Includes Airfare, Hotel, Baggage and Transfers
Departs August 15, 2014
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.
|2||Arrive Dublin - Transfer to Limerick Hotel|
|4||Transfer to Dublin|
|6||Belfast and Transfer to Glasgow|
|10||Transfer to Amsterdam|
|11||Transfer to Celebrity Constellation||4:30 PM|
|13||Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany||9:30 AM||11:59 PM|
|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|
|21||Copenhagen, Denmark||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|23||Amsterdam, Netherlands – Return to USA||6:00 AM|
DAY 2 – Arrival to Dublin – Transfer to Limerick
DAY 3 – Burren and Cliffs of Moher
DAY 4 – Limerick to Dublin via Kilkenny
DAY 5 – Dublin’s Fair City
DAY 6 – Dublin to Belfast and Glasgow
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.
DAY 7 – Glasgow to Edinburgh
DAY 8 – Dumferline Abbey and Carnegie Museum
DAY 9 – Stirling & Loch Lomond
Day 10 – Transfer to Amsterdam
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
The Princess Mouse: A Tale of Finland by Leonid Gore
Swedish Fairy Tales by John Bauer
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola
Rick Steves’ Ireland 2013 by Rick Steves, Pat O’Connor
Wallpaper City Guide St. Petersburg Tobin Auber
Insight Guide Finland by Sian Lezard
Susan’s Ireland Travel Blog – Irelands Hidden Gems
Europe a la Carte
Braveheart (parts were filmed in Ireland)
BBC Travel films: Berlin
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|
|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|
|Boston||$250||John F. Kennedy||$0||Phoenix||$400|
|Denver||$400||Los Angeles||$400||San Diego||$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
van Leijenberghlaan 221. 1082 GG Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Tel. +31 20 5414141
Reservations: +34 91 398 46 64
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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).
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.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Dublin – 242
Glasgow – 26
Berlin – 114
Stockholm – 91
St. Petersburg – 44
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.
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
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
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!
Hej (HAY): Hello
Ja (YAH): Yes
Nej (NAY): No
Kanske (‘KAN-Share’): Maybe
Moi (MOI); Hello
Hauska tavata. (HOWS-kah TAH-vah-tah): Nice to meet you
Kyllä (KUUL-la): Yes
Ei (Ay): No
Привет. (pree-VYEHT): Hello
Как дела? (kahg dee-LAH?): How are you?
Пожалуйста (Pah-ZHAH-luh-stuh): Please
Спасибо. (Spuh-SEE-buh): Thank you
Tere (TEHR-reh): Hello
Tänan (TA-nahn): Thank you
Jah (YAHH): Yes
Ei (Ay): No
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.
The Netherlands (Holland)
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