10 or 13 days
Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Lake Como, Lucerne region, Freiburg, Heidelberg, extension to Paris and Versailles

These three unique countries share the common ground of natural beauty and historic grandeur.

Discover cosmopolitan Munich and take a solemn look at Dachau before you glide down the Grand Canal in Venice. Stunning vistas of Alpine Europe beckon in Switzerland before you round out your trip with an exploration of Heidelberg Castle’s stately ruins.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Munich

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Munich Cathedral
    • New Town Hall
    • Hofbräuhaus

    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
    • Residenz
    • Marienplatz

    Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site 

  • Day 4: Munich

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Neuschwanstein

    Neuschwanstein

    Head for the Bavarian Alps as you make your way to scenic Oberammergau, the village known for its open-air staging of the Passion Play, Germany’s oldest festival. Then visit one of “Mad” King Ludwig’s fairy-tale castles, Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. In fact, the original plans for the castle were drawn up by a theater set designer, not an architect. Despite its medieval look, the castle is a marvel of modern amenities including electricity and running water on all floors. On your guided tour you will also learn about the life and mysterious death of the young king, one of Europe’s most eccentric rulers. (Please note: Due to steep terrain comfortable walking shoes are recommended.) 

  • Day 5: Munich • Innsbruck • Venice

    Travel via Innsbruck to Venice

    Enjoy a pasta dinner in Venice

  • Day 6: Venice

    Take a guided tour of Venice

    With your local expert guide you will see:

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

    Visit the Doge's Palace

    Learn about glass-blowing in a local craftsman's shop

    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 7: Venice • Como • Lucerne region

    Travel via Lake Como to Lucerne

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Lucerne region

  • Day 8: Lucerne region

    Take a walking tour of Lucerne 

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Lion Monument
    • Kapellbrücke
    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 • Freiburg • Heidelberg

    Travel via Freiburg to Heidelberg

    Spend time exploring Freiburg on your own

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle wine barrel

    Take a tour of Heidelberg

    Enjoy dinner in Heidelberg

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 10: Heidelberg • Strasbourg • Paris

    Travel to Strasbourg

    Tour Strasbourg with an expert local guide

    Visit Strasbourg Cathedral 

    Travel by TGV train to Paris

  • Day 11: Paris • Versailles

    Take a guided tour of Paris

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Place de la Concorde
    • Champs-Élysées
    • Arc de Triomphe
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Hôtel des Invalides

    Take a guided tour of Versailles

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • State Apartments
    • Hall of Mirrors
    • Gardens

    Enjoy dinner in the Latin Quarter
  • Day 12: Paris

    Take a walking tour of the Latin Quarter

    Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral

    Visit the Louvre

    Enjoy a Seine River cruise

  • 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 expert local guide you will see:

    • Munich Cathedral
    • New Town Hall
    • Hofbräuhaus

    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
    • Residenz
    • Marienplatz

    Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site 

  • Day 4: Munich

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Neuschwanstein

    Neuschwanstein

    Head for the Bavarian Alps as you make your way to scenic Oberammergau, the village known for its open-air staging of the Passion Play, Germany’s oldest festival. Then visit one of “Mad” King Ludwig’s fairy-tale castles, Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. In fact, the original plans for the castle were drawn up by a theater set designer, not an architect. Despite its medieval look, the castle is a marvel of modern amenities including electricity and running water on all floors. On your guided tour you will also learn about the life and mysterious death of the young king, one of Europe’s most eccentric rulers. (Please note: Due to steep terrain comfortable walking shoes are recommended.) 

  • Day 5: Munich • Innsbruck • Venice

    Travel via Innsbruck to Venice

    Enjoy a pasta dinner in Venice

  • Day 6: Venice

    Take a guided tour of Venice

    With your local expert guide you will see:

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

    Visit the Doge's Palace

    Learn about glass-blowing in a local craftsman's shop

    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 7: Venice • Como • Lucerne region

    Travel via Lake Como to Lucerne

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Lucerne region

  • Day 8: Lucerne region

    Take a walking tour of Lucerne 

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Lion Monument
    • Kapellbrücke
    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 • Freiburg • Heidelberg

    Travel via Freiburg to Heidelberg

    Spend time exploring Freiburg on your own

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle wine barrel

    Take a tour of Heidelberg

    Enjoy dinner in Heidelberg

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 10: Heidelberg • Strasbourg • Paris

    Travel to Strasbourg

    Tour Strasbourg with an expert local guide

    Visit Strasbourg Cathedral 

    Travel by TGV train to Paris

  • Day 11: Paris • Versailles

    Take a guided tour of Paris

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Place de la Concorde
    • Champs-Élysées
    • Arc de Triomphe
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Hôtel des Invalides

    Take a guided tour of Versailles

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • State Apartments
    • Hall of Mirrors
    • Gardens

    Enjoy dinner in the Latin Quarter
  • Day 12: Paris

    Take a walking tour of the Latin Quarter

    Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral

    Visit the Louvre

    Enjoy a Seine River cruise

  • Day 13: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

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

  • Accommodations

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms; 11 with extension

  • 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.

  • 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

    Dachau, Doge’s Palace, Glassblowing demonstration, Heidelberg Castle wine barrel; with extension: Strasbourg Cathedral, Versailles, Louvre, Notre Dame

  • 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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