Expedition in Antarctica

16 - 30 January 2015
8658 €

Discover the last untouched continent!

Experience the wonder of our planet’s last unspoiled wilderness from the comfort and safety of the most sophisticated expedition cruising vessel ever constructed. Our journey will take us across the Drake Passage, escorted by albatross and petrels, to the magnificent scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula and its abundant summer wildlife of seals, penguins, and whales. To enrich our experience, MS Fram’s expert team of expedition staff and lecturers will offer presentations on the history, biology, and geology of Antarctica along the way. Come ashore with our team in sturdy polarCirkel boats for a close-up look at penguin colonies, modern research facilities, and historic sites. Marvel at the mountainous scenery and icebergs floating by from the comfort of our unique Passenger Bridge. Join us for a voyage of exploration and discovery on the world’s newest explorer ship – MS Fram!

Day and ports of call
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Day 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Day 3-4: Drake Passage
Day 4-8: Antarctica
Day 8-9: Drake Passage
Day 10: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Day 11: Buenos Aires

Day 1: Buenos Aires
Discover the “Paris of South America” and get a taste of what the birthplace of the tango has to offer.

Upon arrival at Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport you will be met by our local representatives who will transfer you to your downtown hotel. The transfer includes a brief guided tour through the city and orientation information. After check-in at the hotel, you will be at leisure to explore the “Paris of South America”, a city teeming with street life and full of exciting impressions and celebrated architecture. Please be advised that the hotel rooms will be available for check in from approx 15:00h.

Our hospitality desk at the hotel will be available to answer your questions and assist you with booking other excursions such as a tango show in Buenos Aires or a visit to the National Park in Ushuaia. The hospitality desk will also inform you of the details of your flight departure to Ushuaia.

Optional excursions:
1) Buenos Aires City Tour
2) Tango show with dinner

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Fly from Buenos Aires to the Island of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world – Ushuaia.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for the flight to Ushuaia. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours during which a light meal will be served.

Our local representatives will greet you at the airport and conduct you on a short sightseeing tour of Ushuaia on the way to the ship for embarkation at 1700.

Once onboard here will be a welcome meeting during which the Captain will present his officers and expedition staff. They will introduce you to the ship’s safety procedures and outline the programme for the coming days. In the evening we set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Optional excursion:
1) Ushuaia National Park

Day 3-4: Drake Passage
The Drake Passage is where the Atlantic and Pacific meet the Great Southern Ocean to create the Antarctic Convergence. During the crossing you can enjoy our onboard lecture series to learn more about the wonders of Antarctica.

The Antarctic Convergence is the where the warmer waters of the north meet the colder, denser, less saline waters of the south. As the colder water sinks, a mixing occurs that brings nutrients to the surface and makes the area particularly rich in marine life.

In addition to spotting for the magnificent wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica. Our series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

The Antarctic Treaty regulates all activities in Antarctica and has created a continent of peace and science. Hurtigruten ASA is committed to meeting and exceeding all Antarctic Treaty and IAATO regulations to ensure that the vulnerable environment will not be disturbed. We will be on course for the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands where we hope to arrive on the afternoon of Day 4.

Day 4-8: Antarctica
The continent is an endless white wilderness full of fantastic impressions of nature. We will learn the history of the great explorers as we travel in their footsteps and see the landscape as they saw it - unchanged, remote, and awe inspiring.

Weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our programme and our schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the final sailing itinerary will be decided by the ship’s Captain during the voyage. We will attempt to visit some of the places below, among others:

Deception Island, South Shetland Islands
When British merchant William Smith was rounding Cape Horn in February 1819 in his brig Williams, a powerful storm drove the ship southward and brought about the discovery of the South Shetland Islands. Together with British naval officer Edward Bransfield, Smith sailed even farther south was initially credited with the discovery of Antarctica. It was later discovered by historians however that an ethnic German in the Russian Navy named Thaddeus von Bellingshausen had seen Antarctica a mere three days before.

