Four countries, two rivers, a dynamic study leader duo, an intimate river vessel and like-minded traveling companions from Princeton Journeys and Cornell Adult University makes for one exceptional educational travel program. Join us on this in-depth exploration of ancient Roman heritage and 20th century war history along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, combined with classic highlights such as Strasbourg, Mainz and Cologne.
This springtime cruise from Basel to Amsterdam was conceived by Princeton study leader favorite Colonel (Ret.) Kevin Weddle *03, William L. Garwood Visiting Professor of Military History and his good friend Barry Strauss, Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University. The 12-night itinerary includes the opportunity to explore two of the best-preserved Roman cities, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites — the Roman settlement of Augusta Raurica and Trier, the capital of the Western Roman Empire. The rivers also wind near a trove of important sites from World War II, including General Patton's famous Third Army crossing in Oppenheim and Operation Market Garden at Arnhem. For those wishing to extend the adventure, an optional pre-cruise program to the Swiss Alps in Interlaken, Switzerland, and post-cruise extension to Holland, will be offered.
Please note: Travelers from Princeton will be joined on this journey by those from Cornell Adult University.
About the Study Leader
Colonel (Ret.) Kevin Weddle *03, Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the United States Army War College and 2019 William L. Garwood Visiting Professor at Princeton University will serve as the Princeton Study Leader for this program.
A veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, Col. Weddle has led groups of students — including previous Princeton Journeyers — to the battlefields and beaches near Normandy and has also led groups to World War I battlefield sites, as well as the battlefields of Waterloo, Agincourt and Dunkirk. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in history in 2003, is the author of Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont and a forthcoming volume on the American Revolution's Saratoga campaign. His commentary on military history and strategy will be complemented by Professor Barry Strauss’ talks on the ancient Roman Empire.