European Coastal Civilizations
Join this unique itinerary, which captures the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England and commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the historic D-Day landings. Cruise for eight nights from Lisbon aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship LE CHAMPLAIN, newly launched and featuring private balconies for all of its 92 deluxe Suites and Staterooms. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites and enjoy 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 Guggenheim Museum. Tour Mont-St- Michel’s impressive abbey. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options.
Depart the U.S.
Arrive in Lisbon and embark the Five-Star LE CHAMPLAIN. Attend the Captain’s Welcome
Reception and dinner this evening. (R,D)
Leixões for Oporto
Dock in Leixões and transfer to Oporto, a former Roman outpost and the center of the port wine
trade since the 13th century. The city showcases great artistic and architectural treasures from the Moorish period, when Greek and Roman influences, along with tolerance between the Jewish and Christian faiths, created a coexistence of cultures in which disciplines like mathematics, medicine, optics, horticulture, art and architecture flourished. Oporto’s historic city center, Ribeira, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a picturesque neighborhood of medieval streets lined with colorful houses. Visit the Gothic Church of São Francisco and the neoclassical Stock Exchange, with its intricately gilded Arabian Hall inspired by the famous Moorish Alhambra palace. (B,L,D)
A Coruña, Spain, for Santiago de Compostela
Travel into the oak- and pine-forested hills of Galicia, one of Spain’s self-governed
principalities. Golden-hued granite buildings grace its well-preserved capital, Santiago de
Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where medieval pedestrian stone streets lead to the expansive Plaza del Obradoiro and the grand Romanesque cathedral. A pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages, the cathedral was built to enshrine the tomb of St. James and is recognized for its distinctive Baroque façade, original medieval portico and Churrigueresque altar. (B,L,D)
Santander for Bilbao
From Santander, transfer to Bilbao, surrounded by the verdant Basque Mountains. Stop in the
historic old quarter and the promenade of El Arenal, a popular route for Bilbainos’ evening
leisurely strolls. Enjoy a guided tour of the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum,
renowned for its collection of modern and contemporary art. (B,L,D)
Cruising the French Coast
While cruising the dramatic west coast of France, attend an exclusive onboard lecture by Dwight
David Eisenhower II. (B,L,D)
St. Malo, France, for Mont-St- Michel
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont-St- Michel is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in
all of France—its soaring spires rise majestically from a tidal plain seemingly suspended above
the sea. A pilgrimage site since the early eighth century, this fortified village began as a humble
oratory and grew into an influential Benedictine monastery, becoming a renowned medieval
center of learning. Experience the extraordinary beauty of its cloisters, refectory, stained-glass
windows and the Abbaye du Mont-St- Michel, a three-story Gothic masterpiece. (B,L,D)
Caen for Normandy Beaches
Dock in Caen and travel to the historic Normandy beaches. In the company of Dwight David
Eisenhower II, walk where Allied forces landed on D-Day. Then, contemplate the solemn
commemorative crosses and Stars of David in the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-
Mer overlooking Omaha Beach. Following lunch, continue to Arromanches to see the remnants of Mulberry Harbor, constructed to support Allied landings on the Normandy beaches. View a wraparound short film documenting the D-Day campaign or choose to see the famous 230-foot- long Bayeux Tapestry, a visual chronicle of the Norman conquest of 1066. (B,L,D)
Cruising the English Channel/The River Thames/London, England
Be on deck this morning as the ship cruises the Strait of Dover. Then, cruise up the River Thames into the heart of London, a memorable passage possible only by small ship. Enjoy a cup of afternoon tea while passing the Thames Barrier; historic maritime Greenwich; and the soaring skyline of the Canary Wharf. Culminate your voyage in a dramatic approach to London’s iconic Tower Bridge. Dock overnight on the River Thames across from the Tower of London. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)
Following breakfast this morning, disembark and continue on the London Post-Cruise Option or
transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Brochure mail date: July 24, 2018.
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Meet Your Trip Host
Malinda Matney is Director of Assessment at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. In this capacity, she works with U-M’s faculty and academic units on assessment of student learning, evaluation of educational initiatives, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and grants supporting these various initiatives. Dr. Matney also teaches in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.
Dr. Matney earned her Ph.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the University of Michigan. She also holds an Education Specialist in higher education administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, a Master of Music in Music History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Wichita State University.
Her previous work within the college teaching and learning context involves both the assessment of program outcomes and the analysis of trends in student behaviors and expectations over time. Her recent studies have included examinations of undergraduate first year experience, Millennial and Global Generations, social networking for faculty and students, first generation student issues, and climate for students, faculty and staff. She coauthored the 2014 book, The Influence of Fraternity and Sorority Involvement: A Critical Analysis of Research (1996-2013).
Dr. Matney is active in the teaching and learning, higher education, collegiate band, and fraternity and sorority communities, and presents frequently in all of these arenas. Dr. Matney’s previous positions include Senior Research Associate for Student Life at the University of Michigan, Research Associate for the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Living Center Director at the Kansas City Art Institute, and Assistant to the Director of the Family Learning Center and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, Colorado.
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