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Bavaria, Tyrol and Switzerland (3/28/18 - 4/5/18)


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Tour Details:

Departure City: New York
Duration: 9 Days
Overnights: Munich 3, Innsbruck 1, Lucerne 2, Heidelberg 1

Cultural Connections:

Munich by Bike

Field Trips & Extensions:

Mount Pilatus
Munich by Bike

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn how the great houses of Europe intermingled, arranging marriages for the purposes of acquiring land and political power.
  • Students will learn about Switzerland's political structure as a neutral federation and examine its reasons and results, including the use of the Swiss Guards by emperors and popes.
  • Students will discuss similarities and differences between the three main German speaking lands of central Europe.


This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Mar 28, 2018 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Mar 29, 2018 Munich
Arrive in Munich, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore this Bavarian capital and 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. You’ll receive a 3-day U-Bahn pass to get around this friendly and charming city. (B,D)
Mar 30, 2018 Munich
Begin the day discovering the city’s hidden gems during a Munich by bike tour of unique neighborhoods and sights off the beaten path. You’ll have time later in the day to explore more of Munich’s wonders at your own pace and should be sure to check out the Marienplatz, the historic square in the heart of the city. It’s home to the famous 43-bell Glockenspiel, whose colorful mechanical figures reenact prominent moments in Munich’s history throughout the day. In the evening, we’ll visit the Olympic Park to learn more about the events and history of the 1972 Olympics. (B,D)
Mar 31, 2018 Munich
Travel via U-Bahn this morning out to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a grim but compelling reminder of Nazi atrocities during World War II. Return to Munich in the afternoon to visit BMW World, a comprehensive museum and headquarters of one of the world’s most influential auto makers. We bid Munich auf Wiedersehen with a traditional German sausage dinner tonight. (B,D)
Apr 1, 2018 Innsbruck
Today's excursion takes you through the scenic countryside to crazy King Ludwig’s fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein—literally the stuff of legends (and Disney dreams). The famous castle, with its many turrets and towers, was opened to the public in 1886 and clings to the top of the surrounding cliffs. You may want to linger in this magical place, but the Wieskirche, a beautiful Rococo church in the Bavarian meadows, awaits. Then cross the Austrian border and continue to Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol and a key destination for skiing and mountaineering enthusiasts. (B,D)
Apr 2, 2018 Lucerne
A morning walking tour of Innsbruck includes the Hofkirche in the charming Altstadt (Old Town) and the Renaissance mausoleum of Emperor Maximilian. In the afternoon, drive toward the charming lakeside town of Lucerne, stopping first in Vaduz, Liechtenstein to tick another country off your visited list. (B,D)
Apr 3, 2018 Lucerne
Begin your day with an optional trip on the world's steepest cog railway and by cable car up to the breathtaking heights of 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus. Otherwise, enjoy a free day to explore the picturesque streets and squares of Lucerne, including the magnificent Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. (B,D)
Apr 4, 2018 Heidelberg
Today's drive brings you to Schaffhausen to see the majestic Rhine Falls. Continue through the Black Forest, land of fairy tales and cuckoo clocks, to Heidelberg—a famed university town. Visit the magnificent Heidelberg Castle before enjoying your final evening in Germany. (B,D)
Apr 5, 2018 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $3,516


Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $3,766
Early Registration Discount: -$300
Mount Pilatus: $50
Total Group Fees 1:
1 Valid through 11/1/17 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $95
Single Room Supplement: $665
Double Room Supplement: $315
Ultimate Protection Plan: $270
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $225

Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/17

What to See


Hugendubel, Marienplatz 22
This bookstore, the largest in Munich, offers many titles in English, including travel books and helpful maps.

Exatmo, U-Bahn: Giselastrasse
One of the most unusual clothiers in Munich, Exatmo sells garments inspired by the puffy sleeves and dramatic flair of 17th-century fashions.


Swarovski Crystal Gallery, Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 39
This building houses the most precious of crystals cut to precision by the famous jeweler.  While the bottom floor is strictly an exhibition, the rest of this three-story facility is a gallery for items on sale!

