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 a Rare Visit to the Supercollider at CERN

9 days from $8,995

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 and science enthusiasts will delight in this special journey to Switzerland. As you travel to Zurich, Bern, and Geneva, follow in the footsteps of Albert Einstein, tour an Alpine observatory, 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 and visit the university where he studied and taught, then in Bern explore his former home 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 In 2020 a scheduled shutdown allows the rare opportunity to descend into the heart of the underground operation for an up-close look at the LHC and its massive detectors. 
  • 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.

*Please note: Travelers with pacemakers and other ferromagnetic medical implants are not allowed to visit the underground facilities inside the LHC -- Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Please see Activity Level tab for other restrictions.

2020 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 guided walking tour along the 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 and lecture followed by a walking tour through Zurich.

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

Day 4 — Zurich / Bern

This morning, visit 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. 

Drive to Bern. Visit the Einstein House, where Albert Einstein lived when he developed his Theory of Relativity. 

After lunch, travel to Zentrum Paul Klee. Designed by Renzo Piano, this architectural gem houses the largest collection of Klee’s works in the world. A docent tour 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.

Continue to Geneva and enjoy a walking tour of the old town before checking in to your hotel. 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.

After lunch at one of Geneva’s fine restaurants, the afternoon is at leisure. For those who are interested, you may join an optional excursion to the picturesque wine country just outside of Geneva for a private wine-tasting. 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 part of the Large Hadron Collider. Descend underground to witness this impressive equipment upclose. Continue to the main Visitors’ Center to explore CERN’s public exhibits regarding the tremendous research being done.

Savor the morning experience over lunch at the famed Domaine de Châteauvieux, awarded two Michelin stars and overlooking the Rhône Valley.

The evening is at leisure in Geneva. (B,L)


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 will also be allowed access to the aboveground portion of the ALICE detector facilities.

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)