2022 Bolt Academy Germany Program
June 1, 2022 -
June 10, 2022
Dates are tentative
|Enrollment deadline forthcoming
Germany Cultural Journey
Germany has long been called the land of Dichter und Denker – poets and thinkers. However, contemporary Germany is also the land for travelers and explorers seeking multicultural and dynamic cities, bucolic villages, and pristine nature. Ride a bike along an old airport tarmac in Berlin, travel by solar-powered ferry across an Alpine lake, watch the wind turbines and half-timbered houses whiz by through the window of a high-speed train as part of your German adventure. Get an up-close view of Germany that goes beyond Sauerkraut and Bratwurst.
Custom programs in Germany are ideal not just for German language teachers but also educators in history, STEM, government/civics, and the fine arts.
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Visit a German school
Stay in a medieval castle once home to emperors and knights in Nuremberg
Learn about art, science, history, and local food in the dynamic city of Munich
Get to know multicultural Berlin with a mosque visit and meal in a Turkish restaurant
Enter the Berlin underground through its tunnels, bunkers, and secret passageways
Explore a medieval cathedral
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|USA - Berlin
|Flight to Berlin. Rest up for our upcoming adventure!
|Today we'll arrive in Berlin, get settled in our hotel, and enjoy a short stroll along the Unter den Linden boulevard to see the iconic Brandenburg Gate and the historical center before dinner. We will make sure to have an early evening after the long flight.
|B (Airline); L, D
|The best way to explore a new city is by bicycle and we will start our first full day in Berlin with a bike tour including Tempelhofer Feld (an airport-turned-park), the government district, and remnants of the Berlin Wall that once divided the city for over 25 years. In the evening we will return to the Reichstag (Parliament) for a spectacular roof-top sunset and panoramic view over Berlin.
|B, L, D
|Today we will get to know the multi-cultural and dynamic Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin through through the stories and insights of our local guide. The walking tour includes a visit to one of Berlin's oldest mosques and lunch at a family-run Turkish restaurant. In the evening we will explore Berlin from underground through tunnels, bunkers, and secret passageways with a Berliner Unterwelten tour.
|B, L, D
|Just outside the bustling Berlin metropolis lies the small city of Potsdam, capital of the province of Brandenburg and once summer retreat of aristocrats. We will see the greenery, waterways, and palaces of Potsdam by boat. After lunch we will walk through the historic center of Potsdam and the palace gardens built by the Prussian kings. For dinner back in Berlin we will try one of Berlin's specialties - Currywurst.
|B, L, D
|Today we will escape to the oasis of the Spreewald (Spree Forest) UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Here we will learn about this incredible ecosystem and its inhabitants at the exhibits of Haus fuer Mensch und Natur (House for Human and Nature) and with a boat or kayak adventure. We will have an early night in Berlin in preparation for our trip to Dresden in the morning.
|B, L, D
|After arriving by train in Dresden we will hop on bikes to explore this city known as the "Florence of the North." We will also visit the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and learn about its fascinating story of 18th-century construction, complete destruction in World War II, and total reconstruction after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the evening we will enjoy a typical German meal and a stroll along the river front.
|B, L, D
|Dresden hosts some of the most important museums in the world, and today we will spend the day exploring the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, an institution comprised of 14 museums that feature all periods of art, as well as science and natural history collections. We will have some free time to explore the historic town center. We'll finish the day with a boat tour along the Elbe River Valley, a World Heritage Site.
|B, L, D
|Dresden to Berlin
|In the morning we will visit the stunning Green Vault in Dresden's Renaissance-era city palace before we return to Berlin. The Green Vault is a unique historic museum that contains the largest collection of treasures in Europe in a Renaissance era city-palace. We will use our remaining hours in Berlin to enjoy a farewell dinner together and indulge ourselves at a fantastic ice cream cafe at Potsdamer Platz.
|B, L, D
|After breakfast we'll board a plane back across the Atlantic. Auf Wiedersehen!
|B, L & D (Airline)
|Your own bed!
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
Haus International München
Haus International is a hostel located in the Schwabing district of the city. This hostel includes free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast buffet. Haus International comfortably sleeps up to 8 students per room. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
DJH Jugendherberge Nürnberg
Hostel located inside a medieval castle, located on a hill overlooking the town center. Each room can comfortably sleep up to 6 people and has its own ensuite bathroom. Breakfast is included and free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey
Your Adventure Includes
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on the itinerary.
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