31-08 30th Avenue Astoria, NY 11102 T: (718) 204-7077; (800) 627-1244 F: (718) 204-4726 E:firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.classicescapes.com Nature & Cultural Journeys for the Discerning Traveler SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM ON A DISCOVERY JOURNEY TO SOUTH AFRICA: THE THREE KINGDOMS MAY 29 TO JUNE 11, 2009 Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. YOUR ITINERARY DAY 1 ~ FRIDAY ~ MAY 29 WASHINGTON, D.C./EN ROUTE Your adventure begins as you board your overnight flight to Johannesburg. (Meals Aloft) DAYS 2/3 ~ SATURDAY/SUNDAY ~ MAY 30/31 JOHANNESBURG/DURBAN/LESOTHO Next afternoon your flight arrives in Johannesburg where you connect to Durban. Upon arrival, you are escorted to your beautifully-renovated Victorian guesthouse. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner, then get some well-deserved rest. Next day finds you deep into the Drakensberg Mountains, and at Sani Pass, the highest in Africa – where you switch to 4x4 vehicles. Take a deep breath of crisp pure air as your eyes take in the spectacular view before ascending into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, the first of the three kingdoms you’ll get to explore on this discovery journey. Visit a traditional homestead of the Basotho people who live mainly in rural areas as goat herders, horse traders or farmers. Bring a hearty appetite to lunch at the highest pub in Africa complete with a roaring fire. On your return, stop at the Falls in the town of Howick (time permitting). A charming blend of tradition, elegance and style awaits in the gracious surroundings of Goble Palms, a beautiful Edwardian lodge set high up on the ridge, overlooking the sea. Relax in an atmosphere of a bygone era with contemporary refinement. Air- conditioned bedrooms, some with own entrances, are luxuriously decorated with comforts to pamper. Sumptuous breakfasts in the elegant dining room or on the patio at the pool. Close to city, beaches and restaurants. Overnights at GOBLE PALMS. (D; B, L, D) www.goblepalms.co.za/index.htm DAY 4 ~ MONDAY ~ JUNE 1 BATTLEFIELDS / ISLANDLWANA Your focus today will be the historical perspective and relevance of the many territorial wars fought for control of South Africa. Situated in KwaZulu-Natal, between the Free State and Mpumalanga borders, lies the area known as Battlefields. Witness to decisive events in the history of three imperious, yet vastly disparate nations, the easily accessible area exudes power and unmistakable presence...some of the most important battles in South African history were fought here: the Zulu versus the Boers, the Zulu versus the British, and the Boers versus the British. As a result this area is rich in historical memorabilia and relics, and the countryside offers a continuing story of struggle, courage, self-sacrifice, tragedy, and endurance. These years of bitter and merciless head on confrontation proved as pivotal to South Africa's geopolitical evolution as the wars that forged modern Europe and established the freedom, identity and boundaries of North America. The route itself boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in Southern Africa and includes such world famous sites as Spioenkop, Tugela Heights, Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift, with such historical legends as Mahatma Ghandi, Winston Churchill, Prince Louis Napolean and Louis Botha all being involved in the Anglo-Boer and Anglo-Zulu battles fought here. It was among the picturesque hills and rock formations of this sweeping landscape that fearless, spear-wielding foot soldiers of the all-conquering Zulu kings first encountered the rampant British Empire's sophisticated fire power, and where each faced the unfamiliar guerilla-warfare tactics of the Boer - descendants of the west European settlers who five generations earlier had claimed divine right to this 'Promised Land.' One of the most terrible battles of this region was fought during the Boer – Zulu War in the early nineteenth century: the Battle of Blood Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. River where the river ran red with the blood of Zulus. Visit the Blood River Monument on the battle site near Wasbank where 57 bronze wagons are arranged in a recreation of the "D shaped" kraal used by the Voortrekkers during this fierce battle. Across the River Ncome, the ENcome Museum celebrates the Zulu side of the confrontation. The museum is in the shape of bull's horns - the formation in which the Zulus traditionally attacked their enemies. During the Anglo – Zulu War in the mid-nineteenth century, the British Army faced one of its worst defeats on the morning of the 22 January 1879: unexpectedly employing diversionary tactics, an estimated 15,000 Zulu warriors surprised and successfully split the British force at Isandlwana, and in a two-hour engagement killed all but 74 of the 1,500 strong invading troops. Later that same day some 4,000 Zulu attacked the Swedish mission station at Rorke's Drift used by the British as a magazine and field hospital. Here, the 'Heroic Hundred' earned 11 Victoria Crosses - the most ever awarded for a single engagement - while holding the impi at bay for 12 hours. When the Zulu finally retreated they left behind 500 dead - to the 17 British fatalities. This afternoon you will visit both battlefields. Along with the lonely memorials to brave soldiers there is greater evidence of survival. All the towns along the route each have their own unique charm and range of attractions; arts and crafts, scenic hiking trails, farm resorts, Zulu culture, cottage industries, roadside stalls and interesting industrial tours. The present day landscape offering solitude and serenity renders it difficult to imagine that these northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal were once such a focal point in the great wars. Tonight your group will be split between Isandlwana Lodge and Fugitive’s Drift: Today the enigmatic mountain of Isandlwana nestles peacefully amongst the majestic beauty of the Zululand hills. However, in January 1879, it was the site of one of the most dramatic and enthralling events in the history of the mighty Zulu Kingdom. It is here that you will find your accommodations. The Lodge is carved into the iNyoni Rock formation on top of which the Zulu commander stood during the battle of Isandlwana on January 22, 1879 and enjoys unparalleled views across the valley from the crisp early light of dawn through the splendor of the African sunset. Apart from the enthralling tales of the famous battles there is plenty to see and do during your stay at Isandlwana Lodge. The inviting pool, built among the rocks, offers you a wonderful haven in which to relax and soak up the warm African sun after a morning of exploring the battlefield. In cooler weather and in the evening, the library will enable you to hone your knowledge of the history of the area. The lodge offers 13 luxury rooms all with en suite facilities and tastefully decorated in a mixture of traditional and modern styles. Overnight at the ISANDLWANA LODGE. (B, L, D) www.isandlwana.co.za Accommodation at Fugitive’s Drift consists of eight spacious luxury en-suite rooms. Each has a private verandah affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River gorge. A feature of the Lodge is the beautiful, shady, well- established garden, which is home to innumerable birds. A swimming pool is situated on a ledge, overlooking the river valley. