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CALVIN COLLEGE SWEDEN STUDY TOUR
May 27 – June 10, 2000
27, Saturday Departure
The day of our departure has arrived! In the early afternoon we will check in with Northwest Airlines for the short hop to Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport. Here, we will connect with the Northwest nonstop flight to Amsterdam and then on to Copenhagen.
28, Sunday Copenhagen, Malmö, Lund
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An early morning arrival is scheduled at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. We’ll have just under an hour to make the connection with the KLM plane to Copenhagen. Upon arrival in Copenhagen, proceed via passport control into the baggage claim area. While waiting for our luggage to arrive, be sure to pick up a baggage cart. After everyone has claimed their luggage, proceed via customs into the International Arrival Hall where the Witte Travel driver/tour manager will be waiting to welcome us. Then it’s on to the motorcoach. Before long, we’ll be en route to Dragor where we will board a ferry for the crossing of the Øresund to Malmö, Sweden. After border formalities, travel to Lund, one of the oldest towns in Europe, founded in 1020 by the legendary King Knud, monarch of Scandinavia and Britain. In 1103 Lund became the religious capital of Scandinavia and at one time had 27 churches and eight monasteries. King Christian III of Denmark ordered most of them razed to use their stones for the construction of the Malmöhus Castle in Malmö. Lund lost its importance until 1666, when its university was established. It is now one of Sweden’s two chief university towns and one of the nicest of Swedish towns, having managed to preserve its historic character. Lunch is followed by a familiarization tour, which will include a visit to the Romanesque Cathedral, consecrated in 1145. Its main attraction is an astrological clock that features an amazing pageant of knights jousting on horseback, trumpets blowing in medieval fanfare, and the Magi walking in procession past Virgin and Child as the organ plays In Dulci Jubilo. This takes place at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. We’ll also visit Kulturen, which is both an outdoor and indoor museum, featuring 20 old cottages, farms and manor houses from southern Sweden, plus an excellent collection of ceramics, textiles, weapons and furniture. After this visit, it’s on to the hotel for check in and room assignment. We’ll have some free time to rest up before our evening dinner. A docent lecture is planned after our evening meal.
29, Monday Roshult, Kosta, Växjö
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After a hearty Swedish breakfast, travel to Bosjökloster, an 11th-century white painted Gothic castle with lovely grounds on Ringsjö, the second largest lake in southern Skåne. The castle’s original owner donated the estate to the church, which turned it over to the Benedictine order of nuns. They founded a convent school for daughters of Scandinavian nobility and built the convent church with its tower made of sandstone. Next, continue to Roshult, the childhood home of Carl von Linnae. After this visit, it’s on to Växjö where arrival is planned in time for our independent lunch. This afternoon we’ll visit the Emigrants’ House, located in the town center, where we will learn about the migration of close to a million Swedes—one quarter of the population—to the New World. The museum exhibit provides a vivid sense of the rigorous journey, and an archive room and research center allows American visitors to trace their ancestry. After this visit, it’s on to Kosta for a visit to the Kosta Glassworks, founded in 1742. This glassworks is the largest of the Kosta Boda Glassworks and offers a wide range of crystal glass, stemware and ornamental glass. Here we can watch the glass taking shape in the skilled hands of the Kosta glassblowers, a truly fascinating spectacle. Afterwards, return to Växjö for dinner and overnight accommodations. Time permitting, we will also want to visit the 12th-century church built by an English missionary and now the town’s patron saint – St. Sigfrid. Restorations were carried out in 1969 and it now features some modern stained-glass windows by well-known Swedish designers.
30, Tuesday Rogberg, Jönköping, Varnhem, Lundsbrunn
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After breakfast, we’re off to visit Rogberg, located just east of Jönköping. We’ve come here to visit a sculpture park containing dozens of wooden sculptures. One is a life-sized pirate ship. After this visit, travel on to Jönköping, a picturesque town located on the southern shore of Lake Vättern. We’ll have no trouble finding just the right place for our independent lunch. This afternoon, we continue our drive into Skaraborgs Lan. Via Falköping, travel to Varnhem where we will see the Varnhem Monastery. Our final visits will be to the small towns of Skara and Husaby. Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at the Lundsbrunn Conference Center in the small town of Lundsbrunn.
