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History's Lost Cities by Private Jet

October 8 – 28, 2013
Faculty: Larry Goedde, Professor of Art History

$59,950 per person, double occupancy, from London

Single Supplement: $6,950
Commercial airfare to and from London, England is not included.

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Overview

As soon as TCS and Starquest Expeditions completed the first History's Lost Cities by Private Jet in 1998, the expedition immediately became a favorite and one of the most requested journeys. We are thrilled to invite you to explore seldom visited centers of ancient commerce and culture, tracing the footsteps of nomads, monks, merchants, and kings. Their experiences inspire us as well, and help us define where we have been, where we are now, and where we might go next.

Exploring the Lost City of Petra may unlock the key to your own past. And birdwatching or hiking in the Himalayan foothills can satisfy a lifelong dream and provide lasting peace of mind. And you will learn how so many of our world's greatest legends took root at these fabled outposts—bustling with lively markets and the mysterious murmurs of travelers at their caravanserais under the night sky.

On this expedition, you will be accompanied by an experienced expedition staff and experts in anthropology, Buddhism, and art history. With this trip a little more than a year away, we're putting on special finishing touches—a hallmark of our private jet expeditions—such as breakfast at 15,000 feet with Everest as a backdrop. Some regions we'll visit have been closed to Westerners until very recently, and others have been cloaked in history's shadows for thousands of years. All are linked together in a compelling chain of human history. Please join us and celebrate how travel builds bridges between cultures, and helps us better understand the world and ourselves.

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Program Highlights

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Visit the former Silk Road outpost of Samarkand, chosen by Tamerlane to be the capital of the world in 1369, and walk through blue-tiled Registan Square, an assembly of well-preserved Islamic architectural gems.

Lhasa, Tibet or Xi’an, China
Travel to the Dalai Lama’s homeland, open to Western travelers only recently, and discover a magical, holy city which still draws countless pilgrims to its monasteries and temples. Or visit the famed terra-cotta warriors of Xi’an.

Vientiane & Luang Prabang, Laos
Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of a nearly forgotten nation— among its countless monks and golden temples, inside the shimmering halls of its Royal Palace, and along its charming French colonial boulevards.

Rangoon, Inle Lake & Pagan, Burma
Behold the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, explore serene Inle Lake, and venture to the plains of Pagan, dotted with thousands of temples and pagodas built for Burmese kings nearly 1,000 years ago.

The Taj Mahal, Udaipur & Lake Pichola, India
Stand in awe of the Taj Mahal, masterpiece of Mughal ruler Shah Jahan, and explore Udaipur’s regal marble palaces on beautiful Lake Pichola in this desert oasis.

Kathmandu & the Himalaya, Nepal
Step back in time in colorful, vibrant, Kathmandu, and visit the marvelously preserved royal cities of Bhaktapur or Patan. Or spend one night in the mountain lodges of Chitwan National Park or Pokhara.

Petra or Wadi Rum, Jordan
Discover the ancient city of Petra, once lost to the sands of the desert, or go on a jeep safari to explore the lunar-like landscape of Wadi Rum.

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Accommodations

From the peaceful La Résidence Phou Vao in Laos with its breathtaking mountain views, to the elegant Aureum Resort & Spa on Inle Lake in Burma, to Udaipur's palatial Oberoi Udaivilas on the banks of Lake Pichola in India, we will stay in some of the world's finest and most interesting accommodations. Each one has been chosen for its fine amenities and prime location. In many of the destinations we visit, we have also arranged special dining experiences in unique settings accompanied by traditional entertainment.

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Meals

All meals, beginning with the welcome dinner on October 8, 2013, and ending with breakfast on October 28, 2013

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Faculty

Larry Goedde is Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia where he has taught since 1981. His lecture topics concern sacred sites; arts, gods, and rulers; South Asian temples and tombs; and Egyptian culture and art—and he has written extensively on the topics of seascape, landscape, and still life in publications and various exhibition catalogues and essays, including his book Tempest and Shipwreck in Dutch and Flemish Art: Convention, Rhetoric and Interpretation. He has led trips to Holland and Belgium, down the Danube River, and on a Mediterranean journey from Rome to Lisbon.

