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Each year Trinity Prep students have the chance to travel the world on one of many exciting trips led by our teachers. From photo documentary workshops in Southeast Asia to the tropical beaches of Fiji, there is no horizon we won’t chase.

Upcoming Trips

Japan

Trip InfoGallerySpring Break 2018

In a world overrun by globalization, constant and overwhelming interconnectivity, and alienation to nature, Japan remains a bastion of originality, uniqueness, and self-reflection. Japan breaks students away from their trivial and never-ending distractions by connecting them to what really matters in Japanese culture: nature, self-reflection, and connectedness to those with you. World history teacher William Milsten and Psychology and Theater teacher Donna Walker will be taking students to Japan for Spring Break. A video of some of the experiences we will have can be seen here by clicking this link. This trip was planned by Mr. Milsten from his previous travel experience in Japan; his pictures from that trip can be seen by clicking here. The trip begins in Tokyo; in the middle of the most modern city in the world, the Imperial Palace Plaza, the Meji Shrine, and the Asakusa Kanno will bring us back to the ancient. We will go on a scavenger hunt in Akihabara, experience Sumo wrestlers, and enjoy the best sushi in the world. We will visit the Hachimangu Shrine, and take a boat ride at Hakone for a spectacular look at Mount Fuji. After a Bullet Train Ride, we will visit Kyoto, the Imperial Capital of Japan for the last one thousand years. There we will visit tea houses, watch a Kimono show, quietly visit the Gold Pavilion, and walk through Nijo Castle. We will meet Geishas and Maikos, visit Okawara Castle, walk through the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see the stone foxes. We will walk through the Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, and of course visit the monkeys. Our last days will be spent in Koyasan, where we will stay in a Buddhist monastery, eat only vegetarian meals, and visit 800,000 graves including the graves of many of Japan’s most important figures from history. Email Mr. Milsten or Ms. Walker for more detailed explanations of the trip.

Spring Break 2018 10 days
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Italy

Trip InfoGallerySummer 2018

The 18th century London writer Samuel Johnson wrote, “A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority.” The educated of Europe often finished their studies by embarking on what they called "the Grand Tour," an exposure to cultural literacy they believed was best found in Italy. In June, Donna Walker, assisted by chaperon William Milsten, will be leading a Grand Tour of Italy starting in Rome, or as George Eliot described: "Rome, the city of visible history." In Rome we will visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican (Sistine Chapel), St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps—all while snacking on freshly-made gelato—and granita di cafe con panna, which is grated ice coffee topped with whipped cream. From Rome we travel to Sorrento via Monte Cassino Abbey. Spending the night in Sorrento, we wake the next morning to the fresh smell of lemons and sail to Capri by ferry where we will disembark, parade on a walking tour of the flowery island, all before taking a small boat for a ride around the island to visit it’s many grottos. “Capri..is my ultimate holiday destination,” wrote Vidal Sassoon.


Our next day brings us to the Amalfi coast. Busses will bring us along the scenic ocean-side road until we are deposited at a small harbor where we will take another boat ride along the coast to see the three beautiful seaside towns from the ocean. That afternoon, we will drink frappuccinos and relax, people-watching in Sorrento. The next morning it’s down the boot to the toe, crossing the Strait of Messina by ferry, we will arrive in Sicily. We will stay in Taormina, take a guided sightseeing tour of this cliffside town, and visit the amphitheater with its amazing view of Mt. Etna, the largest volcano in Europe (outside of Iceland). We will bus to Palermo and visit the Byzantine decorated Cathedral of Monreale. After finishing the day on a guided tour of Palermo, we will take a day off from touring to enjoy the beaches at Palermo. We will ferry to Naples that night, visit the ancient site of Pompeii before returning to Rome and home.

Please email Ms. Walker with any questions.

Summer 2018 12 days
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Germany, Poland and Czech Republic

Trip InfoGallerySummer 2018

One of history’s darkest moments takes on a poignant immediacy when you walk through the cities, towns, and buildings where the events occurred. At the Jewish Museum in Berlin, in the Warsaw Ghetto, in Prague’s Jewish Quarter, and at the camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, you have the opportunity to recall the suffering, honor the victims, and celebrate the liberation.


Immersing yourself in new cultures— surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life—creates inspirational moments that can’t be listed in an itinerary. They can only be experienced. Your experience will include 5 sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides, and visits to more than five museums. On this 10 day trip we will be visiting Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague.


