Day 1 :
- Depart for Madrid, Spain:
Day 2 :
- Arrive in Madrid, Spain:
Meet your tour director, check into your hotel, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 :
- Tour Madrid:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour with whisper headsets of the Prado Museum and visit the Plaza Colon, Plaza de España and Royal Palace. Explore the Reina Sofia Museum, officially recognized as Spain’s National Museum of 20th Century Art. The Sofia—as it is more commonly known—is home to an impressive collection from Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters. Hosting works of both Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, it’s no wonder that The Sofia has risen to such a prominent place in the world of art. Certainly the most famous piece in the museum is Picasso’s Guernica, but in addition to this wonderful masterpiece, you’ll also find a vast library, archive, bookstore and restaurant.
LEAP Activity | Cocina Española
Create some of Spain’s most popular and iconic dishes and discover firsthand what makes these dishes enduring classics of Spanish cuisine.
Day 4 :
- Tour Toledo:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of St. Mary’s Synagogue, the Toledo Cathedral, Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, and visit a sword factory.
LEAP Activity | Spanish Civil War
Nationalist? Republican? Argue ideology in a revolutionary role-play that delves into the causes of the Spanish Civil War!
Day 5 :
Travel to Burgos and enjoy an El Escorial guided excursion with Whisper headset and visit the Segovia Alcazar.
Day 6 :
- Guggenheim Museum:
Explore the Guggenheim Museum and afterwards travel to Biarritz via St. Jean de Luz.
Day 7 :
- Travel to Paris:
Take the TGV to Paris.
Day 8 :
- Tour Paris:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Visit the Louvre:
The world's largest art museum, the Louvre is housed in a Medieval fortress-turned-castle so grand it's worth a tour itself. You walk through the 71-foot glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei and added in 1989, and step into another world--one with carved ceilings, deep-set windows, and so many architectural details you could spend a week just admiring the rooms. The Mona Lisa is here, as well as the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory (the headless statue, circa 200 BC, discovered at Samothrace). The Louvre has seven different departments of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and antiquities. Don't miss the Egyptian collection, complete with creepy sarcophagi, or the collection of Greek ceramics, one of the largest in the world. (Please note the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.)
- Eiffel Tower ascent:
Line up to climb to the top floor of this iconic landmark for a spectacular birds-eye view of the glittering City of Light.
Day 9 :
- Optional visit to Versailles:
Explore Louis XIV's decadent Palace of Versailles. Tour the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments, and the gardens. A lively roleplay puts you in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, or peasantry, to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
LEAP Activity | Seize the Château!
This costume workshop is a lively role-play activity that puts you in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, or peasantry to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
Day 10 :
- Travel to Lucerne:
Travel to Basel via train
Day 11 :
- Tour Lucerne:
Enjoy a director-led sightseeing tour of Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument), Kapellbrücke, Jesuitenkirche, Weinmarkt and Kornmarkt Squares.
- Optional Zurich half-day excursion:
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 (altdstadt) and get a sense of why this city was named number one for the best quality of life; stroll through parks and quays, relax by Lake Zurich or shop for products unique to Switzerland.
- Optional Swiss folklore meal and show:
Experience a traditional Swiss performance during an evening of entertainment celebrating Swiss folklore, songs, and yodels.
Day 12 :
- Neuschwanstein Castle:
Travel to Munich via Neuschwanstein and explore the Neuschwanstein Castle. This elaborate castle was built atop a rock ledge over the Pöllat Gorge in the Bavarian Alps by order of Bavaria's King Ludwig II, referred to as "Mad Ludwig," whose favorite pastime was midnight sleigh rides through the countryside. This stronghold was the crowning jewel of the king’s building spree across Bavaria and was the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle in Disney World. Begun in 1869 and left unfinished at Ludwig's death in 1886, this lavish palace is an eccentric reconstruction of a medieval castle, and it boasts major technological and architectural achievements for the time, including running water, flushing toilets, a hot water system for the kitchen, and bathrooms with warm-air heating systems.
Day 13 :
- Tour Munich:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Frauenkirche, Glockenspeil, Nymphenburg Palace, and the Olympic site of 1972. Then visit Dachau with an audioguide.
Day 14 :
Prague-Rothenburg (via Nuremburg)
- Night Watchman's Tour:
Travel to Rothenburg via Nuremberg. Then follow in the footsteps of Rothenburg's solitary night watchman and learn how he kept his citizens safe as he patrolled the sleeping town.
Day 15 :