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. 

Starting at: $7,995 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 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  Sphinx Observatory perched in the Jungfrau  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

Overview

Art and science enthusiasts will delight in this unique, updated journey to Switzerland. As you travel to Zurich, Bern, and Geneva, follow in the footsteps of Albert Einstein, view the art of Paul Klee, and take in breathtaking panoramas of the Bernese Alps. A special highlight features a visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Highlights Include

  • Science: Follow Albert Einstein’s career as a student and professor in Zurich. In Bern, visit the Einstein Museum, which is part of the Bern Historical Museum, and features fascinating exhibitions on the famous physicist. You’ll also follow in his footsteps in his flat on Kramgasse No. 49, where he lived during the important years of 1903 to 1905 when he developed his Theory of Relativity.
  • CERN: Located just outside Geneva, CERN is home to a vast international community of scientists who seek answers to the most fundamental questions of physics. Visit this amazing site and learn about the work that has taken place here since 1954. You’ll meet with a scientist for a private talk regarding their ongoing research, including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Continuing to the main center of CERN, explore the Microcosms Exhibit and the Universe of Particles Sphere.
  • Arts: Visit the Kunsthaus Zurich Museum showcasing an extensive modern art collection, and the Swiss National Museum with its comprehensive collection of cultural history. In Bern, stop at the Zentrum Paul Klee, home to the largest collection of Klee’s works in the world, which is housed in an architectural gem designed by Renzo Piano.
  • Culture: Take in stunning Alpine panoramas from the windows of a cog railway as you ascend the Bernese Alps to the “Top of Europe” restaurant and the Sphinx Terrace. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the Swiss countryside featuring a wine tasting at a private estate. And savor dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant and a traditional raclette lunch in the medieval town of Gruyères.

2021 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 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 in downtown Zurich.

After lunch, visit the Kunsthaus Zürich Museum with its extensive modern art collection. Stop at ETH University for a look at the campus and panoramic views of Zurich. Einstein studied and taught at the university, which specializes in natural sciences, engineering, and technology, and has produced 20 Nobel Prize winners. (B,L)

Day 4 — Zurich / Bern

This morning, check out of the hotel and drive to Bern. Visit the Einstein House, where Albert Einstein lived when he developed his Theory of Relativity. 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. 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. Take in the panoramic breathtaking views and a walking tour through the Ice Palace.

Enjoy lunch and spectacular views at Restaurant Top of Europe and then continue to the Sphinx Terrace for panoramic views over the Alps. Perched on a steep precipice, the Sphinx Observatory (currently closed to visitors) 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. Afterwards, continue to Geneva and stretch your legs during a short walking tour of old town. 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. After lunch in a local restaurant, there is an optional afternoon excursion to Le Lavaux, internationally famous as a terraced wine-growing region on the shores of Lake Geneva. Enjoy a wine-tasting at a private wine estate and take in the fresh air and beautiful countryside. 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. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and highest-energy particle collider (and the largest machine in the world), lies in a tunnel 17 miles in circumference below and around the center. 

Meet with scientists at one of the detectors along the LHC for a behind-the-scenes look at the site, above ground facilities, and a private talk regarding the ongoing research. Continue on the to main center of CERN to explore the Microcosms Exhibit and the Universe of Particles Sphere. 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)