Sample Itinerary: 8 Days | 6 nights
Day 1 – USA TO MUNICH
The journey to Switzerland begins by boarding an international flight across the Atlantic to Munich, the capital and largest city in the German state of Bavaria. Munich is located about 30 miles north of the northern edge of the majestic Alps. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2 – MUNICH / INNSBRUCK
On arrival in Munich, you will be greeted by the friendly Perform International representatives and embark on a panoramic tour of the city. Munich is located about 30 miles north of the northern edge of the majestic Alps and is known as a major European cultural center. The city is filled with historic sites and museums including the National Theater in Max-Joseph-Platz with its gargoyles. If time permits, you may see the Dachau Concentration Camp, one of the first concentration camps opened in Germany. In the afternoon you will travel to Innsbruck, You will travel about 2 hours up into the Alps to Innsbruck. Overnight in Innsbruck.
Day 3 – INNSBRUCK
On your first morning in Europe you will take a day excursion to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau, Germany. The castle was built by King Ludwig II as a retreat from public life. After his death in 1886 the public was welcomed into the castle for tours. Today it is one of the most popular castles in all of Europe and is seen by millions every year. You will enjoy a guided tour through the castle and will learn more about Ludwig II and his life as the King of Bavaria. Your group will perform an evening concert in Innsbruck. Overnight in Innsbruck..
Day 4 – INNSBRUCK / INTERLAKEN
You will journey to the resort town of Interlaken on this day. Interlaken is known as a travel base in the Swiss Alps from which visitors can explore the areas of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Its majestic beauty was discovered first by Swiss landscape artists and soon those who viewed their paintings wanted to visit this alpine wonderland, too. Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 5 – INTERLAKEN
On your first morning in Interlaken you will take a day excursion to Jungfraujoch, the lowest point on the mountain ridge between the Mönch and the Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps. It is home to the highest railway station in Europe an elevation of 11,332 feet. The only way to reach Jungfraujoch is through a railway tunnel. In the evening your group will perform a concert back in Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 6 – INTERLAKEN / LUCERNE
On this day you will travel to central Switzerland to Lucerne, another popular destination for tourists. You will stop on the way in Bern to visit Bern Minster, a Swiss Reformed cathedral in the old city of Bern. It is the tallest cathedral in Switzerland and was built in the Gothic style. It is known for its beautiful stained glass windows which are considered the most valuable in Switzerland. Your group may perform a recital there. You will also visit the Bärengraben or Bear Pit, an enclosure housing bears on the outskirts of Bern. Bears are the symbol of the city of Bern and a prominent part of the city’s code of arms. Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 7 – LUCERNE
On this morning in Lucerne you will take a panoramic tour of this city on the shore of Lake Lucerne. Lucerne is home to the famous Lucerne Music Festival which was birthed in 1938 as Europe began to fall to Nazi powers. While you won’t be attending the festival, it is important to know of the great history of the Festival that includes Wagner and Toscanini as well as some of the finest classical performers in the world. On your tour, you will be able to see Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Alps as well as the Chapel Bridge, first built in the 14th century. It is the oldest covered bridge in Europe. You also see the octagonal Water Tower beside the bridge. In the evening your group will perform a concert. Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 8 – ZURICH TO USA
After breakfast you will go to the airport to begin your journey back to the USA. You will take with you lifelong memories of exploring and performing in Switzerland, sharing your own culture and encountering the rich artistic culture of this beautiful country.
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