Faculty

Howard "Howie" E. Epstein, Professor of Environmental Sciences

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Pricing

Starting at $6,995 per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on cabin selection. A limited number of single rooms are available either in category 6 at $15,795 or in category 4 at $18,195

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Overview

Join UVA Arctic Researcher and Professor of Environmental Sciences Howie Epstein on a voyage through the otherworldly Arctic Circle. This unique 11-day itinerary features an extraordinary seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’austral, exclusively chartered for your expedition. Visit in the region’s most enchanting season, when the sun never sets. Sail the shores of secluded Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago, and enjoy expert-led Zodiac excursions in diverse terrains, where remarkable wildlife—from whales and walruses to Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes—roam freely. Complimentary Wi-Fi and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages on cruise. Overnight accommodations are included in Paris for the program’s flights to/from Longyearbyen. Normandy/Rouen Pre-Expedition and Paris/Giverny Postlude Options.

Program Highlights

• Unique 11-day itinerary
• Cruise the shores of secluded Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago (slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia) and a dramatic island of sweeping contrasts and abundant wildlife
• All Ocean-view accommodations aboard a Five-Star expedition ship, most with a private balcony
• Explore Spitsbergen’s protected fjords, bays and shores, where glacial sheets meet alpine peaks, red sandstone mountains and lush green tundra
• Cruise seldom-seen areas in search of the polar bear, “King of the Arctic.”
• Whales, walruses, seals, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, northern fulmars and Arctic terns.
• Zodiac excursions led by an expedition team of naturalists with expertise spanning marine biology, ornithology, glaciology, conservation, history, photography and lectures aboard ship on natural wonders and wildlife
• Small ships can adjust course in order to maximize wildlife sightings
• Includes flights round trip between Paris and Longyearbyen
• Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise
• Cruise under the midnight sun!
• Normandy/Rouen Pre-Expedition Option and Paris/Giverny Postlude Option

Faculty

Howard "Howie" E. Epstein, Professor of Environmental Sciences

Howie has been at UVA since 1998. His research expertise is in the area of plant and soil ecology for dry grassland-shrubland ecosystems and cold arctic tundra ecosystems. Epstein has spent part of each of the past six summers doing research in the Arctic of Alaska, Canada and Russia. Before coming to U.Va., he worked as a Research Associate for the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters on these topics. He received his Bachelors from Cornell, and an M.S. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University. Howie has accompanied Alumni & Parent Travel trips to Iceland and Alaska twice.

Itinerary

DAY 1 to DAY 2 - Tuesday, June 9/Wednesday, June 10, 2019

U.S./Paris, France

Depart the U.S. for Paris, France. On Arrival, check into the Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotel and enjoy a Welcome Reception the evening of Day 2. (R)

DAY 3 - Thursday, June 11

Norway/Embark L’AUSTRAL

Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to scenic Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, the archipelago’s capital. Arrive this afternoon in this small port town at 78 degrees North latitude, approximately 650 miles from the North Pole. Enjoy a look into daily life here in the Longyearbyen Culture House. Embark the eco-friendly L’Austral. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner this evening. Breakfast, Reception, Dinner (B,R,D)

Please note that the itinerary, wildlife sightings, and the ship’s cruising pattern and positionings are dependent on weather, ice, and sea conditions and are subject to change.

DAY 4 - Friday, June 12

Hornsund for Burgerbukta and Samarin Glacier

An expert naturalist-led excursion navigates through slow-drifting ice by Zodiac in the pristine bay of Burgerbukta. This afternoon, reach the majestic Samarin Glacier. Walk along the glacier examine firsthand its dramatic terrain, frequented by seabirds such as black-legged kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - Saturday, June 13

Bellsund for Calypsobyen and Camp Millar

In the bell-shaped sound of Bellsund, surrounded by soaring, snow-covered peaks, anchor off Calypsobyen, part of Sør-Spitsbergen, Norway’s largest national park. Relics of the former coal mining settlement offer a glimpse into its history. Expert naturalists accompany you through Calypsobyen’s intriguing ecosystem, where nimble Arctic foxes thrive. After lunch on board the ship, continue to Camp Millar, a former gold mining base and now a favored grazing spot for the Svalbard reindeer. Discover the perfect snapshot of miniature Arctic wildflowers. Observe the graceful reindeer, their newborn calves and the large resident colony of auks. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 to DAY 9 - Sunday, June 14 to Wednesday, June 17

Cruise the Arctic Ice Pack

Approach the Arctic Ice Pack at the approximate latitude of 80 degrees North. Survey expansive sea ice for the King of the Arctic—the polar bear. Ice habitats are crucial for this endangered mammal’s hunting and breeding. Keep a keen eye out for these ivory-furred creatures and scan the cobalt-blue waters for bowhead and beluga whales, often spotted swimming in pods. Woodfjorden showcases the Arctic’s contrasts—icy, glacier-fronted shores are juxtaposed against the surrounding red sandstone mountains. Cruise to the startlingly beautiful Monaco Glacier and listen for the sound of white thunder as the tidewater glaciers calve into the ocean. Your expert naturalist guides lead an adventurous walk around protected Raudfjorden, amidst Svalbard poppies. Look for rare seabirds, such as pink-footed geese, black-legged kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. Enjoy a Zodiac excursion to the former 17th-century Dutch whaling station of Smeerenburgbreen, today a prized resting shore for long-toothed walruses. Discover the hub of scientific exploration, Ny-Ålesund, one of the world’s northernmost settlements, host to 16 international research stations and a popular refuge for ringed and bearded seals. Observe them resting in their natural habitats. An excursion by Zodiac through the inlet of Kongsfjorden takes you to the tidewater Kongsbreen (King’s Glacier), a nesting ground for waterbirds, barnacle geese, common and king elders, long-tailed ducks, purple sandpipers, seals, Atlantic puffins and snow buntings. (B,L,D, each day)

DAY 10 - Thursday, June 18

Longyearbyen/Paris, France

Disembark L’Austral in Longyearbyen and fly to Paris, France. Spend one night in the deluxe, conveniently located Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport Hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

DAY 11 - Friday, June 19

Paris/Return to U.S.

