Normandy & Great Britain Voyage

Normandy & Great Britain Voyage

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This new itinerary features a two-night hotel stay in Normandy combined with a nine-night cruise aboard the 59-cabin Hebridean Sky from Cherbourg in northwest France to Aberdeen on Scotland’s east coast. Excursion options in each port allow guests to select excursions to historic battle sites or magnificent castles, country estates and/or premier art sites. The itinerary is designed to offer an appealing combination of small scenic ports, cosmopolitan cities, military and maritime sites, architectural landmarks, and world-class gardens at their springtime best. After two nights in Normandy, including the chance to see the iconic sites commemorating the D-Day invasion, board the Hebridean Sky in Cherbourg and cruise across the English Channel to Plymouth, the beginning of a nine-night cruise with port calls at Portsmouth, Dover, Tilbury (for an overnight in London), as well as three ports in Scotland: Newcastle upon-Tyne, Berwick, and Aberdeen.

Pricing from
$9,990
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
May 2, 2022 - May 14, 2022

TOUR MAP

Normandy Great Britain map

ITINERARY

  • day May 2

    Depart the U.S.

    Overnight flight to Paris, France.

  • day May 3

    Deauville, France

    Arrive at Paris CDG Airport; morning welcome reception at the Sheraton CDG Airport Hotel; group coach transfers to Normandy region, check into the hotel with time to rest before a welcome dinner. D

  • day May 4

    Deauville

    Morning lecture followed by choice of tours: 1) Caen Memorial Museum combined with Bayeux historic center including the famed Bayeux Tapestry; or 2) UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont-St.-Michele; return to Deauville for an evening at leisure. BL

  • day May 5

    Cherbourg

    Check out of hotel for full day visiting the iconic sites of commemorating D-Day, including Juno Beach, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and Airforce Museum in Ste-Mère-Église, the first town to be liberated by American airborne divisions; break for a gastronomic lunch featuring Normandy’s famed cheeses; embark the Hebridean Sky in Cherbourg and depart port during cocktails. BLD

  • day May 6

    Guernsey & Herm, Channel Islands, UK

    AM anchor off Guernsey, the ‘Island of Flowers’ with choice of visits: 1) walking tour of St Peter Port featuring a visit to Castle Cornet, a 12th century battlement; 2) panoramic island drive to see the beautiful coastline and beaches; or 3) WWII German occupation history tour including the Guernsey Underground Hospital and German Occupation Museum; PM over lunch cruise the short distance to Herm, the smallest inhabited Channel Island (1.5 miles long & .5 miles wide); go ashore for free time on foot or join naturalists on the lookout for wildflowers and birds. BLD

  • day May 7

    Plymouth

    AM anchor off Guernsey, the ‘Island of Flowers’ with choice of visits: 1) walking tour of St Peter Port featuring a visit to Castle Cornet, a 12th century battlement; 2) panoramic island drive to see the beautiful coastline and beaches; or 3) WWII German occupation history tour including the Guernsey Underground Hospital and German Occupation Museum; PM over lunch cruise the short distance to Herm, the smallest inhabited Channel Island (1.5 miles long & .5 miles wide); go ashore for free time on foot or join naturalists on the lookout for wildflowers and birds. BLD

  • day May 8

    Portsmouth

    Choice of visits to Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle (pending confirmation; otherwise, 17th c Petworth country estate) or Portsmouth’s Royal Naval Museum and historic dockyards, with behind-the-scenes tour of HMS Warrior. BLD

  • day May 9

    Dover

    Morning of cruising with time for lectures; Choice of afternoon visits: 1) Dover Castle with secret war tunnels where WWII evacuation of Dunkirk was planned, or 2) Leeds Castle, one of the most impressive in Europe. BLD

  • day May 10

    Tilbury (London)

    Early this morning cruise up the Thames to the heart of London where the ship moors until midnight. Choice of tours including 1) Churchill War Rooms and Chartwell House, Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved family retreat in Kent 2) or guided visit of the British Museum with additional stops (subject to input from faculty leaders); optional evening performance in London’s West End (at additional cost). BLD

  • day May 11

    At Sea

    Lecture series continues. Enjoy amenities of ship. BLD

  • day May 12

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    FD off the ship with optional excursions to 1) Hadrian’s Wall, the most famous of all frontiers of the Roman Empire and a World Heritage Site, focusing on the Vindolanda site (35 miles from Newcastle) with its world class museum displaying artefacts from ongoing excavations; or 2) Newcastle including the Discovery Museum highlighting the area’s significance during the Industrial Revolution. BLD

  • day May 13

    Berwick

    Morning excursion to Holy Island of Lindisfarne, one of the most important centers of early English Christianity and in the 8th century, the site of the Viking’s first significant attack in western Europe, and to Bamburgh Castle, one of Britain’s finest and still home to the Armstrong family of Northumbria; the site was occupied by Roman soldiers before they retreated south to Hadrian’s Wall. Afternoon of cruising followed by Captain’s Farewell Reception & Dinner. BLRD

  • day May 14

    Return to U.S.

    Disembark in Aberdeen for flights home or continue on the Scottish Highlands extension. B

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