Patrick's trip topics include archaeology, history, ancient technology, the arts and literature.
Trips frequently fill up quickly, so early enrollment ensures your participation. Check back regularly as additions and updates are common.
Norway's Trains and Fjords
In western Norway, deep fjords cut through snowcapped mountains, and remote valleys are only accessible by railways and roads that are masterworks of engineering. Climb aboard five different trains to experience the country's astonishing natural beauty from Oslo to Bergen. Cruise the waters of the Sognefjorden and the Geirangerfjorden and delve into a rich seafaring history as you encounter Viking longships and medieval churches.
10 days, June 15 - 24, 2017
Swiss Trains and
the Italian Lake District
Climb aboard Switzerland's legendary trains to experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps, from the twisted peak of the Matterhorn to the breathtaking vistas of the Bernina Pass. Soar high above Zermatt in a gondola, and enjoy a choice of hikes, walks, and tram rides through beautiful mountain landscapes. Then cross the Alps into Italy and cap off the trip on the shores of stunning Lake Como.
10 days, August 30 - Sept 8, 2017
Cultural & Natural Treasures, with the Alps & Slovenia
Traverse northern Italy, with the grand Italian Alps as your backdrop, enjoying the depths of its history and the great diversity of architecture, traditions and gastronomy found in three distinct regions: Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. On this west-east journey from Milan to Trieste you will explore classic old towns and discover off-the-beaten-track sites, including a stop at the site of Hannibal's first major victory in Italy; visits to Roman villas and temples at Sirmione, Desenzano, Brescia, and Toscolano Maderno; and a day trip into Slovenia.
Visit seven UNESCO World Heritage sites: Valcamonica's famous prehistoric petroglyphs, the Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie (with da Vinci's The Last Supper), Roman and early Christian Aquileia, the well-preserved city of Verona, landmarks of Lombard Italy in Cividale del Friuli, an example of prehistoric pile dwellings at Castel Venzago, and the astounding Škocjan Caves with their underground river canyons and waterfalls. Along the way, you will be treated to insightful discussions with your AIA lecturer/host and a variety of striking vistas: plains, lakes, mountains, and the Adriatic Sea; plus enjoy delicious cuisine and an ideal touring pace (including two hotel nights in Milan, five on Lake Garda, and four in Trieste).
13 days, September 7 - September 19, 2017
Patrick regularly offers museum trips, such as the British Museum,
Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also has offered trips delving into the history, archaeology and art of regions such as Provence, Tuscany, Turkey and Greece.