Faculty

Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus

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Pricing

Price: $7,895 per person, double occupancy, land only

$9,157. including air from Los Angeles
including Airline taxes and departure fees (currently $1,062, subject to change until final payment)

$9,657. including air fromWashington D.C.
including Airline taxes and departure fees (currently $1,062, subject to change until final payment)

Overview

Join us on a journey to the Lands Down Under –as we travel from Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef and the storied Outback and Ayers Rock to sophisticated Sydney; from Christchurch to New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and nautical Auckland.

Program Highlights

  • Ride aboard the Vintage Kuranda steam train and Skyrail gondolas
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel
  • Aboriginal “dreamtime” experience and meet Walpiri tribespeople
  • Experience Sunset at Ayers Rock
  • Tour Sydney and enjoy a Harbour cruise
  • Visit Koala Sanctuary Park and Mt. Cook National Park
  • Cruise among the breathtaking fjords of Milford Sound
  • See the geysers, bubbling mud pools and hot thermal springs of Rotorua
  • Learn about the Maori culture and experience a traditional hangi dinner
  • Tour Auckland, its glittering Harbour and the America’s Cup Village

Faculty

Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus

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, Botswana, Tanzania and the Galápagos Islands.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - Saturday & Sunday, September 5 - 6

Depart U.S. for Cairns, Australia

Day 3 - Monday, September 7

Arrive Cairns

This afternoon we arrive in Cairns, gateway to Australia’s Far North and the Great Barrier Reef. We transfer to our hotel where tonight we enjoy a briefing and welcome dinner.
Accommodations: Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
Meals: Dinner (D)

Day 4 - Tuesday, September 8

Cairns/Kuranda

After an orientation tour of Cairns we board an historic century-old railway for the thrilling 1½-hour journey through 15 tunnels and dense tropical rainforest, over 40 bridges, past spectacular waterfalls, and over steep ravines to the picturesque mountain village of Kuranda. After time to wander through Kuranda’s shops and markets showcasing Aboriginal handicrafts, we descend via the gondolas of Skyrail, at 4.7 miles the world’s longest gondola cableway. Gliding just feet above the rainforest canopy, we enjoy spectacular 360-degree views. Following this unique adventure you have time for lunch on your own before we return to our hotel. We have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure for further independent exploration of Cairns, discovered by famed Englishman Captain James Cook and established during an 1870s gold rush. Stroll the waterfront Esplanade with its popular boardwalk and lagoon. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
(B)

Day 5 - Wednesday, September 9

Great Barrier Reef

After an orientation tour of Cairns we board an historic century-old railway for the thrilling 1½-hour journey through 15 tunnels and dense tropical rainforest, over 40 bridges, past spectacular waterfalls, and over steep ravines to the picturesque mountain village of Kuranda. After time to wander through Kuranda’s shops and markets showcasing Aboriginal handicrafts, we descend via the gondolas of Skyrail, at 4.7 miles the world’s longest gondola cableway. Gliding just feet above the rainforest canopy, we enjoy spectacular 360-degree views. Following this unique adventure you have time for lunch on your own before we return to our hotel. We have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure for further independent exploration of Cairns, discovered by famed Englishman Captain James Cook and established during an 1870s gold rush. Stroll the waterfront Esplanade with its popular boardwalk and lagoon. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
(B)

Day 6 - Thursday, September 10

Cairns/Alice Springs

We enjoy a morning flight to Alice Springs, capital of Australia’s Outback, situated in the country’s exact center. Upon arrival we visit several highlights of “The Alice,” including the ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Hill Monument to soldiers who fought in both World Wars; the Royal Flying Doctors Service, which covers an area greater than the size of Western Europe; and School of the Air, which provides schooling to widely scattered Outback children. Tonight we enjoy a traditional “bush” dinner, relaxing around a campfire as an entertainer performs Aussie ballads and points out constellations of the southern sky.
DoubleTree by Hilton
(B, D)

