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Great American Cities and Art Centers: From Washington, D.C. to Boston

April 24 - May 4, 2014
Faculty: Bruce Boucher, Director of U.Va.'s Fralin Museum of Art
 
Price: Starting at $3,995, per person, double occupancy, and is based on cabin selection
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Overview

Great American Cities and Art CentersNew York, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia. These historic cities comprise numerous and celebrated cultural institutions and we have created a voyage that presents a comprehensive survey of them. In Washington, D.C. admire the National Gallery of Art's broad collection. Climb the famous staircase leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which contains the largest collection of Philadelphia native Thomas Eakins's work. After a relaxing visit to the historic resort town of Cape May it's on to New York City, whose cultural institutions are among the most extraordinary in the world. Visit the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, which tells the fascinating story of how one woman enabled a community of artists to flourish. And in Boston, wander the great halls of the Museum of Fine Arts. Whether it's the grand masterpieces and the impressive structures that house them, the contemporary galleries of cosmopolitan cities, or the charming and historic homes-turned-museums, this itinerary captures it all.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

Yorktown — A Ship Built for Coastal Cruising
Great American Cities and Art CentersThe Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of North America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions and specialties. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. Accommodating 130 guests in all exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

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Meals

All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Some receptions and cocktail parties.

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Faculty

Bruce BoucherBruce Boucher Director of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.
Bruce Boucher studied at Harvard, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and the Courtauld Institute of Art, before teaching for over twenty years at University College in the University of London. From 2002-2009, he was curator and head of European Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Recipient of several distinguished fellowships in the United States and abroad, he has focused his research on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture and, more recently, art historiography of the 19th century in the German speaking world. On this voyage, Dr. Boucher will have much to say both about the paintings and sculpture on exhibit and about the museums that house them. (Onboard April 24 – 30, 2014)

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Itinerary

Day 1 -- Thursday, April 24
Washington, D.C. | Alexandria, Virginia | Embark
Arrive in Alexandria and independently transfer to to embark Yorktown. Overnight aboard ship. (D)

Day 2 -- Friday, April 25
Great American Cities and Art Centers Alexandria | Washington, D.C. Or Mt. Vernon | Alexandria
Today, choose between visiting the nation’s capitol for a visit to top art institutions or drive to Mt. Vernon to see George Washington’s estate. In Washington, D.C, enjoy a guided tour of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Also tour the National Portrait Gallery, which presents generations of remarkable, historically important Americans through visual and performing art mediums, or view modern art with visits to the Phillips Collection, consisting of nearly 3,000 works of European and American artists, and to the National Gallery of Art’s East Wing, designed by architect I. M. Pei. Alternatively, visit George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon. Spend the day touring the sweeping grounds including the mansion, museum, slaves’ quarters, distillery, and gardens. (B, L, D)

Day 3 -- Saturday, April 26
Annapolis, Maryland
Our tour will include the Maryland State House, the oldest U.S. capitol in continuous legislative use where the Treaty of Paris was ratified; the William Paca House and Garden, the expansive estate of a former governor of Maryland; and the historic U.S. Naval Academy. Also enjoy time at leisure to stroll through Annapolis’ historic neighborhoods. Sail through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal as you travel to Philadelphia. (B, L, D)

Day 4 -- Sunday, April 27
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Today visit the majestic and historic Philadelphia. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest museums in the United States. Alternatively, visit some of the our nation’s most sacred sites and treasures, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. (B, L, D)

Day 5 -- Monday, April 28
Great American Cities and Art Centers Cape May, New Jersey
Wander the trails of Cape May Point State Park and glimpse wildlife from observation decks throughout the park. Continue to the historic Cape May Lighthouse, built in 1859. Some may choose to climb its 199 steps for stunning views of the shore. Then, enjoy time at leisure strolling the town’s charming streets lined with Victorian houses and horse-drawn carriages. (B, L, D)

Days 6 & 7 -- Tuesday, April 29 & Wednesday, April 30
New York, New York
Enjoy a choice of guided tours encompassing the top art museums in New York City. Choices include: the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, housed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic cylindrical building. Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour through lower Manhattan, visiting its historic harbor with views of the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park, the custom House, Fraunces Tavern, Wall Street, Trinity Church, and the New York Stock Exchange. (B, L, D)

Day 8 -- Thursday, May 1
Old Saybrook, Connecticut | Essex | Mystic Or Old Lyme
This morning travel to Essex and explore this quintessential New England town. Enjoy a scenic ride though the Connecticut River Valley and Selden Neck State Park aboard an antique steam train. In the afternoon, drive to Old Lyme to visit the Florence Griswold Museum. Florence Griswold turned her family’s home into an artists’ retreat in 1899, which gave birth to the Lyme Art Colony, America’s center of Impressionism. Alternately, visit Mystic Seaport, a living maritime Museum consisting of more than 60 historical buildings, sailing ships, and boats. (B, L, D)

