2022 Westgate Germany Cultural Journey
May 10, 2022 -
May 20, 2022
Dates are tentative until airfare confirmed
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enroll with the promo code "letsgo2022" by June 15th and save $100!|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,590
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All prices in United States Dollars.
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!
Learn about art, science, history, and local food in the dynamic city of Munich
Bike through the medieval streets of historic Nuremberg
Conquer a ropes course and hike with a ranger at a clean energy hostel in the Black Forest.
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.
|May 10||USA - Munich (München)||Flight to Munich (München). Rest up for our upcoming adventure!||Flight|
|May 11||Munich (München)||Today we arrive in München! After we get settled in our hostel we will walk up the tower of the Church of St. Peter to get a great view of the city center. For dinner we will sample some traditional Bavarian food.||München Hostel|
|May 12||München||The best way to explore a new city is by bicycle and we will begin in München with a bike tour that includes all of the major historical sites in the city center. We can stop at the beautiful Viktualien Market to enjoy lunch from local vendors and look around inside some of München's oldest churches and breweries (like the famous Hofbräuhaus). Tonight we'll try another important German cuisine for dinner, Turkish street food in one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods.||München Hostel|
|May 13||München||We will bear witness to the Holocaust today at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site just outside of München. We will return for a peaceful dinner and stroll through the English Garden in Munich at the end of an important day.||München Hostel|
|May 14||München to Nürnberg||For our morning in München we have the option of visiting the European Commission office or the Bavarian state government (Landtag). After a short hour-long train ride we will arrive in the historical city of Nürnberg that was once a trading mecca in the Holy Roman Empire as well as a center for political rallies during the Third Reich. After dropping off our things at the medieval Imperial Castle where we will be sleeping, we will explore the ancient half-timbered houses and churches in the city center. We will also get a chance to try the local specialty - Nürnberger Bratwurst.||Nürnberg Castle|
|May 15||Nürnberg||Today we will have an in-depth exploration of Nürnberg's connection to the Third Reich at the Documentation Center on former Nazi Party rally grounds. Afterwards we will have time together to decompress and process what are sure to be emotional impressions as we settle in for a relaxed dinner. Oh and, did we mention you're sleeping in a castle?!||Nürnberg Castle|
|May 16||Nürnberg to Füssen||In the morning we will explore the home of one of Nuremberg's most heralded sons - Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. Then we will board the train for a stunning ride into the foothills of the Alps, arriving in the town of Füssen in time for dinner.||Füssen Hostel|
|May 17||Füssen||Bavarian King Ludwig II created a fairytale world in his 19th-century palace, Neuschwanstein. We will visit this stunning building today and have some time to explore the surroundings. Later in the day we can have some free time in town or learn more about this beautiful natural environment of this region at the Forest Experience Center.||Füssen Hostel|
|May 18||Füssen||We are so close to Austria so let's go! We'll take a quick train across the border to go see an amazing complex of medieval fortress ruins at Burgenwelt Ehrenberg and we walk across one of the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridges.||Füssen Hostel|
|May 19||Füssen to München||After a short morning train ride back to München we will tour the exciting BMW Welt, which can include the plant or the museum. The evening is ours to enjoy a farewell dinner.||München Hostel|
|May 20||Depart München||After breakfast we'll board a plane back across the Atlantic. Auf Wiedersehen!||Your own bed, eventually!|
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.
Jugendherberge Konstanz is a hostel located in a former lighthouse directly on the banks of Lake Constance. Most rooms offer 4 beds, with ensuite bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. 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
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Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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