One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. The island is a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera approximately 12 km (7 mi) in diameter. A portion of the caldera wall has collapsed and created a navigable opening into the flooded interior. The natural harbour inside the island includes Whalers Bay, home to an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. The Norwegian manned Hektor operated from 1912 to 1931 processing the meat and bones of whales left as refuse by nearby factory whaling ships. The British base was established in 1941 and destroyed when the island erupted in the late 1960’s. We are free to visit the relics at Whalers Bay if weather conditions permit.

Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands
A small 2 km (1.2 mi) long island in the shadow of picturesque Livingston Island, Half Moon is a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape. The serrated and crevassed cliffs are home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins as well as Antarctic terns, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Wilson’s storm petrels, and several species of seals are regular visitors. There is a derelict wooden boat rotting on the beach and farther along the western end is Teniente Camara station with its huge Argentine flags emblazoned on the orange buildings. Half Moon presents many photographic opportunities with its varied wildlife posed against scenic backgrounds and Antarctic highlights.

Yankee Harbour, South Shetland Islands
Early sealers to the area used Yankee Harbour on Greenwich Island as frequent base of operations because of its remarkable natural haven created by a spit nearly one kilometre long (0.6 mi). The spit is a favoured haul out for tired Weddell, crabeater, fur, and elephant seals now that the hunters are gone. Remnants from the sealing era can still be found including an old trypot on the beach. The main attraction for many visitors however is Yankee’s terraced gentoo penguin colony with an estimated 4000 breeding pairs. Predatory skuas also nest here and travelers are often witness to the struggle between a penguin protecting its young and a skua trying to feed theirs. Yankee Harbour offers views across the McFarlane Strait to Livingston Island and out into the Bransfield Strait, a common feeding area for whales.

Cuverville Island
Situated in the scenic Errera Channel, Cuverville Island boasts the largest known colony of gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. The island was discovered by Adrien de Gerlache’s 1897 Belgian Antarctic expedition and named for a Vice-Admiral in French navy. The narrow Errera Channel offers a spectacular passage to and from Cuverville as icebergs become trapped and grounded on its shallow bottom. Watching from the observation decks as our expert navigators weave the ship carefully between the icebergs is as exciting as being surrounded by the throngs of nesting penguins onshore.

Neko Harbour
The deep, fjord-like Andvord Bay stretches so far into the Antarctic Peninsula that its end is a mere 50 km (31 mi) from the east side of the Peninsula and the Weddell Sea. Neko Harbour, with its gentoo penguin colony and small Argentine refuge hut, lies nestled in Andvord Bay surrounded by the mountains and high glacier walls of the Peninsula. A favoured feeding ground for shy Minke whales, the harbour is perfectly situated to appreciate the grandeur of Andvord Bay and Antarctic Peninsula scenery. Named for a factory whaling ship in the early 1900’s, Neko is one of the rare places in the Antarctic Peninsula area where we may land on the Antarctic mainland.

Paradise Harbour
The harbour is paradise not only in name but in splendour and scenery as well. Protected from the winds of the nearby Gerlache Strait, Paradise Harbour offers another rare opportunity for a mainland landing and some of the finest vistas the Peninsula has to offer. Here we can find the Argentine base Almirante Brown and the Chilean base Gonzalez Videla with their neighbouring penguin colonies. Gonzalez Videla is situated at Waterboat Point, so named for the two members of a failed expedition that spent the cold winter of 1922 living there underneath a small upturned boat. Named for the Irish-born founder of Argentina’s navy, Almirante Brown had to be rebuilt after the crazed base doctor set fire to the buildings in 1984.

Lemaire Channel
Lemaire Channel was discovered by German explorer Eduard Dallman in 1873 but not traversed and charted until 1898 by Adrien de Gerlache, who named it after his Belgian colleague Charles Lemaire. This 11 km (7 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide channel is commonly known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica. The reason for this reputation cannot be described in words or captured on film. It bestows upon the traveler a glimpse into what fascinates us about Antarctica; that it is at once sublime and imposing, delicate and daunting, inviting and inhospitable. On a clear day, the Lemaire Channel is the entire Antarctic experience writ small.

