1 BILBAO TO BAYEUX ABOARD THE SEA CLOUD II May 26 to June 5, 2019 a program of the stanford alumni association
2 When I was a junior at Stanford studying at the Stanford Overseas Center in Salamanca in Spain, my classmates and I traveled up and down the west coast of Europe on endless bus rides and train trips, learning much about this fascinating part of Europe. While we covered a lot of ground, it was not the most comfortable of journeys. You, however, can have not only a much richer intellectual experience, but also enjoy it while cruising in style aboard the splendid Sea Cloud II. Starting in Bilbao, we sail north, hugging the French coast and stopping in the storied towns of Lorient, Brest, Saint- Malo and the Normandy city of Caen. Opt to continue your stay in Normandy on a post-trip extension to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. We hope you ll join us on this memorable voyage! BRETT S. THOMPSON, 83, DIRECTOR, STANFORD TRAVEL/STUDY SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN Highlights SAIL aboard the threemasted Sea Cloud II that combines the seafaring elegance of a bygone era and the highest modern standards of luxury. COVER: MONT SAINT-MICHEL CATHEDRAL, NORMANDY, FRANCE SAVOR regional food and wine: Basque cuisine in Bilbao, lunch at a historic French château, crepes in Brittany and fresh seafood in Normandy. EXPLORE WWII sites that are off the beaten track, including a German underground bunker in La Rochelle and massive U-boat pens in Lorient. BE AWED by Frank Gehry s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Normandy s Mont Saint- Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry chronicling the 1066 Norman invasion. BAYEUX TAPESTRY, BAYEUX, NORMANDY, FRANCE
3 Stanford Faculty Leader Professor Kennedy s lectures were marvelous! MARY FIEDLER, MARTA NEW ZEALAND OSTERLOH, BY 70, PRIVATE CUBA, AIR, DAVID M. KENNEDY, 63, a member of the Stanford faculty since 1967, is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, emeritus, and founding director of The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford. Over the course of his long and esteemed academic career, the renowned historian has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in American foreign policy, the comparative development of democracy in Europe and the U.S., the history of the 20th-century United States, American political and social thought, American literature and the evolution of the American West. His scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analyses with social and political history, an outcome of his interdisciplinary training in American studies, which combined history, literature and economics. Professor Kennedy has lectured on American history around the globe and contributed his expertise to a broad swath of national media, from The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times to the PBS NewsHour and productions aired on PBS C-Span and NPR. He has also served on the advisory board for the PBS series, The American Experience, and authored some 10 books, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom from Fear and his best-selling high school textbook, The American Pageant. On this trip he plans to lecture on WWII, including its background in earlier calamities of WWI and the Great Depression, and its consequences for the world we have lived in since He will give special attention to the D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches, one of the most legendary episodes in the epic conflict that was WWII. Additional leader EMILY BAKEMEIER is currently the deputy provost at Yale University; in her nearly two decades at Yale, she has served in several high-ranking administrative roles. Her area of expertise is 16th- and 17th-century northern European art. After having concentrated her early research on 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting and northern European architectural history, Emily turned her attention to French royal portraiture and iconography from the reign of François I ( ) to that of Louis XIV ( ). SIGN UP ONLINE: alumni.stanford.edu/trip?europe2019 OR BY PHONE: (650) BREST, FINISTERE, BRITTANY, FRANCE
