Featuring a visit with scientists at CERN

August 16-24, 2024 (9 days)

The Trip

Join Physics Professor Marty Baylor and fellow Carls this summer and experience the natural beauty of Switzerland—from its rolling hills to its sparkling lakes. Both art and science are human attempts to understand and describe the world around us, and Switzerland is known for its deep connections
to both fields.
Follow in the footsteps of Albert Einstein and discuss how he developed ground-breaking theories that upended traditional physics. Visit Swiss museums featuring modern art and extensive collections of early printing and historical scientific equipment. Experience the natural beauty of Switzerland as you ascend to the “Top of Europe” via cog railway for breathtaking views. Enjoy the flavors of Switzerland throughout: try fondue in Gruyères, taste delicious Swiss wines, and dine at fine local restaurants.
Just outside Geneva, CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is home to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator—the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Work at this facility has led to the discovery of some of the fundamental building blocks of the universe, with several Nobel Prizes awarded as a result. There will be time to explore the public exhibits at CERN, along with special access to one of the experiments.
This program is exclusive to Carleton Alumni Adventures. Reserve your space today by calling Carleton Alumni Adventures at (800) 811-7244 or by emailing carleton@studytours.org.

Highlights include:

  • LEARN about the work of the LHC at CERN’s visitor center, and have a specially arranged visit with scientists working on one of the experiments detecting particle collisions.
  • EXPLORE some of Switzerland’s top museums, including Bern’s Zentrum Paul Klee and Geneva’s Musée d’Histoire des Sciences.
  • DISCUSS Einstein’s breakthrough theories and his deep history in Switzerland. Visit his former home in Bern, and the impressive exhibits at the Einstein Museum.
  • DELIGHT in the flavors of Switzerland: have fondue in Gruyères, taste delicious Swiss wines, and dine at fine local restaurants.
  • ASCEND the Swiss Alps on the cog railway to visit the “Top of Europe.”

Faculty Leaders

Marty Baylor
Professor Marty Baylor

Martha-Elizabeth “Marty” Baylor has a PhD in physics, specializing in applied optics – using light to solve interesting problems. Prior to graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder, she taught middle and high school and worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an Optical Engineer designing telescopes and optical test beds for components in the James Webb Space Telescope’s infrared spectrometer. Beyond introductory physics at Carleton, Marty teaches intermediate and upper-level theory and laboratory courses especially in electricity, magnetism, and light. She also team-teaches a course called “Color!” on color vision and color perception from the perspectives of physics, psychology, and philosophy. Marty loves making seemingly complicated physics ideas accessible to non-physicists, with an emphasis on the applications of those ideas to everyday life when at all possible. Moreover, she loves bringing multiple, disparate disciplines together to build a more holistic and rich understanding of whatever topic is being explored. Marty is looking forward to bringing together natural beauty, rich history, amazing technology, and impressive art in a liberal arts exploration of Switzerland.

Prices Per Person (7 nights)

Double Occupancy (16-24 participants) $8,995
Single Supplement $1,700

Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability). With fewer than 16 participants, a small group surcharge may be added. 


Friday, August 16, 2024: Depart home for Geneva, Switzerland
Saturday, August 17: Arrive Geneva | Transfer to Montreux | Welcome reception
Sunday, August 18: Bern: Einstein House, walking tour | Welcome dinner
Monday, August 19: Jungfrau | Bern
Tuesday, August 20: Bern: Zentrum Paul Klee | Lake Brienz kayaking | Bern
Wednesday, August 21: Bern: Einstein Museum | Gruyères | Geneva
Thursday, August 22: Geneva: CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research)
Friday, August 23: Geneva: Musée d’Histoire des Sciences | Lake Geneva boat ride OR afternoon at leisure | Farewell dinner
Saturday, August 24: Fly home: Transfer to Geneva Airport (GVA) for flights homeward. (B)

Additional Information

To reserve your space using an online form, click here.
For reservations or for more information, download the detailed brochure, call 800-811-7244 or email Carleton College Alumni Adventures.