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Journey to the Baltic Capitals with Ireland and Scotland

23-Days featuring 10 included tours in Ireland and Scotland and a cruise to Stockholm, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Church of the Savior

Includes Airfare, Hotel, Baggage and Transfers

Departs August 15, 2014

About This Journey

Join Enrichment Journeys and explore some of northern Europe’s most storied and beloved cities — including Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Dublin, Belfast, and Edinburgh — on this 23-day tour combining a 10-day escorted land vacation with a 13-day cruise vacation aboard Celebrity Constellation. The overnight call in St. Petersburg will be one of the highlights of your cruise, and you will find Tallinn memorable and Copenhagen picturesque. Helsinki and Stockholm will charm you, while Berlin will give you an understanding of the Cold War. On land, you’ll experience the heart of Ireland while visiting Dublin, Kilkenny and the Cliffs of Moher. Then sample Belfast and cross the Irish Sea on your way to visit Glasgow and Edinburgh. After a visit to Stirling Castle and a cruise on Loch Lomond, travel to Amsterdam to board your cruise. Rates from $6,499 per person.

Journey to the Baltic Capitals with Ireland and Scotland

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Dublin  - Transfer to Limerick Hotel
3 Limerick
4 Transfer to Dublin
5 Dublin
6 Belfast and Transfer to Glasgow
7 Glasgow
8 Glasgow
9 Glasgow
10 Transfer to Amsterdam
11 Transfer to Celebrity Constellation 4:30 PM
12 At Sea
13 Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany 9:30 AM 11:59 PM
14 At Sea
15 Stockholm, Sweden 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
16 Helsinki, Finland 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
17 St. Petersburg, Russia 7:00 AM
18 St. Petersburg, Russia 6:00 PM
19 Tallinn (Muuga), Estonia 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
20 At Sea
21 Copenhagen, Denmark 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
22 At Sea
23 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Return to USA 6:00 AM

Land Package Highlights

DAY 2 – Arrival to Dublin – Transfer to Limerick

  • Arrive at Dublin Airport and meet with your driver and English speaking guide and depart for Limerick. On arrival in Limerick enjoy a Panoramic Tour of the city. The Vikings founded Limerick in the 9th century as a base for raiding local monasteries and Celtic settlements. It was later colonized by the Anglo-Norman who built the castle in 1210. The City at that time was divided into Irishtown and Englishtown and life was seldom calm between the two groups. Today Limerick is the main city of County Limerick and is Ireland’s third largest city with a population in excess of 80,000. The city has recently achieved fame as the setting for Frank McCourt’s best-selling autobiography ‘Angela’s Ashes’. Enjoy lunch today at a local pub/restaurant. After lunch, check into hotel and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.

DAY 3 – Burren and Cliffs of Moher

  • This morning visit the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O’ Brien’s Tower built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, to entertain his lady friends. A visit of the tower is also possible. Atlantic Edge is the exciting new interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher and is built into the natural landscape. The centre is a huge domed cave that contains images, exhibits, displays & experiences exploring different elements.
  • In the afternoon, travel through the Burren Region, a unique place that forms part of the 100 square km Burren National Park. It is a Karst limestone region of approximately 300 sq. km, which lies in the north west corner of Co Clare. It is composed of limestone pavements, which have been eroded to a distinctive pattern. This pavement is criss-crossed by cracks known as grykes in which myriad of wild flora grow and under which are huge caves and rivers that suddenly flood when it rains. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses as well as a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating back to the 12th century. You will discover small villages abandoned during the famine period and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. The flora on the Burren is a mixture Arctic and Mediterranean and rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and bloody cranesbill are the rule rather than the exception. The Burren is truly an exceptional part of Ireland.
  • Enjoy an evening at leisure in Limerick

