Fred Diehl, U.Va. Professor of Biology
From $5,395 based on cabin selection with Early Booking Discount through 11/30/10; $6,395 after Early Booking Discount, per person, double occupancy, land/cruise program
This spectacular 14-day journey captures the essence––the stark contrasts, magnificent natural wonders and dynamic cultures––of Australia and New Zealand. Accompanied by a marine biologist and U.Va. biology professor Fred Diehl, explore the Great Barrier Reef for three nights aboard the intimate Coral Princess, outfitted with a glass-bottom boat and snorkeling equipment. Cruise Milford Sound’s spectacular fjords; visit Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains from Bob’s Peak and dine with a Christchurch family. Stay in sophisticated Sydney, Australia, renowned for its architecture and harbor setting; visit the world famous Sydney Opera House and learn about the Aborigines. A two-night Auckland Pre-Program Option and a two-night Ayers Rock Post-Program Option are offered.
Join us for this amazing University of Virginia adventure in the company of U.Va. Faculty, alumni, parents and friends.
- Explore one of nature’s greatest wonders––the Great Barrier Reef––with a marine biologist and U.Va. biology professor Fred Diehl during a three-night cruise aboard the intimate, expedition-style Coral Princess, designed specifically to navigate remote reefs, inlets and small islands not accessible to larger ships and equipped with a glass-bottom boat and snorkeling equipment.
- Enjoy a special nature cruise of Milford Sound’s spectacular fjords.
- Savor the charms of Christchurch, “the most English city outside of England,” where you will have a unique opportunity to dine with a local family in their home.
- Take a gondola ride up to Bob’s peak in New Zealand
- Explore cosmopolitan Sydney during a three-night stay, including a tour of the famous Sydney Opera House.
- Opt for a pre-trip extension in Auckland or a post-trip extension in Ayers Cave.
Fred Diehl, U.Va. Professor of Biology
Fred Diehl is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia and has over 30 years experience teaching biology at all levels. His research and teaching interests are mainly in the areas of zoology, developmental biology, ecology and marine sciences, with a specialization in invertebrate biology. Whenever possible, field experiences and laboratories have been important components of his courses, and he is a firm believer in learning from direct observation and first-hand exposure to nature. Professor Diehl has a long history of working with the Advanced Placement Biology program and in-service teacher preparation. His proudest accomplishment as a faculty member at the University of Virginia is having taught a variety of courses to over 25,000 undergraduate students. Fred has lead past Cavalier Travels trips to Costa Rica, Belize and the Galápagos Islands.
Depart for New Zealand. Cross the International Date Line.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Arrive in Queenstown and check into the Novotel Lakeside Hotel, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the heart of this quintessential New Zealand city.
The morning tour reveals the charm and treasures of Queenstown and its environs. Step back into the pioneering days of the 1860s gold rush during a visit to the historic mining settlement of Arrowtown, where old-time pubs and traditional shops are reminiscent of America’s Old West. In the Lakes District Museum, fascinating exhibits paint a vivid and authentic portrait of 19th-century life in New Zealand’s frontier country. Stop at the historic Kawarau suspension bridge, constructed in the 1880s and made famous for its bungee jumpers, and ascend Bob’s Peak aboard a gondola for breathtaking panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The afternoon and evening are free for independent pursuits.
Queenstown/Milford Sound/Te Anau
Words cannot fully describe the sublime beauty of Milford Sound, a spectacular fjord-like inlet where towering mountains plunge into the sea and waterfalls cascade down verdant slopes, misting into a vast, ever-changing sequence of small rainbows. Enjoy a scenic drive to Fiordland National Park and cruise Milford Sound. Admire its surrounding landscape, which, according to Maori legend, was created by demigod Tu Te Raki Whanoa, who forged the mountains and valleys of New Zealand’s southern Fiordland region within the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to Te Anau and check into the Distinction Luxmore Hotel for the night.
Return to Queenstown and fly to Christchurch, “the most English city outside of England.” Christchurch captures the provincial charm of Britain in its Victorian architecture, elegant public squares and well-tended parks. The panoramic city tour introduces you to the town’s most celebrated landmarks, including Cathedral Square, the University of Canterbury and Hagley Park. Then, check into the Copthorne Central Hotel, located in the heart of the city overlooking Victoria Square and the Avon River.
