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Explore and Learn

June 10-20, 2014
Waltzing the Danube: Majestic Capitals of Central Europe
with faculty host Dr. Don Luidens

This ten day excursion will travel through the enchanting Danube River Valley, with day stops in four capitals of Central Europe (Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest) and other selected cities. Along the way, you will explore the culture and history of the region with a Hope professor and be cared for by the crew of the Illumination, a flagship of Avalon Waterways. Your stateroom will afford you breathtaking vistas as you float at a leisurely pace down the gentle Danube.

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Tour Highlights

  • Five countries and four capital cities
  • Expert Hope faculty host
  • Luxury accommodations on The Illumination
  • Local guides in each city
  • Easy pricing and planning
  • Educational seminar model

Tour Partners


Tour and seminars led by Dr. Don Luidens of the Department of Sociology & Social Work. Travel arrangements and reservations by Pathfinders.

Learn More

Arrangements are being made with Susan Hunter of Pathfinders Travel. She will oversee all applications and will be available to arrange flights. When optional tours from Avalon Waterways are announced, she will be ready to assist with reservations. Susan’s contact information is: Pathfinders Travel, Inc., 25 West 9th Street, Holland, Michigan 49423; 616-396-1983;

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A Tradition of Travel

Hope College began hosting international educational tours for Hope alumni, parents, and friends in 1992 with a trip to Europe with Hope professor Sander DeHaan. The tour continued to grow in popularity over the years, and has traveled to destinations such as Sicily, the Galapagos, Dubrovnik and Africa. The tour typically takes place in the summer and lasts for 10-14 days.

The unique and interesting component of this tour, is that a Hope faculty member is involved with organizing and hosting the tour; making it a true educational experience. Tour participants learn about the history, culture, art and language of the areas they visit. We believe this integration of education and travel is what sets this experience apart from a typical tour. Also, the opportunity to connect with friends from the Hope Community creates a special bond among the participants.

Past Tours



Faculty Guide

2010  Mediterranean Cruise  Don Luidens and Roger Nemeth


New Zealand

Harvey Blankespoor


Vienna (50th Anniversary of the Vienna Summer School)

Stephen Hemenway and Neal Sobania


Dubrovnik and Sarajevo (Vienna post-tour)

Neal Sobania and Bob Donia


East Africa

Harvey Blankespoor


Russian River Cruise; Moscow, St. Petersburg

Larry Penrose


Ireland and England

Bill Reynolds


Germany, Switzerland & the Netherlands

Sander and Georgia DeHaan


Spain, Portugal and Morocco

Ion and Pat Agheana


Costa Rica

Greg Murray and Kathy Winnett-Murray



John and Marilyn Tammi


Vienna (40th Anniversary of the Vienna Summer School)

Paul Fried


Sicily and Italy

Ion Agheana


England, Scotland, and Wales

Tony Muiderman


The Changing Face of Europe

Sander and Georgia DeHaan