17 days
Germany, Italy, France, United Kingdom

From Heidelberg Castle to Buckingham Palace, get ready to live and breathe all things Europe.

Enter Munich’s Gothic flair, stroll along the canals in Venice, go back in time at the Colosseum and delve into the Florentine Renaissance. By the time you’ve seen the Alpine charm of Lucerne, winding Parisian streets and timeless beauty of London, you’ll wonder what on earth you haven’t seen.
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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Frankfurt + Heidelberg

    Arrive in Frankfurt and travel to Bastogne

    Travel to Heidelberg

    Take a tour of Heidelberg with your Tour Director

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle wine barrel

  • Day 3: Munich

    Travel to Munich

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    • Frauenkirche
    • Neues Rathaus
    • Hofbräuhaus
  • Day 4: Munich

    Take a guided tour of Munich with your Local Guide

    • Olympic Stadium
    • Residenz
    • Marienplatz

    Take an excursion to Dachau

  • Day 5: Venice

    Travel via Innsbruck to Venice

  • Day 6: Venice

    Take a guided tour of Venice with your Local Guide

    • St. Mark’s Square
    • Campanile
    • Grand Canal

    Visit the Doge's Palace

    See a glass-blowing demonstration

  • Day 7: Rome

    Travel to Rome

  • Day 8: Rome

    Take a guided tour of Vatican City

    Visit the Sistine Chapel

    Visit St. Peter’s Basilica

    Take a guided tour of Rome

    Visit the Roman Forum

    Visit the Colosseum

    Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome

    • Trevi Fountain
    • Pantheon 
    • Piazza Navona
    • Spanish Steps
  • Day 9: Florence

    Travel to Florence

    Take a guided tour of Florence with your Local Guide

    • Piazza della Signoria
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Chiesa di Santa Croce
    • Gates of Paradise

    Visit the Duomo

  • Day 10: Swiss Alps

    Travel to the Lucerne

  • Day 11: Swiss Alps

    Take a tour of Lucerne with your Tour Director

    • Löwendenkmal
    • Kapellbrücke
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Swiss Alps Experience

    Swiss Alps Experience

    This exciting half-day optional adventure takes you to the top of a Swiss Alp, the majestic mountain backdrop of Lucerne. Journey to the base of the mountain by boat and ride a cog railway to the top. 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! You’ll get back to the foot of the mountain by way of a gondola ride. (Please note: Mountains can be cold, even in summer; warm clothes and appropriate shoes are recommended.)

  • Day 12: Burgundy Region

    Travel to the Burgundy Region

    Take a tour of Dijon with your Tour Director

  • Day 13: Paris

    Travel to Paris

    Take a walking tour of Paris

    • Latin Quarter

    Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral

  • Day 14: Paris

    Take a guided tour of Paris with your Local Guide

    • Place de la Concorde
    • Champs-Élysées
    • Arc de Triomphe
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Les Invalides
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Versailles

    Versailles

    Welcome to the world headquarters of decadence—the grand palace of Versailles. The enormous estate was built to keep commoners far from its gilded doors and expansive gardens—but fortunately, you won’t have to win Louie or Marie’s notoriously fickle favor to get in. After spending the day in a maze of manicured shrubbery and the staggering Hall of Mirrors, continue the theme of indulgence by treating yourself at a local patisserie nearby.
  • Day 15: London

    Travel by Eurostar train to London

    Take a guided tour of London with your Local Guide

    • Big Ben
    • Houses of Parliament
    • Piccadilly Circus
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral
    • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if included)
  • Day 16: London

    Take a walking tour of London

    • The Strand
    • Trafalgar Square
    • Leicester Square
    • Covent Garden
  • Day 17: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Frankfurt + Heidelberg

    Arrive in Frankfurt and travel to Bastogne

    Travel to Heidelberg

    Take a tour of Heidelberg with your Tour Director

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle wine barrel

  • Day 3: Munich

    Travel to Munich

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    • Frauenkirche
    • Neues Rathaus
    • Hofbräuhaus
  • Day 4: Munich

    Take a guided tour of Munich with your Local Guide

    • Olympic Stadium
    • Residenz
    • Marienplatz

    Take an excursion to Dachau

  • Day 5: Venice

    Travel via Innsbruck to Venice

  • Day 6: Venice

    Take a guided tour of Venice with your Local Guide

    • St. Mark’s Square
    • Campanile
    • Grand Canal

    Visit the Doge's Palace

    See a glass-blowing demonstration

  • Day 7: Rome

    Travel to Rome

  • Day 8: Rome

    Take a guided tour of Vatican City

    Visit the Sistine Chapel

    Visit St. Peter’s Basilica

    Take a guided tour of Rome

    Visit the Roman Forum

    Visit the Colosseum

    Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome

    • Trevi Fountain
    • Pantheon 
    • Piazza Navona
    • Spanish Steps
  • Day 9: Florence

    Travel to Florence

    Take a guided tour of Florence with your Local Guide

    • Piazza della Signoria
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Chiesa di Santa Croce
    • Gates of Paradise

    Visit the Duomo

  • Day 10: Swiss Alps

    Travel to the Lucerne

  • Day 11: Swiss Alps

    Take a tour of Lucerne with your Tour Director

    • Löwendenkmal
    • Kapellbrücke
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Swiss Alps Experience

    Swiss Alps Experience

    This exciting half-day optional adventure takes you to the top of a Swiss Alp, the majestic mountain backdrop of Lucerne. Journey to the base of the mountain by boat and ride a cog railway to the top. 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! You’ll get back to the foot of the mountain by way of a gondola ride. (Please note: Mountains can be cold, even in summer; warm clothes and appropriate shoes are recommended.)

  • Day 12: Burgundy Region

    Travel to the Burgundy Region

    Take a tour of Dijon with your Tour Director

  • Day 13: Paris

    Travel to Paris

    Take a walking tour of Paris

    • Latin Quarter

    Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral

  • Day 14: Paris

    Take a guided tour of Paris with your Local Guide

    • Place de la Concorde
    • Champs-Élysées
    • Arc de Triomphe
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Les Invalides
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Versailles

    Versailles

    Welcome to the world headquarters of decadence—the grand palace of Versailles. The enormous estate was built to keep commoners far from its gilded doors and expansive gardens—but fortunately, you won’t have to win Louie or Marie’s notoriously fickle favor to get in. After spending the day in a maze of manicured shrubbery and the staggering Hall of Mirrors, continue the theme of indulgence by treating yourself at a local patisserie nearby.
  • Day 15: London

    Travel by Eurostar train to London

    Take a guided tour of London with your Local Guide

    • Big Ben
    • Houses of Parliament
    • Piccadilly Circus
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral
    • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if included)
  • Day 16: London

    Take a walking tour of London

    • The Strand
    • Trafalgar Square
    • Leicester Square
    • Covent Garden
  • Day 17: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    15 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms; 17 with extension

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • Curriculum integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

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

  • Entrances

    Heidelberg Castle wine barrel, Dachau, Doge’s Palace, Glass-blowing demonstration, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Duomo, Notre-Dame; with extension: Stonehenge, Roman Baths

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.

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