Petermann Island
Also discovered by Dallman and named for German geographer August Petermann, the island is better known for its association with Jean-Baptiste Charcot and the French Antarctic Expedition of 1908. Charcot and the crew of the Pourquoi Pas? wintered here among the Adélie penguins and imperial cormorants (blue-eyed shags). It’s location in the picturesque Penola Channel makes Petermann a great spot for iceberg and whale spotting and offers spectacular views across the channel to the Antarctic Peninsula. The island is also home to an Argentine refuge hut, a commemorative plaque from the French expedition, and a cross erected in the memory of three men from a nearby British base.

Port Lockroy
The British base on Goudier Island in Port Lockroy was built in 1941 and abandoned in 1962. It then lay empty until 1996 when it was refurbished as a museum by the Antarctic Heritage Trust. It has since become one of the most popular sites in Antarctica and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950’s. Pemmican and tinned custard line the old cupboards and 1950’s books and magazines can be found in the lounge. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors. The museum operates a post office and souvenir shop with caps and shirts and postcards. In addition to postal service, the shop offers first-day covers and rare Antarctic stamps. All mail sent from Port Lockroy has a special Antarctic stamp and frank.

Wilhelmina Bay
The mountains and high glaciers around Wilhelmina Bay ensure plenty of dramatic scenery and sculpted ice from tiny brash to large bergs. The bay is a choice feeding ground for whales and seals and therefore was a choice hunting ground the whalers of the past. As evidence of this, the partially submerged wreck of the Norwegian whaling ship Guvernøren lies in a tiny harbour of the bay. If weather and ice conditions permit, we may take a closer look at the wreck from our polarCirkel boats. The 3433 ton ship caught fire in 1915 and was run aground in order to rescue men and supplies. It now provides a perch for tired terns and an occasional mooring for passing sailboats.

Antarctic Sound
The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic continent give birth to mile-long tabular icebergs. The strong currents of the Weddell Sea conspire to bring these massive flat-topped bergs north into the Antarctic Sound at the northeast end of the Antarctic Peninsula. Dubbed “Iceberg Alley” by expedition staff, the sound is a startling assortment of floating ice in shapes and sizes that strain the imagination. The area takes its name from Otto Nordenskjöld’s 1903 Swedish South Polar Expedition and their ship Antarctic, captained by legendary Norwegian C.A. Larsen. The fate of the Antarctic and her men is one of the most harrowing and hard to believe tales of the continent. Our staff will be happy to share the tale as we cruise between the icebergs. The 48 km (30 mi) sound is also home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales.

Brown Bluff
Brown Bluff lies on the coast of the Antarctic Sound at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. As the name suggests, the landscape is dominated by an ominous 745 m (2450 ft) cliff. The towering, rust-coloured bluff is volcanic in origin and the beach is peppered with lava “bombs”. Adélie penguins, gentoo penguins, kelp gulls, and Cape petrels can be found breeding here and Weddell seals are regular visitors. If the weather permits, we may land to stroll along the beach among the penguins. Experienced staff will tell you however that the best way to experience Adélie penguins is just to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work.

We plan to leave Antarctica in the afternoon of day 8.The final departure time depends on the weather forecast and is decided by the ship’s Captain.

Day 8-9: Drake Passage
With our bow pointed north and unforgettable images and experiences in our souls, we are invited to a new understanding of the Antarctic.

The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 mi) or 40 hours sailing time in good weather. During the voyage north, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 10: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Argentina’s charming and proud capital welcomes you back from your voyage of discovery and bids you a safe journey home!

Transfer to the airport and flight to Buenos Aires. There will be a short sightseeing tour en route to the hotel.

Optional Excursion:
1) Escondido Lake

Day 11: Buenos Aires
Breakfast will be served in the hotel before your transfer to the airport. You continue your journey home with new pages full of experiences added to your life’s book of memories.

