Western Option Itinerary
Western Option Itinerary 2018
WESTERN EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE
OPTION TWO 2018 TRAVEL ITINERARY
I. GREAT BRITAIN
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.
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
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.
LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD
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.
II. THE CONTINENT AND LONDON
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
Morning visit to the Musée 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.
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
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
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 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 frescoes in the private
Papal apartments, and the Sistine Chapel, the Pope's private chapel, to see Michelangelo's great fresoces.
3 W Rome
Morning visit to three churches in the centre of the city, to study the development of early church buildings
and their various decorative styles, starting with the Classical structure of the Pantheon, moving to the Italian
Gothic of Santa Maria sopra Minerva and finishing with the Baroque glory of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. Afternoon
free for independent study.
4 Th 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.
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
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.
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
Free day in Florence. 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 Diessen – Munich - 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 - Nuremberg - Bamberg
Nuremberg, (Nürnberg in German), home city of Albrecht Dürer, 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. Bed and breakfast Nuremberg.
19 F 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.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Bed and breakfast at hotel.
20 S Bamberg – Bruges via Aachen
Day journey to the lovely medieval town of Bruges with a stop in Aachen to visit Charlemagne’s Palatine Chapel
and the Treasury Museum that houses a splendid collection of Carolingian works of art. Bed and breakfast in our
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.
N.B. The above itinerary is as complete as advance planning permits, but unforeseen circumstances may necessitate occasional adjustments.