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Global Symposium

August 30-September 10, 2020 Postponed

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Berlin Wall
Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest
Melk Abbey in Austria

Europe and the United States: An Unparalleled Alliance aboard Crystal Mahler

Join eminent thinkers, change-makers and historians from both continents for an in-depth examination of the relationship between Europe and the United States at this pivotal moment in history.

Accompanying our group is Smith College Associate Professor of Government Brent Durbin. He, along with a stellar lineup of experts, historians and scholars will offer a series of lectures. Featured speakers include Sylvia Poggioli, award-winning senior European correspondent for NPR’s International Desk; Annette Gordon-Reed, renowned law professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Charles Warren, professor of American legal history at Harvard Law School; and Jeremy Weinstein, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University.

Amid gala receptions and dinners in landmark venues, leaders and guest speakers will explore key moments of the past that serve as incisive lenses for evaluating future global prospects and challenges. The speaker series—combined with the unparalleled service, exceptional cuisine, and customized touring offered aboard the intimate, privately chartered 94-guest Crystal Mahler—makes this gathering a world-class Danube cruise unlike any other.


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Trip Highlights

  • Gather in Budapest to hear from prominent leaders, including David Cameron, former British prime minister from 2010–2016.
  • Enjoy an outstanding combination of a rich educational program and private musical performances, including a concert by members of the Vienna Philharmonic.
  • Experience private, expert-led tours, including a specially curated Jewish heritage tour.
  • Take part in a private culinary class and enjoy exclusive wine tastings.
  • Savor Michelin-inspired farm-to-table dining on board the luxurious Crystal Mahler.

Faculty Speaker

  • Brent Durbin, Associate Professor of Government

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Trip Details

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active
  • Cost: From $14,990 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: From $7,500 per person
  • Deposit: $2,500 per person, payable to Criterion Travel
  • Co-sponsors: Harvard University and Stanford University