Optional Excursion:
1) Tigre Excursion

DATES

16 - 30 January 2015

Unimaginably rich in fauna, the southern ocean is a constant drama of survival and stealth. Leopard and fur seals, minke whales, several species of penguin and great flocks of seabirds – including the wandering albatross – give life to this surreally beautiful landscape. When you manage to tear your eyes away from the wildlife, the icebergs and glaciers present an equally enthralling sight. From the bow, every view is a photographer’s dream and the long summer day means there is plenty of opportunity to take it all in. Excursions by Polar Cirkel boats allow you to get close to the vast communities of king, adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins. There are even hot springs here if you want a dip.

On board our ships, MS Nordnorge and MS Fram, you will enjoy all the comforts of a modern vessel as you follow in the wake of Antarctic explorers. MS Nordnorge has the capacity to take over 450 passengers but for our Antarctica voyages she will carry a maximum of 350 passengers adding to your comfort on board and allowing more time ashore. The ghosts of Scott, Amundsen and Apsley Cherry–Garrard remain and we shall see historic sights including polar cabins, bases and if conditions permit, Elephant Island where Shackleton’s crew wintered while awaiting rescue.

Visiting the white continent, even in the relative luxury of a modern ship, still feels like an expedition - and a rare privilege.

Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent, overlying the South Pole. It is situated in the southern hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14.4 million km², it is the fifth-largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. Some 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice, which averages at least 1.6 kilometers in thickness.

On average, Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Since there is little precipitation, except at the coasts, the interior of the continent is technically the largest desert in the world. There are no permanent human residents and there is no evidence of any existing or pre-historic indigenous population. Only cold-adapted plants and animals survive there, including penguins, fur seals, mosses, lichen, and many types of algae.

The name Antarctica is a Romanized version of the Greek compound word Αntarktiké, meaning "Opposite of the Arctic". Although myths and speculation about a Terra Australis ("Southern Land") date back to antiquity, the first confirmed sighting of the continent is commonly accepted to have occurred in 1820 by the Russian expedition of Mikhail Lazarev and Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen. However, the continent remained largely neglected for the rest of the 19th century because of its hostile environment, lack of resources, and isolation.

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by twelve countries; to date, forty-five countries have signed the treaty. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, supports scientific research, and protects the continent's eco zone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists of many nationalities and with different research interests.

SHIPS

Our ships have something special to offer- from Old World elegance to stylish contemporary art. For example, the MS Fram has a Nordic feel with its extensive use of wool, leather, and oak. MS Fram was specially designed for cruising arctic waters and is decorated with art work by esteemed Greenlandic artists. Another ship in our fleet, the MS Nordkapp, has been called a floating art gallery. Its dramatic coastal culture-themed pieces by the renowned Norwegian artist, Karl Erik Harr grace the ship.. Contemporary upgrades to the MS Nordkapp include four additional Junior Suites, Jacuzzis and an Internet café. The MS Fram and the MS Nordkapp are only two examples of the beauty that surrounds you aboard every cruise ship in our extensive fleet. We invite you to explore the unique qualities in our gallery of cruise ships designed to provide the ultimate in personal enjoyment.

MS Polarlys
Built: 1996 / Berths: 482
Gross Tonnage: 12,000
Length: 123 m / Width: 19.5 m
The MS Polarlys is a stylish ship, furnished with mahogany paneling, polished brass, and a choice selection of Norwegian contemporary art. You'll find sculptures and carvings in marble, exciting paintings and glass art, and an unparalleled view from almost every quarter of the ship.

MS Finnmarken
Built: 2002 / Berths: 643
Gross Tonnage: 15,000
Length: 138.5 m / Width: 21.5 m
The MS Finnmarken is a beautifully appointed ship, decorated in Art Nouveau style, reminiscent of the first Coastal Voyage ships in Old World elegance. Eleven Norwegian artists have put the finishing touches on the interior with drawings, watercolors, oil paintings, charcoal drawings, lithographs, and sculptures. There are 32 suites, some with a balcony and Jacuzzi. All cabins have safes, refrigerators, telephones, and TVs. The fitness center with saunas and a massage room is located on deck 8, as are the hair salon and the Internet café; the outdoor swimming pool is on deck 7. Several restaurants, bars, and indoor and outdoor cafés are available throughout the ship, as well as numerous panoramic lounges and observation areas.

