10 or 13 days
Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Milan region, Lake Como, Lucerne region, Zurich, extension to Paris
Program designed to: Facilitate experiences in three distinct expressions of European culture, from the Baroque majesty of Munich’s royal palaces and the Renaissance splendor of Venice’s palazzi-lined canals to the Medieval charm of Lucerne’s fountained squares. As you explore shops and cafes off the beaten path, gain glimpses into why these cities rank high on quality-of-life indexes, and delight in the stunning alpine landscapes that connect them.

Highlight: On a wander through the cobbled streets of Lucerne’s Old Town, be sure to stop at a traditional bakery for a Schoggi-Broetli—a breakfast bun with chocolate chunks.

🔹 Curated experiences: Every program is intentionally designed to feature guided learning, community engagement, and independent exploration experiences to drive global competency development, denoted on each itinerary with a blue diamond. Learn more about these experiences.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Munich

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Munich Cathedral, the representative landmark of Munich
    • New Town Hall, a towering building home to the city government
    • Hofbräuhaus, a famous beer hall dating back to the 16th century and a symbol of Bavarian hospitality

    Enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner in Munich

  • Day 3: Munich

    Take a guided tour of Munich

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympic Games
    • Residenz, the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs 
    • Marienplatz, Munich's main city square

    🔹 Guided learning: With an expert local guide, visit and reflect at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, which today serves as a memorial museum and a stark reminder of the darkest chapter in this country’s long story

  • Day 4: Munich • Innsbruck • Venice

    Travel via Innsbruck, the capital of the beautiful Austrian province of Tyrol, on your way to Venice

    Enjoy a pasta dinner in Venice

  • Day 5: Venice

    🔹 Guided learning: Take a guided tour of Venice

    With your local expert guide you will see:

    • St. Mark's Square, Venice's primary square and center of cultural importance
    • St. Mark's Campanile, a 323-foot bell tower
    • Grand Canal, Venice's major waterway filled with gondolas

    Visit the pink-and-white Doge's Palace, where mighty Venetian dukes once ruled

    Learn about glass-blowing in a local craftsman's shop and watch expert craftsmen spin molten-hot wares

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Gondola ride

    Gondola ride

    Enjoy the ultimate Venetian experience—a gondola ride through the city's famed canals, passing by enchanting waterfront homes and under historic pedestrian bridges.  

  • Day 6: Venice • Milan

    Travel to Milan, a cultural, financial and artistic hub of Italy

    Take a tour of Milan

    With an expert local guide you will see:

    • The Piazza del Duomo and its towering Gothic cathedral
    • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world's oldest mall
    • The Sforza Castle, a 15th-century fortress that now holds works of art from Michelangelo and Da Vinci

    Visit the Duomo, the largest Gothic church in the world adorned with the famous Madonnina at its peak

  • Day 7: Milan • Como • Lucerne region

    Travel via Lake Como, a breathtaking lake set against the Alps, on your way to the Lucerne region

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Lucerne region

  • Day 8: Lucerne region

    🔹 Community engagement: Take a walking tour of Lucerne 

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Lion Monument, a sandstone statue commemorating the Swiss Guards slain in the 1792 Paris storming of the Tuileries 
    • Kapellbrücke, a covered bridge dating back to medieval days adorned with colorful murals overhead

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend time exploring Lucerne on your own

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Swiss Alps experience

    Swiss Alps experience

    This exciting half-day adventure takes you to the top of one of the Swiss Alps, the majestic mountainous 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.) 

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Lucerne region

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Swiss folklore evening

    Swiss folklore evening

    Opt to join us for a bit of Swiss tradition. You’ll enjoy a delicious meal, including the chance to try fondue—the Swiss National Dish! Afterwards, watch a show, complete with yodeling, traditional dancing, and Alpine horns. Note: Groups traveling from October to mid-April will enjoy Swiss music during their meal instead of the show.  

  • Day 9: Lucerne region • Zurich

    Travel to Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland and one of the world's largest financial centers

    Take a walking tour of Zurich with your Tour Director and see its quaint Old Town, its waterfront promenades, and take in its eclectic mix of architectural styles

    🔹 Community engagement: Try your hand at Swiss chocolate making during a workshop and chocolate tasting

    Enjoy dinner in Zurich

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Heidelberg • Strasbourg • Paris

    Travel to Strasbourg, a crossroads between France, Germany, and Switzerland and home to a uniquely blended Alsatian culture

    Tour Strasbourg with an expert local guide and see the official seat of the European Parliament, charming La Petite France, and its historic city center

    Visit Strasbourg Cathedral—A gothic cathedral so tall, it can be seen from the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest

    Travel by TGV train to Paris

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend time exploring Paris on your own

  • Day 11: Paris • Versailles

    Take a guided tour of Paris

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Place de la Concorde, a major public square
    • Champs-Élysées, an elegant boulevard packed with high-fashion boutiques 
    • Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring those who fought for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 
    • Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair and an iconic symbol of Paris
    • Hôtel des Invalides, a grand hospital commissioned by Louis XIV 

    Take a guided tour of Versailles, where Louis XIV hosted his royal court to reign in their power and prevent their political rise

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • State Apartments of the King and Queen
    • The lavish Hall of Mirrors which depicts political successes on its vaulted-ceiling murals 
    • Meticulously landscaped gardens and dozens of ornate fountains 

    Enjoy dinner in the Latin Quarter
  • Day 12: Paris

    Take a walking tour of the Latin Quarter, so named because the language was once commonly spoken by the Sorbonne students that populated the area