Ian Tattersall is Curator in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History and a lecturer on many educational expeditions throughout the world. Trained in geology as well as in archaeology and anthropology, he is an expert on physical anthropology and human evolution. Ian has authored many books both for specialist and general audiences and curated several popular exhibits, including the Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History. He is currently working on a multi-volume project to document the major fossils in the human fossil record.

Gary Wintz is a popular Buddhist lecturer and a photographer who has spent most of the past 30 years traveling to over 215 countries and territories. He also works on humanitarian projects, and has been a consultant for development organizations and media affairs throughout Southeast Asia. Gary is a member of the Mongolia Society and the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, and graduated cum laude from Duns Scotus College in Michigan with a degree in philosophy. He contributed to an anthology on Tibetan culture, White Lotus, and his beautiful photos grace everything from postcards to book covers.

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Itinerary

Day 1October 8

London (Luton), England
Meet fellow travelers, experts, and expedition leaders this evening at a gala welcome dinner at our fine hotel. (Please note that most travelers from the U.S. will need to take a flight one day prior in order to arrive in time for the welcome dinner.) Luton Hoo

Days 2 & 3October 9 & 10

Silk Road Outpost of Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Since 1369 when the legendary conqueror Tamerlane declared Samarkand the capital of the world, tales of this glorious city have drawn people from far and wide to this jewel of the Silk Road—a virtual oasis where science, music, religion, and commerce thrived.

Explore Registan Square, an assembly of some of the most breathtaking examples of Islamic architecture in the world, renowned for their exquisitely decorated madrassahs and fluted domes and minarets. Venture into the interior of the sparkling turquoise Gur-e Amir mausoleum, the tomb of Tamerlane, and the sacred Shahi-Zinda complex of mosques and mausoleums; and visit the Bibi Khanum mosque—one of the city’s towering landmarks. Stop in the National Museum to find a wealth of Uzbekistan’s ceramic art, ornate textiles, and ancient metalwork reflecting the vibrant history of the culture through time. Our time here concludes with a visit to the bustling local market where we walk in the footsteps of the great explorers of old. Hotel President, Samarkand

Option: If you wish, visit the well preserved Jewish Quarter in Samarkand. A resident will share insights about the rich history and contemporary life of the “Bukhara” Jews. Isolated for millennia, the close-knit community nevertheless kept traditions alive, and claims a direct link to the Lost Tribes of Israel.

Days 4, 5 & 6October 11, 12 & 13

Sacred Buddhist City of Lhasa, Tibet or the Terra-cotta Warriors of Xi’an, China
Fly by private jet to Chengdu, China and check in to our fine hotel. The next morning, take a local flight to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, located on one of the world’s highest plateaus. Once a “forbidden city,” this Himalayan center of Buddhist pilgrimage—with the spectacular Potala Palace dominating its skyline—still maintains a mystical atmosphere. Visit the labyrinthine and lavishly decorated Palace, which was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama and served as the seat of the Tibetan government for more than 300 years. Stop by the 600-year-old Sera Monastery, where we hope to see the spectacle of monks debating the tenets of Buddhism in the courtyard. Then visit the colorful Borkhar market, brimming with finely crafted goods. Shangri La Hotel, Chengdu and St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Options: In Lhasa, discover exquisite costumes, thangka paintings, and other treasures at the Tibet Museum or find a warm welcome with the residents of the Tsang Kung Nunnery.

Alternative: Instead of visiting Lhasa, venture to Xi’an to view the famous 7,000-strong army of life-size terra-cotta warriors—one of the most significant archaeological finds of the last century. The Westin Xian

Days 7, 8 & 9October 14, 15 & 16

Imperial Capitals of Vientiane & Luang Prabang, Laos
Fly by private jet to Laos, landing in Vientiane, the capital of a peaceful and unhurried nation where strong Buddhist traditions have helped retain much of its precious cultural and natural treasures.