This evening, enjoy traditional Kiwi hospitality and cuisine, and gain personal insight into the lives of typical New Zealanders during a specially arranged dinner in a private home.
Experience Christchurch’s classic English character with a visit to the beautifully landscaped, 100-year-old Tudor-style Mona Vale Homestead for morning tea.
This afternoon, fly to Sydney. Upon arrival, check into the deluxe Swissôtel, located in the heart of Sydney. The evening is at leisure.
Sydney’s stunning skyline, magnificent harbor and multi-cultural residents distinguish it as one of the world’s truly great cities. Its history comes alive during the guided city tour showcasing Sydney’s lively Circular Quay; bustling Chinatown; vibrant King’s Cross; the historical Rocks area, once the rough-and-tumble center of Australia’s first British penal colony; and Bondi Beach, where master surfers come to ride breakers the size of small mountains.
After lunch on your own, the specially arranged tour of Sydney’s magnificent Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reveals a unique perspective of this architectural masterpiece and how the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, arrived at his inspiration for the building’s ingenious sail motif.
Enjoy the day in Sydney on your own.
Sydney/Cairns/Great Barrier Reef
Fly to Cairns and with an Aborigine as your guide, delve into thousands of years of Aboriginal culture during a visit to Tjapukai Cultural Park. Attend a performance of Aboriginal music and dance, admire traditional artwork, listen to the tales of ancient legends and participate in demonstrations of boomerangs, didgeridoos and typical bush cuisine.
Embark the CORAL PRINCESS and begin your Great Barrier Reef cruise this afternoon.
Cruise through Trinity Bay and along the shores of Double Island, the beachside village of Palm Cove and admire a sunset over the rainforest of the Macalister Range, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Next morning, stop in Cooktown, and explore beautiful gardens and fascination musems, filled with artifacts from when Captain James Cook lost his ship, the ENDEAVOUR, to the surrounding reef. Spend the afternoon on the Great Barrier Reef, a series of thousands of individual coral cays stretching over 1,800 miles. Snorkel or ride aboard the glass-bottomed boat as you learn the natural history and the evolution of the reef from the resident marine biologist.
Following day, moor off Lizard Island, where you may join a guided walk up to “Cook’s Look,” for magnificent views; snorkel in the warm tropical waters; or simply relax on the beach. After lunch, continue to Ribbon Reef No. 9 for more exploration of this spectacular natural wonder.
On the final day, visit two of the most spectacular sections of the outer reef, Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Among the outer fringes, you may encounter thousands of colorful fish and fascinating sea creatures including giant turtles, graceful rays and mysterious dugongs, the sea mammals many believe inspired the myth of the mermaids among generations of seafarers. In the evening, enjoy the Captains farewell reception onboard.
Cairns/ In Transit/ U.S.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.
PRE- AND POST-PROGRAM OPTIONS
We are pleased to offer you these Pre- and Post-Program Options to further enhance your journey.
Auckland Pre-Program Option
February 11 to 15, 2011
Prior to your arrival in Queenstown, join us for two nights in the scenic port of Auckland with accommodations in the five-star STAMFORD PLAZA HOTEL, located in the heart of the city. Known as the “City of Sails” for its longstanding love affair with boating and the sea, Auckland has a splendid waterfront setting ringed by more than 40 extinct volcanoes. The city is the home of the world’s largest Polynesian population and thus a capital of South Pacific history and culture.
Located within steps of the exciting cultural goings-on of the vibrant Viaduct Basin, excellent shopping and dining opportunities and Auckland’s Central Business District, the STAMFORD PLAZA HOTEL provides an ideal base for experiencing the treasures of this delightful port. Accommodations feature stylish contemporary furnishings and a full array of state-of-the-art amenities from spacious bathrooms to Internet access. Gourmet cuisine is served in four restaurants specializing in New Zealand, Thai, Tappanyaki and Japanese cuisine and refreshing drinks are served in the hotel’s inviting bar.
DAYS 1 & 2: US
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Auckland. Cross the International Dateline.
DAY 3- AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Arrive in Auckland and transfer to the five-star STAMFORD PLAZA HOTEL for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
DAY 4- AUCKLAND
The private tour of Auckland begins with the Auckland war Memorial Museum. One of New Zealand’s preeminent repositories of Maori historical and cultural artifacts, this revered institution traces New Zealand’s historical journey as a nation from its roots and is the site of one of the nation’s most important war memorials. Your visit includes a special performance of the celebrated Maori haka dance, a vibrant and entertaining introduction to Maori culture.