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. The original farmhouse forms a charming sitting and dining room for the Guest House, which is set away from the Lodge. The Guest House has six large en- suite bedrooms, all with private verandahs. The rooms and swimming pool have sweeping views over the reserve to the surrounding battlefields. Indulge in sundowners around the fire and dine in the splendid atmosphere of a veritable museum of Zulu War memorabilia. Superb food and personal service are central to the fine hospitality offered at Fugitive’s Drift. Overnight at FUGITIVE’S DRIFT GUESTHOUSE. (B, L, D) fugitives-drift- lodge.com/home/ DAYS 5/6 ~ TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY ~ JUNE 2/3 PHINDA RESERVE Next you are off to Phinda Forest Lodge, located between the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush waterways of the World Heritage Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park. Phinda's 42,000 acres span seven unique ecosystems and phenomenally diverse landscapes lie within its borders. The reserve spans rocky hillsides, mountainous regions, verdant wetland "vleis," perennial and seasonal rivers, marshland, pans and distinctive wooded Sand Forest. Phinda is a Zulu word meaning "the return." In one of the biggest reintroductions of wildlife in Africa, Phinda was restocked with lions, rhinos, buffalos, elephants, leopards, giraffes and other big wildlife in an operation dubbed "phinda izilwane," return of the wild animals. Your wildlife drives will afford you sightings of these plus much more of the abundant wildlife here. The plains of Phinda are the roaming grounds of buffalos, white rhinos, elephants, giraffes, impalas, zebras and wildebeest. Predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas wait their turn in the shadows. In pools and lakes, hippos lounge the day away, while along the Mzinene River, elephans and impalas wander past. The forest and vlei zones of Phinda are home to red duikers, nyalas, suni antelopes, bushpigs and red squirrels. Phinda has the largest privately owned population of nyalas in the world. Spotted genet, porcupines and bush babies appear after dark. In the mountain and rocky zones, you may spot mountain reedbucks and chacma baboons. There is also an incredible array of about 400 species of birds that fly through the skies over Phinda including Pied and Pygmy Kingfishers, Goliath Herons, Great White Egrets, the elusive Purple Gallinules, Pygmy Geese, African Fish Eagles and White-faced "Whistling" Ducks. Giant Eagle Owls and Nightjars come alive at night. Forest birds include the striking Purple-crested Louries (Turacos) and the Bluemantled Flycatchers. In the mountains, look out for White-bellied Sunbirds and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds. Wildlife drives are only one aspect of the Phinda experience. During your stay here you will enjoy a unique cultural experience as you visit DumaZulu, meaning "Thundering Zulu" the largest Zulu village of its kind and the only tourist Zulu village opened by King Goodwill Zwelithini. The Village consists of tribal homes built in a circular formation in keeping with African living traditions. It is home to over 50 Zulu people, including a witchdoctor (Sangoma), spear and shield makers, pot makers, bead threaders, basket weavers and a team of energetic dancers who perform spectacular Zulu dance routines to the sound of beating drums and hauntingly beautiful voices. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. Other exciting optional activities include bush walks, white rhinos tracking, horseback riding, canoeing and river boat cruises, deep sea fishing, and beach adventures to the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean, which is located just to the east of Phinda. This area is home to a diversity of marine species which rivals Australia's Great Barrier Reef and is a snorkeling and scuba diving paradise. (Bring your certificate if you wish to dive.) On the reefs of Sodwana, whale sharks, moray eel, leatherback and loggerhead turtles, crabs, starfish and iridescent nudibranchs sway with the rhythm of the tides. Last but not least, one of Phinda's most popular adventures is the "Flight of the Fish Eagle" air safari, which enables you to gaze down on a dazzling array of terrestrial and marine life from a low-altitude. Phinda has four separate lodges. Your home for the next two nights will be at Phinda Forest Lodge, which is situated in the depths of the botanically unique Sand Forest. The bedroom suites were hand-built on small stilts by the Zulu people. Guests experience the sensuous delight of luxurious minimalism offset by the verdant forest scene beyond the chalet's glass walls. Forest Lodge's 16 raised glass-encased chalets have a bedroom, lounge and spacious en- suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower. Outside, wooden decks have been erected around the growing trees. Although surrounded on three sides by glass, the fertile forest floor and towering torchwood trees ensure privacy in each of the chalets. Constructed to minimize impact on the unique Sand Forest, the air-conditioned rooms are raised off the ground to allow smaller animals complete freedom of movement along the forest floor below. The central dining area, lounge and shaded swimming pool of this secluded camp overlook a tranquil, open, grassy vlei (wetland pan). The elevated lookout deck is a prime bird-watching spot and the range of souvenirs in the curio shop is worth exploring. Overnights at PHINDA FOREST LODGE. (B, L, D Daily) www.phinda.com DAYS 7/8 ~ THURSDAY/FRIDAY ~ JUNE 4/5 SWAZILAND Learn about Africa’s only monarchy as you cross the border into Swaziland. The country has truly spectacular mountain scenery and the authentic feel of real Africa. This small country has a population of just over 1,000,000 and is located between South Africa and Mozambique, with lush scenery, fine crafts and a vibrant culture. Learn about local crafts and local medicines as you explore colorful markets. There will be several activities for you to choose from for the balance of your day. You may embark on a wildlife drive through Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, or visit the local crafts market and the Illana candle factory, which manufactures a wide range of candle products or just relax at your lodge and enjoy the facilities. Your accommodation will be at the 5-Star Royal Swazi Sun Hotel & Casino, nestled in the Ezulwini Valley, which serves as the flagship hotel of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The