Science and art enthusiasts will delight in this new journey to Switzerland, which showcases Albert Einstein, the Supercollider at CERN, the magnificent Jungfrau, and the art of Paul Klee.

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Art Meets Science in Switzerland featuring CERN

Featuring a Rare Visit to the Supercollider at CERN

9 days from $8,395

Science and art enthusiasts will delight in this new journey to Switzerland, which showcases Albert Einstein, the Supercollider at CERN, the magnificent Jungfrau, and the art of Paul Klee.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Days will be active with some flexibility, and with some early departures from the hotels and activities scheduled throughout the day and into the late afternoon or evening. While we will maintain a moderate pace throughout the program, you should be in good overall health and able to walk and stand for extended periods of time at historic sites and in museums.

Travel will be by modern air-conditioned motor coach, with drives generally lasting under an hour at a time, sometimes over winding mountainous roads. There will be two long drives during the program: from Zurich to Bern on May 27, which takes approximately one and a half to two hours; and from Bern to Geneva on May 29, which takes approximately three hours, with stops for lunch and a visit to historic Chillon Castle in Veytaux. Longer drives are broken into shorter segments with rest stops and site visits. Motorcoaches may not have close access to the historic city centers and you will need to walk some distances where streets are sometimes cobblestoned and uneven, and where stairways occasionally may not have handrails. In addition to travel by motorcoach, excursions involve one to two miles of walking on some days, and you can expect to spend up to three hours at a time on your feet, sometimes remaining fairly stationary, as in a museum, and sometimes covering a moderate distance. Please note that some buildings will not have elevators. Participants must be in good health and able to keep up with the group without assistance from tour staff.

Please be aware that the excursion to the Swiss Alps takes place at high altitude, with a maximum elevation of about 11,716 feet at the Sphinx Observatory and Research Institute. Participants may experience symptoms of altitude sickness on this day, including a headache, fatigue, or dizziness, and it is possible that some participants will experience more severe symptoms. In addition, higher altitudes can exacerbate health issues you already have. If you commonly experience severe altitude sickness, you may wish to skip this excursion. There is a stop about halfway up/down the mountain, at Kleine Scheidegg, for those who find their reaction to the altitude is more serious than they had anticipated.

This promises to be a memorable journey, but as with all travel, a flexible attitude, a spirit of adventure, and a willingness to explore new areas will enhance your enjoyment of this program. You do not have to participate in all the scheduled activities, except when traveling to the next destination.

*Please note that the underground portion of the visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (ALICE detector) is not appropriate for pregnant women, children under 16 years of age, or travelers with mobility issues, claustrophobia, vertigo, or who have undergone chemotherapy. Travelers with pacemakers and other ferromagnetic medical implants will not be allowed to visit the underground facilities. Please note these restrictions do not apply to the main exhibits, Visitors’ Center and gift shop at CERN, which will also be part of the tour.  Participants with the aforementioned conditions may also be allowed access to the aboveground portion of the ALICE detector facilities. 

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland

Arrive and transfer to the hotel located in Old Town Zurich. Early arrivals have the option of enjoying a leisurely boat ride on River Limmat and a visit to the Swiss National Museum.

Meet your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and fellow travelers this evening at a wine and cheese welcome reception at the hotel. (R)

Day 3 — Zurich

After breakfast, gather for an orientation followed by a leisurely walking tour, “Albert Einstein’s Zurich”.

After lunch, visit the Kunsthaus Zürich Museum with its extensive modern art collection. (B,L)

Day 4 — Zurich / Bern

This morning, drive to Bern. Visit the Einstein House, where Albert Einstein lived when he developed his Theory of Relativity. Then, stop by the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) campus, where Einstein studied and taught. Specializing in natural sciences, engineering, and technology, ETH Zurich has produced 21 Nobel Prize winners. 

After lunch, travel to the Zentrum Paul Klee. Designed by Renzo Piano, this architectural gem houses the largest collection of Klee’s works in the world. A private tour and special viewing of unusual Klee works on paper has been specially arranged. Enjoy a festive dinner this evening at a local restaurant.​ (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Bern

Take the cogwheel Wengenalp Railway nearly straight up the wooded mountainside and past the timberline. Board the Jungfraubahn, traveling through tunnels straight into the rock of the Eiger.

Enjoy lunch and spectacular views at Restaurant Top of Europe and then continue to the Sphinx Observatory and Research Institute for a private tour. Perched on a steep precipice, the Spinx has served as headquarters for researches in astronomy, glaciology, medicine, and cosmic ray physics. (B,L)

Day 6 – Bern / Geneva

This morning, explore the Einstein Museum, featuring a powerful presentation of the life and work of Albert Einstein. Drive to the picturesque medieval town of Gruyères and enjoy their namesake cheese at a Raclette luncheon.

This afternoon, visit Chillon Castle, perched on a rocky island on the banks of Lake Geneva. Built to control the road through the alpine passes, Chillon has served as a Roman outpost, summer home to the Counts of Savoy, prison, and munitions and weapons depot. Afterward, check in to your hotel in Geneva and the evening is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 7 — Geneva

View rare and ancient scientific instruments from the 17th to the 19th century at the Musée d’Histoire des Sciences, housed in Villa Bartholoni, one of Geneva’s most beautiful neo-classical buildings.

Drive to Le Lavaux, internationally famous as a terraced wine-growing region on the shores of Lake Geneva. Following lunch at Auberge de L’Onde in St. Saphorin, enjoy a private wine-tasting at Clos des Abbayes, a historic wine estate from the 11th century.

The evening is free to explore Geneva. (B,L)

Day 8 — Geneva

Depart for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest and most respected centers of scientific research. 

Embark on a private tour of CERN and the ALICE Cavern and attend a presentation about the Large Hadron Collider. Savor the morning experience over lunch at the famed Domaine de Châteauvieux, awarded two Michelin stars and overlooking the Rhône Valley.

That balance of the afternoon is at leisure in Geneva. (B,L)

Notes:

The underground portion of the visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (ALICE detector) is not appropriate for pregnant women, children under 16 years of age, or travelers with mobility issues, claustrophobia, vertigo, or who have undergone chemotherapy. Travelers with pacemakers and other ferromagnetic medical implants will not be allowed to visit the underground facilities. Please note these restrictions do not apply to the main exhibits, Visitors’ Center and gift shop at CERN, which will also be part of the tour.  Participants with the aforementioned conditions may also be allowed access to the aboveground portion of the ALICE detector facilities.

An earlier version of this itinerary stated that we would visit the ATLAS detector. Due to the ongoing maintenance, the visit has been changed to the ALICE detector.

Day 9 — Return to the U.S.

Transfer to the airport for return flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)