    See Notre-Dame Cathedral, known for its sculptured facade, stained-glass rose windows, and seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings, and see the progress of its restoration following the 2019 fire which damaged much of the building

    Explore art from around the world at the Louvre, home to over 35,000 objects including Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa

    Enjoy a scenic view of Paris as you sail along the iconic Seine River

  • Day 13: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Munich

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Munich Cathedral, the representative landmark of Munich
    • New Town Hall, a towering building home to the city government
    • Hofbräuhaus, a famous beer hall dating back to the 16th century and a symbol of Bavarian hospitality

    Enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner in Munich

  • Day 3: Munich

    Take a guided tour of Munich

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympic Games
    • Residenz, the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs 
    • Marienplatz, Munich's main city square

    🔹 Guided learning: With an expert local guide, visit and reflect at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, which today serves as a memorial museum and a stark reminder of the darkest chapter in this country’s long story

  • Day 4: Munich • Innsbruck • Venice

    Travel via Innsbruck, the capital of the beautiful Austrian province of Tyrol, on your way to Venice

    Enjoy a pasta dinner in Venice

  • Day 5: Venice

    🔹 Guided learning: Take a guided tour of Venice

    With your local expert guide you will see:

    • St. Mark's Square, Venice's primary square and center of cultural importance
    • St. Mark's Campanile, a 323-foot bell tower
    • Grand Canal, Venice's major waterway filled with gondolas

    Visit the pink-and-white Doge's Palace, where mighty Venetian dukes once ruled

    Learn about glass-blowing in a local craftsman's shop and watch expert craftsmen spin molten-hot wares

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Gondola ride

    Gondola ride

    Enjoy the ultimate Venetian experience—a gondola ride through the city's famed canals, passing by enchanting waterfront homes and under historic pedestrian bridges.  

  • Day 6: Venice • Milan

    Travel to Milan, a cultural, financial and artistic hub of Italy

    Take a tour of Milan

    With an expert local guide you will see:

    • The Piazza del Duomo and its towering Gothic cathedral
    • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world's oldest mall
    • The Sforza Castle, a 15th-century fortress that now holds works of art from Michelangelo and Da Vinci

    Visit the Duomo, the largest Gothic church in the world adorned with the famous Madonnina at its peak

  • Day 7: Milan • Como • Lucerne region

    Travel via Lake Como, a breathtaking lake set against the Alps, on your way to the Lucerne region

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Lucerne region

  • Day 8: Lucerne region

    🔹 Community engagement: Take a walking tour of Lucerne 

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Lion Monument, a sandstone statue commemorating the Swiss Guards slain in the 1792 Paris storming of the Tuileries 
    • Kapellbrücke, a covered bridge dating back to medieval days adorned with colorful murals overhead

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend time exploring Lucerne on your own

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Swiss Alps experience

    Swiss Alps experience

    This exciting half-day adventure takes you to the top of one of the Swiss Alps, the majestic mountainous 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.) 

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Lucerne region

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Swiss folklore evening

    Swiss folklore evening

    Opt to join us for a bit of Swiss tradition. You’ll enjoy a delicious meal, including the chance to try fondue—the Swiss National Dish! Afterwards, watch a show, complete with yodeling, traditional dancing, and Alpine horns. Note: Groups traveling from October to mid-April will enjoy Swiss music during their meal instead of the show.  

  • Day 9: Lucerne region • Zurich

    Travel to Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland and one of the world's largest financial centers

    Take a walking tour of Zurich with your Tour Director and see its quaint Old Town, its waterfront promenades, and take in its eclectic mix of architectural styles

    🔹 Community engagement: Try your hand at Swiss chocolate making during a workshop and chocolate tasting

    Enjoy dinner in Zurich

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Heidelberg • Strasbourg • Paris

    Travel to Strasbourg, a crossroads between France, Germany, and Switzerland and home to a uniquely blended Alsatian culture

    Tour Strasbourg with an expert local guide and see the official seat of the European Parliament, charming La Petite France, and its historic city center

    Visit Strasbourg Cathedral—A gothic cathedral so tall, it can be seen from the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest

    Travel by TGV train to Paris

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend time exploring Paris on your own

  • Day 11: Paris • Versailles

    Take a guided tour of Paris

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Place de la Concorde, a major public square
    • Champs-Élysées, an elegant boulevard packed with high-fashion boutiques 
    • Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring those who fought for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 
    • Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair and an iconic symbol of Paris
    • Hôtel des Invalides, a grand hospital commissioned by Louis XIV 

    Take a guided tour of Versailles, where Louis XIV hosted his royal court to reign in their power and prevent their political rise

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • State Apartments of the King and Queen
    • The lavish Hall of Mirrors which depicts political successes on its vaulted-ceiling murals 
    • Meticulously landscaped gardens and dozens of ornate fountains 

    Enjoy dinner in the Latin Quarter
  • Day 12: Paris

    Take a walking tour of the Latin Quarter, so named because the language was once commonly spoken by the Sorbonne students that populated the area

    See Notre-Dame Cathedral, known for its sculptured facade, stained-glass rose windows, and seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings, and see the progress of its restoration following the 2019 fire which damaged much of the building

    Explore art from around the world at the Louvre, home to over 35,000 objects including Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa

    Enjoy a scenic view of Paris as you sail along the iconic Seine River

  • Day 13: Depart for home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get



Your experience includes

  • 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

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

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

  • 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.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • 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

    Dachau; Doges’ Palace; Glass-blowing demonstration; Milan Duomo and Strasbourg Cathedral, Versailles, Louvre, Notre-Dam, and Seine River Cruise with extension

  • 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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