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Journey from Amsterdam to Paris
~ The Art, Architecture and Cuisine of Western Europe

May 30-June 10, 2012
Larry Goedde, Professor of Art History, Baroque Art

Price: $4,995 air inclusive from NYC or Boston, per person, double occupancy

$4,295 Land Only, per person, double occupancy
Group size limited to 22

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Overview

Western Europe offers a fertile landscape to stimulate your senses—from the visually captivating works of artists such as Van Gogh to the hypnotic sounds of windmill blades in Kinderdijk to the ultimate satisfaction of a piece of freshly made Belgian chocolate melting in your mouth—we will savor it all during this 12-day journey from Amsterdam to Paris. Romance abounds on this trip, including deluxe and unique accommodations throughout, a candlelit tour of the fabled canals of Amsterdam and the opportunity to lose yourself in the streets of Paris.

We begin our excursion in Amsterdam, where we spend the day acquiring a greater appreciation for the Golden Age of Dutch painting and exploring the other attractions of this magnificent city, including a wine-and-cheese cruise of the canals. From there, we take a deep breath as we walk the windy paths between the Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and stroll the quiet streets of Schoonhoven and its many silver shops. We will next find ourselves in Bruges, where we will experience such treasures as Michelangelo's sculpture, "Madonna and Child" and a candy-making demonstration and tasting in what is known as the "world's capital of chocolate." Brussels is our next destination, where you have the opportunity to appreciate fine cuisine and the newly-opened Magritte Museum. We will conclude our trip in Paris, the City of Lights, where we will visit the Louvre, walk the streets of Montmarte and enjoy plenty of free time to immerse ourselves in the romance of the city.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

The Convent Hotel Amsterdam
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67, 1012RE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: 011-31-20-627-5900, Fax: 011-31-20-623-8932

Ideally located in the center of Amsterdam and just a five-minute walk from Dam Square and the Royal Palace, The Convent Hotel Amsterdam is comprised of three buildings (two 13th- and 14th-century monasteries and one printing house) tastefully transformed into contemporary accommodations while still embracing their Dutch history. The 148-room hotel has a breakfast room and bar; fitness center with sauna and massage; Internet access; dry cleaning and laundry services and safe deposit boxes. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private baths with a hair dryer, as well as a mini-bar, television and telephone.

Grand Hotel Casselberg Brugge
Hoogstraat 6, B-8000, Brugge, Belgium
Phone: 011-32-50-44-65-00, Fax: 011-32-50-44-65-01

The 18th-century Grand Hotel Casselberg Brugge is comprised of three historic residences (Casselbergh, Zeven Torens and Fransch Schildt) that were previously owned and lived in by leading citizens and local aristocracy. Located in the heart of the city, the 118-room Grand Hotel Casselberg Brugge provides easy access to popular attractions including Grote Market, Belfort, Stadhuis and the Burg. Hotel facilities include a bar and lounge; wellness center with fitness room, sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation room and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private baths with a hair dryer, mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, television and telephone.

Conrad Brussels
Avenue Louise 71, Brussels, 1050, Belgium
Phone: 011-32-2-542-4242, Fax: 011-32-2-542-4200

Situated on the fashionable and legendary Avenue Louise close to the main tourist attractions and elegant boutiques, the luxurious Conrad Brussels offers stylish and comfortable surroundings. Hotel amenities include two restaurants, two lounges and two bars; private gym with spa (entrance fee applies) and Internet access. Spacious guest rooms have private baths with a hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, television and telephone.

Hotel Rochester Champs Elysses (also used for Optional Post-Tour Extension)
92 rue La Boétie, 75008 Paris, France- Phone: 011-33-1-56-69-6900, Fax: 011-33-1-56-69-6901

This intimate 106-room hotel sits in the heart of Paris in the Champs Elysees area, close to major sights and Metro stations. A large garden atrium dominates the public areas, creating a comfortable and refined atmosphere. The hotel has a breakfast room and bar; and a health club and spa with Turkish bath and massage services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private baths with a hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, television and telephone.