Day 7 - Friday, September 11

Alice Springs

This morning we embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour, where we learn about this ancient culture in a natural bush setting and meet Walpiri tribespeople in their camp. Then we explore the Outback, including Simpsons Gap, a prominent waterhole and Aboriginal spiritual site; and Standley Chasm, a natural gap in the sandstone slopes that rise 242 feet on either side. Here at the landmark honoring the first schoolteacher in Alice Springs, we enjoy a picnic lunch and see the sheer rock walls aglow in reflected sunlight. As we’ll walk on a dirt trail for about 20 minutes to reach the chasm, you’ll want to be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. We return to our hotel late this afternoon, where the remainder of the day and evening is at leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own.
DoubleTree by Hilton
(B, L)

Day 8 - Saturday, September 12

Alice Springs/Ayers Rock (Uluru)

We depart this morning by motorcoach for Ayers Rock (known as Uluru in the native Aboriginal tradition), reaching our hotel early this afternoon. After time to relax and have lunch on our own, we set out for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the traditional land of the Anangu Aboriginal peoples. The park also is home to the unusual Olgas rock formations, where we take a walking tour, and Uluru (Ayers Rock). Late today we watch the sun set over this fabled sandstone monolith that rises to a height of 1,114 feet above the flat plain. We return to our hotel where we dine tonight.
Sails in the Desert
(B, D)

Day 9 - Sunday, September 13

Ayers Rock (Uluru)/Sydney

This morning we tour the base of fabled Uluru before visiting the museum here. Mid-day we fly to Sydney, arriving late afternoon. We take a brief orientation walk of the Circular Quay and Rocks area surrounding our hotel, then enjoy dinner together.
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
(B,D)

Day 10 - Monday, September 14

Sydney

Today we tour Sydney, capital of New South Wales and Australia’s oldest English-inhabited city. We see the lush Botanical Gardens, stop for great views from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, then drive through Darling Harbour, the city’s commercial center. Then we head to the exclusive suburbs of Double, Rose, and Watson’s bays for more stunning views, this time of the Pacific Ocean. We continue on to famed Bondi Beach then return to Circular Quay where we board a catamaran for a sail around Sydney Harbour, enjoying a buffet lunch along with commentary about this magnificent natural waterway. After disembarking we return to our hotel mid-afternoon and have the opportunity to attend a presentation on opals, if we wish (Australia produces some 97% of the world’s opals). Dinner tonight is on your own and Sydney has a wonderful selection of restaurants featuring cuisine of all types, from seafood to steak houses; Italian to Indian – and virtually every ethnicity in between.
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
(B, L)

Day 11 - Tuesday, September 15

Sydney

This morning we visit Koala Sanctuary Park, where koalas roam free in the 10-acre grounds of rainforest, eucalyptus groves, and native gardens – along with kangaroo, dingo, wallaby, and a variety of native birds. From here we head out for a drive along Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a string of 18 stunning playgrounds surrounded by a national park. We stop in the fashionable beachfront suburb of Manly for some free time and lunch on your own before returning to Sydney. After returning to our hotel mid-afternoon the remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
(B)

Day 12 - Wednesday, September 16

Sydney

The day is free for independent exploration and lunch on your own. You may wish to visit the Taronga Zoo, accessible by boat from the Circular Quay; tour the Sydney Aquarium, one of the world’s best; or stroll along Macquarie Street, one of Sydney’s most elegant thoroughfares. Tonight we enjoy dinner together in the popular Rocks district at the Waterfront Restaurant, with excellent seafood and beautiful harbor views.
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
(B, D)

Day 13 - Thursday, September 17

Sydney/Christchurch, New Zealand

On this morning’s excursion we tour Sydney’s iconic Opera House, the country’s premier performing arts venue and home to Opera Australia, Sydney Theater Company, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among other groups. Enjoy some free time in Circular Quay before heading to the airport for this evening’s flight to Christchurch, New Zealand, where we arrive late at night.
Rydges Latimer Square
(B)

Day 14 - Friday, September 18

Christchurch/Mount Cook National Park

This morning we enjoy an orientation tour of Christchurch featuring the city’s famed botanical gardens and the memorial dedicated to the memorial to the 2011 earthquake which caused 185 fatalities and widespread damage across the city which had already been weakened by an earthquake in the fall of 2010. Learn more about the city’s efforts to rebuild at the “Re-Start Mall” constructed from shipping containers brought in after the earthquake. In the afternoon, travel south to Mount Cook. We reach our hotel located inside stunning Mount Cook National Park in the Southern Alps in time for dinner together.
The Hermitage
(B, D)

