Great Journey Through Europe

Duration:  
11 Days, July 8 - 18, 2022

Price:
From $3,995 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tour Operator:
Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

A repeat of a popular trip four years ago, this generous four-nation river and land journey evokes the Grand Tour of Europe popular with American and English travelers of recent centuries. Our itinerary combines historic and cultural visits with grand scenery in the nations of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Among our destinations will be the UNESCO-designated section of the Rhine River, three of Europe's legendary railways and four additional UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Following an arrival-day tour of Amsterdam, we'll begin our cruise on the Rhine River through the Dutch polder land reclaimed from the North Sea. Our ship is the newly launched deluxe MS Amadeus Imperial, unquestionably one of the finest vessels sailing Europe's waterways. Our calls during the five-night cruise of the entire length of the Rhine include the German towns of Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mannheim and Heidelberg; the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg in France; and finally, Basel, Switzerland.

From Basel, we'll travel overland through the verdant countryside of Switzerland. Here we'll visit the medieval capital, Bern, and enjoy lunch in the Kornhauskeller. Following two nights in lovely Lucerne at the five-star Hotel Schweizerhof and a journey to the top of Mount Pilatus, we'll cross the Alps aboard the celebrated Glacier Express. Finally, in Zermatt, we'll view the iconic Matterhorn as we travel aboard the Gornergrat Bahn, the country's oldest cog railway. The program concludes with two nights in the Alpine resort of Zermatt.

With beautiful scenery, fascinating cities and cultural treasures and the fine accommodations of a beautiful river vessel and hotels, this is the W&L Traveller's 21st-century version of the Grand Tour.

Traveling With You

Lena Hill

Lena Hill began serving as Provost in July 2021 after serving as Dean of the College at W&L since 2018.  She received her bachelor’s from Howard University and her Ph.D. from Yale University, and she completed postdoctoral work at Duke University.

Lena’s scholarship and teaching focus on African American literature and visual culture, and she is known internationally as a scholar of Ralph Ellison. In addition to publishing numerous articles and essays, she has published Visualizing Blackness and the Creation of the African American Literary Tradition (Cambridge, 2014), co-edited Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa during the Long Civil Rights Era (University of Iowa Press, 2016) and co-authored Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: A Reference Guide (Greenwood, 2008).  She serves on several boards including the National Humanities Advisory Board and the Modernist Studies Editorial Board.  

As the chief academic officer, Lena is a passionate advocate of the liberal arts.  She is focused on working with faculty to deliver an academic experience to students that prepares them to flourish after graduating from W&L. Lena and Michael have two children: an 18-year-old daughter, Caitlyn, and a 13-year-old son, Michael Carl.

Michael Hill


Michael Hill is Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Washington and Lee.  He received his B.A. from Howard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has taught courses covering African American literature, contemporary popular culture, and black citizenship.  His research analyzes post-World War II African American experience with particular attention to the ways that black individuals pursue excellence within white institutions.  His book The Ethics of Swagger: Prizewinning African American Novels, 1977-1993 came out in 2013.  Along with his wife, W& L Provost Lena Hill, he co-edited Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa During the Long Civil Rights Era (2016).  He also contributed to the Wiley Companion to American Literature (2020), American Literature in Transition, 1970-1980 (2018), and After the Program Era: The Past, Present, and Future of Creative Writing in the University (2016).  Right now, he is working on Weathervanes of Democracy: Adolescence in African American Novels, 1937-2016.  Raised in Monroe, Georgia, Professor Hill lives in Lexington with his family.

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