Welcome to the Pentagon Ski Club!


2021 Trips

Now Available for Sign-Ups!

COVID-19 Guidance

Planning a Ski Trip during COVID-19
Click on the link for some guidance and a list of Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the guidance we've provided, specifically concerning the Go/No-Go decision dates that we've established.  These dates are listed beneath the Payment Schedule in the trip descriptions.

Click on the Show details links to see the particulars for each trip. 

Signup/Registration Tips

Please take a moment to read the Trip Signup/Registration Tips.

Each individual must be logged-in with their PSC credentials (email address & password) in order to register (sign up) for a trip.  Before signing up, please take a moment to review your profile including your emergency contact information and (if you're thinking of a trip to Canada or Europe) your passport information.  Make sure your first and middle names exactly match your passport (or whatever ID you'll fly with) so your ticket gets issued correctly.  Then click on the trip's Register button if you're ready to sign up!  Your personal information will be pulled from your profile, and then you will need to select options specific to each trip, for example, what type of lodging you prefer (double occupancy or a single room at extra cost) and what type of lift ticket you want.

Important If you are registering someone other than yourself, you must log out of your own account and then log in with their credentials.  If you skip this step and register them while signed into your own account, their profile information won't convey into their signup record.  This is necessary even with family (bundle) memberships where you are the bundle administrator.

Wait-Listed Trips

Click on the button to Join wait list and we may be able to confirm you on the trip if we have a cancellation, after confirming that you still want to go.  We're also sometimes able to expand a trip to accommodate additional skiers.

Blue Ridge Ski Council

Beginning July 1, 2020, registration for our 2021 ski trips will be opened to members of other ski clubs that are members of the Blue Ridge Ski Council through the "sanctioning" process.  Hint:  To register for a trip you must first "join" the PSC as a no-cost BRSC member and populate your membership profile. 

PSC members may similarly go on trips that have been sanctioned by other clubs.  Here's a link to a list of sanctioned trips.

Trip Invoice & Initial Deposit

An invoice will be generated for each trip you've registered for.  Each trip includes a payment table listing an initial deposit, one or more interim payments, and a final payment date.  You must pay the initial deposit, and any subsequent interim payments that have or are about to come due, to secure your place on the trip.  Your registration is not confirmed until we receive and acknowledge your deposit.  Payments can be made online with a credit card, or by mailing (or giving) a check to the trip leader.  We can also accept credit card payments at club meetings (and at our picnic!).

Upcoming events

    • Sat, March 13, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Fri, March 19, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Snowbird, Utah
    Join waitlist

    If you'd like to go, join the wait list and the trip leader will be in touch.

    March 13-19, 2021

    $1,995


    Listed price includes round-trip air and 5-day lift ticket.

    Note:  This trip replaces our originally planned trips to Red Mountain, Canada ... and then to Schweitzer, Idaho.

    6 nights (Sat-Fri)  at the Cliff Lodge (hotel rooms) with welcome breakfast, 5-day lift ticket, and RT air on American from Washington Reagan (DCA) to Salt Lake City (details below).


    Our rooms are equipped with two Queen beds.  Add $850 for the single supplement if you want a room to yourself. 

    Lift Tickets:   The included lift ticket is good for all 5 days of skiing at Snowbird (only).  There's no senior discount as the lift ticket is included as part of an all-inclusive group package.  A $165 upgrade is available to a dual-area Alta/Snowbird ticket, or you can upgrade for an estimated $50/day at the resort.

    Holders of the Full Ikon Pass are entitled to ski 7 days at Alta/Snowbird, while holders of the Ikon Base Pass are entitled to ski 5 days.   There is no discount for anyone not needing the included lift ticket, whether a pass holder or a nonskier.  Instead, Snowbird will provide a $372 value gift card which can be used for any products and services that the resort offers (Food & Beverage, Cliff Spa, retail, ski school, equipment rentals, and more).

    Air Schedule:    Flights on American Airlines (Subject to Change)

    OUTBOUND:   Saturday, March 13
     
     AA #659 Depart Washington Reagan (DCA) 6:15 am  Arrive Chicago (ORD) 7:27 am
     AA #3090 Depart ORD 8:50 am
     Arrive Salt Lake City (SLC) 11:37 am
    RETURN:     Friday, March 19
     
     AA #2449 Depart Salt Lake City (SLC) 9:45 am  Arrive Dallas (DFW) 1:33 pm
     AA #2445 Depart Dallas (DFW) 2:30 pm
     Arrive DCA 6:24 pm

    Save $355 with a package without air tickets.

    Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The trip has been "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning July 1.

    Payment Schedule:   Payment in full is due at time of registration.

    We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your payment:  Mail (or give) a check to the trip leader, payable to the Pentagon Ski Club, or pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

    Trip Leader:   

    Steve Peirce                      
    scpeirce@verizon.net
    19701 Golden Valley Lane
    Brookeville, MD 20833
    (301) 924-5173 (h)
    • Fri, September 03, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Sun, September 12, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Normandy, France
    Join waitlist

    If you'd like to go, join the wait list and the trip leader will be in touch.

    September 3 - 12, 2021        $5,195

         FRANCE   

    NORMANDY AND BRITTANY

    Join the Pentagon Ski Club on a Vermont Bicycle Tour (VBT) to the Normandy and Brittany regions of France. Fortified seaside Saint-Malo and historical D-Day beaches frame this fascinating journey. Immerse yourself in two classic regions: Normandy and Brittany as you bike France across fertile Norman farmland and into picturesque Breton ports. You’ll learn how the drama of World War II still resounds along the famous beaches and headlands of Normandy and experience Brittany’s seafaring lifestyle. Hop off your bike to peruse outdoor market stalls, wander the winding cobblestone streets of fairytale-like towns, or even swim in the English Channel, with a tour of Mont Saint-Michel a fitting grand finale. And indulge your taste buds with regional cuisine along the way, sampling some of the world’s freshest oysters, creamy Camembert cheese, and crisp apple cider.


    12 meals are included with the tour
    (6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 dinners)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Cycle through rolling pastureland and picturesque villages into rural Normandy, passing hedgerows and half-timbered country manors, châteaux and abbeys.
    • Visualize the dramatic events of D-Day as you tour Omaha Beach with a local guide.
    • Delve into World War II history as you cycle to the American Cemetery and D-Day Museum to explore and reflect at your own pace.
    • Swim in the English Channel.
    • Learn how cider is made during a visit to a family-run apple orchard—and enjoy a taste and picnic.
    • Enjoy the breath-taking views from your beachside five-star hotel in Brittany.
    • Stroll a fairytale setting of ramparts, half-timbered houses, and harbor views on a guided tour of the Breton town of Dinan.
    • View historic granite houses draped with fishing nets in the quaint Breton village of Saint-Suliac.
    • Savor crepes, a paper-thin style savory pancake and specialty of Brittany during dinner at an authentic creperie.
    • Taste some of the world’s freshest oysters that enchanted King Louis XIV in the charming port town of Cancale.
    • Visit spectacular Mont Saint-Michel, the medieval island-village crowned by its well-preserved Benedictine abbey.


    Space is LIMITED to 20 participants!

    A deposit of $350 is all that is needed to hold your spot!

    “Guaranteed no risk deposit” is fully refundable

    until 91-days prior to your departure.


    Air Package:  Sept 3 - 12, 2021

    $5,195 per-person (double-occupancy) from Washington-Dulles.

    Most major airports available.  SS $745

    Tour Only:  Sept 5 - Sept 11, 2021

    Price $4,045 per-person (double-occupancy). SS $495

    PSC/BRSC members have exclusive rights to these 20 spaces until November 20.  Don't delay! 

    If you are interested in this trip, register today! 



    The air package includes airfare, airport transfers, one night in Paris upon arrival, and one night in Paris (CDG airport hotel) after the bicycle tour concludes.


    Custom Air:  With the Air Package, you may customize your dates of travel and extend your vacation, or fly into or home from a non-tour airport – ask the VBT Tour Consultant for more information.


    Bikes:  Hybrid and Road-style bikes are included and electronic-assisted E-bikes are available on a first-come/limited basis – ask the VBT Tour Consultant for more information.