Day 15 - Saturday, September 19

Mount Cook

Mount Cook National Park
New Zealand’s great alpine preserve of turquoise lakes and snow-topped mountains (and a UNESCO World Heritage park), Mount Cook National Park boasts 19 peaks reaching over 9,842 feet. Mt. Cook itself (Aoraki in native Maori), stands as New Zealand’s highest peak at 12,316 feet. And the Southern Alps, which run the length of the country’s South Island, boast more than 158 named peaks, with 140 of them measuring more than 6,500 feet.

This morning’s tour of Mount Cook Village and environs includes a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, which showcases the region and its people, and where we see a 3D planetarium movie about the region. Both educational and entertaining, the center also comprises the Hillary Gallery commemorating Sir Edmund’s achievements, including the first ascent of Mount Cook’s difficult South face – where he trained for his monumental summiting of Mount Everest. After time in the village for lunch on your own, we return to our hotel in the heart of the national park where the afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration in this breathtaking swath of nature. You may choose to venture out on one of several hiking trails; shop for locally made crafts; or simply relax and enjoy the stunning alpine scenery surrounding you. Or, you may wish to take an optional scenic flight over the majestic Southern Alps (weather permitting and at additional cost). We dine together tonight at our hotel.
The Hermitage
(B, D)

Day 16 - Sunday, September 20

Queenstown

This morning we continue on to Queenstown, stopping along the way in historic Arrowtown for lunch on our own before a visit to the famed Kawarau Bridge Bungy, the world’s first bungy operation open to the public. Mid-afternoon we reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital” blessed with a supremely scenic location nestled between the jagged Remarkables mountains and glacial Lake Wakatipu. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at the hotel.
Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown
(B, D)

Day 17 - Monday, September 21

Queenstown/Milford Sound

Early today we leave Queenstown by motorcoach as we embark on a full-day excursion through stunning alpine scenery to Fjordland National Park and Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the “eighth wonder of the world.” It is, quite simply, glorious. Formed by giant glaciers that receded long ago, glassine Milford Sound boasts vertical cliffs that rise thousands of feet from the sea. Milford Sound is also massive: it measures 10 miles long and 1½ miles wide at its broadest point. We admire this spectacle of nature on a 2½-hour nature cruise past cascading waterfalls, rainforest, sheer rock walls, and such landmarks as 5,560-foot Mitre Peak, which dominates the pristine waterway. We enjoy lunch on board then later have the opportunity to return to Queenstown on an optional scenic flight (weather permitting and at additional cost). Those not wishing to take the scenic flight will return to Queenstown by motorcoach early this evening. Dinner tonight is on your own in Queenstown.

Please note that while this will be a long day – Milford Sound is a four-hour coach ride each way from Queenstown – the beauty of the scenery both along the way and at Milford Sound itself make it well worth the journey.
Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown
(B, L)

Day 18 - Tuesday, September 22

Queenstown

This morning is free to enjoy Queenstown as you wish. From bungy-jumping, river rafting, and kayaking to wineries, art galleries, and arts trails, activities abound. Your tour director will be happy to help you plan your time; lunch is on your own. This evening we take a boat across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for an up-close look at New Zealand farming. We tour the farmyard and have an opportunity to feed the sheep and deer. Afterward we visit the shearing shed to watch the farm dogs rounding up sheep and the farmer shear one. You have the chance to try spinning wool and then we enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner before we board our boat for the trip back across the lake to Queenstown.
Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown
(B)

Day 19 - Wednesday, September 23

Queenstown/Rotorua

We depart this morning for the flight to Rotorua, spiritual home of New Zealand’s native Maori people and also home to dramatic geysers, bubbling mud pools, and thermal hot springs. We reach Rotorua in time for lunch on your own then embark on a tour featuring the government gardens and the acclaimed Rotorua Museum of Art & History. Located in the historic Bath House, the museum showcases the region’s cultural and geological heritage. Late this afternoon we visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center for a traditional hangi dinner and performance. A time-honored Maori cooking technique, hangi involves covering food in an earthen pit filled with hot rocks, allowing it to steam and cook in its own juices.
Regent of Rotorua
(B,D)

