AESU AlumniWorldTravel

This magic adventure will mesmerize you.

Your Enchanted Fairytale Journey has been carefully designed and features fantastic experiences:

This fairytale trip, leading you through three fabled countries, is sure to enchant travelers of all ages. Discover the places that inspired Disney in the creation of animated films such as Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid. These are stories told by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson, stories our parents, grandparents and siblings read to us. Germany, Switzerland, and France are countries home to some of the most idyllic cities and landscapes, filled with castles, culture and decadent cuisine.


Culture & Heritage:

Germany is a modern, advanced society, shaped by a multitude of lifestyles and regional identities. Its culture began long before the rise of Germany as a nation-state and spanned the entire German-speaking world. Historically it has been called the land of poets and thinkers. You will find an abundance of sights listed as the country’s cultural heritage.

The Swiss culture is distinguished by its diversity, as the country lies at the crossroads of several outstanding European cultures. It is a multilingual country, as its national languages include German, French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is also famous for the arts and crafts: mainly watchmaking. Swiss do not keep old-aged traditions for the sake of tourism. They keep traditions alive with pride and perform folk music and dances and wear ethnic dresses.

Since the 17th century, France has been regarded as a “center of high culture.” As such, French culture has played a vital role in shaping world arts, cultures, and sciences. France is internationally recognized for its fashion, cuisine, art, and cinema. The French motto “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” reflects the values of French society, including style and sophistication, as they take pride in the beauty and artistry of their country.


More than 300 restaurants in Germany serve Michelin-starred cuisine, with concepts ranging from inspired new takes on simple and regional classics to new creations incorporating international influences. Find hearty dishes at local pubs and traditional rustic restaurants. Among the favorites are sour beef, curry wurst, roulades and potato pancakes.

Swiss cuisine combines influences from the German, French and North Italian cuisine. Of course, it is most famous for its chocolate and cheese, and dishes such as fondue or raclette will make your mouth water.

France has always been the center of culinary envy, known worldwide for its signature cuisine consisting of traditional techniques, ancestral secrets, and home-cooked comfort dictated by high-quality standards. From morning pastries to afternoon macrons, farm-fresh cheeses to wine, cider, and olive oil, and fresh food markets offering the freshest produce to unique dishes like snails and frog legs.



Munich is one of the world’s great beer and brewing capitals. This is best seen in its vibrant beer halls during the annual Oktoberfest or at a beer garden during the summer. Visit Baroque and Renaissance cathedrals and opulent royal palaces dating back to between the 12th and 18th centuries.

Experience the colorful blend of German and French cultures, languages, and history reflected in the art and gastronomy of Alsace. Colmar is legendary for its well-preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums. It considers itself to be the “capital of Alsatian wine.”

Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, Lausanne is a lively university town. It is the Olympic Capital, home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the seat of numerous international sports federations.

Timeless, iconic, and exquisite, Paris is a living experience offering fantastic historic sites, amazing meals and epic art. Encounter dimensions of French culture when visiting some of the city’s many museums, attending a concert or connecting with locals.


Landscapes & Wildlife:

Bavaria is the biggest state in Germany: an expansive picturesque landscape of alpine peaks, charming towns, and vast, enchanting forests that will transport you straight into a fairy-tale.

Nestled between Switzerland and Germany, Alsace boasts beautiful lakes, Romanesque churches, and majestic mountains. Whether you are meandering down country lanes or driving past Colmar, the scenery is sure to mesmerize you.

The diversity of the scenery alone is enough to merit a visit to Lausanne, from the sloping vineyards surrounding Lake Geneva to the soaring Alps and the wide-open spaces of the Jura. This vibrant lakeside city is balanced by the authentic charm of the countryside.

Discover the urban landscape of Paris with its many gardens and parks, such as the Jardin du Luxembourg or Jardin des Tuileries. Venture out to the Loire Valley, comprised of historic towns and villages, great castles, and cultivated lands, mainly tracing back to the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment.



Leisure time in Munich may find you relaxing in the English Garden, visiting the 1972 Olympic Stadium, or exploring the BMW Museum, bringing to life over one hundred years of automotive fascination.

Stroll along the shores of Lake Geneva during your visit in Lausanne or try your sea legs and go canoeing or kayaking.

Paris offers endless opportunities to style free time. Sit by the ‘beach’ on the Seine River and enjoy a lunch you purchased at a grocery store, just like the locals do. Climb up Montmartre and enjoy amazing views over the city or have your portrait painted by one of the local artists.


Outdoor & Adventure:

While our trip focuses on urban exploration, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Explore the pedestrian areas in the city centers of these European cities and consider sipping a coffee at a street café while people watching on the Champs Elysees or the Marienplatz. Our walking tours will take you to some of the most fascinating neighborhoods and during the cruise on the Seine by open top bateau, there is an abundance of sights to enjoy. If you seek adventure, imagine yourself being Sleeping Beauty during your visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, or Prince Eric at Castle Chillon. You can almost see the Hunchback of Notre Dame when visiting the cathedral site in Paris or opt to dance around the fountain in Colmar pretending to be Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.


Time Travel:

LOL. Sorry, no time travel.