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College – European Wanderlust

31 Days. Head out on this once-in-a-lifetime journey across Europe, traveling through the UK, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Greece and much more. Experience an unforgettable collage of famous sights, amazing food, world-class museums, rich history, and friendly people who are excited to welcome you into their world.
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Day to Day

Overnight flight

Travel Day

Day 1

Your month-long cultural adventure begins as you board your overnight flight to Europe.

Dublin, Ireland

Arrival in Ireland

Day 2

Touch down in Dublin, a city known for its history and literary tradition, not to mention Irish music and dancing. Your program begins with a guided tour of the city, where you’ll get the lay of the land and a hint of what makes Dublin such a unique and beloved place.

Dublin, Ireland

The Fair City

Day 3

Feel a mix of centuries-old history and modern-day college life on a tour of the renowned Trinity College, which was founded back in 1592. Then take a stroll down the world-famous O’Connell Street. Later, tour the Guinness Storehouse, where you’ll learn the fascinating history and production techniques of the legendary beer that’s evolved from just a tasty and popular beverage to a cultural icon.

Warwick, Wales

Medieval Warwick

Day 4

Take a ferry ride to the neighboring country of Wales, traveling on to historic Warwick. Participate in a special medieval encampment re-enactment, an interactive hands-on experience that takes you back to the Middle Ages. Fire the world’s largest trebuchet (a.k.a. catapult) and learn to sword fight.

london along the thames
London, England

Welcome to London

Day 5

After playing some fun medieval games in Warwick this morning, continue on to London. For centuries London has been one of the world’s most influential cities, and over the next few days you’ll see just how much it has to offer in iconic sights, diverse cultures, museums, music, and more. Spend the rest of today exploring on your own, getting a feel for what makes this amazing city tick.

London, England

Britain Up Close

Day 6

See the best of London’s famous sights, as you cruise past Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower Bridge. Explore Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, before stopping to witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon enjoy an authentic global ambassador experience, as you meet in person with a former Member of British Parliament. Top off your big day with a theater show in the West End district, England’s answer to Broadway.

London, England

London Past and Present

Day 7

Visit the Tower of London, where you’ll walk through over a thousand years of history. See the sparkling Crown Jewels and the world-famous Beefeater guards. Then soar high above the city’s skyline on the Coca-Cola London Eye ferris wheel, taking in the incredible panoramic views. The rest of the day is yours to make your own discoveries around London, whether that’s shopping, museum-hopping, or just exploring the bustling neighborhoods.

Paris, France

Student Life in Paris

Day 8

Ride a high-speed train through the English Channel tunnel—one of the most impressive engineering accomplishments of recent times—and arrive in Paris, the one-of-a-kind capital of food, art, history and culture. Meet up with some local students for an insider’s tour of the city, learning their favorite off-the-beaten-path spots. Get to know each other better over dinner, and later on head to see the Eiffel Tower all lit up at night.

Paris, France

Museums and Boulevards

Day 9

Visit the most famous museum in the world: the Louvre. The museum was once a palace, and today it’s filled with a huge collection of priceless works of art, including the one and only Mona Lisa. After the museum, join a specially arranged guided orientation tour of Paris, taking in the sights and sounds of the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy free time to soak in the scene on the most famous streets in Paris.

Paris, France

Versailles Getaway

Day 10

Take a trip out to the extravagant Palace of Versailles, where French royalty lived their over-the-top lifestyle until the French Revolution. 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 artists. You’ll have the exclusive opportunity to meet with one of them, getting an insider’s view on the Parisian art scene.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch Connections

Day 11

Travel today through Belgium, stopping for lunch in the picturesque city of Ghent. Then continue on to the Netherlands, and visit the Dutch windmill park Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a bike tour past the picturesque windmills—quintessential Holland—and spend an afternoon connecting with Dutch students over a soccer game or picnic (or both).

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Inside Holland

Day 12

This morning you’ll visit a farm to see first-hand how traditional Dutch cheese and clogs are made. Explore the farm, meet the animals, and join in some fun group games. Return to Amsterdam later, and visit Anne Frank’s House—the house and museum provide a deeply moving glimpse into the Holocaust, and a concrete reminder of the importance of cultural understanding and global peace. After free time this afternoon to explore Amsterdam on your own, finish the day with a nighttime canal cruise, where you’ll see the city from a whole new perspective.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin Bound

Day 13

Travel on to Germany, and arrive in Berlin. This city endured a politically turbulent 20th century, but today it’s a thriving capital of art, music, fashion and history. Take in the sights and sounds of Berlin on a stroll down the bustling Kurfürstendamm, including some free time for shopping. Tonight visit the famous TV tower, which was constructed in the late 1960s as a symbol of both Communist power and of Berlin itself. Enjoy the great views of the city from the tower’s observation deck.

Berlin, Germany

The Berlin Wall

Day 14

Today visit Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous crossing point between East and West Germany and a defining feature of the Cold War. The museum’s fascinating displays will reveal the realities of life for those who lived on both sides of the Berlin Wall during that era. Also join a specially arranged meeting with a witness to the fall of the Wall, hearing first-hand accounts from that pivotal moment in history. Later, go on an expert-led tour of Berlin, where you’ll see the sights and learn about the city’s remarkable history and culture through the years.

Prague, Czech Republic

Exploring Prague

Day 15

On the way to the Czech Republic, stop in Dresden, a city that was profoundly damaged in World War II, but still earns its reputation as a place of great beauty. After a walk through the city, continue on to the Czech Republic, arriving in Prague. The Czech capital is known for its beautiful and diverse architectural styles, its medieval charm, and its magical atmosphere. Take a guided walking tour of the city, seeing the fairy-tale castle and picture-perfect Old Town. Tonight take in some local entertainment at a unique Black Magic Theater show.

