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PRAGUE TO PARIS

Main & Rhine Rivers aboard the elegant River Cloud II

With John Stewart, Senior Preceptor in Music, Emeritus

October 9–22, 2013


PRAGUE TO PARIS ABOARD THE RIVER CLOUD II

October 9–22, 2013 (13 nights/14 days)

Visit Miltenberg in historically medieval Germany, where the Main River divides the Old Town on its left bank from the newer

neighborhoods that have spread along its right bank since the early 1900s.

THIS MEMORABLE JOURNEY

through the Czech Republic,

Germany, and France features

romantic Old World villages set

among picturesque winding rivers,

vineyards, and rolling hills, as well

as vibrant cities emblematic of a

rapidly transforming Europe.

The itinerary is bookended by two

of Europe’s most dynamic cities—

Prague and Paris—connected by a

scenic river cruise aboard the

elegant River Cloud II from

Nuremberg to Strasbourg and a

two-hour journey on France’s

high-speed train, TGV, from

Strasbourg to Paris.

As you cruise along the Main

and Rhine Rivers, you will enjoy

the amenities of the lovely

88-passenger River Cloud II, one

of the finest river vessels in Europe

and chartered for the exclusive

use of Harvard and Yale travelers.

On board you will find elegant

staterooms and public areas,

refined cuisine, and impeccable

service.

A series of lectures by Harvard

music professor John Stewart,

joined by Yale lecturer Carole Fink,

on the region’s complex history and

cultural treasures will enhance your

experience.

Explore Prague Castle (cover), said to be the largest ancient castle in the world, repository of the Czech crown jewels,

and official offices of Bohemian kings, Holy Roman Emperors, and Czech presidents over the centuries.

TO BOOK A TRIP CALL 800-422-1636 OR VISIT ALUMNI.HARVARD.EDU/HAA/TRAVEL


HAA STUDY LEADER

John Stewart, Senior Preceptor in Music at Harvard University,

Emeritus, is a composer and music theorist. He earned degrees from

the New England Conservatory and Harvard University, where he studied

with composers Earl Kim, Leon Kirchner, and Lukas Foss, among others.

A composer of chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, Stewart taught at

the New England Conservatory for many years before joining the faculty

of Harvard University, where he taught courses in harmony, counterpoint, composition,

and musicianship for more than 25 years, until his retirement in 2008.

In addition to his Harvard activities, Stewart was the founder and director of the “Young

Musicians’ Program” at Oregon’s Ernest Bloch Festival, where he received numerous

premières of his music (1998–2006). In the fall of 2009, Stewart was lured out of

retirement for a two-year visiting professorship at the Frost School of Music, University

of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Now happily re-retired, he divides his time between

composing, painting, writing, gardening, hiking, and birding. John’s wife, Susan McGee,

is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and has been the registrar of the Harvard Division

of Continuing Education for more than 30 years. Together they look forward to their return

to Prague with a new group of Harvard Alumni.

On this program Stewart will lecture on the German romantic, E.T.A Homann, whose

writings inspired so many 19th-century composers (Tchaikovsky, Oenbach, and particularly

Robert Schumann among them), and also on “the education of the musical ear.”

OTHER FEATURED LECTURER

Carole Fink is Humanities Distinguished Professor, Emerita, at The Ohio

State University. A specialist in European international history, she is the

author of several award-winning books, as well as numerous articles and

chapters on contemporary European history. She is currently finishing a

book on the global Cold War, 1917–1991.

Spend a morning at the magnificent Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage site described as “the most

homogeneous and the most extraordinary of the Baroque palaces.”

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SCHEDULE BY DAY

Cruise along the Main and Rhine Rivers through scenic rolling hills carpeted with lush vineyards, disembarking to explore the canals of

Strasbourg’s Petite France district (top center) before continuing via the TGV train to Paris, the “City of Light” (top right).

WEDNESDAY–THURSDAY,

OCTOBER 9–10

Home / Prague,

Czech Republic

Depart home on an overnight flight to

Prague. Upon arrival, check in to the

hotel. Prague Marriott Hotel

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

Prague

Explore Prague’s Old Town, a UNESCO

World Heritage site, on a guided

walking tour that showcases six

centuries of architectural styles. In

the former Jewish quarter see

Europe’s oldest synagogue and the

evocative Old Jewish Cemetery.

Enjoy an afternoon of independent

exploration before a private welcome

gala at lovely Lobkowicz Castle.

Prague Marriott Hotel (B,D)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

Prague

This morning explore the ancient

Prague Castle complex, which was a

royal residence in the 9th century and

today comprises a rich variety

of buildings from every period of its

history. Prague Marriott Hotel (B,L)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13

Prague / Nuremberg,

Germany (Embark)

After a typical Bavarian lunch in

Nuremberg, visit the Third Reich

parade grounds and tour the

courthouse, site of the Nuremberg

trials. Embark the River Cloud II and

depart this evening, transiting the

Main-Danube Canal, originally

conceived by Charlemagne in the

8th century and completed in 1992.

