European Coastal Civilizations

aboard the LE BELLOT

Date: Wed, May 11, 2022 - Fri, May 20, 2022

Trip Status: Taking Pre-registration

Price: From $5,395

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Europe & Russia

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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Join this unique itinerary, which captures the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England and commemorates the historic D-Day landings. Cruise for eight nights from Lisbon aboard the LE BELLOT, featuring only 92 suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites and conclude with a memorable cruise up the storied River Thames to 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. Explore Oporto in Portugal’s renowned port wine country. 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 the iconic Guggenheim Museum. Tour Mont-St-Michel’s impressive abbey. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available onboard the ship. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options.


Lisbon, Oporto, Santiago de Compostela,  Bilbao,
Mont-St-Michel, Normandy Beaches, London’s Tower Bridge

Day  Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Lisbon, Portugal/Embark the LE BELLOT
  3. Leixões for Oporto
  4. La Coruña, Spain, for Santiago de Compostela
  5. Santander/Bilbao
  6. Cruising the French Coast
  7. St. Malo, France, for Mont-St-Michel
  8. Caen for Normandy Beaches
  9. Cruising the English Channel/River Thames/London, England (Tower Bridge)
  10. London/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary subject to change.



a rare and private opportunity
to cruise with guest speaker

Dwight David Eisenhower II

Grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower
and esteemed political scientist and American historian

  • Uniquely designed, eight-night cruise itinerary aboard an exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship with access to ports unavailable to larger vessels.

  • Experience four countries—Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom—with shore excursions included.

  •  Visit the beaches of Normandy 73 years after the historic D-Day Landings, accompanied by Professor David Eisenhower.

  • Explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites:  Oporto, Santiago de Compostela and

  • Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum in beautiful Bilbao, Spain.

  •  Once-in-a-lifetime cruise from the English Channel into the North Sea and up the River Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge, London, possible only by small ship.

  • Taste the local flavors through the C’est Bon! Culinary Traditions™ program—optional excursions with an emphasis on fine regional cuisine, informative lectures by culinary expert and author Kristine Kidd and cooking demonstrations by a master chef.

  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise; all meals are included aboard ship.

  • Audio headset is provided for each participant to enjoy clear narration from guides on all excursions.

  • Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options.

Lisbon Pre-Cruise Option
Resplendent palaces, magnificent churches and pastel-hued houses stand in testament to Lisbon’s rich cultural heritage and quintessential charm. A historic gateway for world exploration and Portugal’s intimate, welcoming capital, Lisbon is the ideal prelude to your cruise. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of 16th‑century Jerónimos Monastery and the nearby forested village of Sintra, where the former Moorish fort is Portugal’s last remaining medieval royal palace. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe Dom Pedro Palace Hotel.

London Post-Cruise Option
Experience stately London, where tradition and modernity meet with living history to make each visit more enjoyable than the last. Visit the medieval Tower of London and the magnificent Westminster Abbey, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; then tour the underground cabinet war rooms of Winston Churchill. Spend two nights in the elegant InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, steps away from storied Hyde Park.

The Pre-Cruise and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and mail to Duke Travels, Box 90572, Durham, NC 27708, or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone and let us know you are mailing your reservation form to hold your space.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

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