DAY 4 – Limerick to Dublin via Kilkenny

  • This morning you will depart for Dublin via Kilkenny. On arrival in Kilkenny City enjoy a Panoramic Tour. Capital of County Kilkenny, the town of Kilkenny is often referred to as “the Marble City”. It is the most interesting and best preserved of the medieval Irish cities. It owes its immense charm to the various impressive historical monuments. A medieval city of 24,000 people it is characterized by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways – it is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants. The ancient city of Kilkenny was named after a 6th century monk St Canice. A native of the area, St Canice built a monastic enclave on the site where today we find the beautifully restored 13th St Canices Cathedral. The town is dominated by 12th century Kilkenny Castle, built by the Normans on their arrival in this part of Ireland. There are a number of other interesting visits to be made while in Kilkenny. No visit of Kilkenny can be considered complete without a visit to the Black and Grey Abbeys, Rothe House, the Smithwicks Brewery and the Shee Alms house – which today is used as the local tourist office.
  • Visit Kilkenny Castle – One of the most instantly recognized buildings in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since it was built by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. The castle has been remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive parkland which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830′s splendor, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. Guided and self guided tours are possible. A suite of former servant’s rooms is now the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art. The Parade Tower is the Castle’s conference venue.
  • Continue on to Dublin and visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The parish church of Saint Patrick on this site was granted collegiate status in 1191, and raised to cathedral status in 1224. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican communion). St Patrick’s is Gothic in style and its splendid interior is adorned with funeral monuments, such as The Boyle Family Memorial and the grave of Dean Jonathan Swift (author of Gulliver’s Travels). Swift was dean here until his death in 1745. The Chancel has ornate stained-glass windows, and spectacular choir stalls, once used by the knights of St Patrick, adjoin the Altar. The massive west towers, houses a large peal of bells whose ringing tones are so much part of the character of Dublin.
  • Spend an evening at leisure in your Dublin hotel.

DAY 5 – Dublin’s Fair City

  • This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin City, discovering the north side of the River Liffey. This area offers great striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on the city main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, or the Custom House along the quays, as well as the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares, such as Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found (today owned by an American College), its colourful doors, along with Grafton Street and its quality shops. Not so far from St. Stephen’s Green, in Kildare St., you will see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. This part of the city is also dominated by the students of Trinity College, where the famous book of Kells is permanently exhibited in its library. The university is facing the medieval district where Dublin Castle and the two Anglican Cathedrals can be found.
  • Visit Trinity College – Trinity was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st on grounds confiscated from an Augustinian priory and is the oldest University in Ireland. The Campanile, erected in 1852, was built on what is believed to be the centre of the monastery. Built to further the education of the ruling Anglo-Irish families, restrictions were imposed to prevent Catholic from attending courses. These restrictions were not fully lifted until the 1970’s. Trinity however admitted women in 1902, earlier than most British universities. Most of the main buildings off the main square were built during the Georgian period, some of which replaced older buildings. Within its walls, you will be able to admire Parliament Square and its 18th Century edifices. Trinity College has had many famous students such as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett who later became a lecturer in French at the university. The Inter-denominational Church is very much worth a visit, should it be open during your visit.
  • Next you will visit Mahaffy House. This grand 1780s town house, restored by porcelain expert Desiree Shortt, was once the home of Professor John Pentland Mahaffy, tutor of Oscar Wilde. Mahaffy House is available for group tours, luncheons and dinners.
  • Finally today visit the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904 The Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing GUINNESS. Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making a pint of GUINNESS – the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion. The exhibition shows how the brew has been marketed and how it is today sold in over 150 countries. The visit ends with a visit to the 7th floor Gravity bar to sample first-hand the elixir of life ~ a pint of Guinness. The Storehouse has a retail store, gallery and exhibition area, a restaurant and two bar areas.
  • Overnight, and evening at leisure in your Dublin hotel.

DAY 6 – Dublin to Belfast and Glasgow

  • This morning depart for Belfast City and enjoy a Panoramic Tour

featuring the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower  (Irelands answer to the Tower of Pisa) and the Opera House, which is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. Your tour will pass by the City Hall, the Opera house, The Crown Bar (dates from 1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens.  You will see the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built and launched in 1912.

