The Swiss Alps and the Lake District of Italy offer striking contrasts. Both have inspired travelers for centuries with towering mountain peaks and charming lakeside towns. Settle in the jet-set resort of St. Moritz. Travel by rail to the delightful village of Zuoz. Take a ride on the renowned Bernina Express for the scenic rail journey to Tirano. Drive through the Maloja Pass, and embark on a leisurely cruise of Lake Como. Stay in Stresa in the Italian Lakes District. Situated on Lake Maggiore, Stresa is the perfect place to launch your exploration of northern Italy. Visit the Borromean Islands. Travel to cosmopolitan Milan to see Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and visit the La Scala Museum. A popular local chef will give a cooking demonstration while preparing an exclusive lunch. Local guides and speakers provide insight during included excursions and lectures. This engaging program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
Day 1: Depart US for Zurich, Switzerland
Day 2: Arrive Switzerland / Transfer to St. Moritz
Day 3: Zuoz / St. Moritz
Day 4: Bernina Express / Tirano / St. Moritz
Day 5: St. Moritz
Day 6: Maloja Pass / Lake Como / Stresa
Day 7: Borromean Islands / Stresa
Day 8: Milan / Stresa
Day 9: Stresa
Day 10: Transfer to Milan and depart for US
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Irene Kacandes holds the endowed Dartmouth Professorship #2 with a joint appointment in German Studies and Comparative Literature. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University and has also studied at the Free University in Berlin, Germany and at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She has published books and articles on German and Italian cultural studies, narrative theory, feminist linguistic theory, trauma studies and Holocaust studies, life writing (memoir), and mortality. Her current research focuses on forms of witnessing from the Second World War through today's refugee crisis. Kacandes is recipient of a Fulbright Full grant, a SONY grant, and two fellowships at the United States Holocaust Museum and Memorial. She has served in numerous capacities for the Modern Language Association, and as president of the International Society for the Study of Narrative and of the German Studies Association.
She is author of Daddy's War: Greek American Stories and Talk Fiction: Literature and the Talk Explosion. She is coeditor of A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies, Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, and a special issue of Women's Studies Quarterly on "Witness." Her most recent publications are Let's Talk About Death (co-authored with Steve Gordon; Prometheus Books, 2015) and Unmapping Eastern Europe (edited with Yuliya Komska; Berghahn Books, 2017). Kacandes acquired Swiss citizenship through her Francophone Swiss husband and spends a part of every year on Lake Geneva.