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Tuscany: Siena, Florence, Chianti

September 19–27, 2007
Faculty: Larry Goedde, Professor of Art History & Chair of the McIntire Department of Art

Price: $4,595 per person, double occupancy, land program
$700, single supplment

This is a joint program with Yale University.
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Overview

Enjoy this delightful Tuscan sojourn and experience the authentic traditions and culture of Tuscany while enjoying charming accommodations in the Hotel Athena in the heart of the old city of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in an enchanting world where 500-year-old farmhouses, Renaissance villas and medieval castles dot a breathtaking landscape of gentle hills, olive groves and vineyards first planted by the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago. Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli through the streets of Florence, the "Cradle of the Renaissance," and discover hidden gems like the ancient hill towns of Montalcino and San Gimignano, bastions of old Tuscany still encircled by their Etruscan walls. Sample Tuscany’s legendary wines in the hills of Chianti and savor the rustic flavors of the region’s world-renowned cuisine at an exclusive hands-on cooking class. A custom-designed program of cultural enhancements also includes a specially arranged village forum with local residents and a performance of Gregorian chants by monks in the 11th-century Abbey of Sant’Antimo.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

Hotel Athena: Experience traditional Tuscan hospitality amid the medieval splendors of Siena while spending seven nights in the charming four-star Hotel Athena. Located within walking distance of the Piazza del Campo and the duomo, this inviting hotel offers comfortable, stylish accommodations while combining old world charm and exceptional service with 21st-century amenities and facilities. All rooms are individually appointed in a classic Italian or contemporary style. Meals, featuring the refined flavors and rustic simplicity of classic Tuscan cuisine, are served in the hotel’s appealing restaurant, set amid stone and brick arches that recall Tuscany’s traditional architectural style. Refreshments are available at the seventh-floor bar and the adjoining terrace, which offers exceptional panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Hotel facilities also include a small business center with Internet access and a currency exchange. Personal, attentive service will be provided throughout your stay by the hotel’s professional staff.

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Meals

Breakfast each day, two-course lunches on selected tours and five three-course dinners with complimentary wine.

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Faculty

Larry Goedde, Professor of Art History & Chair of the McIntire Department of Art

Larry Goedde is has taught at U.Va. since 1981 and served for 15 years as Chair of the McIntire Department of Art.  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. He has led Cavalier Travels trips to Holland and Belgium, the Danube River,Tuscany, a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Lisbon and a Rhine/Moselle Rivers cruise.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday, September 19
Depart U.S. on an overnight flight.

Day 2 - Monday, September 20
Florence / Siena
Arrive in Florence. Transfer to Siena (1.5 hour ride) and check into the Athena Hotel. The afternoon is at leisure and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner that evening.
Hotel Athena

Day 3 - Tuesday, September 21
Siena
Take a walking tour of Siena beginning at its heart, the Piazza del Campo. In the piazza, visit the historic Torre del Magnia and Palazzo Pubblico, an outstanding example of classic Gothic architecture. The interior of the palazzo houses an impressive collection of Renaissance frescoes. Continue this morning with a walking tour of Siena’s Contrade. Siena is divided into 17 neighborhoods or Contrade. Each is a separate entity within the city and has its own church and patron saint, administration, recreational activities and a museum containing works of art and the costumes for the processions. After lunch on your own, this afternoon visit Siena’s duomo, renowned for its striking dark green and white marble façade. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
Hotel Athena (B, D)

Day 4 - Wednesday, September 22
Sant’ Antimo / Montalcino
Travel south of Siena to Sant’ Antimo, a grand Romanesque church set in the picturesque Tuscan countryside. While visiting the church, attend a concert by the monks performing Gregorian chants. Continue to the hilltop town of Montalcino, renowned for its Brunello wine. Tour the Fortezza, the 14th century fortress that dominates the town, before having free time to explore independently. In the evening enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner at Arte e Cucina.
Hotel Athena

Day 5 - Thursday, September 23
Florence
Arrive in the city known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. In Florence, visit the world famous Duomo and baptistery, two of Italy’s most recognized architectural and artistic masterpieces. Continue to the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David. After the conclusion of the tour, the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure in Florence. Dinner is at the hotel tonight.
Hotel Athena

Day 6 - Friday, September 24
Chianti Region
Set out for Tuscany's famed Chianti region with a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside on the way to Strada, a small charming village, where you will visit a pasta factory with a small museum. Well observe an olive oil presentation and a guided sensory evaluation of three olive oils. There will be a tasting of a recipe made with olive oil. The presentation discusses how olive oil is made and how to distinguish high quality oils from fraudulent and poorly made products. This includes discussion of labeling rules (extra virgin, virgin, DOP), how to cook with olive oil and its health benefits. Enjoy lunch at the Pruneti Family farmhouse, the maker of the fine olive oil. In the afternoon, enjoy a wine tasting of some of the noted Chianti region vineyards.
Hotel Athena

Day 7 - Saturday, September 25
San Gimignano
Famed for its numerous towers, San Gimignano is one of the most recognizable Tuscan towns. On a walking tour of the city, visit the Piazza della Cisterna, lined with towers from the 13th and 14th century, the Piazza del Duomo and the duomo with its inspired frescos and the Palazzo del Popolo and Museo Civico, the seat of city government since the 13th century.
Hotel Athena

Day 8 - Sunday, September 26
Siena or Pisa / Lucca (optional tour)
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Siena or an optional day excursion to Pisa and Lucca (at an additional cost of $155 per person). Lucca escaped the devastation of war and thus retains the charm of a small ancient Italian city-state. It also boasts one of the most extraordinary Tuscan art heritages, and its duomo (Cathedral San Martino) is still an important symbol for the town. Stroll through the old university town of Pisa on the Arno River, once an important maritime republic during the Middle Ages. Visit the Camposanto, Baptistery and Cathedral and enjoy an exterior visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Hotel Athena

Day 9 - Monday, September 27
Siena / USA
After breakfast, transfer to Florence for your flight back to the U.S.

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Program Fees

$4,595 per person, double occupancy, land program*
$700 single supplement

*our operator can arrange your air travel for you at an additional cost

Price includes:

Price does not include: 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 hotel 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/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.

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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 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 four months prior to departure. Final payment is due on June 16, 2010.

Deposits can be made via Visa or Mastercard.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General 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 hotel 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/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: Airfare 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.
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; $600 per person administrative fee 95-119 days prior to departure; 50% of the published regular fare 45-94 days before departure; 75% of the published full regular fare from 22 through 44 days prior to departure; cancellations 21 days or less prior to departure, a noshow, 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 institution or association, 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 assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel 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 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 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 commercial 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 himself/herself or other participants and accepts the terms and conditions of this contract.

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