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“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” 
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Our trips abound with history, cultural diversity and intellectual engagement. You’ll return home with an appreciation for how much you’ve seen, learned and possibly how much you’ve grown.

 

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Beach head Normandy France

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June 6 to June 14, 2020
Cruise the Seine in style on this seven-night river journey aboard an exclusively chartered first-class ship. In Paris, explore Notre Dame Cathedral and the Latin Quarter and take in the landmarks of the City of Light at night from your river vantage. Visit the home of Claude Monet in Giverny and wander among the lily ponds that inspired the famous impressionist. Journey along the scenic Seine to medieval Chateau Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart, and 15th-century Chateau de Martainville. Explore the impact of World War II at the Caen Memorial. Walk Omaha Beach and visit the Normandy American Cemetery. Explore the quaint harbor town of Honfleur. Along the way, customize your adventure with excursions that suit your interests — from a trip to Versailles to a tour of Paris’s Palais Garnier opera house to a walk through Rouen. Enjoy an extensive dining plan onboard including wine and beer with lunch and dinner. No single supplement.
Omaha beach memorial
July 8 to July 18, 2020
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 Amadeus Silver III. Journey through the western heart of the Continent through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, cruising the fabled Rhine River. Specially arranged guided excursions feature five great UNESCO World Heritage sites—see the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of the Swiss Alps, walk through Berne’s Old Town, tour the Alsatian city of Strasbourg, cruise through the Rhine River Valley and see Cologne’s Gothic cathedral. Also visit Germany’s medieval Rüdesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. Spend two nights each in Zermatt and Lucerne, Switzerland; ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt 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 Post-Program Option. 
Heidelberg Castle and CityScape
July 20 to July 30, 2020
On this active, 11-day journey, we’ll experience one breathtaking vista after another: snow-capped peaks, postcard-perfect lakes, ice-blue glaciers, and mighty waterfalls. We’ll visit a trifecta of magnificent national parks — Glacier, Banff, and Jasper. We’ll hike the scenic Whitefish Trail, cruise on iconic St. Mary Lake, ride a classic Red Jammer bus along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and soar to the summit of towering Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. At every step, we’ll enrich our understanding of this phenomenal land with the help of knowledgeable local guides.
Mountain landscape and admiring travelers
September 4 to September 17, 2020
Eyes and hearts are opened to a truly foreign land and genuinely hospitable people on this singular small group tour. A 14-day exploration takes you from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate and through the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains. In a journey featuring the many cultural treasures of Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca – and five UNESCO sites – encounter Roman ruins, an ancient caravan route, and medinas bustling with snake charmers and spice merchants. Dine with local people in a private home and in a family-run riad, and watch the sun set over the Saharan dunes on camelback.
Moroccan Blue Gate Mosque
September 9 to September 17, 2020
Just when you thought you knew Italy, along comes Apulia. Let’s discover this delightfully different region together. Our small-group journey will lead us from Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” to a whitewashed hillside village; from magnificent Baroque architecture to conical-roofed limestone huts; and from a vibrant seaport to a Stone Age city of cave dwellings. Through expert-led talks and excursions, we’ll learn about Apulia’s dramatic past, its multicultural heritage, and the unique terroir that makes it so conducive to growing olives and wine grapes. And we’ll do more than talk about food. As we travel, we’ll sample delicious cuisine that focuses on Apulia’s bounty of fresh seafood and locally grown produce.
Apulia Landscape
September 27 to October 13, 2020
Fortified cities and fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular 17-day small group journey.  After exploration of Lisbon, enjoy a Douro River cruise and port wine tasting in Oporto.  Visit beautiful Santiago de Compostela – celebrated pilgrimage site – and vibrant León, and tour Bilbao’s acclaimed Guggenheim and Fine Arts museums.  Embark on a day-long Basque coastline excursion and spend two nights in the stunning Pyrenees region.  The journey’s finale:  three nights in world-class Barcelona.  Discover more of this spirited city on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension. 
Spain rooftops
October 7 to October 16, 2020
From the high alpine splendor of St. Moritz, Switzerland, to the Italian Lakes tucked into Italy’s Lombardy region — fall in love with two naturally beautiful, culturally distinct countries on this scenic eight-night journey. Spend four nights in St. Moritz, the mountain resort town loved by royals, celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and journey by train to the colorful Swiss town of Zuoz. Board the Bernina Express and gaze at dramatic vistas as you ride from snowy peaks to temperate Tirano in hours! Pass little Swiss villages on a drive to Tremezzo, sitting on the shores of Lake Como. Cruise to the quaint villages of Bellagio and Como, and see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan. Stroll through palace gardens in the Borromean Islands and learn cooking secrets at a family-owned restaurant. This engaging program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
Bellagio Seaside View
October 10 to October 18, 2020
With Faculty Host Sarah Booth
There’s so much more to the so-called “playgrounds of the rich and famous” than what’s portrayed in popular culture. Let’s discover the real riches of the Rivieras together. We’ll follow the course of history from Roman days to the French Resistance. We can explore up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites, admire a digest’s worth of architectural styles, and feel the transformative power of great works of art like Michelangelo’s David. And yes, we’ll bask in some of the world’s sunniest climes, while relaxing in five-star luxury aboard one of the world’s finest small cruise ships. We can even extend our adventure with a pre-cruise option in Rome, a post-cruise option in Barcelona, or (for maximum joie de vivre) both!
Spain countryside castle
October 15 to October 23, 2020
Join us for this unparalleled and comprehensive nine-day Aegean odyssey to the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world. Cruise round trip Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, newest Five-Star small ship LE BOUGAINVILLE. Call on the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes and Santorini, and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visit the extraordinary wonder of Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles, and walk through legendary sites of antiquity—including the ancient citadel of Mycenae and historic Epidaurus. Enjoy guided tours in these storied destinations, free time to encounter their mysteries and delights at your own pace during the best time of the year, and opportunities to visit nine magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meet and engage with local residents during the specially arranged ISLAND LIFE® FORUM for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea’s maritime culture. Extend your voyage with the Athens Pre-Cruise Option and the Ancient Olympia Post-Cruise Option.
Athens Ruins
October 29 to November 11, 2020
Join this 12-night sojourn exploring ancient treasures and engineering marvels of Greece, Egypt and Jordan. Cruise for eight nights from the Aegean Sea to the Red Sea aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE featuring a multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge and 92 Suites and Staterooms with private balconies. Mid-cruise, overnight in Nile-view rooms in Luxor and at the foot of the Great Pyramids in Giza. Spend one night outside Petra and three nights in Amman. Tour Alexandria, Santorini and nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Wadi Rum and Queen Nefertari’s tomb. Two night Athens and Delphi Pre-Program and six night Israel Post-Program Options.
Temple at Karnak Egypt
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