  • Transfer to Larne for your ferry to Stranraer. 

DAY 7 – Glasgow to Edinburgh

  • This morning travel to Edinburgh and enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh, one of the world’s finest cities. Its magnificent architecture shifts from the lofty buildings of its medieval Old Town, as they tumble down the Royal Mile, to the graceful houses of the Georgian New Town. City tour including the Georgian New Town and photo stop on Calton Hill to admire the splendid views of the city and the historic Old Town. Overlooking it all perches Edinburgh Castle, the medieval fortress which dominates the city’s skyline.
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, most famous of all Scottish castles. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War.

DAY 8 – Dumferline Abbey and Carnegie Museum

  • First this morning you will visit Dunfermline Abbey, founded in the 12th century by David I. The Abbey was destroyed by Edward I of England during the Wars of Independence and its subsequent rebuilding was funded and supported by King Robert the Bruce who was buried in the Abbey in 1329 although his heart was taken on a crusade to the Holy Lands and later buried in Melrose Abbey.
  • Join your coach for the short transfer to the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum where you will see the humble cottage where this weaver’s son spent his early years. After the family moved to the United States, Carnegie went on to found a steel empire that would make him the world’s richest man. When he sold the company he turned to philanthropy and he never forgot his links with his birthplace. Local legend has it that when Carnegie was a boy, the owner of the expansive Pittencrieff Park opened it up to the townsfolk every New Year’s Day. In later life, Carnegie bought the park and gifted it to the town and the first of over 3,000 public libraries he funded was opened in Dunfermline in 1881.

DAY 9 – Stirling & Loch Lomond

  • This morning depart Glasgow for Stirling Castle, built on a rocky outcrop and commanding a view for many miles around. It was built as an almost impregnable fortification, and visitors can explore many aspects of its long military history, particularly during the Wars of Independence in the 1300s. But it was also an important and luxurious royal palace. Visitors today can gain an insight into the life of Scotland’s royal court, especially that of James V.
  • Continue on to Loch Lomond and enjoy a cruise on the largest fresh water Loch in the UK. The Loch is 24 miles long and five miles wide and at its deepest point is some 600 feet deep. On the Loch there are approximately 38 Islands, some of them inhabited and there is even a Hotel on one, Inchmurrin. Loch Lomond must be the world’s most famous Loch and has been much written about, both in song and verse. The area is renowned for its beauty and tranquility and offers picture postcard views around every corner.

Day 10 – Transfer to Amsterdam

  • Enjoy a restful night before joining Celebrity Constellation.

Port Highlights

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany: From Warnemunde, visit Berlin. Berlin was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and reunified Germany. It has long been a world capital of art, culture, and architecture. It is also the highlight of many a European cruise. Abounding in such riches, Berlin is full of overwhelming choices. Try starting with the icons and follow your instincts – the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, or the Jewish Museum, whose jagged architecture will leave you shaken and moved.

Stockholm, Sweden: The city, spread across 14 islands, exists as both a world capital of and a cultural icon often envied for its lifestyle. A cruise visit to the city uncovers the genius you might expect, manifest in the city’s parks, waterways, and urban design. But there is also something more. Stockholm was designated a European Green Capital in 2010 and has become a global leader in sustainable urban living. So as you walk the streets and whistle softly at the view, consider you may be witnessing the birth of something hinting at the future of the planet.

Helsinki, Finland: From its inauspicious origins in the mid-16th century, the city has come into its own with genius and bold humanity, winning kudos for having the world’s best quality of life. Strewn across numerous islands along Finland’s tasseled southern coast, Helsinki is a green metropolis, where architectural visions segue easily into prolific park spaces and ocean vistas.

St. Petersburg, Russia: Although reportedly built to resemble such Western cities as London, Paris, and Vienna, one look at St. Petersburg’s regal palaces and vast public squares is enough to tell you that it is truly in a class of its own. The overnight call in St. Petersburg lets you immerse yourself in the city’s cultural immensity. The Hermitage alone could overwhelm you. One of the world’s great museums, it houses works by Titian, Dutch and Flemish masters, Michelangelo and Matisse, and the Peacock Clock. Ensconced in Catherine the Great’s Winter Palace, the museum is as evocative as its collection.

