Overview

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Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the spectacular “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and Brown University Professor Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev, former Premier of the U.S.S.R. Professor Khrushchev who will accompany you aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, M.S. LE BORÉAL. Enjoy two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum and the Peter and Paul Fortress, with an excursion to Catherine’s Palace and Petrodvorets, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cruise the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included in every port. Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gdańsk, Poland; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; and discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland. Norway Pre- Cruise and Stockholm Post-Cruise Options.

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Program Highlights

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  • A rare private opportunity featuring enriching presentations by special guest speakers LECH WAŁĘSA, former President of Poland and Leader of Poland’s Solidarity Movement, and Brown University Professor Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev, former Premier of the U.S.S.R.
  • Exclusively chartered Five-Star small ship
  • Uniquely designed, exclusive itinerary
  • Specially arranged, early-opening entry to the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum.
  • Spectacular eight-night six-country program—Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden
  • Shore Excursions included in every port—Gdańsk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Visby
  • Two days in St. Petersburg—most itineraries have only one
  • Opportunity to visit seven UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Special Wonders of Norway Pre- Cruise Option
  • Stockholm Post-Program Option

Faculty

John F. Miller, Professor of Classics at U.Va.

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John F. Miller is the Arthur F. and Marian W. Stocker Professor of Classics at U.Va., where he has taught since 1984 and served as Chair of the Department of Classics since 1999. His work concentrates in Latin poetry of the classical period, the religion of the Romans, and the reception of the poet Ovid among later authors and artists. His seven books include Apollo, Augustus, and the Poets (Cambridge 2009), which was awarded the 2010 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit by the American Philological Association, and the forthcoming Handbook to the Reception of Ovid. He was Editor of Classical Journal in 1991–98 and has co-edited three collaborative collections on Greek and Roman literature and culture. His teaching includes Latin and Greek at all levels and lecture courses for undergraduates in Roman Civilization and Greek Mythology. John most recently participated in a Cavalier Travels trip tp Sicily.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday, June 4

U.S.

Depart the U.S.

Day 2 - Friday, June 5

Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in Copenhagen and embark the Five-Star M.S. Le Boréal.
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Dinner

Day 3 - Saturday, June 6

Gda´nsk, Poland/Lech Wał˛esa

The historic city of Gda´nsk features several examples of Poland’s finest medieval and Renaissance architecture. Walk past elegant patrician mansions featuring late Renaissance and Baroque façades in the Old Town and see the famous Neptune’s Fountain. Visit the 14th-century Artus Court, a meticulously restored Gothic guildhall that houses a fascinating collection of Polish art.

In 1980, workers led by Lech Wał˛esa founded the Solidarity movement, the first independent trade union in Eastern Europe and the key factor in winning the Polish struggle against Communism. See the historic Lenin Shipyard and its Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers. By special arrangement, meet the leader of the Solidarity movement, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Wał˛esa, on board the ship this afternoon. Mr. Wał˛esa will discuss his perspective on Solidarity, globalization and progress in the region, with time for questions and answers.
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Day 4 - Sunday, June 7

Cruising the Baltic Sea

Spend the day at leisure cruising the Baltic Sea and enjoying a series of enriching lectures. This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception.
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Day 6 - Tuesday, June 9

St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter the Great founded the majestic city of St. Petersburg in 1703 as his “Window on the West.” Explore the city’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose legendary landmarks are scattered across more than 100 islands linked by more than three times as many bridges. St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospekt, showcases exquisite examples of Russian Baroque and neoclassical architecture. On the morning tour, see the beautiful Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood (Church of the Resurrection of Christ), built on the site of Emperor Alexander II’s assassination, and the 19th-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with a striking golden dome that is one of the glories of the city’s skyline. Visit St. Petersburg’s first building, the Peter and Paul Fortress, constructed to secure the country’s access to the sea. See the impressive Baroque Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, containing the tombs of 32 czars, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs.

Later, see one of the world’s greatest art repositories on the tour of the incomparable State Hermitage Museum, former czarist palace of Catherine the Great and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The spectacular collection is rivaled only by the museum’s ornate interior.

The evening is at leisure. Optional opportunities are offered to attend a ballet performance held in the Hermitage or Palace Theater, or a Russian folklore show performed in the Nikolaevsky Art Centre.
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Day 7 - Wednesday, June 10

St. Petersburg

This morning, visit the imperial compound of Pushkin and Catherine the Great’s elaborate rococo palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, highlighted by a special visit to the extraordinary Amber Room. Then, enjoy a lunch of traditional Russian specialties in a nearby restaurant.

