European Coastal Civilizations | April 20 - 29, 2019
Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the magnificent Mont‑St‑Michel and its impressive abbey that appears to rise out of the sea; Santiago de Compostela, where you will walk in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims to visit the tomb of St. James; and Oporto, the center of world‑famous port wine and exemplary Moorish architecture. Cruise Spain’s ruggedly beautiful Costa Verde, tour the Frank Gehry‑designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and cruise up the River Thames to spend one night aboard ship in the heart of London, just a stone’s throw from the illustrious Tower Bridge.
Our program also includes an excursion to the storied and solemn shores of Normandy in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion—featuring the captivating histories and enduring cultural legacies of these European coastal civilizations. Special guest speaker David Eisenhower, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower—Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II—will join you for a portion of the cruise to share distinctive insights and accompany you to the Normandy beaches.
Cruise for eight nights aboard the specially-chartered, LE CHAMPLAIN, launching in 2018 and featuring only 92 suites and staterooms, each with a private balcony, and the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world's first multisensory underwater observation lounge. Dock in small ports of call inaccessible to larger vessels and enjoy the advantages of Five-Star, small-ship cruising—stately ocean-view accommodations, enriching excursions and attentive, personal service.