31, Wednesday Gullspang, Rottneros, Sunne, Mårbacka, Mora
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This morning’s drive takes us along the shore of the Vättern, Sweden’s second largest lake, nearly 80 miles from north to south and 19 miles across at its widest point. Its waters are so clear that in some parts the bottom is visible at a depth of 50 feet. Near Gullspang we will visit the Söder Röda Gamla Kyrkan, one of the oldest churches in Sweden and one of four that has authentic medieval wall paintings. Next continue via Karlstad to Rottneros Herrgårds Park, the Ekeby of Lagerlöf’s Gösta Berlings Saga. The house is privately owned, but its park can be visited and features a fine collection of Scandinavian sculpture, including works by Carl Milles, Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland, and Wäinö Aaltonen of Finland. After this visit, travel to nearby Sunne for a lunch break. This afternoon we’ll visit Mårbacka, the estate where Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf was born in 1858. It is preserved as it was when she died in 1940. Our last drive of the day will take us via Torsby and Malung to Mora, where arrival is planned around 7:30 p.m. Hotel check-in is followed by a late dinner.
01, Thursday Nusnäs, Tällberg, Rättvik
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After breakfast, visit the home of Anders Zorn, Sweden’s leading Impressionist painter, who lived in Stockholm and Paris before returning to Mora. Here he painted the local scenes for which he is now famous. After a visit to the private residence, visit the Zorn Museum, which contains many of his best works. South of the town we find Zorns Gammalgård, a fine collection of old wooden houses from local farms, brought here and donated to the town by the artist. Next, visit Nusnäs, the lakeside village where the small, brightly red-painted wooden Dala horses are made. We’re sure you’ll want to buy one of these well-known souvenirs. Later this afternoon, we travel to Tällberg to see an example of an old Dalarna farm property located high on the hill. Then it’s on to Rättvik, our home for the night. This pleasant town of timbered houses on the eastern tip of Lake Siljan is the center for local folklore, and several shops sell handmade articles and produce from the surrounding region. Time permitting, we’ll want to visit the 14th-century Rättvik Kyrka, which stands on a promontory stretching into the lake. Its interior contains some fine examples of local religious artwork. Depending upon the concert schedule, we might be able to attend an optional outdoor concert in Dalhalla, a quarry located just outside Rättvik. More information about this will follow.
02, Friday Sundborn, Falun, Uppsala
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This morning’s drive takes us to the small village of Sundborn where we will visit the lakeside home of the Swedish artist, Carl Larsson. Next, continue to Falun, the traditional capital of Dalarna. Falun’s history has always been very much bound to its copper mine. This mine has been worked since 1230 by Stora, which claims to be the oldest limited company in the world. Today the major part of the mine is an enormous hole in the ground that has become Falun’s principal tourist attraction. After time for independent lunch, we’re off to Uppsala, Sweden’s principal university town. It is a historic site where pagan (and extremely gory) Viking ceremonies persisted into the 11th century. Uppsala University, one of the oldest and most highly respected institutions in Europe, was established here in 1477. As late as the 16th century, nationwide tings, early parliaments, were convened here. Today it is a quiet home for about 170,000 people, built along the banks of the Fyris River, a pleasant jumble of old buildings dominated by its cathedral, which dates from the early 13th century. During our sightseeing we will visit Gamla Uppsala, located just three miles north of the town. Here under three huge mounds lie the graves of the first Swedish kings of the 6th-century Ynglinga Dynasty. Back in Uppsala, we’ll visit the Linnéträdgården, a botanical garden that was established by Uppsala’s most famous son, Carl von Linné, a professor of botany at the university during the 1740’s. Time permitting, we’ll also want to visit the Uppsala University Library to see one of its most interesting exhibits—the Codex Argentus, a silver bible written in the 6th century. Then proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodations.