This afternoon, visit the splendid parklands and palace of Petrodvorets, a UNESCO World Heritage site, commissioned by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. The grounds are elaborately landscaped and include formal gardens, fountains and cascades, as well as the extravagant Grand Palace. By hydrofoil, skim over the Gulf of Finland to return to St. Petersburg.
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Day 8 - Thursday, June 11

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki was named the 2012 World Design Capital for its use of innovative design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development in the city. On the morning tour of Finland’s dynamic capital, see the old fortifications of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the stately Senate Square, lively Market Square and the diplomatic quarter of Kaivopuisto. Visit the modernistic Temppeliaukio Church, or “Church of the Rock,” impressively hewn out of natural bedrock, and visit Sibelius Park, where Eila Hiltunen’s remarkable sculpture honors Finland’s most beloved composer, Jean Sibelius. Then, enjoy a private concert in the prestigious Sibelius Academy.
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Day 9 - Friday, June 12

Visby, Sweden

Call at the Baltic island of Gotland, ancient home of the Goths and one of Sweden’s richest historical areas with more than 100 medieval churches and numerous prehistoric sites. Walk through Visby’s marvelous Old Town, “city of roses.” This former Hanseatic city gained UNESCO World Heritage status for its well-preserved 13th-century walls, medieval gates and original towers. See houses built during the Middle Ages, the iconic towers of the Cathedral of St. Mary (the only of Visby’s old churches still in use today) and the small but spectacular botanical gardens that have drawn garden enthusiasts since 1855.

This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception.
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Day 10 - Saturday, June 13

Stockholm/U.S.

Arrive in Stockholm, often referred to as one of the world’s most attractive cities. Disembark and continue on the Post-Cruise Option to explore the historic splendor and dramatic beauty of Stockholm. Or, depart for the U.S.
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Pre- and Post-Cruise Options and Optional Excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation. All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.

Accommodations

Five Star Small Ship M.S. Le Boreal

State-of-the-Art Design
The highly acclaimed, exclusively chartered M.S. LE BORÉAL, launched in 2010, represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 120 Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication.

Spacious, 100% Ocean-View Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies
Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet) features a private bathroom with shower and luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners, 2 receptions

Program Fees

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Prices are per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only.

  • Cat 8 $5995
  • Cat 7 $7595
  • Cat 6 $7995
  • Cat 5 $8195
  • Cat 4 $8795
  • Cat 3 $9195
  • Cat 2 $9595
  • Cat 1 $9995
  • Cat Deluxe Suites $10695
  • Cat Prestige Suite II $11695
  • Cat Prestige Suite I $12695
  • Cat Owners Suite $14695

A limited number of single cabins are available in specific categories.

  • Cat 6 $15095
  • Cat 4 $17495

TAXES: $595 PER PERSON AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Price includes:

  • Eight-night cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with port calls at Gdańsk, Poland; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Visby, Sweden.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • All meals throughout the cruise.
  • Complimentary beer with lunch and wine and beer with dinner.
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad for all participants who have purchased their international air tickets through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • All excursions and visits, as outlined in the itinerary, with experienced local guides.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on excursions.
  • The services of a team of experienced Travel Directors throughout the program.
  • Hospitality desk aboard ship.

Price does not include:

  • Taxes or passport, visas and associated fees
  • personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls andInternet access
  • gratuities to ship and hotel personnel
  • optional sightseeing excursions
  • baggage charges on aircraft
  • airfare and associated local taxes
  • airport transfers and baggage handling other than the scheduled group transfers
  • Anything not specifically mentioned as included

General Terms & Conditions

RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, 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 or entertainment 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 or of any other third party.

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 government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely. 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 as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or 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. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Gohagan is not responsible therefor and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) 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. 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, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.

AIRFARE: Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan. 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.

PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.

DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by December 4, 2014. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $800 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of the published full regular tariffs; 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 tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

TRIP INSURANCE: Because our cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Gohagan and others for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.

RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs which include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.

REGISTRATION: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666, OST#: TA 0905.

BINDING ARBITRATION: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement, 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. In any such proceeding, the substantive, but not procedural law of Illinois will apply. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable.

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 contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.

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