rhythmic pulse centers around the Hotel, yet the nea rby memorable craft shops bring their own special magic to this charming destination. Added to that, the championship 18 -hole Golf Course, the luxurious Health and Beauty Spa, the impressive Convention Center and meeting places and the prevailing rolling valleys and green pastures and you have all the ingredients of one of Africa's finest resorts. The Royal Swazi Sun is an oasis in the Kingdom of Swaziland with its sweeping verandas, large oak trees and wide open Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. spaces. This regal colonial hotel stirs and stimulates the senses with its contrasting qualities. Originally built in 1965, it has a graciousness that is immediately apparent from the winding tree -lined approach to the elegant sweeping staircase in the entrance hall. The Royal Swazi Sun has a total of 149 rooms with color satellite TV, bathroom and shower facilities, hairdryers in the rooms, tea and coffee making facility, 24 -hour room service, and adjustable air-conditioning. Overnight at the ROYAL SWAZI SUN HOTEL & CASINO. (B, L, D Daily) www.suninternational.com/Destinations/Hotels/Hotels/RoyalSwaziSpa/Pages/default.aspx DAY 9 ~ SATURDAY ~ JUNE 6 WHITE RIVER Experience the creativity of the Swazi people this morning, as you visit craft shops and studios alive with handmade glass, candles, batik and weaving. Cross the border back into South Africa arriving at the small town of White River surrounded by an agricultural Mecca of tropical fruit and flower farms. Enjoy the Colonial charm of your country inn that dates back to the 1920’s. Overnight at the JATINGA COUNTRY LODGE. (B) www.jatinga.co.za DAYS 10/11/12 ~ SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY ~ JUNE 7/8/9 BLYDE RIVER CANYON/KRUGER NATIONAL PARK ~ TIMBAVATI RESERVE En route to Kruger National Park today you will stop at Blyde River Canyon where you will have many sightseeing opportunities – Three Rondawels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window and Pinnacle viewpoint, Jock of the Bushveld, numerous Waterfalls and Pilgrim's Rest to name a few. The area is hauntingly beautiful and breathtaking in its vast scale – where the Lowveld savannah sweeps in to meet the Highveld. It has a rich and colorful history with hunters, safari traders, Voortrekkers settlers, prospectors, raiding warrior bands, transport riders and countless characters who wandered there in search of fortune. Staggering beauty encompasses you, no matter which area you visit – spectacular gorges, isolated buttresses, unusual geological features, rolling mountains, deep ravines, flourishing foliage and fairy-tale waterfalls. The only way to experience it is first-hand. Continue to Kruger National Park, one of the world's great national parks. It is home to an unparalleled diversity of wildlife and is maintained by one of the world's most sophisticated management systems. Five rivers cross the park from west to east. There are 300 different types of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 types of amphibians, 116 different reptilian species, 505 species of birds and 147 species of mammals in the park. Your guide will interpret the ecosystems and animal behavior, and help you to identify the strands in the web of life. The park is frequented by browsers and grazers such as giraffes, kudus, impalas, zebras, wildebeests and buffalos. Elephants and white rhinos are also common. Predators include lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and side-striped jackals, as well as wild dogs. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. Your home for the next three nights will be at the Ngala Game Lodge, where a world capturing the romance and elegant traditions of a bygone time, the era of classic safari, awaits you. The lodge is set on the banks of the Mapone riverbed and features antique- filled interiors and a timeless, unhurried atmosphere. Each of the 20 thatched cottages is shaded by mopane trees, providing a gracious retreat. All feature air conditioning, intimate verandah and green slate en- suite bath and shower. During winter nights, the air conditioner becomes a heater, turning the cottages into cozy retreats. Bed heaters add a warm feeling of luxury. A decanter of sherry in the room is also a welcome touch. Antique-filled interiors, priceless rugs and cut-glass crystal furnish this opulent retreat. The antique furniture in the rooms is of a light wood, while the soft décor is cream and beige. The living spaces are tastefully decorated with large African artwork. The main spacious, thatched lounge, bar and dining area offer guests an unashamedly old-world, elegant and luxurious haven in the midst of the African bush. A portion of the thatched lounge forms an open deck area, where afternoon tea and breakfast are served. The shaded swimming pool and sundeck overlook a busy waterhole near the Mopane woodlands. Large herds of elephants are frequently sighted at the waterhole. There is a curio shop and gallery filled with African treasures. Overnights at the NGALA GAME LODGE. (All Meals Daily) www.ngala.co.za DAY 13 ~ WEDNESDAY ~ JUNE 10 MPUMALANGA/JOHANNESBURG/EN ROUTE Savor one last wildlife drive before transferring to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, where you connect with your flight home. (B; Meals Aloft) DAY 14 ~ THURSDAY ~ JUNE 11 WASHINGTON, D.C. Land in Washington, D.C. today, filled with incredible memories of your journey through three kingdoms. OPTIONAL POST-EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN DAY 13 ~ WEDNESDAY ~ JUNE 10 MPUMALANGA/CAPE TOWN Savor one last wildlife drive before transferring to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for your flight to Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City” and provincial capital, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Cape Town is a sophisticated city with plenty to see and do, particularly around the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront area, where delightful buildings of the Cape Dutch and Victorian-era architecture have been restored as shops, restaurants, museums and pubs, while the busy water traffic of the docks goes on unabated. The Aquarium is within easy walking distance from your hotel, and it is well worth a visit. If interested in shopping, the area has a larger shopping plaza and numerous fine shops. Cape Town, which faces north across Table Bay, has thrived from its birth, first as a Dutch settlement in 1652 when Jan van Ribeeck established it as a Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. supply station for ships of the Dutch East India Company, and later, under the British as a port supplying ships with food and fresh water from the perennial mountain streams. Your hotel, the Radisson, is spectacularly situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking its own private marina and the famous Robben Island. This first class international hotel combines high levels of luxury with efficient