Europe 2020 with Dr. Matthew Becker, Dr. Gretchen Buggeln

14 days
England, France & Germany
Starting from $5526* Taxes & Fees Apply

Departing on July 12, 2020 | Join Dr. Matthew Becker, Dr. Gretchen Buggeln and the Valparaiso University Alumni Association on this exciting 14-day tour to Europe where you will experience Art History, Churches of Germany, France and England.  Tour pricing starts at $5,526* from Chicago.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare
  • Meals as listed in itinerary

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Chicago to Dusseldorf Airport

Your Journey begins as you depart Chicago destined for Dusseldorf.

Day 2 Maria Königen des Friedens in Neviges / St. Andreas Basilica in Cologne / Cologne Cathedral / Dominikus Boehm Building in Cologne

Arrive in Dusseldorf and head towards Cologne.  Just outside Dusseldorf, visit one of the most revered religious buildings of the Brutalist architectural period at Maria Königen des Friedens in Neviges. In Cologne, visit St. Andreas Basilica which holds the remains of the 13th century theologian, St. Albertus Magnus. Continue to the Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most visited landmarks and seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. Finish today visiting the Dominikus Boehm Building, celebrating one of Germany’s most prolific church architects. (-/-/D)

Day 3 Aachen Pfalzkapelle / Schwarz Kirche St. Fronleichnam / St. Anna in Düren / Cathedral at Mainz

This morning head to Aachen to see the Aachen Pfalzkapelle, one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe and constructed by order of the emperor Charlemagne, who was buried there after his death in 814. See the Schwarz Kirche St. Fronleichnam, built around 1928 and one of the earliest examples of a modern church in Germany. Visit St. Anna in Duren, where in 1506 Pope Julius II decreed all her relics be kept, and has since been the main place of pilgrimage for St. Anna. Later, enjoy the Romanesque and Baroque architecture at the Mainz Cathedral. During WWII, 80% of Mainz was destroyed by bombs, but the church remained largely unharmed. (B/-/D)

Day 4 Rhine River cruise from Rüdesheim to Koblenz / Trier - Porta Nigra / Aula Palatina / Liebfrauenkirche

This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise down the Rhine River departing Rüdesheim on your way to Koblenz. In the afternoon, continue to Trier where you will see the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps, Porta Nigra. Also visit the Aula Palatina, a Roman palace basilica built by Constantine I at the beginning of the 4th century. At Liebfrauenkirche, see the earliest Gothic church in Germany and designated as a Minor Basilica by the Pope in 1951.(B/-/D)

Day 5 Reims Cathedral / Champaign Cave

In Reims, visit the Reims Cathedral.  Built on the site where Clovis, the first king of the Franks was baptized by Saint Remi, the cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Rheims and where the kings of France were crowned. This afternoon, view one of the many champagne caves in the area, which were repurposed from Roman salt and chalk mines in the 1600’s. (B/L/-)

Day 6 St. Chappelle / Louvre Museum / Seine River Cruise on the Bateau Mouches

This morning you will arrive in the magnificent capital of France, Paris. Visit St. Chappelle, the opulent residence of the French kings until the 14th century and holds one of the most extensive 13th century stained glass collections in the world. It was originally constructed to house Louis IX’s collection of Passion relics, including Christ’s Crown of Thorns. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Louvre museum and unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world.  This evening, enjoy a Seine River Cruise on a Bateaux Mouches, an open excursion boat which will provide a wonderful view of Paris via the Seine. (B/-/D)

Day 7 Chartres Cathedral / Versailles

Today enjoy a day trip to Chartres, where you will visit the Chartres Cathedral.  Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which calls it "the highpoint of French Gothic art", the cathedral still retains the majority of the original stained-glass windows. This afternoon, visit the amazing Palace of Versailles, the epitome of ultimate royal decadence. Created by Louis the XIV, the palace was originally a humble hunting lodge, but ultimately expanded to become the luxurious masterpiece which would help spark the French Revolution. (B/L/-)

Day 8 Free Day in Paris

Today enjoy the entire day to explore the city of Paris, on your own. (B/-/-)

Day 9 Paris to London via Chunnel / City Tour of London / Trafalgar Square / St. Martin-in-the-Fields Evensong service

Bid farewell to Paris, as you continue to London via the Chunnel train. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour of London, viewing many of the major landmarks around the city. Later, visit Trafalgar Square which is considered the center of London and an important cultural site for London.  This evening, appreciate an Evensong service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the site of which has housed a church since the medieval period. (B/-/D)

Day 10 St. Paul Cathedral / Buckingham Palace / Tate Modern Museum / Westminster Abbey

In the morning, visit St Paul Cathedral. With its vast dome, the cathedral is an iconic feature of the London skyline and known across the world. Following St. Paul’s, visit Buckingham Palace, the residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and where you will view the infamous Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the afternoon, visit the Tate Modern Museum, where you can view modern and contemporary works by Picasso, Rothko, Dali and Matisse. This evening, visit the iconic Westminster Abbey which has served as the coronation and burial site for the British Monarchy. You will also participate in an Evensong service at Westminster. (B/-/D)

Day 11 British Library / Free Time

This morning, visit the British Library. Serving as the national library of the United Kingdom, the library includes over 150 million items. Among the items on public display in the Sir John Riblat Gallery are the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and manuscripts of the Beatles.  Enjoy the remainder of today free to explore London, on your own. (B/-/D)

Day 12 Stratford upon Avon / Coventry Cathedral

In Stratford-upon-Avon, you will get a glimpse of life as it was in the day of William Shakespeare when you visit his birthplace. Not far away, he courted his wife, Anne Hathaway, in the garden of her delightful thatched roof cottage. You’ll also drive past Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. In Coventry, experience the pain and the triumph of the townspeople when you visit the beautiful cathedral. On the evening of November 14, 1940, a holocaust of bombs and fire destroyed much of the city. The charred ruins of the old cathedral sit next to the exciting architecture of the modern cathedral. They stand together as a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the British people. (B/-/D)

Day 13 Oxford / Cotswold Village / Gordon Russell Museum

Visit Oxford, known worldwide as the home of Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.  The "city of dreaming spires," has been a home to royalty and a vast number of scholars. Continue to Cotswold and its picturesque rolling hills and meadows. Nearby in Broadway, visit the museum celebrating the work of the renowned 20th century furniture designer, Sir Gordon Russell MC. The museum, located in the original grade II listed workshop is a monument to Sir Russell and his Company which is recognized internationally as a major contributor to 20th century design.(B/-/D)

Day 14 Return to USA

Enjoy breakfast before boarding your departing flights home. (B/-/-)

Departure Dates

  1. July 12, 2020
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*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount