Celtic Lands

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MAY 16-25, 2017 From $6,195
Glasgow, Scottish Highlands, Kyle of Lochalsh, Isle of Mull, Holyhead, Dublin, Honfleur
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Celtic Lands

MAY 16-25, 2017
Glasgow, Scottish Highlands, Kyle of Lochalsh, Isle of Mull, Holyhead, Dublin, Honfleur
Aboard MS Le Boréal

Join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commemorate 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 MS Le Boréal from Glasgow, Scotland, to Wales, Ireland 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 and 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 the rich Celtic heritage in Dublin, including the Book of Kells.

Cost: From $6,195
Thomas P. Gohagan & Company
Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.
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.
  • Meet guest speaker Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and brother of the late 11th Duke of Marlborough.
  • Exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship.
  • Visit the Beaches of Normandy 73 years after the historic D-Day landings, accompanied by David Eisenhower.
  • Professor Eisenhower’s lectures will focus on the Normandy landing in 1944.
  • Small ship calls on ports inaccessible to larger vessels.
  • A shore excursion included in each port of call.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise; all meals are included aboard ship.
  • Exclusive, specially designed historic and cultural itinerary to Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France.
  • Unique full-day Scottish Highlands excursion with specially arranged rail journey aboard The Jacobite steam train, immortalized as Hogwarts™ Express in the Harry Potter films.
  • Tour the 13th-century Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Audio headset is provided for each participant to enjoy clear narration from guides on all excursions.
  • Sells out every year!
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh Pre-Cruise Option and Paris and Giverny Post-Cruise Option.

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FIVE-STAR SMALL SHIP M.S. LE BORÉAL
State-of-the-Art Design
The highly acclaimed M.S. LE BORÉAL (launched in 2010), represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms with distinctive French sophistication.

Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies
Each air-conditioned, deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet) features a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five‑Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite flat‑screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious La Licorne dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual La Boussole Restaurant; or from 24‑hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four‑course dinner are served daily. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise.

Spacious Public Areas/ World-Class Service and Facilities
In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting and can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath‑style steam room, full range of fitness equipment and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed with a doctor and nurse. The highly trained and personable, English‑speaking, international crew provides attentive service.

Respect for the Environment
The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, each ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” rating, an extreme rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Thomas P. Gohagan & Company. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.