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Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

September 9-17 , 2008
Faculty: Ernest (Ernie) Ern, U.Va. Senior Vice President and Professor of Environmental Sciences Emeritus

Price:
Starting at $5,495 per person, double occupancy. Does not include international air. Prices are based on cabin category. See below for the range of categories.
Economy class airfare available for $1,440 as of August 2007.
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Overview

Join Professor of Environmental Sciences Emeritus Ernie Ern on a voyage of discovery as we sail from the legendary city of Venice across the dark blue Adriatic Sea and along Dalmatia's ruggedly beautiful, island-dotted shoreline, a boater's paradise. Explore the Roman legacy of Split, walk in the footsteps of Marco Polo in his medieval birthplace of Korcula, and step back into the Renaissance era in Dubrovnik. We'll tour Diocletian's Palace, one of the best preserved Roman buildings in Europe, and expert local guides will open our eyes to the hidden treasures of this lovely and historic region.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

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Meals

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Faculty

Ernest H. Ern is a University of Virginia Senior Vice President and Professor of Environmental Sciences Emeritus. Ernie and his wife, Petie, came to Charlottesville in 1962 and Ernie taught in the Department of Geology, later the Department of Environmental Sciences, for 39 years. Concurrently, he held administrative positions as Dean of Admissions, Vice President for Student Affairs, and, from 1993 to 2001, Senior Vice President of the University. From 1989 to 2001 the Erns lived on the Lawn in Pavilion X. Since retiring, Ernie has hosted alumni trips to Italy in 2006 and Greece in 2007.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Depart the U.S.

Day 2 - Venice

We arrive in Venice, Italy, and embark the M.Y. MONET. Captain's welcome champagne toast.

Day 3 - Venice

We'll take a walking tour of Venice, including the Doge's Palace, built in the 9th century, a splendid example of Venetian gothic architecture, and one of city's most famous buildings. We'll also visit the gothic masterpiece of the Basilica of San Marco, a rich composition of columns, arches, spires, and reliefs representing characters, crafts, and scenes from daily life. John Millerchip, formerly of UNESCO, will share with us some thoughts on preservation efforts in Venice.

Day 4 - Pula

We take a walking tour of Pula, one of Istria's most complex and exciting cities, and site of a spectacular Roman Amphitheater. We will also spend time at a Village Forum with local residents.

Day 5 - Split, Croatia/Hvar

We journey to Split, located on the eastern shores of the Adriatic and the second largest city in Croatia. The highlight of Split is Diocletian's Palace, which dates to between the 3rd and 4th centuries and is a remarkable example of architectural preservation. We'll enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful island of Hvar, including St. Stephen's Cathedral and the 15th-century Franciscan monastery.

Day 6 - Dubrovnik

We'll take a walking tour of lovely medieval Dubrovnik, including the Franciscan monastery, considered a masterpiece of Romanesque-Gothic architecture; the Rector's Palace, today a cultural history museum featuring items from Dubrovnik's rich history; and the old city walls. We will also visit the Maritime Museum. We will hear a presentation on Croatia's rich history and modern politics by Igor Kolcelj, as well as a lecture by the director of the Institute for Reconstruction of Dubrovnik, Vjekoslav Vierda.

Day 7 - Mljet National Park/Korcula

We will enjoy a scenic cruise to the spectacular Mljet National Park. We'll take a walking tour of the historic town of Korcula, which will include a visit to the Renaissance-Baroque Abbey Treasury. We will also savor a tasting of Croatia's undiscovered wines at a local vineyard.

Day 8 - Zadar

Our excursion to Zadar will feature a visit to the 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus and Cloister Museum, and a specially arranged discussion with a Croatian nun about the role of religion in her country.

Day 9 - Venice

Disembark in Venice and return to the U.S.

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Program Fees

Starting at $3,695 double occupancy, land/cruise only (includes $300 discount if you register before March 14, 2008). A limited number of single cabins in specific categories are available for a supplement. We anticipate that these will fill quickly.  Does not include international airfare. Air from Washington D.C. is currently priced at $1,440 and from Chicago: $1,545. The tour operator can arrange air for you if you wish.

Prices and Cabin Category

Cat 4 $3695

Cat 3 $4295

Cat 2 $4895

Cat 1 $5495

Cat Dlx Suite $5895

Cat Junior Suite $6895

Cat Flower Suite $7695

SINGLES

Cat 2 $7795

Cat 1 $8895

Taxes: $225 per person and subject to change

Price includes:

Price does not include: International airfare; port taxes; passport fees; visas and fees for obtaining visas; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship personnel; optional pre-tour extension; excess baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air taxes; airfare and associated local taxes; airport facility taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Included Features” section; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure 1) if you have not purchased air arrangements through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, or 2) if you arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); meals and alcoholic beverages not listed in the “Included Features” section.