Day 9 -- Friday, May 2
Great American Cities and Art Centers Newport , Rhode Island
Sail into the yacht-filled harbor of Newport, the one-time summer playground of New York’s wealthiest families. Our excursions will include a choice of visits to The Breakers, the 70-room mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, the National Museum of American Illustration housed in Vernon Court, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, and the Newport Art Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 10 -- Saturday, May 3
Gloucester | Boston | Gloucester, Massachusetts
Drive to Boston for an excursion of the Museum of Fine Arts, whose 2010 addition of the Art of the Americas Wing showcases art from North, South, and Central America. Also visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, hosting historic and contemporary art exhibitions, and the Boston Athenaeum in historic Beacon Hill. Alternatively, tour iconic sites of historic Boston such as Harvard Square, the Boston Public Garden, Beacon Hill, sites along the Freedom Trail and the Old North Church. (B, L, D)

Day 11 -- Sunday, May 4
Gloucester | Disembark | Boston | Fly Home
Disembark Yorktown in Gloucester after breakfast. (B)

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Program Fees

Price is based on cabin selection and is per person, double occupancy, Land and Cruise only

 
Category Description Cabin
Category E $3,995 Outside cabins with two lower beds, two portholes, and private bathroom. Cabins M11-M17
Category D $4,895 Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, and private bathroom. Cabins L43-L48
Category C $5,795 Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, and private bathroom. Cabins P49-P76
Category B $6,795 Outside cabins with two lower beds, picture window, and private bathroom. Cabins M18-M26
Category A $7,695 Outside cabins with two lower beds, picture window, and private bathroom. Cabins L29-L42
Category AA $8,495 Outside cabins with two lower beds that can convert to a queen bed, picture window, and private bathroom. Cabins L27, L28, P59*, P60
*P59’s two lower beds cannot be converted.
Category S $9,295 Superior outside cabins with walk-out balcony, full-size bed, private bathroom, and mini-refrigerator. Cabins S77-S80

SINGLES: A limited number of cabins for solo travelers are available in Categories
C–A at a supplement of $1,295 added to the per person, double occupancy rate.
Does not include PORT TAXES & CHARGES: $290 per person.

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 Price includes:

Does not include:
Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and anything not specifically listed as included.
PORT TAXES & CHARGES: $290 per person.

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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 $700 per person is required to reserve your spot.

Deposits can be made by credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard & VISA) or by check.  Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure and must be by check.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $750 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. For your convenience, you may charge your deposit to your American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment. However, personal checks are accepted for both deposits and final payment.

Cancellations & Refunds: All cancellations are subject to a $300 per person fee. Cancellations received 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% cancellation penalties.

Insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement.  Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International, Ltd.

Responsibility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Travel Dynamics International, Ltd. and the tour’s sponsoring organization. The passenger is also advised to review his/her separate ticket passage contract with the vessel’s owner/operator, which will constitute the sole, legally enforceable terms of carriage for this cruise and is available on request from Travel Dynamics International, Ltd. Travel Dynamics International, Ltd. and the tour’s sponsoring organization act solely as agents for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotel and other tour arrangements. In that capacity, we exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the passenger’s safety and satisfaction, but, we neither assume nor bear any responsibility or liability for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions of any third-party, involved in carrying the passenger or in affecting these tours. We are not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control. All such losses must be borne by the passenger, and tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original tour such rescheduled tour or other substituted tour(s) as may be offered by us, or e lse, receiving a refund of as much of such advance tour expenditures as we are able to recover on the passenger’s behalf from carriers, third-party tour vendors, etc., but, we shall not have any obligation or liability to the passenger beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make alterations to the tour’s itinerary and to substitute hotels, ships, or lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any tour prior to departure, and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/ she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any tour. By forwarding their deposit(s), the passenger certifies that he/she and/or their dependents, minors or others covered thereby do not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or other passengers. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of any tour should such person’s health, condition or actions adversely affect or threaten the welfare or safety of other passengers or impede the tour. Baggage or valuables brought on the tour shall be transported, handled or stored at the passenger’s risk entirely, and, we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto.

Passenger tickets are not transferable and are not subject to alteration by the passenger. No suit shall be maintainable against the carrier, or vessel, for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passengers, unless written notice of the claim, with full particulars, is delivered to the carrier or its agents at its office at the port of sailing or at the port of termination within six months from the day when such incident occurred. In no event shall any such suit or any claim against the carrier or vessel for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passenger be maintainable unless such suit is commenced within one year from the day when the incident causing such losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passenger occurs, notwithstanding any provision of law of any state or country to the contrary. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be brought within the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, pursuant to the applicable general maritime law, and applying the applicable general maritime law and Federal maritime statutes.

Rates: Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, and currency values. While we do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.

Fuel Supplement: Travel Dynamics International, Ltd. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement, without prior notice, if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $85 per barrel. This supplement may be charged even if the cruise fare has been paid in full.
Ship’s Registry: USA CST #204 3599-40
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