Trace the strands of Celtic, Viking, and Norman civilizations as you cruise on the 220-person Le Boréal from Scotland to England and spend two days in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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 Memorial sculpture, Omaha Beach  Glenfinnan Monument  Iona Abbey  The village of Tobermory, Isle of Mull  Duart Castle, located on the Isle of Mull  The formal rose garden and manor house at Bodnant Gardens   One of many types of gardens at Bodnant Gardens  Caernarfon Castle in Wales. Credit: Britain On View/David Angel  In the heart of Ireland's Dublin  German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc. Credit: Atout France/R-Cast  World War II cemetery near Omaha Beach, Normandy  Remains of Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches

A Celtic Cruise

From Scotland to England featuring a 75th D-Day Commemoration in Normandy

10-11 days from $6,895

Trace the strands of Celtic, Viking, and Norman civilizations as you cruise on the 220-person Le Boréal from Scotland to England and spend two days in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I loved the way the lectures on board ship tied into the history of places we visited. It made everywhere we visited mean so much more. I feel I could hold my own now in any conversation involving ancient Celtic cultures! 

- Carolyn E.

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Overview

Trace the strands of Celtic, Viking, and Norman civilizations as you cruise from Scotland to England. The 2019 cruise features two days in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day before concluding in Portsmouth, England.

Highlights Include

  • Scotland: Experience the dramatic landscapes and histories of the Highlands at Glencoe and Glenfinnan. Visit the serene monastery on the Isle of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, and see the town of Tobermory and the 13th-century Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull. Aboard ship, attend talks about Sir Winston Churchill by Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Center at Cambridge.
  • Wales: In this cradle of Celtic culture, explore the imposing Caernarfon Castle and lush Bodnant Garden.
  • Ireland: Enjoy a city tour of Dublin and view the Celtic heritage found in the 9th-century Book of Kells, then enjoy time to explore on your own.
  • France and D-Day Commemoration: Spend two in-depth days along the coast of Normandy. First, stop in Sainte-Mère-Église, where American paratroopers began the invasion, then visit Utah Beach, taken by the Americans. Gain further insight from Dwight David Eisenhower II, historian, and grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, when you walk the shores of Omaha Beach and visit the American Military Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, and Arromanches.
  • England: Cruise to Portsmouth and tour the newly refurbished D-Day Museum, then continue to Southwick House, the top-secret Allied naval headquarters.

*During this voyage, we will share the ship with other leading cultural and educational institutions, plus Smithsonian's Legacy Society, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience.

I loved the way the lectures on board ship tied into the history of places we visited. It made everywhere we visited mean so much more. I feel I could hold my own now in any conversation involving ancient Celtic cultures! 

- Carolyn E.

2019 Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S. / Glasgow, Scotland

Depart the U.S. for Glasgow. On arrival, embark the Le Boréal. Enjoy dinner on board the ship Wednesday evening. (D)

Day 3 — Fort William for the Scottish Highlands

Enjoy a full day’s journey experiencing the rich, resplendent beauty of the legendary Scottish Highlands. From Fort William, travel to majestic Glencoe—Scotland’s most scenic glen, much of which is owned and preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. Stop near bucolic Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied Jacobite Highlanders against King George II in 1745.

This evening, attend the Captain’s welcome reception and dinner on board the ship. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Tobermory, Isle of Mull / Isle of Iona

Go ashore at the sheltered port of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, where brightly painted houses are nestled between the hills and the harbor. Visit 13th-century Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean, and enjoy lunch in the castle’s tea room.

Ferry across the Sound of Iona to the neighboring Hebridean Isle of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. In A.D. 563, the Irish monk Columba founded a monastery here, where scribes would spend their entire lives painstakingly copying and illuminating religious tracts and transcribing ancient Celtic sagas into written form, preserving a record of oral bardic tradition. In later years, Iona became the burial place of Scotland’s kings, including Duncan and Macbeth. At Iona Abbey, stroll through the serene, restored monastery and see the churchyard’s intricate Celtic crosses.

