Faculty

Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus

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Pricing

$5,395 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, Washington, DC plus $302 airline taxes and fees.

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Overview

Discover Iceland’s spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage on this 11-day small group tour that traverses an astonishing land. See Hellisheidi Power Plant’s geothermal exhibit, then learn about Iceland’s geological origins at the Lava Centre. Traveling through “saga” country, visit the marvelous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Exploration at wondrous Lake Mývatn includes Dimmuborgir’s bizarre lava formations and Namaskard’s boiling mud pots. Embark on a Puffin Island bird-watching cruise. Visiting another natural marvel, Glacial River Canyon National Park, admire jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara.” Stop at stunning Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” See famed Icelandic horses at a farm. Experience the Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stupendous scenery – its vast lava field and bizarre rock formations. Thingvellir National Park offers fascinating historical insights. Marvel at Gullfoss waterfall and the famous Great Geysir. The Icelandic adventure ends with two nights in sophisticated Reykjavik and time for independent exploration.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the dramatic scenery of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Marvel at Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods”
  • Visit Lake Myvatn’s mud flats, lava fields, and volcanic craters
  • Witness Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara”
  • Tour Thingvellir National Park and learn about the historic parliament founded in 930 CE
  • Enjoy leisure time in sophisticated Reykjavik

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, the Galápagos Islands and Alaska.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Thursday, May 14, 2020

The exact itinerary is in production and will be posted soon.
We can still book your spot(s) though.

DAY 2 - Friday, May 15

DAY 3 - Saturday, May 16

DAY 4 - Sunday, May 17

DAY 5 - Monday, May 18

DAY 6 - Tuesday, May 19

DAY 7 - Wednesday, May 20

DAY 8 - Thursday, May 21

DAY 9 - Friday, May 22

DAY 10 - Saturday, May 23

DAY 11 - Sunday, May 24

 

Iceland, “On Your Own” May 24-26, 2020

3 days/2 nights for $395 double occupancy (Single supplement: $295)

Included in Extension Price:

  • 2 nights’ accommodations (Hotel Reykjavik Centrum)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to Reykjavik airport

Accommodations

• Selfoss – Hotel Selfoss – 2 nights
• Myvatn – Fosshotel Myvatn – 2 nights
• Siglo – Hotel Siglo – 1 night
• Borgarbyggo – Hotel Husafell – 2 nights
• Reykjavik – Hotel Reykjavik Centrum – 2 nights

Meals

• 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

Program Fees

$5,195 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$5,395 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, Washington, DC plus $302 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$5,795 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $302 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of approximately $995 in addition to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight (in addition to the rates above):
$1,595 per person from Boston, JFK, Newark, Washington Dulles
$2,195 per person from Minneapolis, Chicago
$2,595 per person from Seattle, Denver

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 $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 (February 9, 2020) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; flight within itinerary; 9 nights’ accommodations: extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners, services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip, including shore excursions; 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 and shipboard personnel, 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 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: 50% of tour price; cancel 64-30 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. purchases 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 considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and boats 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.