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Silicon Europe – Technology Tour 

England, France, Holland, Germany 13 Days / 12 Nights

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This program is designed for IT enthusiasts who want to visit the most pulsating tech hubs of Europe. The cities of London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin have been voted as the most innovative and technologically significant capitals of Europe. Combining touristic sightseeing with company visits and field work you will not only learn about the theory but also get hands-on experience in the field.

Before your departure you receive a project assignment by a start-up company you will visit during the tour. At the different stops you can intensify your project and finally present it to the company in person.
Your group furthermore has the possibility work out a specific case study together with a Dutch university, a great way to learn about other cultures and from each other’s experience.

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Destinations London, Paris, Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Berlin
Travel season Best during academic year
Age range University students (can be adapted to high school)
Meals Full Board
Accommodation 3***/4**** Standard Hotels City Limits with good public transportation options
Transportation Private motor coach
Other Services Train between cities and transfer Airport/Hotel/Airport

Tour Highlights

  • City orientation London led by tour manager (excl. entrances)
  • Local guided tour through East London – thematic focus on technology and IT +
  • Seminar on creativity and innovation incl. presentations by professional coach + +
  • Project initiated during seminar, project guidance by tour manager + +
  • City tour Paris with local guide (excl. entrances)
  • Visit to a start-up hub in Paris, meet a company and present the case you have prepared + +
  • Entrance to « Musée des Arts et Metiers » in Paris
  • Visit High Tech Campus Eindhoven and Eindhoven University of Technology (or similar) – a university official will tell you about the institution and its history as well as its biggest successes. Case study work with local students + +
  • Entrance and guided tour Philips Museum Eindhoven
  • City tour Amsterdam with local guide (excl. entrances)
  • Speak to an official of the Green IT program Amsterdam, attend a seminar + +
  • Visit sustainable start-up such as Fair Phone
    Amsterdam + + +
  • Amsterdam – half day work integration at a local company – organisation & assistance by PDM +
  • City tour Berlin with local guide (excl. entrances)
  • Entrance and private tour museum of computer games in Berlin – history of computer games, the cultural impact of video games and play on some of their original machines
  • Visit Start-Up Accelerator in Berlin and speak to an official of the company about the idea and why it is so important. + +
  • Visit Check Point Charlie and discussion with a witness of World War II + +

Sightseeing Highlights

  • London: Hide Park, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace
  • Paris: Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Louvre, Montmartre
  • Amsterdam: Royal Palace, Van Gogh Museum
  • Berlin: Berlin Wall, Potsdam, Reichstag
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Inclusions

  • Transfers from/to airport on arrival/departure day
  • Accommodation in 3***/4**** Hotel City Limits in multi-bedded rooms with shower and/or bathtub, toilet
  • Full Board treatment
  • Train rides as described in the program
  • Company visits as described in the program
  • Work experience as described in the program
  • All scheduled sightseeing and activities
  • Experienced PDM Tour Manager – with knowledge of Portuguese and IT
  • 24 hour assistance by PDM
  • Daily quality checks and status report
  • Regular conference calls
  • Tips

Exclusions

  • Travel to and from destination (e.g. flight or train tickets)
  • Single room supplement
  • Any activities not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, e.g. drinks, laundry, phone calls…
  • Public transportation tickets
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