MS Midnatsol
Built: 2003 / Berths: 674
Gross Tonnage: 15,000
Length: 135.7 m / Width: 21.5 m
The MS Midnatsol has a modern design, with an extensive use of Norwegian materials. The name Midnatsol means "Midnight Sun" and the ship's interior is dedicated to the Norwegian summer. Large glass expanses allow the outside light to enter, along with extraordinary views. She has a large two-story panoramic lounge on the two upper decks and a top deck with saunas, a gym, a bar, and a large sun deck with a small swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Deck 5 houses the main restaurant, cafés, an arcade with playroom, shops, and lounges. Deck 8 also has several lounges, including an Internet café, TV lounge, and a library. There are 23 beautifully appointed suites, some with a balcony. All cabins have telephones. The suites and inside cabins all have TVs.

MS Trollfjord
Built: 2002 / Berths: 674
Gross Tonnage: 15,000
Length: 135.7 m / Width: 21.5 m
The MS Trollfjord has a winter theme with a modern design, featuring Norwegian wood and stone throughout the interior. Large windows have been installed throughout the ship to let the light and scenery into the public areas, and even the elevators are made out of glass. The works of Norwegian artists decorate the ship's interior. The sauna and fitness area, as well as the small swimming pool and Jacuzzi, are located on the top deck, where passengers can enjoy the spectacular views from the large outdoor area or from the panoramic balcony. On deck 8 are numerous bars, panoramic areas, a library, and Internet Café, and deck 5 houses two restaurants and several cafés. There are 23 suites, 5 with a balcony. Suites and inside cabins have TVs.

MS Nordkapp
Built: 1996 / Berths: 490
Gross Tonnage: 11,386
Length: 123.3 m / Width: 19.5 m
On board the MS Nordkapp, you're surrounded by artworks by the renowned Norwegian artist Karl Erik Harr. His dramatic themes from coastal culture make the ship a floating art gallery. There are beautifully appointed public areas, and fantastic views from all the panoramic lounges. She has been upgraded with four additional Junior Suites, Jacuzzis and an Internet café.

MS Richard With
Built: 1993 / Berths: 490
Gross Tonnage: 11,205
Length: 121.8 m / Width: 19.2 m
The ship is named after the founder of the Coastal fleet. The art on board is by Eva, Karl Erik, and Jan Harr. The work demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the shore-hugging landscape. The panoramic lounges Horisont and Syvstjernen treat you to an unforgettable experience of the surrounding scenery. Eight Junior Suites, Jacuzzis and an Internet café were introduced last year.

MS Narvik
Built: 1982/1995 / Berths: 312
Gross Tonnage: 6,257
Length: 108.6 m / Width: 16.5 m
From Leiden, the spacious panoramic lounge perched high up on deck G, you'll have an almost 360-degree view. Scattered throughout the ship are oil paintings, wall hangings, watercolors, and lithographs by renowned artists, including Karl Erik Harr.

MS Vesteralen
Built: 1983/1995 / Berths: 318
Gross Tonnage: 6,261
Length: 108.6 m / Width: 16.5 m
The MS Vesteralen was named after the very first Coastal ship and is characterized by bright, cheerful public areas and lounges. You'll enjoy the view from the panoramic lounge and admire the collection of art featuring artists with links to the northern Norwegian landscape.

MS Nordlys
Built: 1994 / Berths: 482
Gross Tonnage: 11,200
Length: 121.8 m / Width: 19.2 m
It's only natural that art, decor, and colors inspired by the Northern Lights ("Nordlys") should characterize this ship. The woodwork, brass fittings, and textiles help make the public areas comfortable and elegant. Throughout the ship you'll find works by artists with roots in coastal Norway.

MS Kong Harald
Built: 1993 / Berths: 490
Gross Tonnage: 11,200
Length: 121.8 m / Width: 19.2 m
Although this ship is formally named after the King of Norway, you'll find other famous Norwegians on board: The bar is named after Nobel Peace laureate Fridtjof Nansen, the café after explorer Roald Amundsen. True to tradition, many well-known artists have put their own individual stamp on this exquisite ship.

