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Luxury India: A Classic Cultural Adventure

October 11-23, 2008
Faculty: Stephen Arata
 
Price: $5,295 Land-only
(A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $2,295)
* Does not include international Air. Tour operator can arrange for you from your gateway city.
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Overview

Explore the exotic land of India with U.Va. professor Stephen Arata as we see the sights and discuss the culture and literature of this fascinating country. We will be staying in palaces and other very fine accommodations. If you have wanted to see this culturally rich and exotic nation, this is the way to do it. Thrill to the sight of the legendary Taj Mahal and the “ Pink City ” of Jaipur and explore the markets and mosques of Old Delhi. Enjoy staying in the elegant guestrooms of palaces and hunting lodges of the maharajas. Enhance your adventure with a post-extension that includes wild tigers at Kanha National Park, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and Mumbai on the edge of the Arabian Sea. This program is a lively mix of activities that will inspire us with the spectacles and marvels that are India.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

Taj Palace Hotel: Nestled in six acres of lush greenery in the exclusive diplomatic enclave of New Delhi, the Taj Palace captivates with its beauty and grandeur. The lobby features Indian-style seating arrangements, décor, and artifacts evocative of palace architecture. Elegant guestrooms offer minibars, satellite television, 24-hour in-room dining, and Internet access. Other amenities include a nine-hole putting green, tennis courts, outdoor pool, and fitness center. The hotel's dining venues range from elegant to casual, with fare that spans the culinary gamut from Mediterranean to traditional Indian and Chinese. Music tastes are accommodated as well, with live jazz performances nightly.

Sawai Madhopur Lodge: Originally built by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II in the 1930s as a hunting lodge, the two-story main house offers a deep, semicircular verandah overlooking the lawns and outbuildings where many of the rooms are located. The spacious rooms overlook the front gardens, and each is equipped with a writing desk, dressing table, minibar, and color television.

The Taj View Hotel: Situated near the Taj Mahal, the world-renowned monument of love, The Taj View Hotel is convenient to everything Agra has to offer. With 100 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 5-star hotel. All rooms feature most modern amenities, including air conditioning, television and minibar. Gracious interiors, personalized service and the Taj's inimitable style will make for a most memorable stay.

Jai Mahal Palace: This majestic palace, dating back to 1745, offers regal rooms, pretty pavilions, and charming porticos set among 18 acres of landscaped gardens. Once the residence of the prime minister of Jaipur, the Jai Mahal recreates the aura of the city's royal past. The lavish Mughal-style garden includes a row of fountains and a chessboard with life-sized pieces. The interior has been restored with Rajasthani handicrafts and heirlooms that also furnish the comfortable guest rooms. On-site entertainment includes puppet shows and folk dances.

Fateh Prakash Palace: With distinctive turrets and majestic domes, Fateh Prakash Palace is built along the shores of Lake Pichola. Named after one of the Mewar dynasty's greatest rulers, Maharana Fateh Singh, this imposing lakeside hotel reiterates royal traditions and lifestyles with its antique furniture, original paintings, and opulent interiors. Each guestroom is designed to give maximum comfort and a sweeping view of the lake and nearby palaces.

Optional Upgrade: Lake Palace Hotel: The Lake Palace Hotel shimmers over the serene waters of Lake Pichola just as it did when Maharaja Jagat Singh II first decreed its construction in 1746. Overlooking fountain pavilions, hilltop fortresses, ancient temples, and medieval gardens, this regal hotel announces the gateway to Udaipur. The hotel floats almost magically on the lake's surface, so guests arrive via water transport. Guestrooms feature plaster-relief friezes with intricate corbels, timber-grid ceilings with cast-brass bezels, delicate fresco paintings, and traditional Indian color schemes. Room amenities include minibars, satellite television, and wireless Internet access.

Kanha Jungle Lodge: Just a short distance from Kanha National Park at the less-frequented Mukki entrance gate, Kanha Jungle Lodge offers visitors an exciting and rewarding jungle experience. Nestled in an 11-acre estate of a thick, mature sal forest providing an ideal setting for bird-watching, each of the 19 spacious rooms includes modern facilities, en suite bathrooms, and comfortable furnishings. The lodge provides the professional services of a resident naturalist, a large library with a collection of wildlife books and magazines, television and video facilities for wildlife films, a recreation center, and indoor games. A spacious, cozy thatched dining room, serving both Indian and Continental cuisine, becomes the center-point ospacious rooms includes modern facilities, en suite bathrooms, and comfortable furnishings.

