The Great Journey through Europe June 14 to 24, 2017

Dear W&L Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

We invite you to join us on a splendid re-creation of a portion of the legendary "Grand Tour," so popular in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Our Great Journey through Europe offers a meticulously planned, exclusive itinerary. We'll begin with a cruise through the Dutch polder land, reclaimed from the North Sea, and admire the fairy-tale beauty of the UNESCO-designated section of the Rhine River. Later, we'll experience three of the world's legendary railways and visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II, one of the finest ships sailing Europe's waterways, assures excellent accommodations en route from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to Basel, Switzerland. Port calls along the way include Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, and Mannheim for Heidelberg, Germany, and the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg, France, a fusion of both French and German cultures.

From Basel, we'll travel overland through the verdant countryside of Switzerland. We'll visit the medieval gem of Berne and Interlaken, scenically situated near the magnificent Bernese Oberland Alps. Following two nights in lovely Lucerne at the Five-Star HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF LUZERN, where glorious panoramas surround us, we'll cross the mountains of Switzerland aboard the celebrated, ingeniously engineered Glacier Express. Finally, in Zermatt, we'll behold the iconic Matterhorn as we travel aboard the Gornergrat Bahn, the country's oldest cog railway.

Please join us on this extraordinary journey, an excellent value with all accommodations and excursions included. We encourage you to reserve now as capacity is limited-this program sells out quickly! Early Booking Savings are available only through November 16, 2016.

We look forward to traveling with you,
Rob Fure, Director of W&L Traveller

Itinerary

Day 1 and Day 2: U.S./Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Depart the U.S. for Amsterdam. On arrival, enjoy a private cruise along Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage site canals, lined with distinctly Dutch 16th- and 17th-century grachtenpanden (canal houses). Then, embark the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II. This evening, join your travel companions for the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner.

Day 3: Cologne, Germany

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board cruising along the picturesque Rhine River to Cologne, one of Germany’s most ancient cities. Founded as a Roman military outpost in 38 B.C., Cologne has flourished as the Rhineland’s foremost mercantile and religious center from the time of Charlemagne to present day, and is the birthplace of the original world-famous Eau de Cologne perfume. Explore the Altstadt (Old Town) and visit the historic Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), a UNESCO World Heritage site and the finest example of High Gothic architecture in Germany. Its construction began in 1248 and lasted for six centuries—among its artistic treasures are the Milan Madonna and the Shrine of the Three Holy Kings.

Day 4: Koblenz/Rüdesheim

Go ashore in the picturesque city of Koblenz, strategically positioned at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and where Germany’s Roman past dates to nine B.C., during the reign of Augustus Caesar.

From the famous Deutsches Eck (German Corner), view the impressive 19th-century fortress of Ehrenbreitstein — once the residence of the powerful Archbishop-Electors of Trier — across the Rhine River, and explore this historic city during a walking tour. The twin-towered Basilica of St. Castor, built between the ninth and 13th centuries, features the Rhineland’s distinctive Romanesque architecture.

Cruise through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-designated Rhine River Valley, legendary for its scenery and riverside architectural treasures. Be on deck for a front-row view of the steep, terraced vineyards rising on the slopes of the riverbanks—with nearly each bend in the river, a medieval castle crowns the crags and a tranquil village emerges along its banks. See the famous Lorelei Rock— legend holds that a beautiful siren once lured sailors here with her enchanting song.

Dock in the medieval town of Rüdesheim, the heart of Germany’s wine country. Enjoy a tour aboard the unique Winzerexpress mini-train, traveling through bucolic countryside vineyards en route to a private tasting of German wines.

Reboard the ship and cruise through the pastoral Rheingau, Germany’s most famous wine-growing region, known particularly for its Riesling.

Day 5: Mannheim for Heidelberg

This morning, transfer from Mannheim to Heidelberg, where luminaries such as Goethe and Schumann once came to experience the intellectual atmosphere of Heidelberg University, the oldest in Germany, founded in 1386.