03, Saturday Sigtuna, Stockholm
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After finishing up our sightseeing in Uppsala, travel to Sigtuna, an extremely picturesque and restful little town of 5,000. Sigtuna was the principal trading post of the Svea, the tribe that settled Sweden after the last Ice Age. After it was sacked by Estonian pirates, its merchants founded Stockholm during the 13th century. Little remains of Sigtuna’s former glory, beyond parts of the principal church. Next, it’s on to Stockholm, the Swedish capital and our home for the last seven nights of our trip. An afternoon familiarization tour of Stockholm will include some of the highlights of Norrmalm, Riddarholmen and Gamla Stan. It is in Gamla Stan (the Old Town) that we will see the Royal Palace, the Storkyrkan, the Stock Exchange and the Tyska Kyrkan (the German Church). After our panoramic familiarization tour, transfer to our centrally located hotel for check in and room assignment. During tonight’s dinners we will want to say farewell to our Dutch driver/tour manager. He will be returning to the Netherlands on Sunday.
04, Sunday thru
09, Friday Stockholm
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We will have six days to explore Stockholm, one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Nearly 1.6 million people now live in the greater Stockholm area, yet it remains a quiet, almost pastoral city. Built on 14 small islands among open bays and narrow channels, Stockholm is a handsome, civilized city, filled with parks, squares, and airy boulevards, yet it is also a bustling, modern metropolis. Glass and steel skyscrapers abound, but you are never more than five minutes walk from twisting medieval streets and waterside walks. For three out of the six days we will have use of "The Stockholm Card," which gives free admission to around 70 different museums and sights, free trips on the underground, local buses and commuter trains, free boat sightseeing on certain one-hour tours and discounts on a number of different attractions. To maximize the use of The Stockholm Card, Professors’ Sterk and Freeberg will carefully schedule sightseeing activities. Visits will certainly include such attractions as the National Museum, with its fine collection of Old Masters; the Modern Museum featuring contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Dali, and Modigliani; the Strindbergsmuseet dedicated to Sweden’s most important author and dramatist – August Strindberg; the Vasa Museet, where we can see the Vasa, a warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was raised from its seabed in 1961; Skansen – the world’s first open-air museum where one will find farmhouses, windmills, barns, a working glassblower’s hut, and churches, brought from all parts of the country; the 16th-century Gripsholm Slott (castle) in nearby Mariefred, which contains fine Renaissance chambers, a superb theatre dating from the late 1700’s and Sweden’s royal portrait collection; Drottningholms Slott, a miniature Versailles dating from the 17th century on an island in Mälaren some 45 minutes from the city center; and we will be sure to see the Stadshuset, Stockholm’s City Hall, which ranks among the most impressive pieces of modern architecture in Europe. Optional attendance at evening concert performances will also be available.
10, Saturday Return
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After breakfast, we transfer to the Stockholm Airport to check in with KLM for the flight to Amsterdam and on to Detroit. Upon arrival in Detroit, we’ll clear passport control and customs and then we’ll continue with Northwest Airlines to Grand Rapids. We hope your Swedish Study Tour has been an enjoyable experience.
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
THE COST OF YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
Air transportation from Grand Rapids via Detroit and Amsterdam to Copenhagen and returning from Stockholm via Amsterdam and Detroit to Grand Rapids with Northwest Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines or any other air carrier. Air transportation is based on a nonrefundable/nonchangeable fare that has length-of-stay restrictions. Tickets are issued 45 days prior to departure. If an opportunity arises to issue tickets earlier to avoid an airfare increase or to take advantage of a special airfare reduction, passengers will be notified. Passengers who cancel their reservations after tickets are issued will forfeit the total airfare. This airfare penalty is in addition to the penalties as noted under "Cancellations and Refunds." If cancellation results from the documented hospitalization or death of the passenger or an immediate family member, the airfare penalty will be waived.
Land transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach from arrival in Copenhagen on May 28 until drop-off in Stockholm on June 3, and for the transfer from the hotel to the Stockholm airport on June 10.
Accommodations in tourist, superior tourist, and moderate first-class hotels on the basis of two persons sharing a room with private facilities. The supplement for anyone requiring single accommodations is $325.
Single Travelers: If you are registering alone but prefer to share with another, we will use our best efforts to work out congenial rooming arrangements. If a single room must be assigned to you due to the unavailability of a roommate or due to your roommate's canceling or incompatibility or for any other reason—even if it is at the last moment or while on tour—we must of necessity charge you the single supplement or prorate thereof since the hotels make no allowances. Single rooms in European hotels are often much smaller than double rooms and may be located on a different floor.
