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The Rhine and Moselle Rivers Cruise

May 1-15, 2010
Faculty: Larry Goedde, Professor of Art History

Price: Priced from $4,916 land/cruise only
This is a Joint Program with Washington & Lee University.

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Overview

Unpack once and glide effortlessly from one remarkable place to another! We'll enjoy not only the beautiful scenery of the Low Countries and the Moselle River Valley but also the many historic centers of European culture to which the Rhine and Moselle provide easy access. Begin in Holland's colorful capital, Amsterdam, with a canal boat tour past stately homes and 16th-century merchant houses. Ship on waterThen begin your 13-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel with a stop in Cologne for guided sightseeing. Stop in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, and continue up the Moselle to Trier. Enjoy a visit to Reichsburg Castle, towering high above Cochem, and a walking tour of Bernkastel. Sail past the famous Rock of the Lorelei through the dramatic Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim for a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and a chance to try the region's famous Riesling wines. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, as well as excursions to Heidelberg's red-walled castle of "Student Prince" fame and Germany's Black Forest before ending your cruise in Basel, Switzerland.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

The Avalon Affinity, which set sail in May of 2009, is the latest addition to the Avalon fleet, with a design that reflects the uniqueness of the area and that differentiates her from the other Avalon vessels. Carrying a maximum of just 138 passengers with four suites, she will be the smallest of the Avalon ships, yet the staterooms are equally spacious and well appointed, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two decks. In addition, there is an elevator, and the whirlpool on the Sky Deck allows for a refreshing dip after a day of sightseeing. The rear lounge is perfect for small groups.

Cabin viewFeatures exclusive to Avalon Affinity staterooms:

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Meals

Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D), including a welcome reception, welcome dinner and Captain's dinner; quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements.

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Faculty

Larry Goedde, Professor of Art History and Chair, McIntire Department of Art

Professor Larry Goedde has taught art history in the McIntire Department of Art since 1981, and has served the department as Chair since 1996. 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: Convention, Rhetoric and Interpretation and various exhibition catalogues and essays. Larry is very popular among U.Va. Alumni and has led trips to Holland and Belgium, the Danube River and a cruise on the Mediterranean from Rome to Lisbon.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday, May 1
Depart USA
Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2 - Sunday, May 2
Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a Welcome Reception. (D)

Day 3 - Monday, May 3
Amsterdam
There is no better way to see the city than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten (canals) lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age." There is plenty of free time to explore on your own. Your cruise director will have suggestions for how to make the most of your stay. (B, L ,D)

