Heart of Europe

19 Days. A visit to New York City is your springboard to an immersive trip through France, Germany, Austria and Italy. As you follow in the footsteps of armies, aristocrats and artists—and volunteer in communities along the way—you’ll discover central Europe’s diverse cultures, history, people and landscapes.

19 days


2019 Enrollment Closed

SKU: PTPHER19 Category:

Traveler Details

Leaders for Heart of Europe

June 30 to July 18, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)
July 7 to July 25, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.

Duration in days


Program Details

Day to Day

New York City, USA

Meet Your Delegation

Day 1

Arrive into JFK where you’ll be met by your leaders and the rest of your Delegation.  Head into the city, check into your hotel and attend your Welcome Dinner to get to know your fellow world travelers.

New York City, USA

The Big Apple

Day 2

Today is all about seeing the sights of New York City. Travel like a local by subway to The One World Observatory and take an elevator 102 stories in just 47 seconds. This astonishing ride reveals the transformation of New York City from unsettled lands to today’s world famous skyscrapers. After seeing Manhattan from above, it is time to see it from across the Hudson as you pay a visit to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. No visit to NYC would be complete without a visit to Broadway.

Depart, USA

The United Nations

Day 3

This morning is a unique opportunity to visit The United Nations- an organization developed to create and maintain international order. Tonight you’ll board your international flight to Rome.

Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome

Day 4

Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Stand in awe of the city’s most iconic sights including the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. Soak up the atmosphere of Rome’s ancient streets as you work up an appetite for one of Italy’s most celebrated treats–gelato.

Rome, Italy

Meet the Swiss Guards

Day 5

Explore the center of the Catholic Church and the world’s smallest country, Vatican City. Your professional guide will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Vatican Museums, spectacular frescos of the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Meet with a member of the Swiss Guard. Hear tales from his time spent guarding the Pope and learn what it takes to join one of the oldest military units in the world.

Pisa, Italy

The Leaning Tower

Day 6

Take a tour of Pisa and visit the famous Leaning Tower before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Receive a welcome from an official at the American Cemetery in nearby Florence, then unearth the history of the area and learn about the brave sacrifices of soldiers during World War II. Join a pizza-making class where you can try all your creations and take home new-found culinary skills.

Florence, Italy

The Renaissance

Day 7

Take a walk through the city of Florence, passing the Duomo and the bronze doors to the Baptistery, fittingly known as the Gate to Paradise. With the help of an expert guide, visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s colossal statue, David, and a wealth of Renaissance art. Spend your evening in fantastic company, with Italian families, indulging in local food and great tales of the region.

Venice, Italy

The Canals of Venice

Day 8

Kick off an action-packed day by heading out on a guided tour of the city. Bustle through alleys, quaint bridges, and narrow canals, and see the Basilica San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Learn about Venice’s most celebrated exports as you take part in a Murano glass blowing demonstration. Sample an array of pasta dishes for lunch before navigating Venice’s picture perfect canals by Gondola. Take in sites including the Guggenheim Museum, the “Fenice Theater,” and Mozart’s Residence.

Carinthia, Austria

The Alps

Day 9

Embrace small town, alpine life in the heart of Europe. Take in some unforgettable views from the top of the alps before taking an alpine coaster to the bottom. Discover how local communities function, with an exploration of how industry in these areas has changed throughout the years. Meet with local musicians and learn how to dance the traditional folk dance, Schuhplattler. Dive into a homemade lunch, lovingly prepared by locals.

Friesach, Austria

The Castle Project

Day 10

Work alongside local residents on the “Castle Project.” Volunteers are united in the construction of a real medieval castle, using only medieval technology. Spend an afternoon tackling the challenges of medieval sports including archery, crossbow, and chavelot. Your action-packed day culminates in an evening of authentic food and ritual games in the small castle-town of Friesach. Spend the night under the stars in a specially-recreated medieval village. You’ll never forget the meal they cook for you!

Vienna, Austria

Classical History

Day 11

Explore Vienna’s history and landmarks during a guided City Quest. Enjoy a classic regional lunch at the unique Viennese Wuerstelstand—an open air booth serving local sausages and other specialties. This afternoon, board your private vintage tram and ride through the city in style towards Schönbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Join a Classical Viennese Concert while walking in the footsteps of celebrated composers Mozart and Strauss.

Meeting a Holocaust Survivor
Vienna, Austria

Insights into the Holocaust

Day 12

Gain insights into the Holocaust from an expert passionate about World War II education during an open discussion on this turbulent time of European history.  Later, glimpse into the lives of disabled men and women in a role reversal exercise, leaving you to rely on blind students for basic needs in your new surroundings. Discuss the difficulties they face and learn how they overcome prejudice and stereotypes during their day-to-day lives.

Mozart’s house in Salzburg (Heart of Europe)
Salzburg, Austria

The Hills are Alive

Day 13

Uncover Salzburg’s hidden treasures as you explore a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages with your local guide. Explore the picturesque landscapes of the Austrian Alps, made famous by the opening scenes in the movie “The Sound of Music.”

Stuttgart, Germany

German Homestay

Day 14-15

Settle in with your German homestay family as you immerse yourself in the true life of an European family. Live the local way, enjoying everything from food and local traditions to social activities with students your own age. This exclusive People to People moment provides you with truly fascinating insight into a new way of life.

Paris, France

The City of Lights

Day 16

Take a high speed train and arrive into Paris.  Famed for its awe-inspiring art, explore the neighborhood of Picasso and Matisse before visiting a genuine Parisian artists studio. Take part in an insightful educational workshop in the workshop of a famous French artist and discover the artwork, techniques, and the history of the other renowned artists of Montmartre, the home of painters who changed how we see the world.

Paris, France

The Palace of Versailles

Day 17

Explore the extravagance of the Palace of Versailles and picnic on the grounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site after a trip to the market, bartering for lunch ingredients in French. This afternoon take time to explore the Louvre, Europe’s largest museum, which includes famous works such as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Spend the evening taking in a breathtaking light show at the iconic Eiffel Tower.


Paris, France

French Connections

Day 18

Meet up with local students who will share their secrets of the city, like their favorite places in the garden of Jardin de Luxembourg. Join in on a number of activities designed to connect different cultures and build international relationships with French students.

Depart for USA

Bon Voyage!

Day 19

Depart for home after your voyage of self-discovery with a wealth of memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.