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

Science and art enthusiasts will delight in this new journey to Switzerland. As you travel to Zurich, Bern, and Geneva, follow in the footsteps of Albert Einstein, behold the magnificent Jungfrau, and view the art of Paul Klee. A special highlight features a behind-the-scenes look at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Highlights Include

  • Science: Follow Albert Einstein’s career as a student and professor in Zurich, then in Bern visit his former home, the university where he studied and taught, and the Einstein Museum. Take a private tour of the Sphinx Observatory, perched on a shockingly steep precipice in the Alps.
  • CERN: Located just outside Geneva, CERN is home to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator—the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), as seen on SmithsonianMag.com. In 2019 a scheduled shutdown allows the rare opportunity to descend five stories into the heart of ATLAS, largest of the LHC’s four detectors, for an up-close look at this sophisticated scientific equipment. 
  • Arts and Culture: View one of Switzerland’s most important art collections and works by Paul Klee in Zurich and Bern. Take in stunning Alpine panoramas from the windows of a cog railway as you ascend the Bernese Alps to the “Top of Europe.” Enjoy a relaxing day in the Swiss countryside with a private wine tasting and savor meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and a traditional raclette lunch in Gruyere.

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 ATLAS Cavern and attend a presentation by a senior scientist 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)

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)