To many on the “Grand Tour” of Europe, fashionable in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Heidelberg epitomized Germany, nestled in the densely wooded valley of the Neckar River and alive with the spirit of German Romanticism. On the walking tour, see how Heidelberg has preserved its authentic Renaissance-Baroque character, including the eight remaining arches of the famous Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) that span the Neckar River. Visit the stately ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle, a magnificent, 13th-century edifice perched above the river that embodies Heidelberg’s medieval past.

Day 6: Strasbourg, France

The lively Alsatian city of Strasbourg fuses Old and New Europe. The Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a treasure trove of medieval houses, and the charming Ponts-Couverts—covered bridges flanked by watchtowers at each end—span its picturesque canals.

It was in Strasbourg that John Calvin first established a reformed parish. See remnants of the Reformation in the beautiful Protestant and Catholic Church of St-Pierre-le-Vieux; and see the graceful sandstone Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame, a Romanesque-Gothic masterpiece that, according to the poet Goethe, rises “like a most sublime, wide-arching tree of God.”

In the Petite-France district, the historic miller, tanner and fishermen’s quarter along the Ill River, the fairy-tale appearance of a past era lives on, while nearby, member nations of the European Union engage in the daily discourse of the European Parliament.

On board the ship this evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Day 7: Basel, Switzerland/Berne/Interlaken/Lucerne

Early this morning, disembark in Basel and transfer across the rolling Swiss countryside to Berne, Switzerland’s historic capital. Visit the city’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and beautifully preserved medieval gem noted for its arcaded sidewalks. Then, enjoy lunch in a historic, 18th-century High Baroque-style granary converted into a traditional Bernese restaurant.

Continue your journey through one of the most stunning areas of Switzerland, the spectacular Bernese Oberland, traveling from subtropical lowlands to the snow-crowned heights of the Alps. Admire the impressive natural treasures of soaring, snowcapped mountain peaks; green, rolling hills; crystal-clear glacial lakes and densely wooded forests.

Stop in the charming resort town of Interlaken, located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Here, you will find the perfect vantage point for viewing the towering Jungfrau, an imposing summit in the Bernese Alps known as the “Top of Europe.”

Then, enjoy a scenic transfer to Lucerne and check into the lakeside Five-Star HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF LUZERN.

Day 8: Lucerne

A long-favored destination of travelers, Lucerne is set against the backdrop of its deep blue lake and the rugged grandeur of Mounts Pilatus and Rigi. Begin your morning walking tour in the Weinmarkt (wine market), surrounded by historic burghers’ houses. See the Hofkirche (Court Church), one of the finest examples of German Renaissance architecture, and the Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who gave their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Walk across Lucerne’s most famous landmark, the delightful, 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge, which spans the Reuss River and is adorned with 17th-century paintings.

Ascend Mount Pilatus by panoramic gondola to its 7000-foot summit for a magnificent 360-degree view of central Switzerland’s mountains, forests and lakes. Enjoy lunch in a summit restaurant followed by free time. Board the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, and descend more than 5300 feet in less than three miles on return to the shores of picturesque Lake Lucerne, where you will embark upon a scenic cruise.

Day 9: Lucerne/Andermatt/Zermatt

Relax during a scenic morning transfer from Lucerne to Andermatt. Lunch is included in Andermatt before you board the fabled Glacier Express, “the world’s slowest fast train.” Travel through the heart of the Alps, where the natural beauty of the mountains rivals the skill and ingenuity of the engineers who created this impressive rail route.

Arrive in the Alpine resort of Zermatt, located beneath the dramatic pinnacle of the iconic Matterhorn. Check into the chalet-style HOTEL ALEX. This evening, dine in the hotel’s handsome, traditional Swiss restaurant.

Day 10: Zermatt

Today, travel aboard the famous Gornergrat Bahn, the highest cog railway in Europe. Ascend through pine and larch forests and cross meadows ablaze with wildflowers to the 10,000-foot-high Gornergrat. From the observatory atop Gornergrat, delight in the sweeping vistas of Europe’s most breathtaking Alpine scenery—the serrated profiles of the Matterhorn, the Liskamm and Dufourspitze mountains and vast Gorner Glacier. Return to Zermatt at your leisure, with the option to stop en route at Riffelberg for the panoramic view of impressive Monte Rosa and the majestic Matterhorn. The Farewell Reception and dinner are in the hotel this evening.

