Overview

Join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the historic D-Day landings during this eight-night Celtic Lands voyage. By exclusive arrangement, walk the hallowed beaches of Normandy, France, with Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and meet Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, cousin of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship m.s. Le Boréal from Glasgow, Scotland, to Ireland, Wales and France, with guided excursions in each port of call. Travel into the Scottish Highlands aboard The Jacobite steam train, “one of the great railway journeys of the world;” visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Caernarfon Castle near Holyhead, Wales; lose yourself in the austere beauty of the Inner Hebridean isles of Iona, Mull and Skye and their historical treasures of Iona Abbey and Duart Castle; walk in the footsteps of medieval and present-day princes in North Wales; and view treasures of rich Celtic heritage in Dublin, including the Book of Kells. Glasgow and Edinburgh Pre-Cruise and Paris Post-Cruise Options available.

Program Highlights

  • A rare 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
  • And to meet guest speaker, Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, Cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and brother of the 11th Duke of Marlborough
  • Exclusively chartered Five-Star small ship.
  • Visit the Beaches of Normandy 72 years after the historic D-Day landings, accompanied by David Eisenhower.
  • Professor Eisenhower’s lectures will focus on the Normandy landing in 1944.
  • Visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.
  • A shore excursion included in each port of call.
  • Exclusive, specially designed historic and cultural itinerary to Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France.
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity available only from Gohagan & Company.
  • Unique full-day Highlands of Scotland excursion with specially arranged rail journey aboard the Jacobite steam train.
  • Audio headset provided for each participant to enjoy clear narration from guides on all excursions.
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh Pre-Cruise Option and Paris Post-Cruise Option.

Faculty

William I. Hitchcock, Professor of History

Will Hitchcock teaches in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He has written widely on recent European and American history, especially the period of the World Wars and the Cold War. His last book, The Bitter Road to Freedom, explored the experiences of European civilians and American soldiers during the liberation of Europe in 1945. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is now finishing a book called The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World of the 1950s—a full-scale study of the Eisenhower presidency and American politics in a crucial decade. He has traveled and lectured around the world and is passionate about hiking, reading and gardening.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday, May 23

Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S.

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 24

Glasgow, Scotland

On arrival in Glasgow, embark the Five-Star m.s. Le Boréal. Join your fellow passengers for dinner on board the ship. (D)

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 25

Oban/Fort William/Scottish Highlands/The Jacobite steam train

Celtic LandsTravel through the heart of the Highlands and see the picturesque Pass of Brander, Loch Awe—with views of the striking Kilchurn Castle—and Rannoch Moor, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. Enjoy the splendor of majestic Glencoe and ride along the shores of Loch Linnhe en route to Fort William. After lunch, board The Jacobite steam train—immortalized as Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter film series—for “one of the great railway journeys of the world” through awe-inspiring natural landscapes. Commencing in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain, travel past Loch and River Morar to Mallaig near Loch Nevis, the deepest seawater loch in Europe. Along the way, visit Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied Jacobite Highlanders against King George II in 1745.

Join the Captain for a Welcome Reception on board this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 - Thursday, May 26

Kyle of Lochalsh/Isle of Skye for Armadale

Celtic LandsCruise the coastline of ethereal Isle of Skye, from where Bonnie Prince Charlie, against the odds and with the help of Flora MacDonald, was able to escape to France. Skye is home to some of Scotland’s most phenomenal geography, and the mist, shafts of sunlight and vivid rainbows congregate here in a dazzling array of colors that seem to make the glens greener and the sea bluer. Visit Armadale Castle’s spectacular 17th-century gardens and learn about the powerful reign of Clan Donald, Lords of the Isles until 1493. Then cross the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh and visit the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, named for a sixth-century Irish saint; it now stands as one of the most recognizable castles in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Friday, May 27

Isle of Iona/Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Celtic LandsGo ashore at the Hebridean Isle of Iona, birthplace of Scottish Christianity. In 563 A.D., 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.