Tallinn, Estonia: Toompea, the old town, is a thicket of turrets, spires, and onion domes that overlooks the rest of Tallinn and the Gulf of Finland. Legend says the limestone outcrop is the burial mound of the Estonian king Kalev, while geology claims the area first emerged from the surrounding land about 10,000 years ago. No matter. From its start as a trade link between Russia and Scandinavia and rise as a member of the Hanseatic League trade alliance, the city today has been ranked as one of the top 10 digital cities in the world. That should make it easy to send pictures home of the local sights – and not just Toompea. See All-linn (the lower town) on your cruise. It’s brilliantly preserved.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Built on a series of islands, Copenhagen balances tradition and kinetic energy, while all the while the Little Mermaid statue keeps a thoughtful watch on the harbor. Capital city of the kingdom of Denmark since 1417, Copenhagen is a city in which the modern developments and old buildings are blended to form a thriving and harmonious environment. Main highlights include Town Hall Square, Tivoli Gardens, New Carlsberg Glyptoteque, the National Museum, Christiansborg Palace, home of the Danish parliament, and the residence of the Royal Family.

Journey to the Baltic Capitals with Ireland and Scotland

Included Features

  • Included round-trip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Nine nights in Limerick, Dublin, Glasgow, and Amsterdam (Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in Limerick, Stephen’s Green Hotel in Dublin, Marks Hotel Glasgow, and NH Musica in Amsterdam, or similar)
  • Daily Breakfast during hotel stay
  • All hotels centrally located
  • Local tour hosts
  • Ten included and fully escorted tours in Ireland and Scotland
  • 12-Night Celebrity Constellation cruise from Amsterdam
  • * on 8/25/14 Sailing, Warnemude is replaced by Rostock

Journey to the Baltic Capitals with Ireland and Scotland

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your 23-day excursion, you will explore Ireland and Scotland by land and other nearby landmarks for nine nights. There will be motor coach transfers between Dublin and Glasgow. Then the group will board the Celebrity Cruises ship for a 12-ngiht journey through Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Denmark. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately active, involving walking to several historical sites. Walking on different types of land, roads and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially at the Cliffs of Moher and Stirling Castle. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations when applicable. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Through battles for freedom, land and preserving tradition, Irish culture has spread and lays claim to more than 70 million people worldwide. Many people feel drawn to visit for connecting with old clans or simply rediscovering their Celtic roots. Scotland also boasts a deep tradition, which is evident in towering castles left behind by war and past royals, still standing in contrast to rolling green hills today. A trip of a lifetime through Ireland, Scotland, Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Denmark will be unforgettable and very different than that you might be used to at home. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when meeting people abroad and being in unique situations. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and the cities themselves (like Berlin and St. Petersburg) can be crowded, so we will proceed with caution.

European culture is passionate and diverse. You will have the chance to hear many languages and interact with a wide range of people. Many people speak English in major cities, especially at tourist attractions. Keep in mind that some areas are more conservative than others, especially when visiting places of worship and historical landmarks.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The weather can vary between destinations, so pack accordingly with summer gear, such as more breathable, cotton items. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city and cliff walks.

Recommended Reading List 

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Ireland – In a Glass of Its Own by Peter Biddlecomb (Ireland)

A Secret Map of Ireland by Rosita Boland

Glencoe: A Romance of Scotland by Muireall Donald

My ‘Dam Life by Sean Condon (Amsterdam)

Children’s Books

The Princess Mouse: A Tale of Finland by Leonid Gore

Swedish Fairy Tales by John Bauer

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola

Travel Guides

Rick Steves’ Ireland 2013 by Rick Steves, Pat O’Connor

Wallpaper City Guide St. Petersburg Tobin Auber

Insight Guide Finland by Sian Lezard

Blogs

Susan’s Ireland Travel Blog – Irelands Hidden Gems

http://www.irelands-hidden-gems.com/ireland-blog.html

Secret Scotland

http://www.secret-scotland.com/Blog/

Europe a la Carte

http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/

Videos

Braveheart (parts were filmed in Ireland)