    Trip Activity Rating is EASY/MODERATE Cycling

    Average Daily Mileage is 15 - 30 miles

    Average Daily Cycling Time is 2 - 4.5 hours

    (Electric-assisted E-bikes are available)


    Also with the VBT Air Package, you may choose to extend your stay with a pre-trip stay in Paris.



    Pre-Trip Extenson:  Paris  $395 pp (double occupancy), SS $345

    2 nights hotel and airport transfers (subject to availability)


    HOW TO REGISTER:

    To register for this trip, signup with the PSC and ALSO call VBT to provide them with your registration information.  A deposit of $350 is required to secure your spot.  Call VBT at 800-245-3868 (option 1) between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm ET Monday to Friday.  Give the VBT agent the GROUP #310468.

    QUESTIONS:

    Email or call your PSC trip leader to express your interest in the trip and if you have any questions.

    Trip Leader:

    Steve Thompson
     stevethompsonva@gmail.com
    1302 Shaker Woods Road
     Herndon, VA 20170
    (703) 862-6535 (c)

    • Mon, October 25, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Wed, November 10, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Vietnam and Cambodia
    Register


    October 25 - November 10, 2021

    $7,400 B category cabin (estimated)

    Extra to upgrade to an A cabin or a suite

    (16 nights, including 7 night river cruise and 8 nights land package)

    The prices are estimated depending of the size of the group.  We have included the air in the cost of this trip, but it is estimated and we'll adjust it accordingly.  Gratuities for the land portion of the trip are not included, but they are included for the river portion. 

    The trip includes:

    6 Nights Land Package including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay (with overnight cruise), flight and tours in Siem Reap and includes daily breakfast. 

    7 Nights Mekong River Cruise with daily meals, shore excursions, ship staff gratuities, complimentary beer, soft drinks, house brand spirits and wine with lunch and dinner. 

    2 Nights Extension in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at Sofitel Hotel or similar with breakfast and sightseeing tours.  

    Round trip air

    CRUISE FROM : SIEM REAP TO HO CHI MINH CITY

    Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life. Visit rural villages, colorful markets and a monastery, where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing by monks. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the Royal Palace and National Museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies, and be treated to authentic experiences, including rides via oxcart, tut tut and trishaw. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.

    Trip Flyer - AMA Waterways Brochure

    INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE 

    SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

    • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
    • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
    • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
    • Bottled water replenished daily

    PERSONALIZED SERVICE FROM A HIGHLY TRAINED CRUISE MANAGER DURING BOTH CRUISE AND LAND PROGRAMS

    • Sun deck with pool
    • Fitness room and three spas
    • Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
    • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

    AWARD-WINNING DINING

    • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
    • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
    • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
    • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
    • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
    • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
    • Snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

    A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

    • Immersive tours in every destination
    • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
    • Knowledgeable guides
    • Personal headset for easy exploration
    • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways


    Link to Detailed Itinerary

    Link to Details of the Ship

    Air Schedule (Subject to Change):

    Trip Insurance:  Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included.  Note that this is not cancellation coverage and will not provide any relief if you have to cancel from the trip before it begins, whether for medical or other reasons.  You may upgrade your coverage to include cancellation coverage by clicking on the link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the options available.  Note that the "Cancel for Any Reason" (CFAR) option must be purchased within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on the trip.

    Membership Requirement:   Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  

    Payment Schedule:   

     Initial Deposit
    Interim Payment - TBD  TBD
     $500 TBD  Balance Due


    Trip Leader:   

    Christina Anderson
    gerakisparta@yahoo.com
    5502 Maplefield Place
    Alexandria, VA  22310
    (703) 719-6714 (h)

                                      (703) 489-6171 (c)
    • Fri, March 18, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Sat, March 26, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Spain
    Register

    Sierra Nevada Snow Forecast (mid mountain) | Snow-Forecast.com

     March 18-26/30, 2022

    $2,250*

    Optional 4-Night Extension to Malaga $485*

    *Prices estimated pending confirmation of air and based on 2020 trips



    The club will be making its first foray to ski in Spain at the end of the 2022 season (if you've skied Andorra, that's not Spain).  We will be skiing the Sierra Nevada ski resort, at the southern end of the large mountain range that runs north to south down central Spain. These mountains end right before our residence in the historic city of Granada.  Included are:

    7 night's accommodations in Granada at the

    Hotel Carmen Granada with daily breakfast.