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Meals

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Faculty

Larry Goedde

Larry Goedde, U.Va. Professor of Art History

Larry has taught at the University of Virginia 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 the Rhine/Moselle Rivers.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 – May 30
U.S. for Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAY 2 – May 31
Arrive Amsterdam
You'll arrive in the capital of the Netherlands today, and upon arrival, PLEASE PROCEED TO THE SCHIPHOL AIRPORT MEETING POINT. Please note that this meeting point can be found in the main hall where you'll see a red and white checkered box. You'll be met there by your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director for your transfer to our center-city hotel. There's time to relax before this afternoon's walking tour of the area, followed by a briefing on your journey ahead. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations: The Convent Hotel
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 – June 1
Amsterdam
We discover this canal-laced city on a morning tour, passing such highlights as Dam Square, the historic and physical heart of the city; the Royal Palace and the National Monument before visiting the renowned Rijks Museum. Here, a guide illuminates for us the Golden Age of Dutch painting through works by Vermeer, Rembrandt and other masters. Our tour ends at the museum and the remainder of the day is free to enjoy Amsterdam as you wish. You can continue exploring the Rijks Museum on your own; visit the Van Gogh Museum next door; tour the renowned Anne Frank house; explore the new Hermitage Amsterdam, a Western European branch of the famed Russian museum; visit the Heineken Experience to learn about the beer-making process or relax in Vondelpark, one of Amsterdam's prime pastoral spots. This evening we enjoy a candlelight wine-and-cheese cruise along the city's fabled canals. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Accommodations: The Convent Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 – June 2
Amsterdam / Kinderdijk / Schoonhoven
Today we travel by motorcoach to the village of Kinderdijk, where we enjoy a short discussion about the windmills found throughout the Netherlands. We next embark on a short boat ride to view some of the Netherlands' 1,000+windmills that were used for centuries to power the grinding of corn, the sawing of timber and the removal of excess water from low-lying fields. Integral to both the Dutch landscape and the Dutch character, the windmills represented man's mastery over wind and water–which made an inhospitable land habitable. Dating to the mid-18th century, the 19 wooden windmills at Kinderdijk still stand in their original locations and represent the largest concentration of windmills in the country. The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. After our boat ride, we walk through a working windmill and then enjoy lunch together just outside of the small town of Schoonhoven, renowned for its clockmakers and silver crafters (in fact, the city also is known as Zilverstad, or "silver city"). Here we have time to explore on our own before we return to Amsterdam and our hotel in the afternoon. This evening is at leisure for dinner on your own. Amsterdam restaurants feature a diversity of cuisines, including Indonesian from the country's days as a colonial power.

Accommodations: The Convent Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 – June 3
Amsterdam / Bruges
We depart this morning by coach for Venlo near the German border and a true travel highlight: the Floriade World Horticulture Exposition held once every 10 years. Comprising five unique themed “worlds,” this year’s Floriade displays flowers, plants, trees, vegetables, and fruit from more than 100 international exhibitors. Upon arrival late morning, we take a cable car ride for a colorful overview of the 163-acre site. Then after lunch together we embark on a walking tour with a Floriade guide who will help us enjoy the extravaganza to the fullest. Late afternoon we depart for Bruges, arriving in time for dinner on our own. B,L

Once the world's most important port and a powerful commercial center, Bruges still wields economic power, thanks to its port (Zeebruge) on the North Sea. We embark on a walking tour featuring Bruges' historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site with most of its medieval buildings and cobblestone streets still intact. Highlights here include the Church of Our Lady, with the Michelangelo sculpture "Madonna and Child" and a 400-foot spire; the 13th-century belfry with its 48-bell carillon and the preserved gateways of the old city.

Accommodations: Grand Hotel Casselberg Brugge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – June 4
Bruges
Connoisseurs consider Belgian chocolates the world's best, thanks to the use of high quality ingredients and adherence to Old World manufacturing techniques. This morning we visit a local chocolatier in the "world's capital of chocolate" to watch the candy-making process and, of course, to sample the goods. We continue on and embark a private boat for a cruise along Bruges' romantic canals, and after our boat tour, we attend a lace-making demonstration at a local shop.

