Join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings during this nine‑night Celtic Lands journey. By exclusive arrangement, walk the hallowed D-Day beaches of Normandy, France, with Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Meet Allen Packwood, an expert on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, England.
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- Trip Type
- International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- May 28, 2019 - Jun 7, 2019
Tom Moriarity is a nationally recognized preservationist and urban development specialist. Trained as an architect, Tom was one of the founders of the National Trust’s pioneering Main Street Program. As Managing Principal at Retail & Development Strategies LLC, Tom has been involved in major restoration and urban rehabilitation projects across the U.S. and the world. He will bring his expertise on architecture, architectural history, historic preservation and adaptive use that will help each traveler better understand the beauty and significance of the places we will visit. Tom holds two degrees in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
- days 1-2
Depart the U.S. for Glasgow. On arrival, embark the Five-Star Le Boréal. Enjoy dinner on board the ship Wednesday evening. (1d)
- day 3
Fort William/Scottish Highlands
The resplendent beauty of the legendary Scottish Highlands is unparalleled in its rich and rugged scenery, which has inspired countless folktales and storytellers with its magnetic and mysterious pull. Enjoy a full day’s journey, beginning in bucolic Glenfinnan. View the Glenfinnan Viaduct, immortalized by the Hogwarts™ Express in the Harry Potter film series, and see the Glenfinnan Monument, commemorating the Jacobite Highlanders that Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied against King George II in 1745. Stop along the Caledonian Canal at Neptune’s Staircase— the longest staircase lock in Britain. This afternoon, enjoy a picturesque drive to Glencoe, considered Scotland’s most scenic glen, much of which is preserved by the National Trust for Scotland, before returning to the ship. This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner. (b,l,r,d)
- day 4
Tobermory, Isle of Mull /Isle of Iona
Go ashore at the sheltered port of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, where brightly painted houses are nestled between the hills and the harbor. Visit 13th‑century Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean, and enjoy lunch at the castle. Ferry across the Sound of Iona to the neighboring Hebridean Isle of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. In A.D. 563, the Irish monk Columba founded a monastery here, where scribes would spend their entire lives painstakingly copying and illuminating religious tracts and transcribing ancient Celtic sagas. Iona became the burial place of Scotland’s kings, including Duncan and Macbeth. Stroll through the serene, restored abbey and see the churchyard’s intricate Celtic crosses. Later, join Allen Packwood on board the ship as he discusses the complexity of the D‑Day operations and Sir Winston Churchill’s role in its undertaking. (b,l,d)
- day 5
From Holyhead, transfer across the diminutive Isle of Anglesey and over the Menai Strait to North Wales, cradle of Celtic culture, where Welsh remains the mother tongue. Visit beautiful Bodnant Garden, one of the finest examples of 19th‑century Victorian landscape artistry. Stop in the charming seaside resort town of Llandudno for lunch, followed by a stirring private choir performance of Welsh hymns. Experience the grandeur of the UNESCO World eritage‑designated Caernarfon Castle, an impenetrable 13th‑century fortress built by Edward I of England as a defense against the marauding Welsh. Following the tradition of seven centuries of monarchs, Queen Elizabeth II invested the future heir to the British throne, her son Charles, as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon in 1969. Enjoy views of the beautiful, glacier‑sculpted peaks and valleys of the Snowdonia Mountains during your return to the ship. (b,l,d)
- day 6
Built astride the River Liffey, Ireland’s historic capital has retained its rich heritage of Georgian architecture. The panoramic tour of the city highlights the landmark St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals and grand O’Connell Street, lined with bronze and marble statues of Irish statesmen. Stroll through the stately quadrangles of Trinity College and view the incandescent illuminations of the ninth‑century Book of Kells. The afternoon is at leisure to walk along colorful Grafton Street, savor a pint of Guinness in a neighborhood pub or visit the National Gallery of Ireland, one of the best repositories of Celtic treasures in the world. On board the ship this evening, enjoy specially arranged traditional Irish music and dance performed by a local band. (b,l,d)
- day 7
Tresco, Scilly Isles, England
On board this morning, Professor David Eisenhower will share captivating personal insights about his grandfather and “Operation Overlord,” the Allies’ code name for the military campaign that launched the D‑Day airborne and amphibious invasion at Normandy. After lunch, visit the lush, 19th‑century Tresco Abbey Gardens, weather permitting. Blooming with more than 6,000 exotic plant species ranging in origin from Brazil to New Zealand, and built around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey, this subtropical landscape is often compared to London’s Royal Botanic Garden as a “perennial Kew without the glass.” If the weather permits, meander among spires of indigo viper’s bugloss, broad‑leafed tree ferns, flourishing aloes and bright pink South African
suikerbos in this surprising, magical haven. (b,l,d)
- day 8
Cherbourg, France, for Utah Beach and Sainte‑Mére‑Èglise/Caen
From Cherbourg, drive to Sainte‑Mére‑Èglise, the first French village to be liberated by American forces during World War II and known for its great historical significance, including the famous story of American soldier John Steele, who caught his parachute on the church steeple and was forced to dangle limply for two hours before being taken as a German prisoner. See Milestone 0, which marks the Road to Freedom’s commencement and, in a local church, view the modern stained‑glass rendition of the American Airborne parachute drop. Continue to the Church of Angoville-au-Plain, an emergency aid station during D-Day; here, two brave U.S. Army medics treated wounded soldiers, using pews as makeshift beds. Nearby, visit Utah Beach, the westernmost shore of the five landing areas of the Normandy invasion, and the Utah Beach D-Day Museum for a chronological account of the landing retold through an immersive curation of artifacts, vehicles and oral histories. At Pointe du Hoc, envision the heroic U.S. Army Second Ranger Battalion scaling this cliff promontory, and survey the serene English Channel. Overnight in Caen on board the ship. (b,l,d)
- day 9
Caen for Arromanches and Omaha Beach
Dock in Caen and travel to Arromanches to view a wraparound short film documenting the D‑Day campaign at the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Continue to Longues‑sur‑Mer, where the coastal German artillery battery remains intact. Arrive at Omaha Beach, where Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, and walk the historic Normandy shores. Then, in the company of Professor Eisenhower, contemplate the solemn commemorative crosses and Stars of David in the American Military Cemetery at Colleville‑sur‑Mer. This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship. (b,l,r,d)
- day 10
Disembark and visit the D‑Day Museum and Southwick House, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower’s battle headquarters, with an exclusive lunch and lecture in the historic Portsmouth Guildhall. Enjoy a scenic transfer from Portsmouth to London and continue on the London Post‑Program Option, or check into the deluxe Runnymede on Thames Hotel. Enjoy dinner in the hotel this evening. (b,l,d)
- day 11
Transfer to the airport for your return flight
to the U.S. (b)
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