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 AMADEUS SILVER II. Journey through the western heart of the Continent through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, cruising the most scenic sections of the fabled Rhine River. Specially arranged guided excursions feature four great UNESCO World Heritage sites--walk through Berne's Old Town, tour the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg, cruise through the heart of the Rhine River Valley, and see Cologne's magnificent Gothic cathedral. 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.
Day 1: Depart US for Zurich, Switzerland
Day 2: Zurich / Lucerne
Day 3: Lucerne for Mount Pilatus
Day 4: Lucerne / Andermatt for Glacier Express to Zermatt
Day 5: Zermatt for Matterhorn
Day 6: Zermatt / Interlaken / Berne / Basel / Embark AMADEUS SILVER II
Day 7: Strasbourg, France
Day 8: Mannheim, Germany for Heidelberg
Day 9: Rudesheim / Koblenz
Day 10: Cologne
Day 11: Amsterdam, the Netherlands / Return to the U.S. or Canada
Optional two night post-tour: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
John R. Stomberg is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining Dartmouth, he served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University--all in art history. The primary focus of his curatorial work is American art and culture since 1900. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society. He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums, education, and academia.