4 A t l a n t i c O S PAIN Itinerary SUNDAY & MONDAY, MAY 26 & 27 DEPART U.S. / BILBAO, SPAIN Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Spain. Upon arrival in Bilbao on Monday afternoon, take a panoramic coach tour of the city that includes a guided walk through Casco Viejo, the colorful medieval quarter of the city, noted for its elegant architecture and tiny pintxos (Basque toothpick snacks) bars. Gather for a special private welcome reception and dinner this evening at a historic country estate. GRAN HOTEL DOMINE (5/27: D) TUESDAY, MAY 28 BILBAO / EMBARK SEA CLOUD II In the last several decades, Bilbao, the hub of Spain s Greater Basque region, has undertaken a vigorous social, economic and aesthetic revitalization process, launched by the opening of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Designed by awardwinning American architect Frank Gehry, this icon of 20th-century architecture contains a collection of some of the most intriguing artworks of our age. After time to explore the museum and its English Channel Brest c e a n Bay of Biscay Bilbao Saint-Malo Lorient Caen La Pallice collections, enjoy a gastronomic lunch, then transfer to Bilbao s port to embark our luxurious three-masted sailing ship this afternoon. SEA CLOUD II (B,L,D) WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 SAN SEBASTIÁN This morning call at the port of Paisajes for a morning walking tour of the Basque town of San Sebastián, known for its sophisticated culinary scene and named a European Capital of Culture in Explore the city s historic center and learn about Basque culinary traditions during tastings at a local pintxos bar. This afternoon, enjoy a specially arranged visit to the pioneering Albaola Factory and Museum, where experts on maritime heritage and boatbuilding are constructing a replica of the 16th-century Basque whaling ship San Juan. Return to our ship and relax aboard as the Sea Cloud II cruises toward France. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner hosted by the captain. SEA CLOUD II (B,L,D) THURSDAY, MAY 30 AT SEA Enjoy a full day at sea and the continuation of our educational program as the Sea Cloud II cruises along the coast of France. Weather permitting the unfurling Mont Saint-Michel San Sebastián Paris F RANCE of the sails, marvel at the finely coordinated activities of the crew as they work the riggings. SEA CLOUD II (B,L,D) FRIDAY, MAY 31 LA PALLICE, FRANCE / LA ROCHELLE OR ÎLE DE RÉ This morning, from the port of La Pallice, take a guided walking tour through the center of La Rochelle, a major seaport and the historic base of the Knights Templar and later the Hugeunots. Stroll past the 14th-century stone defensive towers and stop for a guided tour of The Bunker, a museum focused on the wartime history of La Rochelle, housed in an original bunker built as a bomb shelter and living quarters for German military officers during WWII. Alternatively, visit charming 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 and an afternoon of cruising. SEA CLOUD II (B,L,D) SATURDAY, JUNE 1 LORIENT Arrive midmorning in Lorient, on the northwestern coast of France in the department of Brittany. The port grew to prominence in the 17th century, during the heyday of France s trade with Africa and Post-trip Extension JUNE 5 TO 7, 2019 (2 ADDITIONAL DAYS) NORMANDY (D-DAY ANNIVERSARY) Commemorate the heroism of the D-Day landings on the 75th anniversary (June 6, 2019). Spend two nights at the Hôtel Barrière Le Normandy in Deauville. Visits include: Pointe du Hoc, a strategic promontory where American troops scaled cliffs to capture German defenses; the German Cemetery at La Cambe; the Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches to learn about this engineering marvel that assisted in landing the forces following the initial invasion; and the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer. On the 75th anniversary itself, visit the Normandy-American Cemetery and Memorial and walk on the crucial Allied landing site of Omaha Beach. Conclude with a transfer to Paris for flights home. Additional details and pricing will be sent to confirmed participants. Asia under the French East India Company, or Compagnie des Indes, which was established at the Citadel of Port-Louis in Learn about this period of French maritime history during a guided tour of the Museum of the East India Company, housed in the citadel itself, then enjoy a private lunch at a historic château. Visit the nearby Keroman Submarine Base, where German Grand Admiral Karl Donitz had enormous concrete structures built to shelter part of Germany s submarine fleet in World War II, with a capacity of a total of 30 submarines in three separate bunkers. The 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, decimating nearly 90% of the city in the process. SEA CLOUD II (B,L,D) SUNDAY, JUNE 2 BREST Call this morning at Brest and explore the scenic coast of Brittany s Finistère, the westernmost point of continental France. Delight in its charming rural villages and the elaborate parish churches of Saint- Thégonnec and Lampaul- Guimiliau, each boasting quaint and intricate carvings and stained glass designed to outdo
5 SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN LA ROCHELLE, NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE, FRANCE SAINT-MALO, BRITTANY, FRANCE neighboring parishes. Return to our ship for lunch on board and an afternoon of cruising. SEA CLOUD II (B,L,D) MONDAY, JUNE 3 SAINT-MALO Disembark in the walled port city of Saint-Malo for a morning walking tour of this one-time haven for pirates. Return to our ship for lunch before setting out on an afternoon visit to the abbey of Mont Saint- Michel, a beautiful tidal island in Normandy that, along with its 8thcentury monastery and bay, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. SEA CLOUD II (B,L,D) TUESDAY, JUNE 4 CAEN / BAYEUX / SAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE After a final morning of cruising, we arrive in Normandy, dropping anchor outside Caen. Spend this afternoon exploring the historic center of Bayeux, including a visit to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, home of one of the most famous historical chronicles in the world, the Bayeux Tapestry. Listed on UNESCO s Memory of the World Register, the tapestry is a 230- foot-long embroidered account of William, Duke of Normandy, conquering of England in 1066, and it provides a unique and rare insight into the medieval world. Alternatively, in this 75thanniversary year of D-Day, learn about the air and sea fronts of the Allied invasion of Normandy in June of 1944 with visits to 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 immerse visitors in the story of D-Day. Gather this evening for a farewell reception and dinner on board our ship, which remains docked in Caen s port overnight. SEA CLOUD II (B,L,D) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 CAEN / DISEMBARK / U.S. Disembark Sea Cloud II this morning in Caen and board a motor coach for the threehour drive to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for flights home. Alternatively, begin our optional post-tour extension in Normandy. (B)
6 CATEGORY 3 Sea Cloud II Sister ship of Marjorie Merriweather Post s legendary Sea Cloud, the three-masted Sea Cloud II was built in the grand tradition of the world s finest sailing ships and christened in It is complemented with the most modern of amenities. From the mahogany-paneled library and gracious lounge to the fitness area and water-sports platform, no detail on this elegant vessel has been overlooked. Each of the 47 beautifully appointed sea-view cabins features a marble bathroom with brass accents. Sunbathe, enjoy fresh sea breezes and, weather permitting, watch the crew practice the age-old art of SUN DECK setting the sails by hand on the spacious deck. Enjoy friendly worldclass service and five-star dining while on board. Program Cost * Rates are per person, based on double or single occupancy as specified. Category Double Single** Two portholes, upper and lower berths (bunk bed), and shower. 150 sq. ft. Two portholes, two twin beds or one queensized bed, sitting area and shower. 204 sq. ft. Two portholes, two twin beds or one queensized bed, sitting area and shower. 215 sq. ft. Three portholes, one (fixed) queen-sized bed, sitting area and shower. 226 sq. ft. Two Palladian-style windows, one (fixed) queen-sized bed, sitting area and shower. 215 sq. ft. $6,995 $10,995 $8,995 $13,995 $10,995 $16,995 $12,495 $13,995 LIDO DECK (CATEGORY 7) 6 Three Palladian-style windows, two twin beds or one queen-sized bed, sitting area, walk-in closet, fireplace and bathtub with shower. 247 sq. ft., except cabin 303, 237 sq. ft.; and cabin 304, 231 sq. ft. $14,995 7 Four Palladian-style windows, one (fixed) kingsized bed, sitting area, walk-in closet, fireplace and bathtub with separate shower. 290 sq. ft. $17,995 PROMENADE DECK (CATEGORIES 5 & 6) *Stanford Alumni Association nonmembers add $300 per person. ** Single accommodations may be limited to as few as 2 cabins. CABIN DECK (CATEGORIES 1 4) In Categories 2, 3 and 6, twin beds can be kept separate or pushed together to form one larger bed. Note that queen and king beds in Categories 4, 5 and 7, though fixed, are made up of two mattresses, side by side.