In Vientiane, behold Wat Si Saket, Vientiane’s oldest Lao temple and the only survivor of the destruction during the Siamese conquest of 1828. Surrounding the temple, gallery walls depict a staggering 7,000 impressions of Buddha. Nearby, explore Wat Phra Kaeo, which now houses the Museum of Lao Art.

Board a private local flight to Luang Prabang, a gorgeous Laotian city in a dramatic mountain setting at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers. Its historical significance combined with abundant golden Buddhist temples and French colonial edifices inspired UNESCO to name this a World Heritage Site. Explore the Royal Palace, built for King Sisavang Vong in the early twentieth century, blending traditional Lao and French Beaux-Arts styles. Visit the Royal Palace Museum, which features the golden Phra Bang Buddha statue—the most revered object in Laos—for which the town is named. Cruise the Mekong River to the cave temples of Pak Ou, where faithful Buddhists have journeyed for centuries to worship among thousands of lacquered and gilded Buddha figures. Then visit a local village, where the residents welcome us and offer a glimpse into their daily lives. Lao Plaza, Vientiane and Amantaka or La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang

Option: If you wish, you may witness the ancient tradition of almsgiving at sunrise. Departing their temples to the sound of drums, saffron-robed monks walk single file through the city to receive food that they will eat that day.

Days 10, 11, 12 & 13October 17, 18, 19 & 20

Ancient Wonders of Burma
Board our private jet bound for Burma, a key part of the historic overland trade route between India and China, and a land seemingly frozen in time, where mist-shrouded lakes, ancient Buddhist temples, and multiple cultures remain largely unspoiled by the modern world. Only now emerging from decades of political and economic isolation, Burma (officially known as Myanmar since 1989) promises to be an especially fascinating place to explore, making our 4-day visit even more exceptional. In Rangoon (Yangon), marvel at the Shwedagon Pagoda’s dazzling gold stupa, which has dominated the city’s skyline for more than 1,000 years, and the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda’s Reclining Buddha, whose size and gracefulness is breathtaking. Then take a private local flight to remote Inle Lake, home to the timeless floating villages and markets of the Intha people. Learn about their traditional silk weaving and blacksmithing techniques, observe the jumping cats of Nga Phe Monastery, and marvel at the fishermen who ply the waters using a unique leg-rowing technique. Enjoy a gala dinner with Burmese music and dance.

After two nights at Inle Lake, fly to the ancient capital of Pagan (Bagan), a remarkable religious center which ruled all of Southeast Asia in the 11th and 12th centuries. In the two centuries before Kublai Khan overran the region in 1287, devotees built some 13,000 temples, pagodas, and other religious structures on the vast plain east of the Irrawaddy River. Today, more than 2,200 monuments remain in this “Kingdom of the Temple Builders.” Traders Hotel, Rangoon;
Aureum Resort & Spa, Inle Lake; and Aureum Hotel, Pagan

Days 14 & 15October 21 & 22

The Taj Mahal & the Lakeside Palaces of Udaipur, India
Board our private jet for the flight to Agra, where you can explore the majestic Taj Mahal above the banks of the Yamuna River. In the evening, reboard our private jet for Rajasthan, the “land of kings.” Arrive in Udaipur, and admire the fairy-tale marble palaces that appear to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Options: If you wish, venture deep into the verdant Aravalli Range to visit the Ranakpur temples—among the five holiest Jain sites and one of the most famous temple complexes in the world. Or see the Hindu temples of Eklingji and Nagda, or go horseback riding, passing small villages along the way.

Alternative: Instead of visiting the Taj Mahal, you may choose to venture into Kachhpura, a village inhabited by the Harijan people, otherwise known as “untouchables.” And visit the 17th-century tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, renowned for its intricate marble-work and gardens.