River Cloud II (B,L,D)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14

Bamberg

Arrive this morning in Bamberg,

founded in 902. Enjoy a walking tour

of its beautifully preserved Old Town

and a private string quartet concert,

followed by an afternoon of cruising

along the Main River.

River Cloud II (B,L,D)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

Würzburg

Explore one of the most magnificent

Baroque buildings in southern

Germany—the Würzburg Residenz

Palace. In the 16th century, the

medieval castle was converted into

a magnificent palace. Also enjoy a

children’s choir concert in a local

church and a private tasting of

Franconian wines in the historic

cellar of the Residenz Palace.

River Cloud II (B,L,D)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

Miltenberg

Dock this morning at Miltenberg, an

important trading center along

Bavaria’s famous Romantic Road.

Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s

picturesque timberwork houses, then

continue to Amorbach for a concert

on its renowned Baroque organ.

River Cloud II (B,L,D)

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

Cruising the Rhine

Cruise along the most beautiful

stretch of the Romantic Rhine

through the Middle Rhine Valley, a

UNESCO World Heritage site that has

inspired artists and composers for

centuries. This afternoon choose

between a visit to 12th-century

Marksburg Castle, considered the

best-preserved medieval castle on

the river, or a guided bicycling

expedition along riverside paths

through scenic towns and

countryside. River Cloud II (B,L,D)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Heidelberg / Speyer

Take a guided walking tour of

Heidelberg, which boasts of great

poets and academics, world-famous

castle ruins, and Germany’s oldest

university. Visit Speyer’s acclaimed

Romanesque cathedral, which

houses the largest crypt in Germany.

River Cloud II (B,L,D)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is home to the European

Parliament, which makes important

decisions about the future of its 27

member countries. Explore the city’s

historic, UNESCO World Heritagedesignated

center, which features

16th-century half-timbered houses

and a gothic cathedral built of red

sandstone. Also enjoy a panel

discussion on European aairs with

local leaders. River Cloud II (B,L,D)


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

Strasbourg (Disembark) /

Paris

Disembark the River Cloud II and

meander on local boats through the

canals of Strasbourg’s “Petite France,”

originally the tanners’ and fishmongers’

districts. Then board the

TGV (high-speed train) for Paris and,

upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic coach

tour of the city’s architectural

highlights and an evening at leisure.

Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de

Triomphe (B,L)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21

Paris

This morning choose one of two

walking tours of Paris neighborhoods—either

the stylish Marais

district, including Place des Vosges

and the newly renovated Picasso

Museum, or the boutique-lined

streets and artistic haunts of the

Latin Quarter. Or, at an additional

cost, take a guided coach excursion

to Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s

house and the lovely gardens featured

in many of his most famous works.

The afternoon is free for independent

exploration before a festive farewell

reception and dinner.

Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de

Triomphe (B,L,D)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22

Paris / Home

This morning transfer to the airport

for flights home. (B)

Paris Prague

Nuremberg

DETAILS

FRANCE

Speyer

Strasbourg

GERMANY

Miltenberg

Würzburg Bamberg

Rhine

Ship size: 75 guests

Activity Level: Moderate

Co-sponsors: Yale Educational Travel

WHAT TO EXPECT

Main

Heidelberg

air

motorcoach

cruise

rail

Main-Danube

Canal

Danube

CZECH

REP.

The pace of this program is moderately active, with one to two miles

of walking each day. Most of the historic city centers have large

segments that are closed to motor coaches, and city tours involve

walking on cobbled streets or uneven terrain, and may involve

extended periods of standing in museums and churches. Participants

with medical issues and/or dietary restrictions must make them

known to us well before departure, and impairments regarding

mobility must be disclosed prior to booking. If you have any questions

about the level of activity of this program or your ability to participate,

please call HAA at 800-422-1636.

HIGHLIGHTS


leader, John Stewart, as well as other featured lectures.


excellent cuisine of the River Cloud II, just over half the size of

most riverboats in the region, as you glide past grand cathedrals,

medieval monasteries, castles, and vineyards.




Seine in Paris.


Alsace, and Paris during meals and private tastings ashore.


Renaissance music by a talented quartet in Prague, the Bamberg

String Quartet in the city’s historic residence, a children’s choir in


Take a specially arranged guided tour of the courthouse in


discussion on European aairs with local leaders in Strasbourg,

home of the European Parliament.


