 

The final three days are reserved for Nuremberg, Munich, and Salzburg. While in Nuremberg, we’ll go back in time 75 years to tour the sobering home of the Nuremberg Trials, including the Documentation Center museum, and Courtroom 600.

On the penultimate day of this eye-opening odyssey, students will be guided through Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Olympic Stadium, Residenz, and Marienplatz. A day trip to Salzburg will follow before we depart back to American soil.

Heights of Peru

Further on the horizon is a 2023 Peruvian expedition that includes the universal bucket list item of Machu Picchu, temples, monasteries, and other cultural posts.

This 12-day excursion will educate students on everything from fishing (Lima) to pottery (Pucusana and Cuzco) to archeology (Sillustani). Woven into the occupation-based lessons are opportunities to be one with the natural beauty of South America: an expert-guided tour to Incan citadel Machu Picchu, a boat excursion to Lake Titicaca, visits to Raqch’i Temple, Santa Catalina Monastery, Taquile and Uros floating islands, Colca Canyon, and the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries.

The culture of Peru is a fascinating and compelling one and we look forward to immersing ourselves in it in 2023.

While the WWII trip is at capacity, a few spots remain for the Heights of Peru Tour in 2023. Interested families should contact Principal Martin at Casey.Martin@marquette-hs.org.