Starting at $6,895

Commemorate the 76th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings during this once-in-a-lifetime, eight-night Celtic Lands journey. By exclusive arrangement, visit hallowed Utah and Omaha beaches in Normandy, France, with Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and meet Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Boréal from Glasgow, Scotland, to Wales, Ireland and France, with guided excursions in each port of call. Visit UNESCO World Heritage-designated Caernarfon Castle near Holyhead, Wales; admire the austere beauty of the Inner Hebridean Isles of Iona and Mull and their storied treasures of Iona Abbey and Duart Castle; walk in the footsteps of medieval and present-day princes in North Wales; and view relics of the rich Celtic heritage at Trinity College in Dublin, including the Book of Kells. Edinburgh and Glasgow Pre-Cruise and Paris Post-Cruise Options available.

Highlights  

A rare, private opportunity to cruise with guest speakers
Dwight David Eisenhower II, esteemed political scientist, historian and grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower,
Allen Packwood, Director of Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and a Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge, England.

  • The exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship Le Boréal cruises into ports inaccessible to larger vessels.
  • Visits to the historic Utah and Omaha Beaches of Normandy, accompanied by Professor David Eisenhower.
  • A shore excursion included in each port of call.
  • Exclusive, specially designed historical and cultural itinerary—experience the legacy of the Celts in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France.
  • Full-day excursion through the Scottish Highlands.
  • Featuring Scotland’s seldom-visited Inner Hebridean Islands.
  • Follow in the footsteps of medieval and modern princes at Caernarfon Castle in North Wales.
  • View the treasured Book of Kells in Dublin’s Trinity College.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise; complimentary
  • Wi-Fi aboard ship.
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow Pre-Cruise and Paris Post-Cruise Options.
Event Itinerary 

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S.
  2. Glasgow, Scotland/Embark Le Boréal
  3. Oban for the Scottish Highlands
  4. Tobermory, Isle of Mull/Isle of Iona
  5. Holyhead, Wales, for Caernarfon
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Tresco, Scilly Isles, England
  8. Cherbourg, Normandy, France, for Utah Beach and Sainte-Mére-Èglise/Caen
  9. Caen for Arromanches and Omaha Beach
  10. Honfleur/Disembark ship/Paris/Return to the U.S.
Enrollment Max 
30
Region 
Season 
Type of activity 
Activity Level 

Moderately Active

Faculty

William Fitzhugh

William Fitzhugh ‘64, is the director of the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center at the National Museum of Natural History. Bill is an anthropologist specializing in circumpolar archaeology, ethnology, and cultures of northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, and Scandinavia and has produced many publications, international exhibitions, and films on the subject, including work on the NOVA specials on North Americans and the Vikings. Bill is an advisor to the Arctic Research Commission, represents the Smithsonian arctic social science in various interagency councils, and serves on the Smithsonian Science Commission.

Shared Program 
National Trust, Bucknell
Operator Name 
Gohagan & Company