2024 European Coastal Cruise

May 2 – 11, 2024 – Waitlist Only (Join the waitlist.)
Trip Operator: Gohagan
Price: From $6,295 (airfare additional)
Trip Length: 10 days
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Explore the storied legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France, and England and commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day on this 8-night cruise itinerary. Discover Portugal’s renowned wine country, walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela, visit Bilbao’s iconic Guggenheim Museum, and see UNESCO-inscribed Mont-Saint-Michel’s impressive abbey. Meet guest speaker Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as he joins us on a special anniversary tour of the hallowed Normandy beaches. Extend your journey with the Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program options.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day 3 : Leixões
  • Day 4 : A Coruña
  • Day 5 : Bilbao
  • Day 6 : Bay of Biscay
  • Day 7 : Saint-Malo, France
  • Day 8 : Caen | Normandy Beaches
  • Day 9 : London
  • Day 10 : In Transit


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

Mobility Information

You should be in good physical condition to enjoy your tour to its fullest. 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.

Our trips involve a considerable amount of daily standing and walking, up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. Typical distances are between 2-4 miles per day, unassisted. Some tours have excursions in high altitudes, very early morning departures and/or excursions involving Zodiacs and/or floating docks.

Please contact the tour operator directly with concerns specific to your tour and your needs. For highly active tours, you may wish to speak with your doctor.

Additional Information

  • All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments (including port taxes, fuel surcharges and airline fees) may occur after the release of marketing materials.
  • Available space on tours is not be guaranteed within 90 days of a tour’s departure; with some tours, space limitations are in place as early as 120 days of its departure.
  • No new reservations accepted within 30 days of departure.
  • Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions (traffic, weather, etc.).
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of a travel insurance policy.
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