Day 4 - Tuesday, May 4
Schoonhoven / Rotterdam / Dordrecht / Excursion to Kinderdijk
Schoonhoven, nicknamed "Zilverstad," is renowned for its silver and is the home of the International School of Silver. There's time to explore on your own and maybe visit the Gold, Silver and Clock Museum. Next, sail to Rotterdam, a bustling city that was leveled by German bombs in World War II and now boasts the world's busiest port. Sitting between two branches of the Rhine, charming Dordrecht inspired many painters in many painters in the 17th and 18th centuries. From here, an excursion takes you to Kinderdijk with its picturesque row of windmills. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Wednesday, May 5
Cologne, Germany
Cologne is the capital of the Rhineland and one of Germany's largest cities. The soaring twin steeples of its magnificent gothic cathedral dominate the river skyline. The Germano-Roman Museum next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with taverns, cafés and shops. Try a Kölsch, the favorite local beer, and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original "eau de cologne." (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Thursday, May 6
Koblenz
Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. The Deutsches Eck, located on a tongue of land where the two rivers converge, holds an impressive equestrian statue of Wilhelm I. The Moselle River is some 312 miles long, rising in the Vosges Mountains of northeastern France and entering Germany at Trier. The entire Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Friday, May 7
Bernkastel
In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its well-preserved half-timbered houses surrounding the beautiful marketplace. Wine growers in this area look after Germany's largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. Before dinner, visit a local wine cellar and taste several of this region's varietals. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Saturday, May 8
Trier
The venerable Episcopal city of Trier is the oldest in Germany and, some claim, even older than Rome! A house on the marketplace bears the inscription, "Trier was standing 1,300 years before Rome." The famous Porta Nigra is the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement and still gives access to the town center. Trier's most famous son was socialist revolutionary Karl Marx. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Sunday, May 9
Schengen / Excursion to Luxembourg
This morning your ship docks at Schengen, Luxembourg, where the Schengen Agreement was signed and the Schengen Visa was born. A short motorcoach ride takes you to Luxembourg, the capital of the Grand Duchy of the same name. The city boasts a large array of historic and cultural sites, which come to life as you visit the city with your local guide. This afternoon, relax on board while your ship cruises slowly down the Moselle, or choose from a number of optional excursions on offer. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Monday, May 10
Cochem
This morning your ship docks at Schengen, Luxembourg, where the Schengen Agreement was signed and the Schengen Visa was born. A short motorcoach ride takes you to Luxembourg, the capital of the Grand Duchy of the same name. The city boasts a large array of historic and cultural sites, which come to life as you visit the city with your local guide. This afternoon, relax on board while your ship cruises slowly down the Moselle, or choose from a number of optional excursions on offer. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Tuesday, May 11
Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim / Mainz
The dramatic Rhine Gorge is a most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Rüdesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town and Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum is a real surprise! A special treat is planned before you have free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany's largest and most important wine market. Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, was born here and you'll visit the Gutenberg Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Wednesday, May 12
Speyer / Excursion to Heidelberg
This morning your ship docks in Speyer, an old imperial city boasting a Romanesque cathedral with six imposing towers and the finest and largest crypt in Germany. Four Holy Roman Emperors and four German kings are buried in the impressive Royal Vault. From here you can choose to take a full-day or half-day excursion to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town. The ruins of the imposing red sandstone castle tower above the city. Of particular interest is the Giant Vat, an 18th-century wine cask holding 49,000 gallons! (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Thursday, May 13
Strasbourg, France
Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border is the gateway to Germany's Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham and Black Forest cherry cake. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Friday, May 14
Breisach, Germany / Excursion to the Black Forest
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Noteworthy sights are the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely La Petite France district, Place Kléber and Place Gutenberg with the statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion to the Alsace wine region is available today. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Saturday, May 15
Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
Homebound flights should not leave Zürich Airport before 10 a.m. (B)

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Program Fees

Ship deck plansPriced from $3,989 per person, double occupancy, cruise program.

Stateroom Category

Pricing

E

$3,989

B

$4,916

A

$5,009

P

$5,194

Jr. Suite

$6,216

A limited number of single rooms are available. Please call for single accommodation price.

Program Includes:
• All meals on board daily featuring full breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D), including a welcome reception, welcome dinner and Captain's dinner; quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner
• Port charges and ship's crew gratuities
• Services of a Professional Cruise Director and sightseeing with Local guides
• Audio headsets for all guided shore excursions

Program Does Not Include:
Taxes such as International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment and U.S. and International arrival and departure, and other government-imposed fees up to $300 per person; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your tour or cruise director, local host, driver, local guides and/ or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages and food outside of the contracted Avalon Waterways menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship or restaurant); optional excursions and activities; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection payments; airline baggage fees; excess baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.

Air Inclusive Price: Priced from $5,217
per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles.

A limited number of single rooms are available. Please call for single accommodation price.

In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:

• Roundtrip jet transportation

*Disclaimer: Air-inclusive prices quoted are based on departure from Washington Dulles and are subject to change. Prices for departures from other cities will vary. Prices quoted are approximate and may be priced higher at the time you purchase your tour. For current prices, please call Avalon Waterways at 877-303-7735. Air-inclusive prices do not include a September 11th Security Fee of up to $10, passenger facility charges of up to $18 per person, federal domestic flight segment fees of up to $3.50 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed fees up to $300, depending on your itinerary. An additional $250 non-refundable deposit (total $500 non-refundable) is required for air booked in conjunction with any land tour (i.e., an air-inclusive tour). Your final air-inclusive tour price is guaranteed when your flight information is confirmed and Avalon Waterways has received your full air and land deposit. Certain restrictions apply. ^ back to top

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 at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $250 per person land/cruise only or $500 per person including air is required to reserve your spot. Final payment is due January 31, 2010.

Deposits can be made via check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus and American Express.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

The purchase of any travel services offered by Group Voyagers, Inc., d/b/a Avalon Waterways (hereinafter "Avalon Waterways") constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and Avalon Waterways, and represents your acceptance of Avalon Waterways Terms and Conditions. Full Terms and Conditions will be forwarded to you by calling 877-303-7735. Please ensure that you read and understand the full Terms and Conditions prior to deposit.

