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European Classics: Spain, France and Central Europe

19 Days. Take off on an incredible journey through Europe. From the bustling cities of Spain and France, to the picturesque landscapes of Belgium and Holland, to the alpine heights of Austria and Switzerland, immerse yourself in an amazing variety of cultures, people, history, iconic sights, and natural beauty.
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19 days

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Program Details

Day to Day

Overnight Flight

Travel Day

Day 1

Board your overnight flight across the Atlantic, get some sleep and arrive in Spain.

Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Spain

Day 2

Touch down in Spain. Madrid is the country’s vibrant capital, and your specially-designed orientation tour will introduce you to the city’s unique culture and famous landmarks. The big highlight is the huge 9th-century Royal Palace, which has more than 2,000 rooms.

Madrid, Spain

The Real Madrid

Day 3

Today you’ll visit Madrid’s famous Prado museum. The impressive art collection here makes it one of the most admired museums in the world, with a focus on Spanish masters like Goya, El Greco and Velázquez.

Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona

Day 4

Take a high-speed train through the Spanish countryside to Barcelona, capital of the Catalan region. Barcelona is a lively, colorful city, with a proud local culture. A guided tour will introduce you to the Parque Guell and Sagrada Familia—both are creations of the one-of-a-kind architect Antoni Gaudí, displaying his strikingly unique modernist style.

Barcelona, Spain

Beach Day

Day 5

Today take advantage of one of Barcelona’s most beloved features: the beach. Relax by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and enjoy some sand, sun and swimming with your new friends and leaders.

Barcelona, Spain

Picasso

Day 6

Today you’ll experience Barcelona’s culture from many angles. Visit the Picasso Museum, where some of the renowned artist’s greatest works are on display. Later enjoy free time exploring the the Gothic Quarter and the buzzing Las Ramblas, a popular pedestrian area lined with cafes, shops and street performers. Tonight, get a hands-on lesson in cooking paella, one of the region’s most treasured culinary specialties.

Paris, France

Bonjour Paris

Day 7

Board a high-speed train to France. Arrive in Paris, and spend the afternoon with a group of local Parisian students. You’ll learn about their daily life in Paris, hear their impressions of the city, and see their favorite sites.  Later, check out the famous Notre Dame Cathedral before making your way to the Eiffel Tower, and see the impressive light show after dark.

Paris, France

Iconic Masterpieces

Day 8

Take a trip out to the spectacular Palace of Versailles, where French royalty lived their over-the-top opulent lifestyle until the French Revolution changed everything. Learn the amazing history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you walk through the royal apartments, see the famous Hall of Mirrors, and stroll the gardens outside. Then enjoy the special opportunity to picnic on the palace grounds, after a trip to the market to pick out your food. Later back in Paris, visit the hillside neighborhood of Montmartre, an area famous for its local artists. You’ll have the exclusive opportunity to meet with one of them, getting an insider’s view on the Parisian art scene.

Paris, France

Royal Excursion

Day 9

Today you’ll visit the famed Louvre Museum. The museum was once a palace, and now it houses art and works from throughout history, in every kind of style and medium you can think of. The highlight for many is seeing the incomparable Mona Lisa up close and in person. Travel to Bruges, the picture-perfect Belgian town, where the cobblestone streets and historical buildings transport you back to the Middle Ages.

Bruges, Belguim

Battlefield Memorials

Day 10

Today discover a piece of World War I history at Flanders Fields, near the city of Ypres. Through an immersive, interactive journey at the site’s museum, explore the history behind the battles that took place here, and learn about the human lives that were touched. Later, see the Menin Gate Memorial to fallen World War I soldiers, before returning to Bruges. Take a charming horse-drawn carriage ride, soaking in the sights and sounds of the city, and then learn the secrets of chocolate-making at a chocolate factory.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Dutch Way

Day 11

Your journey continues in the Netherlands, where you’ll visit the Dutch windmill park Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a bike tour past the picturesque windmills—quintessential Holland—and then spend an afternoon connecting with Dutch students over a soccer game or picnic. Later, visit the International Court of Justice at the Hague, and explore the exhibitions of the UN office, before traveling on to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Inside Amersterdam

Day 12

Pay a visit to a Dutch farm to learn how cheese and clogs are made. Explore the farm, meet the animals, and join in some group traditional Dutch games. Later, return to Amsterdam and visit Anne Frank’s House. The house and museum is a fascinating and deeply moving glimpse into the Holocaust, a concrete reminder of the importance of cultural understanding and global peace. Tonight you’ll have dinner on a canal cruise.

Rheinbrohl, Germany

German Homestay

Day 13-15

Drive through the German countryside, to the town of Rheinbrohl, where you’ll meet your homestay family. Settle in at your new home in this exclusive People to People experience. Over the next couple of days, you’ll immerse yourself in the everyday life of a German family, enjoying everything from regional foods and local traditions to social activities with students your age.

hitler's eagles nest
Montafon, Austria

Alpine Hike

Day 16

Today you’ll travel by way of Lake Constance, and you’ll have the unique chance to spend time at a retirement home, where you’ll discover shared interests and celebrate differences with the residents. Later, enjoy an unforgettable BBQ dinner—complete with traditional German games—against the spectacular backdrop of alpine views. Go on an evening hike, soaking up the fresh air and stunning natural beauty.

Montafon, Austria

Outdoor Adventures

Day 17

Embrace the spirit of “The Sound of Music” during a day of exploration and adventure in the beautiful mountain scenery of Austria. Hike through one of the region’s most stunning alpine trails, learning to navigate your way through the mountains. Experience a thrilling ropes course and ride a cable car to Gruneck, with spectacular views the whole time. Then go on the thrilling Alpine Coaster, an amazing feat of design and construction that gives you an unforgettable ride down the mountain.

Zurich, Switzerland

The Swiss Life

Day 18

Welcome to Zurich, the beautiful capital of Switzerland. Get a tour of this unique city, which is home to more than 1,300 fountains, plus a number of banks that finance some of the world’s largest multinational corporations.  In a region famous for its cheese, you’ll learn how it’s made—and make some yourself—in a memorable cheese-making class.

Zurich, Switzerland

Departure Day

Day 19

Head to the Zurich airport, traveling home with a deeper understanding of your world, new friends and experiences that will last a lifetime.