Brazil Gem Study Tour 2005

Your Host: J. Wolf Kuehn

A 12-day educational tour to Sao Paulo, Ouro Preto, Belo Horizonte, Teofilo Otoni (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

We start our trip to Brazil with an eye-opening visit to the largest jewellery fair FENINJER in Sao Paulo and travel to several colonial towns in the State of Minas Gerais. Visit a topaz mine near its old capital Ouro Preto and explore the old diamond mining area around Diamantina.Take in the hustle at the gem markets in Teofilo Otoni and spend a day in a fazenda near a tourmaline mine.

Travel time: August 10 - August 24, 2005

Land cost for the 12-day tour: US$ 2,000 - CAN$ 2,250 based on double occupancy, US$ 2,350 - CAN $ 2,850 for single room

Price includes all transfers, transportation by bus, good hotel-accomodation with breakfast, several lunches, sight-seeing, etc. AIR-FARE TO BRAZIL IS NOT INCLUDED.


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Wednesday, August 10: Departures from North America and Europe
Thursday, August 11: Morning arrival in Sao Paulo, transfer to the luxurious Hotel Transamericana, the Official Hotel of the 41st FENINJER, afternoon visit to Gems and Jewelery Show, evening free
Friday, August 12: All day attendance at FENINJER; more info.
Saturday, August 13: Morning departure to Belo Horizonte by air and transfer to the old colonial town of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais by motor coach.
Sunday, August 14: Morning walking tour of the historical town of Ouro Preto with its charming buildings and cobblestone streets. Visit to the famous Mineral Museum; afternoon excursion to a topaz mine nearby and Mariana.
For a quick visit to a topaz mine in Brazil click for RealVideo, 1.05 minute (2.3 Mb) or for Quicktime, 1.05 minute (3.5 Mb).
Monday, August 15: Visit of an emerald mine in the Nova Era. Transfer to Diamantina
Tuesday, August 16: All day visit of the colonial town of Diamantina.
Wednesday, August 17 :Morning departure for Governador Valadares and Teofilo Otoni by motor coach and transfer for a 2-day stay at the Fazenda Poquinho, a beautiful ranch in the mountains.
Thursday, August 18: Visit a tourmaline mine near the Fazenda; learn how to cut gems. Find out about tropical fruits and experience the stunning tropical landscape of Minas Gerais.
Friday, August 19: Afternoon return to Teofilo Otoni with viewing of a splendid private gem collection. For the rest of the evening join in the fun at GemFesta 2004.
Saturday, August 20: All day at GemFesta 2004; more info. Dance-allnight-Party.
Sunday, August 21: Late morning departure for Belo Horizonte. Visit of the Gold Museum in Sabara.
Monday, August 22: Departure for Sao Paulo by air. Transfer to Limeira.
Tuesday, August 23: All day visit to ALJOYAS 2005; more info.. Good-by party.
Wednesday, August 24: Morning free; late afternoon transfer to International Airport in Sao Paulo for departure.

Your Host: J. Wolf Kuehn, B.A., M.A., F.G.G., is Director of the Canadian Institute of Gemmology and has travelled to Brazil and other Latin American countries several times. His multi-lingual background and his comprehensive knowledge of gemstones will make this trip an exciting learning experience for all participants. For more info call Wolf at (604) 530-8569.

Final note: Due to the tropical climate participants must be in excellent health. The temperatures during the time of travel range from 25 - 35 Grade Celsius. We recommend light cotton clothing for the day and sun protection (hat and sun screen). Bring a jacket for the air-conditioned buses or locations at higher altitudes. Health risks are minimal; the food is excellent, water is safe but we recommend to drink bottled water. Malaria protection is not necessary.

bullet_yellow Picture Gallery of Brasil X Gemfesta, Teofilo Otoni, August 22 - 25, 1998

