Great Journey through Europe June 14 - 24, 2017

A repeat of a popular trip three years ago, this generous four-nation river and land journey evokes the Grand Tour of Europe popular with American and English travelers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th 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 two days of tours in Amsterdam and Harlem, 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 Silver, unquestionably one of the finest vessels sailing Europe's waterways. Our calls along the Rhine include Cologne, Cochem, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Speyer, and Mannheim to Heidelberg, the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg in France, and finally Basel.

From Basel, we'll travel overland through the verdant countryside of Switzerland. Here we'll visit the medieval capital Berne and Interlaken, scenically situated near the magnificent Bernese Oberland Alps. Following two nights in lovely Lucerne at the five-star Hotel Schweizerhof, 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 a grand tour for the 21st century.

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Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson

Wayne C. Thompson earned his B.A in political science from The Ohio State University and his M.A. and PhD from Claremont Graduate School. He completed graduate work at the universities of Göttingen, Paris/Sorbonne and Freiburg in Breisgau, where he subsequently served as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and visiting professor. While teaching at Virginia Military Institute, he received Fulbrights to Tallinn, Estonia, The College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, where he returned for seven years, and was a guest professor at The American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. From 1999 - 2000 he taught at the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama. After leaving VMI in 2000, he became Editor-in-Chief for Stryker-Post Publications, while teaching as an adjunct professor of politics at Washington and Lee. He has authored or edited ten books and numerous articles including In the Eye of the Storm: Kurt Riezler and the Crises of Modern Germany, The Political Odyssey of Herbert Wehner, Historical Dictionary of Germany, and three of The World Today Series: Western Europe, Canada, and Nordic, Central and Southeastern Europe. Currently he is working on George C. Marshall's year as Secretary of Defense for the Marshall Foundation. Wayne has enjoyed serving as lecturer on many W&L programs both on campus and abroad.