Then delve into an entrancing underwater universe of dazzling coral reefs and exotic creatures of the deep during a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, one of the world’s most unique aquariums, which also includes fascinating exhibits about Antarctica. Encounter a vast array of marine life, from stingrays and sharks to sea horses and starfish, while riding a special moving walkway through a causeway surrounded by more than 528,000 gallons of water. Conclude your morning on Mt. Eden, a verdant volcanic mountain offering stunning views of Auckland and the surrounding area.
Following the tour, you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy a relaxing meal along the waterfront, stroll along the city’s bustling thoroughfares and revel in Auckland’s magnificent natural setting.
DAY 5- AUCKLAND/QUEENSTOWN
Following breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Queenstown to commence the main program.
- All transfers and baggage handling abroad for participants who have purchased their air tickets through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
- Accommodations for two nights in the deluxe STAMFORD PLAZA HOTEL, inclusive of taxes and services.
- Breakfast each morning.
- Half-day Auckland city tour featuring the Auckland War Museum and Memorial, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and a visit to the summit of Mt. Eden.
- All excursions and visits, as outlined in the itinerary, with experienced local guides.
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
- Hospitality desk in the hotel.
- Experienced Travel Director to accompany you throughout the Pre-Program.
- Transfer and baggage handling from the STAMFORD PLAZA HOTEL to the airport in Auckland.
- Flight from Auckland to Queenstown.
- Transfer and baggage handling from the airport in Queenstown to the NOVOTEL LAKESIDE HOTEL.
Ayers Rock Post-Program Option
February 26-27, 2011
Complement your Australian experience with a one-night stay near the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the mesmerizing scale and colors of Ayers Rock, the world’s greatest monolith, and the Olgas, a nearby group of 36 steep-sided monoliths. Known by the Aborigines as Uluru and Kata-Tjuta, respectively, these sacred places hold a sense of spellbinding awe for locals and visitors alike. Walk alongside these mysterious geological wonders, hear about their ancient history and religious significance and watch as their color changes throughout the day, glowing a fiery red at sunset.
Accommodations are in Ayers Rock’s premier hotel, the deluxe SAILS IN THE DESERT HOTEL in the heart of the central Australian outback. The SAILS IN THE DESERT HOTEL offers all guests comfortable, modern rooms with décor focused on Aboriginal heritage and culture. Rooms also feature a private bathroom, private balcony or veranda, air conditioning, minibar, and television. Public facilities include the acclaimed Mulgara Gallery, several bars and restaurants, Internet access, laundry facilities and outdoor swimming pools. For your convenience, the flight from Cairns to Ayers Rock is included in the Post-Program price.
DAY 1- CAIRNS/AYERS ROCK
Transfer to Cairns Airport this morning and fly to Ayers Rock, located in the desert plains of Australia’s untamed outback. Upon arrival, check into the deluxe SAILS IN THE DESERT HOTEL. This afternoon, explore the sacred Aboriginal site of Ayers Rock and walk among the nearby dramatic Olgas on the sunset tour. Over two miles in diameter and over 1,000 feet high, the massive size of legendary Ayers Rock is even more astounding when it is considered that about two thirds exist underground. Continue to the starkly beautiful Olgas, walk among the towering rock formations and hear about the ecology of this unique desert region. Late in the afternoon, watch a spectacular natural phenomenon from the best viewing point in the park as sunset makes these ancient rocks glow in colors ranging from grey, brown and blue, to pink, mauve and red.
DAY 2- AYERS ROCK/U.S.
Arrive before dawn to see the morning sun illuminate Ayers Rock in an unforgettable display of light and color before exploring the base of this natural wonder. Aboriginal rock art adorns the sides, depicting the monolith’s deep religious significance to their culture. View ancient caves adorned with Aboriginal paintings left from a bygone era and learn about local Aboriginal legends. Visit the Maruku Arts and Crafts Center and enjoy breakfast at the National Park Headquarters. After the tour, transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the U.S.
- Transfer and baggage handling from the Coral Princess in Cairns to the airport.
- Flight from Cairns to Ayers Rock.
