Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to Germany:
Day 2 :
Welcome to Germany!
- Arrive in Frankfurt:
Transfer to Rothenburg and begin your exploration of its gingerbread architecture, flowing fountains, and imposing towers. Darkness doesn't stop a night watchman's tour of the city's walls.
Day 3 :
- Explore Rothenburg with a Local Guide:
Join your Tour Director for a walking tour of the Alstadt, an impressive citadel without a single modern building.
- Continue to Munich:
This afternoon, travel the Romantic Road as you continue through Bavaria's countryside to Munich.
Day 4 :
- Guided Tour of Munich:
Sightseeing with a local guide brings you to the Olympic stadium, the Frauenkirche, the Glockenspiel, and Nymphenburg, which includes 500 acres lined with French trimmed hedges, three pavilions, and a miniature palace.
- Visit Dachau:
See what is now a memorial to those who suffered at this Nazi concentration camp.
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 5 :
- Discover Salzburg with your Tour Director:
The Alpine scenery and exquisite churches of Salzburg were the perfect setting for The Sound of Music. Enjoy the city with a local guide and tour Mozart's birthplace. Marvel at the Hohensalzburg fortress and breathtaking arched roof of the Dom as you wonder how a WWII bomb could have been dropped through the center!
Day 6 :
- Wind Your Way Through Venice:
After a beautiful drive through spectacular scenery, drive through this labyrinth of city streets set upon 100 tiny islands.
Day 7 :
- Tour Venice with a Local Guide:
Continue your exploration of the city of canals with a local guide and enjoy highlights that include St. Mark's Cathedral, Rialto, and the Bridge of Sighs. Step into the Doge's Palace, rich in Venetian art and Political intrigue.
- Add On: Behind the Carnival Mask!:
Create a Venetian mask inspired by the Italian Carnival, the Commedia dell'Arte - or by your imagination! Learn the meaning of the mask and its historical significance, then decorate yours using professional techniques.
Day 8 :
- Visit Verona:
En route to Tuscany, stop in Verona to see the famous balcony where Shakespeare's forbidden lovers expressed their heartache. Enjoy the olive groves and vineyards of the Tuscan countryside.
LEAP Activity | Great Renaissance Debate
Greet six renaissance giants including Giotto, Galileo, and Isabella d’Este, and debate who made the greatest impact on civilization.
Day 9 :
- Explore Florence with a Local Guide:
See the city of romance and immense beauty with a local guide, who will show you the highlights of Florence, "the Cradle of the Renaissance." See the Duomo, Ghiberti's Baptistry doors, the tiny shops of the Ponte Vecchio, and the Church of Santa Croce. Immerse yourself even further in this city's artistic offerings as you view Michelangelo's David within the Accademia.
LEAP Activity | Cucina Fiorentina
Cook up a three-course traditional meal with a local chef using fresh local produce. Get a taste of Tuscan life and zesty flavors! Mangia!
Day 10 :
Return Home OR Extend Your Stay
- Depart from Italy:
Board a flight home or extend your stay with two nights in Rome.
Extend your stay | Extra days in Rome
Extend your visit to Italy by adding extra days to explore the Eternal City. Travel to Rome to explore and learn about the city’s rich history.