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The Dordogne: French Village Life

June 12-20,2008 (New Date)
May 8 - 16, 2008
U.Va. Faculty: Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English
Price: $2,795 per person, double occupancy; land only Without international air
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Overview

Join us on a journey to southwest France to experience the Dordogne's charming villages, prehistoric caves, and medieval castles. We will stay a week in one of Europes loveliest intact medieval villages, Sarlat-la-Canéda. Designated by the French government as one of the most beautiful villages in the country, its 14th-century cobblestone streets, delightful cafés, and traditional market will allow us to revel in France's provincial charms, rich culture, and fascinating history. The Dordogne, also known as Périgord Noir, is a lovely rural area in southwestern France known for its rustic beauty and its culinary heritage. We'll enhance our understanding and enjoyment of the Dordogne's gastronomic bounty during daily meals and at Sarlat-la-Canéda's marvelous outdoor market, a village tradition that dates to the Middle Ages.

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Program Highlights

Bordeaux: Pre-Program Option
Join us for an exclusive two-day Pre-Program Option in Bordeaux. An ancient port at the heart of the French wine trade, this delightful city is renowned for its elegant boulevards and classic 18th-century architecture yet remains largely undiscovered by Americans. We'll enjoy deluxe accommodations for two nights in Hotel Burdigala, located in the heart of the city. We'll visit the city's most important landmarks on a guided walking tour and take an excursion to Médoc, a picturesque region known for its beautiful countryside, prestigious vineyards, and classic châteaux. Complete details will be provided with reservation confirmation.

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Accommodations

Hotel De La Madeleine, Sarlat-la-Canéda
While we enjoy the tranquil pace of village life in the Dordogne, we'll truly feel at home during our seven nights in the historic and family-owned Hôtel de la Madeleine. Converted from a 19th-century townhouse and steeped in provincial appeal, this charming property is ideally located just outside the ancient walls of the medieval quarter, a mere five-minute walk from the center of the village. In keeping with the hotel's original architecture and ambiance, each of the 39 guest rooms is uniquely configured and individually furnished, and all feature private bathroom facilities, air conditioning, television, and minibar. The owner, Philippe Melot, and his staff, many of whom have worked at the hotel for a generation, will make us feel like members of the family with their warm hospitality, good humor, and personal, attentive service.

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Meals

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included daily. Hotel owner Philippe Melot is an accomplished chef who specializes in preparing delectable recipes drawn from the distinguished culinary heritage of the Périgord Noir region. Three meals each day — including two-course lunches and three-course dinners — feature traditional French cuisine and regional specialties. Regional wine is served with dinner.

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Faculty

Steve Cushman – Stephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at U.Va., where he has taught since 1982. With a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale, he has brought to the English Department and the American Studies Major his commitment to American literature, modern Literature, poetry, literature and the environment, and the American Civil War. His teaching has been honored with an All-University Teaching Award and the first Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship. A poet as well as a scholar, he has published six books, most recently Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle (Virginia, 1999) and Cussing Lesson, a volume of poems (LSU, 2002). His next book of poems, Heart Island, will by published by David Robert in fall 2006. Steve and his wife Sandra have two sons, Sam, who entered U.Va. in the fall of 2006, and Simon, a high school sophmore.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We depart the U.S. for Bordeaux, France.

Day 2 - Bordeaux

We arrive in Bordeaux and transfer through the scenic Dordogne region to Sarlat-la-Canéda and check in at the Hôtel de la Madeleine.

Day 3 - Sarlat-la-Canéda

We will take a walking tour of historic Sarlat-la-Canéda. The afternoon offers an excellent opportunity to explore Sarlat's legendary market. We will also be treated to an exclusive lecture focusing on architectural preservation in Sarlat-la-Canéda, and attend a private welcome reception in the hotel in the evening.

Day 4 - Rocamadour

We'll enjoy a tour of Rocamadour, including the Notre Dame Chapel and the Museé d'Art Sacrée. This extraordinary medieval chapel hugs a sheer cliff, making it one of the most dramatic and improbable pilgrimage sites in the world.

Day 5 - L'Abri du Cap-Blanc

We'll visit L'Abri du Cap-Blanc where Magdalenian-period (12,000 to 10,000 B.C.) camps have been found,.and the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, France's capital of prehistoric humanity. We'll also explore St-Amand-de-Coly, including its fortified Abbey Church, and St-Geniès, with its gothic Chapelle du Cheylard.

Day 6 - Lascaux

We tour Lascaux II and Rouffignac Cave, UNESCO World Heritage sites. Approximately 15,000 b.c. unknown artists created Lascaux, the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory,” where long-extinct aurochs, wild stallions, and antelopes were rendered on the cave walls with exquisite beauty and skill. For preservation purposes, Lascaux II was created, a detailed replica of the cave using the same methods. In Rouffignac Cave, the “Cave of a Hundred Mammoths,” five miles of caverns are covered in deft drawings of extinct beasts and can be explored by electric train. Later, we’ll enjoy a performance of traditional Périgord Noir folk music and dance.

Day 7 - Périgueux

We'll make an excursion to Périgueux, located on the banks of the River Isle and the commercial center of this region since the height of the Roman Empire. It has some of the finest Roman and Byzantine architecture in the region as well as 14th- and 15th-century houses and the Vesunna Museum, built on and around an excavated Roman villa. Périgueux's medieval cobblestone streets are lined with impressive landmarks, including the imposing Cathédrale St-Front and the stately Town Hall. We'll also visit the town's weekly market and have the opportunity to meet with local residents during a specially arranged Village Forum.

Day 8 - Beynac and Castlenaud

We tour Beynac-et-Cazenac Castle, which overlooks the Dordogne Valley from a 300-foot sheer cliff, and was once a stronghold of Richard the Lionheart. Its impressive interior includes a magnificent 17th-century staircase and delicate 15th-century frescoes of the Last Supper and the Pietà.  We'll enjoy a private cruise on the tranquil Dordogne River aboard a traditional 19th-century gabare (barge), followed by lunch in a local restaurant. We also take a walking tour of Domme, a true medieval bastide, or fortified town.

Day 9 - Bordeaux

We transfer to Bordeaux for the return flight to the U.S.

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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 $700 per person, double occupancy rates.
International air can be purchased through Gohagan & Company but is not included in the above price.

Price includes:

Price does not include: International or domestic airfare, or items not listed as included above.

Exclusive two-day Pre-Program Option in Bordeaux: $725 per person double occupancy; $1,045 per person single occupancy. Please call for details.

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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. Final invoicing will be done approximately 4 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.  (February 13, 2008)

Deposts can be made via MasterCard or Visa by calling.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

TRIP INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED

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: Land taxes; passport fees; visas and fees for obtaining visas; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; 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/hotel 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 October 2006 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 March 9, 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; from 22 through 44 days prior to departure, 75% of the published full regular tariff; cancellations 21 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.

BORDEAUX 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; from 22 to 44 days prior to departure, 75%; 21 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 Commonwealth of Virginia and the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, its officers, employees and agents, 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 or 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 assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel. 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 any 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. Gohagan 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 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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