Day 1 :
Depart from North America
Day 2 :
Arrival in Berlin
Arrive in the German capital, Berlin, and begin exploring.
Day 3 :
Berlin: East And West
- Tour the City:
Sightseeing with a local guide introduces Germany's capital, the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, and the Reichstag Dome.
- Add on: Potsdam:
Opt to Visit the Rococo palace of Sans Souci, to see the rich interior, Roman-style baths, and lush gardens of the palace where Frederick the Great was entertained by Voltaire and Bach, and where Churchill and Stalin met for the Potsdam Conference.
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 4 :
Further in Berlin
Visit the Olympiastadion, built for the 1936 Summer Olympics, famous for the exploits of Jesse Owens.
LEAP Activity | Guten Appetit!
Bring your appetite along with you and cook up a traditional German meal.
Day 5 :
Journey to Munich
Travel a full day's journey south to Munich, capital of Bavaria.
Day 6 :
- Guided Tour:
A local guide shows you the Frauenkirche, the Glockenspiel, Europe's fourth-largest carillon, and the Olympic stadium.
Travel to Nymphenburg, with its 500 acres lined with trimmed hedges, boasting three pavilions and a miniature palace.
Visit the former concentration camp at Dachau.
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 7 :
- Add on: Neuschwanstein Castle:
Enjoy an optional excursion to fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle, built for mad Bavarian King Ludwig II. A lesson in extravagance, with almost every inch covered in gilt, stucco, woodcarvings, and marble mosaics, the castle served as a model for Walt Disney's theme park. A visit to nearby Linderhof is also included.
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 8 :
- A Musical City:
Cross into Austria and visit Mozart's hometown of Salzburg, setting for The Sound of Music, with your Tour Director. Austria's hometown of Baroque, Salzburg is picturesquely nested in the mountains by the Salzach River.
- Travel to Vienna:
Continue to the Austrian capital, Vienna.
Day 9 :
- Tour the City:
Follow in the footsteps of the imperial Habsburgs as a local guide shows you the Hofburg, the Belvedere, and St. Stephen's Cathedral.
- Schonbrunn Palace:
As you enter Schonbrunn Palace, imagine Emperor Karl I's abdication in this building, ending 640 years of his family's rule.
- Prater Park:
This evening, perhaps stroll through the Prater amusement park and ride on the huge ferris wheel.
Day 10 :
Return to the United States
- Fly Home:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.