Math & Science: Germany & France

Go Green: Germany & France
Begin your math and science tour in Germany’s “Environmental Capital” of Freiburg, touring its Solar Estate and bicycle-friendly streets. Then travel to Hambach, France to visit the Smart Car factory, and venture down into Paris’s vast Sewer Museum.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 Guten tag Frankfurt
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Travel to Freiburg via Black Forest
Freiburg city walk
Day 3 Freiburg landmarks
Freiburg guided sightseeing tour
Solar churchVauban districtSchauinsland Mountain and wind turbinesSolar-FabrikSolar Estate visit
Details: Solar Estate visit
The Solar Estate is home to some of the most up-to-date solar-home technologies in the world. At the Solar Estate, see the Plusenergiehaus®. A dynamically engineered solar home that generates more energy that it consumes, the Plusenergiehaus® sells its excess power back to the public power grid—at a profit of more than 5000 Euros a year.
Day 4 Freiburg--Strasbourg
Travel to Strasbourg
Strasbourg guided sightseeing tour
Strasbourg Cathedral visitPetite FranceEuropean ParliamentPalais RohanSt. Martin's bridgeguild hallold city hallSt. Nicholas ChurchSt. Thomas Church
Details: Strasbourg guided sightseeing tour
Guten tag and bonjour. The capital of Alsace-Lorraine, Strasbourg embodies the best of the German and French cultures once battling to control the area. Join a local licensed guide for a walking tour of Petite France, Strasbourg’s medieval quarter. The magnificently Gothic Notre Dame cathedral is the city’s spiritual center, while in the adjoining square the elaborately carved Maison Kammerzell, once a wealthy merchant’s house, gives evidence of Strasbourg’s healthy economic history.
Details: Strasbourg Cathedral visit
Although construction began in the 11th century, this cathedral was completed in 1439. This sandstone structure is a combination of Romanesque (the choir) and Gothic (the nave) architecture.
Day 5 Alsace--Paris
Travel to Paris via Hambach
Paris city walk
Île de la CitéNotre Dame Cathedral visitÎle St. LouisLatin Quarter visit
Details: Smart Car factory visit (Monday-Friday only)
One of the most energy-efficient automobiles on the planet, the Smart Car is also one of the most popular vehicles in Europe today. And they’re coming to America! Visit “Smartville”, home of the Smart Car.
Details: Paris city walk
This city was made for walking. Stroll grand boulevards with sweeping views of the city, pristine parks with trees planted in perfect rows, and narrow streets crowded with vendors selling flowers, pastries and cheese. Then head to the Île de la Cité, a small island in the Seine, to see Notre Dame Cathedral.
Day 6 Paris
Paris guided sightseeing tour
Arc de TriompheChamps-ÉlyséesEiffel TowerChamp de MarsÉcole MilitaireLes InvalidesConciergerieTuileriesPlace VendômeOpera House
Optional  Versailles guided excursion  $90
State ApartmentsHall of MirrorsGardens of Versailles
Dinner in Latin Quarter
Details: Paris guided sightseeing tour
What's that huge white arch at the end of the Champs-Élysées? The Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 after his victory at Austerlitz. Your licensed local guide will elaborate on this, and other Parisian landmarks. See some of the most famous sites, including the ornate, 19th-century Opera, the Presidential residence, the ultra-chic shops of the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, and the gardens of the Tuileries. You'll pass the Place de la Concorde, where in the center you’ll find the Obelisk of Luxor, a gift from Egypt in 1836, and the Place Vendôme, a huge square surrounded by 17th-century buildings. Spot chic locals (and tons of tourists) strolling the Champs-Élysées. Look up at the iron girders of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. See Les Invalides (a refuge for war wounded), the École Militaire (Napoleon's alma mater), and the Conciergerie (the prison where Marie Antoinette was kept during the French Revolution).
Day 7 Paris
Details: Louvre visit
The world's largest art museum, the Louvre is housed in a Medieval fortress-turned-castle so grand it's worth a tour itself. You walk through the 71-foot glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei and added in 1989, and step into another world--one with carved ceilings, deep-set windows, and so many architectural details you could spend a week just admiring the rooms. The Mona Lisa is here, as well as the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory (the headless statue, circa 200 BC, discovered at Samothrace). The Louvre has seven different departments of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and antiquities. Don't miss the Egyptian collection, complete with creepy sarcophagi, or the collection of Greek ceramics, one of the largest in the world. (Please note the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.)
Details: Paris Sewer Museum visit
The curious have been touring the Paris sewers since the 1850’s. Visit what Victor Hugo called the Paris below Paris, “…a Paris of sewers; which has its streets, its crossings, its squares, its blind alleys, its arteries, and its circulation, which is slime, minus the human form." Experience the Paris Sewers Museum, which is located beneath the Quai d’Orsay on the Left Bank, is a popular destination for anyone interested in how a major metropolitan city manages its waste and water recycling.
Details: Math & Science treasure hunt
Your Tour Director will lead this educational two-hour math and science treasure hunt through the Latin Quarter of Paris. Students divided into teams will find clues tied into the city's history.
Details: Seine River cruise
See the city from the water on an hour-long cruise along the River Seine. The Seine cuts right through Paris, dividing the city in half. See the Eiffel tower rising up on the Left Bank, the walls of the Louvre on the Right Bank. A guide will point out other monuments and architectural marvels as you pass, many of which are illuminated by clear white light at night.
Day 8 Paris
Montmartre tour director-led sightseeing
Sacré CoeurPlace du TertreMoulin Rouge
Farewell dinner in Montmartre
Details: City of Science and Industry visit
Step into the world of science, technology and discovery at the largest science museum in Europe. The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is dedicated to spreading scientific and technical culture. Explore its 5 distinct floors which house a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a submarine.
Details: Palace of Discovery math exhibits visit
The Palace of Discovery is a science museum where mathematics occupies a prominent place. Explore the Pi Room, the Mathematical Surfaces collection, and the Mathematics Room that focus on polyhedra and mathematics in nature.
Day 9 End tour
Map of the Math & Science: Germany & France tour
Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • 7 overnight stays in hotel with private bathrooms
  • Full European breakfast daily
  • Dinner daily
  • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
  • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
  • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
  • Tour Diary™
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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