Program Overview

Cruise for eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Dumont-d’Urville from Honfleur, France to England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. By special arrangement, visit the hallowed beaches of Normandy with Dwight David Eisenhower II, historian and grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and meet Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge. View Celtic literary treasures at Trinity College in Dublin; visit the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Caernarfon Castle near Holyhead, Wales; and experience the beauty of the Inner Hebridean Isles. Paris and Giverny Pre-Program and Edinburgh and Glasgow Post-Program Options.

Program Details

May 11 to 20, 2022 (Le Dumont-d'Urville) May 20 to 29, 2022 (Le Dumont-d'Urville)
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  • Uniquely designed travel program offered exclusively by Gohagan & Company in the tradition of innovative programming and educational travel.
  • The exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Dumont-d’Urville cruises into ports inaccessible to larger vessels.
  • Visits to the historic 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 France, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
  • Excursion to famous Eilean Donan Castle.
  • 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 Library.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise; complimentary
  • Wi-Fi aboard ship (conditions permitting).
  • Paris and Giverny Pre-Program and Edinburgh and Glasgow Post-Program Options.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S.

Day 2 - Paris, France/Honfleur/ Embark Le Dumont-d’Urville

Day 3 - Caen for Arromanches and Omaha Beach

Day 4 - Caen/Cherbourg, for Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mére-Èglise

Day 5 - Tresco, Isles of Scilly, England

Day 6 - Holyhead, Wales, for Caernarfon

Day 7 - Dublin, Ireland

Day 8 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland/Isle of Iona

Day 9 - Kyle of Lochalsh

Day 10 - Glasgow/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.

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Le Dumont-d’Urville

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Luxury Small Ship

Le Dumont-d’Urville, launched in 2019, ushers in a new generation of Five-Star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

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Paris—Giverny Pre-Program Option

Experience the glories of the “City of Light,” Monet’s cherished gardens in nearby Giverny and charming Honfleur, the port city beloved by the Impressionists. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris, renowned for its historic and aesthetic influence, and see its most noted landmarks. Tour Montmartre, the city’s artistic quartier where market squares and crooked streets lead to the spectacular French-Byzantine Sacré Cœur. Stroll through the Renoir Gardens which afford views of Clos Montmartre, Paris’ only working vineyard. Enjoy an excursion to Monet’s Gardens—an exquisite living canvas—in charming Giverny. Visit the Impressionist Master’s house and admire the lily pond and iconic Japanese-style bridge. Spend two nights in the Five-Star InterContinental Paris Le Grand.

Glasgow—Edinburgh Post-Program Option

Explore two of Scotland’s great cities intertwined with Celtic history. In Edinburgh, tour the medieval Old Town and Neoclassical New Town—both UNESCO World Heritage sites, the renowned Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle. Visit Glasgow’s 12th-century cathedral and the captivating St. Mungo Museum. Spend two nights in the Five-Star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh—The Caledonian.

The Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Meet acclaimed guest speakers Dwight David Eisenhower II, noted historian and grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Allen Packwood, Director of Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge, England.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Departure

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2 Paris, France / Honfleur

Arrive in Paris and transfer to Honfleur. Embark the Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville. Professor David Eisenhower will share captivating personal insights about his grandfather and Operation Overlord—the Allies’ code name for the military campaign that launched the D‑Day airborne and amphibious invasion at Normandy. Enjoy dinner on board the ship this evening.

Day 3, Morning Caen for Omaha Beach and Arromanches

Drive to Longues‑sur‑Mer, where the coastal German artillery battery remains intact. Continue to Omaha Beach, where Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, and walk the historic Normandy shores. Then, in the company of Professor Eisenhower, contemplate the solemn commemorative crosses and Stars of David in the American military cemetery at Colleville‑sur‑Mer.

Day 3, Afternoon Arromanches

Following lunch, travel to Arromanches and view a wraparound short film documenting the D‑Day campaign at the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema or choose to see the world’s most famous embroidery, the 230-foot‑long Bayeux Tapestry, a graphic chronicle of the Norman Conquest of 1066.

