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Germany, Switzerland & Austria with an optional extension to Budapest.
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Click here to see  photos from out 2012 trip to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bratislava and Budapest.
Register NOW before you miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime.
Take advantage of the opportunity to experience the culture of up to 6 different countries.

       Pricing starts at $4549 (estimated)   Budapest estimated at $399
             Insurance is available at an additional fee
            14 days (12 hotel nights) or 16 days (14 hotel nights with extension)    ***If we go private...estimated private group fee $300
            For those who opt for single rooming a surcharge will be added


14 days (16 with apest extension):  Multi-country stays-Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hungary (with extension)

These countries share a language, but their appeals are varied. Discover delightfully distinct style and substance in each destination,
from the Gothic spires of Heidelberg to the Art Nouveau elegance of Vienna. Swiss mountains and the Bavarian forest, German beer
and Austrian wine—this tantalizing trio of countries has something for everyone.

Tour price includes:  Roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine,
multilingual tour director, private deluxe motor coach, guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Tour highlights:  Lakeside villages and serene Alpine peaks, towering castles in Heidelberg and Neuschwanstein,
the meeting of old and new in Innsbruck, wheat beer and white sausages in Munich, a scenic funicular ride up to
Salzburg’s medieval fortress, and Vienna’s Art Nouveau architecture

Day 1:    (Sat, June 10) Travel day…Board your overnight flight to Budapest today...Budapest 2 nights ($399 extension)

Day 2:  (Sun, June 11)  BUDAPEST   (2nights):  Arrival in Budapest
                                          Welcome to Hungary! After arriving, transfer to the hotel to get settled in.
                                          This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner. 

Day 3:  (Mon, June 12)   Sightseeing tour of Budapest
  Discover the major landmarks of both sides of the city, Buda and Pest, with a local guide. 
                                        • Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes Square
                                        • Tour the lavishly decorated interior of the Hungarian Parliament building
                                        • Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill
                                        • Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion
                                        • Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations
                                           Spend a free afternoon in Budapest
                                        Or Optional - Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain $69pp
       Discover the turbulent, tragic and heroic history of the communist period in Budapest on today’s excursion.
                                                    Your guided sightseeing tour passes the Parliament building, which was the starting place of the 1956
                                                    Hungarian Revolution and still shows signs of damage from the Soviet invasion. Visit the nearby statue of Imre Nagy, Hungary’s
                                                    Prime Minister during the revolution, who is an enduring symbol of freedom. Liberty Square is just a stroll away, home
                                                    to the U.S. Embassy, a statue of Ronald Reagan and the only remaining monument to communist troops.
St. Stephen’s Basilica, take the historic Metro Line 1 up the iconic Andrassy Ave. Stop for an included coffee and piece
                                                    of cake amidst the Neo-Renaissance splendor of Book Café, the regular meeting place of the intelligentsia during the
                                                    Soviet occupation.  End the day at the House of Terror, where you will take a guided tour through this chilling museum and
                                                    view the moving monument to the victims of communism and fascism in Hungary.

Day 4:   (Tues, June 13)    VIENNA (3 nights)  Transfer to Vienna, Austria.  Meet with the rest of your group.  
                                          This evening, enjoy included dinner with fellow travelers.

Day 5:   (Wed, June 14) Sightseeing tour of Vienna:  Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna.
                                       • Visit Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens
                                       • Travel down the Ringstrasse to the Parliament building and the Vienna State Opera
                                       • See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence
                                           Enjoy a free evening in Vienna
                                           Or optional
Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening $99

Day 6: (Thurs, June 15)      Free day in Vienna   Enjoy a free day in Vienna
                                          Or optional excursion to Bratislava  
Cruise down the Danube from Vienna to Bratislava in a high-speed boat,
                                                   passing through scenic Donau-Auen National Park  along the way.  In Bratislava, follow a local guide through the charming
                                                   Old Town to see the well-preserved city center and pass by the regal castle.  Stop at the neoclassical Primate’s Palace, the seat
                                                   of the mayor of Bratislava, to enter the historic Hall of Mirrors. Then, enjoy free time in the city for lunch and exploration
                                                   before driving back to Vienna.

