Travel-Learn Program

The Great Journey Through Europe

When: June 25, 2016 - July 05, 2016 (iCal)

Description

 

“How does one improve; PERFECT.”

 

Join us on this “Grand Tour” of Europe featuring five nights aboard the deluxe Amadeus Silver III. We will travel through the Western heart of the continent, including Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Specially arranged excursions feature four UNESCO World Heritage sites—Berne’s Old Town, a cruise through Rhine River Valley, the Alsatian city of Strasbourg, and Cologne’s magnificent Gothic cathedral. In Lucerne and Zermatt, we will ride the three legendary railways of Switzerland: the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking sights of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express to view the untouched valley landscape, and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. After a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne, we will head to Germany for a wine tasting in Rüdesheim and a tour of the Heidelberg Castle. Complement this journey with an Amsterdam post-program option.

 

Activity Level: Active

 

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Cost

Price From: $5,295
Includes land and cruise only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.

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Contact

Usha Nand Sellers Ed. D., Director Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at usha.sellers@tufts.edu or 617-627-5323.

Itinerary

Day 1 and 2: U.S./Geneva, Switzerland/Zermatt
Depart the U.S. Upon arrival in Geneva, we will take a scenic drive to the Alpine resort of Zermatt, dramatically located beneath the iconic Matterhorn. We will check into the chalet-style Hotel Alex and join our travel companions for dinner.

 

 

Day3: Zermatt for Matterhorn
Today, we will board the famous Gornergrat Bahn, the highest cog railway in Europe and ascend through pine and larch forests and meadows to the 10,000-foot-high Gornergrat. At the observatory on the top, we will experience sweeping vistas of Europe’s breathtaking Alpine scenery—the serrated profiles of the Matterhorn, the Liskamm and Dufourspitze mountains, and vast Gorner Glacier. We will return to Zermatt at our leisure, with the option to stop en route at Riffelberg for the panoramic view of Monte Rosa and the majestic Matterhorn. This evening we will meet for a welcome reception and dinner in the hotel.

 

Day 4: Zermatt for Glacier Express to Andermatt/Lucerne
This morning we will start with a scenic transfer from Zermatt to Andermatt aboard the fabled Glacier Express, “the world’s slowest fast train”, an engineering marvel requiring the construction of more than 290 bridges and 90 tunnels. We will go through the heart of the Alps, where we will experience the natural beauty of the mountains and a rail route across Europe’s most challenging terrain. We will have lunch in Andermatt before transferring to Lucerne.

Upon arrival in Lucerne, we will check into the lakeside Five-Star Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is for independent exploring at leisure.

 

 

Day 5: Lucerne for Mt. Pilatus
A long-favored destination, Lucerne is set against the backdrop of its deep blue lake and the rugged Mounts Pilatus and Rigi. We will begin our morning with a walking tour in the Weinmarkt (wine market), surrounded by historic burghers’ houses. We will see the Hofkirche (Court Church), one of the finest examples of German Renaissance architecture, and the Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who gave their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. We will walk across Lucerne’s famous landmark, the 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge adorned with 17th-century paintings.   

Later, we will ascend Mount Pilatus by gondola to its 7000-foot summit for a 360-degree panoramic view of central Switzerland’s mountains, forests, and lakes. Lunch at a summit restaurant is followed by free time. For our return we will board the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, then descend more than 5300 feet in less than three miles to the shores of Lake Lucerne, where we will take a scenic lake cruise.

 

Day 6: Lucerne/Interlaken/Berne/Basel
This morning, we will continue on through one of the most stunning areas of Switzerland, the spectacular Bernese Oberland, traveling from the snow-crowned heights of the Alps to subtropical lowlands. We will experience the impressive natural treasures of soaring, snowcapped mountain peaks, rolling hills, glacial lakes, and densely wooded forests. Stopping at Interlaken, located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, we will find ourselves at the perfect vantage point to view the towering Jungfrau, an imposing summit in the Bernese Alps known as the “Top of Europe.”

Our next stop is Berne, Switzerland’s historic capital. Here we will visit the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site – a beautifully preserved medieval gem noted for its arcaded sidewalks. Lunch is at a traditional Bernese restaurant.

We will head to Basel, embark the deluxe Amadeus Silver III and join our traveling companions for the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.

 

Day 7: Strasbourg, France
The lively Alsatian city of Strasbourg fuses the Old and New Europe. The Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is replete with medieval houses, and Ponts-Couverts, covered bridges flanked by watchtowers at each end, spanning the picturesque canals. It was in Strasbourg that John Calvin first established a reformed parish. Here we will see remnants of the Reformation in the beautiful Protestant and Catholic Church of St-Pierre-le-Vieux; and see the sandstone Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame, a Romanesque-Gothic masterpiece. In the Petite-France district, we will see the historic millers’, tanners’ and fishermen’s quarter along the Ill River, while nearby, 28 nations engage in the daily discourse of the European Union Parliament. Lunch is aboard ship, and the afternoon is free for independent pursuits and leisure.

 

 

Day 8: Mannheim, Germany for Heidelberg
This morning, from Mannheim, we will transfer to Heidelberg, home of Heidelberg University. To many on the “Grand Tour” of Europe, fashionable in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Heidelberg epitomized Germany, nestled in the densely wooded valley of the Neckar River and alive with the spirit of German Romanticism, Heidelberg has preserved its authentic Renaissance-Baroque character. We will visit the imposing Heidelberg Castle, with views of the river below. We will re-board the ship and cruise through the Rheingau, Germany’s most famous wine-growing region, known particularly for its Riesling.

 

Day 9: Rüdesheim/Koblenz
Today we will head ashore in the medieval town of Rüdesheim, the heart of Germany’s wine country. We will take a tour aboard the unique Winzerexpress mini-train, traveling through countryside vineyards en route to a private tasting of German wines.

Returning to our ship, we will cruise through the spectacular Rhine River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, legendary for its scenery and riverside architectural gems. On deck side, experience the stunning scenery of  steep terraced vineyards rising on the slopes of the riverbanks. With each bend in the river, a medieval castle crowns the crags and a tranquil village nestles along its banks. We will see the famous Lorelei Rock, legend holds that a beautiful siren lured sailors here with her enchanting song. This afternoon, we will dock in Koblenz, strategically positioned at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and where Germany’s Roman past dates to nine B.C. From the famous Deutsches Eck (German Corner), we will see the impressive 19th-century fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, once the residence of the powerful Archbishop Electors of Trier; across the Rhine River we will join a walking tour of this historic city. The twin-towered Basilica of St. Castor, built between the ninth and 13th centuries, features the Rhineland’s distinctive Romanesque architecture.

 

Day 10: Cologne, Germany
One of Germany’s most ancient cities, Cologne was founded as a Roman military outpost in 38 B.C.Since its early time, it has flourished as the Rhineland’s foremost mercantile and religious center and is the birthplace of the original world famous Eau De Cologne perfume. Here we will explore the Altstadt (Old Town) and visit the historic Kölner Dom (cathedral), a UNESCO World Heritage site and the finest example of High Gothic architecture in Germany. Among its artistic treasures are the Milan Madonna and the Shrine of the Three Holy Kings. This afternoon we will cruise along the picturesque Rhine River, and later in the evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception.

 

Day 11: Amsterdam, The Netherlands/U.S.
Following breakfast, disembark the ship and continue on the Amsterdam Post-Program or depart for the U.S.

 

*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change

 

617-627-5323|usha.sellers@tufts.edu