Faculty

Carl Zeithaml, Dean and F.S. Cornell Professor of Free Enterprise in the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

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Pricing

$3,995 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$4,195 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, plus $802 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$4,595 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $802 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,495 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip international flight: $5,995 per person in addition to the per person air inclusive price from your chosen gateway airport.

Overview

Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 17-day small group journey. Get acquainted with French-accented Hanoi during a three-night stay. On a full-day Ha Long Bay excursion, explore this stunning waterscape by boat. Enjoy a relaxing three-night interlude at a Da Nang beachfront hotel, touring the acclaimed Cham Museum and visiting Hoi An’s charming Old Town, a UNESCO site. A visit to a farming settlement reveals daily life, and a cooking lesson yields tasty rewards. Explore ancient Hue’s Imperial Citadel by traditional cyclo, and cruise the Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda. Spending two nights at a riverside Can Tho hotel, experience river life with a boat visit to Cai Rang’s floating market – a tour highlight; then explore the storied Mekong’s tributaries by sampan. Finally, tour and independently explore vibrant Saigon. Discover Angkor Wat’s amazing temples on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Program Highlights

• Tour French-accented Hanoi’s cultural and historic sites
• Cruise on breathtaking Ha Long Bay
• Visit Hue’s ancient Imperial City
• Encounter the charm of Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO site
• See local life up close with a visit to a farming settlement
• Experience river life – including Cai Rang’s floating market – with exploration of the storied Mekong by boat
• View the Cham Museum’s acclaimed sculpture collection
• Take in the sights of spirited Saigon
• Enjoy a Vietnamese cooking lesson and dinner

Faculty

Carl Zeithaml, Dean and F.S. Cornell Professor of Free Enterprise in the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Carl ZeithamlCarl Zeithaml is serving his fifth term as the Dean and F.S. Cornell Professor of Free Enterprise in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Dr. Zeithaml joined the McIntire School in 1997 after spending more than a decade at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Over the past 22 years, Dean Zeithaml led the implementation of McIntire’s strategy to achieve a position of global preeminence in business education. The School’s B.S. in Commerce Program, as well as its M.S. programs in Commerce, Global Commerce, Accounting, and the Management of Information Technology, are ranked consistently among the top programs nationally. The McIntire School provides all students with opportunities to study at many of the best business schools in the world and to visit important global centers of commerce and industry.

Dean Zeithaml specializes in the field of strategic management with an emphasis on global and competitive strategy. He conducts research on international expansion strategies, knowledge-based sources of competitive advantage, corporate political activity, strategic decision making, the strategic role of the board of directors, the implementation of diversification strategies, and organizational transformation. He received two major teaching awards and co-authored several cases on global strategy issues. His international executive education, research, and case development activities have focused primarily on Europe, China, and Southeast Asia. Dean Zeithaml is a Director of Dollar Tree, Inc.

Itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2 - Friday & Saturday, February 21 & 22, 2020

Depart U.S. for Hanoi, Vietnam

DAY 3 - Sunday, February 23, 2020

Arrive Hanoi

We arrive in the Vietnamese capital today then transfer to our hotel. Tonight, we visit the bustling Ancient Quarter, with its historic architecture and narrow streets, and where we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
Dinner (D)

DAY 4 - Monday, February 24, 2020

Hanoi

This morning we take a walking tour of Ba Dinh Square, a popular complex of cultural and historic sites. Highlights include the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, and thousand-year-old One Pillar Pagoda. Following lunch on our own, this afternoon we embark on an orientation tour of this French-accented city with broad tree-lined boulevards and colonial architecture. We pass Hoan Kiem Lake; visit the marvelous Temple of Literature (c. 1070); and tour infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. We dine together tonight.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
Breakfast, Dinner (B,D)

DAY 5 - Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Hanoi/Ha Long Bay

Vietnam Ha Long Bay
Vietnam Ha Long Bay

This morning we depart on a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway sprinkled with 3,000 islands and islets, and surrounded by a fairytale landscape of limestone cliffs, secret grottoes, and hidden caves. Our tour includes a boat ride and seafood lunch.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
Breakfast, Lunch (B,L)

DAY 6 - Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hanoi/Da Nang

We fly this morning to Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, situated on the south central coast. Upon arrival, we tour the acclaimed Cham Museum, which celebrates the Cham people’s Hindu legacy with a fine collection of sculpture and artifacts dating from the 7th to 15th centuries. After we reach our beachfront hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure in this splendid setting.
Hyatt Regency Danang
(B,D)

DAY 7 - Thursday, February 27, 2020

Da Nang/Hoi An

This morning we visit nearby Hoi An, where a succession of Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese traders helped to build an architecturally diverse and colorful village where many ancient traditions still hold sway. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An’s Old Town is a charming car-free pedestrian zone lined with tailors, shops, and art galleries. This afternoon is at leisure to either remain in Hoi An on your own or return to our beachside resort for a relaxing interlude
Hyatt Regency Danang
(B,l)

