Western Option Itinerary

Western Option Itinerary 2018









 Aug.      3   F       Arrival in Edinburgh and transfer to the Chancellor’s Court, a hall of residence oF
                           Edinburgh University.  Welcome dinner at the Dome Restaurant in the New Town.

              4   S      Day free in Edinburgh. Optional walking tour of city and visit to the National Gallery of Scotland.
                           Evening visit to the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

              5    Su    Morning departure by private bus for St John’s College, University of Durham.
                            Picnic lunch on the beach at Alnmouth. Arrival in afternoon. Allocation of rooms. 
                            Course orientation, followed by opening dinner.                      


               6 M       Morning lecture followed by excursion by private bus to Hadrian’s Wall;
                            including Newcastle Museum, Vindolanda, and Cilurnum (Chesters Fort and
                            Museum). Evening free.

               7 T        Morning lecture followed by excursion to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) and Bamburgh. Evening free.              

               8 W       Morning briefing followed by excursion by private bus to Escomb Church, Hexham Abbey,
                            Jarrow Church and Bede’s World Museum. Evening free.

               9 Th     Morning briefing followed by full day excursion on foot in Durham, including the Castle, the
                          Cathedral, Treasury and the Monks’ Dormitory Museums. Evening seminar.                      

             10 F       Morning briefing followed by full day excursion by private bus to Alnwick Castle, Edlingham
                          Church and Castle. Evening free.

             11  S      Free day until final farewell dinner at a Durham restaurant.

             12  Su    Morning departure by private bus to Oxford, stopping en route at Hardwick Hall,
                          Derbyshire.  Arrive in Oxford at approximately 4:00 P.M.


             The two options are re-united at this point.

Aug       12  Su     On arrival in Lincoln College: assignment of rooms. Orientation session with the
                           Dean of the Program.

             13  M      A talk about Oxford, followed by a walking tour of the City and the University. 
                           Welcome dinner in the evening.                             

             14  T       Regular courses begin.  See syllabi.

During the Oxford portion of the program there will be a number of afternoon or whole-day excursions to sites, monuments
and places of beauty or interest in the Oxford area and the South of England, including Bath and Stonehenge. There will also
be a visit to the Globe Theatre, London, for a production of Shakespeare's King Lear. Dates for these and other expeditions will be
announced while in Oxford, so as to take advantage of weather, and of related topics being studied.  All transport will be paid
by European Studies.


Aug.     24-25  F-Su  Optional mid-course week-end excursion to Dublin, Ireland, traveling by scheduled
                             airline with accommodation in Trinity College. Weekend includes day excursion into the
                             Wicklow Hills with visits to Glendalough and Powerscourt.                          

Sept.     20  Th      In the evening, Oxford Farewell Dinner

             21  F       Course evaluation. Packing.


Sept      22   S     Oxford - Paris

                          Travel up to London by private coach to take the Eurostar train to Paris.  Dinner in a characteristic
                          French restaurant.  Bed and breakfast in the old quarter of the Marais.

            23   Su   Paris

                         Morning visit to the Ile de la Cité, heart of royal medieval Paris, to see important Capetian
                         commissions and explore the development of French Gothic architecture:  Notre-Dame and
                         King Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle, built to house his relic of the Crown of Thorns. Afternoon free
                         to visit the D’Orsay Museum. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             24 M     Paris

                         Visit to the Louvre Museum to study the unparalleled collections of Classical sculpture, Renaissance
                         painting and medieval Objets d'Art. Dinner at a local restaurant. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             25 T     Paris - Chartres - Paris

                        Full day's visit to Chartres by coach to study one of the finest High Gothic cathedrals.
                        Bed and breakfast at hotel.          