Taj Mahal Hotel: Built in 1903, the Taj Mahal Hotel is an architectural marvel and brings together Moorish, Oriental, and Florentine styles. Offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the city of Mumbai, showcasing contemporary Indian influences. The guest rooms and suites offer all modern amenities, and each is adorned with original paintings and period furniture that exude an aura of old-world charm and elegance.

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Meals

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Faculty

Stephen Arata is the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English at U.Va., where he has taught since 1990. In 1999 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to research and teach in India, where he was based at North Eastern Hill University in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Along with his wife, Lisa, and his daughters, Emma and Haley, he traveled extensively in India during his term as a Fulbright fellow. A popular teacher at U.Va., he teaches courses in 19th and 20th century literature in English, including works about India by British and American authors as well as works in English by Indian authors. Steve has also lectured in the U.Va. Seminars in Oxford, England. He has written and edited numerous articles and books on Victorian and Modern literature.

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Itinerary

Day 1 -Oct. 11- En Route

Depart this evening on overnight flight to Delhi (meals aloft).

Day 2 - Oct. 12- Delhi

We arrive in Delhi in the evening, where we will be met and escorted to our home for the next two nights, the Taj Palace Hotel.
Taj Palace Hotel (meals aloft)

Day 3 -Oct. 13-Delhi

We'll spend today acclimating ourselves to the new time zone and exploring one of the most fascinating cities in the world. India's capital and political hub is an ancient city with something for everyone. Settled seven times over the centuries, the city has grown in a way that reflects its past while retaining its cosmopolitan flavor. Delhi is India's showcase, be it architecture, religion, shopping, culture – everything is available here waiting to be discovered.

We will venture into Old Delhi for a visit to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Built in 1644, it was the last in the series of architectural indulgences of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. The highly decorative mosque has three great gateways, four towers, and two 135-foot-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. Please note that visitors are asked to dress respectfully (no shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, etc.). Next we visit the Red Fort, once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. The main entrance to the fort is the Lahore Gate, so named because it faces Lahore in Pakistan. The Delhi Gate is similar to Lahore but grander in design; it was used by the emperor every Friday for ceremonial processions to the Jama Masjid. Upon entering through the Lahore Gate, you reach Chatta Chowk, one of the first covered bazaars of the 17th century where items sold included silks, jewelry, gems, silverware, and other artistic objects. Today the bazaar carries various souvenirs and food items. Old Delhi is also home to the Raj Ghat, the memorial site and last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, who was cremated here on January 31, 1950 , following his assassination. We'll stop at a nearby museum that tells Gandhi's life story through photographs and his personal belongings.

An extensive tour through New Delhi will also delight. We'll visit Humayun's Tomb, built in the mid-16th century by the senior wife of the second Mughal emperor. It is the first significant example of Mughal architecture in India, and one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Elements of its design are echoed in the later Taj Mahal.

Qutub Minar is another interesting visit, its superb buildings dating from the onset of Islamic rule in India. The Qutub Minar itself is a soaring 239-foot-high tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi . At its base is Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid (Might of Islam Mosque), India 's first mosque. We continue on our drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, and the President's residence before arriving back at the diplomatic enclave.
Taj Palace Hotel (B, D)

Day 4/5 -Oct. 14& 15 -Delhi-Agra

We'll have a last chance to see some of Delhi's highlights before driving to Agra, where we have a full day to visit the Agra Fort and the seventh wonder of the modern world. Perhaps no other historic monument has evoked as much admiration from tourists and travelers as the magnificent Taj Mahal, considered the ultimate requiem of love, from a great Mughal emperor to his beloved wife. But there is more to Agra than just the fabled Taj Mahal. The city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery…a freeze-frame from a resplendent era long since passed. We'll spend the morning discovering this imposing city and its fabled past as we explore the monuments, the majesty of the buildings, and the exquisite arts and crafts—priceless legacies of a historic past.

