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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



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