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:
Sightseeing with a local guide introduces Germany’s capital, the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, and the Reichstag Dome.
- Pergamon Museum visit:
The Pergamon Museum is the most popular art museum in Germany and boasts famous monumental buildings, such as the Pergamon Altar and Ishtar Gate, which have been reconstructed to their original sizes within the museum. Walk up the massive stone steps to Zeus’s Altar, follow the famous Processional Way, and see examples of the intricate weavings of ancient Islamic carpets.
- Add: Potsdam:
Head to Potsdam to visit Sans Souci, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, an ornate Rococo style palace surrounded by lush gardens and a terraced vineyard.
Day 4 :
- Visit Dresden:
Explore this historic city of Dresden, an ancient Slavic settlement. Admire the magnificent Baroque and Rococo architecture of buildings that were carefully restored to their former glory. Explore the Frauenkirche, a sombre reminder of the destruction of the city in 1945, and the Dresden Schloss.
- Continue to Prague:
Travel through the hills of Bohemia to the “Golden City” of Prague in the Czech Republic.
Day 5 :
- Tour 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 jagged rooflines.
Day 6 :
- Travel to Germany, Stop in Nuremberg:
Visit Nuremberg en route to Munich.
- 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 7 :
- Tour Munich with a Local Guide:
A local guide shows you the highlights of the city, including the Frauenkirche, the Glockenspiel, and the 1972 Olympic stadium.
- Explore Nymphenburg Palace:
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 the first Nazi concentration camp opened in 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 8 :
- Discover Neuschwanstein Castle:
Enjoy an excursion to fairytale 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.
- Continue to Lucerne:
Day 9 :
- Walking Tour of Lucerne:
Join your Tour Director for a tour of the picturesque Swiss town of Lucerne. See the lion monument, the Jesuit church, Kornmarkt and Weinmarkt Squares, quaint covered bridges, and 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 10 :
Return Home to the United States