Amsterdam to Zermatt by river and rail, June 13-25, 2012

Take this later-day Grand Tour through four European countries, on the Rhine and Mosel rivers, and aboard three legendary railways.

No river evokes the romance of Europe more than the Rhine, steeped in history and legend for countless centuries. While tracing a course past castles perched atop lofty crags, idyllic villages of half-timbered houses, terraced vineyards, and soaring Gothic cathedrals, the River Rhine is also a powerful classroom for modern geopolitics. "It is ironic when today the map of the region looks so fragmented. But traditionally it has been water that connects people and land that separates," muses Study Leader Yair Mintzker, Assistant Professor of History. On this Journey through the heart of Western Europe that combines, river, rail, lake and mountain, travelers will get first-hand experience of the power of geography and the effects of history.

This 13-day “Grand Tour” of Europe, June 13-25, 2012, features seven nights aboard the Amadeus Princess. Travel through the Western heart of the continent through The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, cruising the most scenic sections of the fabled Rhine and Mosel rivers. Visit three great UNESCO World Heritage sites during a private cruise along Amsterdam’s canals, a visit to Cologne’s magnificent Gothic cathedral and a tour of the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg. Specially arranged guided excursions feature the Dutch ports of Enkhuizen and Hoorn and Germany's Koblenz, Rüdesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. Spend two nights each in Zermatt and Lucerne, Switzerland, ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gonergrat Bahn, for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Lucerne; and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway—and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from Harvard and Yale Universities.

About the Study Leader

Yair Mintzker, Assistant Professor of History will serve as Princeton Study Leader.

A specialist in German-speaking Central Europe from the 17th to 19th centuries, Professor Mintzker's broad interests include urban history as well as intellectual, cultural, and political history of Early Modern and Modern Europe. During this Journey he will draw on his expertise in the defortification of German cities to bring the stops along the way to life. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Professor Mintzker received his M.A. in history from Tel-Aviv University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Trip Details

  • Dates: June 13-25, 2012
  • Cost: From $6,995 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

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