Western Europe's Historic Coastal Cities and Art Centers: A Voyage from Amsterdam to Lisbon

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12 Days, July 30 - August 10, 2024 (waitlist)

From $8,590 from Amsterdam

Tour Operator:
Thalassa Journeys

For centuries, Western Europe’s coastal cities have served as important centers for cultural and artistic exchange, bringing together traders,pilgrims, artists, and explorers. On this meticulously curated 12-day journey, including nine nights aboard the well-appointed Swan Hellenic Diana, you’ll visit 10 enchanting European cities in six countries along the Atlantic seaboard. This incredible opportunity to travel with W&L will be both educational and inspirational.

Our adventure will begin in Amsterdam amid picturesque canals, iconic Dam Square, and the treasures of the Dutch Golden Age. The grandeur continues as we board the Diana to embark on the voyage of a lifetime. Over the next several days, we’ll uncover the secrets of Bruges’s medieval charm, explore Normandy’s historic sites in Honfleur, France, and bask in the beauty of St. Malo and the magnificent views from Mont-St.-Michel. The Abbey Gardens in the Isles of Scilly in

Cornwall, England will enchant you, and the fortifications of Brittany’s Ville Close de Concarneau will transport you back to the 15th century. Our journey will continue with an excursion to Santiago de Compostela, the purported burial site of St. James. We’ll spend the final days of our tour in Portugal, sampling the sought-after wines of Amarante and the Duoro River region before we disembark in Lisbon, departing with cherished memories of an extraordinary European odyssey.

Our vessel for this exceptional journey is a state-of- the-art, new generation expedition ship, launched in April 2023. With 96 beautifully appointed staterooms and balcony suites, the Diana features a spacious observation lounge, a restaurant, an outdoor café/bar, a spa and sauna, and a library. The Diana is equipped with the latest safety equipment and environmentally friendly technology.

Experience the epitome of luxury and culture on this splendid tour. Reserve your place today for an unforgettable journey through Europe’s treasures.

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Elliott KingElliott King is an Associate Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches courses in modern American and European art. A native of Colorado, he received his B.A. from the University of Denver, his M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and his Ph.D. from the University of Essex. His research focuses on post-war surrealism, with publications that include Radical Dreams: Surrealism, Counterculture, Resistance (co-edited with Abigail Susik, 2022), one of four books shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association's 'Edition, Anthology, and Collection Book Prize.' He currently serves as Vice President of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism. 

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