The remainder of the day is ours to do as we wish in this beloved city. Options abound: Bladelin Court was built in the 14th century by the Order of the Golden Fleece and features a charming inner garden surrounded by stone walls; Beguinage convent offers a tranquil respite from the city, as does Minnewater Lake and its lovely park; Bruges Diamond House traces the history of the diamond and of diamond polishing which was first introduced to Europe in the 15th century and the 12th-century Basilica houses a reputed relic of the Holy Blood (?). Or you may wish to visit a local brewery–Belgium brews some 500 different beers. Lunch and dinner today are on your own in this World Heritage city where the national dish of steamed mussels and "frites" (French fries) is not to be missed.

Accommodations: Grand Hotel Casselberg Brugge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 – June 5
Bruges / Ghent / Brussels
Leaving Bruges this morning en route to Brussels, we stop in vibrant Ghent, capital of Belgium's East Flanders region, the country's "flower city," and where the Treaty of Ghent was signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain. A walking tour in the medieval city center, still largely intact, includes a visit to St. Bavos Cathedral, filled with priceless artworks including a 24-panel altar piece by Jan van Eyck and works by Peter Paul Rubens. We travel on to Brussels, capital of the country and also of the European Union. We pass by some of the city's highlights then take a guided walk around Grand Place, Brussels' central market square (and UNESCO World Heritage site) flanked by medieval guild houses and the beautifully-proportioned Town Hall. We dine together tonight at a local restaurant.

Accommodations: Conrad Brussels
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 – June 6
Brussels
This morning we enjoy a guided visit of Brussels' splendid Royal Museums of Fine Arts where we tour the Museum of Ancient Arts, housing an immense collection of paintings, sculpture and drawings from the 15th to 18th centuries. Highlights here include works by Bruegel, van Dyck and some 20 Rubens'. Following our visit to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, we continue on to explore the newly-opened Magritte Museum, displaying the artwork of many surrealist artists, on our own. The remainder of the day is free to explore independently; we can remain at the Royal Museums (including the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Ancient Art), or enjoy our choice of Brussels' many other attractions at our leisure. Lunch and dinner today are on your own in this city known for its fine cuisine, a blend of French and heartier Flemish fare.

Accommodations: Conrad Brussels
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 – June 7
Brussels / Paris
We travel by motorcoach to the French capital, the celebrated City of Light. Upon arrival we get oriented with a sightseeing tour passing such highlights as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and grand Champs-Elysees. This evening we dine together at a local restaurant.

Accommodations: Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 – June 8
Paris
This morning we tour the renowned Louvre, the world's most visited museum with some six million guests annually. A fortress and royal palace dating to the 12th century, the Louvre began displaying the royal collection when Louis XIV moved the royal household to Versailles from Paris in 1672. After serving as the home of the French Academy of Arts and Letters–and in the wake of the French Revolution–the building opened in 1793 as a public museum belonging to the state. Treasures here include da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the iconic ancient Greek sculpture of Aphrodite, the "Venus de Milo." We'll see a small portion of the 35,000 works on display (of the 380,000 it houses), from pre-history to the 19th century, including Egyptian antiquities, Etruscan artifacts, sculpture, Islamic art, objets d'art and 13th-19th-century drawings and paintings. After lunch together at a local restaurant we embark on a walking tour of Montmarte, the former Right Bank neighborhood of artists and Bohemians, home of the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, and today a designated historic district. This evening is at leisure for dinner on our own in this most gastronomic of cities.

Accommodations: Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 – June 9
Paris
A free day in Paris, and options truly abound, from museums: Musée d'Orsay, housing Impressionist masterpieces; the Rodin Museum of sculpture; Picasso Museum; Centre Pompidou of contemporary art; intimate 12th-century Sainte-Chapelle, with its extraordinary stained glass windows; Musée de Cluny, with priceless medieval tapestries; the Pantheon, resting place of such national heroes as Victor Hugo, Madame Curie and Louis Braille; Espace Dali, dedicated to the works of surrealist artist Salvador Dali; Fondacion Henri Cartier-Bresson, showcasing the photography of Cartier-Bresson and others … to parks and gardens: neo-classical Jarden des Tuileries, one of the city's most popular green spaces; English-style Parc Monceau; beloved Place des Vosges in the historic Marais neighborhood; Luxembourg Gardens, once open only to royalty ... to singular activities: boarding a bateau mouche for a cruise along the Seine; visiting Notre Dame; Les Invalides or going to the top of the Eiffel Tower; sipping cappuccino at a Left Bank café; exploring the Catacombs or Pere Lachaise Cemetery; walking through tiny Ile de la Cité, the historic heart of Paris; taking the Metro to the Palace of Versailles; admiring the 3,000-year-old obelisk from Luxor, Egypt, in historic Place de la Concorde …