MS Lofoten
Built: 1964/2003 / Berths: 171
Gross Tonnage: 2,661
Length: 87.4 m / Width: 13.5 m
Reminiscent of classic steamer vessels, the two classic vessels (limited service) still in the fleet are the most intimate of the ships, accommodating fewer than 200 cruise passengers.

MS Nordstjernen
Built: 1960/2000 / Berths: 164
Gross Tonnage: 2,568
Length: 87.4 m / Width: 13.2 m
Reminiscent of classic steamer vessels, the two classic vessels (limited service) still in the fleet are the most intimate of the ships, accommodating fewer than 200 cruise passengers.

MS Fram
Built: 2007 / Berths: 318
Gross Tonnage: 12,700
Length: 114 m / Width: 20.2 m
MS Fram was specially designed for cruising arctic waters. Through the extensive use of wool, leather, and oak, its interior has a Nordic feel. As she spends the summer months cruising the Greenland sea, the MS Fram is decorated with works by esteemed Greenlandic artists. The cabins are stylish and comfortable, and feature two lower berths or a twin-sized bed, private bathrooms with hair dryers. Each is fitted with air-conditioning, heating, and a smoke alarm. There are a variety of suites and junior suites with queen-size beds and TV. She offers a comfortable restaurant, two well-stocked bars, panoramic lounges, Internet café, and conference rooms. She also features a library with a selection of books about the polar regions, a fitness room, a sauna, two heated outdoor Jacuzzis, a gift shop purveying souvenirs, postcards, stamps, and other personal effects.

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If you say “above reasons do not interest me, I want to get this service also from you”, we will be more than happy to provide you the following services :

• best available seat reservation,
• best available price,
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Employers

1. An official letter from your company (with a letterhead of your company) is required indicating your purpose of trip to the related country (touristic, business, etc), stamped and signed by the authorized person(s).
2. Commercial activity certificate of your company from Chamber of Commerce or Chamber of Industry dated last 6 months.
3. Recent tax certificate(photocopy) of your company.
4. Signature circular(photocopy) of your company.
5. Trade gazette (mark your name, if you’ve a partnership).
6. Personal or company bank account book.
7. 2 Recent passport-sized digital photograph (photographs must have white background).

Employees

1. An official letter from your company(with a letterhead of your company) is required indicating your purpose of trip to the related country(touristic, business, etc), stamped and signed by the authorized person(s).
2. Photocopy of your SSK registration approved by SSK.
3. Photocopy or the original of your payroll for the last 3 months.
4. Documents 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 listed under “Employers” header above.

Housewives

1. A letter to the consulate or the embassy indicating the purpose of your trip to the related country.
2. Evidence of property owned(house, land, etc.).
3. Documents showing your husband’s business status (according to his job all related documents mentioned under each header is required additionally).
4. Personal bank account book.

Retirees

1. A letter to the consulate or the embassy indicating the purpose of your trip to the related country.
2. Retirement book and account book of the bank showing the retirement salary.
3. Evidence of property owned (house, land, etc.).

Students

1. A letter to the consulate or the embassy indicating the purpose of your trip to the related country.
2. Student registration document from your school.
3. Your parent’s business status documents (according to their jobs all related documents mentioned under each header is required additionally).

Further to above, additional documents required by the consulates/embassies of each country are as follows.

ITALY

• Visa application form must be fully completed in capital letters.
• 1 recent passport-sized digital photograph (must have white background).
• Photocopies of pages 1 to 4 and last page of your current passport as well as photocopies of the pages of your passport showing Schengen visa/s issued before.
• Empty visa page is required.
• Travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 during your stay in Italy.
• A letter (with a letterhead) addressed to the consulate/embassy from your employer stating that during your stay in Italy “in case of any accidents or health problems, all expenses will be paid by them immediately”.
• An invitation letter from Italy.
• The company in Italy sending an invitation letter should fax its commercial registeration record to the consulate in Istanbul and to the invited company; this fax document must be included within your application documents.
• Signature circular valid for the last 1 year.
• Original commercial activity certificate valid for the last 3 months.
• SSK documents of the employee benefit paid by the company for the last 4 months (original and photocopy).
• Payroll for the last 4 months.
• Company’s bank account transactions document for the last 6 months by the bank.
• Photocopies of the confirmed hotel reservation document in Italy and confirmed airline round-trip booking document.

