9 or 11 days
Rothenburg, Munich, Dachau, Neuschwanstein, Lucerne region, Freiburg, 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.
  • 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:
    Salzburg & the Salt Mines

    Salzburg & the Salt Mines

    Start your full-day excursion in the picturesque village of Berchtesgaden with a visit to the salt mines. Dressed in miner’s clothing 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 and backdrop for The Sound of Music

  • Day 5: Munich • Neuschwanstein • Innsbruck

    Travel via Neuschwanstein to Innsbruck

    Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Day 6: Innsbruck • Liechtenstein • Lucerne region

    Take a walking tour of Innsbruck with your Tour Director

    Travel via Liechtenstein to the Lucerne region

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Lucerne region

  • Day 7: 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

  • Day 8: Lucerne region • Freiburg • Heidelberg

    Travel via Freiburg to Heidelberg

    Spend time exploring Freiburg on your own

    Take a tour of Heidelberg

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle wine barrel

    Enjoy dinner in Heidelberg

  • Day 9: Depart for home

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  • Day 9: Heidelberg • Rhineland

    Enjoy a Rhine cruise from Ruedesheim to St. Goarshausen (March through October)

    Enjoy dinner in Rhineland

  • Day 10: Rhineland • Cologne

    Take an excursion to Cologne

    Visit the Cologne Cathedral

    Tour Cologne with an expert local guide

    Enjoy dinner in Rhineland

  • Day 11: 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:
    Salzburg & the Salt Mines

    Salzburg & the Salt Mines

    Start your full-day excursion in the picturesque village of Berchtesgaden with a visit to the salt mines. Dressed in miner’s clothing 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 and backdrop for The Sound of Music

  • Day 5: Munich • Neuschwanstein • Innsbruck

    Travel via Neuschwanstein to Innsbruck

    Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Day 6: Innsbruck • Liechtenstein • Lucerne region

    Take a walking tour of Innsbruck with your Tour Director

    Travel via Liechtenstein to the Lucerne region

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Lucerne region

  • Day 7: 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

  • Day 8: Lucerne region • Freiburg • Heidelberg

    Travel via Freiburg to Heidelberg

    Spend time exploring Freiburg on your own

    Take a tour of Heidelberg

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle wine barrel

    Enjoy dinner in Heidelberg

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 9: Heidelberg • Rhineland

    Enjoy a Rhine cruise from Ruedesheim to St. Goarshausen (March through October)

    Enjoy dinner in Rhineland

  • Day 10: Rhineland • Cologne

    Take an excursion to Cologne

    Visit the Cologne Cathedral

    Tour Cologne with an expert local guide

    Enjoy dinner in Rhineland

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms; 9 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, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg Castle wine barrel; with extension: Cologne Cathedral, Beethoven House, National Museum of Contemporary History, Rhine River cruise

  • 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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