COMPACT EUROPE

( BERLIN-PRAGUE-MUNICH-FUESSEN WITH DRESDEN AS BONUS )

Experience Europe from a historic and cultural perspective. Starting from the historically important Berlin and ending at amazingly beautiful Bavarian Alps.

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1. DAY

Monday:
We will meet at Toronto Pearson Airport three hours prior to our departure.
Departure from Toronto to Berlin in the late afternoon.
Overnight stay onboard the plane. Meals served onboard the plane.

2. DAY

Tuesday: Berlin, GER:
Arrival in Berlin around noon time. Berlin is a magnificient city and a great place to discover European and German history as well as culture. The city was divided between East and West during the Cold War after WWII. During the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989, was a highly symbolic event and a turning point in the history of the 20th century.
After the German Reunification in 1990, Berlin flourished as the capital of Germany, which has become Europe’s economic powerhouse thanks to its significant cultural and historic heritage.
During our transfer from the airport to the hotel, we will have the opportunity to make our first impressions about Berlin. After check-in at our hotel in the late afternoon, we will have free time to rest and to take our first steps in this exciting city, Germany’s heart.
Accommodation : Overnight stay in Berlin, GER (1)

3. DAY

Wednesday: Berlin (Bundestag)
Parliament Visit and City Tour, Welcome Dinner
On our first full day in Berlin, we will visit the Bundestag, the Federal Parliament, and we might even be able to sit in on a parliamentary session. You will receive the details for this day (and others) prior to our trip.
Following this visit, we will take a four-hour city tour in our private coach bus. Places to be seen: Bundeskanzleramt (Prime Ministry), Brandenburg Gate, Siegessäule (Victory Column), and Check-Point Charlie (once one of the crossing points between East and West Berlin that was controlled by the Americans in the West). This tour will include a lunch break and several stops. This highly panoramic and comprehensive tour will give you a good idea about the city of Berlin, and it will be helpful for your additional discovery of places that you are interested in.
In the evening, you are invited to a welcome dinner hosted by Academy Travel Service at a restaurant near our hotel. Free time after dinner.
Accommodation : Overnight stay in Berlin, GER (2)

4. DAY

Thursday: Berlin, GER
Today you feel much more familiar with the city. Now it is time for further discoveries. You have the entire day to enjoy the city. For example; you could visit KaDeWe (meaning: department store of the west), the world famous department store, have a beer at the Kurfürstendamm Avenue, or visit one of the numerous museums. Talk to your tour director for specific recommendations.
Please check the list below to ensure you did not miss a place you want to see and visit.
Places to be seen:

  • Kurfürstendammstrasse (Avenue)
  • KaDeWe, the Famous Department Store
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Jewish Museum
  • Checkpoint Charlie, once a crossing point between East and West Berlin
  • Gendarmenmarket
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Berliner Dom / Berlin Cathedral (Boat station)
  • Lustgarten / Humbolt-Box
  • Friedrichstrasse / Unter den Linden
  • Brandenburger Tor / Brandenburg gate
  • Hauptbahnhof / Central Station
  • Siegessaule / Victory Column
  • 17. Juni – Flohmarkt / Flea Market
  • Schloss Charlottenburg / Charlottenburg Palace
  • Antiquitaetenmeile / Antiques Street

Accommodation : Overnight stay in Berlin, GER (3)

5. DAY

Friday: Berlin-Dresden-Prague
Today is Germany’s Labour Day, and most shops and some museums are closed. It is time to say good-bye to Berlin, at least until your next visit. Yet another great destination awaits.
On our way to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, we will have a stopover and panoramic tour in Dresden, also referred to as Florence of the North and a historically important German city. Dresden was mostly destroyed by Allied bombings during WWII and was reborn from its ashes. Be prepared to take some great pictures in beautiful Dresden during this short stay. (Do not ask why and be surprised.)
Our journey by private coach bus will end in Prague, a city that will amaze you.
In the evening after check-in, take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Prague, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, if not in the world. When we say this, we truly mean it.
Accommodation : Overnight stay in Prague, CZ (1)

6. DAY

Saturday: Prague, CZ
Prague, the capital and the biggest city of the Czech Republic, is also the centre of Bohemia. During its 1,100 year history, Prague has always been an influental city in shaping the politics, history, and economy of Central Europe. The city flourished after the collapse of Soviet Communism and its reunion with the West in the last decade of the 20th century. The cobblestone streets and historic squares filled with young people, happy tourists, and street musicians are all part of a very vibrant yet compact metropolis. Worth remembering: Here, you will probably taste the best beers available on the planet.
Prague is nicknamed as “The Golden City of 100 Spires”. It is one of the best preserved cities in Europe since it escaped the bombings of both world wars.
We will discover Wenceslas Square, the heart of the new city and a place that witnessed the turning points of the Czech history. About 100,000 people gathered in this square in 1989. We will continue our tour to Charles Bridge and Old Town, where we will see the famous astronomical clock in the Old Town Hall. You will have sufficient time to enjoy bars, cafes and to do some people-watching.
In the evening, you are invited to a welcome dinner of Academy Travel Service at a restaurant near our hotel. Free time after dinner.
Accommodation : Overnight stay in Prague, CZ (2)

7. DAY

Sunday: Prague to Munich
We are departing from Prague around 10.30am for Munich, the last destination of our itinerary. Expect a very enjoyable bus drive through Bavaria, agruably the most beautiful province of Germany called th e“Free State of Bavaria.” It covers almost 20 per cent of Germany. We will be able to take pictures of some very beautiful towns and villages along the way, which are harmoniously “embedded” into the spectacular landscape.
In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Munich, the state capital of Bavaria and Germany’s third largest city.
Following check-in at our hotel, you can enjoy a free evening in this vibrant city.
Accommodation : Overnight stay in Munich, GER (1)

8. DAY

Monday: Munich, GER
Today, we are ready to explore the Bavarian capital, home to Bayern München, the world famous soccer team, and the prestigious Bayerische Motoren Werke, the world’s biggest luxury car brand also known as BMW.