SWITZERLAND

• For the first time visitors of Switzerland, visa is issued for a short period.
• If you do not have a previous visa to Switzerland, for commercial visits an invitation letter from Switzerland should be faxed to the consulate and a photocopy of this fax document must be included within application documents.
• For touristic visa application, photocopies of current account book or credit cards must be included within application documents.
• In the application form, the purpose of your trip must be explained very clearly.

GERMANY

• If you do not have a previous Schengen visa given by German Consulate, you should apply personally for a commercial visa. If the departure date to Germany is not certain then instead of the departure date, a note of “because of commercial visit” should be written instead on the application letter.
• 2 Recent passport-sized digital photograph (photographs must have white background).
• On the application letter, the purpose of the trip, departure date, occupation of the visitor must be written. On the letter it should be stated that “incase of any accidents or health problems in any Schengen country, all expenses will be paid by your company immediately” and “it is guaranteed that the visitor will definitely return before the necessary visa expires”.
• Travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 is required during your stay in Germany.
• Application form and letter must be signed by the applicant.

FRANCE

• Confirmed hotel reservation document in France and a photocopy of confirmed airline round-trip booking document.
• A travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 during your stay in France.
• For commercial applications, there must be a commercial invitation letter received from France.

CZECH REPUBLIC

• The visa is obtained in 5 working days.
• Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond your return date.
• Photocopies of the following pages of your passport are required; page with photo, page that indicates the validity of the passport and last page where your ID information is written.
• Original application form must be clearly filled in by the applicant and must be signed by the owner of the passport. This form must be filled in with capital letters, one box is reserved for one letter and all boxes must be filled in properly. Please do not write any letter out of the boxes.
• In case of necessity the Consulate might require additional documents from the applicant.
• Photocopies of your personal bank account book and credit cards.
• Visas can be obtained free of charge. There is no visa charge!

HOLLAND

• Confirmed hotel reservation document in France and a photocopy of confirmed airline round-trip booking document.
• Travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 during your stay in Holland.

ENGLAND

• Application must be made at least 3 weeks before the trip.

BELGIUM

• Touristic / commercial etc. visa application to Belgium must be done personally.

EGYPT

• The visa cannot be obtained before 7 working days.
• While applying to the visa, only the documents are taken and passport is given back. In 5 working days you
will be called by the consulate to bring your passport again and after then the visa is issued and passport is given back to you in 2 working days.
• Touristic visa is issued in 2 working days.

AUSTRALIA

• All application documents are requested both in Turkish and in English.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

• Touristic / commercial etc. visa applications to USA must be done personally.

Other than the above Schengen countries, all Schengen countries below request travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 during your stay in the related countries.

• Austria (no agency applications, personal applications)
• Belgium (no agency applications, personal applications)
• Denmark
• Finland
• Iceland
• Spain (for green passport holders, visa is not required for trips less than 90 days
• Sweden
• Luxembourg
• Norway
• Portugal
• Greece

TRAVEL INSURANCE

As a result of the valuable efforts of the Turkish Ministry Of Tourism, the travel insurance is now obligatory for all travelers by law. In addition, we kindly would like to aware you that most of the countries and their related consulates require a health insurance with a minimum coverage limit of Euro 30.000 to confirm your visa.

During your travel, you may have some health problems and high expenditures accordingly. Lost baggage, robbery, lost ticket, law issues, etc. are also within the possibilities of a travel. We highly reccomend a travel insurance to financially protect yourself abroad.

HEALTH INSURANCE

If you do already have a health insurance please double check if it is valid in and out of Turkey and if it covers also lost baggage, robbery, lost ticket, law issues, etc. Please be aware that some insurances are very cheap and do not cover most of the above mentioned topics. Please do not forget that the coverage limitations of an insurance is the most important thing to know.

