Join us for Homecoming 2017
September 22-24, 2017
All alumni and friends are invited to Neuchâtel to celebrate Homecoming and Fête des Vendanges in September. Re-live the magic of your NJC year with your fellow classmates and refresh in the splendour of Switzerland.
The following events are planned for everyone who is able to join us:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Welcome Reception at the College
4:30 to 6:00 pm – Complimentary
Join your classmates for a wine-and-cheese reception, hosted by Bill Boyer, Head of School. Tour the school buildings and meet our Student Ambassadors from the Class of 2017.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Désalpes in Lignières
12:30 to 4:00 pm – $30 CAD per person
Join NJC staff and students on an excursion to nearby Lignières for the 42nd annual “Désalpes”, the parade of head-dressed cows as they are brought down from the mountains for the winter. Music, food booths, Swiss alpenhorns and the parade make for a festive atmosphere in Lignières. Alumni will meet at NJC to board a bus for the short ride to Lignières, and will return by bus to NJC in late afternoon.
Pinte de Pierre-à-Bôt Alumni Dinner
6:30 to 9:00 pm – $90 CAD per person
Enjoy traditional Swiss cuisine featuring an appetizer of cured meats, main course cheese fondue, fruit salad dessert and a glass or two of local wine with your classmates in this beautiful and rustic setting at the golf course clubhouse overlooking Neuchâtel. Alumni and guests will meet at NJC to board a minibus for the short uphill journey to the restaurant. The minibus will return everyone to NJC where the Fête festivities continue downtown.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
2:30 pm – Prices vary for seated and standing tickets – pre-ordered tickets can be picked up at NJC on Homecoming Weekend
Reserved seats for the Parade are limited, so book early!
We have some suggestions for other activities that you and your classmates may want to participate in! We will assist Homecoming registrants in coordinating these additional excursions as Homecoming approaches.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22 AND SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23
“Brocante” Flea Market in Le Landeron
13 Sw Fr per person for train fare
Since 1973, Fête de la Brocante has taken place in Le Landeron and it has become the largest antique fair in Switzerland. Le Landeron is just a short train ride from Neuchâtel, so you will have lots of time to browse, shop and explore this picturesque medieval town.
CRUISE ON LAC NEUCHÂTEL
Promenade boat trip across Lac Neuchâtel
19 Sw Fr per person
Take a one-hour leisurely boat trip across Lac Neuchâtel and back and enjoy the spectacular views.
Boat trip to Morât
52 Sw Fr per person
Take a boat trip to Morât, explore, and return to Neuchâtel either by boat or by train.
Boat trip to Estavayer
52 Sw Fr per person
Take a boat trip to Estavayer, located at the end of Lac Neuchâtel, explore, and return to Neuchâtel by boat.
ONLINE BOAT CRUISE INFORMATION
For more details and to order boat cruise tickets online, Book Now
Friday night dinner at the Jura Brasserie or at Le Cardinal in town
Enjoy a dinner with friends at either of these two local restaurants and then head outside at 9:00 for a confetti-filled Guggenmusik parade.
Saturday afternoon Childrens’ Parade
Take in this afternoon parade filled with lots of music and more confetti.
Saturday excursion to Bern
20 Sw Fr per person for train fare
Take the train to Bern accompanied by Mr. Boyer, Head of School, as your guide for a tour of Switzerland’s capital.
Need a hotel room in Neuchâtel for Fête?
NJC has blocked rooms from September 21 to 24 at these hotels (all include breakfast):
The Hotel Beaulac www.beaulac.ch
10 Double rooms 235 CHF per night (single), 280 CHF per night (double) and 3 CHF city tax per person per day
The Alpes et Lac www.alpesetlac.ch
3 Double rooms on the gare side: 172 CHF Thurs/Sun nights; 194 CHF Fri/Sat nights