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 Champlain, with access to ports unavailable to larger vessels. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites and conclude with a memorable cruise up the legendary River Thames to spend one night aboard ship a stone’s throw from London’s illustrious Tower Bridge. Special guest speaker 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 2 Depart the U.S

May 3 Lisbon, Portugal/Embark LE CHAMPLAIN

May 4 Leixoes for Oporto

May 5 A Coruna, Spain for Santiago de Compostela

May 6 Santander for Bilbao

May 8 Cruising the Bay of Biscay

May 9 Saint-Malo, France for Mont-Saint-Michel

May 10 Caen for Normandy Beaches

May 11 Cruising the English Channel/River Thames and London's Tower Bridge, England

May 12 London to USA



This trip was beyond our expectations! Thank you!

- John and Joan McSweeny, 2015

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