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 meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
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.
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.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Strap on your dancing shoes as an expert teaches you how to dance the excitingly beautiful and quick-tempo Viennese Waltz. This 18th century dance was the first ballroom dance in the closed hold, or waltz, position.
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.
Ascend into the Alps for an evening of true Swiss hospitality. As you feast on beautiful views from your hosts' mountain chalet, enjoy traditional food, entertainment and fun Swiss games and activities. At the evening's close, you'll have a chance to wind your way back down from the chalet on foot, affording even more breathtaking vistas.
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 Vienna, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and spend the day exploring the Baroque façades and lively squares of this musical city in which Beethoven, Strauss and Mozart once composed.
This morning tour the grounds and interior of Schönbrunn Palace, the massive Habsburg summer retreat, including the Imperial state rooms and private quarters of the Austrian Emperors. Then embark on a sightseeing tour of Vienna where an expert local guide shows you the glory of the former Imperial capital including the Ringstrasse, Hofburg Palace complex, Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Later a local master will mesmerize you with a demonstration of the world famous
Viennese Waltz before you take to the floor to give it a try. All that dancing earns you a taste of the city's famed coffee house culture—visit one of Vienna's many glittering cafés to savor some mélange coffee or hot chocolate and Sachertorte. In the evening, we'll walk through Prater Park to check out the amusements.
Begin today with a drive through the Wachau region to visit the great Baroque abbey-palace of Melk, which Napoleon once used as his headquarters. Continue through the picturesque Salzkammergut lake region to Salzburg. You may want to gain a bird’s eye perspective of the Old Town by climbing Kapuzinerberg Hill for its panoramic views.
Enjoy a guided morning sightseeing tour of this city of Baroque façades and music festivals. We'll see the lovely, manicured gardens in front of the Mirabell Palace, the Sound of Music Churchyard and the stunning Dom Cathedral. Then enjoy a trip up the Festungsbahn Funicular to explore inside the Hohensalzburg Fortress. 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 (or, literally, Salt Town) history. Besides, you get to slide down the long wooden slides the miners used and traverse a dark lake deep inside the mountain mine.
Depart Salzburg to visit the most extravagant of Ludwig's fantasies, Herrenchiemsee Palace, on which he lavished 20 million Deutsche marks. Ride a boat across the lake to the island-perched palace, visiting its apartments, Hall of Mirrors and gardens. Continue on to Munich and begin your exploration by learning the history of the 1972 Olympics and the space’s ongoing legacy during an evening visit to the Olympic Park.
Explore Bavaria's capital 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. If you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll enjoy our specially-arranged pretzel tasting. In the afternoon drive to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial. This former prison camp was technically not one of the “death camps” but is still a vivid reminder of Nazi atrocities during World War II.
Today journey to crazy King Ludwig’s fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein—literally the stuff of legends (and Disney dreams). The famous castle, with its many turrets and towers was opened to the public in 1886 and clings to the top of the surrounding cliffs. Continue on through the Swiss Alps to Engelberg for the evening.
Conquer the Alps today. This morning ascend 7,000 feet by cable car and the world's steepest cog railway to the breathtaking heights of Mount Pilatus. In the afternoon, explore Lucerne and take in the Altstadt (Old Town), Lion Monument and famous Chapel Bridge. Later in the evening, travel up into the Alps again for a special
Alpine Hut dinner including Alpenhorn lessons.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Further immerse yourself in the art, culture and wonders of the former Austrian Empire with an extra night in Vienna, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager, at the beginning of your tour.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $300Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $250Add to Tour