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
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Apr 30, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Barbara Horlbeck, M.A., is an arts and culture professional with extensive global experience. She is a lecturer, writer, independent researcher and adjunct instructor of art history, and has developed and teaches college and university-level art history courses, including “Arts of the Islamic World” and “Arts of the Ancient World.” As Founder of Arts and Influences, Barbara developed the successful Food for Thought Lecture and Lunch Series and created a series of in-depth seminars covering a broad range of topics from “Arts of the Medieval World,” and “Arts of China, India and Japan” to “Collectors, Collections, and the Modern Museum.” As a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for nearly 20 years, Barbara has led tours for educators, specialists and the general public. She has traveled in nearly 40 countries, including five continents and the North Pole, as well as Iran, India, Pakistan and China. Barbara loves helping travelers develop a deeper understanding of our rich artistic and cultural legacy while, at the same time, placing works of art and architecture in their rich historical context.
- days 1-2
Depart the U.S. for Glasgow. On arrival, embark the Five-Star Le Dumont d’Urville Enjoy dinner on board the ship.
- day 3
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 4
Tobermory, Isle of Mull /Isle of Iona
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 5
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 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.
- 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 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 8
Cherbourg, France, for Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc 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.
- day 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 10
Honfleur/Disembark ship/Paris/ Return to the U.S.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.
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