Northern Summer by Private Jet

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JUN. 9-30, 2015 $64,950
Mongolia, Siberia, Russia, Iceland, Greenland
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Northern Summer by Private Jet

JUN. 9-30, 2015
Mongolia, Siberia, Russia, Iceland, Greenland

Celebrate an endless summer with this unique journey rich in cultural discovery and natural spectacles. This private jet tour takes you to exceptional destinations in lands of the midnight sun. Take in the serene beauty of Russia’s Lake Baikal and the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Experience the Russian ballet in Moscow. Relax in the Blue Lagoon and hike the Heidmork Nature Reserve in Iceland. Spot fjords, polar bears and reindeer in Norway. Spend a day in Greenland trekking on a glacier. This 22-day journey along the northern reaches of our planet promises to be quite unlike any other.

Cost: $64,950
TCS Expeditions
Activity Level: Active
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Travel with the most experienced private jet team in the world for a truly worry-free journey.

  • Veteran expedition leaders and their support team expertly guide you through your days.
  • Guest speakers, local experts and guides provide essential background information and an insider’s view on the places we visit.
  • A physician travels with you throughout the entire journey to ensure a safe, healthy experience.
  • Your onboard crew prepares fresh, locally sourced meals tastefully paired with wine and cocktails.
  • Experienced flight crews assure prompt and attentive service.
  • Fly direct and land close to destinations with expedited service through airport security whenever possible.
  • Seating for up to 78 guests in two-by-two, VIP-style leather seats.
  • iPads loaded with itineraries and other helpful triprelated information are yours to keep.
  • Bose® noise-canceling headphones.
  • VIP luggage service—professional staff takes care of your bags throughout the entire journey.
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (9.2 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • I’ve now got a new appreciation for the phrase ‘trip of a lifetime!’ It truly was and we’ll never forget it."
    Jay Ornellas ’74, M.B.A. ’76, Traveler

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Itinerary

2015-06-private-jet-6DAY 1-2 | June 9-10. Seattle
Arrive in the Emerald City to meet fellow travelers and expedition staff at a festive welcome dinner. Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

DAY 3-5 | June 11-13. Kyoto and Nara, Japan
We cross the international date line on June 10, losing a day en route, and land in Osaka on June 11. From there we travel to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital for more than 1,000 years. Dive deeper into the culture during an excursion to Kinkakuji and Tofukuji, two revered Buddhist temples with exemplary Japanese gardens. Experience torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, its vibrant vermillion wooden beams shaping an inviting path through densely forested grounds. Visit nearby Nara, home of the Todaiji Temple, which houses the nearly 50-foot-tall bronze Buddha statue Daibutsu. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

DAY 6-8 | June 14-16. Ulan Bator and Gobi Desert, Mongolia
In Mongolia history is never far off as tales of Genghis Khan, the infamous warrior and national hero, are ever-present. Upon arrival in Ulan Bator, we split into two smaller groups for the next two nights. Each group will experience the same in Ulan Bator and the Gobi, just in reverse order. In Ulan Bator, explore the beautiful Gandan Monastery, its full name “Gandantegchenlin” roughly translates as “great place of complete joy” and is one of the few monasteries to survive the Communist regime’s religious purges of the 1930s. Blue Sky Hotel and Tower

Fly by local air to the Gobi Desert to experience dramatic landscapes along with time-honored Mongolian hospitality. Stay in a private ger, the traditional round, portable home of the nomads. Examine dinosaur fossils at the Flaming Cliffs. Experience a camel expedition along the desert sand dunes. Or hike in Yolyn Am, a spectacular gorge with steep walls that echo the sounds of the stream below. Three Camel Lodge

DAY 9-10 | June 17-18. Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Siberia
Known as the “Paris of Siberia,” Irkutsk was shaped in large part by Russian exiles and nobility cast out during the Decembrists revolt of the early 19th century. Visit the Church of Our Saviour, the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk. Understand Irkustk’s pivotal role in Russia’s history during a visit to the Monument to Russian Pioneers of Siberia and Znamenskaya Cathedral, the final resting place for Decembrist revolutionaries. In the evening, enjoy a classical concert at Volkonsky Manor. The next day travel to nearby Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has long been considered the “Galapagos of Siberia.” Courtyard by Marriott

DAY 11-13 | June 19-21. Moscow
Head into the heart of Moscow to visit the Kremlin and enjoy a private tour of the Armoury one of the oldest museums in the city. Take in colorful Saint Basil’s Cathedral, commissioned by Ivan the Terrible, the landmark narrowly escaped being demolished by Stalin. See the Novodevichy Convent, also known as New Maiden’s Convent, the former home of Russian aristocracy and tsars, it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site that houses several important pieces of art. Enjoy a cruise along the Moscow River, passing the city’s monuments and skyscrapers. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

