Celtic Lands - SOLD OUT

Sail from Scotland to Wales, Ireland, France and England aboard MS Le Boreal. Walk the hallowed beaches of Normandy with Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of President Eisenhower. Meet Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre. Experience Caernarfon Castle near Holyhead, Wales; the beauty of the Inner Hebridean Isles; and the Celtic treasures in Dublin. Optional Glasgow/Edinburgh pre-tour and London post-tour extensions.

Dates
May 28 - Jun 7, 2019  (11 Days)
Cost

from $6,895 per person, double occupancy 

For more Information
travel@commonwealthclub.org

(415) 597-6720

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29
U.S. / Glasgow, Scotland

Depart the U.S. for Glasgow. On arrival, embark the Five-Star Le Boréal. Enjoy dinner on board the ship Wednesday evening. Le Boreal (1D)

Thursday, May 30
Fort William / Scottish Highlands

The resplendent beauty of the legendary Scottish Highlands is unparalleled in its rich and rugged scenery, which has inspired countless folktales and storytellers with its magnetic and mysterious pull. Enjoy a full day’s journey, beginning in bucolic Glenfinnan. View the Glenfinnan Viaduct, immortalized by the Hogwarts™ Express in the Harry Potter film series, and see the Glenfinnan Monument, commemorating the Jacobite Highlanders that Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied against King George II in 1745. Stop along the Caledonian Canal at Neptune’s Staircase— the longest staircase lock in Britain. This afternoon, enjoy a picturesque drive to majestic Glencoe, considered Scotland’s most scenic glen, much of which is preserved by the National Trust for Scotland, before returning to the ship. This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner. Le Boreal (B,L,R,D) 

Friday, May 31
Tobermory, Isle of Mull/Isle of Iona

Go ashore at the sheltered port of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, where brightly painted houses are nestled between the hills and the harbor. Visit 13th-century Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean, and enjoy lunch at the castle. Ferry across the Sound of Iona to the neighboring Hebridean Isle of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. In A.D. 563, the Irish monk Columba founded a monastery here, where scribes would spend their entire lives painstakingly copying and illuminating religious tracts and transcribing ancient Celtic sagas. Iona became the burial place of Scotland’s kings, including Duncan and Macbeth. Stroll through the serene, restored abbey and see the churchyard’s intricate Celtic crosses. Later, join Allen Packwood on board the ship as he discusses the complexity of the D-Day operations and Sir Winston Churchill’s role in its undertaking. Le Boreal (B,L,D)

Saturday, June 1
Holyhead, Wales

From Holyhead, transfer across the diminutive Isle of Anglesey and over the Menai Strait to North Wales, cradle of Celtic culture, where Welsh remains the mother tongue. Visit beautiful Bodnant Garden, one of the finest examples of 19th-century Victorian landscape artistry. Stop in the charming seaside resort town of Llandudno for lunch, followed by a stirring private choir performance of Welsh hymns. Experience the grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Caernarfon Castle, an impenetrable 13th-century fortress built by Edward I of England as a defense against the marauding Welsh. Following the tradition of seven centuries of monarchs, Queen Elizabeth II invested the future heir to the British throne, her son Charles, as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon in 1969. Enjoy views of the beautiful, glacier-sculpted peaks and valleys of the Snowdonia Mountains during your return to the ship. Le Boreal (B,L,D)

Sunday, June 2
Dublin, Ireland

Built astride the River Liffey, Ireland’s historic capital has retained its rich heritage of Georgian architecture. The panoramic tour of the city highlights the landmark St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals and grand O’Connell Street, lined with bronze and marble statues of Irish statesmen. Stroll through the stately quadrangles of Trinity College and view the incandescent illuminations of the ninth-century Book of Kells. The afternoon is at leisure to walk along colorful Grafton Street, savor a pint of Guinness in a neighborhood pub or visit the National Gallery of Ireland, one of the best repositories of Celtic treasures in the world. On board the ship this evening, enjoy specially arranged, traditional Irish music and dance performed by a local band. Le Boreal (B,L,D) 

Monday, June 3
Tresco / Scilly Isles / England

On board this morning, Professor David Eisenhower will share captivating personal insights about his grandfather and “Operation Overlord,” the Allies’ code name for the military campaign that launched the D-Day airborne and amphibious invasion at Normandy. After lunch, visit the lush, 19th-century Tresco Abbey Gardens, weather permitting. Blooming with more than 6000 exotic plant species ranging in origin from Brazil to New Zealand, and built around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey, this subtropical landscape is often compared to London’s Royal Botanic Garden as a “perennial Kew without the glass.” Meander among spires of indigo viper’s bugloss, broad-leafed tree ferns, flourishing aloes and bright pink South African suikerbos in this surprising, magical haven. Le Boreal (B,L,D)

