John Casteen, UVA President Emeritus and Professor of English

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Starting from approximately $7,410 per person, double occupancy, including taxes and gratuities
A limited number of single rooms are available starting at $15,910


Join former UVA President John Casteen to experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the luminous “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 Pavel Palazchenko, a high-level, Soviet conference interpreter who was the chief English interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev and Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze.. Cruise the Baltic Sea aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Dumont‑d’Urville, featuring the extraordinary underwater lounge Blue Eye, from Stockholm, Sweden, to Copenhagen, Denmark, with an excursion included in every port. Revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland; and immerse yourself in the historic epicenter of the Solidarity movement in Gdańsk, Poland. Enjoy two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including a pre-arranged early entry into the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum, a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and an excursion to Catherine’s Palace and Petrodvorets, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Splendors of Stockholm Pre‑Cruise and Wonders of Norway Post-Cruise Options.

Program Highlights

  • A rare private opportunity featuring Lech Wałęsa, former President of Poland and Leader of Poland’s Solidarity Movement and Pavel Palazchenko, a high-level Soviet conference interpreter who was the chief English interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev and Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze.
  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater observation lounge.
  • Tremendous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and value
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the newest Five-Star expedition ship, just launched in 2019, accessing ports unavailable to larger vessels.
  • Only 92 Suites and Staterooms—many with private balcony! (184 passengers max)
  • Spectacular eight-night, six-country Baltic Sea program visiting Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden.
  • Two full days docked in the heart of iconic St. Petersburg.
  • A shore excursion included in every port—Gdańsk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Visby.
  • Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites, featuring the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship.
  • Splendors of Stockholm Pre-Cruise and Wonders of Norway Post-Cruise Options.


John Casteen, UVA President Emeritus and Professor of English

John Casteen served as president of the University of Virginia 1990-2010. The initiatives of these years included major institutional planning programs (Virginia 2020 and others); increases in the numbers of students and faculty members; construction of new buildings in Charlottesville, Wise, and elsewhere; expansion of international programs for research and for learning; increases in the University’s endowments and other non-state funds; and significant growth in the University’s stature. In this period, also, the University was recognized for its leadership in educating minority students, for its equity programs generally, for the quality of its undergraduate teaching and programs of financial aid for students with need, and for its success in refinancing itself following historic reductions in state tax support at the beginning of the decade.

Mr. Casteen is a University Professor. His current courses include intellectual history courses on Venice, a multiyear series of graduate seminars on governance of colleges and universities, and introductory courses in Old English and Old Icelandic literature.

Mr. Casteen holds three degrees in English from the University of Virginia (B.A., high honors, 1965, M.A., 1966, Ph.D., 1970). His wife is Betsy Foote Casteen. They have five children and 4 grandchildren.


Day 1 - Saturday, July 24, 2021


Depart the U.S.

Day 2 - Sunday, July 25, 2021

Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in Copenhagen and embark the Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE.
Dinner (D)
Le Bougainville

Day 3 - Monday, July 26, 2021

Gdańsk, Poland

A former flourishing Hanseatic League port, today Gdańsk proudly displays meticulously restored, late Renaissance and Baroque patrician mansions in the Stare Miasto (Old Town). Stroll along the pedestrian only Droga Królewska (the Royal Route) to see the magnificent Neptune’s Fountain and the 14th-century Artus Court, a Gothic guildhall inspired by the ideals of Britain’s legendary King Arthur.

Visit the historic Gdańsk Shipyard, where Eastern Europe’s first independent trade union—the Solidarity movement—began in 1980, and see its Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers. Meet the leader of the Solidarity movement, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Wałęsa, on board the ship this evening, where he will present his perspective on Solidarity, globalization and progress in the region.
Breakfast, Lunch, Reception, Dinner (B,L,R,D)
Le Bougainville

Day 4 - Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Cruising the Baltic Sea

Enjoy a series of enriching lectures while cruising the Baltic Sea. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board this evening.
Le Bougainville