BBC Travel films: Berlin

http://www.bbc.com/travel/europe/germany/berlin

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airline routings are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights may do so by contacting the Enrichment Journeys air department.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
New York – Dublin Airplane 15 Hours
Belfast – Glasgow Ferry 3 Hours
Glasgow – Amsterdam Airplane 1 Hour
Amsterdam – New York Airline 11 Hours

Journey to the Baltic Capitals with Ireland and Scotland

Journey to the Baltic Capitals with Ireland and Scotland

Dates & Prices
8/15/2014 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
10 (Inside)  $6,874  SOLD OUT SOLD OUT  SOLD OUT
7 (Outside)  $8,124  SOLD OUT SOLD OUT  SOLD OUT
2C (Veranda)  $8,749  SOLD OUT SOLD OUT  SOLD OUT
2B (Veranda)  $8,874  SOLD OUT SOLD OUT  SOLD OUT
C3 (Concierge)  $9,124  $7,399 $1,825  $11,499
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $350 Houston Intercontinental $300 Philadelphia $250
Boston $250 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $400
Denver $400 Los Angeles $400 San Diego $400
Dallas-Ft. Worth $350 Orlando $350 Seattle $400
Newark $150 Miami $300 San Francisco $400
Washington – Dulles $300 Chicago $350 Tampa $350
- Business Class Air Available on Request
- Additional Gateways Available on Request
- Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to the Baltic Capitals with Ireland and Scotland

The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Limerick

Ennis Road, Limerick, Ireland

Telephone: (+353) 61 456200

Only a few minutes drive from Limerick’s city centre and nearby Shannon Airport, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa welcomes guests to relax and enjoy its garden setting. Inviting views of the Woodcock Mountains set the stage for a restful stay. All of the rooms feature superior amenities, including Free high-speed wireless Internet access and satellite television. The hotel offers elegant dining at the award-winning Porters Restaurant, where traditional Irish favorites and international favorites are served with contemporary style. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, take advantage of the on-site Rain Spa & Wellness Clinic.

Stephen’s Green Hotel

1-5 Harcourt Street (off Stephen’s Green)
Dublin 2, Ireland

Telephone: +353 1 607 3600

The Stephens Green Hotel has an enviable Dublin location where Harcourt Street and Cuffe Street meet on the corner of St Stephens’s Green overlooking the 9 acres of St Stephens Green Park and offers free Wi-Fi when you book online.

The Stephens Green Hotel is the newest hotel in Dublin from the O’Callaghan Hotels Group. The-4 star hotel in Dublin city centre is a beautiful example of how modern contemporary design and Georgian architecture can seamlessly blend together in one building. The striking glass atrium fills the lobby with natural light and almost brings the beautiful Georgian surroundings into the hotel.

Marks Hotel

110 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 2EN, Scotland

Telephone: +44 (0)141 353 0800

Marks Hotel Glasgow offers unique styling and a personalized service in the heart of Glasgow’s vibrant city center. A stay at Marks Hotel in Glasgow’s trendy Theatreland district puts you literally steps away from numerous theatres such as Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, King’s Theatre,Pavilion Theatre, and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. We are also within minutes of some of the best shopping outside London on Buchanan Street, as well as a profusion of restaurants and bars, including our very own One Ten Bar & Grill.

There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities within reach of the hotel including theKelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (one of the UK’s top attractions), the works ofCharles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Science Centre & Tower, SECC and Clyde Auditorium and also the newly opened Glasgow Riverside Museum. Many of these attractions are free and are within easy reach of our hotel.

