Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to Austria:
Day 2 :
Welcome to Austria!
- Arrive in Vienna:
Begin exploring Vienna, the capital of Austria.
Day 3 :
- Tour Vienna with a Local Guide:
Follow in the footsteps of the imperial Habsburgs as a local guide brings you to the Hofburg, the family's 2,600-room palace that is now home to the Vienna Boys Choir. View the Belvedere Museum and Palace and Stephansdom.
- Visit Schonbrunn Palace:
See where six-year-old Mozart's talent shined for Maria Theresa.
- Add On: Step Out with Strauss:
Step, two, three - waltz away at Vienna's famous Elmayer Dancing School and discover the nineteenth century dance trend! Master the moves and social graces of this Austrian tradition, including the handkuss and heel-click greeting.
Day 4 :
- Cruise along the Danube (operates seasonally, April - October):
Discover Europe's second-longest river, the Danube, past wooded hills and castles.
- Discover the Grand Benedictine Abbey of Melk:
En route to Salzburg, stop at the grand Benedictine abbey of Melk. Wonder at the Melk Cross, said to have a piece of the holy cross within its gem-encrusted structure.
Day 5 :
- Walking Tour of Salzburg with a Local Guide:
Take a walk along the Salzach River as you tour the birthplace of Mozart with a local guide. Marvel at the Hohensalzburg fortress and the breathtaking arched roof of the Dom.
Day 6 :
Berchtesgaden-Salt Mines-Bavarian Folklore
- Visit Berchtesgaden:
Admire the superb beauty of the mountain resort of Berchtesgaden.
- Explore Salt Mines:
Descend into a salt mine and cross a subterranean lake by boat. Learn how, in medieval times, this "white gold" gave the city its wealth.
Day 7 :
- Tour Munich with a Local Guide:
A local guide shows you the Frauenkirche, the Olympic stadium, the Glockenspiel, and Nymphenburg.
- Visit Dachau Concentration Camp:
See the first Nazi concentration camp opened in Germany.
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 :
- Explore Neuschwanstein Castle:
Cross the Bavarian Alps for a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale and fantasy castle built by mad Bavarian King Ludwig II.
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 9 :
- Walking Tour of Lucerne:
A walking tour includes the lion monument, the Jesuit church, Kornmarkt and Weinmarkt Squares, covered bridges, and city fortifications.
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