We will also visit the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, run by Wildlife SOS. Wildlife SOS was created by a group of committed individuals dedicated to protecting and preserving nature and wildlife. At the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, each rescued bear undergoes a 90-day quarantine period at the facility, including a complete health checkup and vaccinations. After the quarantine, the bears have access to large socialization enclosures where the behavior and personality of each bear is closely monitored and where the bears get a chance to meet other bears. Based on each bear's personality, they are then moved to large free-ranging areas in well-matched groups. Wildlife SOS has also rescued many bear cubs from poachers and hunters.
Taj View Hotel (B)

Day 6/7 - Oct. 16& 17 - Bharatpur & Ranthambhore National Park

We drive to Bharatpur and en route visit the magnificent ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571-85 during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Although architecturally brilliant and unusual, Akbar's city was erected in an area that suffered from water shortages, and it was abandoned shortly after his death. The well-preserved palace and still-used mosque are the main points of interest, but we can wander around the ruins that are scattered behind the mosque. Later, we continue to Bharatpur railway station where we board the Jan Shatabdi Express for Ranthambhore. Our rail journey is part of a chain of fast, inter-city trains offering facilities for quick and comfortable travel.

Ranthambhore National Park, once the hunting grounds for the royals of Jaipur, is now one of the best places in the world to see tigers in the wild. Part of the much larger Project Tiger Reserve, the park covers 98,800 acres and offers a fascinating combination of crumbling monuments, living temples, and wild beauty. Set within a high jagged escarpment, Ranthambhore Fort has towered over the park's forests for nearly a thousand years. Inside the fort lie a number of ruined palaces, step wells, and a celebrated Ganesha temple visited every year in September by two million pilgrims who come to worship during the Lord Ganesha's birthday. But it is the forests that lie in the canyons below, scattered with more ancient crumbling monuments, that attract visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the mighty Bengal tiger.

Sightings are recorded fairly regularly. Statistically, between 75 and 95 percent of all the photographs ever taken of a tiger in the wild have been taken in Ranthambhore. The 26-odd tigers living here have become totally habituated to human observation and are almost entirely indifferent to the sight and sound of vehicles and flashbulbs. Ranthambhore, an area of low rainfall, has very few patches with tall grasses and so offers the best opportunity for spotting these elusive animals. An excellent network of forest tracks allows for better tracking of animals from vehicles. Most of the safari tracks in Ranthambhore are actually heavily used animal tracks that have been widened to enable safari vehicles to drive on them. As a result, a lot of mega-fauna can be seen on or very near the forest tracks.

Besides tigers, the other wild cats found in Ranthambhore are leopards, caracals, jungle cats, and rusty-spotted cats. Fishing cats and leopard cats have also been reported but their sightings are yet to be verified. The ungulates include sambar, spotted deer (chital), blue bull (nilgai), chinkara (Indian gazelle), and wild boar. Other large mammals include the sloth bear, the Indian fox, the jackal, the rare wolf and Indian wild dog (dhole), the small Indian civet, the palm civet, common Indian and ruddy mongoose, and the striped hyena.
Sawai Madhopur Lodge (B, L, D daily)

Day 8 - Oct. 18- Ranthambhore National Park - Jaipur

We'll have our final opportunity to photograph the amazing tiger this morning as we go on a last safari run before dawn. We return to the lodge for breakfast before beginning our drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, we will be escorted to our hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Jai Mahal Palace (B)

Day 9 - Oct. 19- Jaipur

Jaipur is the administrative and commercial capital of what was known as Rajputana. Begun in 1727 and completed in just eight years, Jaipur was the first city in India to enjoy rigorous town planning according to the principles laid down in "Shilpa Shastra," an ancient Indian article on architecture. The city is protected by high walls and has wide, straight avenues that divide it into nine sectors (apparently reflecting the nine divisions of the universe, resembling the Indian horoscope), each named after the commodity and caste who lived and practiced their specific skills here.

