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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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
May 21, 2021 - May 30, 2021

EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS

  • Linda Harper

    Linda Harper

    Linda was on the NTHP National Main Street program’s management team working with over 200 communities.  As the director for Exchange Programs for the Countryside Institute she provided oversight for communities in 3 counties to implement sustainable environmental and economic programs. Her time as the Board Chair and Executive Director of Historic Congressional Cemetery saw the property go from being listed on the NT’s 11 Most Endangered to being listed as a National Landmark with a $4M endowment. Most recently she served as the CEO for Cultural Tourism for Washington, DC promoting the embassies, monuments, arts and neighborhoods as an integral part of the city’s economic development plan.  Her background in historic preservation, cultural tourism and community engagement will help each traveler better understand the flavor and significance of our stops along the way.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • days 1-2

    U.S./Glasgow, Scotland

    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

    Holyhead, Wales

    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

    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.

  • 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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