Faculty

Wynne Stuart, Associate Provost for Academic Support and Classroom Mgmt. and Lecturer in the French Department

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Pricing

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only

$5,195 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston and New York plus $502 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Other Gateway Cities Are Available.

A limited number of single rooms will be available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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Overview

Experience the beauty, allure, and hospitality of provincial France at an easy pace and in a unique style on this 15-day small group tour. Set out from Toulouse to discover the rich history of Carcassonne and Albi with its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. During a three-night stay in the medieval gem of Sarlat, see Lascaux IV’s cave paintings, cruise the Dordogne River, and tour cliffside Rocamadour. Saumur offers a picturesque base for a three-night Loire Valley sojourn, with visits to a winery and the impressive Chenonceau château. Traveling to Normandy for a three-night stay, tour the renowned Mont-St-Michel abbey. See the 1,000-year-old Bayeux Tapestry and visit Caen’s Memorial Museum. A poignant day’s touring includes Normandy’s D-Day Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery. Walk through Monet’s famed Giverny gardens, then get acquainted with enchanting Paris during a two-night stay. Savor more time in the “City of Light” with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Program Highlights

  • Discover medieval Carcassonne
  • Visit the market town of Albi and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum
  • Tour the cliffside village of Rocamadour
  • Explore the fascinating Caves at Lascaux IV
  • Cruise on the Dordogne River
  • Visit the marvelous Château de Chenonceau
  • Tour medieval Mont-St-Michel
  • See the stunning Bayeux Tapestry
  • Experience Normandy’s Landing Beaches and D-Day sights
  • Visit the poignant American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach
  • Tour Caen’s Memorial Museum
  • Walk through Monet’s gardens at Giverny
  • Take in the iconic sights of wondrous Paris

Faculty

Wynne Stuart, Associate Provost for Academic Support and Classroom Mgmt. and Lecturer in the French Department

Wynne StuartWynne is a native Virginian in her 44th year at the University. Wynne began teaching at UVA as a graduate student and mixes teaching undergraduate French and advising with her administrative career. Among her primary interests are advanced language acquisition, historical geography, and the culture of everyday life. In her primary appointment as Associate Provost for Academic Support, Wynne is ultimately responsible for about 200 classrooms on Central Grounds, collaborating with an excellent staff.

She has lived in France and Germany in the past and loves the discovery of travel. Wynne enjoys all the arts and interacting with students and is passionate about UVA. She and Vicki Hawes have been together for 32 years. Checking Facebook for new pictures of grandchildren and FaceTime to interact with far flung special people, entertaining friends, and walking are regular joint activities. She has been with Cavalier Travels to Turkey and Japan in addition to the seven trips with Vicki.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - October 8, 2021

Depart U.S. for Toulouse, France

DAY 2 - October 9, 2021

Arrive Toulouse

After arriving in Toulouse in the Midi-Pyrénées today, our time is at leisure until we meet our tour director this evening for a welcome dinner and a briefing about the journey ahead.
Crowne Plaza Toulouse
Dinner (D)

Day 3 - October 10, 2021

Toulouse/Carcassonne

CarcassonneToday we tour nearby Carcassonne, the quintessential medieval town with the longest city walls in Europe. Sitting atop a hill overlooking vast green plains that stretch all the way to the Pyrénées, Carcassonne boasts battlements and ramparts dating to the 1st-century Romans. We return to Toulouse mid-afternoon for time at leisure.
Crowne Plaza Toulouse
Breakfast (B)

DAY 4 - October 11, 2021

Toulouse/Albi/Sarlat

We travel today to the historic market town of Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées. Hometown of Belle Époque artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi was built with rose-colored bricks that cast a warm glow over the medieval streets and ramparts. Our city tour here includes the medieval Cathedral and Palais de la Berbie, an ancient fortress now a museum of works by Toulouse-Lautrec. Leaving Albi, we travel to the rugged, unspoiled countryside of the Périgord region and the Dordogne Valley. We continue on to Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of France’s prettiest villages and one of Europe’s best preserved medieval gems, with more registered historic sites than anywhere else on the continent. We’re in the land of the truffle and foie gras, so bon appétit!
Au Grand Hôtel de Sarlat
(B,D)

DAY 5 - October 12, 2021

Sarlat/Lascaux IV

This morning we tour the International Center for Cave Art at Lascaux IV, showcasing reproductions of the original pre-historic cave paintings found nearby. After lunch at a charming local inn, we spend the afternoon on a leisurely cruise along the Dordogne River, life-blood of this fertile region and redolent with history. As we pass cliff-top castles and fortified medieval towns, the historical region of Aquitaine comes to life – this is where beloved Eleanor of Aquitaine reigned in the 12th century. We return to Sarlat, where dinner tonight is on your own.
Au Grand Hôtel de Sarlat
(B,L)

DAY 6 - October 13, 2021

Sarlat/Rocamadour

Rocamadour, FranceThis morning we take a brief walking tour then have time at leisure to visit some of Sarlat’s museums or art galleries – or simply to wander the atmospheric cobblestone streets. After lunch on our own we visit nearby Rocamadour, a revered pilgrimage site and medieval village whose three tiers cling almost impossibly to a sheer limestone cliff. We take a guided walking tour then enjoy some free time before we return to Sarlat mid-afternoon and dine together tonight.
Au Grand Hôtel de Sarlat
(B,D)