Buffet breakfast with coffee or tea daily and seven (7) dinners. Dinners do not include beverages. Dinner is independent on June 4 through June 9.
Meal Allowance: Each tour participant will receive $250 meal allowance to be applied toward the cost of the six independent dinners and the 13 independent lunches.
A contingency fee of $171 has been included in the tour cost. Professors Freeberg and Sterk will control the distribution of these funds.
A multi-lingual tour manager/driver will accompany the group from arrival in Copenhagen on May 28 until the drop-off in Stockholm on the late afternoon of June 3. Professors Freeberg and Sterk will coordinate the sightseeing activities in Stockholm from June 4 through June 9. Local guides as needed will assist the tour manager/driver.
Sightseeing and admission fees in accordance with the itinerary.
Tipping and taxes for all services included in the tour cost. Tipping to the tour manager/driver and local guides is also included, as are all hotel, local government and airport taxes.
European Insurance Coverage. Each tour participant is covered during the organized land portion of the tour for medical expenses arising out of illnesses or accidents occurring on tour and requiring hospitalization. The assistance of SOS International is also included where needed. SOS International supplies ill and injured travelers with a variety of services, such as early returns to the U.S. when so ordered by the attending physician. Each participant whose airline ticket is issued by Witte Travel is also covered during his/her flights. The included insurances carry limitations and restrictions and do not cover luggage or trip cancellation. We recommend that each traveler purchase a basic travel insurance package. Additional information on insurance will be sent with the confirmation packet.
The cost of your tour does not include passports, porterage of luggage, all items of a personal nature, optional excursions, independent sightseeing, optional travel insurance, meals noted in the itinerary as independent, beverages with dinner and any other items not mentioned as included.
Documentation: U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport. Witte Travel will supply information and instructions for obtaining the required documentation. The costs involved are not included in the tour cost. Citizens of other countries can obtain information on required documentation by contacting Witte Travel.
Luggage Allowance. Each passenger may take one medium-size suitcase, one small piece of soft-sided hand luggage, a purse and a camera. These restrictions are essential to ensure everyone's comfort on board the motorcoach and to allow for
ample storage space in the luggage compartments. As noted, porterage of luggage is not included. Passengers will be responsible for carrying their own luggage at airports and hotels.
Tour Cost. The tour cost noted in this brochure is based on a minimum group of 30 passengers, on an exchange rate of 7.98 Swedish krona to 1.00 U.S. dollar and on current tariffs for hotels, airlines and other suppliers to be used. The cost is subject to adjustment in the event of changes therein. If such an adjustment results in an increase of more than six percent of the advertised tour cost, the participant may cancel and receive a full refund, provided that written notice of cancellation is received by Witte Travel within 10 days after the participant has been notified of the increase.
Reservations and Payments. To make reservations on this tour, complete the Application Form and return it as indicated along with a deposit in the amount of $200 per person, made payable to Calvin College. Applications and deposits are due no later than December 1, 1999. Payment on account in the amount of $1,000 is due to Calvin College by January 15, and March 1, 2000. The final payment of $600 is due to Calvin College by April 15, 2000. Please note these dates on your calendar. Payment reminders will not be sent. Late Reservations: If you sign up for the tour after December 1, 1999, include sufficient funds to bring your account up to date in accordance with the above schedule.
Cancellations and Refunds: If it is necessary to cancel your reservations, written notice of cancellation must be sent to Witte Travel. Penalties will be assessed in accordance with the date on which your written notice of cancellation is received by Witte Travel, as per the following schedule:
Before March 1 - $ 50
Between March 1 and April 30 - $ 100
Between May 1 and May 20 - $ 400
From May 21 on - No Refund
The above penalties are in addition to the airfare penalty noted under "Air Transportation." Cancellation insurance is available. NOTE: If you have a pre-existing medical condition, call Witte Travel before booking to ask about insurance that—if purchased within ten days of registering for the trip—will cover against cancellation fee losses.
Domestic Flight Connections: If you would like to fly to and from Detroit from a city other than Grand Rapids, please note this on your Application Form. We will make reservations for you on the best available flight schedule and airfare. Witte Travel must receive requests for domestic flights not less than 45 days prior to departure.