 

NH Musica

van Leijenberghlaan 221. 1082 GG Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Tel. +31 20 5414141

Reservations: +34 91 398 46 64

Email: nhmusica@nh-hotels.com

The ultra-modern NH Musica hotel in Amsterdam is located in the heart of the Zuidas business district, just a stone’s throw from the World Trade Center. This trendy neighborhood provides guests with a bevy of shops, restaurants and cafes. The city center is just minutes away thanks to Amsterdam’s excellent public transportation network, and the hotel is also conveniently close to the city’s main ring road, which makes getting to and from Schiphol Airport a breeze.

The NH Musica has 213 luxurious guest rooms, including 30 executive rooms and 3 sumptuous junior suites. All rooms feature contemporary design, plenty of natural light and a long list of modern amenities. NH Musica’s boutique-style facility offers guest every luxury imaginable, from the sauna , solarium, and fitness center to the sleek bar and posh Restaurant Sinoforia.

Recreation is just minutes away thanks to the nearby Zuid-WTC Train Station and a host of outdoor sightseeing options. Explore the lush woodlands, wetlands, and botanical gardens in the area’s largest public park—Amsterdamse Bos— where you’ll find plenty of foot paths, bike paths, and paddle boats to lead you on a course for adventure. In close proximity to the NH Musica hotel, guests will also find Amstel Park, RAI Congress Center, Heineken Music Hall, and Amsterdam ArenA, home of AFC’s Ajax.

Celebrity Constellation

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.

Ship: Constellation

By May 6, Celebrity Constellation® will have received the rest of the Solstice Class® enhancements enjoyed by guests aboard her Millennium Class® sister ships. The addition of 66 updated staterooms including spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms and the Blu restaurant with a healthy and delicious “clean cuisine.” Share vacation photos with your social networks through the Celebrity iLoungeSM or the enhanced Wi-Fi added throughout the ship. Celebrity Suites will be refreshed with the addition of their own private verandas. Kick back and relax with friends in the new version of Michael’s Club. It offers 64 international craft beer selections including ales, lagers, lambics, ciders, wheat beers, seasonal and beer cocktails in addition to its already extensive collection of fine spirits. Kids will love the new Xbox consoles within the Fun Factory kids’ club and X Club teen venue along with free play on Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360. Restful sleep is ensured on new Reverie® mattresses in all staterooms and suites. New sun loungers on both pool decks plus a fresh color scheme, carpeting and upholstery all contribute to Celebrity Constellation’s modern, new vibe.

Journey to the Baltic Capitals with Ireland and Scotland

Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your own currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are readily available at the major cruise ports and in Dublin and Glasgow. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas. However, it is a good idea to carry a little cash in case of emergencies or when wanting to purchase items from local markets.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Keep packing as simple as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier their own rules for baggage allowance, which might mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer onto the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening at the airport, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines with weight and size. 

Labeling

Have your bags all labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable journey. Most regions will have pleasantly warm and urban atmospheres in May through August, so pack accordingly. There is always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip to Europe:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Skirt/pants with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglass and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment, Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If brining a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but accrue additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free or in in Ireland, Scotland and most European port cities.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside their trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime.

This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if purchased 14 days prior to departure. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please apply through our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra as well just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journeys package. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high caliber of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Amsterdam from the U.S. and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out as well as e-mailing to yourself and someone back home in case anything is misplaced. It can also be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your departure date. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Europe.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, visitors can travel within the EU for up to 90 days without a visa. US visitors to Russia will need a traveler’s visa they need to apply for prior to departure.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your journey will begin by land.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as CIBT. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. All countries visited are on 220-240v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Time Differences

You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip throughout Ireland, Scotland, Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Denmark. These are the zones of each checkpoint:

Ireland and Scotland – WET

Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Denmark – CET

Finland, Estonia – UYT (EET)

Russia – Moscow Time Zone

Money Matters

By visiting various countries throughout the journey, you will need several kinds of currency (Euro, Rubles and Krone). This is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.

Here are current exchange rates for Ireland, Scotland, Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Denmark.