The trip will run for 10 days including travel time. We would be in the country for 8 of those days. The departure date would be around the 13th of June. Please email Mrs. Massey-Burmeister with any questions.

Summer 2018 10 days
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Australia

Trip InfoGallerySummer 2018
Welcome to Australia! The land of kangaroos, gum trees, beautiful oceans, endless deserts, swags, sheilas, and blokes. On this one-of-a-kind photography expedition, led by Mr. Ryan Bowden, students will travel in 4x4s, drive through rivers, discover gorges, swim in hot springs, bask under waterfalls, and see jumping crocodiles! Throughout the trip, students will camp under a million starts in the outback, marvel at aboriginal art, learn about the history and settlement of the country, and over two weeks quickly become a natural ’Strayan. In addition to the photography aspect of the trip, students from Trinity Preparatory will explore the beautiful beaches of one of the world’s most perfect ocean town, Sydney, marvel at the world-famous Opera House and iconic Harbour Bridge, spot wildlife, and learn from local Aboriginals how to throw a boomerang and play the didgeridoo.!

All students, regardless of photography skill, are welcome to join this program. From novice to expert, point and shoot to digital SLR, students will be able to hone their skills, learn from the expert guides, and capture memorable moments that only Australia can provide. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the best of the Land Down Under! Check out this video to see some of the places you will go.

Please email Mr. Bowden bowdenr@trinityprep.org or Mrs. Bowden bowdenl@trinityprep.org with any questions.
Summer 2018 14 days
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Ireland and England

Trip InfoGallerySpring Break 2019


Mrs. Walker is taking students on a private, custom tour to Ireland and England, for eleven days over Spring Break 2019. Our adventure starts in Ireland, where we will see some of the most spectacular and breathtaking views on this planet; the Cliffs of Moher, where the famous cave scene from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was filmed; the scenic Ring of Kerry; and the amazing beach of hexagonal columns and stepping stones that make up the Giant’s Causeway . We will be in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy the parades and festivities! We are also going to Belfast, where we will enjoy a walking tour about the “Troubles” in Ireland. We will take an overnight ferry from Belfast to Liverpool, where we will tour The Beatles Story museum. Then it’s off on the train to London. We will see all of London - the Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Notting Hill and Kensington, the list goes on and on. Plenty of free time in London allows us to visit and explore the street markets, restaurants, shops, theater, who knows, maybe even a Premier League game! View the itinerary and email Mrs. Walker at walkerd@trinityprep.org for more details.


Spring Break 2019 11 days
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Past Trips

Summer 2015

Southeast Asia

Students captured the sights of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam on this traveling photo workshop. In Cambodia, they shot bustling Phnom Penh, experienced the intricate temples of Angkor Wat, and stayed in a floating village homestay. In Vietnam, they toured the city of Hanoi and its surrounding villages. In Laos they explored the beautiful town of Luang Prabang, gave alms to monks, and rode elephants — all while practicing their skills with professional photographers.
Summer 2015

Japan

In June of 2015, Ms. Ferguson led 22 people on a cultural tour of Japan. They began their journey in Hakone, traveling north through Kyoto and Kamakura, ending their trip in Tokyo. Along the way they traversed through ancient bamboo forests, Shinto shrines, and bustling city streets, indulging in culinary masterpieces.
Summer 2011

Turkey

The beauty of the Trinity Prep Istanbul trips lies in complete immersion. The students jump outside of tourist areas to eat with the Turks. Eating Iskender Kebob while sipping tea and listening to the call to prayer booming from hundreds of minarets surely reminds you that you aren't home. Turkish baths and eating baklava with every meal, all while enjoying the architecture of Byzantium and the Ottomans, are experiences that arrive once in a lifetime.

Ellis Award for International Travel

The generous Trinity Parents' Organization can help fund your travel dreams.

The Ellis Award is applied to any international, faculty-sponsored trip in the 2017-18 school year. All upper school students are invited to apply. Funds are raised by the annual Bloomingdale’s Shopping Day event in December. There is no foreign language requirement, and seniors may apply for this award to be used for spring break trips only. Contact Kimberly Trammell at trammellk@trinityprep.org to learn more about this award.

The application deadline for 2017-18 has passed. Applications will be available again in the fall of 2018.