Day 7:    (Fri, June 16)          SALZBURG  (2 nights) Travel to Salzburg, Austria via Melk Abbey.   
                                          Stop in Melk for a guided tour of the town’s Baroque abbey.
                                          Continue on to Salzburg, a city famed for its churches and musical history.
                                         There, a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town. 
                                        • View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter
                                        • See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town
                                        • Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style
                                        • Pass through scenery from the beloved film The Sound of Music
                                        • Take the funicular to the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles
                                          Included Dinner

Day 8:   (Sat, June 17)         Free day in Salzburg               
                                         Or optional excursion Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105pp*
Drive through the Bavarian Alps
                                                         to the mountain village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll tour the 450-year-old salt mines that brought
                                                         wealth to Bavaria and Salzburg.  Take an underground boat ride on Mirror Lake before enjoying
                                                        free time for lunch. Continue to Obersalzberg,  where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers
                                                        beautiful views of the snow-capped Alps. Enter the Dokumentation Obersalzberg, a museum with an
                                                        exhibition on the history of Nazi dictatorship. Then, take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an
                                                        Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. On your way back down, stop at a distillery to
                                                        sample a liqueur made from Alpine flowers.
                                                        Please note: The elevation of the Eagle’s Nest is approximately 5,500 feet, which may not be advisable
                                                        for travelers with heart/lung problems or other altitude-related limitations.

                                              and/or optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $109pp 
                                                        Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, located within St. Peter’s Abbey.
                                                        Enjoy an evening of fine dining and music. Mozart composed over 600 works in his short life, and tonight, you’ll hear
                                                        his masterpieces accompanied by opera singing as you sample local delicacies.

Day 9: (Sun, June 18)         MUNICH   (2 nights)  Cross into Germany.  Guided tour of Munich, the Bavarian capital

                                         • Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district
                                         • Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty
                                         • Walk from Odeonsplatz through the Hofgarten to view the Residenz,
                                            once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria
                                         • Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel

                                            Included Dinner

Day 10:   (Mon, June 19)    Free day in Munich •   Free time suggestion:  Visit the Munich Residenz Treasury
                                         Or Optional excursion to
Dachau $25pp

Day 11:  (Tues, June 20)     INNSBRUCK   (1 night)     Travel to Innsbruck. Austria via Neuschwanstein
                                         Travel through the mountains of Bavaria en route to Innsbruck.
                                         Stop for a guided tour of Neuschwanstein, the fairy-tale retreat of “Mad” King Ludwig II

                                         Step inside Neuschwanstein Castle.  Explore its stalactite grotto, artifacts and murals.
                                         Continue to Wattens to visit the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, before reaching Innsbruck.
Included Dinner

Day 12: (Wed, June 21)     LUCERNE  (2 nights)  Guided tour of Innsbruck then travel to Lucerne via Liechtenstein
                                        • Visit the site of two winter Olympic Games
                                        • See the famed Golden Roof and the City Tower in Innsbruck’s historic Old Town
                                        • Pass the Hofburg, a former Hapsburg Imperial Palace, and walk into its cobblestoned courtyard
                                        • Enter the Baroque Cathedral of St. James

                                        Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire.
                                        Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz
                                         Pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence.
                                        Then continue on to Lucerne, for dinner with your fellow travelers. 
                                        Included Dinner

 Day 13:   (Thur, June 22)   Sightseeing tour of Lucerne
                                         Get an up-close look at Lucerne, Switzerland’s idyllic Alpine town, on a guided tour.
                                         • Pass hand-painted facades along the cobbled streets of the Old Town
                                         • View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives
                                            in Paris during the French Revolution
                                         • See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind
                                            to be built in Switzerland north of the Alps
                                            Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.
                                            Optional - Mount Pilatus
$115pp*  This scenic excursion begins with a cruise on Lake Lucerne.
                                                                After docking, ascend 7,000-foot
Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway.
                                                                Legend holds that the mountain was named for Pontius Pilate, blown here by the devil
                                                                after the Crucifixion. From the peak, the views of the Alps are stunning;
                                                                on a clear day, you can see for 200 miles.  Toward the end of your trip, return to the base
                                                                of the mountain via gondola.