RIVER CLOUD II

LAND/CRUISE RATES, per person

CATEGORY DOUBLE SINGLE

C

B

A

SUN DECK

CABIN DECK

Cabin Deck (forward), 118 sq.ft., $8,995 $13,495

two portholes, twin beds.

Cabin Deck, 118 sq.ft., two portholes, $9,995 $14,995

twin beds (which can be pushed together to form one queen bed)

Promenade Deck, 150 sq.ft., $11,495 ——

three panoramic windows, queen bed

(which cannot be separated into twins)

AIR ARRANGEMENTS International and U.S. domestic airfare is not

included in the program cost. Round-trip, economy-class airfare

New York to Prague with return from Paris is approximately $1,109

as of December 2012 and is subject to change without notice.

PROMENADE DECK

GENERAL INFORMATION

TOUR COST INCLUSIONS: All accommodations

and meals as specified in the itinerary;

All excursions as specified in the itinerary;

Full program of briefings, lectures, and

presentations; First-class tickets aboard the

TGV from Strasbourg to Paris; Wine with

welcome and farewell receptions; House

wine, beer, and soft drinks with all group

lunches and dinners; Bottled water during

daily excursions; Group arrival and departure

transfers; Baggage handling; Gratuities

to porters, wait sta, guides, drivers, and

shipboard personnel for all group activities;

Entrance fees and port charges; Professional

tour manager; $50,000 Emergency Medical

Evacuation Insurance.

TOUR COST EXCLUSIONS: U.S. domestic and

international airfare; Passport and visa

expenses; Medical expenses and immunizations;

Airport transfers except as noted above;

Travel and trip cancellation insurance; Optional

excursions or deviations from the scheduled

tour; Excess baggage charges; Meals not

specified in the itinerary; Dishes and beverages

not part of the included meals; Personal items

such as alcoholic beverages, room service,

e-mail, telephone and fax calls, laundry, and

gratuities for non-group services.

RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS, & FINAL PAYMENT:

To reserve a space on this program, a $1,000

deposit is required per person. Please either

call us at 800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806 or

fill out and mail or fax the registration form

found in this brochure. Reservations are

acknowledged in order of receipt until the

maximum enrollment has been reached. Final

payment deadline is June 12, 2013, 120 days

prior to departure.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: Notification

of cancellation must be received in writing

by HAA from the participant. Cancellations

within 14 days of booking: full refund;

cancellations received up to 120 days prior

to departure will be assessed a cancellation

fee of $1,000 per person. Cancellations

received within 120 days prior to departure

are subject to 100% penalty of all deposits

and payments.

ITINERARY CHANGES: The The itinerary

contained in this brochure is accurate at

the time of printing. We reserve the right to

change the program or accommodations as

conditions warrant.

Launched by the owners of the legendary Sea Cloud,

the five-star River Cloud II combines nostalgic luxury

with state-of the-art marine technology to create an

elegant and intimate cruising experience. The 43

outside cabins each oer a large queen or two twin

beds, individually adjustable air-conditioning,

minibar, TV/video, personal safe, cozy robes, fresh

flowers, and private bathroom (with shower)

appointed in marble with brass and gold fixtures.

Cabin Deck staterooms feature brass-rimmed

portholes; Promenade Deck staterooms feature

panoramic arched windows. The public areas include

a spacious lounge with a custom-built Steinway

grand piano, paneled mahogany library, large sun

deck with teak deck chairs and bar, sauna/fitness

area, small boutique, hair salon, and a dining room

that accommodates all guests in a single, unassigned

seating. Refined Italian-influenced cuisine is prepared

by outstanding European chefs incorporating local

ingredients fresh from the market, and a fine

selection of wines from regional vintages is included

with lunches and dinners on board.

TO BOOK A TRIP CALL 800-422-1636 OR VISIT ALUMNI.HARVARD.EDU/HAA/TRAVEL

INSURANCE: We highly recommend the

purchase of trip cancellation insurance.

An application for insurance will be provided

by HAA upon confirmation.

RESPONSIBILITY: Certain other provisions

apply regarding limitations of liability and

rights of HAA and the tour operator. The

statement of responsibility is available at

http: /alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/

prague-paris-2013. If you are not able to

access the internet, please call HAA Travels

at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.

DISCLAIMER: Every reasonable eort has

been made to ensure the accuracy of

information presented in this publication.

Neither HAA nor the tour operator is

responsible for errors in or damages

resulting from use of the information

contained herein. Information contained in

this brochure is subject to change.

QUESTIONS: Please call HAA Travels

at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806,

email: haatravels@harvard.edu.

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PRAGUE TO PARIS

WITH A MAIN &

RHINE RIVERS

CRUISE ON

RIVER CLOUD II

OCT 9–22, 2013

JOHN STEWART

INDIA’S HOLY

RIVER GANGES

ON BENGAL GANGA

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DIANA ECK


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