Arrive in Amsterdam and board the luxurious Scenic Jasper. Enjoy a welcome reception on board and raise your glass to the exciting days ahead. Spend a day cruising Amsterdam’s canals or discover nearby Volendam and its unusual raised homes before heading to Edam, renowned for its round cheese. In Cologne, enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway of Germany and discover the Schloss Drachenburg castle. The next port, Koblenz, is a historic city that straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Here you may choose to discover Cochem, a medieval gem that rests on the banks of Moselle. You can explore the town on a guided tour, which includes a visit to Reichsburg Cochem Castle, or you can visit a local vineyard and sample its wines. Next, stop in Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress minitrain for a guided tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet. Join a local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg Castle. In the evening, enjoy a private concert at a baroque palace. Your journey will end in Basel, but first, visit Strasbourg, where you’ll discover La Petite France and stroll through Old Town with its half-timbered houses and Alsatian winstubs; alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Read More >
Barry Alvarez is in his 17th year as Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin in 2018-19, and his 15th without the additional title of head football coach. Alvarez served as A.D. and football coach from 2004-05. Wisconsin has enjoyed remarkable success during Alvarez’s tenure, winning a combined 15 team national titles and 64 conference regular-season or tournament crowns.
Antje Petty is the Associate Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an interdisciplinary institute for research and outreach on German immigration to America. Antje works to connect the Institute with the community through talks, lectures, and workshops. She will give educational lectures during the cruise.