Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to Germany:
Day 2 :
Welcome to Germany!
- Arrive in Berlin:
Begin exploring the capital of Germany-the international city of Berlin.
Day 3 :
- Tour Berlin with a Local Guide:
With a local guide, marvel at the remnants of the Berlin Wall, torn down in 1989. Next, see the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Dome.
Day 4 :
- Visit Dresden:
En route to Prague, see the completely rebuilt, culturally-inclined Dresden, where Wagner, Strauss, and Weber found musical inspiration.
LEAP Activity | Ich bin ein Berliner
Step into the shoes of the people whose lives were impacted by the Berlin Wall. Participate in a group activity that involves reciting personal accounts of the event and discussing its repercussions. Live through their experiences and gain a personal insight into Germany’s history.
Day 5 :
- Discover Prague with a Local Guide:
A local guide brings you to the sights, including the artists' homes in the Golden Lanes, somber Tyn Church, Charles Bridge, and the grand astronomical clock.
- Visit Hradcany:
Explore this wonderful castle with sharp spires and ragged rooflines.
Day 6 :
- Travel to Vienna:
Cross the Austrian border to Vienna. Marvel at the city's imperial palaces, Art Nouveau, and whimsical design.
Day 7 :
- Explore Vienna with a Local Guide:
Follow in the footsteps of the imperial Habsburgs as a local guide shows you the Hofburg, the Belvedere, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. In Schonbrunn Palace, imagine the resignation of Emperor Karl I, ending the 640-year Habsburg reign.
Day 8 :
- Tour Salzburg:
Take a walking tour of Salzburg. Then, visit Mozart's birthplace, en route to Munich.
Day 9 :
- Explore Munich with a Local Guide:
Discover Munich, where a local guide brings you to the Olympic stadium, the Glockenspiel, the brilliance of the miniature palace of Nymphenburg, and the impressive Frauenkirche.
- Visit Dachau Concentration Camp:
See the first Nazi concentration camp opened in Germany.
LEAP Activity | Bask in Bavarian Arts
Discover the links between traditional dance and Bavarian history. Listen to and learn Bavarian music while participating in ancient folklore storytelling. You’ll also learn (and demonstrate) a variety of traditional dance steps as taught by local experts.
Day 10 :
- Visit Neuschwanstein Castle:
Enter a land of fairytale and fantasy during your visit to Neuschwanstein, mad Bavarian King Ludwig II's extravagant castle.
- Continue to Lucerne:
Cross the Swiss border to the lakeside city of Lucerne.
Day 11 :
- Walking Tour of Lucerne:
Enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque town of Lucerne as you stroll through Kornmarkt and Weinmarkt Squares, see the lion monument and the Jesuit church.
- Add On: Zurich :
Visit Zurich, an optional excursion, known as "Downtown Switzerland". The city acts as headquarters for five world banks and countless underground gold bullions. Later, explore the old town (Altstadt) and get a sense of why this city was named number one for best quality of life; stroll through parks and quays, relax by Lake Zurich or shop for products unique to Switzerland.
LEAP Activity | Swiss Life and Legends
Legends of William Tell, the Lion Monument, Swiss independence, and more come to life as you reenact episodes in the history of Switzerland.
Day 12 :
- Walking Tour of Heidelberg:
Travel through the land of the Brothers Grimm's tales on your way to the ancient university city of Heidelberg. Stroll through the altstadt to see the country's oldest university and grandiose Heidelberg Castle. This medieval city truly embodies the spirit of Germany.
Day 13 :
- Rhine River Cruise:
Cruise along the fortress-studded Rhine, with its banks crowned by magnificent castles and breathtaking, vine-terraced hills.
- Visit Marksburg Castle:
Discover this 12th century medieval castle located above the town of Braubach.
LEAP Activity | Debate the Great
Meet six influential figures from Germany’s history. Join a debate and argue their accomplishments to decide who the greatest German is.
Day 14 :
Return Home to the United States