service and the warmth of true South African hospitality. Relax on the pool terrace with a refreshing drink or take a dip in the sparkling swimming pool. Each of the 182 guestrooms and suites are equipped with expected modern amenities such as direct dial telephones, satellite television, coffee-making facilities, internet access and mini-bar. Overnight at the RADISSON WATERFRONT HOTEL. (B, L) www.radissonsas.com DAY 14 ~ THURSDAY ~ JUNE 11 CAPE TOWN ~ TABLE MOUNTAIN/CAPE POINT After breakfast, get a feel of what Cape Town is all about by taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, the signature of this city, easily one of the most recognizable mountains. This tour is very dependent on the wind factor, as well as the clouds. Many a times a cloud covers this flat-topped mountain, which rises to 3,563 feet above sea level and the locals affectionately say it’s a white tablecloth. Legend has it that a retired pirate, on climbing the mountain met up with the devil. In order to preserve his soul, the pirate challenged the devil in a smoking contest. So they stoked up their pipes and have been smoking ever since. For centuries Table Mountain has been a guiding beacon to mariners rounding the Cape of Southern Africa. Sir Francis Drake described it as "the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.” For nature lovers, the birding is awesome, and the wild flowers include agapanthus, watsonias and red nerines which poke out from rock crevices amid a scrub of ericas and gnarled proteas. More than 1,400 species of flowering plants have been recorded on the mountain which makes it a spectacular sight in the spring. Cute guinea pig-like creatures known as rock dassies, or hyraxes, (genetically, the closest living relatives to elephants) scuttle everywhere. They are not afraid and scamper among the tourists seeking to be fed. Next, board your luxury motorcoach for a coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope, surrounded by spectacular mountains, rugged shorelines, and the blue sea – breathtaking is the only word that comes to mind. See Devil's Peak, Lion's Head, Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles. Along the way, stop at Hout Bay from where you’ll board a ship for a short ride to Duiker Island to view the Cape fur seals, Bank Cormorants, Black-back, Kelp and Hartlaub Gulls. Pass quaint seaside towns as you continue to Cape Point where the stormy waters of the Atlantic meet up with the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. At Cape Point, you can climb the steps or ride a funicular to the top where you can explore a lighthouse, enjoy the views or even indulge in a bit of shopping. Take a close look at the ocean – many a times you may see southern right whales in the spring and early summer as well as dolphins and a variety of seabirds. At the Cape of Good Hope, the incredible scenery makes for an excellent group photo opportunity. You will also have the chance to explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve which is host to approximately half of the 2,700 species of indigenous plants contained in the Cape Peninsula. Look for the distinctive orange found in leucospermums, one of the rarest types of Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. proteas – the mimites, marvel at the helicrysums and pelarganium calcullums, and enjoy the ericas, phenacomas and fine bush which the Dutch called “fynbos.” One can find 250 species of birds in the reserve, ranging from ostriches to minuscule sunbirds. Caracal, chacma baboon, a wide variety of buck and various other mammal species may be seen, including the bontebok which is endemic to this part of the world, and the Cape Mountain zebra. The baboons feed occasionally on marine foods which they garner at low tide. At Olifants Bay, look for oystercatchers, and enjoy some superb birding. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and continue to Boulders Beach where the African (Jackass) Penguins can be seen – also known as the Black-footed Penguins. These are flightless seabirds, found nowhere in the world except off the coast of Southern Africa and the only penguins found on this continent. Enjoy a delightful walk on a specially-built platform onto the little sheltered beach where they nest among the rocks, and "waddle" up and down into and out of the sea. Since the penguins are used to human presence, you can safely get within a few feet of them as you stand on the platform, and it is sometimes possible to view them nesting as they tend to hide themselves behind rocks and bushes. Return to Cape Town in the evening, where you have another chance to discover one of the numerous restaurants that Cape Town has to offer. Overnight at the RADISSON WATERFRONT HOTEL. (B, L) DAY 15 ~ FRIDAY ~ JUNE 12 CAPE TOWN ~ NEW REST/WINELANDS You will visit the informal settlement of New Rest – a colony area of Guguletu. Your African guide, who lives in the township, will accompany you as you visit the crèche and community center. Visit the nursery which was built by the local community with bricks made at the township, and bring some gifts to the young children. See how the local community has reached out to reshape their township, with the advice and input from the tour company and the University of Cape Town. Against all odds, township life prevails and conditions improve, but the transition is slow and hard. It is bleak evidence to the injustices of the past and the enormous challenges to the peoples of the New South Africa in the coming years. Continue to the winelands region situated below the spectacular Boland Mountains only 50 minutes from the city. Discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek on the Western Cape, along a most scenic route. A stop at the historic estate of Boschendal will introduce you to some of the most brilliantly preserved Cape Dutch buildings in the Cape and its collection of priceless period furniture. At Franschhoek, discover lovely antique shops and gardens, nestled in the "Valley of the Huguenots" where the French first settled in 1688. You will also explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historically-preserved town in Southern Africa. Oak-lined streets next to water furrows compliment the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture – all part of this unique Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. "Town of Oaks." All the wine estates you’ll visit in the region offer tastings and cellar tours and you’ll enjoy lunch in one of them. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon where your evening is at leisure. Overnight at the RADISSON WATERFRONT HOTEL. (B, L) DAY 16 ~ SATURDAY ~ JUNE 13 CAPE TOWN ~ KIRSTENBOSCH This morning visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, arguably one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Founded in 1913, Kirstenbosch lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and consists of landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees, watered by the Liesbeek River, as well as a natural forest that extends up to the lower slopes. Kirstenbosch covers an area of 1,383 acres, 148 of which are cultivated; the remainder is a natural flora reserve. It is a living display featuring 9,000 of the estimated 20,000 species of indigenous South African flora, and close to 50% of the peninsula’s floral wealth. In the cultivated area, related plants are grouped together and radiate from the central lawns like the spokes of a wheel. Among the interesting sections here are the Cycad Amphitheatre, which hosts most species of these “living fossils” found in southern Africa; the famed Protea Garden on the higher slopes, with its profuse growth of silver trees (Leucadendron argenteum); the JV Mathews Rock Garden (named after the first curator) containing succulents of the genera Crassula, Aloe, Lampranthus and Euphorbia; the Erica Garden and the Pelargonium Koppie. Two streams cut through Kirstenbosch, both laced with besembos, red alder and hard fern. Of historical interest is an avenue of camphor trees and fig trees planted by Cecil Rhodes in 1898, and a small section of wild almond (Brabejum stellatifolium) hedge planted by Dutch settler Jan van Riebeeck in 1660. Birds of all sorts can be seen here as well – Dusky and Paradise Flycatchers, sunbirds, Klaas's cuckoos, bulbuls, pigeons, brilliant green and red Cape Sugarbirds (which pollinate the flowers), guinea fowls, and the Cape Batis. After lunch at the gardens, the rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight at the RADISSON WATERFRONT HOTEL. (B, L) DAYS 17 ~ SUNDAY ~ JUNE 14 CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG/EN ROUTE Your morning is at leisure to take in the sights or relax before returning to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg where you connect with your flight home. (B; Meals Aloft) DAY 18 ~ MONDAY ~ JUNE 15 WASHINGTON, D.C. Land in Washington, D.C. today, filled with incredible memories of your journey through South Africa. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW South Africa Participants must be able to climb in and out of safari 4x4 vehicles or minibuses, small aircraft and boats/canoes unassisted. They should also be able to tolerate riding on uneven, bumpy dirt roads for long periods of time (6-8 hours maximum), as well as some off-road experiences when opportunities allow. Participants should also be able to stand and/or walk moderate distances at an easy pace for up to a few hours at a time when visiting villages, towns or other sites. Some, if not most, of this walking may be on uneven ground or uphill, often at higher elevations and altitudes that many people are not used to. General True adventure in travel can sometimes be accompanied by unexpected changes in conditions, itineraries and occasionally your accommodations. Participants should travel with a spirit of adventure and flexibility. Remember to pack your patience and sense of humor! Be willing to look past self-imposed ideals of Western amenities and do not compare these new experiences with your life back home. Travel often includes visiting destinations with modest infrastructures and a bending definition of comfort. That being said some locations are nestled in absolute luxury where pampering is the norm. Participants should generally be in good health and prepared to travel in locations without medical facilities. Air Schedules Choosing the best possible air arrangements for our travelers is always a challenge. We work with many airlines that offer the best level of service, routings and value for our programs. While there may indeed be more direct routings available with another airline, the cost of these flights may not be within the budget that allows us to give you the best value possible. If you prefer to purchase your own international air, please feel free to choose the “land only” rate for this program. The start city for this program is Durban and the end city is Johannesburg, South Africa. The post-extension returns from Cape Town. Upon registration, you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with reissuing the ticket. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. INCLUSIONS All local flights within Southern Africa as per itinerary; Johannesburg/Durban, Mpumalanga/Johannesburg on the main tour; Johannesburg/Cape Town and return on the extension. Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar. An escort from Sweet Briar College will accompany the tour with a minimum of 10 travelers on the main tour and 6 on the extension. All meals on while on safari. Other meals as specified in itinerary. All wildlife viewing by private 4X4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides. Complimentary bottled water in vehicles. All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling. Gratuities to driver/guides, specialist-guide and other conveyance attendants. All park entry fees. Complimentary back pack, baggage tags and passport wallet. EXCLUSIONS Roundtrip air transportation from Washington, D.C. to Durban, returning from Johannesburg, via South African Airways (Quoted Separately). Extension returns from Cape Town. U.S. and foreign airport taxes. Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas. No visas are required for South Africa or Swaziland. Excess baggage charges levied by airlines. Meals and beverages, other than specified. Laundry, other than specified, and other items of a personal nature. Personal and baggage insurance. Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above. Optional insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low cost group rates. Please Note That The Itinerary Sequence Is Correct At The Time Of Writing, But Is Subject To Change. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. BRING-A-BOOK FOUNDATION Your safari will include a visit to a local school at New Rest in Cape Town. We encourage you to bring colorful books and magazines, as well as schools supplies such as pens, paper, crayons, soccer balls, etc., which you can present to the children during your visit. Many of these children have never owned a book in their life and the connection you’ll make with them is invaluable. You’ll find that children in the schools are eager to meet with visitors, practice their English, learn about your culture and proudly share their own. You are often welcomed with a local song or dance. After seeing schools first hand, meeting the dedicated teachers working under the most difficult conditions and children hungry for knowledge, many travelers have wanted to help the schools they visited or continue to support a child’s learning opportunities after they return to their homes. Bring-A-Book is an innovative effort adopted by Classic Escapes to expand education opportunities for school children. The Bring-A-Book Foundation is a registered Kenyan Charitable Trust that was created as a way to facilitate travelers’ wishes to help the schools and is used to get books into the hands of children as quickly and economically as