TRAVEL CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Most of our products are valuable, non-refundable, having an advance purchase period of 2 or 3 months. After making the payment, it is not possible to get a refund and if you need to cancel your trip under specific circumstances, you should have a cancellation insurance to protect your financial loss. It is at your own risk to have a cancellation insurance or not.

We are always at your disposal to assist you in purchasing any travel, health and/or travel cancellation insurance. For more information, please apply to one of our travel advisers either by e-mail or phone.

DEVRI ALEM OUTGOING TOUR PACKAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Devri Alem will act as a sponsoring organization and has selected qualified professional tour operators to organize and administer all travel packages announced in this web site and other exclusive medias. The designated tour operator(s), in turn, acts only as agent for any transportation carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other suppliers of services connected with these tours (other providers), and the other providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time participants are not aboard their conveyances.

Devri Alem and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for :

a-) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider, and

b-) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent, thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Devri Alem and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

By registering for the Devri Alem trips, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Devri Alem and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Devri Alem trip.

Devri Alem and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

Neither Devri Alem, its designated tour operator, nor its tour administrator shall be liable for any air carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket to or from the participant's Devri Alem trip departure city. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Basis of Prices; otherwise stated, all prices are based on two persons sharing a room or cabin or compartment. All prices and fares are quoted in Euros. The rates are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge we reserve the right to do so and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.

Eligibility; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire journey. For family trips, children must be the minimum age indicated in the trip itinerary. Otherwise, there are no age restrictions, but all participants must be in good health.

Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds; a deposit of 35% of the package price is required for each person to reserve space on Devri Alem trips. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Devri Alem reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 60 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 60 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. If you cancel 120 days or more prior to departure, a refund less an administrative fee of EUR 200 of your deposit will be made. Per person charges for cancellations that occur less than 120 days prior to departure are as follows:
119-61 days prior to departure: 100% of your deposit amount;
60-45 days prior to departure: 50% of the trip price;
44 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the trip price

Some products payments, cancellations, refunds and general policies may be different than the above and will be advised to you at time of reservation by your travel consultant.

This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier's refund policy.

If you cancel your package and find yourself a suitable person to take over the contractual obligations (but only if the cancelled space is still available), No cancellation fee is to be paid.

Leaving a trip in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of the trip. Devri Alem reserves the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically unfeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If Devri Alem or its designated tour operator cancels a trip prior to departure, you will receive a full refund of monies paid to Devri Alem or its designated tour operator, except in the event the cancellation is due to a major global event which has resulted in the cancellation of multiple trips, in which case, you will receive a refund and/or credit equivalent to monies paid to Devri Alem or its designated tour operator. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a prorated refund based on the number of days not completed on the trip. We will not be responsible for any refund for nonrefundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger directly from an airline or travel agent.

Guests who have not signed this terms and conditions but participating a trip with a person who has paid for the trip and signed this terms and conditions, they do automatically accept all these terms and conditions.

Travel, health and cancellation insurance is available at an additional cost, and is strongly recommended and advised.

Itinerary Changes; the itineraries and staff presented here are subject to modification and change by Devri Alem or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.

Health Requirements; you must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. Devri Alem and its designated tour operator reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of a trip or to require any traveler to withdraw from a trip anytime when such action is determined to be in the best interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the trip group or individual trip member.

Medical Precautions; for some of the trips to be realised in wilderness and similar destinations such as the Amazons, some countries in Agrica, etc, Devri Alem may require Yellow Fever Vaccination, Malaria Prophylaxis, etc. due to the CDC (Center of Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) recommendations.

Photography and Video; we reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any trip or part thereof, and to use the resulting photography for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with Devri Alem, participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography; participants who prefer that their image not be used are asked to identify themselves to their travel consultant at the time of booking.

Other; additional Terms and Conditions may apply to some trips and will be provided with pre-trip mailings.

By registering for a Devri Alem trip, the participant agrees to the Responsibility statement and the Terms and Conditions herein.

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