Ferry across the Sound of Iona to the sheltered neighboring port of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, where vividly painted houses are nestled between the hills and the harbor. After free time, visit the 13th-century Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean, and have lunch in the castle’s tea room. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Saturday, May 28

Holyhead, Wales, for Caernarfon

Celtic LandsFrom Holyhead, travel across the 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. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and listen to a stirring private choir performance of Welsh hymns. Tour the imposing Caernarfon Castle, an impregnable 13th-century fortress built by Edward I of England as a defense against the marauding Welsh. Following tradition in place since 1301, Queen Elizabeth II invested the future heir to the British throne, her son Charles, as “Prince of Wales” at Caernarfon in 1969.

En route to the ship, view the beautiful, glacier-sculpted peaks and valleys of the Snowdonia Mountains in the distance. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Sunday, May 29

Dublin, Ireland

Celtic LandsBuilt astride the River Liffey, Ireland’s historic capital has retained its rich heritage of Georgian architecture while confidently playing a major role in the New Europe. Enjoy an overview tour of the city, stroll through the stately quadrangles of Trinity College and view the incandescent illuminations of the ninth-century Book of Kells. In the heart of the city’s oldest quarter, visit the Anglo-Norman Dublin Castle; its Record Tower and Bermingham Tower survive form the 13th century, while the elegant State Apartments, the ornate Throne Room and the neo-Gothic Royal Chapel date from the 1700s and 1800s.

The afternoon is at leisure. 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.

Enjoy traditional Irish music and dance aboard the ship this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Monday, May 30

Cruising the Celtic Sea/English Channel

Celtic LandsEnjoy educational lectures today, including Professor David Eisenhower’s “Triumph and Tragedy,” while cruising the Celtic and Irish Seas and the English Channel. Eisenhower shares captivating details about his grandfather, whose leadership reshaped the world. He provides fascinating insight on the worldwide ramifications of Operation Overlord, the Allies’ code name for the World War II military campaign that launched the D-Day airborne and amphibious invasion on Normandy. (B,L,D

Day 9 - Tuesday, May 31

Caen, France, for Normandy Beaches

Celtic LandsTravel through the scenic countryside to the historic Normandy beaches. In the company of David Eisenhower, walk where Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, and visit the American Military Cemetery at St. Laurent, overlooking Omaha Beach. At Pointe du Hoc, envision the brave American rangers who scaled 200-foot heights to capture German gun emplacements.

See remnants of the floating artificial harbor code-named “Mulberry,” constructed to support Allied landings at Gold Beach, followed by an opportunity to see the D-Day Museum or visit the impressive 230-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry, a stunning visual chronicle of the Norman conquest of 1066.

Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 10 - Wednesday, June 1

Honfleur/Paris/U.S.

Disembark and continue on the Paris and Giverny Post-Cruise Option or transfer to Paris airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B

Edinburgh / Glasgow
Pre-Cruise Option
May 21 to 24, 2016
“We look to Scotland for all our ideas on civilization,” the French writer Voltaire declared. Visit Edinburgh and Glasgow, two grand Scottish cities with histories of feuding clans, medieval knaves and royal and religious intrigue, and see how the Viking legacies of Norse and Scandinavian explorers are etched into their cultural fabric.

Giverny / Paris Post-Cruise Option
June 1 to 3, 2016
Paris in the springtime synthesizes the rhythms
of village life with those of a major cosmopolitan
world capital. Explore this center of fashion,
art and délicieux cuisine on any of a thousand
walks leading to landscaped gardens, cavernous
galleries and world‑renowned landmarks—the
incomparable Louvre, the legendary Seine, the
timeless Left Bank or the commanding gargoyles of
Notre Dame Cathedral.

Accommodations

Eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Boréal.
The M.S. Le Boréal, launched in 2010, represents the newest generation of deluxe small ships with only 110 Staterooms and features distinctive French sophistication.
Spacious Suites and Staterooms, Most with Balconies.
Ninety-five percent of the large, deluxe, air-conditioned, outside Staterooms and Suites (from 200 to 484 square feet) feature private balconies. Most accommodations have two twin beds and shower (bathtub in limited number of Staterooms) and the luxurious amenities of a fine hotel, including: individual climate control, satellite flatscreen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar with complimentary beverages, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers

Meals

• All meals—continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.

