2021 Great Journey through Europe

June 30 – July 10, 2021
Tour Operator: Gohagan
Price: From $3,995 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 11 days
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This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the new deluxe Amadeus Imperial. Journey through the western center of the Continent through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, cruising the most scenic sections of the fabled Rhine River.

This program features six UNESCO World Heritage sites: Amsterdam’s storybook canals; Cologne’s Gothic cathedral; the Middle Rhine Valley; the Alsatian city of Strasbourg; Bern’s Old Town; and the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of the Swiss Alps. Visit medieval Rüdesheim in the heart of Germany’s wine country and the historical treasures of romantic Heidelberg.

Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt, Switzerland. Ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Andermatt to Zermatt and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway—and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value. Complement your journey with the two-night Amsterdam Pre-Program Option.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Amsterdam, the Netherlands/ Embark Amadeus Imperial
  • Day 3 : Cologne, Germany
  • Day 4 : Koblenz/Rüdesheim
  • Day 5 : Mannheim for Heidelberg
  • Day 6 : Strasbourg, France
  • Day 7 : Basel, Switzerland/Disembark ship/Bern/Lucerne
  • Day 8 : Lucerne for Mount Pilatus
  • Day 9 : Lucerne/Andermatt for Glacier Express to Zermatt
  • Day 10 : Zermatt for Matterhorn
  • Day 11 : Zermatt/Geneva/Return to the U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2021 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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