DAY 7 - October 14, 2021

Sarlat/Le Dorat/Saumur

This morning we depart for the Loire Valley, stopping in the small market town of Le Dorat for lunch at a local restaurant. From here we travel on to picturesque Saumur and our hotel, a converted 18th-century mansion on the banks of the Loire River.
Hôtel Anne d’Anjou
(B,L)

DAY 8 - October 15, 2021

Saumur

We visit a local winery this morning then the day is free to enjoy this town of half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets as we wish. Options include exploring the town’s old quarter; visiting the Cavalry Museum; or tasting the renowned locally made sparkling wine at Maison du Vin.
Hôtel Anne d’Anjou
(B,D)

DAY 9 - October 16, 2021

Saumur/Chenonceaux

We’re in chateaux country, where England battled for control of France; where Joan of Arc triumphed; and where a great opulence reigned during the 16th century. Originally built as fortresses to keep intruders out, the Loire Valley’s grand chateaux now welcome visitors from around the world. We tour a most impressive one today: Chenonceau, the Renaissance masterpiece considered the most romantic chateau of all. Lunch today is at a local restaurant.
Hôtel Anne d’Anjou
(B,L)

DAY 10 - October 17, 2021

Saumur/Mont-St-Michel/Crépon

Mont St. MichelTraveling north this morning, we stop at Mont-St-Michel, Normandy’s famed Gothic abbey that sits atop a 264-foot-high rock formation at the edge of the sea and was constructed between 1017 and 1521 of granite hauled stone by stone from Brittany. After a guided tour and some free time for lunch and to explore on our own, we return to our hotel for time at leisure. Tonight, we dine together at our hotel.
Ferme de la Rançonnière
(B,D)

DAY 11 - October 18, 2021

Crépon/Bayeux/Caen

Miraculously spared wartime bombing, medieval Bayeux is our first stop today. Here we visit the Tapestry Museum, home of the 1,000-year-old Bayeux Tapestry depicting the exploits of William the Conqueror. Later we visit Caen’s Memorial Museum devoted to “history for peace.” Time permitting, we may visit Arromanches late this afternoon.
Ferme de la Rançonnière
(B,D)

DAY 12 - October 19, 2021

D-Day Landing Beaches

Normandy CemetaryA poignant, inspiring day is ahead as we travel to the very places where Allied forces overcame overwhelming odds to alter the course of World War II. We visit Pointe du Hoc, where American Rangers scaled towering cliffs to establish a beachhead; Utah Beach; and Ste-Mère-Eglise, where the 82nd Airborne Division successfully parachuted on June 5, 1944. We end the day at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Colleville. It’s a particularly moving site; row upon endless row of white marble crosses and Stars of David honor the nearly 10,000 American troops who lie here.
Ferme de la Rançonnière
(B,L,D)

DAY 13 - October 20, 2021

Crépon/Giverny/Paris

This morning we visit the village of Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist artist Claude Monet. Here we see the familiar lily pond and wisteria-covered Japanese footbridge of Monet’s paintings, as well as his home, now restored to its original design. Then we travel to Paris, reaching our hotel late afternoon. We are free for dinner on our own in this culinary capital.
Hôtel Château Frontenac
(B)

DAY 14 - October 21, 2021

Paris

View of ParisToday we get acquainted with one of the world’s great cities, seeing the highlights on this morning’s city tour, including a visit to the renowned Louvre Museum (or the Musée d’Orsay of Impressionist artwork when the Louvre is unavailable). This afternoon is free for independent exploration, perhaps to spend additional time at the museum, take a boat ride on the Seine, or to stroll the Champs Elysees. Tonight we gather for a farewell dinner to bid “adieu” to France.
Hôtel Château Frontenac
(B,D)

DAY 15 - October 22, 2021

Depart for U.S.

This morning we depart for the airport and our connecting flights to the U.S.
(B)

Post-Tour Extension

Paris – On Your Own
October 22-24, 2021
3 days/2 nights for $495 total price (Single supplement: $345)

Included in Extension Price: 2 nights’ accommodations at Hôtel Château Frontenac (Superior First Class); 2 meals: 2 breakfasts; Transfer to airport

Accommodations

  • Toulouse – Crowne Plaza Toulous
  • Sarlat-en-Périgord (Dordogne) – Au Grand Hôtel de Sarlat
  • Saumur (Loire Valley) – Hôtel Anne d’Anjou
  • Crépon (Normandy) – Ferme de la Rançonnière
  • Paris – Hôtel Château Frontenac

Meals

25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners

Program Fees

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only

$5,195 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston and New York plus $502 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$5,395 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Washington DC plus $502 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Other Gateway Cities Are Available.

A limited number of single rooms will be available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Airline upgrades (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $1,595 per person

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 refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. The deposit is refundable up until 45 days prior to the trip. Final invoicing will be done approximately 110 days prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior (July 5, 2021) to departure.

Deposits can be made by personal check or credit card. Our tour operator, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., reserves the right to cancel any reservations 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 refundable $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 for other purposes unless you specify otherwise.

Payment Schedule: A refundable deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (July 5, 2021) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 13 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class, First Class, and unrated 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: full refund; 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. 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 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.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols: The well-being of our guests and staff members on tour will continue to be our highest priorities. To maintain a healthy environment for travel, we will be establishing and adhering to a detailed set of health and safety protocols for all facets of your tour. We are committed to following the guidelines of the State Department, CDC, WHO, and authorities of respective countries regarding travel to a particular destination. Detailed protocols for this tour, based on conditions at the time, will be provided approximately 90 days prior to departure.