Shortly after your arrival in Strasbourg, you will have the opportunity to explore Alsace—a region that Louis XIV described as “a beautiful garden.” There are visits to typical villages along the “Route du Vin” and to imposing medieval castles on the heights overlooking the Rhine Valley.
The trip takes you across the Rhine River into Germany and through the Black Forest to the charming university town of Heidelberg. In the morning you’ll tour the castle overlooking the city, and then have a chance to wend your way up the famous Philosopher’s Walk. Late afternoon is reserved for “Kaffee und Kuchen” (coffee and cake), a great German culinary tradition.
Champagne and Lorraine Weekend
In the spring semester, you’ll spend a weekend discovering the Champagne and Lorraine regions. There will be visits to the WWI battlefield of Verdun, to the cathedral where all the kings of France were crowned, and to one of top producers of champagne.
In the fall semester, students have the opportunity to discover another wonderful region of France: Burgundy. There will be visits to the historic center of Dijon, the wine route, the fabulous Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, and some of the region’s outstanding churches and castles.