Explore the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England, and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings. Cruise for eight nights aboard the newly launched, exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Champlain, featuring private balconies for all accommodations. Enjoy a memorable cruise up the River Thames to London’s Tower Bridge. Special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II accompanies you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Explore Oporto in Portugal’s renowned wine country, walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela and visit the Guggenheim Museum and Mont‑St-Michel. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options
Complementary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages & Wi-Fi are included throughout the cruise!
John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.
1 Depart the U.S.
2 Lisbon, Portugal/Embark Le Champlain
3 Leixões for Oporto
4 A Coruña, Spain for Santiago de Compostela
6 Cruising the French Coast
7 St. Malo, France, for Mont-St-Michel
8 Caen for Normandy Beaches
9 Cruising the English Channel/River Thames/London, England (Tower Bridge)
10 London/Return to the U.S.
Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options