Experience the scenic and cultural highlights of Germany, from the legendary Rhine River and the beautiful Black Forest and Bavarian Alps to artistic Dresden and cosmopolitan Berlin.

Starting at: $5,992 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle with stunning alpine scenery  Germany's scenic Rhine River Valley  The German university town of Heidelberg, along the Neckar River  The Black Forest  Neuschwanstein Castle  The Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, Munich  The baroque interior of Nymphenburg Palace, Munich  Watchtower at Dachau  The picturesque town of Bamberg  Square in Dresden  The Royal Palace, Dresden  Semper Opera House, Dresden  The town of Meissen, dominated by the Albrechtsburg Castle  Display of Meissen porcelain  Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. Credit: Melissa Heinemann  Sign in four languages at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin  The Reichstag, Parliament Building, Berlin  The Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Highlights of Germany

15 days from $5,992 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Experience the scenic and cultural highlights of Germany, from the legendary Rhine River and the beautiful Black Forest and Bavarian Alps to artistic Dresden and cosmopolitan Berlin.

or Call 855-330-1542

May 3 - 17, 2017 Departure
Carol Reynolds

Carol Reynolds

Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves history, humor, and high energy into everything she does.  She has lived and taught in Germany at various times, starting in 1981.  Her research interests include German Romanticism and the musical court of Frederick the Great.  She founded and directed Southern Methodist University’s Study-in-Germany Program and enjoys leading tours, including a Rhine-Main-Danube Donors’ Tour for the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina as well as Russian tours for The Dallas Symphony and The Dallas Opera.  She is fluent in German and Russian and maintains a home in Weimar.

After her career as professor of Music History at SMU, Dr. Reynolds and her husband Hank moved to a ranch in North Central Texas.  Surrounded by goats, dogs, and cows, she began designing multi-media Fine Arts curricula.  Her popular Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture (2009) has reached students across the world.  In 2011 she released a cross-discipline course called Exploring America’s Musical Heritage.  She is now creating a curriculum on the history of sacred music from Jewish Liturgy to 1600.  

Dr. Reynolds is a staunch advocate of Arts Education at every stage of life and speaks regularly at educational conferences across the U.S.   She is popular speaker for organizations like The Dallas Symphony, Van Cliburn Concerts, The Dallas Opera, Tulsa Symphony, Kimball Museum, Fort Worth Opera, San Francisco Wagner Society, The Davidson Institute, and The Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C.   Dr. Reynolds is a frequent Smithsonian Journeys Expert and has led unforgettable journeys to Russia, the Baltics, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany.

May 31 - Jun 14, 2017 Departure
Alexander J. Motyl

Alexander J. Motyl

Alexander J. Motyl (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984) is professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark. He served as associate director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in 1992-1998. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, he is the author of Pidsumky imperii, 2009; Puti imperii, 2004; Imperial Ends: The Decay, Collapse, and Revival of Empires, 2001; Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities, 1999; Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism, 1993; Sovietology, Rationality, Nationality: Coming to Grips with Nationalism in the USSR, 1990; Will the Non Russians Rebel?; State, Ethnicity, and Stability in the USSR, 1987; The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919 1929, 1980, and the editor of over ten volumes, including The Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000. He is currently compiling The Holodomor Reader: An Anthology of Documents on the Ukrainian Genocide, 1932-1933. His novels include Whiskey Priest, 2005; Who Killed Andrei Warhol, 2007; Flippancy, 2009; and The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, 2011.

Aug 2 - 16, 2017 Departure
Charles Ingrao

Charles Ingrao

Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, where he has taught a wide range of courses on the European world.  Several of his twelve books focus on German history, including The Hessian Mercenary State and The Germans & the East. Two Fulbrights and a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation have enabled him to spend more than three years living and working in German-speaking Europe. 

Oct 4 - 18, 2017 Departure
Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and is also a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1990, Tim has also published extensively on the political and cultural history of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among his publications are The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture (2002), The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007), The Triumph of Music (2008) and The Romantic Revolution (2010).  Tim's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Polish, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian and Arabic. His most recent book is a biography of Frederick the Great of Prussia and was published by Penguin/Random House.