- Feast your eyes on the twinkling landmarks of Budapest during an unforgettable evening cruise.
- Glide along Amsterdam’s lovely canals, passing elegant gabled houses of the Dutch Golden Age.
- Cruise legendary stretches of the Main, Rhine and Danube rivers, viewing the Loreley Rock and Wachau Valley.
- Delight in the beguiling, relaxed ambience of Bratislava’s old town.
- Linger inside Melk Abbey, perched on a rocky bluff above the Danube River.
- Sail through the Main-Danube Canal, a civil-engineering wonder.
- Applaud the graceful turns and flowing movements of elegant waltz dancers during an exclusive performance.
- Experience eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Day 1: Depart gateway city
Day 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 3: Amsterdam
Day 4: Cologne, Germany
Day 5: Koblenz
Day 6: Miltenberg
Day 7: Würzburg
Day 8: Bamberg
Day 9: Nuremberg
Day 10: Regensburg
Day 11: Passau
Day 12 : Melk, Austria | Dürnstein
Day 13: Vienna
Day 14: Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 15: Budapest, Hungary
Day 16 : Depart for gateway city
Professor Ryan Hickox is an observational astrophysicist with primary interests in supermassive black holes and the evolution of galaxies. An author on more than 100 refereed journal articles, Prof. Hickox holds a B.S. in Physics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Durham University in the UK, and joined Dartmouth College in December 2011. His research has been funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER award), and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.
Hickox has appeared on The Universe, a History Channel television series, and was the author of the astronomy chapter in Dartmouth Professor Dan Rockmore’s What Are the Arts and Sciences?: A Guide for the Curious (2017). Professor Hickox also serves as the House Professor for West House, one of Dartmouth's new residential house communities, which opened in fall 2016. He was previously a member of the Presidential Steering Committee for Moving Dartmouth Forward, for which the creation of the new House system was top recommendation. Prof. Hickox has extensive experience living and working in Europe, and has traveled widely across the continent to collaborate with fellow astronomers at institutes located in cities including Amsterdam, Bamberg, and Vienna.