           Welcome orientation at the hotel.

    A full-day walking tour of the Alhambra in the AM and the city in the PM 

         Round-trip airfare, airport transfers, 5 days of bus transfers between Granada and the Sierra Nevada Ski Area.

    5 Dinners at the Hotel

    Optional Tour to Cordoba ($95)


    The Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel is located in the heart of this Andalusian city, which is home to outstanding historic and cultural heritage.  It is located in a privileged setting, just 10 minutes walk from the Granada Cathedral, allowing guests to discover the true essence of this unbeatable destination.  The 222 rooms at the Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel offer guests rejuvenating relaxation surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Alhambra Palace and the majestic Sierra Nevadas. Privileged setting, Private Terrace with 360 degree views, Fit-Experience Gym.  Add $475 for the Single Supplement if you want a room to yourself in Grenada.


    Lift Tickets:  Lift tickets are not included in the package, but are available at the resort and are reasonably priced.  Standard Prices (2020) were 50.50 Euros. At age 60-69, there is a ten Euros discount. Those 70 plus ski for free (with $5 insurance fee).




    Malaga Option - $485
    4-night post-trip extension in Malaga

    Returns to the U.S. Wednesday, March 30

    Four nights (Sat-Tue) in the 4-star Petit Palace Plaza Hotel Malaga with daily breakfast buffet.

    Literally in the centre of Málaga, birthplace of Picasso, in the heart of the old town, surrounded by the pedestrian streets and next to the cathedral, you will find the Hotel Petit Palace Málaga. It has 66 rooms and is within walking distance of the city's biggest tourists spots, as well as shops, restaurants and a wealth of leisure activities and the Museo Picasso. Don't forget to visit Playa de La Malagueta, located just 15 minutes away.  Add $435 for the Single Supplement if you want a room to yourself in Malaga. 


    Two tours from Malaga: A Sunday tour program of the British peninsula of Gibraltar followed by a Monday tour program and a scenic drive to historic Ronda.



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    SPAIN FLYER.pdf

    Air Schedule:  Example flights on Air France; to be confirmed

    OUTBOUND FOR EVERYONE:

    Friday, March 18
     

    AF 55 Depart Washington Dulles (IAD) 6:30PM arrive Paris 8:05AM.                                                AF 5052 Depart Paris 9:55AM

     Arrive Malaga (AGP) Saturday morning 12:55PM
            

    BASE TRIP RETURN:
     Saturday, March 26
     
    AF 5057 Depart Malaga 9:20 AM arrive Paris 12:00PM.     AF 54 Depart Paris 1:40PM
     Arrive Washington Dulles 5:30PM
    MALAGA EXTENSION RETURN:
      Wednesday March 30
     
    AF 5057 Depart Malaga 9:20AM arrive Paris 12:00PM.  AF 54 Depart Paris 1:40PM   Arrive Washington Dulles 3:10PM



    Membership Requirement:   Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  The trip has been "sanctioned" through the Blue Ridge Ski Council.  Current members of other BRSC member ski clubs may register for the trip beginning July 1.

    Trip Insurance:   Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included.  Note that this is not cancellation coverage and will not provide any relief if you have to cancel from the trip before it begins, whether for medical or other reasons.  You may upgrade your coverage to include by clicking on the link.  Insurance Flyer.  It will take you to a flyer describing the options available, including a link to the detailed coverage plan.  Note that the "Cancel for Any Reason" (CFAR) option must be purchased within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on the trip.