Program Fees

Starting at $6,195 per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only. Price is based on cabin selection.
A limited number of single rooms are available in certain cabin categories at specific rates listed below.

Category 8 – $6195 -Superior stateroom, shower, large window (226 sq ft) bedding
convertible, Le Champollion deck fwd
Category 7 – $7295 -Deluxe stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), Small window, door opens to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft) bedding convertible, Le Champollion deck aft
Category 6 – $7795 -Deluxe stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), small window, door opens to Partial wall balcony (43 sq ft) bedding convertible, Le Champollion deck mid
Category 5 – $7995 -Prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft) bedding convertible, Le Lafayette deck Forward

Category 4 – $8495 -Prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft) bedding convertible, Le Lafayette deck Mid
Category 3 – $8895 -Prestige stateroom, shower, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to partial wall balcony(listed as private balcony in brochure) (43 sq ft) bedding convertible, Le Normandie deck Forward

Category 2 – $9395 -Prestige stateroom, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft) bedding varies, Le Normandie deck Mid
Category 1 – $9895 -Prestige stateroom, (200 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft) bedding varies, Le France deck

Deluxe Suite – $10695 -tub/shower, (290 sq ft), sliding glass door to private balcony (54 sq ft) sitting area with sofa, Bedding convertible, Le France deck
Prestige Suite II – $11695 – two bathrooms (one with tub, one with shower), One side with convertible bedding, other side with sitting area and sofa (398 sq ft), sliding glass doors to private balcony (86 sq ft) Le Normandie deck
Prestige Suite I – $12695- two bathrooms (one with tub, one with shower), sitting area with sofa (398 sq ft), private balcony (86 sq ft) Le France deck

Owners Suite -$14695 – Extra large suite, 484 sq. ft., sliding glass door to private balcony,
(97 sq.ft.) Le France deck

Single cabins are available in Category 6 at $14,195 and Category 4 at $15,295

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OPTIONAL EDINBURGH Pre-trip:
$995 per person based on double occupancy
$1395 per person based on single occupancy
Based on minimum of 40 passengers

OPTIONAL PARIS Post-trip:
$1150 per person based on double occupancy
$1950 per person based on single occupancy
Based on minimum of 40 passengers
Click here for more information about the Pre- and Post- Options

Main Program Price includes:

  • Eight-night cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Honfleur, France, featuring port calls at Oban for the Jacobite steam train to Mallaig, Kyle of Lochalsh and the Hebridean Islands: Skye for Armadale and Mull for Tobermory and Iona, Scotland; Holyhead, Wales; Dublin, Ireland; and Caen, France, for the Normandy beaches.
  • Spacious, Five-Star, oceanview Suite or Stateroom accommodations, each with a private bathroom.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • All meals—continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seating.
  • Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.
  • Full-day excursion including lunch through the Scottish Highlands featuring a specially arranged rail journey aboard the famous Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig.
  • Visit to the Isle of Iona, Scotland’s “cradle of Christianity,” featuring a visit to the historic Iona Abbey.
  • Scenic crossing to Tobermory, Isle of Mull, with excursion to Duart Castle, including lunch.
  • Visit to Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site; 19th-century Bodnant Garden; and view of the magnificent Snowdonia Mountains in Wales.
  • Choir performance and lunch in Betws-y-Coed, Wales.
  • City tour of Dublin, featuring a visit to Trinity College to see the iconic Book of Kells.
  • Traditional Irish music, song and dance entertainment aboard ship while in Dublin.
  • Full-day excursion to the historic beaches of Normandy, with lunch, including a visit to a military cemetery and an opportunity to visit the D-Day Museum or the legendary Bayeux Tapestry.

Does not include:

  • Taxes, airfare, or gratuities to ship staff
  • Transfers or baggage handling to/from airport on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s)
  • Passport fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance

General Terms & Conditions

RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party.

In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line.

Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Gohagan is not responsible therefor and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.

AIRFARE: Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan. LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without prior notice. Please contact your airline(s) for the most current luggage allowance policy.

PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.

DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by December 4, 2014. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $800 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 50% of the published full regular tariffs; cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

TRIP INSURANCE: Because our cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Gohagan and others for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.

RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs which include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.

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ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.

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