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The Great Journey through Europe

Featuring the Glacier Express

Date: Wed, June 14, 2017 - Sat, June 24, 2017

Trip Status: Waitlist Only

Price: from $6,195 per person

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Europe

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the deluxe m.s. Amadeus Silver II. Journey through the Western heart of the Continent through The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, cruising the most scenic sections of the fabled Rhine River. Specially arranged guided excursions feature five great UNESCO World Heritage sites—explore Amsterdam’s storybook canals, visit Cologne’s magnificent Gothic cathedral, tour the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg, cruise through the heart of the Rhine River Valley and walk through Berne’s Old Town. Also visit Germany’s medieval Rüdesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt, Switzerland; ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Lucerne to Zermatt and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway; and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value! Complement your journey with the two-night Amsterdam Pre-Program.

 

Itinerary*

The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada

  2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Embark

  3. Cologne, Germany

  4. Koblenz/Rüdesheim

  5. Mannheim for Heidelberg

  6. Strasbourg, France

  7. Basel, Switzerland/Disembark ship/Berne/Interlaken/Lucerne

  8. Lucerne for Mt. Pilatus

  9. Lucerne/Andermatt for Glacier Express to Zermatt

  10. Zermatt for Matterhorn

  11. Zermatt/Geneva/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary also will operate in the reverse direction. 

 

Highlights

  • Extraordinary, specially designed European tour.

  • Experience three of the world’s greatest railways—the panoramic Glacier Express, the scenic cogwheel Gornergrat Bahn and the dramatic Pilatus Railway.

  • A unique combination of river and lake cruising, rail travel and evenings on land.

  • Exclusively chartered, deluxe cruise on the legendary Rhine River.

  • Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites—Amsterdam, Cologne, the Rhine River Valley, Strasbourg and Berne.

  • Two nights each in the lovely Swiss towns of Lucerne and Zermatt.

  • Audio headset is provided for each participant to enjoy clear narration from guides on all included excursions.

  • Sells out every year it is offered!

  • Incredible value for a comprehensive travel program.

  • Amsterdam Pre-Program Option.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

Duke Leaders

Mode of Travel

River Cruise: M.S. Amadeus Silver II

The meticulous crafting of the deluxe m.s. Amadeus Silver II, launched in 2015, sets new standards in ship design and technology and features the comforts of a deluxe floating hotel.

This exclusively chartered ship offers 84 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed Suites (284 square feet) and Staterooms (from 188 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that automatically drops down, creating a French balcony. Junior Suites feature a private balcony and an interior sitting area. Each Suite and Stateroom provides two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, direct dial telephone, television, safe and hair dryer.

Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and late-evening snack. Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.

Inviting public facilities are spacious and include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus-Club with Internet station, beauty salon, boutique, fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes. The Sun Deck has a chess board and shuffle board. Guests will also appreciate the complimentary use of an audio headset, available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. Laundry service is available.

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The m.s. Amadeus Silver II meets the highest safety standards and is part of the Amadeus River Fleet, the only European river fleet to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.