After 26 years the Jip Tour is still very successful. We have worked on a winning recipe and when something works it should not be changed to much. For that reason we have decided to not make many changes in the 2018 program.
The one change is that London will not be an optional extra and everyone will visit London. It is better for group dynamic if the entire group is together from the beginning. Amsterdam is a very popular destination and the fact that we rent bicycles for one of the day, makes it an amazing experience.
The tour is usually sold out months in advance. In 2018 we will only have one tour.
The idea of the tour is that young people get the opportunity to discover the European cities on their own. In most places we will be staying for two nights but in Lucerne and Nice we will be staying for three nights.
The culture of the tour will not change at all. We will mostly be staying in campsites and we will take part in camping activities. We sleep in cabins on the campsite. The popularity of the tour is largely due to this camping culture. Add to that the fact that we will be renting a bicycle for each person in Amsterdam and you will be ready to experience Europe like the Europeans do.
We do most of the cooking but it will be expected of you to help with smaller tasks. Our full time chef does most of the work. It is important that you understand that the success of the tour is dependent on your participation. Not just your participation in general activities but also your participation in the kitchen. That is one of the things that makes the tour special.
Most of the campsites have their own, club, pub or entertainment venue. Your tour leader will enjoy these facilities with you. It is important that you understand that these facilities are not going to be the priority on the tour. We enjoy it when it is available, but we are not going to plan our itinerary according to them. This is not a church tour, but we keep to Christian norms.
You have to manage your free time responsibly and you have to be responsible when it comes to your own health. If you cannot understand that there are certain compulsory activities, this tour is certainly not for you.
On this tour we will treat you like an adult. You will experience this from day one. You will have an enormous amount of free time and we place a high value on humor. However, we do understand that parents expect of us to act responsibly. We will do everything in our power to keep the parents satisfied. Because of that we will have certain basic rules. If you cannot obey the rules we kindly ask that you do not apply for this tour. Behavior that can damage the tour experience for you or the other people on the tour will not be tolerated.
The tour is popular because previous tour members told their friends about the tour. Unfortunately, that can sometimes lead to certain misconceptions. These misconceptions sometimes include that the tour is a drinking tour, where tourist attraction and travel are big sacrifices and shopping is an important activity. This has never been our idea of the tour and it will not be in 2018.
Alcohol abuse has in the past been a big problem on the tour and we are not afraid to acknowledge it. In 2018 it will definitely not be part of our tour. Young people are still allowed to use alcohol moderately, but drunkenness will never again be part of the tour. In fact, you are not allowed to “drink” on the tour. If you are thirsty in the evening you are allowed to have a beer or a glass of wine. During the day time you can drink water or cool drinks.
If you only want to shop and party in the evening, then this tour is not your cup of tea. This is also not a luxury tour. If you are looking for something new and original, then we are looking forward to your application.
For those of you in Gr10- Gr12 (15-18) in 2017, looking forward to a civilized and affordable tour to Europe, this tour will definitely become a highlight of your high school career. The value of the tour lies in the fact that young people learn how to be part of a global village and how to become successful. That can just happen if everyone subscribes to the goals of the tour.
Education is our passion. We have received international recognition for our role in education. Our methodology has been worked out, so that you will not even realize that you are learning. Most probably you will just simply enjoy the tour. We are determined to make this tour the best experience imaginable.