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 the included excursions and lectures. This engaging program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
- Witness majestic scenery carved by ancient glaciers aboard the historic Bernina Express, the highest rail crossing in the Alps.
- Indulge in the cosmopolitan ambiance of St. Moritz, a jet-set resort town.
- Cruise on Lake Cuomo, where golden sunlight dances across azure waters.
- Stroll through beautiful botanic gardens while listening to the melodies of birds on the Borromean Islands.
- Wind your way over the stunning Maloja Pass, past a canvas of pristine lakes and picture-perfect villages.
- Gaze at Leonardo's incredible "The Last Supper" during a visit to Milan.
- Discover the secrets of northern Italy's cuisine during a cooking lesson.
- Experience two UNESCO World Heritage sites (1. Rhaetian Railway, Bernina Landscape, Switzerland and Italy; 2. Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with Leonardo's "The Last Supper," Milan).
Day 1: Depart gateway city
Day 2: Arrive in Zurich/Transfer to St.Moritz
Day 3: St. Moritz/Zuoz
Day 4: Bernina Express/Tirano
Day 5: St.Moritz
Day 6: Maloja Pass/Como/Stresa
Day 7: Borromean Islands
Day 8: Milan
Day 9: Stresa
Ada Cohen is Professor of Art History and the Israel Evans Professor in Oratory and Belles Lettres at Dartmouth. A native of Greece, she attended Brandeis University on a Wien International Scholarship, graduating with a BA in Art History and in Classical and Oriental Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Fine Arts Department at Harvard University. Professor Cohen is the author of The Alexander Mosaic: Stories of Victory and Defeat (1997, 2000), Art in the Era of Alexander the Great: Paradigms of Manhood and Their Cultural Traditions (2010, 2014), as well as the forthcoming Inside an Ancient Assyrian Palace: Looking at Austen Henry Layard's Reconstruction (October 2016). She has co-edited and contributed to Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II: A Cultural Biography (2010) as well as Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy (2007). She is currently working to complete a book titled The Judgment of Beauty in Ancient Greek Art. At Dartmouth, she teaches a variety of courses on the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean. Because of her broader interest in visual representation, she also teaches courses on theory and method as well as on the introduction to the field of art history. She has directed the Art History Department's Foreign Study Program in Rome several times.