Dates: August 9 - August 17, 2019
Total Duration: 9 days
Cost: From $8,395 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Western Europe
Science and art enthusiasts will delight in this new journey to Switzerland. Discover Switzerland's history and beauty with a close look into current scientific research, important historical figures and impressive Swiss art collections. The itinerary features private guided tours and visits to renowned scientific and cultural landmarks in the ancient and scientifically vibrant cities of Zurich, Geneva and Bern, Switzerland.
Follow Albert Einstein's career as student and professor in Zurich, then in Bern visit his flat and office as well as the Einstein Museum. View some of Switzerland's most important art collections, including a visit to the celebrated architectural masterpiece Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. Take in stunning Alpine panoramas from the windows of a cog railway as you ascend the Bernese Alps to the "Top of Europe." Afterwards, enjoy a private tour of the Sphinx Observatory and learn about ongoing research. Visit Chillon Castle on the shores of Lake Geneva, taste wine at a historic wine estate, and savor exquisite meals throughout, including a lunch at a famed Michelin-starred restaurant.
A special highlight features a behind-the-scenes look at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Located just outside Geneva, CERN is home to the world's most powerful particle accelerator—the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In 2019 a scheduled shutdown allows the rare opportunity to visit CMS, one of the LHC's four detectors, for an up-close look at this sophisticated scientific equipment.
Participants are expected to be in good health and capable of walking unassisted over uneven terrain. Travelers sensitive to altitudes may have difficulty participating in the all-day excursion to the Jungfraujoch, which sits at an elevation of over 11,000 feet.
Please note that the underground portion of the visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (CMS detector) is not appropriate for pregnant women, children under 10 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 may also be allowed access to the aboveground portion of the CMS detector facilities.