Standard Deposit and Final Payment: Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single room supplements are listed where applicable and may not be available on all tours. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 per tour per person is required for us to reserve space for you. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by Avalon Waterways and you receive a confirmation invoice. Final payment is due 90 days prior to commencement of services. If we do not receive final payment by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation and retain your full deposit and any Travel Protection payments. We are not responsible for canceled land or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required at time of booking for reservations made within 90 days of departure. In case of billing errors, Avalon Waterways reserves the right to re-invoice with correct pricing. An additional $250 non-refundable deposit (total $500 non-refundable) is required for air booked in conjunction with any land/cruise tour (i.e., an air-inclusive tour).

Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: For individual reservations, the following per person cancellation fees apply. Total price does not include discounts, promotions, or special incentives.

>90 days prior to the commencement of services: full land deposit plus Travel Protection payments plus full air deposit (if applicable); 90-60 days prior to commencement of services: 35% of total price plus Travel Protection payments; 59-30 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Travel Protection payments; 29-1 days prior to commencement of services: 80% of total price plus Travel Protection payments; On departure day and later: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection payments.

If flight changes-including cancellations or name changes-are requested after full land and air deposit is received, revision fees, change fees, and/or airline cancellation fees will apply and may be up to 100% of the ticket price, which are payable by you. Cancellation penalties will be quoted at time of cancellation. There are no refunds on river cruises for unused services of less than 48 consecutive hours or for voluntary modifications made by the traveler.

Air Arrangements: Avalon Waterways is not responsible if an airline cancels, reschedules, or delays a flight for any reason. Avalon Waterways is not responsible for and will not provide any refund for portions of trips missed or expenses incurred due to canceled, rescheduled or delayed flights. If you make your own flight arrangements, Avalon Waterways will not be responsible for any loss resulting from cancellation or changes in international gateways or travel dates. Baggage fees imposed by airlines (including internal air) are not included in the price and are payable by the passenger directly to the airline.

Travelers Who Need Special Assistance on Tours and/or Cruise: You must report any disability requiring special attention while on tour or on cruise to Avalon Waterways at the time the reservation is made. Most transportation services, including the touring motorcoach and Avalon Waterway ship, are not equipped with wheelchair ramps or elevators. We cannot provide individual assistance to a tour participant for walking, dining, getting on and off motorcoaches and other vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travelers who need such assistance and must assume full responsibility for their well-being.

Visas and Passports: You are responsible for obtaining and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements.

Not Included in the Tour Price: Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, Passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment and U.S. and International arrival and departure, and other government imposed fees up to $300 per person; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/ or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon Waterways menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions and activities; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection payments; airline baggage fees; excess baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.

Responsibility: Group Voyagers, Inc., located at 5301 South Federal Circle, Littleton, Colorado 80123, is an independent company ("the Company") licensed to market and distribute travel products under the Avalon Waterways brand name, and arrange for the tour services offered in its brochure, including transportation, sightseeing, and accommodations through independent contracts.

The air carriers, accommodations, and other suppliers (including but not limited to trains, cruises, ferries, motorcoaches, hotels, and restaurants) providing services are independent contractors and are not agents, employees, servants, or joint venturers of the Company or its affiliates. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Company are subject to the Terms and Conditions specified by the supplier, which are available upon request, and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied.

After departure, if the services included in the tour cannot be supplied or there are changes in an itinerary for reasons beyond the control of the Company, the Company will arrange for the provision of comparable services. Any resulting additional expense will be the responsibility of tour participants, and any resulting savings will be refunded by the Company to tour participants. The Company reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a tour participant; to expel any participant from the tour; to make changes in the itinerary whenever the Company deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants; and to cancel a tour at any time. The tour participant agrees that neither the Company nor its affiliates shall be liable for any damage, loss (including personal injury, death, and property loss), or expense occasioned by any act or omission of any supplier providing services, any insurer or insurance administrator under the Travel Protection plan, or any other person.

Arbitration against the Company must be filed in the state of Colorado and must be commenced within one year following the date of tour completion. Neither the Company nor any affiliate shall in any case be liable for other than compensatory damages, and you hereby waive any right to punitive damages.

No person, other than an authorized representative of the Company by a document in writing, is authorized to vary, add, or waive any term or condition in its brochure, including any term or condition set forth in the preceding provisions.

Trade Name: Avalon Waterways is a service mark registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. CST#2017032-20

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