Faculty

Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller Family Director, Fralin Museum of Art

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Pricing

$5,095 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$5,295 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, plus $479 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.


A limited number of single rooms will be available for an additional supplement to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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Overview

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to treasured Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day small group tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and unique accommodations. You begin in stunning seaside Amalfi, experiencing the breathtaking coast by sea and by land, and visiting Pompeii’s exquisite ruins. Continue to Rome, where sightseeing includes the Colosseum, the Forum, monumental St. Peter’s Square, and the sublime Sistine Chapel. Traveling north, you spend three nights in pastoral Umbria, Italy’s “green heart,” savoring a cooking demonstration in Orvieto, and a visit to charming Assisi. Journey through the equally alluring region of Tuscany, touring splendid Siena. Discover Florence, living monument to the Renaissance, and encounter classic Tuscany in the hill town of San Gimignano. Sample a local winery’s offerings before concluding your tour in wondrous Venice. Savor more time in Venice on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Program Highlights

  • Savor the stunning Amalfi coast by sea and land
  • Marvel at Pompeii’s fascinating ruins
  • Take in Rome’s sites, including St. Peter’s Square, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the Forum
  • Experience pastoral Umbria, Italy’s “green heart,” including treasured Assisi
  • Discover Tuscany with comprehensive sightseeing: San Gimignano, Siena, Florence
  • Attend an Italian cooking demonstration and visit a local winery for a tasting
  • Explore timeless Venice
  • Enjoy three-night stays in intimate small hotels in Amalfi, Tuscany, and Umbria

Faculty

Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller Family Director, Fralin Museum of Art

Matthew McLendon arrived in Charlottesville from Sarasota, Florida, where he spent six years as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the internationally-renowned John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

During his time at The Ringling, McLendon was hailed for revolutionizing the museum’s modern and contemporary holdings, including the successful and ongoing cross-disciplinary series “Art of Our Time,” which highlights the work of living visual and performing artists.

Prior to joining The Ringling, McLendon was the Curator of Academic Initiatives at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the state art museum of Florida and also worked at London’s Tate Britain.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Thursday, September 26

Depart U.S. for Naples, Italy

DAY 2 - Friday, September 27

Arrive Naples/Amalfi

After arriving in Naples this morning, we travel to seaside Amalfi, a popular resort and our base for exploring Italy’s Campania region. We dine at our hotel tonight, as we will throughout our stay here.
Hotel San Francesco
Dinner (D)

Day 3 - Saturday, September 28

Amalfi/Ravello

This morning we experience this breathtaking coast by sea as we cruise from our hotel to Amalfi Center (weather permitting). Here we enjoy a brief tour of the region’s largest town then have lunch on our own. Next we ascend to mountaintop Ravello, with its spectacular gardens and coastal views.
Hotel San Francesco
(B,D)

DAY 4 - Sunday, September 29

Pompeii/Amalfi Coast/Sorrento

Our full-day excursion begins in Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE but not excavated until 1748. After a tour and lunch on our own here we embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast road high above the azure Mediterranean – with stops for photos and in Sorrento along the way. We return to our hotel late afternoon.
Hotel San Francesco
(B,D)

DAY 5 - Monday, September 30

Amalfi/Montecassino/Rome

En route to Rome today we visit the town of Montecassino, whose Abbey is the mother church of the Benedictine order and a center of medieval art. A German stronghold during World War II, the hilltop Abbey was destroyed by Allied bombing then rebuilt as a replica of the 17th-century original. We tour the Abbey, then continue on to the Eternal City. We arrive at our well-located hotel mid-afternoon; our tour director will lead an informal walk of the nearby area.
Empire Palace Hotel
(B)

DAY 6 - Tuesday, October 1

Rome

This morning we tour the heart of ancient Rome: the 55,000-seat Colosseum, built in 72 CE to stage gladiator spectacles; and the temples of the Forum, ancient Rome’s political and legal center. The afternoon is free to explore on our own; the possibilities endless: shopping along the fashionable Via Veneto; sipping espresso in beautiful Piazza Navona; seeing the Pantheon, the city’s best preserved ancient building; tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain; or visiting any number of renowned museums and churches.
Empire Palace Hotel
(B)

DAY 7 - Wednesday, October 2

Rome

Another morning of touring followed by a free afternoon. Today we visit the Vatican for a tour of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums. Highlights include Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s, considered one of the greatest sculptures of all time; his frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, now restored to its original glory; and art-filled St. Peter’s itself, the most important church in all Christendom.
Empire Palace Hotel
(B)

DAY 8 - Thursday, October 3

Rome/Orvieto

Leaving Rome, we travel north through a pastoral landscape of gentle agricultural land bounded by mountain wilderness and dotted with traditional villages and medieval hill towns. Mid-afternoon we reach Orvieto, perched high on a plateau above a vineyard-clad plain. After we check in at our hotel in the heart of the city’s medieval quarter, our tour director leads us on an informal walking tour. Tonight we attend a simple cooking demonstration followed by dinner at Zeppelin Restaurant.
Grand Hotel Italia
(B,D)