             26  W    Paris

                          Morning visit to the Musee de Cluny to study one of the best collections of ecclesiastical
                          and secular Medieval art and artifacts, housed in the 15th century town house of the abbots of
                          Cluny on the site of a Roman bath complex. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Afternoon free for
                          independent study. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             27  Th    Paris – Beaune via Vezelay and Fontenay Abbey

                          Morning departure from Paris by private coach.  Travel south to Burgundy stopping to visit Vezelay
                          and the 12th century Romanesque Basilica of St. Mary Magdelene. Afternoon visits to Fontenay Abbey,
                          a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1098 before continuing on to Beaune.  Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             28  F      Beaune – Dijon - Beaune

                          Full day trip to Dijon to visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Chartreuse de Champmol to view
                          works created for Duke Philip the Bold by the outstanding late 14th century Netherlandish sculptor
                          Claus Sluter. Dinner at a traditional Burgundian restaurant. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             29  S        Beaune

                          Free day in Beaune to hire bikes and explore the surrounding countryside and vineyards. Viticulture
                          session in late afternoon. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             30  Su      Beaune –Rome – Beaune

                          Visit to the Hôtel Dieu, a late medieval hospital, in Beaune, which houses the spectacular The Last
                          Judgement triptych by Rogier van der Weyden, one of the Netherlandish painters patronized by
                          the Dukes of Burgundy in the 15th century.  In the afternoon, see the Romanesque church dedicated
                          to St. Lazare at Autun, to study the fine program of sculpture by Gislebertus.  Bed and breakfast at hotel. 

             1 M        Beaune - Rome

                          Early morning departure from Beaune by private coach to catch an Air France flight from Lyon to Rome.
                          On arrival in Rome, we will take our luggage to the hotel, then begin to explore this magnificent city.
                          The day will include a walk to view San Clemente and ss Cosmas and Damian to explore the development
                          of early church buildings and their splendid cycles of mosaics. Dinner at a local pizza restaurant.

               2  T       Rome

                          Morning visit to three medieval basilicas on the Esquiline Hill, Santa Pudenziana, Santa Maria Maggiore and
                          Santa Prassede, to study the development of early church buildings and their splendid cycles of mosaics.
                          Afternoon free.            

               3 W      Rome

                           Free day in Rome - a chance to see as much of the city as possible. Optional guided afternoon visit to the
                           Capitoline Museum. Morning and early afternoon free.

               4 Th     Rome

                          Morning and early afternoon free. Late-afternoon visit to St. Peter's, followed by privileged private opening of the
                          Vatican Museums. Study Greek and Roman sculpture in the Cortile Belvedere, Raphael's frescoesin the private
                          Papal apartments, and the Sistine Chapel, the Pope's private chapel, to see Michelangelo's great frescoes.

Oct           5 F      Rome – Florence – via Siena

                          By private bus from Rome to Florence, stopping en route in the Tuscan medieval hilltop city of Siena, to
                          visit the cathedral and Duccio's magnificent altarpiece known as the Maestà, and the Palazzo Pubblico to view
                          the work of other Sienese painters such as Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
                          Dinner at a local restaurant in Florence. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

               6   S     Florence

                           Early morning visit to the Baptistery to see the doors designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti, the Duomo to study
                           Brunelleschi's dome, en route to the Bargello and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, two museums specialising
                           in Florentine sculpture.  The two collections contain famous works by Donatello and Michelangelo. Late afternoon
                           visit to the Accademia to see further sculpture by Michelangelo, including the David.  Bed and breakfast at hotel.

                7  Su    Florence

                           Free day in Florence for independent study. Optional afternoon visit to the Duomo
                           cupola. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

               8  M    Florence

                           Morning Visit to Santa Croce, the main Franciscan church in Florence decorated with frescoes by Giotto and
                           the adjoining Pazzi Chapel designed by Brunelleschi. Afternoon free for independent study.  Dinner in our hotel.
                           Bed and breakfast at hotel.        

               9  T    Florence

                         Morning study in the Uffizi Gallery, concentrating on works by Florentine painters such as Cimabue, Giotto,
                         Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Free afternoon for independent study. Bed and breakfast at hotel. 

              10 W    Florence – Venice – via Ravenna

                         By private bus from Florence to Ravenna, capital of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, to see
                         Early Christian and Byzantine mosaics in the “Mausoleum of Galla Placidia”, San Vitale, the Neonian Baptistery
                         and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. Continue on to Venice and to the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.  Bed and
                         breakfast at hotel.

