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European Coastal Civilizations

A Voyage from Lisbon to London

Date: Mon, April 30, 2018 - Wed, May 9, 2018

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: From $6,795

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Europe

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 the United Kingdom. Cruise for eight nights from Lisbon aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship m.s. Le Boréal, visiting three UNESCO World Heritage sites and concluding with a memorable cruise up the storied River Thames to London’s illustrious Tower Bridge. A special component is the exclusive C’est Bon!   culinary traditions™ program, led by our culinary expert Kristine Kidd, celebrating the cuisines and wines of our ports of call through lectures, demonstrations and optional excursions. 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 on the Duoro River in Portugal’s renowned port wine country. Walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on St. James Way in Santiago de Compostela. Observe the intriguing balance of old and modern in Bilbao and visit the Guggenheim Museum. Tour Mont-St-Michel’s impressive abbey. Cruise by the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options.

 

Itinerary*

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

  3. Leixões for Oporto

  4. La Coruña, Spain, for Santiago de Compostela

  5. Santander/Bilbao

  6. Day at Sea

  7. St. Malo, France, for Mont-St-Michel

  8. Caen for Normandy Beaches

  9. Cruising the English Channel/White Cliffs of Dover, England/

  10. The River Thames, London (Tower Bridge)

  11. London/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary subject to change.

 

Highlights

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
    Mont-St-Michel.

  • 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.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

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

Duke Leaders

Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise: M.S. Le Boréal

State-of-the-Art Design

The highly acclaimed m.s. Le Boréal, launched in 2010, represents the newest generation of
Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication.

Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies

Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet), features a private bathroom with shower and luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert into one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Chic and Casual Dining

International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious La Licorne dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual La Boussole Restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise.

Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities

In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting and can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge, and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath-style steam room, full range of fitness equipment and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed with a doctor and nurse. The highly trained and personable, English-speaking, international crew provides attentive service.

Respect for the Environment

The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, each ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” rating, an extreme rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders.