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Treasures of Holland and Belgium

May 29 – June 9, 2006
With Lawrence O. Goedde, Professor of Art History
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Overview

Experience the treasures of Holland and Belgium. This northern corner of Europe is ideal for those who seek variety. For history buffs and art fanciers, there’s Ghent and Bruges, and the quaint charm of Delft. U.Va. Professor of Art History Lawrence O. Goedde will be on board to teach us about the Dutch Masters and help celebrate Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. Brussels offers a treasure-trove for internationalists. Interested in law and world finance? The Hague is at the heart of it all. And you’ve never seen anything like the Zeeland province and one of the world’s most ambitious land reclamation projects.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

Five nights at first-class Hotel Vermeer. Situated in a historic, recently renovated mansion along one of Delft’s loveliest canals, the Hotel Vermeer is an oasis in the heart of this charming city with its wealth of shops and sites of interest. Each guest room is unique and named in honor of one of Vermeer’s painting that adorn the hotel. Each room is equipped with television, full computer access and all of the comforts of home in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Five nights in Bruges at the deluxe Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert, located in the historic center of Bruges, just a short stroll from Market Square. The hotel is renowned for its understated elegance, efficient and friendly service and warm hospitality. Here, in this 19th century house, you’ll feel you are in one of the city’s finest homes, where the attentive staff will see to your every comfort. Your air-conditioned room is fitted with television, in-room safe and wireless Internet connection. The 16th century cellar has been converted into a wellness center featuring a gym, steam bath and sauna.

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Meals

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Faculty

U.Va. Professor Lawrence Goedde has taught art history in the McIntire Department of Art since 1981, and has served the department as Chair since 1996. He received his bachelor or arts in the history of art from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. A scholar of Baroque art in Europe, Professor Goedde’s areas of specialization include Northern Baroque art—especially 17th century Dutch painting; early Netherlandish painting; and Old Master prints. He has lectured and written extensively on the topics of seascape, landscape and still life, with publications including his book Tempest and Shipwreck in Dutch and Flemish Art: Rhetoric Convention and Interpretation, and various exhibition catalogues and essays.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - En Route

Depart your gateway city for Amsterdam, the Netherlands aboard scheduled jet service.

DAY 2 - Delft

Transfer by motorcoach to the Hotel Vermeer in Delft. Enjoy the afternoon on your own. This evening, gather for Welcome to Holland Reception & Dinner.

DAY 3 - Delft

The Netherlands and Its Place in History. We’ll visit the Leger Museum to see Dutch history brought to life. You’ll also enjoy an informative overview of the Netherlands and the country’s various roles from empire to artistic innovator. Continue on a tour of charming Delft, a town of canals and monuments that so inspired the artist Vermeer.

Delft China: Behind the Scenes. Visit the Koninklijke Porceleyne factory, which produces the famed blue and white Royal Delftware. Watch the production process and try your hand at painting your own plate!

DAY 4 - Amsterdam

The Art of the Dutch Masters. This year, Holland celebrates Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. Enjoy a lecture on Rembrandt and other Golden Age painters of the 17th century. Then, visit the extraordinary collection of Dutch Masters housed in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. The afternoon is free to explore.

DAY 5 - The Hague

The Dutch Government and Social Security. The Hague is the aristocratic capital of the Netherlands and is home to the Royal Palaces as well as over 400 square miles of parks and gardens. Enjoy a lecture on Dutch government and society in the Parliament House and see the famous Peace Palace. We’ll have lunch in a seafood restaurant in the seaside town of Scheveningen and then return to Delft mid-afternoon to enjoy independent activities.

DAY 6 - Delft

Aalsmeer Flower Auction. Witness the world’s largest flower auction, then explore Delft independently or pursue your own interests.

Meet the People. Learn about Dutch life through the eyes of local residents during a panel discussion.

DAY 7 - Zeeland Coast

Zeeland and Neeltje Jans. We’ll travel to the Zeeland province in the morning and visit the famous Neeltje Jans, where a lecture explains the massive dam and flood barriers that took 20 years to build. These 65 gigantic gates can be slammed shut when powerful storms strike—an engineering feat that protects the one-third of Holland’s land mass below sea level. This afternoon, we’ll transfer to Bruges,

Belgium and check into the Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert.

DAY 8 - Bruges

The Medieval Life of Belgium. A walking tour and canal cruise through Bruges. Once known as the Venice of the North, Bruges captures the look and feel of medieval times. See the Old Market and Burg Square, with its beautiful Town Hall, Holy Blood Basilica, lively Fish Market, and the Church of Our Lady, known for its stunning array of art. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the town’s peaceful canals. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore Bruges.