Days 16 & 17October 23 & 24

Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal
Fly by private jet to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal—a country of monks and pilgrims that remained closed to outsiders until the 1950s. Visit Nepal’s largest stupa, Bodhnath, boasting a magnificent white dome surrounded by 108 sculptures of Buddha. Explore an ancient, well-preserved city—Bhaktapur or Patan—which boasts a vibrant culture and beautiful temples, palaces, and squares. Fly via helicopter and local chartered aircraft for a thrilling ascent to Kongde Lodge, where you can celebrate life on top of the world during breakfast at 15,000 feet, with Everest as your backdrop (if weather allows). Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu

Alternatives: Instead of staying in Kathmandu, you may wish to spend a night at a cozy lodge in Chitwan National Park. We follow royal tradition and explore the lush jungle atop elephants in search of an incredible variety of birds, rhinos, and the majestic but elusive Bengal tiger. Or, you may wish to spend one night in Pokhara, famous for sweeping views of the Himalaya’s Annapurna range and some of the most spectacular hiking in the world. Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, Chitwan National Park, or Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara

Days 18 & 19October 25 & 26

The Lost City of Petra or Wadi Rum, Jordan
Fly by private jet to Aqaba and transfer to Petra, one of the great wonders of the ancient world. Half-built, half-carved into rose-red cliffs by the mysterious Nabataean people more than 2,000 years ago, Petra was later buried in the shifting sands of the surrounding desert for centuries and only recently unearthed. Walk through the Siq, a narrow chasm in the bedrock, and step into the well-preserved world of a long-forgotten age, exploring elaborate buildings and tombs, including the iconic Treasury. In the evening, enjoy dinner with a performance of Bedouin music and dance. Mövenpick Hotel, Petra

Alternative: Instead of visiting Petra, go on a 4x4 jeep safari to Wadi Rum, an evocative lunar-like landscape made famous by T. E. Lawrence and the film about him, Lawrence of Arabia. See the spectacular rock formation known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and ancient pictographs and inscriptions that tell of the adventures and dreams of nomads from long ago.

Days 20 & 21October 27 & 28

London, England / Homeward
Our private jet returns to London, where we celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner. The next morning, transfer to the airport to catch your independent commercial flight home. The Dorchester, London

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Program Fees

$59,950 per person, double occupancy, land and internal air only.

Price Includes:
All private jet transportation, accommodations, meals, educational program, philanthropy program, and more. Commercial airfare to and from London, England is not included. For your protection and peace of mind, all payments are secured in a bank escrow account that is fully insured by the U.S. Government.

Price Does Not Include:
Commercial airfare between your home city and London, England

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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 $2,500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Deposits can be made by check; wire transfer; or by a major credit card such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Make checks payable to “ LC-13 Escrow.” Please mail or fax the completed form to: University of Virginia, Cavalier Travels, P.O. Box 400807, Charlottesville, VA 22904, or call 1-866-765-2646. The second payment of $15,000 per person is due February 8, 2013. Final payment is due June 7, 2013. The second and final payments are payable by check or wire transfer only.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

University of Virginia, Cavalier Travels (“Sponsor”) is a sponsoring organization of this expedition and has chosen TCS & Starquest Expeditions, Inc. (“Operator”), 3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98121, a qualified tour operator to organize and administer the History’s Lost Cities by Private Jet expedition (the “Tour”) on your behalf. Operator, as the principal, is responsible to you for arranging and providing all of the services and accommodations offered in connection with the Tour. The acceptance of your reservation form and deposit by Sponsor creates a contractual relationship between Sponsor, Operator, and you, the passenger/participant in the expedition provided by Operator. Please read the following information carefully. After reading the terms and conditions herein (the “Agreement”), in order for your expedition reservation to be completed, you must indicate your acceptance of the terms and conditions found in this Agreement by signing and submitting the reservation form, along with the deposit to Sponsor.

