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Shimmy and Step Your Way Through Europe: Modern Swing Dance Itinerary


How can you delve deep into your group’s unique interests and discover the authentic side of your destination on a single journey? Private tours, bond-building group activities, and plenty of time with the locals make up the perfect recipe for a group trip—like in this sample itinerary.


Explore this sample itinerary that takes a dance troupe from the romantic boulevards of Paris to the lively streets of London, where they get a chance to shine during an international Swing Dance Competition.


Day 1:  Arrive in Paris (Sunday)

Welcome to Paris! Your Tour Director will meet you upon your arrival at the hotel and is available to help you make the most of your stay. 


Day 2:   Say “Bonjour” to Paris (Monday)

Guided sightseeing includes Paris’ main sights, like the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, the famous Champs Elysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral in the center of the city.

                For the evening, join a local dance studio to dance the night away as you swing dance with the locals.     


Day 3: Explore Paris’s Glitzy Side (Tuesday)

You get a full day to immerse yourself in this fascinating city. Choose from our optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum—home to the Mona Lisa and other priceless treasures—or a visit to the opulent, gold-drenched Palace and Gardens of Versailles, just outside of Paris.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner prepared at a local restaurant; it’s the best way to say “au revoir” to the City of Light!    


Day 4:  Paris to London (Wednesday)

Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN for an exciting ride to London. Once in London, meet your Local Guide who will help you settle into your hotel. 

This evening, enjoy a traditional three-course welcome dinner followed by a private, narrated CRUISE on the Thames River to admire some of the capital’s most beautiful illuminated sights, including Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Houses of Parliament.


Day 5:  Explore London’s Landmarks (Thursday)

Sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace.

The Evening marks the start of the London SWINGvitational event.  Join other competitors from all over Europe for the Warm-Up party.


Day 6: London (Friday)

                Competitions and Social Dancing at the London SWINGvitational.


Day 7: London (Saturday)

                Competitions and Social Dancing at the London SWINGvitational.


Day 8: London (Sunday)

                Competitions and Social Dancing at the London SWINGvitational.


Day 9: Last Day in London (Friday)

Your tour ends with a proper English breakfast, then flights home.  Or extend your vacation with optional tours to Ireland or Scotland.




You may read about it in text books, you may see it depicted on film—but often, the best, most moving way to learn about history is to visit the historic sites for yourself.


This sample itinerary designed for a group of history buffs takes travelers on a riveting tour of World War II Europe, focusing on France and Germany. From the beaches of Normandy to Berlin’s monumental Brandenburg Gate, this itinerary balances sobering guided visits to memorials with opportunities to explore the local culture, together.


Day 1: Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 2: Paris, Caen, Arromanches, les-Bains, Longues-sur-Mer

Leave Paris and enjoy a pleasant drive to Caen. Here, visit the MEMORIAL MUSEUM FOR PEACE, commemorating WWII. Next is Arromanches, where you will see the remains of the Mulberry Harbor in the bay, a temporary harbor built by the Allies to quickly offload men and cargo onto the beaches during the invasion of Normandy. Continue to Arromanches-les-Bains and visit the D-DAY MUSEUM, and then to Longues-sur-Mer to see the German artillery bunkers. Return to Caen.


Day 3: Caen (Landing Beaches)

Today, you’ll retrace the sobering footsteps of WWII heroes with visits to D-Day sites. Visit UTAH BEACH to see the MEMORIALS and visit the MUSEUM. Then, in Sainte-Mère-Église, visit the AIRBORNE MUSEUM, dedicated to the memory of the airborne troops who parachuted into Normandy on the eve of D-Day. Next is POINTE DU HOC Ranger Monument and OMAHA BEACH, with a visit to the nearby AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERY & MEMORIAL. Return to Paris.


Day 4: Paris to Berlin

Leave Paris and travel by Train to Berlin.  Enjoy your evening on your own to explore Berlin, a dynamic capital city.


Day 5:  Explore Berlin

Start sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis; your walking tour will include the boulevard Unter den Linden lined with historical buildings like the Berlin Cathedral and State Opera House, the Museum Island, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, the restored Reichstag, the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park, Charlottenburg Palace, and the elegant Ku-Damm. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged bell-tower, have a picture stop at the Holocaust Memorial, and pass by the former Allied Checkpoint Charlie.


Day 6:  Berlin and Weimar (Buchenwald)

Take a walking tour to see the theater where the Weimar Constitution that governed Germany between the two World Wars was drafted. In the afternoon, a visit has been included to Buchenwald at the site of the former CONCENTRATION CAMP. Return to Weimar.


Day 7:  Weimar and Nuremberg

Arrive in Nuremberg and visit the MEMORIUM NUREMBERG TRIALS and COURTROOM 600, followed by visits to the impressive DOCUMENTATION CENTER and ZEPPELIN FIELD.  Then enjoy free time to explore.


Day 8: Nuremberg, Dachau, and Munich

Visit the site of the former Dachau CONCENTRATION CAMP, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents. Then, continue to Munich, Bavaria’s capital, and explore MARIENPLATZ with the Old and New Town Halls, and the towering gothic Frauenkirche church.


Day 9: Munich

Visit spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. This evening, look forward to a farewell dinner to say “auf Wiedersehen” to spectacular Germany and your Tour Guide.


Day 10: Munich

The tour ends with a hearty breakfast and your flight home.  Or, consider extending your stay with optional visits to Poland or Rome.