              11 Th   Venice

                         Morning introduction to the unique city of Venice, the meeting point of various exotic cultural influences.
                         Walk to St. Mark's Square and visit the Basilica to see the extensive cycle of mosaics. Continue a short distance
                         to look across the mouth of the Grand Canal at Palladio’s great façade of San Giorgio Maggiore. Afternoon free
                         for independent study. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

              12  F    Venice

                         Morning study-visit to the Accademia painting gallery to see a selection of work of the finest Venetian painters
                         such as Carpaccio, Bellini, Giorgione, Mantegna and Titian.  Afternoon free to explore the outer islands of Murano,
                         Borano and Torcello.  Bed and breakfast at hotel. 

             13 S     Venice – San Vigilio di Marebbe – via Padua

                         Morning departure by private coach to Padua to visit the Arena Chapel which contains one of the masterpieces
                         of early 14th-century narrative fresco painting, commissioned from Giotto by Enrico Scrovegni, and the works of
                         Donatello in the Basilica of St. Anthony.  Lunch at a local restaurant in Padua then on to the beautiful Alpine resort
                         of San Vigilio, high in the Dolomite Mountains.  Bed and breakfast at hotel.

Oct        14  Su   San Vigilio di Marebbe

                         Free day for hiking in the Dolomite mountains. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             15 M     San Vigilio – Diessen-am-Ammersee – via Innsbruck

                         Drive over the Alps into Germany, through a slice of Austria (stopping for lunch in Innsbruck) and exhilarating
                         alpine landscapes to the Bavarian lakeside town of Diessen-am-Ammersee, just outside Munich. Dinner in our hotel.
                         Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             16  T    DiessenMunich - Diessen

                        Drive into Munich to visit the Alte Pinakothek, which houses one of the very finest collections of Northern
                        (especially German) Renaissance paintings; we will study important works by, among others, Dürer, Altdorfer and
                        Cranach.  Free afternoon and early evening in Munich, before returning to hotel in Diessen.

             17   W  Diessen – Bamberg, via Nördlingen and Rothenberg

                        By private bus along the Romantic Road to Nördlingen, where we will see sculpture by Nicolaus Gerhaert.
                        Lunch in a country inn at Wallerstein. From there, we travel on to Rothenberg-ob-der-Tauber and then on
                        to Bamberg. Bed and breakfast in Bamberg.          

             18  Th  Bamberg

                        Morning visit to the imperial cathedral and its sculpture, including an altarpiece by Veit Stoss and the famous
                        Bamberg Rider. Free afternoon to explore the city. Bed and breakfast Bamberg.

             19  F   Bamberg - Nuremberg - Bamberg 

                       Nuremberg, home city of Albrecht Durer, and a city of major cultural importance in the 16th century. Morning
                       visit to the two parish churches of Nuremberg, St. Sebaldus and St. Lorenz, to look chiefly at German Renaissance
                       sculpture, and think a little about the impact of the Reformation. Free afternoon for independent study.  Dinner at
                       a local restaurant. Bed and breakfast Bamberg.

             20  S  Bamberg – Bruges

                       Day journey to the lovely medieval town of Bruges. Bed and breakfast in our Bruges hotel.

             21 Su  Bruges

                       Morning visit to the Groeninge Museum and the St. John Hospital to study Netherlandish painting, including
                       superb works by Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling.  Afternoon free in Bruges.  Final Continental dinner in our
                       hotel. Bed and breakfast at hotel.

             22  M  Bruges – Ghent - Bruges

                       Morning departure to Ghent to see Jan and Hubert van Eyck’s astonishing “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”,
                       often referred to simply as the Ghent Altarpiece, in the Sint Baafskathedraal.  Bed and breakfast at hotel.

Oct        23  T   Bruges – London

                       Early morning departure by private coach to Calais to take the Chunnel to Folkestone, England. Private
                       bus transfer to hotel in central London.

 (Bed and breakfast accommodation in the Lancaster Hall Hotel for the two nights in London).  N.B. The two options are re-united at this point.   

             24  W  London

                       Final morning study visit to the National Gallery to explore its outstanding collection of late medieval and
                       Renaissance paintings.  Evening visit to a see a ballet or West End performance, followed by Final Dinner.
                       (Dresses; jackets and ties).

             25  Th  Morning transfer to Heathrow airport for flight to the United States.


                                                                                                                        December 2017


N.B.     The above itinerary is as complete as advance planning permits, but unforeseen circumstances may necessitate occasional adjustments.