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Explore quintessential Germany and Austria on our most inclusive tour of the region.

DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Rothenburg

Arrive in Frankfurt, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and drive to Rothenburg. Once settled in, you can begin to explore and familiarize yourself with this medieval gem of a city. Imagine battle cries in the Town Hall Square and inspect the intricate carvings in St. Jakob's Church.

DAY 3: Munich

Depart this morning for Munich, stopping en route to visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial. This former prison camp actually was not one of the “death camps” but is still a vivid reminder of Nazi atrocities during World War II. Participate in a discussion about the rise of the Nazi Party and learn why every Munich school child must also visit this poignant site. In Munich, refuel with a pretzel tasting followed by an evening visit to the Olympic Park.

DAY 4: Munich

Explore Bavaria's capital with an expertly guided sightseeing tour to sites like Marienplatz with its famed Glockenspiel, the Viktualienmarkt food and flower market and the surfers on the Isar River in the Englischer Gartens. Then head for BMW World, a showcase devoted to the history and innovative technology of these world-famous cars. Later today, discover the city’s hidden gems during a Munich by bike tour of unique neighborhoods and sights off the beaten path. You’ll have earned your German sausage dinner this evening.

DAY 5: Salzburg

Journey to the opulent Herrenchiemsee Palace, the largest of Ludwig II’s royal residences. Ride a boat across the lake to the island-perched palace, visiting its apartments, Hall of Mirrors and gardens. Then continue on to Salzburg in the afternoon. Tonight’s dinner is truly something special: Stiftskeller St. Peter’s is central Europe’s oldest restaurant and is tucked inside one of the courtyards of the old abbey.

DAY 6: Salzburg

This morning a local guide shows you the lovely, manicured gardens in front of the Mirabell Palace, the Sound of Music Churchyard and the stunning Baroque Dom Cathedral. Next visit Mozart’s Birthplace Museum on the crowded shopping street, the Getreidegasse. In the afternoon, we take you out to the Hallein Salt Mine, where you journey deep beneath the ground to learn more about how this precious mineral deeply influenced Salzburg’s (or, literally, Salt Town) history. Besides, you get to slide down the long wooden slides the miners used and traverse a dark lake deep inside the mountain mine. Return to Salzburg in time for dinner.

DAY 7: Vienna

Journey east to picturesque St. Gilgen, known for some of the finest chocolate making in the world. You’ll learn to make your own Mozartkugel (a small chocolate ball filled with pistachio paste) and receive a diploma for your confectionery achievements. Continue to Vienna and begin to explore this city known for its rich musical heritage—Beethoven, Strauss and Haydn are some of the composers who have drawn on its quaint streets, lively squares and Baroque façades for inspiration. We’ll head out in the evening for a walk through the amusements of Prater Park.

DAY 8: Vienna

On our morning sightseeing tour of Vienna, an expert local guide shows you the glory of the former Imperial capital including the Ring, Hofburg Palace complex, Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Then tour the grounds and interior of Schönbrunn Palace, the massive Habsburg summer retreat, including the Imperial state rooms and private quarters of the Austrian Emperors. Later a local master will mesmerize you with a demonstration of the world famous Viennese Waltz before you take to the floor to give it a try. The rest of the afternoon is free to further explore the city on your own or shop for souvenirs. You will have earned your traditional Austrian dinner to celebrate your last night in Europe.

DAY 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 6 commuting hours saved plus Athens hotels near the Acropolis
 
  • 7 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
 
  • 7 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • A bike tour of Munich opens up a great section of the city most visitors miss
 
  • Food becomes part of the experience with regional cuisine served at all meals

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Rothenburg Rooftops

Rothenburg Rooftops

Munich View

Munich View

Salzburg city view

Salzburg city view

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will better understand the horrors of the Holocaust by visiting Dachau Concentration Camp and learning about the rise of the Nazi party.
  • Students will learn about Baroque and Rococo styles of architecture, and the evolution of one into the other.
  • Students will experience a range of different musical influences and will gain a greater understanding of the important contributions Austria has made to the evolution of music.
 

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