    Payment Schedule:

       Initial Deposit
    October, 2021
     December, 2021
    Basic Trip
     $800  $800  Balance Due
    Single Supp Grenada   $200    $200    Balance Due 
     Malaga Extension
     $200  $200  Balance Due
    Single Supp Malaga   $200   $200    Balance Due 




    We’ll confirm your registration after you've signed up (registered) for the trip and we've received your deposit:  Mail (or give) a check to the trip leader, payable to the Pentagon Ski Club, or pay online by going to our Partial Payments Page where you can make initial deposits &/or interim payments for one or more trips, and for one or more members, in a single transaction.  You may also make partial payments with credit cards at club meetings.  Note:  If you wish instead to pay for the entire trip (or to pay your remaining balance), you should make your payment directly against your trip invoice.  You can find your invoice(s) from your profile page by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the website when you are logged in.

    Trip Leaders: 

    Susie Pumphrey
    wachtraum@msn.com
    3138 Singleton Circle
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    703-691-3944(h)
    703-980-3440(c)

    Peter Porton
    peter.porton@gmail.com
    11918 Moss Point Lane
    Reston, VA 20194
    703-471-7791(h)


    P&P Trips:   It's not just a Trip, it's an Adventure!

    • Thu, April 21, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Fri, May 06, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Egypt
    Register

    Ancient Egypt and the Nile River

     April 21-May 6, 2022  from $5,195


    In the spring of 2022 the PSC will be going to Egypt. Egypt is a must see for many travelers, and you'll discover it in exceptional depth on this Land/River Cruise Tour.  You'll see the Pyramids of Giza, the tombs of the Pharaohs and the enigmatic Sphinx, but your discoveries won't end there:  you'll gain insight on Egypt's people and their lifestyles. 


    Make your way through an authentic spice market...glimpse the Temple of Dendera, where other Egypt tours rarely stop...and ride a traditional felucca sailboat along the Nile.  You'll cruise the Nile aboard our privately chartered 75-passenger river ship, the Nefertiti.  Onboard you'll enjoy a dining room with convenient, single open seating and crisp linens, panoramic views, and delicious cuisine; an open sun deck; a pool and a shaded bar; and your own private room with the warmth and dedication of our English speaking staff.  Plus, each room has a full private balcony with seating for two - a feature most other Nile ships don't offer.


    On April 21, 2022 we will depart D.C. for Cairo and visit the Egyptian Museum, Fatimid Cairo, Sakkara & Memphis.  We will board our ship in Luxor on the 6th day. We will visit Luxor, Qena, Edfu, Aswan.  Included tours:  Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Dendera, Karnak Temple, Temple of Edfu, Temple of Koa, Ombo, Philae,  Aswan High Dam and Abu Simbel.  When we return to Cairo on the 13th day we will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza &  Sphinx and Old Cairo.

    What's included? International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees and airline fuel charges.  Accommodations for 7 nights in Cairo and 7 nights aboard O.A.T.'s privately chartered river ship, the Nefertiti.  35 meals - 14 daily breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners - includes 2 Home Hosted Meals.  23 guided tours (with personal headsets) and cultural experiences.  Services of our local Trip Experience Leader, gratuities for local motor coach drivers, all port charges, baggage handling for one (1) piece of luggage per person, including tips, visa fees for entrance to Egypt (if you have an airport transfer with us in Cairo).


    Air Schedule - TBD

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    For all trip information click here:  Trip Flyer

    Sign Up Procedures:

    In order to sign up (note that there are no single rooms left), you need to do the following:

    1. Call Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) at 800-955-1925 (Monday-Saturday, 9AM-7PM EST).

    2. Tell the travel counselor that you want to reserve the Ancient Egypt and the Nile River trip for April 21, 2022 with the Pentagon Ski Club.

    3. Mention the group code: G1-27957. Otherwise you might end up on a different group trip.

    4. Make your $500 deposit. You can use any credit card except AE.

    5. You can also purchase the optional travel protection plan (insurance). This is not required and totally up to you.

    6. If you make your reservation by 11/30/2020 and tell the counselor you are using code VAAD522 you will receive $500 off the price of the trip.

    7. After signing up with O.A.T. register with PSC.

    Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip. 

    Insurance:

    The insurance OAT offers is cancel for any reason.  It is a bit costly. As an alternative, we are offering three levels of insurance (including medical only for $25) from Myra Altschuler at Travel Protectors. Her details are on the flyer below and you have to contact her directly - do not send the money to us. We have used her before with success. You can also opt for your own insurance.

