Science and art enthusiasts will delight in this unique journey to Switzerland, which showcases Albert Einstein, a visit to the Supercollider campus at CERN, a thrilling trip on a cog railway to the summit of the Bernese Alps, and the art of Paul Klee. 

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 Kramgasse, Bern. Credit: Swiss-image.ch / Jan Geerk  The Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN. Credit:  Maximilien Brice / CERN  Rooftops of Bern  City of Bern  Paul Klee Center, Bern. Credit: swiss-image.ch / BernTourism / Zentrum Paul Klee  Einstein display, Bern. Credit: Swiss-image.ch / Terrence du Fresne  Einstein's passport, Einstein Museum, Bern. Credit: Bernisches Historisches Museum  View of Zurich  Kunstmuseum, Zurich. Credit: Swiss-image.ch/Andre Meier  Zurich, Switzerland

Art Meets Science in Switzerland

Featuring a Special Visit to the Scientific Research Center at CERN

9 days from $7,995

Science and art enthusiasts will delight in this unique journey to Switzerland, which showcases Albert Einstein, a visit to the Supercollider campus at CERN, a thrilling trip on a cog railway to the summit of the Bernese Alps, and the art of Paul Klee. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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The Hotel Glockenhof

Zurich , Switzerland

The Hotel Glockenhof is a 4-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Zurich’s historic “Old Town.” The building is classically charming and elegant with 91 newly renovated rooms with contemporary design. Rooms are bright, modern and individually-designed, with all of the modern comforts: radio, television, complimentary WiFi, hairdryer, Nespresso machine and a tea bar. The hotel is in the heart of the city within walking distance of museums, shops, and restaurants.

Number of nights: 2

The Bellevue Palace

Bern, Switzerland

Located in the heart of Bern, next to the Bundeshaus (Federal Palace), the 5-star Bellevue Palace hotel is 150 years old, but renovated to classical elegance. It is the official guesthouse of the Swiss government. Each room has a TV, espresso maker, minibar, premium bedding, bathrooms/slippers, safe, desk and complimentary WiFi. The hotel offers a fitness center and Finnish sauna.

Number of nights: 2

Mandarin Oriental, Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

With stunning river Rhone vistas, and steps from the lakeside promenade opposite the Jet d’Eau fountain, the 5-star hotel has classic Swiss charm with impeccable service. Rooms have a contemporary feel, are well-appointed and airy, and come with all of the conveniences including complimentary WiFi, hairdryers, and espresso machines. There are several restaurants on-site with fresh, sophisticated cuisine, and the hotel is in a superb location allowing easy walking access to restaurants, shops, old town, or a stroll along the lake. 

Number of nights: 3

Activity Level

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, which takes approximately one and a half to two hours; and from Bern to Geneva, which takes approximately three hours, with a stop for lunch in Gruyeres. 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 two to three miles of walking on most 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 viewing platform. 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.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?
By: Leon Lederman, Dick Teresi
A fascinating tour of particle physics from Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman. At the root of particle physics is an invincible sense of curiosity. Leon Lederman embraces this spirit of inquiry as he moves from the Greeks' earliest scientific observations to Einstein and beyond to chart this unique arm of scientific study. His survey concludes with the Higgs boson, nicknamed the God Particle, which scientists hypothesize will help unlock the last secrets of the subatomic universe, quarks and all—it's the dogged pursuit of this almost mystical entity that inspires Lederman's witty and accessible history.
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men And Mountains
By: Krakauer, Jon
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By: DK Eyewitness
Einstein: His Life and Universe
By: Walter Isaacson
By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk—a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate—became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom, and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

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When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought
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Swiss History in a Nutshell
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Swiss History in a Nutshell gives you an easy-to-read insight into the most fascinating moments in Switzerland's rich and colourful history - from its cavemen to its conquests, foundation, growth, independence and prosperity. Switzerland's surprising past as a leading military power in Europe - how Swiss democracy matured through several revolutions - the origins of Swiss cultural differences and how they were overcome to create a stable federal republic how Switzerland's direct democracy, consensus politics and legendary good industrial relations were achieved. Cartoons (naughty and nice) illustrate this kaleidoscope of key events that have created Switzerland as it is today.
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A new edition of the most definitive collection of Albert Einstein's popular writings, gathered under the supervision of Einstein himself. The selections range from his earliest days as a theoretical physicist to his death in 1955; from such subjects as relativity, nuclear war or peace, and religion and science, to human rights, economics, and government.
Who Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN
By: Gagnon, Pauline
Paul Klee: Life and Work
By: Boris Friedewald
This beautiful and affordable volume offers high-quality reproductions and the latest biographical information on Paul Klee, who helped pave the way for Modernism. Readers of this book will find much to discover and relish in Paul Klee's art. Several lavish reproductions of his iconic works, as well as those that are more rarely exhibited, are featured alongside in-depth biographical information that looks beyond his many artistic achievements to explore the life and times of the man himself. Never-before-published photographs of Klee and his circle, as well as entertaining and enlightening anecdotes, offer a multifaceted perspective on a groundbreaking artist and the events that helped shape his colorful, imaginative work.
A Taste of Switzerland
By: Sue Style, John Miller
Now you can discover some of Switzerland's finest recipes and culinary traditions. A Taste of Switzerland includes more than 50 recipes of specialities from all regions of Switzerland. Chapters focus on festivities, breads, cheeses, sausages, game and mushrooms, the significance of chocolate, fruits, wine, and the art of the Swiss hotelier. There is a bibliography, a list of food and wine museums, an index and 119 luscious colour photographs. Swiss food, folklore, history and traditions are interspersed with many recipes to give you a tempting taste of the richness of the country's diverse gastronomic cultures. Sue Style's writing stimulates more than your taste buds as she describes the delectable flavours that give a unique identity to each region. She takes you to dairies, vineyards, butchers and bakers, as well as to some of Switzerland's finest restaurants and hotels and shares with you her many impressions, anecdotes - and of course recipes. Clear and simple instructions enable you to prepare a whole range of Swiss dishes and specialities.
Switzerland - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
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Voyage to the Heart of Matter: The ATLAS Experiment at CERN (Pop-Up Books (Papadakis))
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Beyond Chocolate: Understanding Swiss culture
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Coming Out Swiss: In Search of Heidi, Chocolate, and My Other Life
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Hotel Du Lac
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