Length: 13 days. Group educational tour to London, Heidelberg, Munich, Montreux, Paris and Amsterdam for 12 or more students or adults. Self-designed custom tours typically led by teachers of high school juniors and seniors.
Highlights: Windsor Castle, London City Tour, Westminster Abbey, Jack the Ripper Tour, Bateau Mouche, Paris City Tour, Notre Dame, Palace of Versailles, Funicular to Glion w/Alpine Hike, Rhine Falls, Munich City Tour, BMW Museum, Rothenburg Overview, Volendam and Marken Tour, Anne Frank’s House, Evening Canal Boat Tour
Itinerary: London (3), Paris (3), Montreux (2), Munich (2), Heidelberg (1), Amsterdam (2)
Day 1 –Depart
Fly overnight to London.
Day 2 – London
Welcome to England! Your TSA Tours guide waits to escort you to Windsor Castle, the principal residence of almost every monarch since William the Conqueror.
Day 3 – London
Today’s guided London City Tour introduces you to Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Fleet Street, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben. Tour the formidable Westminster Abbey, site of royal weddings and coronations. Tonight, follow the cobbled alleyways of the East End on a Jack the Ripper Tour. Your expert guide will spirit you back to an era of gaslit Victorian horror and help you unravel the truth about London’s notorious serial killer.
Day 4 –London
Today is free for exploration. Option: Journey to the magical past with a tour of Stonehenge, the most important prehistoric and enigmatic monument in Britain. Then travel to Bath, a town famous for its classical architecture and remains of Roman baths dating back to 53 A.D. Evening Option: Attend a West End theatre performance.
Day 5 – Paris
Take the Chunnel under the English Channel and travel through the French countryside. Float past the monuments of Paris on a Bateau Mouche cruise this evening.
Day 6 – Paris
Bonjour! Your morning begins with a guided Paris City Tour to see the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower, and visit Notre Dame Cathedral. This afternoon, tour the Château de Versailles, home of Louis XIV.
Day 7 – Paris
Today is free for exploration and discovery with your advisors. Option: Travel to the scenic Loire Valley for a tour of the famous châteaux that line the peaceful river in the “garden of France.”
Day 8 – Montreux
Journey to Switzerland via Dijon and the vineyards of Burgundy. Arrive in the picturesque resort city of Montreux, portal to the Swiss Riviera.
Day 9 – Montreux
Option: Visit the Castle of Chillon, built on a rocky islet, its towers reflected in the waters of Lake Geneva. This afternoon take a funicular to picture perfect Glion and enjoy an exhilarating Alpine hike.
Day 10 – Munich
Travel to Germany by way of the mighty Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, Europe’s biggest waterfall Arrive in charming Munich, capital of Bavaria, a city that likes to call itself a “world city with heart.”
Day 11 – Munich
Today’s Munich City Tour includes the Marienplatz, the Flower Market, the Glockenspiel, Olympic Park, and a visit to the BMW Museum. Your afternoon is free for exploration. Option: Tour the Dachau Memorial, Germany’s first concentration camp.
Day 12 – Heidelberg
Transfer to Heidelberg on the Romantische Strasse or Romantic Road, passing a string of picturesque walled towns with 1,000 years of history on their cobbled streets. Your guide will provide an overview of Rothenburg, a completely preserved medieval town, almost untouched since the Thirty Years War. Arrive in Heidelberg, an old university city on the Neckar River.
Day 13 – Amsterdam
Travel through Koblenz, a 2,000- year-old city that lies on two majestic rivers – the Rhine and the Moselle – and the equally inviting Cologne, whose twin Cathedral spires have made it the most famous architectural landmark in Germany. Cross into the Netherlands and arrive at the capital city, built on water, crisscrossed by canals with romantic old bridges, narrow streets, and beautiful old houses.
Day 14 – Amsterdam
Tour the picturesque fishing village of Volendam to see its narrow canals and drawbridges, quaint houses and a charming little harbor. Also visit Marken to view its colorful harbor and the residents dressed in distinctive local costumes. Return to Amsterdam for a guided tour of Anne Frank’s House, then glide past gabled merchants’ mansions, old churches and warehouses on an Evening Canal Boat Tour.
Day 15 – Depart
Board your flight and return home with new insight into some of Europe’s historical mysteries.