College – European Explorer
International Round-Trip Airfare
International Land Transportation
Central Location Hotel Accommodation
Daily Breakfast and Dinner
Scheduled Guided Sightseeing
Expert Local Guides
Entry Fee to Scheduled Attractions/Activities
Full-time Delegation Manager
24-Hour Support on Program
Pre-Departure Preparation Support
Medical Protection Plan
**Free-time activities and costs are not included
Day to Day
Board your overnight flight across the Atlantic, get some sleep and arrive in Spain.
Welcome to Spain
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.
The Real Madrid
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. For the rest of the day, you’ll be free to explore Madrid on your own. You can visit more museums, explore the different neighborhoods, do some shopping, and just immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Spanish capital.
Intro to Barcelona
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.
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.
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, bars, shops and street performers. Tonight, get a hands-on lesson in cooking paella, one of the region’s most treasured culinary specialties.
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 eat dinner together. Later tonight, make your way to the Eiffel Tower, and see the impressive light show after dark.
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. Then get an expert-led orientation tour of Paris, seeing the world-renowned Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy free time to soak in the scene on the Champs-Elysées and the Grand Boulevards, the most famous streets in Paris.
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.
Travel to Belgium and 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 continuing on to medieval Bruges.
Back in Time
Bruges is a picture-perfect town, where the cobblestone streets and historical buildings transport you back to the Middle Ages. You’ll take a charming horse-drawn carriage ride, soaking in the sights and sounds of the city, and then indulge in Belgium’s most famous export: chocolate. Learn the secrets of the chocolate-making process from an expert chocolatier, and taste your creations. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the day to explore Bruges however you want—stroll the streets, snack on waffles, see the sights, or shop for souvenirs.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Dutch Way
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
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 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. After free time this afternoon to explore Amsterdam on your own, round off the day with a nighttime canal cruise, where you’ll see the city from a whole new perspective.
Welcome to Germany
Continue to Germany, and arrive in the city of Cologne. Germany is famous for its beer, and today you’ll tour a brewery to learn its history, how it’s made, and what makes the German style unique. Then enjoy free time in this beautiful city. If you want you can visit Cologne’s famous cathedral, which is a World Heritage Site and Germany’s most visited landmark.
Now it’s on to Stuttgart, home of the legendary car company Mercedes-Benz. Take a tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory, where you’ll see how their cars are made and learn the company’s fascinating history. Mercedes-Benz traces its origin all the way back to 1886, when Karl Benz unveiled the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, considered the first gasoline-powered production automobile.
Travel to Austria’s scenic Tyrol region, arriving at Area 47, the biggest outdoor adventure park in the country. You’ll have a day pass in the water area to go out and enjoy whichever activities interest you most—waterslides, cliff diving, wakeboarding, beach lounging, or whatever else catches your eye.
Ride the Rapids
Join the group today on a whitewater rafting run. Grab your paddle, ride the river, enjoy the scenery, and bond with your friends on this thrilling (and splash-filled) adventure.
The stunning mountain scenery continues. Ride a cable car to Gruneck and hike up to an Alpine hut, enjoying 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. Tonight, eat a delicious BBQ dinner.
The Swiss Life
In a region famous for its cheese, you’ll learn how it’s made—and make some yourself—in a fun cheese-making class. After lunch, travel to Zurich, the beautiful capital of Switzerland. The city is home to more than 1,300 fountains, plus a number of banks that finance some of the world’s largest multinational corporations.
Head to the airport, traveling home with a deeper understanding of your world, a ton of new memories, and lots of new friends.