Jaipur is known as the Pink City, a somewhat idealized description of the terra-cotta-colored lime plaster that coats the old part of the city's walls, buildings, and temples. The history and times of Jaipur are deeply entwined with the stories of royal princes and princesses, with grand Mughals, and later with visiting dignitaries from the British royal family and U.S. presidential families. Modern Jaipur plays host to all of them and to many thousands who come here enchanted by all that the city has to offer. Jaipur is undoubtedly a city of kings and queens and its distinctive architecture clearly emphasizes this. It has a timeless appeal, since many of the traditional crafts patronized by the 18 th -century rulers are still thriving. There are streets that are famous for jewelry, tie-and-dye, pottery, meenakari (enameled metalwork), leatherwork, and stone carvings. During our days here we'll discover all this wonderful history and culture as we explore the palaces, observatories, forts, and local markets.
Jai Mahal Palace (B)

Day 10/11 -Oct. 20-21- Udaipur

Today's flight takes us to the lake city of Udaipur, founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II. We'll visit the City Palace, an architectural marvel towering over the lake, surrounded by chiseled walls, and with a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, and hanging gardens. It also houses the Dilkhush Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, which is studded with glittering mirrors, the Moti Mahal, and the palace of Lord Krishna, all of which are ornately decorated. We continue on to the Jagdish Temple, which was built in 1651 and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, “The Preserver.” We will also visit the lovely gardens and fountains of the Sahelion Ki Bari.
Fateh Prakash Palace (B daily)

The Lake Palace Hotel shimmers over the serene waters of Lake Pichola just as it did when Maharaja Jagat Singh II first decreed its construction in 1746. Overlooking fountain pavilions, hilltop fortresses, ancient temples, and medieval gardens, this regal hotel announces the gateway to Udaipur . The hotel floats almost magically on the lake's surface, so guests arrive via water transport. Guestrooms feature plaster-relief friezes with intricate corbels, timber-grid ceilings with cast-brass bezels, delicate fresco paintings, and traditional Indian color schemes. Room amenities include minibars, satellite television, and wireless Internet access.
(B Daily)

Day 15/16 -Oct. 22 & 23- Delhi-New York

Following breakfast we fly back to Delhi and check into our day rooms at the Ashok Country Resort. The balance of the day is at leisure before we gather for a farewell dinner and are then transferred to the airport for our flight home. (B, D; meals aloft).

Please note that the itinerary sequence is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change.

Optional Extension to Kanha & Mumbai
                                                                                                                           

A minimum of 6 passengers is required for this extension.

Day 16/17/18 - Nagpur & Kanha National Park

We wake up early this morning for the flight to Nagpur and proceed on a drive to Kanha National Park and its lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines, which provided inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's famous work, The Jungle Book. The largest wildlife sanctuary in Asia, Kanha National Park was one of the first Project Tiger reserves in India. It is in many ways Project Tiger's biggest success story, with the tiger population having doubled since 1976. Over 740 square miles of bamboo thickets, extensive grasslands, and dense sal forests make up Kanha—a series of plateaus that stretch across the eastern segment of the Satpura Ranges in Madhya Pradesh. This is the land of the tiger, the leopard, and the wolf. Porcupine, jackal, sloth bear, jungle cat, macaque, dhole (wild dog), bison, and a stunning spectrum of birds also inhabit Kanha, and make a trip to the sanctuary a must for any wildlife enthusiast. It is a truly thrilling experience, made more so by sightings of the tiger, gaur, or even the tiny mouse deer (muntjac) or the rare hardground barasingha, found only in Kanha. Go bird-watching on a misty winter morning, and you're likely to see beauties like the racquet-tailed drongo, crimson-breasted barbet, crested hawk eagle, and golden oriole.

Activities over the next two days will mainly consist of jungle safaris, conducted either by elephant back or in 4 x 4 vehicles, which are open from all sides to give us a panoramic and unobstructed view of the landscape and every bird or animal that may be lurking in the grasses, and allowing us to listen to the sounds of nature. In addition to drives and elephant-back tiger viewing, nature walks can be arranged as well as visits to the local villages.
Kanha Jungle Lodge (B, L, D daily)

Day 19/20 - Nagpur/Mumbai

Situated on a peninsula halfway up the west coast of India, Mumbai (formerly Bombay ) is India's economic powerhouse and home to more millionaires than any other city on the Indian sub-continent. As well as being the country's financial capital, Mumbai is an important port, handling a third of all international trade, and a base for many of India's largest companies.

The Portuguese established this old Hindu city as a colony in 1509. In 1661 it passed to England as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza when she married Charles II, and became a vital trading base for the East India Company and England. The center of Imperial Bombay, an area known as Fort, contains a breathtaking array of High Victorian buildings and is reminiscent of a prosperous 19 th-century English industrial city. The fascinating range of architectural styles reflects the British passion for the Gothic and demonstrates the wealth and elegance of British Bombay.

