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Heart of Europe

France, Austria, Germany and Italy

Your destinations: Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, the Alps, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome and the Vatican City.

Embark on a grand tour of discovery through the heart of Europe. Follow in the footsteps of armies, aristocrats and artists as you unearth the secrets of a truly diverse continent. Indulge in a wealth of art, history and cuisine while creating a life-time of memories and contributing to local communities.


  • Round Trip International Airfare From Designated Departure Airport
    *Supplements may apply for USA Domestic Air to Designated Departure Airport.
  • Ground Arrangements
  • All Meals
Price: $6290 per person*

*Please Note: Supplements may apply

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Available Dates for 2017
Departure Airports: JFK - Download Flight Zone Fares
Heart of Europe - June 25 2017 - Suitable for grades 8-12 (High School)
Heart of Europe - July 13 2017 - Suitable for grades 8-12 (High School)
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Challenge yourself and experience personal growth as you:

  • Experience the high-tech world of the BMW Center in Munich
  • Sleep in a medieval pavilion in Austria and enjoy a unique people to People moment
  • Explore the canals of Venice in a gondola


Learn about different cultures and traditions as you:

  • Explore the neighborhood of Picasso and Degas
  • Explore the splendor of Versailles and picnic like a king
  • Experience the tragedy of WWII at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Explore the Catacombs near Rome, help build an Alpine castle by hand with preservation experts and explore the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel


Connect with locals as you:

  • Live like a European with a homestay family in a German speaking region
  • Honor WWII soldiers at the American Cemetery in Tuscany
  • Visit with Catholic service workers at a monastery
  • Day 1

    Depart for Paris
  • Day 2

    Welcome to the City of Lights
    Explore the beautiful City of Lights with the help of an experienced French guide. Visit the historic Montmartre area. Marvel at the white Basilique du Sacre Coeur, which is the second highest point in Paris.
  • Day 3

    The Big Three
    Visit three iconic destinations. Explore the magnificent Chateau de Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage site before heading to the Louvre, home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Finally, take in spectacular city views from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Day 4-5

    Olympic Gold
    Journey through stunning countryside on your train ride from Paris to Munich. Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp and tuck into a tasty traditional lunch on the famous Viktualienmarkt before exploring the city of Munich. Top off an action packed two days with a trip to the top of the Olympic Tower for a breathtaking view.
  • Day 6

    The Art of Industry
    Explore the inner workings of a manufacturing giant at BMW World. Continue to the City of Music, Salzburg and follow in the steps of Mozart.
  • Day 7-9

    Live Like a Local
    Meet your host homestay family in Austria or Germany to experience life as a European. Learn how the Von Trapp Family lived on a Sound of Music Tour that showcases the beauty of the region and the impacts of WW2.
  • Day 10

    Into Austria
    Immerse yourself in a truly unique experience. Blind guides will accompany you in small groups through specially designed darkened rooms to stimulate your senses.
  • Day 11

    A Taste of Vienna
    Set out through Vienna and explore St. Stephan’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace and the State Opera House. Taste a traditional Viennesse specialty known as the ‘Würststand’ before riding a vintage tram through the heart of the city.
  • Day 12

    Storming Castles
    Work with local residents on the Castle Project. For over 30 years, volunteers have been united in building an authentic medieval castle without the use of modern technology. Stay overnight in medieval pavilions and experience life during the middle ages.
  • Day 13

    Rural Europe
    Discover the traditional Austrian way of life by delving into the word of folk dancing and the farmers’ Olympics. Tuck into a delicious, traditional local meal before departing for Italy.
  • Day 14

    The Heart of Venice
    Ride in a Venetian gondola. While cruising along the Canal Grande, see the famous Guggenheim Museum, the Fenice Theatre, and Mozart’s Venice residence. Marvel at the Basilica San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs before an insightful trip to a traditional Murano Glass artisan.
  • Day 15

    Home of the Brave
    Welcome to Florence. Visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s colossal statue, David. Walk through the city of Florence, passing the Duomo and the bronze doors to the Baptistery, known as the Gate to Paradise. Take a tour through the American Cemetery where over 4,000 American soldiers, killed during the capture of Rome in June 1944, were laid to rest.
  • Day 16

    The Leaning Tower
    Welcome to Pisa. Take the ultimate selfie at one of Europe’s most iconic buildings, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Day 17

    When in Rome ...
    Welcome to Rome. Explore a wealth of famous sights including the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Tour the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
  • Day 18

    The State Within a State
    Visit the world’s smallest state, Vatican City, and admire the frescos of the Sistine Chapel. Delve deep beneath the city of Rome while visiting the Christian Catacombs.
  • Day 19

    Depart for the U.S.
    Bon voyage! Depart for the U.S. following a whirlwind tour of the heart of Europe.

Why This Itinerary?

  • Adventure : Challenge yourself and experience personal growth
  • Education : Learn about different cultures and traditions
  • Culture : Connect with locals as you