Grassmayr, Leopoldstrasse 53
This famous Innsbruck metalwork shop lets you get a first hand look at how bells are constructed from melted ore to molded shape.  Aside from all kinds of bells, additional items like brass candlesticks and sterling dinnerware can be purchased.


S Main Street

This large street has everything when it comes to shopping hot spots. Be sure to also explore the side streets which have many little, local shops as well.


There are several markets in Lucerne. The weekly flea market on Saturday, Crafts Market every month on the Weinmarkt.  In Moosstrasse, the modern part of Lucerne hosts a Saturday morning farmers’ market with organic vegetables, cheeses, homemade jams and more.


The main shopping street in Heidelberg is traffic-free and filled with shops selling glass, crystal, and handicrafts.  The street is a mile long and is usually crowded both in the summer and winter.  Located on this street is Kaufhof, one of the best department stores in the city, and the well known, Michael Kienscherff, which sells music boxes, nativity scenes, nutcrackers and ornaments.

Muckels Maus, Plöck 71
A charming toy store where one can find beautiful handcrafted puppets, antique as well as modern dolls, and wooden blocks and figures. The store is also known to seel replicas of characters from the operas of Mozart.

Flea Markets
There are two wonderful markets in Heidelberg,  one held on Wednesday and Sunday mornings at Marktplatz, and another on Tuesday and Friday mornings at Friedrich-Ebert-Platz.

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BMW Museum, U-Bahn: Olympiapark
A tour of this museum, adjacent to the company's main plant and headquarter building, traces the history of the famous firm that was founded in 1916. High performance sports models, luxury automobiles, and motor bikes from throughout the ages are on display, and numerous interactive multimedia exhibits on the company's future projects make it worth seeing. Open daily.

Deutsches Museum, U-Bahn: Fraunhoferstraße
Allegedly the largest technological museum in the world, this building complex is located on an island in the Isar River. Extensive interactive exhibits cover every phase of technology and science from the earliest flint tools to modern space and computer research. Seeing all of the museum's halls would take more than one day, so be sure to prioritize. Do not miss the lightning demonstration!  Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum Quarter, U-Bahn: Odeonsplatz
In this area, three of Germany's most famous art collections are housed. The Alte Pinakothek exhibits European art from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries. Recently completely remodeled, the portraits feature works by world famous masters such as Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas and Monet, to name just a few.

The Neue Pinakothek focuses instead on more recent art from the eighteenth through the nineteenth century.

The latest addition to the museum quarter is the Pinakothek der Moderne, featuring modern and contemporary art. The building and its exhibits are widely acclaimed and well worth a visit. All three museums are open daily, closed Monday.


Swarovski Crystal World, Kristallweltenstrasse 1
Just outside the city in Wattens, Crystal World is a three-dimensional adventure museum that includes the famous Swarovski crystals, mixed with light and sound orchestrated by international media artist André Heller.

Tyrol Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Museumstrasse 15
With many exhibits devoted to cartography, hunting, mining, zoology and botany, this is the most fascinating natural history museum in Austria.  Along with natural history items, one can also find the largest collection of Gothic artwork in Austria, as well as an extensive library.

Hofburg, Rennweg 1
The former palace of Maximillian I, this is one of the most important historic buildings in the city.  Open daily, you can tour the various rooms; the most interesting being Giant's Hall, the reception hall and an early portrait of the future Queen of France Marie Antoinette.


New Museum of Art, Europaplatz 1

Over an area of 2,100 square meters, the museum  features temporary exhibitions, including significant modern works of art, as well as exhibits from the museum's own collection with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century landscape painting and international art from 1960.  The museum is open daily except Monday, and there are guided tours in English available upon request.

Bourbaki-Panorama, Löwenplatz 11

Before there were cinemas, spectators visited other visual sensations.  Citizens of Lucerne were marveled by this gigantic circular painting when it was completed in 1881, and it continues to be put on display to this day.  The huge round painting (over 1000 square meters) depicts the retreat of the defeated French Eastern Army in the winter of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) at Les Verrières in Switzerland.  There are guided tours around the exhibit upon request.