DAY 14-17 | June 22-25. Spitsbergen Cruise, Norway
From the world’s northernmost town embark on an overwater expedition through Norway’s outstanding Arctic environment. In the Svalbard Islands the grandiose geography competes for your attention alongside charming wildlife. During our four-day expedition on the ship m/v Sea Adventurer, which we’ve secured through our sister company Quark Expeditions, you’ll have unfettered views of Norway’s towering fjords, roving icebergs and massive glaciers. Spot reindeer and seals during our expedition high above the Arctic Circle and head to a polar bear habitat for a chance to view them from the deck. See Moffen Island, a protected nature reserve where basking walruses and sea birds nest. m/v Sea Adventurer

DAY 18-20 | June 26-28. Reykjavik, Iceland
At just over 100,000 people, Reykjavik is one of the smallest capitals in Europe, but its residents have a big-city mentality that spills into its café-lined streets late into the evening hours. Visit the Old City and the Arbaer Open Air Museum, where wooden houses and museum exhibits show the traditional side of Iceland. Then relax in the geothermic hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, whose mineral-rich warm waters offer the perfect setting to ease any travel discomforts. Visit Thingvellir, home to the “Parliament Plains,” a historically revered gathering spot. Hotel Borg

DAY 21 | June 29. Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
We take a day trip to Kangerlussuaq, a town of just over 500 residents in western Greenland that was once a strategic stopover point for the United States and European allies during World War II. Take all-terrain vehicles out on Russell Glacier, a massive tower of ice with walls stretching as high as 190 feet. Musk ox and reindeers roam the tundra, while the occasional falcon soars high above. Celebrate the end of the journey with a barbecue lunch.

DAY 22 | June 30. Boston
Fly to Boston and relax overnight before catching your independent flight home. Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Accommodations

Seattle
Enjoy stunning views of Puget Sound from Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Sleek, modern interiors crafted of wood and stone bring the Pacific Northwest inside, while local artwork showcases the city’s creativity.

Kyoto and Nara, Japan
Located on the banks of the serene Kamogawa River, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto blends Japanese architecture with ancient tradition. Upgrade: A limited number of upgrades are available for guests who wish to stay one night in a traditional Japanese ryokan. The family-owned Hiiragiya Ryokan features custom-designed rooms, each with its own motif.

Ulan Bator and Gobi Desert, Mongolia
In the heart of the Gobi, the Three Camel Lodge was built according to sustainable guidelines. Guest rooms are handmade gers, or traditional Mongolian felt tents. Located within steps of Ulan Bator’s bustling business and shopping district, The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower offers modern designs and expansive city views. Alternate: Surrounded by the forested mountains of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, the Terelj Hotel and Spa offers a lush retreat in the serene Mongolian wilderness.

Lake Baikal, Siberia
Located in the city’s center, the Courtyard by Marriott is within walking distance to the Kirov Place, Angara River and Drama Theatre.

Moscow
Located off Red Square, The Ritz-Carlton Moscow is a grand testament to 19th-century imperialist Russia. Upscale rooms feature dark cherry wood and gold accents, and the hotel’s seasonal terrace offers panoramic views.

Spitsbergen Cruise, Norway
The m/v Sea Explorer is a small ship designed to navigate the challenging Arctic. Stabilizers create smooth sailing over choppy waters, and outdoor decks allow for prime wildlife viewing. Rooms are modest, warm and comfortable.

Reykjavik, Iceland
As Reykjavik’s first luxury property, the Hotel Borg encapsulates timeless elegance. Polished and elegant, rooms feature art décor design throughout as well as custom-made furniture and original photographs of the hotel from the 1930s.

Boston
Overlooking Boston’s historic Public Garden and within easy reach of the city’s premier attractions, Four Seasons Hotel Boston mixes elegant simplicity with New England flair.

Pricing

22 Days, 10 Destinations, 1 Endless Summer

$64,950 Double Occupancy
$7,550 Single Supplement

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (9.2 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • I’ve now got a new appreciation for the phrase ‘trip of a lifetime!’ It truly was and we’ll never forget it."
    Jay Ornellas ’74, M.B.A. ’76, Traveler

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How to Book

STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to TCS Expeditions. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (9.2 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • I’ve now got a new appreciation for the phrase ‘trip of a lifetime!’ It truly was and we’ll never forget it."
    Jay Ornellas ’74, M.B.A. ’76, Traveler