Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to England:
Day 2 :
Welcome to England!
- Arrive in London:
After meeting with your Tour Director, begin exploring the capital of England.
Day 3 :
- Guided Tour of London:
Sightseeing with a local guide includes the Neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Nelson's Column, and lively Piccadilly Circus. Your tour ends with the Changing of the Guard (seasonal).
Day 4 :
London Theater Performance
- Explore London on Your Own:
Take in the sights of this leading global city at your leisure.
- Add On: London Theater Performance:
Head to London's famous West End to sit back and enjoy a theater performance.
Day 5 :
- Board a High Speed Train to Paris:
Take the Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel to France's capital.
- Explore Paris with a Local Guide:
A local guide shows you the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Day 6 :
- LEAP Cover the Canvas:
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Discover this historic monument and one of the world's largest museums.
- 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 7 :
Louvre Valley Chateaux
- Add On: Loire Valley:
Appreciate centuries of history in the beautiful chateau of Chenonceau. Visit Chartres Cathedral to see its lofty stained glass windows. Admire the contrasting spires and flying buttresses that make it one of the world's finest examples of Gothic architecture.
Day 8 :
- Discover Versailles:
Travel to Louis XIV's decadent Palace of Versailles. Tour the immense Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
- LEAP Seize the Château!:
- Journey to Lucerne:
Board a train to Switzerland and continue to picturesque Lucerne.
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 9 :
- Walking Tour of Lucerne:
Stroll Kornmarkt and Weinmarkt Squares, and admire the covered bridges,
- LEAP Swiss Life and Legends:
- Add On: Zurich:
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 (Altstadt) and get a sense of why this city was named number one for best quality of life; stroll through parks and quays, relax by Lake Zurich or shop for products unique to Switzerland.
- 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 10 :
- Explore Neuschwanstein Castle:
Cross the German border to visit mad Bavarian King Ludwig II's castle.
- Continue to Munich:
Day 11 :
- Tour Munich with a Local Guide:
A local guide brings you to the Olympic Stadium, the Glockenspiel, the palace of Nymphenburg, and the Frauenkirche.
- Visit Dachau Concentration Camp:
See one of the first concentration camps established by Nazi Germany.
- LEAP Bask in Bavarian Arts:
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 12 :
- See Salzburg with a Local Guide:
An excursion to Mozart's Salzburg for a walking tour of the city that offered the perfect setting for The Sound of Music.
- Continue to Munich:
Visit the famous salt mines.
Day 13 :
- Discover Rothenburg:
Explore medieval Rothenburg en route to Heidelberg, the country's oldest "college town".
- Heidelberg Castle:
Enjoy a walking tour of the city and a visit to Heidelberg castle.
- LEAP Debate the Great:
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 14 :
Return Home to the United States