Girl Scouts Silver and Gold are invited to travel with a group from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois council to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London. See, taste, and enjoy the cuisine, music, and lifestyle created by a mix of migrating populations in Europe. Learn about unique traditions and share experiences and recipes from your family’s culture with friends on the tour
Girl Scout attendees must be entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2025 or graduating from high school in the spring of 2025. Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9-10) can work on their Sow What journey on this exploration.
Depart from Chicago, Illinois and get ready for an amazing adventure through Western Europe! First stop: Amsterdam!
Meet your tour director and check in to the hotel.
Take a tour of Anne Frank's house, where three Jewish families hid for more than two years during World War II and where Anne’s famous diaries were discovered. See where she and her family lived before being betrayed to the Nazis and deported to concentration camps.
Enjoy a traditional Dutch dinner of pannenkoeken, a large thin pancake similar to a crepe, which can be topped with anything from bacon to apples or raisins and finished with a drizzle of stroop, a dark thick syrup.
Walk the city of Amsterdam! Petite Amsterdam packs a big punch. The canals’ circle islands are jammed with restaurants, bars, museums, markets, and more than a few tulips. Get oriented with your Tour Director as you stroll by the highlights, from the Royal Palace to the enormous Albert Cuyp market. Be careful of the bicyclists whizzing by!
Pedal through the canals of Amsterdam while learning all about this vibrant city on a guided tour.
Enjoy a Rijsttafel dinner! Rijsttafel literally translates to "rice table" and is an elaborate Indonesian meal with many small plates accompanied with rice. During the Dutch colonization of the East Indies, this meal became a popular dish in the Netherlands.
Optional: Add on a Volendam & Zaanse Schans guided excursion for $45/person.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bruges while traveling through the picturesque canals. Visit Burg Square, Market Square, Beguinage Church and Convent, and Church of Our Lady.
Visit the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate. You’ll get to watch a chocolate-making demonstration, where you’ll see chocolate go from liquid to hard shell and then taste the result! The chocolatier will show you the process of making seashell chocolates, pralines other fancy treats. After finishing the demonstration, there are two floors of cocoa and chocolate facts and exhibits to explore, including how the beans are turned from fruit seeds into chocolate, a display of Belgian chocolates, and a display of how chocolate was eaten in the 1500s when it was first brought to Europe.
Enjoy a fun and easy 90-minute waffle workshop. Learn about the waffle's history and recipe and, with guidance from expert chefs, learn to make and enjoy your own. No previous cooking experience is necessary! Simply mix, bake, and enjoy Belgium's favorite snack.
See the city's historical heart on a walking tour led by your tour director. Start at the cobblestone Grand Place, a central square lined with ornamental gables, medieval banners, and gilded façades. Look at the 15th-century Town Hall and the King's House lining the Place. Then walk to the Manneken-Pis. Are you tired of so much strolling? Buy a bag of Belgian pralines for fortification.
Paris is made for walking! Stroll grand boulevards with sweeping city views, pristine parks with trees planted in perfect rows, and narrow streets crowded with vendors selling flowers, pastries, and cheese. Then head to the Île de la Cité, a small island in the Seine, to see Notre Dame Cathedral. Please note that Notre Dame Cathedral is currently closed due to fire damage.
View the Notre Dame Cathedral. Work began in 1163 on a spot that had been a holy shrine since Roman times. Over the centuries, the cathedral has been the scene of some of France's most momentous occasions, including the coronation of Napoleon.
Have dessert at Ladurée! Since its humble beginnings in 1862 as a simple bakery, Ladurée has become an international brand. This luxury bakery and sweets maker is one of the world's best-known premier sellers of the double-decker macaron!
Take a chocolate pastry class! Learn all about the delicate and delicious art of chocolate pastry-making. Participate in the 2.5-hour cooking to make pastries like éclair, moelleux, and mendiant au chocolat.
Climb to the top of this triumphal arc, which honors the soldiers who fought for France during the Napoleonic Wars, for a breathtaking view of Paris.
See the city from the water on an hour-long cruise along the River Seine. The Seine cuts right through Paris, dividing the city in half. See the Eiffel Tower rising on the Left Bank and the walls of the Louvre on the Right Bank. A guide will point out other monuments and architectural marvels as you pass, many of which are illuminated by clear white light at night.
Visit Fragonard's Perfume Museum! Since 1926 Fragonard has been creating perfumes by combining traditional craft methods with the most modern production techniques. In the heart of Paris, just a few steps from the Opéra, you can explore one of two fascinating museums: a 19th-century townhouse and a theater dating from the turn of the 20th century. A miniature factory composed of 19th-century copper distilling apparatus demonstrates methods for extracting raw mater. You can find original and exclusive gift ideas in both museums' boutiques ideas.
Stop at a local café! Every city has its own café culture with unique drinks and specialty treats. Experience the café culture in the country you are touring with a visit to a local café. The cost of drinks or food at this stop is not included.
Line up to climb to the top floor of the Eifel Tower for a spectacular birds-eye view of the glittering City of Light. Then, eat dinner in Montmartre.
Take the Eurostar under the English Channel. Faster than you can say...anything, in French, you'll whiz through a tunnel and arrive in London.
Participate in a pinning ceremony at the Pax Lodge Girl Scouts Headquarters, where each participant will receive a pin from the third world center in northwest London—situated by the International Headquarters of WAGGGS. The Pax Lodge will welcome Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.
Soar 450 feet over London in the world's highest Ferris wheel. The London Eye, the fourth tallest structure in London, whisks visitors up and away above the River Thames for spectacular city views. The unique, futuristic passenger "capsules" allow unobstructed, 180-degree views. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as the Queen's residence at Windsor Castle —25 miles away.
Nothing is more British than fish and chips—there are eight fish and chip shops (“chippies”) for every McDonald’s in the country. Head to an authentic pub with your tour director for a taste of this national food.
Visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films. This unique tour takes you behind the scenes and showcases many beautiful sets, costumes, and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.
Then, have afternoon tea. Afternoon tea started in England in the 1840s when The Duchess of Bedford wanted a small bite between lunch and dinner. What started as just tea and a small snack quickly grew in popularity when she invited friends, until it became a social gathering for the wealthy social class. You’ll get to sit down to this very British experience and enjoy a selection of savories, scones with clotted cream and jam, an assortment of cakes, and, of course, tea!
Don’t forget your credit cards as you pay a visit (and a hefty markup) to the world’s most famous luxury store, Harrod’s. With over one million square feet of selling space in over 330 departments, Harrods most certainly lives up to its motto—Omnia Omnibus Ubique, All Things for All People, Everywhere. You’ll find clothes, electronics, sporting goods, toys, housewares, furniture, and high-end jewelry. Of course, if you don’t measure up to Harrods dress code, you may find yourself left out in the cold.
Start your journey back home with lots of memories of your adventures in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London!
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