Tuesday, June 4
Cherbourg, France, for Utah Beach and Sainte Mére Èglise / Caen

From Cherbourg, drive to Sainte-Mére-Èglise, the first French village to be liberated by American forces during World War II and known for its great historical significance, including the famous story of American soldier John Steele, who caught his parachute on the church steeple and was forced to dangle limply for two hours before being taken as a German prisoner. See Milestone 0, which marks the Road to Freedom’s commencement. Continue to the Church of Angoville-au-Plain, an emergency aid station during D-Day, and view its modern stained-glass rendition of the American Airborne parachute drop; here, two brave U.S. Army medics treated wounded soldiers, using pews as makeshift beds. Nearby, visit Utah Beach, the westernmost shore of the five landing areas of the Normandy invasion, and the Utah Beach D-Day Museum for a chronological account of the landing retold through an immersive curation of artifacts, vehicles and oral histories. After lunch, visit Pointe du Hoc to envision the heroic U.S. Army Second Ranger Battalion scaling this cliff promontory, and survey the serene English Channel. Overnight in Caen on board the ship. Le Boreal (B,L,D)

Wednesday, June 5
Caen for Arromanches and Omaha Beach

Travel to Arromanches and view a wraparound short film documenting the D-Day campaign at the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Continue to Longues-sur-Mer, where the coastal German artillery battery remains intact. After lunch, continue to Omaha Beach, where Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, and walk the historic Normandy shores. Then, in the company of Professor Eisenhower, contemplate the solemn commemorative crosses and Stars of David in the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship. Le Boreal (B,L,R,D)

Thursday, June 6
Portsmouth, England / London

Disembark and visit the D-Day Museum and Southwick House, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower’s battle headquarters, with an exclusive lunch and lecture in the historic Portsmouth Guildhall. Enjoy a scenic transfer from Portsmouth to London and continue on the London Post-Program Option, or check into the deluxe Runnymede on Thames Hotel. Enjoy dinner in the hotel this evening. Le Boreal (B,L,D)

Friday, June 7
London / U.S.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Map
Edinburgh & Glasgow

Explore two of Scotland’s great cities intertwined with Celtic history. In Edinburgh, tour the medieval Old Town and Neoclassical New Town—both UNESCO World Heritage sites, the renowned Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle. Visit Glasgow’s 12th-century cathedral and the captivating St. Mungo Museum. Spend two nights in the Five-Star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian.

London

In stately London, where living history makes each visit more enjoyable than the last, enjoy a panoramic tour of the West End landmarks and visit the underground cabinet war rooms of Winston Churchill. Spend two nights in the deluxe InterContinental London Park Lane.

Cabin Categories (Prices are per person, double occupancy)

  • 8 - $6,895 Ocean-view, one large window. Deck 3, Le Champollion, forward. 
  • 7 - $7,995 Ocean-view, small window and single door onto private, partial wall balcony. Deck 3, Le Champollion, aft. 
  • 6 - $8,995 Ocean-view, small window and single door onto private, partial wall balcony. Deck 3, Le Champollion, midship.
  • 5 - $9,295 Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private, partial wall balcony. Deck 4, Le Lafayette, forward.
  • 4 - $9,595 Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony. Deck 4, Le Lafayette, midship.
  • 3 - $9,995 Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony. Deck 5, Le Normandie, forward.
  • 2 - $10,495 Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony. Deck 5, Le Normandie, midship.
  • 1 - $10,995 Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony. Deck 6, Le France.
  • Deluxe Suite - $11,795 Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony and sitting area w/sofa. Deck 6, Le France.  
  • Prestige Suite II - $12,795 Two-room, ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto large private balcony, two bathrooms, large sitting area with sofa, two closets, writing desk and dressing table. Deck 5, Le Normandie. 
  • Prestige Suite I - $13,795 Two-room, ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto large private balcony, two bathrooms, large sitting area with sofa, two closets, writing desk and dressing table. Deck 6, Le France.   
  • Owner’s Suite - $15,795 (Deck 6, Le France) is available upon request at a cost to be advised, on a first-come first-served basis.

Single occupancy cabins are available in category 6 at $14,995 and in category 4 at $16,195 on or before September 7, 2018.