    The Travel Protectors: Trip Insurance Flyer

    Trip Leaders: 

    Susie Pumphrey
    wachtraum@msn.com
    3138 Singleton Circle
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    703-691-3944(h)
    703-980-3440(c)

    Peter Porton
    peter.porton@gmail.com
    11918 Moss Point Lane
    Reston, VA 20194
    703-471-7791(h)


    P&P Trips:  It's not just a Trip but an Adventure

    • Wed, August 24, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Wed, September 14, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana
    Join waitlist

    Trip is Waitlisted.  Register for the waitlist if you are interested in going, as we may have some cancellations.


    SOUTHERN AFRICA SAFARI - AUG 24 - SEPT 10, 2022

    Optional Post-Trip Extension to Cape Town

    Sept 10-14, 2022 


    Ultimate Africa:

    Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari

    Botswana: Chobe, Okavango Delta 

    Zambia: Kafue or Mosi-oa-Tunya  

    Zimbabwe: Hwange, Victoria Falls  


    COUNTRIES: 3  NATIONAL PARKS: 3  DAYS: 17 

     12 NIGHTS IN TENTED CAMPS AND LODGES 

    UP TO 19 GAME-VIEWING EXCURSIONS 


    Check out the trip details on the OAT websiteThis is just for the details of this trip; not for our dates and cost.  If you have any questions, contact the trip leader, Christina Anderson (see contact info below).


    How To Register:  Once you decide to go on the trip, you must call OAT at 800-955-1925 and provide the Group Code - G2-29241.  Be sure to confirm the trip dates and request the "Travel Again" discount of $500 that is good through the end of September (more details below).  All trip payments must be made directly to OAT.  Be sure to also register for the trip on the PSC website after you are confirmed on the trip with OAT.


    If the Trip is Full:  Click the link to Join Waitlist so we know that you are interested in going if space opens up.


    PRICING

    • Base Tour:  $6895 per person
    • Airfare from Dulles (IAD):  $1700 per person
      (please call for pricing from different US cities)
    • Optional Cape Town  Post-Trip extension $1395 per person
    • See www.gct.com/tpp for details on the optional Travel Protection coverage

    The deposit is $350 per person, with a cancellation fee of $300, but no fee when you do a future trip with OAT.  Pay your deposit by electronic check to avoid a processing fee.

    Unbeatable Value:  Save up to $1,483 per person when you reserve by 9/30/20.  With limited-time savings of $500 per person (September 30, 2020) and a FULL 10% off the total price of your trip with our Good Buy Plan (a value that ranges from $339-$983), paid by May 2021, travel at the lowest price and per diems in the industry.

    From the OAT website:

    Join us for a wealth of unforgettable experiences on an adventure 93% of our travelers rated excellent. Majestic elephants congregate around a waterhole in the depths of the wilderness ... members of a village near Hwange National Park welcome your small group ... the spray of Victoria Falls roars in the distance ... you and your travel companions exchange stories around a fire under a star-filled African sky. In the morning, you wake to the birdsong emanating from nearby trees—and begin another day on the safari of your dreams.

    On this adventure, we’ll spend 12 nights in small lodges and tented camps. Enjoy up to 19 game-viewing drives with our sharp-eyed Trip Experience Leaders and expert, naturalist driver-guides; individual interactions in remote villages due to our small group size of just 16 travelers; flights via bush plane over the legendary African landscape. From world-famous Chobe National Park to the majestic Okavango Delta, and big game to local cultures—this safari has it all. And whenever you’d like, you have the freedom to explore more of Africa on your own: Break off from the group for independent discoveries—like enjoying dinner in Victoria Falls while listening to a live township jazz band at Mama Africa—during free time.

    Physical requirements: During game-viewing excursions, we’ll travel over bumpy, dusty terrain and occasionally go off-roading in the bush, as well as walk on sandy, uneven terrain in the Okavango Delta and at our camps. 

    Day-to-Day Itinerary

    ·  DAY 1 Depart U.S.

