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Changing the Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea
Aboard the Deluxe M.S. Le Boreal

May 31-June 11, 2011
Faculty: Larry Goedde, Prof. of Art History, University of Virginia

Price: From $7,295 per person, double occupancy, land/cruise program

This is a joint program with Brown University, Columbia University & Georgetown University.
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Overview

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg while cruising for 8 nights under the spectacular "White Nights of Summer" aboard the deluxe M.S. Le Boreal, launching in 2010. On either end of the cruise, enjoy one night in the dynamic Scandinavian capital cities of Copenhagen and Stockholm. By special arrangement, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching speeches by former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and former President of Poland Lech Walesa. After an overnight in a hotel in Copenhagen, follow the tradition of ancient Viking mariners, sailing across the Baltic Sea from the cosmopolitan Danish capital to the striking, island land of Stockholm.  Revel in the medieval charms of Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia, then this enlightening cruise features three days in regal St. Petersburg including an early-opening tour of the world-acclaimed Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress.  Discover the stunning architecture of Helsinki, Finland, before concluding with an overnight stay in a hotel in Stockholm.

Map of trip route
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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

M.S. Le Boreal

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Meals

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Faculty

Larry Goeede, U.Va. Professor of Art History

Larry 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, a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Lisbon and Rhine/Moselle Rivers.

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Itinerary

Day 1 -- Tuesday, May 31
Depart from the U.S. for Copenhagen, Denmark.

Day 2 -- Wednesday, June 1
Copenhagen, Denmark
Upon arrival, transfer to the RADISSON BLU SCANDINAVIA for an overnight stay.

Day 3 -- Thursday, June 2
Copenhagen, Denmark/Embark Le Boreal

Upon arrival in Copenhagen, board a canal boat for the afternoon cruise through the heart of the city. See Christiansborg Palace, the Naval Church, the Stock Exchange and the famous "Little Mermaid" statue, which honors the work of Denmark’s favorite author, Hans Christian Andersen. Disembark and pass by Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg Palace and the King’s Garden en route to the famous Strøget pedestrian street.

This afternoon, enjoy an exclusive meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Following a meet and greet and lunch with fellow travelers at the hotel, President Gorbachev will speak on the evolution of the Soviet Union into modern Russia and answer questions.  Late this afternoon, transfer to the deluxe M.S. LE BOREAL and set sail.

Day 4 -- Friday, June 3
Cruising the Baltic Sea
Spend the day at leisure cruising across the Baltic Sea to Riga. This evening, join the Captain for a special welcome reception and dinner.

Day 5 -- Saturday, June 4
Riga, Latvia
Once a member of the Hanseatic League, Riga has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its eclectic combination of national romantic, art nouveau, neo-Gothic, neo-Baroque and ultramodern architecture. Attend the specially arranged organ recital in St. John’s Church, one of Riga’s oldest buildings which was originally a Dominican chapel consecrated in the 13th century. Tour Old Riga and see the Great Guild Hall Square, the Swedish Gate and the artfully designed Blackhead’s House, a magnificent 14th-century guild house destroyed in World War II. It was completely rebuilt with bricks donated by Riga’s citizens to commemorate the city’s 800th anniversary in 2001. Depart Riga this afternoon.

Day 6 -- Sunday, June 5
Tallinn, Estonia
Having largely escaped the ravages of World War II, Tallinn’s Old Town has remained virtually unchanged for the past 600 years and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the walking tour, visit the medieval Town Hall, the only surviving Gothic-style hall in Europe, and see Toompea Castle, the landmark Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the 13th-century Church of St. Nicholas.

This evening, by exclusive arrangement, meet privately on the ship with leader of the Solidarity movement, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa. He will share his insights into the Solidarity movement, which played a seminal role in the pursuit of Polish democracy and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.

Day 7 -- Monday, June 6
St. Petersburg, Russia

Arrive in the majestic city of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as his "Window on the West." Enjoy the day exploring this city’s legendary landmarks, scattered across more than 100 islands linked by 600 bridges. Along the main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospect, admire exquisite examples of Russian Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. See the important Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) and the 19th-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose striking golden dome is one of the glories of the city’s skyline. Tour the city’s first building, the Peter and Paul Fortress, constructed to defend Russia against invasion and to secure Russia’s access to the sea. The impressive Baroque Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul contains the tombs of Russia’s 32 czars, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs.  This evening, attend an optional ballet performance in the Hermitage or Palace Theater.