DAY 9 - Ghent

The History and Art of Flanders. En route to Ghent, attend a lecture on the history of this unique region and the painters who created this timeless art. We’ll then explore Flanders and Ghent, an ancient city of medieval towers, well-preserved guild houses and Gothic churches. See the Friday Market, Patershol Quarter, Castle of the Counts, Town Hall and the Cathedral of St. Bevon, which houses Jan van Eyck’s The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. We’ll enjoy lunch at one of Ghent’s typical restaurants then return Bruges for an afternoon at leisure.

Meet the People. Participate in a panel discussion to learn about Belgian life through the eyes of local residents.

DAY 10 - Brussels

This morning we’re off to Brussels, the the Capital of Europe. See the Atomium, erected for the Brussels World Fair in 1958, as well as the Chinese Pavilion, Japanese Tower, Royal Palace, Houses of Parliament and the the Palace of Justice. After lunch, continue past the guild houses, St. Hubert Galleries, Manneken Pis and Stock Exchange and see the Headquarters of the European Parliament.

DAY 11 - Bruges

Today, you’re free to explore Bruges on your own. Enjoy a festive Farewell Reception and Dinner following your Graduation Ceremony.

DAY 12 - En Route

Transfer to the Brussels airport for the return flight to your gateway city.

NOTE: Itinerary may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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Program Fees

$2,795 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $350 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

$3,595 per person, double occupancy, including roundtrip airfare from Washington D.C. (Other gateway cities available. Call for alternate pricing). A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $350 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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Terms & Conditions

DEPARTURE TAXES

Please note the amount of departure tax reflected on the Reservation Form is subject to change, at the discretion of governments and airlines, and with no advance notice. Should this occur, you will be invoiced prior to departure for any additional taxes imposed.

BAGGAGE

International flights from the U.S. allow two pieces of checked luggage, each not exceeding 70 lbs. However we recommend you travel as light as you can manage. The baggage limit on domestic flights is one piece at 33 lbs. per person (plus a carry-on bag.) Also, the size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft duffel bags are ideal. Large suitcases are virtually impossible to stow on smaller aircraft and vehicles and therefore should not be used. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY.

TIPS AND TAXES

Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, lodges and tented camps, and entrance fees to all National Reserves as outlined in the itinerary are included. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are not included and will be billed prior to your departure. Tips to driver/guides are not included and are at the discretion of the tour members. A suggested tipping chart will be forwarded with the final documents.

INOCULATIONS

We would suggest you contact your personal physician or local health department for their recommendations as to inoculations. At the time of printing, no vaccinations are required for entry into Tanzania. However, it is a sensible precaution for visitors to take one of the preventive pills that are in common use against malaria. Water is NOT safe to drink throughout and it is always advisable to drink bottled water which will be provided for you free of charge in the vehicles.

RATES:

All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of April 11, 2005, and are subject to change. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc., we reserve the right to surcharge, up to a maximum of 10% of the tour fare.

FINAL DOCUMENTS

Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately three weeks prior to departure. We regret to advise that no documents can be released if final payments are not received.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations are only effective upon receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this safari: o Up to 75 days prior to departure, less $200.00 handling fee. o 74-60 days prior to departure, less $500.00, plus $100 for the extension. o 59-45 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost on both the main trip and the extension. o Less than 45 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers. These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY. INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON RECEIPT OF RESERVATION FORM. INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.

DEVIATIONS

Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in Europe or in Africa, we will happy to make all the arrangements. However, there will be an extra charge of $150 per person for such deviations, over and above the cost of the services required.

CHANGE FEES

Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you.

NOT INCLUDED

Cost of passport and visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; meals other than specified; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants; laundry and other items of a personal nature; gratuities not imposed by hotels and/or restaurants for included services; optional personal, baggage and tour cancellation insurance policy; U.S. and foreign airport taxes; cost for anything not specifically included in listing above.

WILD ANIMALS

Please be aware that this safari may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither the company, nor their employees, nor agents can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that not all camps are fenced.

PASSPORT & VISAS

The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The company, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas.

RESPONSIBILITY

Neither the University of Virginia nor Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any safari or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any safari being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest's booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her

PHOTOGRAPHY

The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the safari by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.

CHANGES TO SCHEDULES

Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on safaris as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in wildlife areas, by wildlife migrations from one region to another, or airline r other booking problems, etc

REFUNDS

While the Company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.

AIRLINE CLAUSE

The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers' tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.

DELAYS

We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running on schedule. If one of our guides is unable to take a safari due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide. This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the safari takes place. Classic Escapes acts merely as an agent for the operating companies. To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.

CONSENT

The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a safari constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this safari, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.

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