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ACIS - Archdukes and Emperors - Educational tour to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary

Central Europe and the legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire are on full display during this incomparable 10-day tour.


DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Munich

Arrive in Munich, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore the capital of Bavaria. Spend the afternoon exploring the green city on the banks of the Isar River; maybe choose one of the many excellent museums concentrated in the Kunstareal, or Art District, in the city center.

DAY 3: Munich

The word Gemütlichkeit means coziness, hospitality, warmth and welcome. Dive right into this Bavarian way of thinking 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 Garten. In the afternoon, visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a grim but important reminder of Germany’s Nazi past. Later today, discover the city’s hidden gems during a Munich by bike tour of unique neighborhoods and sights off the beaten path.

DAY 4: Prague

Drive to beautiful Nuremberg to discover this city, notable centuries ago for its contributions to early astronomy and printing. View the Zeppelintribüne at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, then enjoy the historical insight given by audio guides on your visit of the Nuremberg Documentation Center, a museum that provides socio-political context for the Nazi reign of terror. Continue on to lovely Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

DAY 5: Prague

Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities as you’ll see during a guided tour. A local expert will show us the quaint Malá Strana (Czech for “Lesser Quarter,” named for its location at the foot of Prague’s ancient castle) and the graceful Charles Bridge, built during the 14th century. We’ll also visit the fortress-like Hradčany Castle complex, perched high above the city. This evening, we’ll wander the checkerboard, cobblestone streets of the medieval Old Town to watch the street performers in the main square.

DAY 6: Budapest

Leave Prague and drive through the beautiful countryside of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia as you journey into Hungary to Budapest, known as the Pearl of the Danube. This evening your tour manager will take you on a walking tour as you begin to explore this historic European capital.

DAY 7: Vienna

Explore Hungary’s capital, which is made up of the hilly Buda district and flat Pest, split in two by the Danube. A morning guided sightseeing tour includes Castle Hill, Matthias Church and Heroes' Square. Enjoy an afternoon drive across the Austrian border to the lovely city of Vienna.

DAY 8: Salzburg

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. In the afternoon journey to Salzburg, known as the most musical of all Austrian cities. You may want to gain a bird’s eye perspective of the Old Town by climbing Kapuzinerberg Hill for its panoramic views.

DAY 9: Salzburg

See the enchanting sights of Salzburg on a guided sightseeing tour that will highlight many of the city’s “Sound of Music” sites including 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. On your last evening in Europe, you might want to celebrate with cappuccino or hot chocolate at Café Tomaselli or ice cream from Icezeit in the Chiemseegasse.

DAY 10: Departure

Depart for the USA.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 5 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
 
  • 8 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 8 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
 
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups
 
  • A bike tour of Munich opens up a great section of the city most visitors miss

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Educational Travel Germany

Munich View

Educational Trip of Czech Republic

The Charles Bridge

Educational Trip of Hungary

Heroes Square

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 discover the many architectural styles that make up the Hradcany Castle.
  • Students will discover the diversity of nationalities that existed within the Habsburg Empire.
 

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