Day 8 -- Tuesday, June 7
St. Petersburg

Today, see one of the world’s greatest art repositories on the specially arranged, early-opening tour of the incomparable State Hermitage Museum, former czarist palace of Catherine the Great.  The spectacular collection is rivaled only by the museum’s ornate interiors.

The afternoon is free for independent pursuits.  Alternatively, join the optional tour of Petrodvorets, the splendid parklands and palace commissioned by Peter the Great and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil, skimming over the Gulf of Finland. 

You may choose to attend an optional Russian folklore show in the Nikolaevsky Art Center. This evening.

Day 9 -- Wednesday, June 8
St. Petersburg
This morning, experience the treasures of this magnificent city at your own pace, or join the optional excursion to the imperial compound of Pushkin and Catherine the Great’s elaborate rococo palace, highlighted by a special visit to the extraordinary Amber Room.

The afternoon is free for pursuing individual pursuits. The ship departs St. Petersburg early this evening.

Day 10 -- Thursday, June 9
Helsinki, Finland

On the morning tour of Finland’s dynamic capital, see Helsinki’s stately Senate Square, lively Market Square, diplomatic quarter of Kaivopuisto and a view of the old fortifications of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, visit Sibelius Park to view Eila Hiltunen’s remarkable sculpture in honor of Finland’s most beloved composer, Jean Sibelius. Tour the modernistic Temppeliaukio Church, impressively hewn from solid rock and also known as the Church of the Rock. Enjoy a special private concert at the prestigious Sibelius Academy before returning to the ship.

This evening, join the Captain for a special farewell reception.

Day 11 -- Friday, June 10
Stockholm, Sweden

Arrive in Stockholm and disembark.  The orientation tour is highlighted by visits to City Hall, where the Nobel Prize ceremonies have been held since 1930, and the Vasa Museum, home of the world’s only nearly intact restored 17th century warship, which sank in Stockholm Harbor on its maiden voyage.

Check into the ideally located, deluxe SHERATON STOCKHOM HOTEL for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 12 -- Saturday, June 11
Stockholm/U.S.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Program Fees

Pricing is land/cruise only, including gratuities to drivers/guides. Pricing includes all shore excursions except Cultural excursions (priced below).

Double Occupancy, Per Person:

Category 8 $7,295 [SOLD OUT]
Category 7 $8,495 [SOLD OUT]
Category 6 $8,995 [SOLD OUT]
Category 5 $9,495 [SOLD OUT]
Category 4 $9,995
Category 3 $10,395
Category 2 $10,795
Category 1 $10,995 [SOLD OUT]
Deluxe Suites $11,895 [SOLD OUT]
Prestige Suite II $12,895 [SOLD OUT]
Prestige Suite I $13,895
Owners Suite $15,895

Single Accommodations:
Category 4 $17,495

 

Optional Excursions:

Catherine Palace (Pushkin) $75 per person
Petrodvorets Palace and Garden $100 per person
Nicholaevsky Art Center Folklore $80 per person
Hermitage or PalaceTheater Ballet $150 per person

Taxes: $395 per person and subject to change

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 ship personnel and 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/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure 1) if you have not purchased your air arrangements through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, or 2) if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); meals and alcoholic beverages not listed in the "Included Features" section; and all other services not specifically mentioned in the "Included Features" section.

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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 $800 per person is required to reserve your main program spot; $200 for each pre- or post-program option. Final invoicing will be done approximately 95 days prior to departure. Final payment is due by March 1, 2011.

Deposits can be made via Visa, MasterCard, money order, wire transfer or check made out to "Gohagan and Company."

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. The previous departure for this trip sold out quickly.

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General Terms & Conditions

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 or physical assistance must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Participants must be able to climb stairs and step over bulkheads aboard the ship without assistance.

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 1, 2011. 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.

CANCELLATIONS 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, $800 per person; from 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of your trip cost; cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of your trip cost. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees and administrative fees will be assessed.

PRE-AND POST-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 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of your trip cost; cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no-show or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of your trip cost. 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/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel/cruise line.

Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of 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 or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms and conditions of this contract.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS BY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company.

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