bullet_yellow Picture Gallery of Brazil Gem Study Tour April 1999

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THE TOUR PRICE IS US$ 1,995 ($ 1,695 double occupancy per person) BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE AIR TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM BRAZIL. The tour is an educational course offered by the Canadian Institute of Gemmology and is income tax deductible for Canadian participants. The tour cost includes all visits and transfers in Brazil is exempt from the GST.
TRANSPORTATION: Participants are responsible for their air transportation to and from Brazil. Starting and finishing point of the tour is Sao Paulo. Participants will be picked up on Thursday morning, August 11 at the International Airport and will return to Sao Paulo Garulhos Airport late afternoon on Wednesday, August 24 for departure to North America and Europe. Air tickets and insurance must be purchased separately from a registered travel agency. Participants may extend their stay in Brazil on their own. Please book early.
Participants must purchase a return ticket to Belo Horizonte with a scheduled stopover in Sao Paulo; please contact us for details and options. Flights out of Miami, Florida cost approximately US$ 700. Special return fares from Vancouver B.C. are presently available for CAN$ 1, 300.
ACCOMODATIONS: In first class tourist hotels pending confirmation. Based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with private bath. A limited number of single rooms are available. Air-conditioning may not be available at all times.
MEALS: Daily breakfast included with accomodation; several lunches during transfers and visits.
SIGHTSEEING AND EXCURSIONS: Sightseeing tours by private motorcoach as listed in the itinerary with local English-speaking guides. Due to heavy traffic volume in Brazil delays may be experienced when travelling by motor-coach. Visits to museums and gem mines may be changed if necessary.
CIG INSTRUCTOR/CO-ADVENTURER: A qualified Gemmologist/Instructor will accompany the group throughout.
RESERVATIONS DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS: A deposit of $750.00 per person is required by May 31, 2005 to secure any reservations on the tour. As the tour is limited to 8 participants a waiting list will be kept after the available spaces have been filled. Full payment is due by June 30, 2006. Make cheques payable to Canadian Institute of Gemmology.
TIPS AND TAXES: Included where payable in advance by local custom or law.
DOCUMENTATION: Each tour member is responsible for securing his/her ownpassport and visa for Brazil. Details concerning visas etc. will be forwarded to participants after registration.
BAGGAGE: One piece of check-in baggage with maximum collective dimensions of 106 inches. In addition, every passenger may have a carry onbag not to exceed dimensions of 45 inches. Carry on must fit beneath oneaircraft seat. TOTAL BAGGAGE MAY NOT EXCEED 44 LBS. It is recommended hat participants travel light. Under certain cirumstances participants may be required to carry their own luggage.
INSURANCE: The Canadian Institute of Gemmology and its agents are not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, theft of luggage and/or personalbelongings, and/or for personal injury, accidents and/or illness, or otherwise. For your own protection, it is important that you have, or purchase, adequate insurance to cover these eventualities. Appropriate insurance applications must be completed and paid at the time of registration. Minimum insurance requirements apply.
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Charges for passport, inoculations, any transportation and departure taxes, any airport taxes or other travel taxes, notincluded in the itinerary, laundry, liquor, soft drinks, beverages, coffee or tea with meals, or meals not included in the itinerary, any cover charges, excess baggage charges, accident and baggage insurance, expenses for guides or transportation not included in the itinerary, any items of a personal nature, private non-group transfers and any item not specifically listed as included.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS: All cancellations must be in writing and thetime are cal culated as of the date of receipt of the cancellation notice by the Canadian Institute of Gemmology. All cancellations are subject to the following cancellation charges which will not be refunded.
40 - 70 days before departure: 25% of tour price, 20 - 39 days before departure: 60% of tour price, 0 - 19 days before departure: 100% of tour price. Prices are based on currently available 2001 hotel/land tariffs and exchange rates and may change.
RESPONSIBILITY The Canadian Institute of Gemmology (CIG) acts only as agent for the hotels, airlines, bus companies, all other transportation companies, sight seeing operators, and/or owners or contractors providing accomodations, transportation or other services, and all coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts and tickets used by CIG are issued subject to any and all tariffs, terms and conditions under which any accomodations, transportation or any other services whatsoever are provided by such hotels, airlines, bus companies, railroads ship lines or owners or contractors or by their person in employ.
By acceptance of tour membership and/or such coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts and tickets, the tour member agrees to the foregoing and also agrees that neither CIG nor any of its affiliates, agents, employees, or subsidiaries shall be or become liable or responsible for any loss, injury or damage to person, property or otherwise in connection with any accomodations, transportation, or other services, resulting directly or indirectly from any acts of God, dangers incident to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of governments or other authorities, de jure or de facto, wars, whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical orcustoms regulations, defaults, delays or cancellations of or changes initinerary or schedules, negligence, or from any causes not in CIG's direct ontrol or for any inconvenience, accidents, expenses or occurrences ofany kind caused entirely or partly by the transportation companies, sightseeing operators, hotels and/or the CIG or their agents and/or employees, or for any loss or damage resulting from insufficient or improperly issued passports, airline tickets, visas, or other documents and that neither CIG nor any of its agents, employees, affiliates of subsidiaries shall be or become liable or responsible for any additional expenses or liability sustained or incurred by the tour member as a result of any of the foregoing causes, or any other causes whatsoever. Th Canadian Institute of Gemmology reserves the right to decline or retain any person as a tour passenger should such person's health or mental condition or physical infirmity or general deportment impede the operation of the tour or the rights or welfare or enjoyment of other tour passengers. A refund of unused land tour services is the limit of the Canadian Institute of Gemmology's liability. The right is reserved to substitute hotels, and alter the itinerary or any other service or places to be visited. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure or to offer the tour at an increased price if there is insufficient membership. If the tour must be withdrawn prior to the passengers joining the tour, CIG's liability is limited to a refund of monies received from tour members without interest. The passenger contract in use by the airlines concerned when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and purchasers of this tour and/or passengers.
Vancouver, B.C., November 2004

Please note: This tour is open only to C.I.G. students and members of the Gem Connoisseur Club who are Canadian Residents (foreign participants are welcome if there is space available; visa and tax requirements may be different). The tour is an educational course and portions of it are income tax deductible. The tour price is based on the maximum number of 8 participants and can change. All tour participants must be in excellent health and non-smokers (a physician's report may be required).

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