Swiss Transport Museum and IMAX film theatre

The Swiss Transport Museum is the largest transport museum in Europe. It consists of the Museum of Transport, Switzerland's only IMAX Theatre and large planetarium, the Hans Erni Museum, along with numerous other attractions.


Student Gaol (Studentenkarzer)Augustinergasse 2
A tour of this museum illustrates what happened to rowdy and lazy students in Heidelberg between 1712 and 1914: they were incarcerated. The students spent their time wisely, etching various graffiti into the wall to commemorate this dubious highlight in their career for posterity. Undoubtedly one of the most unique museums anywhere, it should not be missed when in Heidelberg. Open Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday.

Electoral Palatinate Museum, Hauptstrasse 97
For those looking for something indoors, the eclectic Kurpfälzisches Museum presents a collection of art and artifacts pertaining to the history and culture of the Palatinate region. This is your chance to view not only the jaw of the prehistoric homo heidelbergensis (Heidelberg Man) but also the masterful Altarpiece of the Twelve Apostles by the renowned artist Tilman Riemenschneider. Open Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday.

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Olympic Park and Tower, U-Bahn: Olympiapark
The Olympiaturm is the television tower built in 1968 for Munich's 1972 Olympic Summer Games. It is located in the midst of the city's Olympic facilities, including major competition venues, the Olympic Village, and the vast Olympic Park. An elevator takes you 623 feet up the tower to a terrace with a fantastic panorama of the city, and the Bavarian Alps. Also available in the park are rollerblade rentals (passports required!), a skating ring, and indoor swimming at the Olympic Aquatic Center. The tower is open daily.

Marienplatz, U-Bahn: Marienplatz
The center of Munich is a pedestrian-only area which has plenty of department stores, cafés, restaurants, and the colorful open-air market, Viktualienmarkt. It is often atmospheric in the evening with street acts and plenty of people out strolling. For a small fee, you can climb the stairs up St. Peter's bell tower, and enjoy a magnificent view of the city, on clear days as far south as the Alps! Only a five minute walk from here is the famous Hofbräuhaus. It is well worth a peek inside.

English Gardens, U-Bahn: Marienplatz
Here you’ll find a beautiful park next to the Isar River where people jog, stroll and sunbathe. At the Chinese Tower, near the center of the Gardens, there is a popular beer garden that serves lemonade, sodas and snacks, as well as the best Bavarian Lager for adult participants. Most locals bring their own snacks to the outdoor restaurant, buying only drinks there! Braver travelers may want to go for a swim in the appropriately named Eisbach, a cold, swift current in the park.



Hungerburg, Rennweg 41
On the outskirts of Innsbruck sits this small mountain town.  Here you can take cable car rides up the mountains, and once on top, get your camera ready to snap some photos of the spectacular views of the city.

Bergisel, Bergisel-Brenner Strasse
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours, take a trip to this lovely suburban area.  There are walking paths to enjoy and it's also fun to climb to the top of the Olympic ski jumps and look out over the city.

Annasäule, Maria Theresien Strasse
This impressive column with statues represents the withdrawal of Bavarian troops during the War of Spanish Succession.  From this point, one can experience sweeping views of the city and the surrounding mountains.


Glacier Garden

20 million years ago, Lucerne was a subtropical beach, shown by the palm leaves and fossiled mussels that were discovered.  Once the Ice Age hit, the area was covered by a glacier, which left potholes of impressive proportions.  Now, one can visit Glacier Garden a sort of theme park, museum, and natural moment in Lucerne.  There are education presenations, a hall of mirrors and also the famous Lion of Lucerne, an intriguing monument sculpted into the wall of a former sandstone quarry.  Open 364 days a year.

City Wall, Old Town

In the Old Town of Lucerne, the marvelous 14th century wall provides breathtaking views of the rooftops of the old city, the lake and the mountains. It has 9 watchtowers, each in a different architectural style.