Day 14:    (Fri, June 23)       HEIDELBERG REGION (2 nights)  Travel to Heidelberg via Rhine Falls & the Black Forest
                                         Journey through the Black Forest, the setting for many of the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytales
                                         en route, and to thundering Rhine Falls as you make your way to the Heidelberg Region.

Day 15:  (Sat, June 24)        Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg
                                            Immerse yourself in the romantic cityscapes and Baroque architecture of Heidelberg on a guided tour.
                                         • Wander through Heidelberg’s Market Square in the city’s Old Town
                                         • Explore the grounds of Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany
                                         • Take a funicular ride to the city’s hilltop castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge
                                            and the Rhine River below
                                            Enjoy a free afternoon in Heidelberg or add an excursion.
                                            Or optional - Castle & Gardens of Schwetzingen
                                            Tonight, gather with your group to toast to your adventures at an included dinner and wine tasting.

Day 16:  (Sun, June 25)         DEPARTURE Transfer to the airport for your flight home


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Trip #27    Washington, DC...May 30 - June 2, 2017

Washington, DC estimated Trip Fees PER TRAVELER are listed below these prices are based on a full group. 

Quad Occupancy $1625         Triple Occupancy $1788         Double Occupancy $1869         Single Occupancy $2113
*Prices per person and are estimated based on 35 travelers. 

*Should there be less than 35 travelers there will be an additional charge.  
*Cancellation insurance is available for an additional charge.

***This trip is open to ANYONE who would like to travel.
***Do not be confused....SJ 6th graders receive the first invitations, but any interested student or adult traveler is invited to join us. 
***All student travelers must  be accompanied by an adult traveler.


    I am planning my 27th student/adult group trip to Washington, DC.  
Previous trip have been known to fill quickly.  A deposit of $150 per person is necessary to guarantee your place.
   The deposit is applied to the trip fee.   Therefore once you pay your $150 deposit the trip fee is reduced by $150.

                                                      For additional information contact: Donna Kirkland.
Phone:  225-803-6013                        Email:                     Website:

The trip fee covers all of the following expenses:


            ***A buffet breakfast is usually served at the hotel.
           ***Lunches are not provided.
           ***Dinner locations vary according to our daily schedule.

    ...Departure usually from Baton Rouge

    ...Complete transportation while in Washington, DC

      ...Below is a SAMPLE itinerary based on previous trips.  The list may be adjusted based on availability, time restraints, and reservation confirmations.  
World War II Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Iwo Jima, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, White House Photo Stop,
FDR Memorial,  American History Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery (Wreath Laying Tomb of Unknowns),
US Capitol, Natural Science Smithsonian, Air  & Space Smithsonian, and possibly National Cathedral or Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,

            ...A tour guide will remain with our group during our entire stay in Washington, D.C.  The guide plans our day so that we can see everything possible during our stay.  Our guide gives us a "preview" of the sights of the day as we ride our bus driven by a professional bus driver.

           ...Rooms are generally blocked together. Your trip final cost is based on your rooming (quad, triple, double, single). 
              All listed prices are per person. 


            $150 deposit is required at the time of registration.  Credit cards are accepted.  
Remember it is our goal to reach a full group so that we will receive the best possible rate.  You can help by encouraging friends and
relatives to participate.  Applications will be accepted in the order which they are received. 

***OPTIONAL INSURANCE is available at an approximate cost of $179.  


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