Cruise with a Purpose: Three Voyages for History Buffs

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Kicking off our new 5-part series, The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel With a Purpose, here are three voyages for history buffs in Europe, the United States, and Greece, Egypt and India.

  • London to Lisbon with Smithsonian Journeys and Dwight David Eisenhower II
  • Tracing the American Revolution on Chesapeake Bay
  • A Passage to Ancient Greece, Egypt and India
Mont San Michel

Mont San Michel, one of the highlights of Smithsonian Journeys’ “Cruise from London to Lisbon” Photo from Smithsonian Journeys

London to Lisbon with Smithsonian Journeys and Dwight David Eisenhower II

A rare opportunity to visit the WWII Normandy beaches with Dwight David Eisenhower II; immerse in Medieval history at Mont St. Michel; and stop at daily cultural attractions along the coastlines of Portugal, Spain and France.

Offered by Smithsonian Journeys, “A Cruise from Lisbon to London” aboard the 184-guest, five-star Le Lapérouse and the 220-guest Le Boreal includes:

  • The romantic city of Oporto on the Douro River
  • Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela
  • The Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum at Bilbao
  • Mont St. Michel, the 12th-13th century Benedictine Abbaye
  • The world-famous Bayeux Tapestry, which chronicles the Norman conquest of 1066
  • Cross the English Channel and the Strait of Dover, cruise up the River Thames into the heart of London, and watch the iconic Tower Bridge raise its gates for you!
  • Departures Sept 2018, April and May 2019
D-Day Beaches with Dwight David Eisenhower II

D-Day Beaches with Dwight David Eisenhower II Photo from Smithsonian Journeys

On the Spring 2018 and 2019 departures, Joanne Ferraro leads the contingent of experts on this Smithsonian Journeys cruise. Chair of the History Department at San Diego State University, she is known for her writings and teachings of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and medieval and Renaissance Europe.

American Cruise Line's new American Constitution

American Cruise Line’s new “American Constitution” in Chesapeake Bay

Tracing the American Revolution on Chesapeake Bay

American Cruise Lines has a brand-new cruise ship, the 175-passenger American Constitution, and a new cruise itinerary on Chesapeake Bay that is focused on the American Revolution.

Sailing along near Washington, D.C., the “American Revolution & Chesapeake Bay Cruise” focuses on major events of the American revolution, and on Chesapeake Bay, known as the “Blue Crab Capital of the World” (think about fresh Maryland crab).

Round-trip from Baltimore, this is an 11-night pilgrimage, stopping in Norfolk, Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown; and George Washington’s Mount Vernon; Washington, D.C.; and Cambridge, St. Michaels, Annapolis, and Chestertown. You can also take a private tour of the Smithsonian Museums, browse Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad exhibit, and sail on a “skipjack” through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Onboard the American Constitution will be Revolutionary War experts, historians, authors and reenactors who will lead tours and present talks that bring American history to life.

Departures this Spring, Fall, Winter (including a Christmastime cruise), and in 2019.

UNESCO World Heritage sites at Jaipur, on a Voyage to Antiquity cruise.

UNESCO World Heritage sites at Jaipur, on a Voyage to Antiquity cruise.

A Passage to Ancient Greece, Egypt and India

Known for their in-depth, scholarly history and culture tours, and for their renowned speakers and guides, Voyages to Antiquity describes in complete detail their once-in-a-lifetime voyage, “Passage to Ancient Egypt and India.”  If a pilgrimage to the ancient worlds of Greece, Egypt and India has always been on your list, this is the one. (December and January 2018-19)

Highlights of Passage to Ancient Egypt and India include:

  • Byzantine art and architecture tour of Athens
  • UNESCO sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae
  • Acropolis, National Archaeological Museum
  • Cairo Museum, Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum
  • Memphis, Sakkara, Ramses II
  • Petra (!), Wadi Rum in Jordan
  • Vast temple complex of Karnak, Valley of the Kings in Luxor
  • Salalah and Muscat in Oman
  • India: Porbandar, sultan’s palace in Muscat, Mumbai
  • Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan in India’s “Golden Triangle”
  • Agra (Taj Mahal)
  • Delhi’s old Moghul city, the Taj Mahal

Don’t miss four more presentations in our series,

The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel With a Purpose.

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  • Tours of the Camino de Santiago Make it Easy to Walk: that bucket list trek in Northern Spain, with info about guided tours (you can do it!)
  • Foodies’ Pilgrimage in Mexico: hands-on cooking classes with renowned chefs; market tours and culinary traditions in Mexico’s greatest food towns.
  • Upcoming:
  • Prague Pilgrimage: Seeking Mucha on an Art Nouveau Tour
  • Trace Your Irish or Scottish Ancestry: find your roots at family history centers and on guided genealogy tours.

What is your passion when it comes to travel?

History? Cuisine? Music? Art? Ancestry?

Have you been on a trip or a tour that became a real pilgrimage for you?

We’d love to hear about it!

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