Chapel Bridge, Old Town

Originally built in 1333, the length of this bridge features 120 captioned triangular paintings from the early 1500s that chronicle the city's history. The paintings feature St. Mauritius and St. Leodegar, the patron saints of Lucerne.  Watch the rafters because large spiders are known to spin intricate webs.




Heidelberg Castle/Castle Gardens
The most prominent architectural feature in Heidelberg will no doubt be featured during your ACIS Walking Tour. The vast complex, consisting of several buildings in various states of preservation has lots to offer. Enjoy a picnic in the Hortus Palatinus, the once formal castle gardens that were largely destroyed in the Thirty Years War, though prior to the war they were more famous than the castle itself. There is still a great view of the valley, and one of the best views of the castle from the Great Terrace. Open daily.

Philosopher's Walk
This world-famous walk (Philosophenweg) is easily reached by crossing the Old Bridge and ascending the Schlangenweg. Chemist Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (inventor of the Bunsen Burner) and many of Heidelberg's most noted thinkers used to enjoy walking this quiet wooded path along the hillside. Even a short walk awards you with some of the most magnificent views of both the town and the castle.

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Donisl, Weinstrasse 1
Opened in 1715, Donisl is Munich's oldest beer hall.  It has a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and English is also spoken there. The menu offers standard Bavarian food and prices are inexpensive. A zither plays at noon and an accordion player entertains diners in the evening.

Hundskugel, Hotterstrasse 18
Another historic restaurant, Hundskugel is Munich's oldest tavern.  Local legend says that the menu is the same as it was in 1440. The alpine-style building is within walking distance of Marienplatz.


Goldener Adler, Herzog - Friedrich Strasse 6
One of Europe's oldest establishments, this hotel and restaurant boasts that Emperor Joseph II, Mozart, and Goethe all dined and stayed there.  The hotel is located in the heart of the Old Town.

Café Gritsch, Anichstrasse 18
This popular spot for travelers during the day becomes a hip hangout for the city's youth in the evening.  They offer great coffees and teas, desserts and also filling breakfasts.  Outside there is a garden and seating area to be enjoyed on hot days.

Alte Teestube, Reisengasse 6
With more than 70 varieties of imported teas from around the world, this tea shop is truly one of a kind.  After a busy day of touring the city, take a break in this 15th century building for a good, long rest.


Hofgarten, Stadthofstrasse 14, Old Town

This is a vegetarian restaurant in Hotel Hofgarten's leafy terrace garden where the cooks use the freshest vegetables from the daily fruit and vegetable markets. The ample menu offers specialties from braised aubergine to Thai curry to vegetarian Chögalipaschtetli (typical Swiss specialty).

Daniel Biller’s Hot Chocolate, Klosterstrasse 7

Switzerland is famous for its chocolate, so why not try their hot chocolate!


Konditorei-Café Schafheutle, Hauptstrasse 94
On your way up to Heidelberg Castle, stop in this café for a light meal and a wide variety of pastries. If you feel like sitting down, they have a partially roofed garden where you can enjoy a cup of coffee.

Mensurstube, Hirschgasse 3
Traditional German cuisine like potato soup and rinderfilet are served in this hotel restaurant, but the atmosphere is the most exciting part. You'll sit at tables that are over two centuries old, in dining rooms that used to be dueling halls. Look up and you'll see swords hanging from the ceiling!

Zum Roten Ochsen, Hauptstrasse 217
While dining at Heidelberg's most famous old tavern, notice the initials carved in the oak tables. Mark Twain, Marilyn Monroe, and John Wayne have all passed through and left their mark. The food isn't so bad either, as you can chose from simple fare like bratwurst, or larger dishes like tellerfleisch.

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Munich U-Bahn Three-Day Travel Card
  • Munich by Bike
  • Olympic Park
  • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • BMW World
  • German Sausage Dinner
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Wieskirche
  • Innsbruck Hofkirche
  • Rhine Falls
  • Heidelberg Castle

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