Saturday we'll spend exploring this diverse city. We v isit Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site an hour's boat ride from Mumbai. The origins and artists of the temple caves, thought to date from about the 7th century, remain obscure. What is known, however, is that the island was originally called Gharapuri; the Portuguese renamed it Elephanta after they found a large stone elephant near their landing place. We will stroll around these caves viewing the magnificent art inspired by worship of Lord Shiva.

Returning to Mumbai, we will explore the city by road, driving past the Afghan Church, the Secretariat of the Maharashtra Government, and along the famous Marine drive. We'll visit the lovely Hanging Gardens, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens. Not to be confused with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Mumbai's are terraced gardens perched at the top of Malabar Hill, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park . These gardens provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea and feature numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals. The park was laid out in 1881 over Bombay's main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence. We continue to the Prince of Wales Museum before returning to our hotel.
Taj Mahal Hotel (B daily)

Day 21 - Mumbai-New York

We bid farewell to this amazing country today as we transfer to the airport for the flight home. (B; meals aloft)

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Program Fees

$5,295 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $2,295 per person.

Price includes:

Price does not include:
Airfare; U.S. and foreign airport taxes; passport/visa fees; excess baggage charges; meals not specified in the itinerary; gratuities to drivers/guides, specialist-guide, and other conveyance attendants; laundry and other items of a personal nature; personal and baggage insurance; individual transfers; medical expenses; cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.

Optional insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low-cost group rates.  

Lake Palace Upgrade in Udaipur:
$895 per person/single room supplement is $695.

Estimated Airfare: $1,500 with Continental from Newark or $1,400 with Air India from Washington D.C. or New York.  Price subject to change and will be determined at time of booking. Estimates do not include airport or departure taxes, or increases in security fees.

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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 $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately three months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure. (July 8, 2008)

Deposits can be made via Mastercard or Visa. Call us at 866-765-2646.

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.

Conditions Of Travel:

 

HOW TO BOOK: Cal toll-free 866-765-2646 or fill out the reservation form and send it to University of Virginia Cavalier Travels, 400 Ray C. Hunt Dr., P.O. Box 400807, Charlottesville, VA 22904, together with a deposit of $500 per person for the main safari and $100 per person for the extension, as well as your insurance payment if you wish to take advantage of the pre-existing medical condition exclusion. All checks should be made out to Classic Escapes. On receipt of your signed reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your place on your safari. When we send off your confirmation invoice, your booking is confirmed and accepted by us. Final payment is due not later than 95 days prior to departure (July 8, 2008).  Final documents will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure.

 

OPTIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip economy-class jet transportation from NEWARK via CONTINENTAL AIRLINES and from WASHINGTON D.C. via AIR INDIA and/or other IATAN carriers.  Rates based on special promotional fares and cancellation fees apply once tickets are issued.  Departures from other cities in the USA are possible at additional cost. Kindly inquire at the time of reservation.

 

AIRLINE SEATING: For Air India and Continental Airlines, we request seats together for the group. All planes are non-smoking. We can request a seating preference on your behalf, however this is only a request and not guaranteed.  Requests should be made in writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure.  Boarding passes will only be issued at the airport on the day of departure.  You may inquire during check-in to have a seating change made, however this change is based on availability and is at the sole discretion of airport staff.

 

FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE: At time of publication, Continental Airlines is a partner with Alaskan Airlines, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Aeromexico, AeroRebublica, Air Europa,  Air France, Alitalia,  American Eagle, Cape Air, Copa Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates,  Eva Air,  Hawaiian Airlines, Horizon Air, Island Air,  KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Northwest Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic. You may obtain frequent flyer mileage on any of these carriers.  Present your frequent flyer card for all flight check-ins and keep the boarding passes until you receive a statement with the mileage credit

 

BAGGAGE: International flights from the U.S. allow two pieces of checked luggage, each not exceeding 50 lbs. However we recommend you travel as light as you can manage, as it is more comfortable for you. Also, the size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft duffel bags are ideal as they stow best in vehicles. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:  You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour.  All rooms have private facilities, and all rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but king-size beds are occasionally available and should be requested in advance.  Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions can change for similar lodging.