Special Flight Arrangements: In connection with the tour, it may be possible to extend your stay in Europe. Also, if the departure point planned for this trip is not convenient for you, we can probably make alternative flight arrangements for you to leave from some other point. If you are interested in making some special air arrangements, please indicate this on your Application Form. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible to let you know if the arrangements you requested can be made and what additional costs are involved. Upon confirmation of special flight arrangements, a nonrefundable service fee of $50 per person will be added to your account along with any applicable additional costs. Witte Travel must receive requests for special flight arrangements not less than 45 days prior to departure.
Final Tour Documents: Approximately 10 days prior to the departure, you will receive a travel documents packet containing a final day-by-day itinerary, a hotel mailing list, a passenger rooming list, flight schedules and departure instructions, and luggage tags and decals. Normally, flight tickets are made available at the airport at check-in time.
Responsibility: As the tour operator, Witte Travel will be responsible for supplying the services and accommodations outlined in the brochure as constituting the tour, except to the extent that such services cannot be supplied, wholly or partially, owing to circumstances beyond its control. In such cases, Witte Travel will use its best efforts to supply alternative services and accommodations, and no refunds will be granted provided that the alternatives are comparable to the original services and accommodations included in the tour cost. Witte Travel, its agents, sponsors, organizers and employees shall not be responsible for any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay, irregularity or expense arising from strikes, weather, sickness, governmental restrictions or regulations or from any act or omission on the part of any individual or company furnishing transportation, accommodations or any other services to the tour participants; nor shall Witte Travel be responsible for any injuries, death, damages, loss or delay in any means of transportation or by reason of any event beyond its actual control. Witte Travel reserves the right prior to departure to make changes in the tour dates or itinerary routing should circumstances make such necessary. If significant changes in the routing are made and/or if the dates of the tour are changed by more than two days, the participant may cancel and receive a full refund, provided that written notice of cancellation is received by Witte Travel within 10 days after the participant has been notified of the change. In case of insufficient participation, Witte Travel may cancel the tour. In the event of cancellation of the tour by Witte Travel, its liability will be limited to a refund in full of all monies paid by the participants. If available, Witte Travel will offer an alternative trip, which the participants may accept or reject. California Passengers: Witte Travel is licensed under the California Seller of Travel Act—registration number 201-3304-40. Witte Travel is a member of the National Tour Association, the mark of excellence in the group tour industry. Our group tour passengers' deposits and payments are protected by the NTA's Consumer Protection Plan.
CALVIN COLLEGE SWEDEN STUDY TOUR
May 27 – June 10, 2000
$2,800 per person from Grand Rapids
Return this completed form to Professors Debra Freeberg and Helen Sterk, Department of Communication, Arts, and Sciences, Calvin College, 3201 Burton Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, along with your deposit in the amount of $200 made payable to Calvin College. Applications and deposits are due no later than December 1, 1999. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for the complete payment schedule.
Please Print Full Legal Name As It Will Appear On Your Passport: (Include Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, Dr., Rev., etc., before each name. If you go by a nickname, please indicate this after your given name.)
1. Birthdate Age
2. Birthdate Age
Address City State Zip Code
Area Code/Telephone: During the school year /
During vacation break ________/
Citizenship: ¨ U.S. ¨ Other
Roommate's Name If Not Listed Above:
¨ I presently do not have a roommate and would appreciate assistance in finding one. I understand that if one is not available, I will be responsible for the cost of single accommodations.
¨ I prefer single occupancy.
¨ Smoker ¨ Nonsmoker
I/We have read and understand the brochure and accept its contents.
Signature of Participant
Emergency Contact: Telephone ________/
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Write in this space only if you need special air arrangements!
Special Air Arrangements: I / We would like to spend some additional time in Europe. I / We would like to depart on and return on .
I/We find the Grand Rapids departure inconvenient. Instead, we would prefer to start our trip from
to Copenhagen with a return from Stockholm to ______________________(please call to discuss the options available).
Note: If you need any special land arrangements in Europe—car rentals, hotels, rail, etc., include a separate note detailing your plans so that we can offer our suggestions for your trip.
Please note the fee for special arrangements is $50.