With our private coach bus, we will have a four hour guided, panoramic city tour. This comprehensive tour (includes lunch break) will give you a good idea about Munich and will be helpful for your subsequent discoveries of places that you are interested in.

Places to be seen:

  • The Main Station,
  • Odeonsplatz,
  • The Opera,
  • Maximilian Street,
  • The Food Market,
  • Stachus, the Pinakotheken,
  • Nymphenburg Castle,
  • Neuhausen,
  • Olympia Park, Schwabing,
  • The English Garden,
  • Haidhausen

In the late afternoon, you will be able to enjoy some free time in Munich.
In the evening, you are invited to a welcome dinner of Academy Travel Service at a restaurant near our hotel. Free time after dinner.
Accommodation : Overnight stay in Munich, GER (2)

9. DAY

Tuesday: Munich, GER
You will have an entire free day for further discoveries, sightseeing, and shopping.
Do not hesitate to talk to your tour director for ideas and advice.Your tour director may arrange walking itineraries that you may attend at no cost.
Accommodation : Overnight stay in Munich, GER (3)

10. DAY

Wednesday: Munich; Neuschwanstein and Linderhof
Expect an extraordinary day (hoping that the weather will cooperate) to enjoy the scenic, breathtaking beauties of Bavaria. Our full-day itinerary will include visits to the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. We will return to our hotel late in the evening.
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Munich, GER (4)

11. DAY

Thursday: Munich to Toronto
After breakfast and check-out, transfer to Munich Airport for our return flight to Toronto
Arrival in Toronto in the afternoon.
WELCOME HOME

PRICING INFORMATION
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INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Roundtrip airfare from Toronto to Berlin and Munich to Toronto
  • Airport-city transfers in Berlin
  • Accommodation in a four (or 3-plus)-star hotel in or near the city centres including breakfast and taxes
  • A representative of Academy Travel Service will travel with the group
  • Travel with private coach bus from Berlin to Munich via Dresden and Prague
  • Panoramic city tours in Berlin, Dresden and Munich with private coach bus DC
  • Admission fees for Neuschwannstein and Linderhof castles
  • Three dinners hosted by Academy Travel Service in Berlin, Prague, and Munich
  • Hotel prices are per person in double rooms
  • Single supplement: 895 CAD
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance
  • A 65 CAD credit will be applied to those who already have travel insurance

THE PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Meals (lunches and dinners), unless stated specifically otherwise
  • All drinks (except fountain water), even if the meal is included in the price
  • Excess luggage fees at flights (*)
  • Foods and beverages onboard which are sold as extra
  • Entrance fees to museums (only Neuschwannstein and Linderhof admission fees are included in the price)
  • All optional tours unless stated specifically otherwise
  • Travel visa to Europe (Schengen countries) if required depending on the citizenship status of the traveller. (Canadian passport holders do not need a Schengen visa)

RESTRICTIONS

  • The organizing travel agency (Academy Travel Service Inc., ATS) reserves the right to select and/or replace the airlines, hotels and restaurants in this itinerary with other facilities of similar or better quality
  • The availability of flights, hotels and restaurants cannot be guaranteed prior to payment of a deposit
  • Any deviations from the itinerary, like extended stays or earlier departures are subject to review and individual pricing

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

  • In order to attend this trip, the student must register at Seneca College, by contacting the teacher in charge for this MILE programme.
  • Registration requires agreeing to terms and conditions of Seneca College and ATS and signing the registration form and its attachments. (to be submitted during registration)
  • Seneca College may decline the registration of a student as part of its policies and procedures, which are beyond the control of ATS.
  • A non-refundable deposit (if the passenger decides not to attend) of 450 CAD (payable to the trust account of ATS) must be paid on February 16th, 2015 as part of the registration process.
  • The remaining payment is due for March 2nd , 2015
  • Due to insufficient information contained in bank statements, students are required to send a copy of proof of their payments to the following address and obtain confirmation: contact@academytravels.com
  • For payments with credit card, a processing fee of 3 pct of the paid amount will be charged.
  • The organizing travel agency (ATS) reserves the right to cancel this itinerary entirely if the minimum number cannot be reached as of the deadline. In this case ATS will keep 10 per cent of the deposit amount as administrative fee.
  • If the registrant does not attend for any personal reason, the entire deposit amount is non-refundable.
  • For situations not defined in this section, like “Acts of God” or “Force Majeure”, TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) regulations, as well as laws of regulations of the Province of Ontario and Canada will apply.

IMPORTANT REMARKS

  • The minimum number for this itinerary is 24 (paying) students and/or academic staff.
  • The minimum number may be revised in mutual agreement between Seneca College and ATS.
  • Two members of academic staff, as the representatives of Seneca and leaders of the students will travel for free (for the full itinerary)
  • A representative of ATS will travel with the group as the tour director.
  • The deadlines above may change after the mutual agreement of ATS.
  • Excess luggage policies and fees of airlines may vary. Each traveller is responsible for excess luggage fees applicable at the time of travel for all flights which form part of this itinerary. At some flights even the first peace of checked-in luggage may require an extra fee for which the traveller will be responsible.

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