2020 European Coastal Civilizations

May 8 – 17
Tour Operator: Gohagan (airfare additional)
Price: From $5,295
Tour Length: 10 days
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Join this unique itinerary, which captures the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England and commemorates the historic D-Day landings. Cruise for eight nights from Lisbon aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship Le Boréal, with access to ports unavailable to larger vessels. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites and conclude with a memorable cruise up the storied River Thames to London’s illustrious Tower Bridge. Special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, accompanies you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Explore Oporto in Portugal’s renowned port wine country. Walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on the Way of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Observe the intriguing juxtaposition of old and new in Bilbao and visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum. Tour Mont-St-Michel’s impressive abbey. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available aboard ship. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Lisbon | Embark LE BOREAL
  • Day 3 : Leixões | Oporto
  • Day 4 : A Coruña | Santiago de Compostela
  • Day 5 : Santander | Bilbao
  • Day 6 : Cruising the French Coast
  • Day 7 : St. Malo | Mont St. Michel
  • Day 8 : Caen | Normandy Beaches
  • Day 9 : Cruising the English Channel | River Thames | London
  • Day 10 : London | Disembark ship | Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All 2020 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.