Day 5 - Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn’s UNESCO World Heritage designated Old Town has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years. See the landmark Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the 13th-century Church of St. Nicholas and Toompea Castle, the seat of Estonia’s Parliament. Visit the intricate chambers of the medieval Town Hall, the only intact Gothic-style hall in Northern Europe, which dominates the Town Hall Square and its ring of pastel-hued buildings.
Le Bougainville

Day 6 - Thursday, July 29, 2021

St. Petersburg, Russia

Founded in 1703 as his “Window on the West,” St. Petersburg is Peter the Great’s extraordinary vision. Cruise into the heart of the city and visit the UNESCO World Heritage-designated palaces and gardens of Peterhof—commissioned by Peter the Great to rival the Palace of Versailles—and walk around its elaborately landscaped grounds, encompassing two centuries of imperial style executed to perfection. Return to the ship by hydrofoil.

See exquisite examples of Russian Baroque and neoclassical architecture along the main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospekt, and view the ornate Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood (Church of the Resurrection of Christ), built on Emperor Alexander II’s assassination site. Enjoy specially arranged entry and a guided tour of the incomparable State Hermitage Museum. One of the world’s greatest art repositories, the UNESCO World Heritage-designated museum was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764.
Le Bougainville

Day 7 - Friday, July 30, 2021

St. Petersburg, Russia

Visit the elaborate Baroque Catherine Palace in the imperial town of Pushkin. This UNESCO World Heritage site, highlighted by the jewel-encrusted Amber Room, is said to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Savor a lunch of Russian specialties while enjoying a traditional Cossack dance performance. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage designated historical center, where landmarks are scattered across over 40 islands and linked by 300 bridges. See the 19th-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with its striking golden dome crowning the skyline. Visit St. Petersburg’s first building, the Peter and Paul Fortress, constructed to secure the country’s access to the sea, and the Baroque Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, where 32 tsars—from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs—are interred.
Le Bougainville

Day 8 - Saturday, July 31, 2021

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki merges the influence of Classicism and the Finnish National Romantic Movement with Functionalism, establishing design as a permanent and significant component of the city. Cruise past the 18th-century maritime Fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s boulevards, overflowing with magnificent architecture, including Europe’s greatest concentration of art nouveau buildings—paradigms of neoclassical style—along with the Modernist Finlandia Hall. Discover idyllic Sibelius Park, an artistic homage to Finland’s most famed composer. Visit the subterranean Temppeliaukio Church, or “Church of the Rock,” impressively hewn into solid natural bedrock in 1969. Explore the lively Market Square with time at leisure before boarding the ship.

On board this ship this evening, meet Pavel Palazhchenko, world-renowned interpreter who serves as advisor and interpreter for former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, and enjoy his first of two educational lectures.
Le Bougainville

Day 9 - Sunday, August 1, 2021

Visby, Sweden

Before lunch, enjoy an insightful lecture from Mr. Palazhchenko on board the ship.
Call at the Baltic island of Gotland, rich with Swedish history and abundant Viking and medieval sites. The UNESCO World Heritage designated Old Town of Visby, the former Baltic center of the Hanseatic League, is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Scandinavia. On the walking tour through the cobbled streets of this “city of roses,” see 13th-century walls and original medieval architecture, tour the Gotlands Historical Museum and view the striking interior of St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Reboard the ship and attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.

Le Bougainville

Day 10 - Monday, August 2, 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

Disembark in Sweden’s “Venice of the North” and continue on the Splendors of Stockholm Post-Program Option or depart for the U.S.

Pre and Post Cruise Options

Wonders of Norway
Bergen — Fjords – Oslo – Copenhagen
by Flåm Mountain Railway and Coastal Ferry
Pre-Cruise Option
Approximately $2,945 per person based on double occupancy
Approximately $3,795 based on single occupancy

DAY 1 – Monday, July 19
Depart U.S. on overnight flight.

DAY 2 – Tuesday, July 20
Arrive Bergen, Norway
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

DAY 3 – Wednesday, July 21
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

DAY 4 – Thursday, July 22
Hotel Stalheim

DAY 5 – Friday, July 23
Stalhaim/Flåm Railway/Fjords cruise
Grand Hotel Oslo

DAY 6 – Saturday, July 24
Overnight on Seaways ferry

DAY 7 – Sunday, July 25
Embark Le Bougainville
(B, Dinner included on ship with main program)

Splendors of Stockholm

A Royal Seaport and Capital City Post-Cruise Option
Approximately $945 per person based on double occupancy.
Approximately $1,345 based on single occupancy.