Optional Venice Pre-Tour
This program offers the opportunity to go into Venice two days prior to embarking on the ship. Savour the streets and canals of Venice, the arcades of the Palazzo Ducale, the Byzantine cathedral of San Marco, under the gaze of the magnificant island church of San Georgio.

Please call for details.

$1,220 per person based on double occupancy
$1,740 per person based on single occupancy

Requires $200 deposit per person.

The pre-tour extension begins on September 8th in Venice. Leave the U.S.A. on September 7th for an overnight flight.

Accomodation in the Luna Hotel Baglioni just off of San Marco Square. This finely appointed hotel in the heart of Venice will permit you to have Venice to yourself after the tourists have gone home in the evening!

Price includes: Airport Transfer, two-nights accomodation in the Luna Hotel Baglioni; breakfast each morning; half-day Grand Canal Cruise; guided tour of the Gallerie dell’Accademi; half-day excursion to Torcello and the lagoon island of Burano; transfer to the MY Monet, and leasure time in the heart of Venice.

Descriptions: Cruise along some of the smaller canals through the heart of Venice to the Grand Canal, entering at the Rialto Bridge.  Continue cruising to the Accademie Bridge and disembark at the pier

Guided tour of the Accademie, viewing a selection of the 14th-to 18th -century masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, and Longhi, to name a few.

Perched 5 ½ miles northeast of Venice – Burano is the most populous of the lagoon islands.  In the 16th century, it produced the finest lace in Europe and it is still handmade here. The houses here are simple and small and painted in deep blues, strong reds and striking yellows.  The island is primarily populated by fishermen.  A brief guided walking tour (30 min. maximum) is followed by time at leisure.

 

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us toll free at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $600 per person is required to reserve your spot. A deposit of $200 per person is required to reserve a space on the pre-extension. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via MasterCard or Visa.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

 

TRIP INSURANCE

Your tour operator will include information on obtaining trip insurance in your confirmation letter. Please note that there is a time frame for securing trip insurance. The University of Virginia will cancel its endorsement of and faculty and staff participation in any program destination for which a Travel Warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State. Vendor Terms of Agreement will specify under what circumstances the vendor will cancel a program and/or under what circumstances participants might receive some reimbursement if they cancel their travel with the vendor themselves. U.Va. strongly recommends that all participants purchase trip cancellation insurance which includes protection in the face of political unrest, natural disasters, and personal emergencies and participants should discuss this insurance directly with the vendor or other travel services with whom they deal. You will find more useful travel information by going to the Travel Resources link on this website.

CONTRACT: TERMS & CONDITIONS

NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport fees; visas and fees for obtaining visas; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; excess baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air taxes; airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Included Features” section; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure 1) if you have not purchased your air arrangements through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, or 2) if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); meals and alcoholic beverages not listed in the “Included Features” section; and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.
AIRFARE: Approximate airfare is based on rates as of July 2007, and is subject to change and availability and is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline (not Thomas P. Gohagan & Company), even if purchased through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company.
LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without prior notice. Please contact your airline(s) for the most current luggage allowance policy.
HEALTH: Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation.
DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Thomas P. Gohagan & Company in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by
October 22, 2007. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is, in effect, a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Change and/or cancellation fees apply as outlined in this “Contract: Terms and Conditions” for the “replacement” reservation and the cancelled reservation.
CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Thomas P. Gohagan & Company. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellations are subject to a $200 per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $600 per person; from 45 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of the published full regular tariff; cancellations 44 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariff. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees and administrative fees will be assessed.
VENICE PRE-PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS: Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellations are subject to a $50 per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $200 per person; from 45 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of the published full regular tariff; cancellations 44 days or less prior to departure, a no-show or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariff. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees and administrative fees will be assessed. Because these cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Thomas P.  Gohagan & Company for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, as well as damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application after you make your reservation.
RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring association or institution, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, agents, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity of any third party. In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, sickness, illness, the lack of availability of or access to appropriate medical attention, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs.
Baggage is entirely at owner's risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a participant on these trips at any time. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel/cruise line. Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of such changes. Gohagan may cancel a trip for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. It is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. All fares, as well as ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Gohagan shall not be required to refund any portion of the fare or make any other compensation under these circumstances. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight  arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels or hotels of a
similar category for those listed in this brochure. Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in airfares, currency fluctuations or fuel surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases.
ARBITRATION AGREEMENT: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms and Conditions, to the Responsibility Clause, to the brochure, or any other information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then existent.
RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change prior to departure.
REGISTRATION: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666.
OST#: TA 0905.

ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms and conditions of this contract.

 

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