European Coastal Civilizations

European Coastal Civilizations

Explore the storied legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England and commemorate the historic D-Day landings on this uniquely designed itinerary. Cruise for eight nights from Lisbon aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Bellot, with access to ports unavailable to larger vessels and only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites and conclude with a memorable cruise up the legendary River Thames to spend one night aboard ship near London’s illustrious Tower Bridge. Special guest Dwight D. Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, accompanies you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Cruise along Spain’s ruggedly beautiful Costa Verde, explore spirited Oporto in Portugal’s renowned port wine country and walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on the Way of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Observe the intriguing juxtaposition of old and new in Bilbao and visit Frank Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim Museum. Tour Mont-Saint-Michel’s astounding abbey, the jewel of medieval France. Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program Options.

Trip Itinerary:

May 11 Depart the U.S

May 12 Lisbon, Portugal/Embark LE BELLOT

May 13 Leixoes for Oporto

May 14 A Coruna, Spain for Santiago de Compostela

May 15 Santander for Bilbao

May 16 Cruising the Bay of Biscay

May 17 Saint-Malo, France for Mont-Saint-Michel

May 18 Caen for Normandy Beaches

May 19 Cruising the English Channel/River Thames and London's Tower Bridge, England

May 20 London/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.



This trip was beyond our expectations! Thank you!

- John and Joan McSweeny, 2015

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