- Transfer and baggage handling from the airport in Ayers Rock to the SAILS IN THE DESERT HOTEL.
- Accommodations for one night in the deluxe SAILS IN THE DESERT HOTEL, inclusive of taxes and service.
- Afternoon excursion to Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, featuring Ayers Rock and the Olgas and highlighted by a sunset viewing of the rocks.
- Sunrise cultural tour of Ayers Rock.
- Breakfast in the National Park Headquarters.
- All excursions and visits, as outlined in the itinerary, with local experienced guides.
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
- Hospitality desk in the hotel.
- An experienced Travel Director to accompany you throughout the Post-Program.
- All transfers and luggage handling abroad for all participants who have purchased their air tickets through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
PLEASE NOTE: Each Pre-Program Option and/or Post-Program Option is sold as a separate package; individual services and/or Included Features of the Pre-Program Option and/or Post-Program Option cannot be purchased individually.
Pre-Program Option and Post-Program Option Cancellation and Refund Policy
In the event you have to cancel your reservation, cancellation policies as outlined in your travel program brochure apply. These policies are strictly enforced. Cancellations for all or any part of the trip will not be effective until they are received in writing in the offices of Gohagan & Company.
- Novotel Lakeside Hotel – Queenstown, New Zealand
- Distinction Luxmore Hotel – Te Anau, New Zealand
- Copthorne Central Hotel – Christchurch, New Zealand
- Swisshôtel – Sydney, Australia
- Coral Princess in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
Eleven breakfasts, four lunches, five dinners and welcome / farewell receptions.
From $5,395 per person, double occupancy, land/cruise program based on cabin selection.
A limited number of rooms are available.
Early Booking Discount through November 30, 2010
[SOLD OUT]Category 4 (105 sq. ft.) $5,395 before November 30; $6,395 October 21 and after
Category 3 (140 sq. ft.) $6,395 before November 30; $7,395 October 21 and after
Category 2 (150 sq. ft.) $6,595 before November 30; $7,595 August 21 and after
Category 1 (180 sq. ft.) $7,195 before November 30; $8,195 October 21 and after
May be available
Port Taxes: $280 per person and subject to change
Pre-trip extension in Auckland, New Zealand, February 11-15, 2011
$930 per person, double occupancy
$1,230 per person, single occupancy
Post-trip extension in Ayers Rock, Australia, February 26-27, 2011
$1,095 per person, double occupancy
$1,295 per person, single occupancy
- All excursions as outlined in the itinerary
- Meals as outlined in the itinerary
- All flights within the itinerary (Queenstown-Christchurch, Christchurch-Sydney, Sydney-Cairns)
- Four-night cruise on the Great Barrier Reef
- All transfers abroad for all passengers who have purchased their air tickets through Gohagan & Company
- All luggage handling abroad
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers
- Experienced travel director to accompany you throughout the travel program
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/hotel on day(s) of arrival and/or departure 1) if you have not purchased your air arrangements through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, or 2) if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); meals and alcoholic beverages not listed in the “Included Features” section; and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.
Group air from Los Angeles on Quantas:
|Pre-trip extension plus main program, February 11-26||$1,320*|
|Pre-trip extension plus main program plus
post-trip extension, February 11-27
|Main program, February 13-26||$1,570*|
|Main program plus post-trip extension, February 13-27||$1,520*|
*economy class, subject to change, add-on flight from your gateway city available at and extra cost
General Terms & Conditions
NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport fees; visas and fees for obtaining visas; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to 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/hotel on day(s) of arrival and/or departure 1) if you have not purchased your air arrangements through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, or 2) if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); meals and alcoholic beverages not listed in the “Included Features” section; and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.
AIRFARE: Airfare is subject to change and availability and is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline (not Thomas P. Gohagan & Company), even if purchased through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company.
LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without prior notice. Please contact your airline(s) for the most current luggage allowance policy.
HEALTH: Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention 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, byAugust 20, 2010. 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, $600 per person; from 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 70% of the published full regular tariff; cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariff. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees and administrative fees will be assessed.
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, 70% of the published full regular tariff; cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no-show or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariff. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees and administrative fees will be assessed.
Because these cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, as well as damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application after you make your reservation.
RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring institution or association, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, agents, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity of any third party.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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.
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ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms and conditions of this contract.
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