Prices above reflect the Early Booking Discount. Add $1,000 for reservations made after September 7, 2018. Taxes are an additional $495 per person and are subject to change.

Included
Exclusive lectures and presentations by David Eisenhower, Allen Packwood and study leaders; Eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five‑Star Le Boréal; One night in the deluxe Runnymede on Thames Hotel in London; Meals as specified in the itinerary; Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise; Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship; Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Welcome Dinner; All entrance fees and tours as described in the itinerary; Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s); Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers; Hospitality desk in the hotel and aboard ship; Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors throughout the program; Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions; Pre‑departure materials, including a reading list; Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company

Not Included
International airfare; Taxes of $495 per person (subject to change); Gratuities to ship personnel ($15 per person, per day); Hotel staff gratuities ($1-2 per person, per day) and gratuities for activities on your own; Passport and visa fees; Meals and alcoholic beverages not listed as included; Transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); Any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; Accident/sickness, trip cancellation and baggage insurance; Baggage charges on aircraft; airfare and associated local taxes not listed as included; Airport facility taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included; All other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included” section

Optional Pre-Tour: Edinburgh & Glasgow 
$1,195 per person, double occupancy
$,695 single occupancy

Optional Post-Tour: London
$795* per person, double occupancy
$1,295 single occupancy

*  Post-Program pricing for the London extension includes a credit for one hotel night already included in the cost of the main program.

What to Expect

This trip is moderately active. Many of the cities and towns being visited were founded centuries ago, and the terrain is rugged. Therefore, a fair amount of walking along narrow cobblestone streets, stone floors or uneven and/or slippery terrain and climbing several flights of stairs (some without railings) is to be expected. Walking excursions often cover distances of at least one mile and are approximately three hours in length. Please be advised that the ship may either dock in port or tender ashore by small boat. Tenders involve a dry landing (participants step from the tender vessel directly onto land or a dock).

Trip Educators
Dwight David Eisenhower II
Grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, David Eisenhower is a noted historian of World War II and the Cold War. His 1986 bestseller, Eisenhower: At War 1943 1945, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. Eisenhower is Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a Public Policy Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches “Communication and the Presidency.” His lecture will feature:

• Operation Overlord—the concept, planning and personalities behind the D-Day invasion; and
• Triumph and Tragedy—big-picture consequences of the Allied Forces Normandy landings
Allen Packwood
Director of the Churchill Archives Centre and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, England, Allen Packwood, B.A., M.Phil. (Cantab), F.R.Hist.S., was co curator of “Churchill and the Great Republic,” a Library of Congress exhibition, and of “Churchill: The Power of Words,” a display at the Morgan Library in New York. He has lectured extensively on Sir Winston Churchill in the U.K. and the U.S. and organized several events, including the 2009 conference entitled “The Cold War and its Legacy,” attended by senior representatives from China, Germany, Romania, the Russian Federation and the U.S. His lecture will feature:

• Churchill and D-Day—Churchill’s role in the high-risk complexity of the D-Day operations; and
• Churchill and the Two Republics: France and the U.S.— Churchill’s worldview as a leader and how it was influenced by both the United States and France.

Cancellations
Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of The Commonwealth Club. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply:

  • From the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure: $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s))
  • From 95 to 119 days prior to departure: $800 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person
  • From 60 to 94 days prior to departure: 70% of the published full regular tariffs
  • 59 days or less prior to departure: No refund

A “no-show” or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs.

In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. 

Discounted Reservations
Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of The Commonwealth Club in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by September 7, 2018. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.  

Trip Insurance
We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Information will be sent upon registration and can be viewed Travel Insurance Services website.

Eligibility
We require membership to the Commonwealth Club to travel with us. People who live outside of the Bay Area may purchase a worldwide membership. To learn about membership types and to purchase a membership, visit our membership page or call (415)597-6720.

Airfare
Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.

Luggage
Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without notice.

Physical Accessibility
All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.

Rates
Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs which include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.

Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk  
The Commonwealth Club and Thomas P. Gohagan & Company and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party. In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels, or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line. Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. Gohagan is not responsible therefor and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan, however, is not required under these circumstances to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

Binding Arbitration
Any dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Agreement, the brochure or any other literature concerning the trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. Sections 1-16, either according to the then existing Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or pursuant to the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS). Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) Illinois law and will take place in Chicago, IL. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable. Please understand that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the participant and Gohagan are waiving the right to a trial by jury.

Acceptance of Contract
By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.

Registration 
Commonwealth Club CST#: 2096889-40; Gohagan CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666, OST#: TA 0905.