Continue on the Paris and Giverny Postlude Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Paris Pre-Expedition Option

Experience the “City of Light”. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris, renowned for its historic and aesthetic influence, and see its most noted landmarks. Visit the Louvre, the world’s largest museum, for a guided tour. Enjoy a guided tour of Montmartre, the Renoir Gardens, and the Musee Jacquemart-Andre, a private museum created from the private home of Edouard Andre and Nelie Jacquemart to display the art they collected during their lives. Spend two nights in the Westin Paris Vendome.

The Pre-Expedition Option is available at additional cost of $1,445 per person, double occupancy or $2,345 per person, single occupancy. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Accommodations

• One night each at the beginning and conclusion of your expedition in the deluxe Hilton Paris
Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotel.
• Seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star L’Austral

Meals

•Breakfast each morning at the Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotel. • All meals aboard ship (Eight breakfasts, seven lunches, and eight dinners) as well as two receptions

Program Fees

Starting at $6,995 per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on cabin selection.

A limited number of single rooms are available either in category 6 at $15,795 or in category 4 at $18,195

Cruise Ship L'Austral
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$6,995 – Category 8, double occupancy (Deck 3, Forward) limited availability (plus $495 per person taxes)
$8,495 – Category 7, double occupancy (Deck 3, Aft) limited availability (plus $495 per person taxes)
$9,595 – Category 6, double occupancy (Deck 3, Midship) limited availability (plus $495 per person taxes)
$15,795 – Category 6, single occupancy (Deck 3, Midship) limited availability (plus $495 per person taxes)
$10,295 – Category 5, double occupancy (Deck 4, Forward) (plus $495 per person taxes)
$10,995 – Category 4, double occupancy (Deck 4, Mid-ship, private balcony) (plus $495 per person taxes)
$18,195 – Category 4, single occupancy (Deck 4, Mid-ship, private balcony) (plus $495 per person taxes)
$11,495 – Category 3, double occupancy (Deck 5, Forward, partial wall balcony) (plus $495 per person taxes)
$11,995 – Category 2, double occupancy (Deck 5, Mid-ship, private balcony) (plus $495 per person taxes)
$12,795 – Category 1, double occupancy (Deck 6, private balcony) (plus $495 per person taxes)
$13,695 – Deluxe Suite, double occupancy (Deck 6, private balcony) (plus $495 per person taxes)
$14,495 – Prestige Suite II, double occupancy (Deck 5, private balcony) limited availability (plus $495 per person taxes) ON REQUEST
$14,995 – Prestige Suite I, double occupancy (Deck 6, private balcony) limited availability (plus $495 per person taxes) ON REQUEST
$15,995 – Owner’s Suite, double occupancy (Deck 6, private balcony) limited availability (plus $495 per person taxes) ON REQUEST

Price includes:

In Paris, France
• Overnight accommodations in the deluxe, ideally located Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport hotel before and after the charter flights to/from Spitsbergen, with breakfast each morning.
• Chartered flights between Paris and Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago.

On Board the Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star, Ice-Class L’Austral
• Seven nights round trip Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, cruising through the Arctic’s majestic glacial landscapes.
• Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom.
• Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
• Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
• All meals aboard ship.
• Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship (satellite reception permitting).
• Exploration by Zodiac landing craft, accompanied by an expert naturalist from the expedition team.
• Onboard expedition team of naturalists, who provide a series of lectures about local wildlife and landscapes.
• Cruise into secluded fjords and bays to search for the elusive polar bear.
• Zodiac cruise of the sheltered bay of Burgerbukta, where glacial-blue ice fronts snow-striped cliffs.
• Shore excursion to remote Samarin Glacier, a dramatic landscape of incredible blue ice formations.
• Shore excursion to Calypsobyen, a former coal mining settlement, to watch for Arctic foxes and terns.
• Shore excursion to Camp Millar, once a gold mining base, to spot grazing endemic Svalbard reindeer.
• Cruise of stunning Woodfjorden, where glacier‑fronted shores lead to majestic alpine summits and red sandstone mountains.
• Cruise to Monaco Glacier, an actively calving ice sheet at the end of scenic Liefdefjorden.
• Walk along the shores of awe‑inspiring Raudfjorden.
• Excursion to historic Smeerenburgbreen, a former whaling station, to observe walruses resting on shore.
• Walking tour of Ny-Ålesund, a research town and one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities.
• Zodiac cruise of spectacular Kongsfjorden, a fertile environment for birds and bearded seals, to stunning King’s Glacier.
• Souvenir polar-grade red parka.

Does not include:

Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and meals other than specified; accident/sickness, trip cancellation insurance, and baggage insurance; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local and international departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Tour Cost Inclusions” section of brochure; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you have not purchased your international air arrangements through Gohagan or 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); Wi-Fi in hotels (pricing and availability subject to local conditions at time of use); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Tour Cost Inclusions” section.

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $800 per person is required to reserve your spot for the main tour. If you would also like to sign up for the Paris Pre-Expedition Option, there is an additional $200 per person deposit. Final invoicing will be done approximately 4 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Mastercard, Visa, check, or wire transfer. Please note that final payment must be paid by either check or wire transfer.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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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. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. 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, however, is not required under these circumstances to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. 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 in the “Included Features” section of the brochure; 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 in the “Included Features” section.

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 notice.

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.

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, $600 ($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: 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.

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