Day 20 - Thursday, September 24

Rotorua

This day is free for independent exploration. You’ll find a host of activities available, from bathing in the thermal hot springs to river rafting. Dinner tonight is on your own;our hotel is centrally located and dining options abound.
Regent of Rotorua
(B)

Day 21 - Friday, September 25

Rotorua/Auckland

On our way to Auckland this morning we stop at Ruakuri Caves, where we enjoy a guided subterranean experience of elaborate limestone formations, hidden waterfalls, underground rivers, and sacred Maori sites. Our tour begins with a spiral descent from ground level via an incredible drum entrance and walkway then continues through the underground grotto for one mile. Following our tour, we resume the journey to Auckland, arriving mid-afternoon in the “City of Sails.” Boasting 62 miles of coastline and a beautiful natural setting on an isthmus between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. Upon arrival late this afternoon we have the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure. Dinner tonight is on our own in this multicultural city known especially for its world-class Pacific Rim cuisine and wines.
Stamford Plaza
(B)

Day 22 - Saturday, September 26

Auckland

Our half-day panoramic tour of this city set atop 48 volcanic hills features Auckland Harbour and the America’s Cup Village. Built in 1959, the harbor’s iconic bridge spans three quarters of a mile and stands 15 stories above the water. “Clip-on” lanes doubled the bridge’s capacity in 1969 and currently an average of 165,000 commuters cross it (or bungy jump from it) daily. We also visit the War Memorial Museum, established in 1852 as New Zealand’s first museum, with its prized Maori and Pacific Islander collections. Tonight we celebrate our journey at a farewell dinner.
Stamford Plaza
(B, D)

Day 23 - Sunday, September 27

Depart for U.S.

Very early this morning we transfer to the Auckland airport for the flight to Los Angeles (via Sydney or Brisbane), where we connect with our return flights home.
(B)

THE ABOVE ITINERARY IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT AND WILL LIKELY CHANGE.

PLEASE NOTE:

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.

“AUCKLAND – ON YOUR OWN”
OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION

Days 23-24Sunday & Monday, September 27 – 28
Auckland
No need to transfer anywhere: you’re right at home for the next two nights at the Pullman Auckland, your base for exploring Auckland to your heart’s delight. Options abound in this vibrant city with a Polynesian influence and plentiful outdoor activities. You may wish to visit the Auckland Museum, which preserves the cultural and social history of Auckland; the Naval Museum housing medals, ships, and other historical naval artifacts; or the Maritime Museum with numerous exhibits devoted to New Zealand boating and yachting.
Stamford Plaza
(B)

Day 25Tuesday, September 29
Return to U.S.
Very early this morning we transfer to the Auckland airport for the flight to Los Angeles (via Sydney or Brisbane), where we connect with our return flights home.
(B)

 

Accommodations

Hilton Los Angeles Airport (for guests choosing this option pre- and/or post-tour)
Adjacent to the Los Angeles airport with complimentary 24-hour shuttle service, the 1,234-room Hilton offers several restaurants and a bar, internet access, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, four whirlpool spas, laundry service, and gift shop. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, ironing facilities, TV, and phone.

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
Located in the heart of Cairns overlooking Trinity Bay, the 128-room Pullman Reef Hotel Casino offers three restaurants, a café, and three bars; internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; fitness center with Jacuzzi and sauna; massage treatments; rooftop swimming pool; jogging track; casino; and gift shop. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

DoubleTree by Hilton
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
The DoubleTree by Hilton is adjacent to the Alice Springs Golf Course and a 10-minute walk to “Alice’s” major sights. The 236-room hotel offers two restaurants and a bar, fully equipped gym, tennis courts, sauna and whirlpool, outdoor pool, internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TV, and phone. Please note that while the DoubleTree by Hilton is one of the best in Alice Springs, it may not meet the standards of the other hotels on your tour.