Day 11: Zermatt/Geneva/U.S.

Following breakfast, transfer to Geneva for your return flight to the U.S.

Deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II

The meticulous crafting of the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II, launched in 2015, sets new standards in ship design and technology and features the comforts of a deluxe floating hotel.

This exclusively chartered ship offers 84 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed Suites (284 square feet) and Staterooms (from 188 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a unique floor-to-ceiling panoramic window whose upper half can automatically lower to create a French balcony. Junior Suites feature a private balcony and an interior sitting area. Each Suite and Stateroom has two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, walk-in closet, satellite telephone and television, safe and hair dryer.

Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and late-evening snack. Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.

Inviting public facilities are spacious and include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus-Club with Internet station, beauty salon, boutique and fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes. The Sun Deck has a chess board and shuffle board. Guests will also appreciate the complimentary use of an audio headset, available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. The ship has an elevator serving all passenger decks except the Sun Deck, and laundry service is available. There is no doctor aboard the ship.

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II meets the highest safety standards and is one of the only European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

The Golden Age of Amsterdam: Pre-Program Option

The historic heart of Amsterdam, laced with tree-shaded canals and stately 16th- and 17th-century merchant houses, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the perfect prelude to your Great Journey. Visit the world-class Rijksmuseum and enjoy a full-day excursion to the quaint port towns of Edam, world-famous for its cheese, and Hoorn, one of the great historic seafaring towns of the Golden Age. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe RENAISSANCE AMSTERDAM HOTEL.

The Pre-Program Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Included Features

  • Ten-day program, including a five-night Rhine River cruise and four nights in the Swiss Alps, featuring three of the world’s great train journeys.

In Amsterdam

  • Private cruise along the city’s picturesque UNESCO World Heritage-designated canals.

On board the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II

  • Five-night cruise from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to Basel, Switzerland, with port calls at Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Mannheim for Heidelberg, Germany; and Strasbourg, France.
  • Air-conditioned, river-view Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom.
  • All meals served at single, unassigned seatings—early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and late-evening snack— featuring fine continental cuisine.
  • Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Farewell Dinner.
  • Cologne walking tour,including a visit to the magnificent Kölner Dom, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • WalkingtourofpicturesqueKoblenzincludingthe famous Deutsches Eck (German Corner), located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.
  • Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Rhine Valley’s scenic Lorelei Passage.
  • Visit to the medieval town of Rüdesheim in the heart of the celebrated Rheingau, featuring a private tasting of local wines.
  • Excursion to Heidelberg’s 13th-century hilltop castle ruins.
  • Walking tour of Strasbourg’s historic Grande Île (Grand Island) city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Scenic transfer from Basel to Lucerne, with a stop en route in Switzerland’s historic capital of Berne for a tour of its Old Town, with lunch in a traditional Bernese restaurant, followed by a stop in the idyllic village of Interlaken.

In Lucerne

  • Two nights in the Five-Star HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF LUZERN, with Swiss breakfast each morning.
  • Walking tour of historic, 12th-century Lucerne.
  • Panoramic Mount Pilatus gondola ascent with lunch at the summit, and the dramatic descent aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel train.
  • Scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. Experience one of the great rail journeys of the world from Andermatt to Zermatt aboard the legendary Glacier Express, following a scenic transfer from Lucerne to Andermatt and lunch.

In Zermatt

  • Two nights in the delightful chalet-style HOTEL ALEX, with Swiss breakfast each morning.
  • Two dinners with Swiss Rhône Valley wine in the hotel.
  • Rail journey aboard the scenic Gornergrat Bahn, one of the most picturesque train rides in the world, for breathtaking views of the great Matterhorn.
  • Farewell Reception.

Enhanced Travel Services

  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad for participants whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides.
  • Gratuities to ship personnel are included.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions.
  • Taxes are included.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom during the cruise and on excursions.
  • Complimentary use of a state-of-the-art audio headset for each participant while on guided excursions.
  • Hospitality desks in the hotels and aboard ship.
  • The services of experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors throughout the travel program.
  • Travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure information.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Thomas P. Gohagan & Company.

