Celtic Lands Cruise | May 30 - June 8, 2020

From Scotland to the coast of France, take a voyage to the Celtic Lands with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from May 30 - June 8, 2020. This special itinerary explores the lands and seas traversed by the Iron Age tribes known as the Celts, along with their enduring influence and the captivating historical legacies of more recent times. Their immeasurable contributions to the culture of Europe’s civilizations are surrounded in mystery, legend, and folklore, and are rooted in a wealth of art, science, and mythology.

Experience the rich traditions and astonishing beauty of Normandy’s storied coastline and the British Isles during this once-in-a-lifetime Celtic Lands voyage. By exclusive arrangement, walk the hallowed D-Day beaches of Normandy, France, with Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and meet Allen Packwood, an expert on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, England. Both Professor Eisenhower and Mr. Packwood will join us for a portion of the cruise to lecture and share their insights regarding two of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Cruise across the English Channel and into the waters of the Celtic and Irish Seas aboard the specially chartered Five-Star, Small Ship Le Boréal, featuring only 110 suites and staterooms. Explore cities, villages, and islands that abound with living Celtic heritage, calling at ports inaccessible to larger vessels.  View the treasures of Celtic history in Dublin, Ireland, and follow in the footsteps of medieval and modern princes in North Wales. Discover Scotland’s misty, legend-haunted, and seldom-visited Inner Hebridean Islands and admire the austere beauty of the Scottish Highlands before concluding in Honfluer, France.