Tour Price: $59,950 per person, based on double occupancy ($6,950 single supplement)

What Is Included:

What Is Not Included:

Airfare: Operator is happy to assist you in reserving commercial flights between your home city and London, England in the class of service that you prefer. They can also arrange pre- or post-Tour hotel accommodations. Please ask for details.

Reservations & Payments: To reserve your place on the Tour, complete the reservation form and return it with your deposit of $2,500 per person. The deposit can be made by check; wire transfer; or by a major credit card such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Make checks payable to LC-13 Escrow.” Please mail or fax the completed form to: University of Virginia, Cavalier Travels, P.O. Box 400807, Charlottesville, VA 22904, or call 1-866-765-2646. The second payment of $15,000 per person is due February 8, 2013. Final payment is due June 7, 2013. The second and final payments are payable by check or wire transfer only.

Cancellations & Refunds: If you cancel your reservation or change your plans, your right to receive a refund is limited, as set forth in the following schedule. All cancellations will become effective as ofthe date of the postmark or email receipt. All requests for refunds must be sent to Operator in writingvia mail, fax, or e-mail.

If your notice is received… You will receive a refund of all deposits less a…

On or before February 8, 2013
From February 9 to April 5, 2013
From April 6, 2013 to June 7, 2013
After June 7, 2013

$1,000 per-person cancellation fee.
$5,000 per-person cancellation fee.
$15,000 per-person cancellation fee.
No refund.

Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. Operator reserves the right to cancel any expedition because of inadequate enrollment that makes the Tour economically infeasible to operate. If Operator cancels the Tour prior to departure, you will receive a full refund of monies paid. Please note that costs for visas, commercial air tickets, insurance, suite upgrades, and pre- or post-tour independent arrangements may not be refundable.

Insurance: Trip cancellation insurance is available for purchase; more information will be sent upon registration. We strongly recommend this important protection, which can save you money if you are forced to cancel or alter your trip. Insurance premium payments are subject to the policies of the insurance carrier.

Baggage: On the private jet, each passenger is limited to 90 pounds of checked baggage in 2 bags (one bag of your choice limited to 50 pounds, and one wheeled bag that Operator will send ahead of time to you specifically for use on the Tour, limited to 40 pounds); plus a few smaller carry-on items such as a backpack, purse, camera, and/or laptop. For international flights, the air carrier’s liability is limited to the actual value of the baggage but not more than 1,000 Special Drawing Rights, approximately $1,250 per person, unless a higher value is declared at the time of check-in and an appropriate excess valuation charge is paid. Baggage, when not handled by Operator, and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Foreign Visa Documents: To participate in the Tour, entry visas will be required for some countries. A visa kit will be sent with pre-departure documents. Acquiring necessary visas is the responsibility of the participant. Failure to receive visas does not negate the terms and conditions. Any extra costs for rerouting participants without visas will be the responsibility of the participant.

Single/Shared Accommodations & Suite Upgrades: A limited number of single rooms is available at an extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do everything possible to assist persons requesting a roommate. If one is not confirmed, the single rate will be charged. Suite rooms are available in some destinations; more information about them, including their extra costs, will be sent to you in the months before departure.

Itinerary Changes: The itinerary and staff are subject to modification and change by Operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the Tour as planned; however, should unforeseen world events and conditions require our itinerary to be altered, we reserve the right to do so for the safety and best interest of the group.

International Flights: The operation of these flights is subject to the foreign governments involved granting landing rights for the flight. If the air carrier cannot obtain these rights for any particular flight leg of the Tour, that flight leg will be canceled and alternative arrangements may be made, at the discretion of Operator.