DAY 9 - Friday, October 4

Orvieto

Rome, Italy Duomo
Duomo

This morning we embark on a guided walking tour of this dramatically set city. We visit the medieval Duomo featuring a frescoed chapel by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli’s masterpiece, The Last Judgment. Next we explore the formerly secret passages of Parco delle Grotte, a labyrinth of underground caves used since Etruscan times. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Grand Hotel Italia
(B)

DAY 10 - Saturday, October 5

Orvieto/Assisi

Today’s excursion is to Assisi, considered a gem of an Umbrian town with inviting plazas, abundant flowers, buildings of white marble, and a pervasive medieval air. We visit St. Clare Church and the renowned Basilica di San Francesco, the burial place of St. Francis and a sacred pilgrimage site. Inside are Giotto’s priceless frescoes, The Life of St. Francis. There’s time on our own to stroll the fountain-splashed piazzas and to enjoy local specialties for lunch. We also visit Deruta, known for its prized hand-painted Majolica ceramics.
Grand Hotel Italia
(B)

DAY 11 - Sunday, October 6

Orvieto/Siena/Tuscany

Continuing our journey, today we visit walled Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city’s medieval past. Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares; its Duomo, one of Italy’s finest. We set out on a guided walking tour that includes an inside visit to the Duomo, housing masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, then have free time for lunch on our own and to explore as we wish.
Villa San Filippo
(B,D)

DAY 12 - Monday, October 7

Florence

A living monument to the Renaiss­ance, Florence is the crown jewel of Tuscany. We discover this splendid city on a full-day excursion that includes a morning walking tour. Then we visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime David, as well as his pieces for the papal tombs; and the revered Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi. This afternoon is free to enjoy Florence as we wish. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.
Villa San Filippo
(B,D)

DAY 13 - Tuesday, October 8

San Gimignano

We encounter classic Tuscany today as we visit the hill town of San Gimignano, known for the 13 watchtowers that have left its skyline virtually unchanged since medieval times. Later we visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting before returning mid-afternoon to our lodgings, where we have time to relax before tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant.
Villa San Filippo
(B,D)

DAY 14 - Wednesday, October 9

Tuscany/Venice

Venice, Italy Canal

Leaving Tuscany today, we travel through the Veneto region to Venice, which, along with its lagoon, is a UNESCO site. We arrive early this afternoon; the remainder of the day is free to explore this wondrous city on our own.
Carnival Palace Hotel
(B)

DAY 15 - Thursday, October 10

Venice

This morning we take a guided walk through vast St. Mark’s Square and surroundings. Our afternoon is free to explore Venice independently; tonight we bid “arrivederci” to Italy and our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.
Carnival Palace Hotel
(B,D)

DAY 16 - Friday, October 11

Depart for U.S.

We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S. or enjoy the Venice On Your Own Extension
(B)

Post-Tour Extension

Venice – On Your Own, October 11-13, 2019
3 days/2 nights for $395 total price (Single supplement: $395)

Included in Extension Price: 2 nights’ accommodations at Carnival Palace Hotel (Superior First Class); 2 meals: 2 breakfasts; Transfer to airport

Accommodations

  • Maiori (Amalfi Coast) – Hotel San Francesco
  • Rome – Empire Palace Hotel
  • Orvieto (Umbria) – Grand Hotel Italia
  • Barberino Val d’Elsa (Tuscany) – Villa San Filippo
  • Venice – Carnival Palace Hotel

Meals

22 meals: 14 breakfasts, 8 dinners

Program Fees

$5,095 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$5,295 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, plus $479 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$5,695 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $479 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,095 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,995 per person; Premium Economy upgrade: $995 per person.

Price Includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from specific cities;
  • 14 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels;
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Price Does Not Include:

  • Airfare and airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; airfare from your hometown to your departure city;
  • Costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified;
  • Communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10-$15 per traveler, per day);
  • Travel protection insurance.

Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

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 434-243-4984, or e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 110 days prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made by personal check or credit card. Our tour operator, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., reserves the right to cancel any reservation that are not paid in full at any time after final payment is due. If you make your reservation after the final payment date, payment in full will be required upon reservation.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Cavalier Travels reserves the right to use photos that might include you in marketing materials and other purposes unless you specify otherwise.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (July 19, 2019) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 12 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels; extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; luggage handling for one bag per person; gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.

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

Cancellation, Refunds, and Changes: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon the University of Virginia’s 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 you make any changes to your reservation from 94 to 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, as well as 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. Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, and 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, or of 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 lines, 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 good health to participate in this University of Virginia tour. There is a moderate amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches on your own. We regret that we cannot offer individual assistance; in such cases you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. Please note that many of our itineraries, for reasons beyond our control, cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Please call or e-mail us to inquire and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have. 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, Inc. 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 the company feels 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 schedule approximately 2½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. 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 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 reservations, 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.