Ireland, Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Estonia – Euro

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500

Coins represent 1-50 ‘Euro cents’ and 1-2 ‘Euros’ (100 cents in a Euro)

Exchange – $1 USD to .75 Euros

Scotland – Pound sterling

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50

Coins are in 1-50 ‘pence’ and 1-2 ‘pounds’ (100 pence in a pound)

Exchange – $1 USD to .65 UK pounds

Russia – Russian ruble

Banknotes in 50, 100, 500, 1000

Coins are in 10 & 50 ‘kopeks’ and 1, 5, 10, 25 ‘rubles’ (100 kopeks in a ruble)

Exchange – $1 USD to 33 rubles

Denmark – Danish krone

Banknotes in 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000

Coins are in 50 ‘ore’ and 1, 5, 10, 20 ‘krone’ (100 ores in a krone)

Exchange – $1 USD to 5.6 Danish krones

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. European and Russian destinations, though, usually require less tipping than would be appropriate stateside. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Europe that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Note the variances in currency between countries and plan accordingly.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few pesos/soles in the local currency is customary. The Enrichment Journey local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all).

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, etc.). The spring and summer months of May, June, July and August are warmest, while winter months of December-February can be colder. Temperatures can vary within the countries too.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Dublin 46/36 47/36 50/37 53/38 58/43 63/47 66/51 67/51 62/48 57/45 50/39 46/36
Glasgow 44/34 45/34 48/36 53/38 59/42 62/47 66/51 67/51 62/47 56/44 49/38 43/33
St. Peters 27/17 26/11 35/19 50/32 58/38 70/49 74/54 70/50 59/42 48/36 34/24 27/15
Helsinki 29/22 28/18 34/24 48/36 56/44 66/53 74/60 65/51 59/44 49/39 35/27 29/19

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

Ireland

Dublin – 242

Scotland,

Glasgow – 26

Germany

Berlin – 114

Sweden

Stockholm – 91

Russia

St. Petersburg – 44

Estonia

Tallinn – 131

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top fun phrases in Gaelic, Dutch, German, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Estonian and Danish.

Irish Gaelic

Maidin mhaith (Modjin mot): Good morning

Conas ata tu? (Cunn-us ah-taw two): How are you?

Tapadh leat (Tapah lat): Thank you

Gabh mo leithscaal (Govh muh leh-skayle): Excuse me

Ní thuigim (Knee higimm): I don’t understand

Taim i gcruachais anois (Tah-imm ih grew-cuss ah-nish): I need your help now

An mor ata air? (On moor ah-taw err): What price is this?

An dtogann tu caratai credit? (On duggan two car-tee credit?): Do you take credit cards?

Slainte! (Slawn-cheh): Cheers!

De reir a cheile a thogtar na caisleain (Day rare ah kayla a hug-tur nah cosh-lawn): It takes time to build castles

Dutch

Hallo (HAH-low): Hello

Hoe maakt u het? (hoo MAHKT uu hut?): How are you?

Goed, dank u (GOOT dahnk uu): Fine, thank you

Alstublieft (AHL-stuu-BLEEFT): Please

Dank je (DAHNK yuh): Thank you

Graag gedaan (GRAHG guh-DAHN): You’re welcome

Ja (YAH): Yes

Nee (NAY): No

Spreekt u Engels? (SPRAYKT uu ENG-uls?): Do you speak English?

Ik ben verdwaald (ick BEN vuhr-DWAHLT): I’m lost

German

Good day (Hallo): Hallo

Wie geht’s? (Vee GATES?): How are you?

Gut, danke (Goot, DAN-keh): Fine, thank you

Danke schön (DAN-kuh shurn): Please

Danke (DAN-kuh): Thanks

Bitte schön! (BEE-tuh shurn): You’re welcome.

Ja (Yah): Yes

Nein (Nine): No

Auf Wiedersehen (Owf VEE-dur-zane): Goodbye

Hilf mir! (HEELF-meer): Help!