Legendary Railways of the Swiss Alps

Magnificent. Dynamic. Awe-inspiring. These are superlatives that describe not only Switzerland’s majestic 14,000-foot-high mountain peaks, flowing streams, cavernous gorges and crystalline glaciers, but also three of the world’s great cogwheel railways—the panoramic Glacier Express, the scenic Gornergrat Bahn and the dramatic Pilatus Railway—and the ingenuity and engineering achievements it took to create them. Appreciate the visionary work and vast scope of these impressive railways as you experience the sublime majesty of the iconic Alps from incredible, up-close perspectives.

The Gornergrat Bahn is Switzerland’s oldest electrified cog railway, in operation since 1898. In the brief span of five miles, you will climb nearly 5000 feet from Zermatt to lofty Gornergrat. En route, look for stunning views of the great Matterhorn, hanging glaciers and the robin’s-egg blue waters of glacial mountain lakes.

Lucerne’s Pilatus Railway offers breathtaking bird’s-eye views of Swiss farms and coniferous forests along its three-mile run from the summit of Mount Pilatus to the shores of Lake Lucerne. Its vertical descent of nearly 5400 feet over a grade as steep as 48 percent is highlighted by its stunning 360-degree views.

No feat required greater skill and determination than the laying of the track for the Glacier Express (1930) across the spine of the towering Alps. Enjoy this spectacular and leisurely journey showcasing unmatched views of the Swiss countryside: weathered chalets and mountainside farming hamlets, picturesque trails dotted with hikers, livestock grazing on green grasses, glacial waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. A true engineering marvel, the railway penetrates the mountain barrier separating the cantons of Valais and Uri through the nine-and-one-half-mile-long Furka Tunnel and crosses arched stone bridges that span the tumbling headwaters of the Rhine and Rhône Rivers.

Costs

Stateroom CategoryDescriptionEarly Booking Price
through Nov. 16, 2016
Regular Price
after Nov. 16, 2016
6 Stateroom with window. Haydn Deck, aft. (limited availability) $4,895 $5,895
5 Stateroom with window. Haydn Deck, forward. $5,595 $6,595
4 Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that lowers to create a French balcony; minibar. Strauss Deck, aft. $6,095 $7,095
3 Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that lowers to create a French balcony; minibar. Strauss Deck, forward. $6,395 $7,395
2 Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that lowers to create a French balcony; minibar. Strauss Deck, midship. $6,795 $7,795
1 Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that lowers to create a French balcony; minibar. Mozart Deck, aft and midship. $7,495 $8,495
Junior Suite Suite with private balcony (sliding glass doors with railing), large sitting area with minibar. Mozart Deck, midship. $8,195 $9,195
  1. Price includes tax and is per person, based on double occupancy.
  2. Singles are available in category 5 at $9,295 and in category 2 at $10,995 on or before November 16, 2016. Add $1,000 for reservations made after November 16, 2016.
  3. Taxes are included.
  4. M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II has been specially contracted for this tour, and the applicable deck plan is available on request from Gohagan & Company and reflects the only valid cabin categorization of the vessel.

Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement

Responsibility

Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party.

In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels, or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely.

If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line.

Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. Gohagan is not responsible therefor and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan, however, is not required under these circumstances to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

Not Included

Passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Included Features” section of the brochure; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.

Airfare

Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan. LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without notice.

Physical Accessibility

All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment. DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by November 16, 2016. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.

Cancellations

Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) from the time of booking through 180 days prior to departure qualify for full refund of deposit; cancellations are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from 121 to 179 days prior to departure; from 120 through 95 days prior to departure, $600 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 61 through 94 days prior to departure, 40% of the published full regular tariffs; from 45 through 60 days prior to departure, 55% of the published full regular tariffs; from 22 through 44 days prior to departure, 70% of the published full regular tariffs; cancellations 21 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. TRIP INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.

Rates

Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs which include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.

Binding Arbitration

Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement, the brochure, or any other information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association then existent. In any such proceeding, the substantive, but not procedural law of Illinois will apply. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable. ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.