Tour Number: 1392797YD
Group Leader's Name: Paul Hermansdorfer
Departure Date: 3/13/2014
Return Dates: 3/23/2014
Departure Gateway: Charleston (WV)
11 days
Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Munich, Lucerne, Heidelberg, extension to Rhineland

Everyone flocks to Germany and Switzerland for Oktoberfest, Swiss chocolate and more.

But it’s the unmistakable charm of Alpine life that steals the show. From mountaintop to valley floor, castle to beer hall—the unanimous affection for this region is the stuff of legend. For anyone looking to see a different side of Europe, this free-flowing experience awaits on the horizon.
The Alps Germany Switzerland tour map
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Frankfurt + Rothenburg

    Arrive in Frankfurt

    Travel to Rothenburg

  • Day 3: Rothenburg + Munich

    Take a tour of Rothenburg

    Travel along the Romantic Road to Munich

  • Day 4: Munich

    Take a guided tour of Munich

    • Olympic Stadium
    • Residenz
    • Marienplatz

    Visit Dachau

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    • Frauenkirche
    • Neues Rathaus
    • Hofbräuhaus
  • Day 5: Munich

    Enjoy free day in Munich

    Add this in-depth excursion
    Salzburg and the Salt Mines

    Salzburg and the Salt Mines

    Start your full-day excursion in the picturesque village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll take an exciting underground tour via train, boat and wooden slides through the 450-year-old salt mines. Continue on to Salzburg for your included lunch and guided tour of the city of Mozart.

  • Day 6: Neuschwanstein + Swiss Alps

    Travel to Neuschwanstein

    Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

    Make a stop in Liechtenstein

    Continue to the Swiss Alps

  • Day 7: Swiss Alps

    Take a tour of Lucerne

    • Löwendenkmal
    • Kapellbrücke
    Add this in-depth excursion
    Mount Pilatus

    Mount Pilatus

    This exciting half-day optional adventure takes you to the top of Mount Pilatus, the majestic mountain backdrop of Lucerne. Journey to the foot of the mountain and ride the famous Pilatus cog railway or cable car to the top. After 6,387 feet, you’ll reach the summit and be rewarded with a splendid panorama of Lucerne, its lake and the glorious snow-capped Alps. On a clear day, you can see for more than 200 miles! (Please note: Mount Pilatus can be cold, even in summer; warm clothes and appropriate shoes are recommended.)
  • Day 8: Heidelberg

    Travel through the Black Forest and the Rhine Falls to Heidelberg

    Take a tour of Heidelberg

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle wine barrel

  • Day 9: Rhineland

    Travel to the Rhineland

    Take a Rhine River cruise (April-October)

    Take a tour of Koblenz

    • Mutter-Beethoven-Haus
    • Old Town
  • Day 10: Cologne + Bonn + Rhineland

    Travel to Cologne

    Visit Cologne Cathedral

    Travel to Bonn

    Visit Beethoven House

    Visit the National Museum of Contemporary German History

  • Day 11: Depart for home

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Frankfurt + Rothenburg

    Arrive in Frankfurt

    Travel to Rothenburg

  • Day 3: Rothenburg + Munich

    Take a tour of Rothenburg

    Travel along the Romantic Road to Munich

  • Day 4: Munich

    Take a guided tour of Munich

    • Olympic Stadium
    • Residenz
    • Marienplatz

    Visit Dachau

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    • Frauenkirche
    • Neues Rathaus
    • Hofbräuhaus
  • Day 5: Munich

    Enjoy free day in Munich

    Add this in-depth excursion
    Salzburg and the Salt Mines

    Salzburg and the Salt Mines

    Start your full-day excursion in the picturesque village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll take an exciting underground tour via train, boat and wooden slides through the 450-year-old salt mines. Continue on to Salzburg for your included lunch and guided tour of the city of Mozart.

  • Day 6: Neuschwanstein + Swiss Alps

    Travel to Neuschwanstein

    Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

    Make a stop in Liechtenstein

    Continue to the Swiss Alps

  • Day 7: Swiss Alps

    Take a tour of Lucerne

    • Löwendenkmal
    • Kapellbrücke
    Add this in-depth excursion
    Mount Pilatus

    Mount Pilatus

    This exciting half-day optional adventure takes you to the top of Mount Pilatus, the majestic mountain backdrop of Lucerne. Journey to the foot of the mountain and ride the famous Pilatus cog railway or cable car to the top. After 6,387 feet, you’ll reach the summit and be rewarded with a splendid panorama of Lucerne, its lake and the glorious snow-capped Alps. On a clear day, you can see for more than 200 miles! (Please note: Mount Pilatus can be cold, even in summer; warm clothes and appropriate shoes are recommended.)
  • Day 8: Heidelberg

    Travel through the Black Forest and the Rhine Falls to Heidelberg

    Take a tour of Heidelberg

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle wine barrel

  • Day 9: Rhineland

    Travel to the Rhineland

    Take a Rhine River cruise (April-October)

    Take a tour of Koblenz

    • Mutter-Beethoven-Haus
    • Old Town
  • Day 10: Cologne + Bonn + Rhineland

    Travel to Cologne

    Visit Cologne Cathedral

    Travel to Bonn

    Visit Beethoven House

    Visit the National Museum of Contemporary German History

  • Day 11: Depart for home

Everything you get

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group.

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • On-tour transportation

    We arrange all travel details so professors, chaperones and students can enjoy the tour to the fullest. That means we take care of flights, buses, trains, cruise ships, ferries, and subways.

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your tour. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    We have the best Tour Directors in the business. Your group will have a trusted, friendly guide at your side full-time on tour to manage all logistics, offer insight and guidance, and respond to any unexpected challenges.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    We have over 400 schools and offices in more than 50 countries, which means if something happens, we can react quickly and in person. We also include our $15 million liability policy and $1 million consumer protection plan at no additional cost to travelers.

  • Curriculum Integration

    We provide support and expertise to help you integrate academic goals into your tour itinerary as needed.

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