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JULY 11 TO JULY 20, 2022

John Casteen
, UVA President Emeritus and Professor of English

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
  • Tremendous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and value
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the small, Five-Star expedition ship Le Champlain, just launched in 2018, accessing ports unavailable to larger vessels.
  • Only 92 Suites and Staterooms—many with private balcony! (184 passengers max)
  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater observation lounge
  • 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 the ship
  • Wonders of Norway Pre-Cruise and Splendors of Stockholm Post-Cruise Options
  • Everyone on this trip will be required to be vaccinated against Covid 19


Headshot of 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.

Trip Itinerary
Day 1 - Monday, July 11, 2022
Depart the U.S.
Day 2 - Tuesday, July 12
Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in Copenhagen and embark the Five-Star LE CHAMPLAIN.

Le Champlain

Day 3 - Wednesday, July 13
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.City square in Gdansk, Poland

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, onboard the ship this evening, where he will present his perspective on Solidarity, globalization, and progress in the region.

Le Champlain

Day 4 - Thursday, July 14
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 Champlain

Day 5 - Friday, July 15
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, EstoniaTallinn’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 Champlain

Day 6 - Saturday, July 16
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 Champlain

Day 7 - Sunday, July 17
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.St. Petersburg Hermitage 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 Champlain

Day 8 - Monday, July 18
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.

Onboard this ship this evening, meet Pavel Palazhchenko, a 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 Champlain

Day 9 - Tuesday, July 19
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 Champlain

Day 10 - Wednesday, July 20
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 ~ Pre-Cruise Option

Bergen — Fjords – Oslo – Copenhagen
by Flåm Mountain Railway and Coastal Ferry
$2,795 per person based on double occupancy
$3,445 based on single occupancy

DAY 1 – Wednesday, July 6
Depart U.S. on overnight flight.

DAY 2 – Thursday, July 7
Arrive Bergen, Norway
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

DAY 3 – Friday, July 8
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

DAY 4 – Saturday, July 9
Hotel Stalheim

DAY 5 – Sunday, July 10
Stalhaim/Flåm Railway/Fjords cruise
Grand Hotel Oslo

DAY 6 – Monday, July 11
Overnight on Seaways ferry

DAY 7 – Tuesday, July 12
Embark Le Champlain
(B, Dinner included on ship with main program)

Splendors of Stockholm ~ Post-Cruise Option

A Royal Seaport and Capital City 
$795 per person based on double occupancy.
$995 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 – July 20
Arrive Stockholm
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

DAY 2 – July 21
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

DAY 3 – July 22
Depart Stockholm for flights back to the U.S.

Trip Details


Luxury Small Ship, Innovative Design
LE CHAMPLAIN ushers in a new generation of Five-Star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

Elegant Suites and Staterooms,Le Champlain 100% with Private Balconies
Each of the 92 Five Star Staterooms and Suites (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control, private bathroom with a shower and luxury hotel-style amenities.

Chic and Casual Dining
Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24 hour room service. Daily meals include continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and four course dinner.

Life on Board
Experience the Blue Eye, the world’s first underwater, multisensory Observation Lounge. Enjoy sweeping views from the upper lounges—which open to the outdoors—and lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. Relax in the spa, sauna or infinity-style swimming pool. The ship has a beauty salon, a fitness room and three elevators. Complimentary Wi‑Fi access is available (conditions permitting).

Program Fees

Land/cruise rates, per person, based on double occupancy:
All rates are approximate, based on 2020 pricing
2022 pricing to be confirmed

$6,611 – Category 8 – Picture window, single door onto private, partial-wall balcony. Deck 3, forward.
(limited availability)
$7,211 – Category 7, Picture window, single door onto private, partial-wall balcony. Deck 3, midship.
$7,611 – Category 6, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 4, forward
$8,111 – Category 5,  Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 4, midship.
$8,611 – Category 4, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Decks 5 and 6, aft. (limited availability)
$9,211 – Category 3, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 5, forward. (limited availability)
$9,611 – Category 2, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 5, midship.
$10,211 – Category 1, Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony. Deck 6, midship.
$11,611 – Deluxe Suites, Suite with expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony, sitting area with sofa. Decks 3, 4, 5 and 6. (limited availability)
$12,611 – 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)
$13,311 – Privilege Suites – Large Suite with expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony,
sitting area with sofa. Decks 5 and 6. (limited availability)
$14,511– 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)
$15,411 – 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: Single supplements apply across all categories at 160% of the per person double price.




  • All Taxes and gratuities to ship staff, as well as gratuities for drivers and guides for included excursions
  • Eight-night cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark to Stockholm, Sweden
  • Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, 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
  • 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
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom and on excursions
  • 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
  • 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
  • COVID-19 related expenses and associated fees
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included
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 with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A fully refundable deposit of $800 per person is required to reserve your spot on the main tour (NEW deposits only). If you would like to add the pre- or post-tour, no additional deposit is required. Any new deposit is fully refundable, for any reason, up until 96 days prior to departure. Final invoicing will be done approximately 4 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits and final payments can be made via Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover; by check made out to Gohagan & Company; or by ACH or wire transfer. 

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

Cavalier Travels reserves the right to use photos that might include you in marketing materials and other purposes unless you specify otherwise.

Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement

Responsibility: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the University of Virginia, 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 program 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, failure to act, financial failure or other defaults of any such person, entity, supplier or any other third party.

In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, financial or other 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 or orders of government, denial or delay of entry into any country, 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.  Further, I release Gohagan from its own negligence and assume all risk thereof.

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 program participant, or remove from a program, 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 program participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the program 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 program 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 or postpone a program (or an option) for any reason whatsoever.  If so, for cancellations based upon acts of God or force majeure, acts or orders of government, epidemics or the threat thereof, terrorism or the threat thereof, strikes or labor disturbances, demonstrations, riots or civil unrest, criminal activity, supplier default or insolvency, or other similar circumstances, its sole obligation is to issue credits in the full amount of moneys paid to Gohagan to the extent its suppliers are crediting Gohagan with those moneys paid by Gohagan to them.  Under no circumstances is Gohagan obligated to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. Gohagan is not required to cancel any program for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for fees assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the program. 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; COVID-19 related expenses and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access or any other expenses unless specifically otherwise described; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; 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. Participants 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. Participants requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.

Cancellations: Cancellations for all or any part of the program including pre/post program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. 

New Bookings for all 2022 Programs: 

All cancellation fees will be waived from the time of booking through 96 days prior to departure for main program and pre- and/or post-program option bookings. Final payment is due at least 95 days prior to departure.

Thereafter, cancellation fees apply as follows:

PRIOR TO DEPARTURE                              FEE
96 days or more prior                                Full refund
95-61 days prior*                                       50% of program price
60-45 days prior*                                       75% of program price
44-0 days prior                                           100% of program price

*All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Gohagan & Company. In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

Travel 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. An application will be sent to you 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 program 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 program 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 program, or the program 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.  Any arbitration commenced against Gohagan must be on behalf of only the signatory to this Agreement and his or her immediate family members who travelled with signatory, such as a spouse or child.  Under no circumstances can participant be part of a class or other joint action.

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 for this trip or for any trip to which I may transfer.



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