Hanseatic Travels

Hanseatic Travels

Trade route cultures of Heidelberg, Cologne, Lubeck & Berlin

Take your students on Hanseatic Travels. The term Hanseatic originated with independent cities along the trade routes banding together to form armies for their own protection against pirates (You can thank them for all the majestic castles during your cruise of the Rhine). One of the highlites is Lübeck, the center of Hanseatic seaborne trade, but on this journey, you’ll see them all.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart from North America
  • Fly to Germany Enjoy your overnight flight to Frankfurt.
Day 2 Arrive In Germany
  • Rothenburg Arrive in Frankfurt, and transfer to the city of Heidelberg.
Day 3 Heidelberg
  • Explore the Town See the altstadt, the country's oldest university, the marktplatz, and Heidelberg Castle.
Day 4 Rhine Cruise & Cologne
  • Rhine Cruise Cruise along the fortress-studded Rhine, its banks crowned by magnificent castles and breathtaking, vine-terraced hills.
  • Marksburg Castle Visit the 12th century castle.
  • Cologne Travel this evening to Cologne.
Day 5 Cologne
  • See the City Discover Cologne’s long history with a local guide. See the Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that took seven centuries to build, the spooky St. Ursulakirche, which is decorated with human bones, and the city’s Roman ruins.
Day 6 Travel to Lubeck
  • Hamelin Pause en route to Lubeck to visit fairytale Hamelin, the setting for the tale of the Pied Piper.
  • Lubeck Travel north to the Hanseatic port of Lubeck.
  • LEAP Debate the Great
Day 7 Lubeck
  • Tour the Town A local guide introduces the former capital of the Hanseatic league of trading cities. Lubeck's medieval wealth is apparent in the buildings of the altstadt, which include the Rathaus, Marienkirche, and the Holstentor.
  • Travel to Berlin This afternoon, journey to Berlin, the capital of Germany.
  • Reichstag Views In the evening, climb the glass dome of the Reichstag for views of the city.
Day 8 Explore Berlin
  • Berlin Wall A local guide shows you the remnants of the Berlin Wall, torn down in 1989, as well as the Brandenburg Gate.
  • LEAP Ich bin ein Berliner
  • Add on: Potsdam Enjoy an afternoon visit to Potsdam and Sans Souci, with its Roman-style baths and lush gardens, where Frederick the Great was entertained by Voltaire and Bach.
  • LEAP Guten Appetit!
Day 9 Return Home OR Extend your Stay
  • Depart from Switzerland Board your flight home or extend your European travels with an extra day in Berlin.
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