Dates: May 26 - June 5, 2019
Total Duration: 11 days
Cost: From $6,995 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Sea Cloud II
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Western Europe
Explore the role of the Atlantic Ocean in European and world history on a cruise aboard the elegant Sea Cloud II. Sail along the Atlantic coasts of Spain and France from Bilbao to the Normandy port city of Caen. Explore some of the most evocative sites related to World War II, including a German underground bunker in La Rochelle, U-boat pens in Lorient, and the Normandy landing beaches. Discover some of the great landmark buildings of Europe, among them Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the abbey of Mont St-Michel, and see intriguing artifacts of the ancient world, including the Bayeux Tapestry that chronicles the 1066 AD Norman invasion of England. Savor the great food and wine for which the region is celebrated—Basque pintxos (tapas) in Bilbao and San Sebastian, a gourmet lunch at a historic French chateau near Lorient, crepes in Brittany, and fresh seafood and Calvados in Normandy.
A cruise aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud II, one of the most luxurious vessels afloat, is unfailingly memorable, combining the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury. In the grand tradition of the world's finest sailing vessels, guests experience this marvelous ship under sail (weather permitting), as the skilled crew hand-sets over 30,000 square feet of canvas.
On an optional post-extension, commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a visit to the Normandy-American Cemetery and Omaha Beach on the actual anniversary day (June 6).