Voyages Sails in the Desert
Uluru National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Part of the Voyages Ayers Rock Resorts complex, the 228-room Sails in the Desert celebrates Aboriginal heritage and culture through its décor and the on-site Mulgara Gallery of native art and crafts. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, spacious grounds, several restaurants and bars, internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services, while the greater resort complex offers a host of amenities, from three additional swimming pools and two tennis courts to a shopping complex, hair salon, and visitors’ center. A free shuttle bus operates continuously around the property. Spacious air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, private balcony or verandah, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
Sydney, Australia
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay stands in the heart of Sydney on historic Macquarie Street and in close proximity to the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Sydney Harbour. Built in the late 1800s, the 120-room hotel features 18th-century Louis XV and Georgian antiques. Amenities include a restaurant and bar, internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, sundeck, sauna, and outdoor heated pool. Comfortable guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Rydges Latimer Square
Overlooking scenic Latimer Square, this boutique-style accommodation is the perfect stop in Christchurch. The 138-room hotel has a variety of amenities available including a restaurant, full bar, business center, internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

The Hermitage Hotel
Located inside Mt. Cook National Park, the recently refurbished (2011) 162-room Hermitage Hotel offers a range of options for enjoying the park, from hiking to flight seeing. The hotel, which is part of the Aoraki Mount Cook Village of several hotels, has two restaurants, café, and lounge; internet access; gift shop featuring native Maori crafts; and laundry facilities. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Hotel St. Moritz, Queenstown
Nestled on a hillside overlooking Queenstown’s breathtaking lake and mountains, the alpine-lodge style 134-room Hotel St. Moritz is located just a few minutes’ walk from prime dining and shopping areas. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, internet access, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, fitness center, sauna, and hot tubs. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, ironing facilities, TV, and phone.

Regent of Rotorua
The recently refurbished (2012) Regent of Rotorua is a boutique-style accommodation located in the center of Rotorua, close to the city’s restaurants and pedestrian shopping street. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, mini fitness center and spa, heated outdoor pool, indoor thermal mineral pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Each of the 15 air-conditioned guest rooms have mini-bar, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, microwave, TV, phone, and luxury linens and robes.

Stamford Plaza Auckland (also used for Optional Post-Tour Extension)
This vibrant and well-located hotel in the heart of Auckland features multiple restaurants and a bar/lounge; fitness center with pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Each of the 286 air-conditioned guest rooms have mini-bar, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TV, and plush bathrobes.

Meals

34 meals: 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners

Program Fees

Price: $7,895 per person, double occupancy, land and within itinerary air only.


$9,157 per person, double occupancy, including air from Los Angeles
including Airline taxes and departure fees (currently $1,062, subject to change until final payment)

$9,657 per person, double occupancy, including air fromWashington D.C.
including Airline taxes and departure fees (currently $1,062, subject to change until final payment)

Single Supplement: $2,195 additional

Extension in Auckland: $265 per person ($165 single supplement)

Optional Los Angeles Airport Hilton Overnight: $89 per person ($59 single supplement) – guests can stay up to 3 nights pre- and/or post-tour as all air-inclusive guests will fly via Los Angeles

 

Price Includes:

  • U.Va. Exclusive departure
  • Small group size limited to 22 guests
  • Round-trip air transportation; all flights within itinerary
  • 20 nights’ accommodations in listed properties
  • Extensive sightseeing as described in day-by-day itinerary, including all entrance fees
  • Services of a dedicated Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Does Not Include:

  • Anything that is not specifically listed as included in the itinerary or above
  • Gratuities for Tour Directors (left to individual discretion, suggestions will be provided)

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $2,195 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Optional Post-Tour Extension: AUCKLAND – ON YOUR OWN
Price: $265 / Single Supplement: $165
(3 days/2 nights)
Price includes:
2 nights’ accommodations at Stamford Plaza hotel (Superior First Class)
2 meals: 2 breakfasts
Transfer to airport.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
Prices from all U.S. cities available upon request.

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 before departure (June 2, 2015) .

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare when purchasing a land only tour package; costs of passports and visas, if required; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a land only tour package; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuity: $10-$15 per day per traveler); travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline prior to departure.

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 between 94 and 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. 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.

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.

Air Transportation – Important Information: Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities and contracts with those airlines they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air scheduled approximately 2 ½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignments on your international flight are usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and departure fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, land only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservation, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. 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.