Celtic Lands with Guest Speaker Dwight David Eisenhower II

Celtic Lands with Guest Speaker Dwight David Eisenhower II

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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.

Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!

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$6,895

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jun 7, 2020 - Jun 16, 2020

EXTENSIONS

Paris and Giverny Pre‑Cruise Option
Experience the “City of Light”, lovely Honfleur and Monet’s cherished gardens in nearby Giverny. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris, renowned for its historic and aesthetic influence, and a walking tour at fascinating Montemartre. Enjoy a visit to Monet’s Gardens—an exquisite living canvas—in charming Giverny. Tour the Impressionist Master’s house and admire his lily pond and iconic Japanese bridge.
Spend two nights in the Five-Star InterContinental Paris Le Grand.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Post-Cruise Option
Explore two of Scotland’s greatest cities and their histories of fascinating clans, medieval knights and royal and religious intrigue. Visit Glasgow’s 12th‑century cathedral, the only medieval church in mainland Scotland to survive the reformation of 1560, and the historic Edinburgh Castle.
Spend two nights in the Five‑Star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS

  • Richard Wagner

    Richard Wagner

    Richard Wagner, Ph.D., AIA, is a principal with David H. Gleason Associates, Inc., Architects, specializing in historic preservation and rehabilitation projects. From 1996 – 2016 he was founder and director of the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Program, Goucher College, and Research Professor in Historic Preservation, The George Washington University. Dr. Wagner previously served as Urban Program Manager and Director of Special Initiatives for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. His co-edited book The Future of Historic Preservation is to be published in Spring 2018 by Cambridge Scholars Publishers.

TOUR MAP

Celtic Lands Map June 7

ITINERARY

  • days 1-2

    June 7 & 8 - Paris, France/Honfleur/Embark Le Boréal

    On arrival, embark the Five-Star Le Boréal. Enjoy dinner on board the ship.

  • day 3

    June 9 - Caen for Arromanches and Omaha Beach

    Drive to Longues‑sur‑Mer, where the coastal German artillery battery remains intact. Continue to Omaha Beach, where Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, and walk this historic Normandy shore. In the company of Professor Eisenhower, contemplate the solemn commemorative crosses and Stars of David in the American Military Cemetery at Colleville‑sur‑Mer. Following lunch, view a wraparound short film documenting the D‑Day campaign at the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema or choose to see the world’s most famous embroidery, the
    230-foot‑long Bayeux Tapestry, a graphic chronicle of the Norman Conquest of 1066.

  • day 4

    June 10 - Caen/Cherbourg, Normandy, for Utah Beach and Sainte-Mére-Èglise

    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.

  • day 5

    June 11 - 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 and built around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey. Walk among spires of indigo viper’s bugloss, broad‑leafed tree ferns, flourishing aloes and bright pink South African suikerbos. Visit the garden’s Valhalla Museum, home to an eclectic collection of 60 shipwrecked figureheads recovered across the Isles of Scilly.

  • day 6

    June 12 - Dublin, Ireland

    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.From Holyhead, transfer across the diminutive Isle of Anglesey and over the Menai Strait to North Wales, the 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, framed by the magnificent peaks of the Snowdonian Mountains. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a private choir performance of Welsh hymns. Experience the grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Caernarfon Castle, an impenetrable 13th‑century fortress built by Edward I of England as a defense against the marauding Welsh.

  • day 7

    June 13 - Holyhead, Wales, for Caernarfon

    From Holyhead, transfer across the diminutive Isle of Anglesey and over the Menai Strait to North Wales, the 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, framed by the magnificent peaks of the Snowdonian Mountains. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a private choir performance of Welsh hymns. Experience the grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Caernarfon Castle, an impenetrable 13th‑century fortress built by Edward I of England as a defense against the marauding Welsh.

  • day 8

    June 14 - Isle of Iona/Tobermory, Isle of Mull

    Steeped in Viking myth and Celtic lore, the Isle of Mull is a land of extraordinary beauty, with pink granite cliffs, white-sand beaches and clear, blue waters. Occupied since the Ice Age and known to the classical Greeks, the island’s mysterious moors are studded with Iron‑Age duns, brochs and menhirs that recall the Hebridean Island’s rich prehistory. Go ashore at the photogenic port of Tobermory, the island’s capital, where brightly painted houses are nestled between woodland‑fringed hills and the boat‑filled harbor. Enjoy time at leisure. Late this morning, cruise 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 lives painstakingly copying religious tracts and transcribing ancient Celtic sagas. 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.

  • day 9

    June 15 - Kyle of Lochalsh for Eilean Donnan Castle

    Enjoy sweeping views of the Black and Red Cuillin mountain ranges at Sligachan and the heather‑woven hills and rocky shorelines of Sleat, the ‘Garden of Skye.’ Visit the 13th‑century Eilean Donan Castle, named for a sixth‑century Irish saint. Magnificently sited at the entrance to Loch Duich, the castle was built in 1214 to defend against attack from the Danes. Today, the castle is home to a small museum that displays Jacobite relics. This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.

  • day 10

    Glasgow, Scotland/Disembark ship/ Return to the U.S.

  • day 11

    London/U.S.

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (b)

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