Swedish

Hej (HAY): Hello

Ja (YAH): Yes

Nej (NAY): No

Kanske (‘KAN-Share’): Maybe

Finnish

Moi (MOI); Hello

Hauska tavata. (HOWS-kah TAH-vah-tah): Nice to meet you

Kyllä (KUUL-la): Yes

Ei (Ay): No

Russian

Привет. (pree-VYEHT): Hello

Как дела? (kahg dee-LAH?): How are you?

Пожалуйста (Pah-ZHAH-luh-stuh): Please

Спасибо. (Spuh-SEE-buh): Thank you

Estonian

Tere (TEHR-reh): Hello

Tänan (TA-nahn): Thank you

Jah (YAHH): Yes

Ei (Ay): No

Danish

Hej (High): Hello

Tak (Tahg): Thank you

Ja (Ya): Yes

Nej (Nay): No

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Denmark before you embark on your Journey.

Ireland

  • In an area slightly larger than West Virginia, Ireland has roughly 4.7 million people. Dublin is the largest city and more than 80% of the country is Roman Catholic.
  • Ireland has a 99% literacy rate among its people.
  • In Ireland, lakes are called as loughs (pronounced as locks).
  • St. Patrick’s clearing of the Emerald Isle of snakes isn’t true. There have never been any snakes in Ireland.
  • According to the Irish birthday traditions, people hold the birthday child upside down and bump the head slightly on the floor. The bumps correspond to the age of the child. It is believed that this tradition brings good luck.

Scotland

  • Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom with Ireland, Wales and England. The country has roughly 5.3 million residents.
  • Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have its own fire-brigade.
  • The motto of Scotland is “No one provokes me with impunity”.
  • The shortest scheduled flight in the world is one-and-a-half miles long from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The journey takes 1 minute 14 seconds to complete.

Germany

  • There are about 82 million people in the country of Germany, with each drinking about a pint of beer each day.
  • In the 4th grade, German kids are placed into Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium, which pretty much determines if you will go to university or straight to the work force.
  • The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft.
  • The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build.

The Netherlands (Holland)                               

  • The Netherlands is larger than the state of Maryland, but smaller than West Virginia, with 16.9 million people.
  • The Dutch are the world experts on keeping back water from the sea and rivers turning Netherlands into an Atlantis. The US government turned to the Dutch for help during the hurricane Katrina disaster.
  • The Dutch are the tallest in the world with an average height of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women. Some believe it’s the combined result of DNA and dairy.
  • Tulips, tulip fields and flower bulbs are typically Dutch. Yet, tulips do not originate from the Netherlands. The first tulip bulbs were imported from Turkey to the Netherlands, where they proved to grow extremely well on Dutch soil.

Sweden

  • The population of Sweden is 9.2 million. The urban population of Sweden is almost 85 %.
  • The government installs elk fences along the sides of large roads to prevent elk from wandering into traffic.
  • Recycling is taken so seriously that one company (FTI) is trying to put up video cameras to make sure people sort their recyclables correctly.

Finland

  • Finland is the only country in the world which broadcasts news in Latin.
  • Finland is known as the land of a thousand lakes because it has over 180,000 lakes.
  • During the months of June and July the sun shines all day and all night in the north, not dropping below the horizon at all.

Russia

  • In terms of population, Russia is the ninth largest country in the world (143 million), even though it’s the world’s biggest country.
  • Russian language does not include a word for ‘the’ or ‘a’ which is good because these often lead to confusion in other languages.
  • There are 221 museums, 2,000 libraries, more than 80 theaters, 100 concert organizations, 45 galleries, 62 cinemas and 80 club establishments of culture in St Petersburg

Estonia

  • Estonia has a population of 1.3 million and one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe.
  • Estonia was the first country in the world to use online political voting.
  • Even though Estonia is considered to be a part of the Baltic countries; Latvia and Lithuania, there is no real political alliance.

Denmark 

  • There is no word for “please” in the Danish language, so conversations can seem a bit abrupt to people from North America.
  • There is not a single mountain in Denmark. The closest thing is a 170 meters high hill called Møllehøj.
  • The Danish originally invented Legos.

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