Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to England:
Day 2 :
Welcome to England!
- Arrive in London:
Begin exploring the capital of England after meeting with your Tour Director.
Day 3 :
- Explore London with a Local Guide:
Sightseeing with a local guide includes the Neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Your tour ends at Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guards (seasonal).
- Visit St. Paul's Cathedral:
As one of London’s most famous and most recognizable sites, St. Paul’s Cathedral stands as a lasting monument to the hope, resilience, and strength of the city itself. Take a walk down the very same aisle that Princess Diana did (minus the elaborate flowing train, of course) and experience the ornate beauty and intricate detail of the impressive high altar.
Day 4 :
- Journey to Paris:
Take the high-speed train through the Channel Tunnel to France's capital.
- Guided Tour of Paris:
This afternoon, explore the city with a local guide, visit sites that include the Arc de Triomphe and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Napoleon's gold-domed Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Day 5 :
- Discover Versailles:
Travel to Louis XIV's decadent Palace of Versailles. Tour the immense Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens. Opt to enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
- LEAP Seize the Château!:
- Add On: Eiffel Tower:
Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris.
LEAP Activity | Seize the Château!
This costume workshop is a lively role-play activity that puts you in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, or peasantry to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
Day 6 :
- Tour the Louvre:
This morning view world-renowned masterpieces at the Louvre, including Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
- Continue to Switzerland:
Day 7 :
- Walking Tour of Lucerne:
Stroll Kornmarkt and Weinmarkt Squares, see the Lion Monument, the Jesuit Church, and the city fortifications.
- LEAP Swiss Life and Legends:
- 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 8 :
- Explore Neuschwanstein Castle:
On your way to Munich, cross the German border into Bavaria and visit mad King Ludwig II's extravagant castle
Day 9 :
- Tour Munich:
Encounter the city's magnificent residences, theaters, concert halls, and refined streets and parks with a local guide. Your tour includes the Frauenkirche, the Richard Strauss Fountain, the Residenz, and the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz. Marvel at Nymphenburg Palace. Its 500 acres are lined with French trimmed hedges and boast three pavilions and a miniature palace.
- Visit Dachau Concentration Camp:
See one of the first concentration camps established by Nazi Germany.
- LEAP Bask in Bavarian Arts:
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 :
- Journey to Prague:
Travel to the "Golden City" of Prague in the Czech Republic and begin exploring.
Day 11 :
- Discover Prague with a Local Guide:
See the highlights of this culturally vibrant city, located in the heart of Bohemia. A local guide brings you to the artists' homes in the Golden Lanes, somber Tyn Church, Charles Bridge, Hradcany Castle, St. Vitus's Cathedral, and the statue of Jan Hus, a national hero who was a religious reformer.
Day 12 :
- Visit Dresden:
En route to Berlin, stop in this historic city, an ancient Slavic settlement.
- LEAP Debate the Great:
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 13 :
- Guided Tour of Berlin:
With a local guide, marvel at the sites of this once-divided city. See the impressive Brandenburg Gate, the Olympic Stadium, and the Berlin Wall.
- Reichstag Dome visit:
Take an elevator up into the stunning Glass Dome to witness dramatic views both internally of the building and externally of Berlin.
Day 14 :
Return to the United States