Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to England:
Day 2 :
Welcome to England!
- Arrive in London:
Arrive in merry old England and begin your exploration of this cosmopolitan capital city.
Day 3 :
- Tour London with a Local Guide:
With a local guide, see the neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Nelson's Column in buzzing Trafalgar Square, and lively Piccadilly Circus. Check your watch against Big Ben and end your tour with the Changing of the Guard (seasonal).
Day 4 :
Eurostar - Paris
- Board High Speed Train to Paris:
Travel via the Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel to Paris.
- Explore Paris with a Local Guide:
Behold the sights with a local guide: the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the sweeping Champs-Elysées, and Les Invalides. Your tour ends with a visit to the immense Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon crowned himself emperor.
Day 5 :
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Smile at the Mona Lisa as you tour Paris's historic monument and one of the world's largest museums.
- LEAP Cover the Canvas:
- Add On: Eiffel Tower:
Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris.
LEAP Activity | Cover the Canvas
Live the artist’s life. Explore line, color, perspective, negative space and form, then paint a masterpiece inspired by the beauty of Paris.
Day 6 :
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
Picture the flow of royalty through the vast grounds and gardens of the Palace of Versailles, the grand marble creation of Louis XIV. Tour the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
- LEAP Seize the Château!:
- Journey to Switzerland:
View stunning Swiss scenery during an afternoon train ride to Switzerland.
LEAP Activity | Seize the Château!
A lively role-play puts you in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, or peasantry to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
Day 7 :
Lucerne - Folklore Show
- Walking Tour of Lucerne:
Enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque town of Lucerne as you stroll through Kornmarkt and Weinmarkt Squares.
- LEAP Swiss Life and Legends:
- Add On: Swiss Folklore Show:
Experience a traditional Swiss performance during an evening of entertainment celebrating Swiss folklore, songs and yodels.
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 :
Black Forest and Heidelberg
- Visit the Black Forest:
Travel through the land of the Brothers Grimm's tales as you traverse the Black Forest on your way to the ancient university city of Heidelberg.
- Walking Tour of Heidelberg:
Stroll through the old town (altstadt), the Marktplatz, the country's oldest university, and the grandiose, well-preserved ruins of Heidelberg Castle. This medieval city truly embodies the spirit of Germany.
Day 9 :
Return Home to the United States