Later, join Allen Packwood as he presents the lecture “Churchill and the two Republics: France and the U.S.” on board the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Holyhead, Wales / Caernarfon Castle

From Holyhead, transfer across the diminutive Isle of Anglesey and over the Menai Strait to North Wales, one of the cradles of Celtic culture. Here, the people hold fast to the old ways, and Welsh remains their mother tongue. Visit beautiful Bodnant Garden, one of the finest examples of 19th-century Victorian landscape artistry. Stop in the charming seaside resort town of Llandudno for lunch, followed by a stirring private choir performance of Welsh hymns. Tour the imposing World Heritage-designated Caernarfon Castle, an impenetrable 13th-century fortress built by Edward I of England as a defense against the marauding Welsh. Following the tradition of seven centuries of monarchs, Queen Elizabeth II invested the future heir to the British throne, her son Charles, as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon in 1969.

Enjoy views of the beautiful, glacier-sculpted peaks and valleys of the Snowdonia Mountains on your return to the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Dublin, Ireland

Built astride the River Liffey, Ireland’s historic capital has retained its rich heritage of Georgian architecture. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, including the landmark St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals and grand O’Connell Street, lined with bronze and marble statues of Irish statesmen; stroll through the stately quadrangles of Trinity College; and view the incandescent illuminations of the ninth-century Book of Kells.

The afternoon is at leisure to walk along colorful Grafton Street, savor a pint of Guinness in a neighborhood pub or visit the National Gallery of Ireland, one of the best repositories of Celtic treasures in the world. On board the ship this evening, enjoy a specially arranged traditional Irish music and dance performance. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Tresco / Isles of Scilly, England

Visit the lush, 19th-century Tresco Abbey Gardens, home to more than 6,000 plant species. Built around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey and oft compared to London’s Royal Botanic Garden as a “perennial Kew without the glass,” this subtropical landscape blooms with exotic plant life, its species ranging in origin from Brazil to New Zealand. Meander among spires of indigo Viper’s bugloss, broad-leafed tree ferns, flourishing aloes and bright-pink South African suikerbos in this surprising, magical haven. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Cherbourg / Normandy, France, for Utah Beach / Sainte-Mére-Èglise

Begin your two-day exploration of historic Normandy by envisioning the heroic soldiers of the U.S. Army Second Ranger Battalion, who scaled the 100-foot sheer cliffs to capture German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc.  Then, continue to​ Utah Beach and Sainte-Mére-Èglise, the first French village to be liberated by American forces during World War II. Utah Beach, the westernmost shore of the five landing areas of the Normandy invasion, also figured as a key site during World War II. Nearby Sainte-Mére-Èglise is known for its great historical significance, including John Steele, the American soldier who famously caught his parachute on the church tower’s pinnacle. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Caen for Omaha Beach

Dock in Caen and travel through the scenic countryside to the historic Normandy beaches. In the company of Professor Eisenhower, walk where Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, under the direction of his grandfather, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower. Contemplate the solemn commemorative crosses and Stars of David in the American Military Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach

Following lunch, continue to Arromanches to see the remnants of Mulberry Harbor, constructed by the British to support Allied landings on the Normandy beaches. View an engaging wraparound short film documenting the D-Day campaign at the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

This evening, attend the Captain’s farewell reception and dinner on board the ship. (B,L,R,D)

Day 10 — Portsmouth, England / Disembark ship / Windsor (Runnymede)

After cruising across the English Channel, disembark in Portsmouth, England, where naval forces departed for Normandy during Operation Overlord. Visit the newly refurbished D-Day Museum as well as Southwick House, headquarters for the Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower. Conclude your visit with lunch and a lecture in the historic Portsmouth Guildhall, then travel to the deluxe Runnymede on Thames Hotel, located near Windsor and Heathrow Airport. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — London / Return to U.S.

Transfer to London and continue on the London Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return trip to the U.S.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)