7 Information Terms & Conditions DATES May 26 to June 5, 2019 (11 days) SIZE This program can accommodate a total of 78 participants, including travelers from Stanford, Yale University and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Single accommodations are extremely limited; please call for availability. INCLUDED 1 night of deluxe hotel accommodations 8-night cruise aboard the Sea Cloud II 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions House wine and beer, and soft drinks with all lunches and dinners Gratuities to guides, drivers and ship crew for all group activities All tours and shore excursions as described in the itinerary Group transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure days Port fees and embarkation taxes Minimal medical, accident and evacuation insurance Educational program with lecture series and pre-departure materials, including recommended reading list, a selected book, map and travel information Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program NOT INCLUDED International and U.S. domestic airfare Passport and visa fees Immunization costs Meals and beverages other than those specified as included Independent and private transfers Trip-cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance Excessbaggage charges Personal items such as internet access, telephone and fax calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services AIR ARRANGEMENTS You are responsible for booking and purchasing airfare to the start location and from the end location of the program. These air purchases are NOT included in the program cost. To assist you in making these independent arrangements, we will send you details with your confirmation materials on when to arrive and depart. WHAT TO EXPECT We consider this program to be moderately active. Most of our touring is done by motor coach and boat. Some excursions involve short walks. Travelers will have ample opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery from the comfort of our ship. Daily excursions involve one to three miles of walking with tours as long as three hours that might include stairs without handrails, high thresholds and uneven terrain such as cobbled paths and beaches. Seas can be choppy. Participants should feel comfortable walking on a rocking ship and able to climb in and out of tenders for a shore excursion. Our journey at times requires several hours of motor coach travel, the longest drives being up to two hours. Participants must be physically fit, active and in good health. We welcome travelers 15 years of age and older on this program. Deposit & Final Payment A $1,000-per-person deposit is required to reserve space for this program. A $200-per-person deposit is required to hold space for the optional post-trip extension. Sign up online at alumni.stanford.edu/ trip?europe2019 or call the Travel/ Study office at (650) Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign a Release of Liability. Cancellations & Refunds Deposits and any payments are refundable, less a $500-perperson cancellation fee, until 120 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) can be resold, in which case a $1,000-per-person cancellation fee will apply. Insurance Stanford Travel/Study provides all travelers who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with minimal medical, accident and evacuation coverage under our group-travel insurance policy. Our group policy is intended to provide minimal levels of protection while you are traveling on this program. You may choose to subscribe to optional trip-cancellation and baggage insurance. Information will be provided to travelers with their welcome materials. The product offered includes special benefits if you purchase your policy within 14 days of written confirmation of your participation on the trip. Eligibility We encourage membership in the Stanford Alumni Association as the program cost for nonmembers is $300 more than the members price. A person traveling as a paid guest of a current member will not be charged the nonmember fee. To purchase a membership, visit alumni.stanford.edu/goto/ membership or call (650) Responsibility The Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University and our operators act only as agents TELEPHONE (650) California Seller of Travel Program Registration # for the passenger with respect to transportation and ship arrangements and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motor coach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner s risk entirely. It is understood that the ship s ticket, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the cruise company. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Neither the Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University nor our operators accept liability for any carrier s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect in July 2018 and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges. COPYRIGHT 2018 STANFORD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PRINTED ON RECYCLED, FSC-CERTIFIED PAPER IN THE U.S.
8 Stanford Travel/Study Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center 326 Galvez Street Stanford, CA (650) Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Stanford Alumni Association BILBAO TO BAYEUX ABOARD THE SEA CLOUD II May 26 to June 5, 2019 alumni.stanford.edu/goto/travelstudy It was one of the high points of my travel life due to the Sea Cloud II, the itinerary and sights, the crew and fellow travelers, and the food. Thank you! ANN HAMMOND CLARK, 62, SPAIN AND PORTUGAL BY SEA, 2018 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, BILBAO, SPAIN