The following is a general and brief description of the locations and schedule for the course, establishing the framework for our travel and visits. Numerous site visits, tastings, tours are planned within this schedule. Additionally, we will take advantage of more serendipitous opportunities.
More details will be provided prior to the commencement of the course.
June 19-21: Prague
As this will be the commencement of the program and you may be arriving on that day, we will coordinate with you for getting from the airport to the first night accommodation. Please try to arrive in the morning or early afternoon so that you have time to get settled before our first event.
On June 20th we will from 18:00-20:00 we will have an orientation in the morning and review the general structure of the course and assignments. In the afternoon we will conduct some brief site visits. in the late afternoon and evening you will be free to explore Prague.
Prague and Charles Bridge from the Vltava River Prague Market
June 21st – June 22nd: Southern Bohemia and Bavaria
The way through Bohemia reveals several historical phases of the rural Czech landscape worth of a few site visits and exploration.
July 24th – 26th
After breakfast continue South through the Alps to the base of the Italian Alps at the Norther end of Lago di Garda where will will spend a couple days exploring and tasting the local production of wine, olive oil, fruit and vegetables; all of which significantly contribute to the memorable flavors and aromas specific to this place.
July 26th – 28th
Udine Region, Italy
In contrast to rugged and deep Alpine valley of Arco we will proceed to the broad, fertile agricultural lands of the Torre River valley in the vicinity of Udine. Here we will visit local production of dairy, vegetable and wine production. The Torre River flows from the Alps to the Adriatic depositing massive nutrients that have fertilized these lands that have been cultivated for millennia.
July 28th – 31st
We will leave early in the morning of July 28th and travel through the interior of the Istria Croatia peninsula to the warm and salty Adriatic coast at Lovran where we will spend a few days where the southern facing town sits at the base of mountains crashing into the rocky coastline. From here we will make several visits to vegetable production and fish markets. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh products from both the land and the sea.
The Croatian coast has been a popular tourist destination, in part for its antique food and wine heritage. As the face of tourism has changed over the past 30 years, emerging from both communism and armed conflict has created an interesting intersection of cultural tradition, and dependence on tourism and international trade.
July 31st – August 3rd
Novo Mesto and Ljubljana Slovenia
Perched on a hill in the hairpin bend of the Krka river, the town of Novo Mesto and this historic border region between Slovenia and Croatia offers special opportunities to explore the deep Balkan cultural landscape and small farms and vineyards. We will also visit an agricultural and culinary school with their own production facilities and restaurant. We will also have the opportunity to walk through the picturesque rural landscape of small fields and vineyards and wooden buildings.
We will also visit the central markets in the small Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana on the way North to Austria.
August 3rd – August 4th
Wachau Valley Austria
The tiny Wachau Valley area on the Danube River is world famous for high quality white wines.We will have the opportunity to have a vineyard tour to better understand the production of wine and the relationship between the taste and the place where the wine is produced.
August 4th – August 7th
Slavonice, Czech Republic
The last few days of the program will be spent in the historic Renaissance town of Slavonice where many of the political and economic events of the past five centuries have left a heavy footprint on this peaceful, beautiful and magical town and its surrounding landscape. In addition to visiting the town and surroundings, we will be discussing all facets of the trip and bringing them to a cohesive conclusion so all complete the study program with a well documented record of the entire venture.
August 7th – 8th
Slavonice to Prague
On the last full day of the program we will return to Prague, stopping at a medieval castle and the Trebon, home to the historic fishponds of the Southern Bohemia landscape. Breakfast on August 8th is the official conclusion of the program.