This extraordinary 11-day "Grand Tour" of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II. Journey through the Western heart of the Continent through The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, cruising the most scenic sections of the fabled Rhine River. Specially arranged guided excursions feature five great UNESCO World Heritage sites--explore Amsterdam's storybook canals, visit Cologne's magnificent Gothic cathedral, cruise through the heart of the Rhine River Valley, tour the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg and walk through Berne's Old Town. Also visit Germany's medieval Rudesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt, Switzerland; ride aboard three legendary railways--the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Andermatt to Zermatt and the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway--and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value!
Day 1: Depart US for Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Day 2: Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Embark MS Amadeus Silver II
Day 3: Cologne, Germany
Day 4: Koblenz / Rudesheim
Day 5: Mannheim for Heidelberg
Day 6: Strasbourg, France
Day 7: Basel, Switzerland / Disembark / Berne / Interlaken / Lucerne
Day 8: Lucerne for Mt. Pilatus
Day 9: Lucerne / Andermatt for Glacier Express to Zermatt
Day 10: Zermatt for Matterhorn
Day 11: Zermatt / Geneva / Return to US
Optional two night pre-tour: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Klaus J. Milich is Director of the Montgomery Fellows Program and senior lecturer of American literary and cultural studies at Dartmouth College's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program, Comparative Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, and Jewish Studies, where he teaches courses on modern and postmodern literature and theory; on politics and religion, on migration and the diaspora. He studied American, English, and German literary and cultural studies at New York University, J. W. Goethe Universitat Frankfurt, and received his PhD from Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin, where he was also assistant professor of American studies. He is the author and editor of several books, including Early Postmodernity: History of a European-American Cultural Conflict, Multiculturalism in Transit. A German-American Exchange, and American Studies in Germany. His current research focuses on the cultural repercussions of genetic genealogy as a site where the sciences and the humanities meet. Klaus Milich has held visiting professorships at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, the University of California, Irvine, and Keele University, Great Britain. Before entering academia, he has worked for German Public Radio, where he broadcasted essays, documentaries, and interviews on various literary and cultural topics. Klaus Milich was born and raised in Koblenz, and knows the Rhine gorge and the entire river valley like the back of his hand.