possible. With compassionate ground operators such as Rangers Safaris, Wilderness Safaris and CCAfrica, Classic Escapes has expanded the reach of BAB to Tanzania, South Africa and Zambia, and other areas in the world our travelers visit. Information will be given to you with your final documents, but if you wish to help further, feel free to call Classic Escapes at 800-627-1244 for details. CLASSIC ESCAPES CONSERVATION FUND In keeping with our mission to provide exciting, educational, and fun-filled experiences that nurture and directly support the diverse wildlife and cultures we visit around the world, Classic Escapes has established the Classic Escapes Conservation Fund to ensure that a percentage of all profits go to support conservation and wildlife researchers performing their critical work in the field. Project support has included environmental education efforts in India and Bhutan, wild dog and cheetah conservation in Botswana, Kenya and Namibia, and global Earth Day education via school internet programs. By traveling with Classic Escapes, you are supporting travel as a tool for building the mutual respect, awareness and understanding that are vital to preserving this planet for future generations. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. YOUR JOURNEY AT A GLANCE INCLUDING: JOHANNESBURG, DURBAN, LESOTHO, BATTLEFIELDS, PHINDA RESERVE, SWAZILAND, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AND TIMBAVATI RESERVE SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION ESCORTED BY: AN ENRICHMENT LECTURER FROM SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE DATES: MAIN PROGRAM - MAY 29 TO JUNE 11, 2009 POST-EXTENSION – JUNE 10 TO 15, 2009 LAND COSTS: PER PERSON, BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY MAIN PROGRAM POST-EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN LAND ONLY $6,995 $2,295 INTERNATIONAL AIR FROM $1,500 N/A WASHINGTON, D.C. PLUS DEPARTURE TAXES WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE $350 N/A SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT* $2,295 $795 *NOTE: SINGLE SUPPLEMENT IS VALID FOR FIRST TWO SINGLE ROOMS BOOKED. IF MORE THAN TWO SINGLE ROOMS, ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENT WILL APPLY. SINGLES ARE ASSIGNED ON A FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE BASIS. *IMPORTANT NOTE: THE ABOVE RATES FOR 2009 ARE BASED ON 2008 RATES AND ARE ESTIMATED. 2009 RATES ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. RATES WILL BE RE-EVALUATED 9 MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE AND ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL: HOW TO BOOK: Fill out the reservation form below and send it to Sweet Briar College, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595, together with a deposit of $750 per person, plus $250 for the extension. On receipt of your signed reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your place on your tour. When we send off your confirmation invoice, your booking is confirmed and accepted by us. Final payment is due not later than 95 days prior to departure (February 23, 2009). Final documents will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure. AIR TRANSPORTATION: Is roundtrip economy-class jet transportation is from WASHINGTON D.C. via SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS and/or other IATAN carriers (quoted separately). Rates based on special promotional fares and cancellation fees apply once tickets are issued. Departures from other cities in the USA are possible at additional cost. Kindly inquire at the time of reservation. DEPARTURE TAXES: Please note the amount of departure tax reflected on the Reservation Form is subject to change, at the discretion of governments and airlines, and with no advance notice. Should this occur, you will be invoiced prior to departure for any additional taxes imposed. AIRLINE SEATING: For South African Airways, we request seats together for the group. All planes are non-smoking. We can request a seating preference on your behalf, however this is only a request and not guaranteed. Requests should be made in writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure. Boarding passes will only be issued at the airport on the day of departure. You may inquire during check-in to have a seating change made, however this change is based on availability and is at the sole discretion of airport staff. FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE: At time of publication, South African Airways is partners with Air Tanzania, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, BMI British Midland, El Al, Emirates, Lot Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, South African Airlink, South African Express Airways, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, SriLankan Airlines, Swiss Air, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, United Airlines, US Airways, Varig and Virgin Atlantic. Present your frequent flyer card for all flight check-ins and keep the boarding passes until you receive a statement with the mileage credit. BAGGAGE: International flights from the U.S. allow two pieces of checked luggage, each not exceeding 50 lbs. However we recommend you travel as light as you can manage. The baggage limit on domestic flights is one piece at 44 lbs. per person (plus a carry-on bag.) Also, the size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft duffel bags are ideal. Large suitcases are virtually impossible to stow on smaller aircraft and vehicles and therefore should not be used. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN A TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY. MATERIALS WILL BE SENT TO YOU BY SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE. ACCOMMODATIONS: You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour. All rooms have private facilities, and all rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but king-size beds are occasionally available and should be requested in advance. Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions can change for similar lodging. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Rate quoted is valid for first two single rooms booked. If more than two single rooms, additional supplement will apply. Singles are assigned on a first come/first serve basis. Single accommodations are not guaranteed, but will be provided at additional cost if available (see reservation form for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better accommodations. On occasion, in smaller hotels, you may be required to share with other members of your tour group if single rooms/cabins are not available upon check-in. If this is the situation, appropriate per diem refunds are made to passengers in the event they paid for a single room but had to share during any portion of their trip. For passengers who are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate. However, if this is not possible, you will be required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA. MEALS: All meals daily at camps. Other meals as indicated. WILDLIFE VIEWING: All wildlife viewing by private 4x4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides. TRANSFERS: Roundtrip transfers of passengers between airports and hotels are included in the tour. TIPS AND TAXES: Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, lodges and tented camps, and entrance fees to all reserves as outlined in the itinerary are included. Tips to driver/guides are included. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are not included and will be billed prior to your departure. INOCULATIONS: We would suggest you contact your personal physician or local health department for their recommendations as to inoculations. At the time of printing, no vaccinations are required for entry into South Africa or Swaziland. However, it is also a sensible precaution for visitors to take one of the preventive pills that are in common use against malaria. Water is NOT safe to drink throughout and it is always advisable to drink bottled water which will be provided for you free of charge in the vehicles. Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. RATES: All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of January 11, 2008, and are subject to change. Rates are based on a minimum of 10 passengers traveling together. The right is reserved to levy a surcharge if minimum is not met, but that is rarely done. The minimum on the extension is 6 passengers. We will do our utmost to keep to the prices as published. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc., we reserve the right to surcharge, up to a maximum of 10% of the tour fare. ESCORT: Group will be accompanied by a Sweet Briar College enrichment lecturer with a minimum of 10 passengers on the main program and 6 on the extension. TRIP INFORMATION: Upon receipt of your application, instructions will be sent to you concerning all aspects of your trip, such as itinerary, photographic equipment, documents, clothing, etc. INVOICING: Final invoicing of your trip will be done approximately four months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure (February 23, 2009). FINAL DOCUMENTS: Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure. We regret to advise that no documents can be released if final payments are not received. PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $750 per person must be submitted with each application, plus an additional deposit of $250 per person if you wish to take the extension. Deposits may be paid by check or charged to American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY and is due no later than 95 days prior to departure (February 23, 2009). CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this safari: Up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250 handling fee, plus $250 non-refundable deposits given to overseas suppliers. 94-60 days prior to departure, deposit is forfeited. 59-45 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost on both the main trip and the extension. Less than 45 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers. These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY. INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON RECEIPT OF RESERVATION FORM. DEVIATIONS: Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in Africa, we will happy to make all the arrangements. However, there will be an extra charge of $150 per person for such deviations, over and above the cost of the services required. CHANGE FEES: Once you reserve your tour, changes are possibly subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you. LATE BOOKING FEE: Classic Escapes reserves the right to impose a late booking fee to offset additional administrative costs for any reservations received 60 days (or closer) to the program’s departure date. This fee is $250 per person, over and above any costs incurred by airlines and suppliers. NOT INCLUDED: Cost of passport and visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; meals other than specified; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; laundry and other items of a personal nature; optional personal, baggage and tour cancellation insurance policy; U.S. and foreign airport taxes; cost for anything not specifically included in listing above. WILD ANIMALS: Please be aware that this safari may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither the company, nor their employees, nor agents can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that not all camps are fenced. PASSPORT & VISAS: The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The company, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas. Visa information will be forwarded upon receipt of reservation. RESPONSIBILITY: Neither Classic Escapes (the Company) nor Sweet Briar College, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the a foregoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any safari or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any safari being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the a foregoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change. the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her. PHOTOGRAPHY: The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the safari by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used. CHANGES TO SCHEDULES: Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on safaris as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in wildlife areas, by migrations from one region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc. REFUNDS: While the company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due. AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers. DELAYS: We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule. If one of our guides is unable to take a safari due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide. This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the safari takes place. Classic Escapes act merely as an agent for the operating companies. To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing. CONSENT: The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a safari constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this safari, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company. INSURANCE: It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip to Africa. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: cancellation or curtailment of the safari, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, and repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependants or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities. Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance cover. Reservation Form :( Please Print) SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 09AFL0529/SWEETBRIAR Enclosed is my deposit for $ ______________ ($750 Per Person for the main trip and $250 for the extension) to hold __________ place(s) on the Discovery Journey to South Africa with Sweet Briar College, departing May 29, 2009. Cost is $6,995.00 per person, double occupancy, land only. Air from Washington, D.C. is $1,500 additional per person, plus $350 taxes (subject to change). Final payment due date is February 23, 2009. Please make check payable to CLASSIC ESCAPES and mail to Sweet Briar College, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 OR Charge deposit to: ________ MasterCard ________ Visa ________ American Express ________ Discover (Credit Card Authorization form needs to be completed and returned to Sweet Briar via mail or fax to 434-381-6132) All final payments are required to be made by check or money order only. 1) NAME (As appears on passport): Mr/Mrs/Ms__________________________________________________ CLASS/YEAR____________________________ 2) NAME (As appears on passport): Mr/Mrs/Ms ________________________________________________CLASS/YEAR____________________________ NAME FOR NAME BADGE IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE: 1) ______________________________________2) ____________________________________ STREET ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____ CITY: _____________________________________________________________________________ STATE: _________________ZIP:_____________________ PHONES: HOME: ( ) __________________________ OFFICE: ( ) _________________________ FAX: ( )______ ________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______ I certify that I have not recently been treated for, nor am I aware of any physical or other condition or liability that would create a hazard to myself or the other members of this tour. ______ The two of us above are sharing a room and, where possible, would like a room with: ONE TWO Beds (Make one selection only) ______ I am sharing with __________________________________________________________________________________ (form s ent separately). ______ I need assistance in securing a roommate. I understand if Sweet Briar or Classic Escapes cannot locate one for me by final payment date, I agree to pay the additional single supplement amount of $2,295.00. I prefer to share with: _______ Smoker _______ Non-smoker ______ I desire single accommodations, if available, and will pay the single supplement additional cost of: $2,295.00 for the main trip $795.00 for extension _____ Please make my/our round trip air reservations on the group flights from Washington, D.C. via South African Airways. ______ Please make domestic round-trip air reservations for me from my home city: __________________________________ to connect with the group flights and let me know the additional cost. Please send me information on air upgrades for: ______ Business/First Class (only one class – business/first – exists) Airline Seating Preference _______ Aisle _______ Window Frequent Flier # __________________________________ **We can request a seating preference on your behalf, however this is only a request and NOT guaranteed, as some seating assignments may be airport check-in only. Requests should be made in writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure. Also note that even if we do obtain your preferred seat, it is not guaranteed that the seat will be provided during check-in as there might be equipment changes that nullify our selection. ______ I/We will make own air arrangements and will provide you with an itinerary before trip departure. ______ I/We wish to participate in the optional extension to Cape Town at a cost of $2,295 per person All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of January 11, 2008, and are subject to change. Refund of deposit is made if cancellation is received in writing up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250 per person handling fee, non-refundable deposits given to overseas suppliers. Thereafter, refund is made less any cancellation charges levied in accordance with the policy outlined in the accompanying Conditions of Travel. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN TRAVEL INSURANCE. RESERVATIONS ARE ACCEPTED SUBJECT TO TOUR CONDITIONS AND WILL BE CONFIRMED ONLY IF ACCOMPANIED BY COMPLETED FORM SIGNED BY THE TOUR PARTICIPANT(S). SIGNATURE(S): __________________________________________________________________________________ DATE: ___________________________ SIGNATURE(S): __________________________________________________________________________________ DATE: _____________________ ______ Sweet Briar College Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 Melissa Coffey ’98 Tour Coordinator Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association Box E Sweet Briar, VA 24595 434-381-6243 or 800-381-6131 or Mcoffey@sbc.edu (We recommend that you keep a copy of your selections as noted above for your future reference) 31-08 30th Avenue Astoria, NY 11102 T: (718) 204-7077; (800) 627-1244 F: (718) 204-4726 E:email@example.com CREDIT CARD PAYMENT AUTHORIZATION Please Note: If you wish to charge your deposit to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover, this authorization form MUST be completed and returned to us along with your reservation form before we can process your application. I authorize (Classic Escapes Inc.) or (Sweet Briar College) to charge my VISA/MASTERCARD/DISCOVER/AMEX listed below: Name appearing on credit card Card number Expiration date Card Verification Number* Card Type Billing address of credit card Amount of transaction Services rendered/Items purchased Phone number Signature Date *How To Locate Your Card Verification Number: (Visa, MasterCard, Discover: Locate the credit card number on the back of the card above the signature box. Enter the 3 digit number which follows the credit card number. American Express: Enter the 4 digit number found directly above and to the right of the credit card number.) I understand that all rates quoted on this tour I’m making a payment on are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of January 11, 2008, and are subject to change. Refund of deposit is made if cancellation is received in writing up to 95 days prior to departure less $250 per person handling fee, plus $250 non-refundable deposit given to overseas suppliers. Thereafter, refund is made less any cancellation charges levied, based on the following schedule: Up to 90 days prior to departure, less $250 handling fee, plus $250 non-refundable deposits given to overseas suppliers. 89-60 days prior to departure, deposit is forfeited. 59-45 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost on both the main trip and either extension. Less than 45 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers. These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines. PLEASE NOTE: At times, our bank requires photocopy of credit card (both sides) and driver’s license or document showing signature of cardholder, in order to process the charge. While it is not required at this time that you include these materials with your deposit, if our bank requests it, we will contact you for these copies.