Handsome Stockholm is a harmonious blend of medieval, Renaissance and modern architecture showcased across 14 small islands connected by more than 23 bridges. Visit the magnificent City Hall, the site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Walk through the Gamla Stan (Old Town) and visit the maritime museum built to house the Vasa, the world’s only preserved 17th-century warship. Spend two nights in the ideally located Sheraton Stockholm Hotel.

DAY 1 – Monday August 2
Arrive Stockholm
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

DAY 2 – Tuesday, August 3
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

DAY 3 – Wednesday, August 4
Depart Stockholm for flights back to the U.S.

Program Fees

MV Le Bougainville
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Land/cruise rates, per person, based on double occupancy:
All rate are approximate, based on 2020 pricing
2021 pricing to be confirmed

$7,410 – Category 8 – Picture window, single door onto private, partial-wall balcony. Deck 3, forward.
(limited availability)
$8,410 – Category 7, Picture window, single door onto private, partial-wall balcony. Deck 3, midship.
$9,210 – Category 6, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 4, forward
$9,910 – Category 5,  Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 4, midship.
$10,510 – Category 4, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Decks 5 and 6, aft. (limited availability)
$11,010 – Category 3, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 5, forward. (limited availability)
$11,410 – Category 2, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 5, midship.
$11,910 – Category 1, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 6, midship.
$13,310 – Deluxe Suites, Suite with expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony, sitting area with sofa. Decks 3, 4, 5 and 6. (limited availability)
$14,310 – Prestige Suites – Two-room Suite, expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony, two bathrooms, two closets, large sitting area with sofa. Deck 5. (limited availability)
$14,610 – Privilege Suites – Large Suite with expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony,
sitting area with sofa. Decks 5 and 6. (limited availability)
$15,810– Grand Deluxe Suites – Extra-large two-room Suite, expansive sliding glass door, spacious private terrace, full bathroom with tub and separate shower, additional half bath, sitting area with sofa. Deck 6. (limited availability)
$16,110 – Owners Suite – Extra-large two-room Suite, expansive sliding glass door, spacious private terrace with outdoor Jacuzzi, full bathroom with tub and separate shower, additional half bath, sitting area with sofa. Deck 5. (limited availability)
Note: Singles are available in category 5 at $15,910 and in category 2 at $18,410.

Price includes:

  • All Taxes and gratuities to ship staff, as well as gratuities for drivers and guides for included excursions.
  • Eight-night cruise from Stockholm, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private or semi-private balcony.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
  • All Meals aboard the ship.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (conditions permitting).
  • Blue Eye – the world’s first luxury, multisensory, underwater observatory.
  • Optional Russian folklore performance in St. Petersburg’s Nikolaevsky Art Center.
  • City tour of Helsinki featuring a visit to Temppeliaukio Church.
  • Tour of the storied port city of Gdańsk, including its historic Lenin Shipyard and Old Town.


  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom and on excursions.
  • Hospitality desk aboard ship.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
  • Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.


  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, à la carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Gratuities to hotel staff (we recommend $1-3 USD per participant for hotel staff.)
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Airfare to and from departure city and departure taxes unless otherwise noted.
  • Port charges and fees unless otherwise noted.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Transfers and baggage handling for those not traveling on the designated program departure and arrival dates.
  • Airline baggage and other airline fees and associated taxes unless noted in the tour description.

General Terms & Conditions

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Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement

Responsibility: 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. 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: passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access unless otherwise specified; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to hotel staff; 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 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 119 through 95 days prior to departure, $800 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 94 through 60 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.

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

Binding Arbitration: Any dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Agreement, the brochure or any other literature concerning the trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. Sections 1-16, either according to the then existing Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or pursuant to the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS). Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) Illinois law and will take place in Chicago, IL. 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. Please understand that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the participant and Gohagan are waiving the right to a trial by jury.

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.


FORMAL ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: I/We accept the above terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.