Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meals times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Public transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
Participants will have unlimited access to personal headsets so that local guides and ACIS Tour Managers can more easily communicate with the group along the way.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Mined in this region of Austria for thousands of years, "white gold," or salt, was a valuable and commodity. Discover one of the world's oldest salt mines—over 7,000 years old—set into Dürrnberg Mountain. Don white coveralls (to protect your clothing), and take a train 1,300 feet deep into the mine. Then take a slide down the last 140 feet. Learn the important role of the mine within the local area and how it helped ensure Salzburg became a powerful trading community. End your visit aboard a boat tour of the underground lake.
This is one unforgettable German lesson. Students will bus to a local school in Berlin and join local students for a class or two. They will experience the difference in teaching style and classroom facilities and, of course, practice their German. Afterwards, they'll have the chance to participate in joint activities and enjoy some more time to bond with their German peers.
Hope on two wheels to explore the varied stretches of the Berlin Wall as it exists today. Your guide will share stories of divided families and those who risked their lives to cross the infamous "Death Strip" as you see old checkpoints, guard towers and places where the area around the wall has now been transformed as part of the new Berlin.
Brandenburg Gate, Munich Marienplatz, Charles Bridge, Neuschwanstein, Dresden Frauenkirche, Zwinger Palace, Museum Island, Nuremberg Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Documentation Center, Berlin Wall, Berlin Holocaust Memorial, Street Art Workshop and Walking Tour, Prague Old Town Square, Terezín, Hradcany Castle
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA.
Arrive in Munich, known for its bustling plazas, world-class museums and impressive architecture, and meet your ACIS Tour Manager. As you begin to discover this culturally rich city, sharpen your German-speaking skills by ordering a tasty tandem of kaffee und kuchen or a freshly baked pretzel. Köstlich! (D)
Explore Bavaria's capital city with an expertly guided sightseeing tour to sites like Marienplatz with its famed Glockenspiel, the Viktualienmarkt food and flower market and the surfers on the Isar River in the Englischer Garten. In the afternoon travel out to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a somber but compelling reminder of Nazi atrocities during World War II. Participate in a discussion about the rise of the Nazi Party and learn why every Munich school child must also visit this poignant site. Later, return to Munich to visit BMW World, a showcase devoted to the history and innovative technology of these world-renowned cars. (B,D)
Today enjoy a full-day excursion into German-speaking Austria with a visit to enchanting Salzburg. A guided sightseeing tour highlights many of the city's Sound of Music sites, including the lovely, manicured gardens in front of the Mirabell Palace, the Sound of Music Churchyard and the stunning Baroque Dom Cathedral. Next, you'll visit Mozart's Birthplace Museum on the crowded shopping street, the Getreidegasse. In the afternoon, we take you out to the
Hallein Salt Mine, where you journey deep beneath the ground to learn more about how this precious mineral deeply influenced Salzburg's (literally, Salt Town) history. Slide down the long wooden slides the miners used and traverse a dark lake deep inside the mountain mine. Then return to Munich for a final evening in Bavaria. (B,D)
This morning board a high-speed train to Berlin, one of Europe's great cultural centers and the capital of Germany. Upon your afternoon arrival, a local expert takes you on a guided sightseeing tour of the city, showing you some of Berlin's most important historical and cultural touchstones, including a portion of the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, and the infamous Checkpoint Charlie. Later, break up into smaller groups to meet and begin to get to know your homestay family over dinner. (B,D)
Drive to a local high school this morning to
visit with local students. This valuable cultural exchange opportunity will provide numerous opportunities to further hone your German-speaking skills as you mingle with the students, learn about their lifestyles and participate in joint activities. In the evening spend time sharing stories and laughs with your homestay family. (B,D)
Today's activities mix politics and pedals. Begin with a visit to the dome and rooftop terrace of the Reichstag Building, home of the German government and an iconic city landmark—the glass dome is a symbol of Germany's reunification in 1990. Then enjoy a
Berlin Wall bike tour, which shows you portions of the infamous “death strip” that divided Germany in two for almost three decades. Your guide will provide fascinating insights into the politics, history and human drama surrounding this notorious fallen icon. Spend your final evening abroad practicing your German with locals as you explore more of this thriving city through the eyes and experiences of your homestay family. (B,D)
Depart for the USA. (B)