Vienna, Austria

A Sensory Experience

Day 16

It’s on to Vienna, Austria’s musical capital. In a truly unique activity today, you’ll have the chance to share in the life experience of blind men and women through an extraordinary role reversal exercise. You’ll rely on blind students for basic needs in your new and unfamiliar surroundings, you’ll discuss the difficulties they face, and you’ll learn how they overcome prejudice and stereotypes in their everyday lives.

Vienna, Austria

Culture of Vienna

Day 17

Engage in an open discussion about the Holocaust with an expert who is passionate about World War II education. Gain insights on this difficult time in Europe’s past, and discuss how we can learn from that profoundly troubling moment in history. Afterwards, spend free time exploring Vienna, famous for its classical music, chocolate and coffee. This afternoon, board a private vintage tram, riding in style through the city to Schönbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Later go to a classical music concert, becoming immersed in the atmosphere of this city where Mozart and Strauss made their names.

Salzburg, Austria

The Sound of Music

Day 18

Today travel to Salzburg. Explore the spectacularly scenic landscapes of the Austrian Alps, made famous by the opening scenes in the movie “The Sound of Music.” Afterwards, on a tour with a local guide, discover the hidden treasures and rich history of Salzburg. Then it’s time for a yodeling workshop, where you’ll learn the origins, history and techniques of this very special singing style‚ and of course try a little yodeling of your own.

Jesolo, Italy

Coast of Italy

Day 19

Travel down from the mountains to the Adriatic Sea, settling in the popular beachside destination of Jesolo. Enjoy the rest of the day by the water—relax, play beach games, eat dinner, and just soak in the local scene.

Jesolo, Italy

Beach Day

Day 20

Rest, recharge, and have fun on this full free day at the beach. You’ll have plenty of time to relax, play, swim, and enjoy a little down time with your group.

Jesolo, Italy

Canals of Venice

Day 21

Today you’ll experience the one-of-a-kind city of Venice, the seaside destination that was once a strong naval power and one of the most important cities on the world stage. Enjoy the classic moment of a gondola ride on Venice’s legendary canals. Then take a guided city tour, where you’ll learn the local history and see all the key sights, including the Basilica San Marco and Bridge of Sighs. After dinner, have some free time to explore Venice and shop for souvenirs, before returning to Jesolo.

Florence, Italy

Tuscan Hillsides

Day 22

Today make your way through the Tuscany region toward Florence. On the way, stop at the Ferrari museum, where you’ll learn the amazing history and technology behind the legendary luxury sports car. Then arrive in historical Florence, considered by many to be the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Florence, Italy

Florence to Pisa

Day 23

Florence is a living museum of art, architecture, and history, and today you’ll experience it first-hand on an expert-led guided tour. Visit the Accademia Gallery, where you’ll see Michelangelo’s famous statue David among the impressive collection of Renaissance art. Then see the towering Duomo and the bronze doors to the Baptistery. Later today, visit Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower on a walking tour of the city. Tonight you’ll join a pizza-making class, where you’ll learn the secret to cooking up this Tuscan favorite—eat the pizza you create and gain a useful lifelong skill!

Rome, Italy

Back into History

Day 24

This morning visit the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, where you can pay your respects to American soldiers who fought and died in Italy during World War II. Afterwards, continue on to Rome, one of the most significant cities in the long history of Western civilization. This afternoon you’ll go to gladiator school, gaining a unique insight into how Ancient Roman gladiators fought and how they lived their challenging day-to-day lives.

Rome, Italy

Ancient Rome

Day 25

Today you’ll discover Rome as it was thousands of years ago, gaining a better understanding of what makes that crucial historical era resonate to this day. On your tour of the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites—feel the ancient buzz of daily life that unfolded here for gladiators, spectators, merchants, politicians, and more. Then on a guided walking tour of the city, see the iconic sights, like the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain.

Rome, Italy

Inside the Vatican

Day 26

Explore the Catacombs of San Callisto, which houses the remains of many popes and saints. Then visit Vatican City, the center of the Catholic Church and the world’s smallest country. On your exclusive tour led by a professional guide, visit the Vatican Museums, see the famous ceiling frescos of the Sistine Chapel, and walk through St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll even meet with a member of the Swiss Guard, hearing his tales of guarding the Pope and learning what it takes to join one of the oldest military units in the world.

Athens, Greece

Athens Arrival

Day 27

Today fly to Athens. Along with Rome, the city of Athens represents the other foundational pillar for so many parts of our civilization and culture today. Speaking of culture, after arriving in Athens you’ll get a chance to show off your dance moves (or lack thereof) in a dance lesson focusing on the traditional Greek form known as Sirtaki.

Nafplion, Greece

Atop the Acropolis

Day 28

Hike up the famous Acropolis, the 500-foot hill that’s home to a number of Ancient Greek remains, including the iconic Parthenon temple. Later, travel by way of the Corinth Canal to the beautiful seaport town of Nafplio.

Nafplion, Greece

By the Sea

Day 29

Enjoy a full day on the beach in Nafplio to relax, play, and enjoy the beautiful blue waters and scenic views along the Greek coast.

Athens, Greece

Greece Onstage

Day 30

On the way back to Athens, stop for a guided tour of the grand theater of Epidaurus. The traditions of Ancient Greek drama form the basis of our own storytelling culture, and Epidaurus is considered by many the most perfect Ancient Greek theater. Later arrive in Athens, and enjoy the rest of the day to explore this vibrant capital city and one-time center of the world.

Flight home

Homeward Bound

Day 31

Today your immersive journey through Europe comes to a close. Head to the airport for your return flight, and get ready to start sharing all your stories with friends and family back home.