    ·  DAY 2 Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

    ·  DAY 3 Fly to Victoria Falls • Transfer to Hwange National Park • Game-viewing drive


    ·  DAY 4 Explore Hwange National Park • Morning & Afternoon Game-Viewing Drives

    ·  DAY 5 A Day in the Life of a Hwange Community • Afternoon game viewing in Hwange National Park

    ·  DAY 6 Overland to Livingstone • Fly to Kafue, Zambia • Game-viewing drive

    ·  DAY 7 Explore Kafue National Park

    ·  DAY 8 Explore Kafue National Park

    ·  DAY 9 Fly to Livingstone • Transfer to Chobe National Park • Game-viewing drive

    ·  DAY 10 Explore Chobe National Park


    ·  DAY 11 Explore Chobe National Park

    ·  DAY 12 Fly to the Okavango Delta • Game-viewing drives


    ·  DAY 13 Explore Okavango Delta


    ·  DAY 14 Explore Okavango Delta • Game-viewing drives

    ·  DAY 15 Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    ·  DAY 16 Explore Victoria Falls • Optional Tours • Local interactions

    Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls - $150/person

    Join us for a flight over Victoria Falls, and appreciate the “smoke that thunders” from a whole new angle. Aboard a four- or six-passenger helicopter, your experienced pilot will treat you to a bird’s-eye view of majestic Victoria Falls, the wide Zambezi River, and the zigzag-shaped gorges below. This is the best way to see such vast, impressive landscapes—as Dr. David Livingstone said himself, the falls are “so lovely they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Please note: There is a national park fee of U.S. $15 in addition to the price of this tour.

    ·  DAY 17 Return to U.S. or begin your optional trip extension

    Optional Post-Trip:  South Africa:   Cape Town & the Cape of Good Hope


    With Table Mountain as its backdrop, idyllic Cape of Good Hope to the south, penguin-filled Boulders Beach, a bevy of bays at its feet, and the lushest foliage this side of paradise, Cape Town arguably occupies one of the most spectacular natural settings on Earth. Here is your chance to revel in it—and discover the distinct contrast of the cosmopolitan heart of Cape Town and the natural wonders that surround it. As you explore, you’ll witness the amazing social transformation of the “Rainbow Nation.”  Dine with locals and experience the diversity of Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, on a trip extension.

    Trip Insurance:  Every participant should buy some type of travel insurance for the trip.  Possible options include the following:

    • Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is available for an affordable $25 premium from Myra Altschuler of Travel Protectors, Inc. (Option One as described on this link).  Note that this is not cancellation coverage and will not provide any relief if you have to cancel from the trip before it begins, whether for medical or other reasons. 
    • You may upgrade your coverage from Myra to include cancellation coverage:
      • The “Standard” cancellation coverage (Option Two in the flyer) provides benefits at 100% if you need to cancel from the trip for a “standard” reason. 
      • The costlier "Cancel for Any Reason" (CFAR) coverage (Option Three in the flyer) provides benefits at 75% if you need to cancel from the trip for a “non-standard” reason.  It must be purchased within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on the trip.  You would need the CFAR option to be covered for cancellation due to COVID-19 or any other outbreak.
    • CFAR coverage is also available through OAT as described on this link.  It provides benefits at 100%.
      • You would be reimbursed in cash for certain "Covered” cancellation reasons.
      • With a cancellation for other than a "Covered” reason, you would receive a voucher for a new reservation from OAT.

    We suggest that you carefully compare plans before purchase.  Coverage for pre-existing conditions can be especially tricky:

    • With Myra’s insurance, if you have a pre-existing medical condition, it can be waived if you purchase coverage before you pay your final trip payment.
    • With the OAT insurance, if you purchase coverage within 10 days of making your initial deposit/payment for your trip, your pre-existing medical condition would qualify for cash reimbursement.  If you purchase coverage after that, you would receive a voucher for a future trip instead of cash.

     

    Trip Leader:   

    Christina Anderson
    gerakisparta@yahoo.com
    5502 Maplefield Place
    Alexandria, VA  22310
    (703) 719-6714 (h)

                                      (703) 489-6171 (c)

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