DAY 8 - Friday, February 28, 2020

Da Nang

A morning walking tour of a nearby farming settlement reveals the daily life of a local community up close. Here rice paddies occupy every spare patch of ground, water buffaloes plow the fields, and villagers ride to market with produce piled high on their bicycles. Later we enjoy a cooking lesson and dinner in Hoi An.
Hyatt Regency Danang
(B,D)

Day 9 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

Da Nang/Hue

Vietnam Hue StatuaryWe depart this morning by coach for the ancient imperial city of Hue, whose palaces, temples, and tombs evoke its past grandeur as home to emperors and mandarins. We explore the Imperial City – enjoying a traditional cyclo ride along the way – housing the Forbidden Purple City complex where emperors lived with their families and now a UNESCO site. We also visit the busy Central Market. Tonight we enjoy a special Hue dinner, with traditional music.
Saigon Morin Hotel
(B,D)

Day 10 - Sunday, March 1, 2020

Hue

This morning we cruise along Hue’s Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery that ranks among the city’s oldest and most important monuments. After admiring the seven-story octagonal tower, we visit the palatial Tomb of Minh Mang (c. 1840), with its pavilions and courtyards modeled after the Ming Tombs of China. This afternoon we see the tombs of Tu Duc, a gem of royal architecture; and Khai Dinh, an elaborate mix of ancient and modern, European and Asian..
Saigon Morin Hotel
(B,L)

Day 11 - Monday, March 2, 2020

Hue/Saigon/Can Tho

Today begins with an early morning flight to Saigon. Upon arrival we board a motorcoach for the three-hour drive south to the Mekong River town of Cai Be, then on to the busy river port and provincial capital of Can Tho.
Victoria Can Tho Resort
(B,D)

Day 12 - Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Can Tho/Mekong Delta

We rise early for today’s journey by boat to the lively floating market at Cai Rang on the Mekong’s lower reaches. After lunch together at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Victoria Can Tho Resort
(B,L)

Day 13 - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mekong Delta/Saigon

An hour-long coach ride this morning brings us to the upper reaches of the storied Mekong. Here we board motorized sampans for an up-close look at river life as we explore the maze of tributaries and inlets that lead to tiny settlements and villages populated by fishermen and farmers. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue on by coach to Saigon (the name Ho Chi Minh City is used interchangeably). We reach our hotel late afternoon; dinner is on our own in this vibrant city.
Caravelle Hotel Saigon
(B,L)

Day 14 - Thursday, March 5, 2020

Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Ho Chi Minh City Hall

A morning tour includes the former Presidential Palace, which served as the South Vietnamese government’s wartime headquarters. Now called Reunification Palace, it was here that the first Communist tanks rolled into Saigon on April 30, 1975; it remains preserved as a museum almost exactly as it was on that day. We also tour the History Museum, with its excellent collection of art and artifacts of the indigenous peoples of Vietnam. Later we attend a traditional water puppet performance.
Caravelle Hotel Saigon
(B,D)

Day 15 - Friday, March 6, 2020

Saigon

This morning we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground network from which North Vietnamese forces operated in wartime. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner.
Caravelle Hotel Saigon
(B,D)

Day 16 - Saturday, March 7, 2020

Depart for U.S.

Following a day free for independent exploration, this evening we depart for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S. Our rooms are reserved for our late check-out.
(B)

Day 17 - Sunday, March 8, 2020

Arrive U.S.

We arrive in the U.S. and connect with our flights home

Please note: This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking on stairs and uneven surfaces as well as embarkation/disembarkation on small boats.

Post-Tour Extension

Cambodia: Angkor Wat, March 7 – 10, 2020
3 days/2 nights for $995 total price (Single supplement: $245)

Included in Extension Price: Air transportation Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap, inclusive of airline taxes and fees; 2 nights’ accommodations in Siem Reap at Sofitel Angkor (Deluxe); 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners; Three days’ sightseeing of Angkor complex (UNESCO World Heritage site), including all entrance fees; Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; Private motorcoach transportation; Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Accommodations

• Hanoi – InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
• Da Nang – Hyatt Regency Danang
• Hue – Saigon Morin Hotel
• Can Tho (Mekong Delta) – Victoria Can Tho Resortl
• Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Caravelle Hotel Saigon

Meals

26 meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners

Program Fees

$3,995 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$4,195 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, plus $802 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$4,595 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $802 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,495 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip international flight: $5,995 per person in addition to the per person air inclusive price from your chosen gateway airport.

Price Includes::

  • Round-trip air transportation from specific cities;
  • all flights within itinerary;
  • 13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior 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.

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 Odysseys Unlimited 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.

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 (November 18, 2019) before departure.

Included in Tour Price:: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; all flights within itinerary; 13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior 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 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. 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:
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 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.