The magnificent Alps instill a sense of awe, peacefulness, and reflection. This exciting journey highlights the history, arts, and Alpine scenery of Switzerland, Italy, and Austria—as well as historic Swiss trains.

Starting at: $7,292 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Innsbruck, nestled amid the Alps  Historic Swiss train with the Matterhorn in the distance  View of Lake Lucerne, the town of Lucerne, and Mt. Pilatus in the distance  The charming Swiss town of Lucerne with its famous bridge  View of the Matterhorn. Credit: Ricardo Lepatan Jr.  The <i>Gornergrat Bahn</i>, highest cog railway in Europe, with the Matterhorn  Matterhorn peak in the Swiss Alps  The <i>Glacier Express</i> traveling through a tunnel in the Alps  Street in Switzerland's Bellinoza  The Simplon Pass with view of the Alps  Lake Lugano with village of Morcote  The village of Stresa, located on Lake Maggiore  View of charming Salzburg  Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg  Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Treasures of the Alps: Swiss Trains and Italy's Lake District

14 days from $7,292 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

The magnificent Alps instill a sense of awe, peacefulness, and reflection. This exciting journey highlights the history, arts, and Alpine scenery of Switzerland, Italy, and Austria—as well as historic Swiss trains.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Jun 6 - 19, 2022 Departure
Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1990, Tim has published extensively on the political and cultural history of Europe in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Among his publications are The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture (2002), The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007), The Triumph of Music (2008) and The Romantic Revolution (2010).  Tim's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian and Arabic. His most recent book is a best-selling and prize-winning biography of Frederick the Great King of Prussia, published by Penguin/Random House. For his current project on the exciting if notorious Augustus ‘the Strong’ of Saxony and Poland he has expanded his area of expertise to include the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe.

Aug 8 - 21, 2022 Departure; Sep 5 - 18, 2022 Departure
Hugh Neighbour

Hugh Neighbour

Hugh Neighbour brings many years of experience as a diplomat for the U.S. and an officer in the U.S. Navy, mostly working overseas.  Specialized in political and economic affairs, he was posted in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.  Hugh was awarded the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award as well as a number of Department of State awards for distinguished service. 

Since retiring from the U.S. State Department in 2010, Hugh has worked as a consultant in both Washington and overseas, served as an official observer for several elections overseas, and lectured aboard high-end cruise ships. Several times a year, Hugh directs a course in advanced foreign area studies to select groups in the Washington region.  Hugh will offer a fresh, up-to-date perspective on the history, culture, and current affairs of the fascinating peoples and places you will visit.

Sep 19 - Oct 2, 2022 Departure
Bertrand Patenaude

Bertrand Patenaude

Dr. Bertrand Patenaude is an expert in modern European history and international relations at Stanford University, where he is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Dr. Patenaude has lectured throughout Europe and has led several study tours on the Danube, including his first trip for Smithsonian Journeys in 1991. He first came to the region as a student in Vienna, during his Junior Year Abroad in 1975-76, and he spent a year as a graduate student at the University of Vienna in 1977-78. He received his BA from Boston College and his MA and PhD from Stanford University. Dr. Patenaude is the author and editor of several books on European, Russian, and American history. His most recent book is Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, which was serialized for radio in Great Britain by the BBC. His first book, The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921 (Stanford University Press, 2002), won the 2003 Marshall Shulman Book Prize and has been made into a documentary film for Public Television. He taught for eight years in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where his outstanding performance as a classroom instructor was recognized with the Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence for two consecutive years.