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Overview

A truly unforgettable adventure

Join us on this rich intellectual experience, starting in San Sebastián and ending with two nights in glorious Paris, with history professor Roberto D'Alimonte, as we cruise in style aboard the brand new three-masted Sea Cloud Spirit.

Take in a world-class collection of postwar and contemporary art in Frank Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Sail north, hugging the French coast and stopping in the storied towns of Lorient, Saint-Malo and the Normandy city of Honfleur. Ponder the role these coastal cities played in European history, then savor the food and wine of the region in Michelin-starred restaurants.

Dates

May 23–June 4, 2022

Duration

13 days

Price

From $13,795 per person

Trip size

40 participants

Minimum age

18 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Roberto D'Alimonte

LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome

Dr. D'Alimonte, a professor of political science and noted Italian political journalist, brings his unique understanding of modern Italian and European politics to Stanford travelers.

Itinerary

A cruise along the western coasts of France and Spain

Stop in eight coastal cities along the Spanish and French coasts, including a visit to Mont-Saint-Michel. Enjoy cheese, chocolate and tapas tastings along the way.

  • San Sebastián, Spain

    Arrive in San Sebastián aboard independent flights and transfer to our hotel.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Maria Cristina

  • San Sebastián, Spain

    Gather this morning for a welcome orientation and lecture. Join a walking tour of the Basque town of San Sebastián (“Donostia” in the Basque language), known for its sophisticated culinary scene and named a European Capital of Culture in 2016. Venture to the city’s historic center and learn about Basque culinary traditions during a private pintxos (tapas) demonstration and tasting with a local chef. This evening savor outstanding cuisine paired with local wines during a gourmet dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Maria Cristina

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bilbao, Spain / Embark Sea Cloud Spirit

    In the morning transfer to Bilbao, the hub of Spain’s Basque Country. In the past several decades, Bilbao has undertaken a vigorous social, economic and aesthetic revitalization process, spurred by the opening of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in 1997. Designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry, this icon of 20th-century architecture contains a collection of some of the most intriguing artworks of our age. After a guided exploration of the museum and its collections, enjoy lunch in the Old Quarter, then transfer to Bilbao port and embark our luxurious three-masted sailing ship this afternoon. Dine on board as the ship departs from Bilbao this evening.

    Accommodations:

    Sea Cloud Spirit

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • At Sea

    Delight in a full day at sea and the continuation of our educational program as the Sea Cloud Spirit cruises along the coast of France. Weather permitting, watch as skilled crew members climb the masts to dizzying heights and step nimbly along the rigging to hand-set more than 44,000 square feet of canvas, using techniques that have remained unchanged for 500 years.

    Accommodations:

    Sea Cloud Spirit

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Île de Ré, France / La Rochelle

    This morning, from the port of La Pallice, journey to the enchanting Île de Ré, with its small fishing ports, historic lighthouses, and idyllic views of windmills, sand beaches and salt pans. Return to our ship for lunch on board, then spend time in La Rochelle, with a specially arranged private showing at the Museum of the New World in La Rochelle, housed inside an 18th-century ship owner’s mansion. The major seaport of La Rochelle was the historic base of the Knights Templar and later the Huguenots, and since the 16th century, it was one of the main ports of commerce and emigration to the New World. Displays shed light on the region’s long relationship with the Americas.

    Accommodations:

    Sea Cloud Spirit

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Belle Île, France

    Experience a relaxing morning on the water, with the opportunity for sailing, weather permitting. In the afternoon anchor off the idyllic Belle Île and take tenders ashore for a walking tour of the island’s capital, Le Palais, with its citadel and harborside cafés.

    Accommodations:

    Sea Cloud Spirit

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lorient, France

    Arrive in Lorient, on the northwestern coast of France in the Brittany region. Visit the Keroman Submarine Base, where German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz had enormous concrete structures built to shelter part of the German submarine fleet during World War II, with a total of 30 submarines in three separate bunkers. These bunkers were so effective at protecting the U-boat fleet that Allied forces resorted to bombing Lorient itself to cut off the supply lines to the base, destroying almost 90 percent of the city in the process. Proceed to the nearby village of Carnac and marvel at the extraordinarily dense distribution of 6,000-year-old megalithic sites known as the Carnac stones. Head back to Lorient and set sail in the midafternoon.

    Accommodations:

    Sea Cloud Spirit

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • At Sea

    Spend a full day at sea, enjoying the amenities of our fine ship and the continuation of our educational program, with the opportunity for sailing, weather permitting.

    Accommodations:

    Sea Cloud Spirit

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Saint-Malo, France / Mont-Saint-Michel

    Disembark at the walled port city of Saint-Malo for a morning walking tour of this onetime haven for pirates. Return to our ship for lunch before setting out for an afternoon at the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, perched atop a beautiful tidal island in Normandy that, along with its bay, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Access to the island from the mainland has changed over the centuries; its most recent connection is a bridge opened in 2014 that is available only to pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages and local shuttle buses. As the sun sets, sample Breton crêpes and calvados at a restaurant with panoramic vistas of the island.

    Accommodations:

    Sea Cloud Spirit

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Cherbourg, France

    After a morning of cruising, dock early this afternoon in Cherbourg. Learn about the air and sea fronts of the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944 at the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, the first town to be liberated by American paratrooper divisions; and Utah Beach, whose vivid displays at its Landing Museum in Sainte-Marie du Mont immerse visitors in the story of D-Day.

    Accommodations:

    Sea Cloud Spirit

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Honfleur, France / Disembark / Paris

    Disembark Sea Cloud Spirit this morning in Honfleur for a brief walking tour of this charismatic coastal port, followed by a three-hour drive to Paris. On arrival indulge in a gourmet tasting of French cheeses, along with a delicious lunch. Then be treated to two private art collection viewings and check in to our impeccable hotel. The evening is at leisure, with dinner on your own.

    Accommodations:

    Hôtel du Louvre

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Paris

    Enjoy a morning at leisure in Paris, with lunch on your own. Gather this afternoon for a farewell wine reception and a splendid private dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Hôtel du Louvre

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Paris / Home

    Transfer independently to the airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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Pricing

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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

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Category E

Superior Cabins on the Cabin Deck with porthole windows, queen bed and shower.

Average square feet: 177-204

Cabins: 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 216, 218, 223

Double: $13,795 per person

Single: $19,145 per person

Category D

Deluxe Cabins on the Cabin Deck with porthole windows, queen bed and shower.

Average square feet: 215

Cabins: 212, 214, 215, 217, 220, 222, 224-243

Double: $15,295 per person

Single: $21,595 per person

Category C

Deluxe Cabins on the Lido Deck with panorama windows that you can open, queen bed and shower.

Average square feet: 177-215

Cabins: 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 408

Double: $16,795 per person

Category B

Junior Balcony on the Panorama Deck with a queen bed or two single beds, walk-in closet and bathtub, and a private 65-sq.-ft. balcony

Average square feet: 280-323

Cabins: 320-333

Double: $18,795 per person

Category A

Owner’s Balcony Suites on the Panorama Deck with a king bed or two single beds, walk-in closet, bathtub and separate WC room, and a private 85-sq.-ft. balcony

Average square feet: 316, 317, 318

Cabins: 320-333

Double: $20,795 per person

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