If you plan to visit several museums and/or attractions (and especially if you are staying on in Paris), you may wish to purchase the Museums and Monuments Card (Carte Musées et Monuments) valid for unlimited visits to about 70 major attractions in and around Paris. You can buy it prior to your departure at www.discoverfrance.com, or in Paris at the Paris Tourist Office (127, avenue de Champs-Elysées) or at most of the 70 attractions.

Tonight we celebrate our European adventure over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations: Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 – June 10
Depart Paris for U.S.
We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flight to the United States.

Meals: Breakfast

Paris – On Your Own:
Optional Post-Tour Extension

DAYS 12 & 13 – June 10 & 11
Paris
No need to transfer anywhere; you are right at home for the next two nights in this wondrous city. With two days free to explore, linger, dine, stroll and admire as you wish, it's the best of all possible worlds. Salut!

Accommodations: Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees
Meals: Breakfast daily

DAY 14 – June 12
Paris / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast you'll take an included transfer to the airport for your return flight to the United States.

Meals: Breakfast

Please Note: This trip involves considerable walking: uphill, on uneven or cobblestone streets and at sites of ancient ruins. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip to the fullest.

We will do our best to adhere to our printed itinerary. Occasionally, though, unexpected obstacles, or opportunities, may arise that will force us to deviate from the itinerary as written. We would ask you to be open-minded and flexible should we vary the itinerary slightly. In addition, please note that airline schedules are subject to change. We will provide you with updated flight information closer to your departure.

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Program Fees

$4,295 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,295 per person, double occupancy rates.

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, air inclusive from NYC or Boston

Rates from other gateway cities are available upon request.

Price includes:

Does not include:

Extension: PARIS – ON YOUR OWN (3 days/2 nights) includes 2 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees (Superior First Class); 2 meals (2 breakfasts); Transfer to the airport.

Extension Prices: $395 (Single supplement: $295)

For Land Only Guests

When you purchase Amsterdam to Paris 2012 as "land only," airport transfers and luggage handling at the arrival and departure airports at the beginning and end of the tour are not included. However, should you be at the arrival airport concurrent with the group of arriving travelers and see the signs for our motorcoach transfer, you are welcome to transfer with the group at no charge, providing additional seating is available. However, please note that the motorcoach cannot wait for you; you must be aboard when the coach is leaving. Similarly, when departing from the last hotel for your flight home, you are also welcome to take advantage of the group transfer, provided there is room and you are on board when the coach is leaving.

It is important to note, however, that a motorcoach may not be used for transfers in all cases. Depending upon the number of guests arriving or departing, we may utilize taxis or smaller vans. At such times, space restrictions will preclude your joining the group transfer and you will be responsible for your own transportation to or from the airport.

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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 $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 3 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days (February 25, 2012) prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via MasterCard, Visa, or American Express, or by check made out to “Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.”

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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Terms & Conditions

General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as a payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (February 25, 2012) before departure.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare when purchasing a land only package; costs of passports and visas; airport, port, and departure taxes, which will be listed as separate items on your invoice and are subject to change; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; excess baggage fees; communication charges; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuity for your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director: $10-$15 per day per traveler); optional sightseeing; and travel protection insurance.

Cancellation and Refunds: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon our receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: Cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; Cancel 94-65 days before departure: 25% of tour price; Cancel 64-45 days before departure: 50% of tour price; Cancel 44-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; Cancel 29-0 days before departure: No refund. If a guest makes any changes within 94 and 30 days prior to departure to either their departure city and/or the optional post-tour extension, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

Upon reservation you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.
Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise line, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.

Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in fairly good health to participate in an Odysseys Unlimited tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches on your own. If you require the use of a wheelchair or have other personal needs, you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

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