Health Requirements: This is an active program, which requires you to make a realistic assessment of your health. All participants are expected to be in active good health, to enjoy traveling as part of a group, and to be ready to experience cultural differences with grace. Walking and climbing stairs are required in many hotels and airports, to board the aircraft, and as part of many excursions. Prior to traveling, we highly recommend visiting your personal physician for a check-up, so that you may discuss your ability to participate in this type of journey. To go to certain destinations or participate in certain activities, such as visiting a high-altitude area (10,000 feet above sea level and higher), you will need to obtain your physician’s approval; in this case, a form will be sent to you for your physician to sign. Malaria and other diseases may be present in some of the countries featured in this itinerary; proof of yellow fever inoculation is required. For the latest recommendations on specific health precautions for the areas you will visit, consult your physician and the Centers for Disease Control. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment should be reported in writing when the reservation is made. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate participants with special needs; however, we regret that we cannot accommodate wheelchairs. If you require a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements will be made for private touring at each destination, if necessary, at the discretion of our tour staff. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the participant. If you would like to forego some of the scheduled sightseeing to rejuvenate and relax, please feel free to do so at any time.

Photography & Video: We reserve the right to take photographs and/or videos (the “Photography”) during the Tour and to use the Photography for promotional purposes. Participants who prefer their images not be used should notify Operator in writing before the commencement of the Tour.

Basis of Rates: All prices are based on two persons sharing a room. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. The rates are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While Operator will make reasonable efforts to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, Operator reserves the right to do so and will notify you at the time of final invoicing.

Release of Liability: In the absence of gross negligence on Sponsor or Operator’s part, Sponsor and Operator are not responsible for personal injury or property damage caused by the air carrier, hotel, or other suppliers of any of the services being offered in connection with this expedition. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time expedition participants are not aboard their conveyance. Neither Sponsor, Operator, nor any of their respective owners, directors, employees, contractors, officers or agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) shall be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider, (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control, and (C) any and all claims, actions, or losses for bodily injury, property damage, wrongful death, loss of services, lost profits, consequential, exemplary, indirect or punitive damages or otherwise which may arise out of or occur during your travel in connection with the Tour. The participant waives any claim against any of the Released Parties for any such loss, damage, injury, or death, including any right to seek consequential, punitive or exemplary damages against any of the Released Parties for any reason whatsoever. None of the Released Parties shall be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket.

Acknowledgment of Risk: You understand and acknowledge that your travel in connection with and participation in the Tour or any activities which may take place during the Tour, may involve risk and potential exposure to injury or fatal injury and that risk and dangers may arise or be caused by the negligence or participation of other participants, contractors, and/or subcontractors for the Tour or from other foreseeable and unforeseeable causes, including weather and other acts of nature.

Express Assumption of Risk & Responsibility: In recognition of the inherent risk of the travels and related activities in which you are intending to engage, you confirm that you are physically and mentally capable of participating in the Tour and that you willingly and voluntarily assume full responsibility for any injury, loss, or damage suffered by you or caused by you. By registering for the Tour, you certify that you do not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for yourself or other participants. Operator reserves the right in its sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on the Tour and reserves the right, subject to the terms and conditions contained herein, to withdraw any part or all of the Tour and to make such changes as may be necessary.

Arbitration: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the performance there under, including without limitation any claim related to bodily injury, property damage or death, shall be settled by binding arbitration in Seattle, Washington, USA in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then existing, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction over the subject matter of the controversy. Such proceedings will be governed by substantive Washington law. This agreement to arbitrate does not waive or modify the liability release contained in this document.

Exclusive Governing Law & Jurisdiction: This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to conflicts of laws principles. If the right to seek arbitration is for any reason waived by both parties, or if judicial review of any arbitration is sought, any action or legal proceeding arising out of this Agreement shall be brought exclusively in the courts of the State of Washington, or, if it has or can acquire jurisdiction, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington or the appropriate appellate courts, and the parties hereby waive any objection to venue or jurisdiction in connection therewith. In connection with any action or legal proceeding arising out of this Agreement, the parties hereby specifically and knowingly waive any rights that either party might have to demand a jury trial.

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