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single accommodations are not guaranteed, but will be provided at additional cost if available (see reservation form for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better accommodations. On occasion, in smaller hotels, you may be required to share with other members of your tour group if single rooms/cabins are not available upon check-in. If this is the situation, appropriate per diem refunds are made to pas­sengers in the event they paid for a single room but had to share during any portion of their trip.  For passengers who are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate.  However, if this is not possible, you will be required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA.

 

MEALS:  American breakfast daily, including welcome dinner in Delhi.  All other meals as specified. 

 

TRANSFERS:  Roundtrip transfer of passengers between airport and hotels are included in the tour.

 

TIPS AND TAXES: Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, lodges and tented camps, and entrance fees to all reserves as outlined in the itinerary are included.  U.S. and foreign airport taxes are included in the air cost and are subject to change prior to issuance of tickets.  Tips to driver/guides and specialist-guide are not included.

 

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 India.  However, it is also a sensible precaution for visitors to take one of the preventive pills that are in common use against malaria. Water is generally not safe to drink, so you should always drink bottled water.

 

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 9, 2007, and are subject to change. Rates are based on a minimum of 15 passengers traveling together (with a maximum of 40 passengers).  The right is reserved to levy a surcharge if minimum is not met, but that is rarely done. We will do our utmost to keep to the prices as published. 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.

 

ESCORT:  Group will be accompanied by enrichment lecturer and university host with a minimum of 15 passengers on the main program and 10 on the extension.

 

TRIP INFORMATION: Upon receipt of your application, instructions will be sent to you concerning all aspects of your trip, such as itinerary, photographic equipment, documents, clothing, insurance, etc. 

 

INVOICING:  Final invoicing of your trip will be done approximately four months prior to departure.  Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

 

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

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $500 per person must be submitted with each application, plus an additional deposit of $100 per person if you wish to take the extension, plus the cost of the optional insurance if you wish to take advantage of the pre-existing medical condition exclusion. Deposits may be paid by check or charged to American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY and is due no later than 95 days prior to departure (November 25, 2007).

 

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this tour:

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.

 

DEVIATIONS:  Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in other countries in Asia, 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; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; gratuities to driver/guides and specialist-guide, 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 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 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 game areas, by game migrations from one region to another, or airline or 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.

 

INSURANCE: It is a condition of booking, that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip to Africa. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities:  cancellation or curtailment of the safari, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependants or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities.  Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance cover. Classic Escapes offers a comprehensive package.  See premium schedule below, or call us for the exact amount and information on the policy. If insurance is purchased within 7 days of the initial trip payment, the Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived.  This is applicable to all coverages contained in the policy. You must be medically able to travel when you pay your premium. In the event that a claim is filed, the injury or illness must be substantiated to the Claims Department. 

 

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 to schedule.

 

If one of our guides is unable to take a tour 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 tour takes place. Classic Escapes act merely as an agent for the operating companies.

 

To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of writing. 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.

 

INSURANCE: It is a condition of booking, that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip to Africa. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities:  cancellation or curtailment of the safari, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependants or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities.  Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance cover. Classic Escapes offers a comprehensive package.  See premium schedule below, or call us for the exact amount and information on the policy. If insurance is purchased within 7 days of the initial trip payment, the Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived.  This is applicable to all coverages contained in the policy. You must be medically able to travel when you pay your premium. In the event that a claim is filed, the injury or illness must be substantiated to the Claims Department. 

 

INSURANCE PREMIUM: The cost of your insurance premium is based on the TOTAL cost of your trip including:  the main itinerary, airfare, airline taxes, single supplements, optional excursions and optional extensions.  The premium for your tour will be calculated as follows:

 

Total Tour Cost

Premium Per Person

$5,001 - $5,500

$407

$5,501 - $6,000

$445

$6,001 - $6,500

$483

$6,501 - $7,000

$517

$7,001 - $8,000

$579

$8,001 - $9,000

$655

$9,001 - $10,000

$731

$10,001 - $11,000

$805

$11,001 - $12,000

$884

$12,001 - $13,000

$960

$13,001 - $14,000

$1,037

 

Please contact Classic Escapes if you have any questions or need assistance calculating your premium. 

 

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