This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner on board the ship.

Day 4, Morning Caen for Pointe du Hoc

Visit Pointe du Hoc to envision the heroic U.S. Army Second Ranger Battalion scaling this cliff promontory and survey the serene English Channel.

Day 4, Afternoon Utah Beach

Continue to the Church of Angoville‑au‑Plain, an emergency aid station on D‑Day, and view its modern stained‑glass rendition of the American Airborne parachute drop. Nearby, visit Utah Beach, the westernmost shore of the five landing areas of the Normandy invasion, and the Utah Beach D‑Day Museum for a chronological account of the landing retold through an immersive curation of artifacts and oral histories.

In Sainte‑Mère‑Èglise, one of the first French villages to be liberated by American forces during World War II, see its famous church, where American soldier John Steele caught his parachute on the steeple and “played dead” for two hours before being taken prisoner. Reboard the ship in Cherbourg.

Day 5 Tresco, Isles of Scilly, England

Visit the family-owned island of Tresco, famed for its 19th‑century Tresco Abbey Gardens (weather permitting). Blooming with more than 6,000 exotic plant species, this subtropical landscape is built around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey. Walk among spires of indigo viper’s bugloss, broad‑leafed tree ferns, flourishing aloes and bright pink South African suikerbos. Visit the garden’s Valhalla Museum, home to an eclectic collection of 60 shipwrecked figureheads recovered across the Isles of Scilly.

Day 6 Dublin, Ireland

Built astride the River Liffey, Ireland’s historical capital has retained its rich heritage of Georgian architecture. The panoramic tour of the city highlights 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, founded in 1592, and view the ninth-century Book of Kells, the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Your afternoon is at leisure.

On board the ship this evening, enjoy specially arranged, traditional Irish music and dance.

Day 7 Holyhead, Wales

From Holyhead, transfer across the quaint Isle of Anglesey and over the Menai Strait to North Wales, the cradle of Celtic culture, where Welsh remains the mother tongue.

Visit beautiful Bodnant Garden, one of the finest examples of 19th‑century Victorian landscape artistry, framed by the magnificent peaks of Snowdonia. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a private choir performance of Welsh hymns. Experience the grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Caernarfon Castle, an impenetrable 13th‑century fortress built by Edward I of England as a defense against the marauding Welsh.

Day 8, Morning Isle of Iona, Scotland

Visit the 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 lives painstakingly copying religious tracts and transcribing ancient Celtic sagas. Stroll through the serene, restored abbey and see the churchyard’s intricate Celtic crosses.

Day 8, Afternoon Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Steeped in Viking myth and Celtic lore, the Isle of Mull is a land of extraordinary beauty, with pink granite cliffs, white-sand beaches and clear, blue waters. The island’s mysterious moors are studded with Iron‑Age duns, brochs and menhirs that recall the Hebridean Island’s rich prehistory. Go ashore at the photogenic port of Tobermory, the island’s capital, where brightly painted houses, cafés and boutiques are nestled between woodland‑fringed hills and the boat‑filled harbor. Enjoy time at leisure.

Later, join Allen Packwood on board the ship as he discusses the complexity of the D‑Day operations and Sir Winston Churchill’s role in its undertaking.

Day 9 Kyle of Lochalsh

Enjoy sweeping views of the Black and Red Cuillin mountain ranges at Sligachan and the heather-woven hills and rocky shorelines of Sleat, the “Garden of Skye.” Visit 13th‑century Eilean Donan Castle, named for a sixth‑century Irish saint. Magnificently sited at the entrance to Loch Duich, the castle was built in 1214 to defend against attack from the Danes. Today, the castle is home to a small museum that displays Jacobite relics.

This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship.

Day 10 Glasgow, Scotland / U.S. or Canada

Following breakfast, continue on to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada.