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Journey to Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

19 Nights featuring Edinburgh, Yorkshire, the Lake District and Shakespeare’s Birthplace Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, and Baggage Handling

Departs July 10, 2019

About This Journey

Explore the stirring coastline, rich history and idyllic countryside of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Begin your Journey in London with a welcome dinner to meet your fellow Enrichment Journeys travelers. Make your way to Oxford and tour Blenheim Palace, one of the grandest estates in England. In Stratford-upon-Avon you will visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea and attend an unforgettable performance at the famous Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre. Continue your travels north to Yorkshire, visiting Warwick Castle and the fabled Sherwood Forest along the way. Then, spend a day taking in the breathtaking views of the mountainous Lake District and enjoying a scenic cruise on Lake Windermere. On your way to Durham you will visit Castle Howard, an 18th century Baroque masterpiece and one of the finest private homes in the country. Travel up to the border of Scotland and visit Hadrian’s Wall before settling down to a farewell dinner accompanied by traditional Scottish music and dance. Then, complete your Journey by sea, sailing through Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and England before returning back to London.

Visits: Europe-Email, London, Southampton, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Durham, Liverpool, England; Edinburgh, Invergordon, Glasgow, Scotland; Douglas, Isle of Man; Londonderry, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Waterford, Ireland; St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands; Azamara Club Cruises, Azamara Journey;

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Journey to Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive London – Free Time & Welcome Dinner
2 London to Stratford-upon-Avon – Tour of Oxford and Blenheim Palace
3 Stratford-upon-Avon – City Tour
4 Stratford-upon-Avon to York – Tour of Warwick Castle, Nottingham, Sherwood Forest and York
5 York – Tour to the Lake District
6 York to Durham – Tour of Castle Howard, the York Moors and Durham
7 Durham to Edinburgh – Tour of Hadrian’s Wall and Edinburgh; Farewell Dinner
8 Edinburgh – Transfer to Leith for Embarkation
9 Edinburgh (Leith),Scotland 3:00 PM
10 Invergordon, Scotland 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 Londonderry, Northern Ireland 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
13 Belfast, Northern Ireland 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
14 Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland 7:30 AM 9:30 PM
15 Douglas, Isle Of Man 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
16 Liverpool, England 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
17 Dublin, Ireland – Exclusive Shore Excursion 7:30 AM 10:00 PM
18 Waterford (Dunmore East), Ireland 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
19 St. Peter Port, Channel Islands 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
20 London, England – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport for Return Flight 6:00 AM

Land Package Highlights

DAY 1 – Arrival in London, England: After completing customs and immigration formalities upon arrival in London, your Enrichment Journeys representative will warmly welcome you to England. After checking in to your hotel, you will have time to relax, before meeting your fellow Enrichment Journey travelers with a welcome dinner. (D)

Oxford University

Oxford University

DAY 2 – London to Stratford-upon-Avon: After breakfast, you will depart London and travel to Oxford to take in the sights with an introductory city tour. The city is renowned for its colleges, such as Christ Church College at Oxford University. Possibly the most prestigious and grandest College at Oxford, it has produced more British Prime Ministers than any other Oxbridge College. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Woodstock where this afternoon you’ll visit Blenheim Palace. One of the grandest and largest stately homes in Britain, Blenheim Palace was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The Seat of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim is the only palace in England that does not belong to the Royal Family. Transfer to Stratford-upon-Avon to check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon

DAY 3 – Stratford-upon-Avon: Today you will delight in two of England’s most important cultural exports, Shakespeare and a traditional afternoon tea. Begin with a tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and William Shakespeare’s birthplace on Henley Street. As the third of eight children, William grew up in this house and returned to spend the first five years of his marriage to Anne Hathaway in the family home. Explore the house, garden, and specially commissioned artwork on this fabulously immersive experience. After touring the home, sit at a quaint café for a traditional afternoon tea as your lunch. With a scrumptious selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones served with jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea, this is truly an English cultural institution one cannot miss! Enjoy free time the rest of the afternoon. Tonight, re-join the group for a theatrical performance at the famous Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre (subject to availability). The first Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened here in 1879 but was destroyed by fire in 1926. A few years later, the new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened on an adjacent site. In 2007 it closed for a complete transformation and the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre was officially opened in 2010 by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a performance of Romeo and Juliet. This evening’s performance will be a special treat, as a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace would not be complete without taking in a show! (B, L)

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

DAY 4 – Stratford-upon-Avon to York: After breakfast, you will visit Warwick Castle. Situated on the bend of the River Avon, this motte-and-bailey castle was an important military stronghold until the 17th century. Following the castle, continue your journey north to Nottinghamshire to visit Nottingham and to see the famous Sherwood Forest, home of legendary Robin Hood. Later this afternoon you’ll arrive in York and check in to your hotel. This historic walled city was first founded by the Romans in 71 AD and later settled by the Saxons as well as the Vikings throughout its long history. Within its ancient 13th century walls, York’s medieval streets and buildings are beautifully preserved and the historic heart of the city with its famous Minster is largely traffic-free, making it quiet, clean and perfect for this evenings’ walking tour with a local guide and dinner. (B,D)

The Lake District, England

The Lake District, England

DAY 5 – York: After breakfast you will travel to the Lake District, one of England’s most popular vacation spots. You will have a guided tour of this picturesque area to find out for yourself why this has remained a favorite retreat for centuries. Countless British writers, poets and artists such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter have sought inspiration from the area’s bucolic scenery. Enjoy the exhibits at The World of Beatrix Potter and the Peter Rabbit Garden. Following lunch at a local restaurant, take a cruise on Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, to get a different perspective of the surrounding mountains and breath-taking natural beauty. After returning to York you will have the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

DAY 6 – York to Durham: Today you will continue your journey north to Durham. Your first stop will be Castle Howard. Utterly spectacular, nestled in the Howardian Hills, Castle Howard is one of the largest country houses in England and was the filming location for the famed movie Brideshead Revisited. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before arriving at The Moors National Park Centre to enjoy the unrivalled beauty of the North York moors; miles of woodland, quaint farms and peaceful rolling hills of heather. The area was made a National Park in 1952 through the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949. We will then continue to Durham and travel into the city centre for a guided walking tour. The city’s cathedral and the adjacent 11th century castle were designated UNESCO sites in 1986. The castle has been home to Durham University since 1832. Conclude the day with a traditional pint of ale at one of Durham’s best local pubs. (B, L)

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

DAY 7 –Durham to Edinburgh: After breakfast, travel up to the border of Scotland at Chester’s Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Ostensibly to protect Roman Britannia, in 122AD the Roman Emperor Hadrian began construction of a wall to extend the breadth of England. Continue to Edinburgh and enjoy a sightseeing tour while your guide explains the city’s rich history.  This evening, gather with your fellow travellers to reminisce over the past week’s events for a farewell dinner show truly showcasing the spirit of Scotland. (B, D)

DAY 8 – Edinburgh and Embarkation: After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you’ll be transferred by coach to the port of Leith for embarkation. (B)

DAY 9–16 – Cruising (see below for port highlights)

Trinity College Library statues

Trinity College Library statues

DAY 17 – Dublin Shore Excursion: While in port in Dublin you will be taken on an included full-day shore excursion, exclusive to Enrichment Journeys guests! First, you’ll explore the city of Dublin, where you’ll see Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the Book of Kells and more. Afterwards, head out into the countryside to experience life on an Irish farm, enjoy a traditional meal and tap your toes to lively tunes played by local musicians. (L)

DAY 18–19 – Cruising

DAY 20 – Disembark in London: Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Journey and transfer to the airport for your return flight home

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

 

Port Highlights

Invergordon, Scotland: Take a superb natural setting of mountains, tumbling waterfalls, rushing rivers, and serene lochs (and add one sea monster); pepper the landscape with amazing castles (such as Cawdor, setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Plant a crop of magnificent gardens; incorporate a pretty village or two (surely Beauly, with its lovely flower displays and 13th century ruined priory); toss in a trail of whiskey distilleries, and there you have it: the Scottish Highlands, shrouded in myth and folklore, and a treat to explore.

Londonderry, Northern Ireland: Londonderry, also known as Derry, is Northern Ireland’s second largest city. One of the oldest inhabited places in the whole of Ireland, this picturesque town has witnessed some of history’s most prominent events. After undergoing a renaissance in recent years, today Derry is an emerging cosmopolitan city where youth culture meets some of the country’s oldest and best preserved monuments. Complete with quaint restaurants, hearty pubs, and fantastic independent shops, Derry’s small size is perfect to explore on foot. Or, take a quick ride with one of the city’s many friendly taxi drivers to learn about some local haunts.

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Belfast in the early 20th century had the largest and most productive shipyard in the world, gaining global renown with the launch of the RMS Titanic. Located on the slipways where she was built is a stunning new museum, opened in time for the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s only voyage and tragic demise. Today the city and riverfront are undergoing a 21st century transformation, but many exuberant Victorian and Edwardian buildings still sport the carved heads of kings and queens. As you explore the city, keep an eye out for “the murals.” These somewhat troubling freelance works appearing on building walls provide insight into the period known simply as “The Troubles.”

Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow is a lively and cosmopolitan city, making a name as a vibrant center of 21st century design, set against a background of exceptional Victorian architecture. The city’s evolution is ongoing, as state-of-the-art glass towers sprout up to house a growing financial services industry. The real Glasgow can be found in the pubs, where lively discussions about everything from the weather to solving the world’s problems are had over a pint or two. Visitors are welcome, so do join in. And take note: no trip to Scotland is complete without sampling ‘the water of life’ – a wee dram of Scotch whiskey.

Douglas, Isle Of Man: The tiny Isle of Man has quite a lot to offer for its size. Douglas’ lovely sea front is lined with picturesque hotels and restaurants, and can be traversed by horse-drawn trams as it has been since 1876. There’s a medieval fortress in Castletown; a ruined castle on the Isle of St. Patrick where tales of Vikings, monks, and a ghost dog abound; and the village of Cregneash, where people live in thatched cottages, speak the native Manx language, and practice traditional trades and crafts.

Liverpool, England: A UNESCO World Heritage City, Liverpool combines a unique mix of contemporary and classic architecture, world-class events and attractions, and an unrivaled musical heritage. Its Premiership football, Rugby League club, championship golf and Aintree Racecourse make Liverpool a mecca for sports lovers, while the city’s many exclusive independent boutiques, high street stores and unique gift shops also make it one of the leading retail destinations in England. Meander along the famed waterfront, explore the compact city center by foot, or visit one of the many museums and galleries, including the Museum of Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery. Of course no visit to Liverpool is complete without taking your own magical mystery tour and paying homage to the world’s most famous Liverpudlians, The Beatles, at such iconic sites as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.

Dublin, Ireland: Dublin offers a wealth of historic sites and, as one might expect of the Irish, there is a tale to be told about everyone. While in port in Dublin you will be taken on an included full-day shore excursion exclusive to Enrichment Journeys guests! This tour will introduce you to the city, then take you to Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the Book of Kells and more. Afterwards, head out into the countryside to experience life on an Irish farm, enjoy a traditional meal and tap your toes to lively tunes played by local musicians before returning to the ship to resume your cruise.

Waterford, Ireland: The Viking traders who founded Waterford in 914 were not the first to settle in this vicinity; Neolithic standing stones and megalithic tombs testify to much older cultures. A veritable march through the centuries continues with Norman forts, medieval abbeys, and numerous handsome manor houses of 17th and 18th century vintage surrounded by primeval forests, and delightful gardens perfect for strolling. Of course Waterford is most famous for its eponymous glassworks, producing the finest crystal since 1783.

St. Peter Port, Channel Isles: St.Peter Port is the capital of Guernsay and overlooks the harbor, with rows of brightly painted houses, and terraced gardens. The island is ideal for rambles along cliffside paths and through the bucolic interior. Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown Dependency off the coast of France, British by virtue of the Norman invasion of England in 1066, and the subsequent merging of the two territories. While traditional fishing, flower growing, and dairy farming are still important, Guernsey’s favorable tax climate has of late brought an influx of offshore banks and insurance companies, with their attendant bistros and boutiques.

Journey to Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

Included Features

  • Included international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 7-night pre-cruise land program in the United Kingdom
    • London, England—1-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
    • Stratford-upon-Avon, England—2-nights hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Oxford and Blenheim Palace
      • Half-day tour of Stratford-upon-Avon
      • Evening performance at Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre (subject to availability)
    • York, England—2-nights hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of York, Warwick Castle and Sherwood Forest
      • Full-day tour of the Lake District
    • Durham, England—1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Durham, Castle Howard and Moors National Park
    • Edinburgh, Scotland—1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Hadrian’s Wall and Edinburgh
      • Farewell dinner and show
  • National Guide throughout land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard Azamara Journey
    • Exclusive Full-day guided shore excursion in Dublin, specifically created for Enrichment Journeys guests only.
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • AzAmazing Evenings℠ event
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Journey to Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Your 19-night Enrichment Journey begins with a 7-night land program through England and Scotland, followed by a 12-night British Isles cruise. Each day during the land portion will include tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include 2 meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. The hotel has a restaurant on property, where you may grab a quick bite and have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining. During the cruise you may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate to active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist.

For the cruise portion 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 to 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

The British Isles are known for their history and their warm welcome to visitors. Before arriving, do some research on this varied and beautiful region – from the powerhouse of London to the calm Yorkshire moors.

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 temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

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

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Society by Mary Anne Shaffer

Children’s Books

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Great Britain

Rick Steves’ England

Frommer’s Easyguide to Ireland 2016

Fodor’s Essential Ireland

Fodor’s Scotland

Lonely Planet Scotland’s Highlands & Islands

Blogs

England – Nomadic Matt: http://nomadicmatt.com/

Traveling Savage – Exploring Scotland and Getting Scotched: http://www.traveling-savage.com/

Films

100 Best British Films: http://www.timeout.com/london/film/100-best-british-films-the-full-list

Forget Braveheart. 8 Films about Scotland you should watch: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/09/12/forget-braveheart-here-are-8-movies-about-scotland-you-should-watch/

Journey to Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

Special Offers

Optional 2-night London Extension

Everyone on the Enrichment Journey will fly into London and enjoy one night in the city. However, with this optional extension you will arrive two days earlier (for a total of three nights in London instead of one), thus providing you with ample time to adjust to the new time zone and explore London on your own before the Enrichment Journey program starts. Note: tours are not included. Price: $340 per person

INCLUDES:

  • 2-night hotel accommodations in London with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-888-296-1992 for more information and to book!

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

Journey to Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

Dates & Prices
7/10/2019 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Club Oceanview (5) $10,932 $8,199 $2,733 CALL FOR DETAILS
Club Veranda (V3) $11,998 $8,999 $2,999 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $350 Los Angeles $400 San Francisco $400
Boston $200 Miami $200 Seattle $400
Chicago O’Hare $300 New York – Newark $150 Tampa $300
Dallas $400 New York – JFK $0 Toronto  $250
Denver $300 Orlando $250 Vancouver  $400
Detroit $375 Philadelphia $250 Washington D.C.  $200
Houston $350 San Diego $450
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

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 Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

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
The Tower

St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD, England

Tel: 011 44 871 376 9036

The Tower Hotel is nestled between the River Thames, St Katharine Docks and alongside the World Heritage Site, the Tower of London, boasting unparalleled views of the iconic Tower Bridge. The location and excellent choice of transport connections put you at the centre of this vibrant city, making it quick, convenient and most importantly, easy to experience the very best of what London has to offer.

Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon

Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR, England

Telephone:  +44-0871-9429270

Set in landscaped gardens next to the River Avon, this modern hotel is an 8 minute walk from Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Rooms come with desks, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi (fee), and tea and coffee-making equipment. Some rooms offer sofa beds and/or minifridges. Room service is available. There’s a terrace cafe and a riverside restaurant offering buffet-style and carvery meals. The hotel has an indoor pool, a whirlpool, a sauna and an exercise room. Other amenities include a 24/7 business centre and 14 meeting rooms, as well as parking (fee).

The Grand Hotel & Spa York

Station Rise, York YO1 6HT, England

01904 894577

Experience the luxury, opulence and style of the golden age of travel at The Grand Hotel & Spa, housed in the iconic former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company. History and heritage combine with everything a modern traveller could wish for in this iconic Edwardian building. The Grand is the only 5 Star Hotel in York. This hotel offers the very best in traditional English style and service, set off with a friendly Yorkshire welcome.

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JN, England

1 844-631-0595

Boasting historic heritage and extraordinary amenities, Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County provides a spectacular setting for your city centre visit. The hotel, part of which dates back to the 17th century, effortlessly blends traditional sophistication and contemporary convenience. Nowhere is this more evident than in the immaculately appointed rooms and suites, which offer both lavish decor and state-of-the-art technology. The recently refurbished Brew Bar Lounge offers a delectable afternoon tea, and Market Kitchen specializes in classic English cuisine.

The Principal Edinburgh George Street

19-21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB, Scotland

011 44 131 341 5389

The Principal Edinburgh on George Street has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881. At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens. Winner of Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards, The Principal is an ideal base from which to explore the city. A nod to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier (an equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott).

Azamara Journey

Cruise Line: Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With our hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touringSM, we’ll not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing EveningsSM event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Ship: Journey

Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Journey is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

Journey to Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. 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 make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. 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, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

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

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, 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 for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

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 have questions about 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. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable 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 item to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses 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 bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

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

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. 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 speak with on of 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, 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 Journey. 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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

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

Journey to Ireland, Scotland and the English Countryside

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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 Italy and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is also wise to e-mail these documents to yourself and someone back home, in the event anything is misplaced. It may 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.

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 Expedited Travel. 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 and consider your personal medical history when deciding on what vaccinations to have. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this Journey:

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 230v 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.

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on the this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

Here are the current exchange rates:

Great Britain – Pound Sterling (GBP)

Banknotes in £5, £10, £20, £50, £100

Coins £1, £2, 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p

Exchange – $1 USD to .71 GBP

Ireland – Euro (EUR)

Banknotes in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.

Coins 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2.

Exchange – $1 USD to .82 EUR

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. British and European 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 (10-15%) 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 dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides and drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.

Climate

With the tour covering mostly coastal regions, you will most likely come in contact with breezes, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations. Temperatures listed below (in Fahrenheit) can vary within the countries too.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
London 48/41 48/41 54/43 59/45 64/50 70/55 73/59 73/59 68/55 61/50 54/45 48/41
Edinburgh 41/34 43/34 48/36 52/37 57/43 63/48 66/52 66/52 61/48 55/45 48/37 45/36
Oxford 45/34 45/34 48/36 54/37 59/45 66/48 70/52 70/52 64/48 57/45 48/37 45/36

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

England

London – 16

Scotland

Edinburgh – 115

Northern Ireland

Belfast – 262

Ireland

Dublin – 279

 

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about the countries you are about to visit!

England

  • English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or the French).
  • French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.
  • The English class system is not determined by money, but by one’s background (family, education, manners, way of speaking…). Many nouveau-riches, like pop-stars or football players, insist on their still belonging to the lower or middle class.
  • Fish ‘n chips isn’t much more of a traditional English dish than Chicken Tikka Massala is. The first fish & chips restaurant was only opened in 1860 by an immigrant, Joseph Malin.
  • Britain has the highest per capita consumption of cider, as well as the largest cider-producing companies in the world. Over half of England’s cider is produced in Herefordshire. The world’s largest producer of cider is H. P. Bulmer, based in Hereford. Cider making was introduced by Viscount Scudamore in 1639, who brought the recipe from France. In 1674 he built the county’s largest house with cider money at Holme Lacy, near Hereford.

Scotland

  • The official animal of Scotland is the unicorn.
  • 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.
  • Scotland has approximately 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited.
  • Scotland has more than 600 square miles of freshwater lakes, including the famous Loch Ness.
  • The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is only its second largest city, after Glasgow.
  • Edinburgh was the first city in the world which had its own fire brigade.
  • Scotland had its own monarch until 1603. After Elizabeth I died, James VI of Scotland also became James I of England, ruling both countries.
  • Scotland is currently the second largest country in the UK, after England.

Northern Ireland

  • Belfast is second largest city on the island of Ireland.
  • While Belfast stayed a small settlement during the Middle Ages, the city played a leading role in the Industrial Revolution and was Ireland’s largest city around the early part of the 20th century.
  • Residents under 16 years old in Northern Ireland make up almost 25% of the population – that’s more young people than anywhere else in the UK.
  • The Ulster Fry is one of the best known dishes in Northern Ireland, and while it is loaded with things that will make the health conscious run in terror, it is utterly delicious: bacon, egg, soda bread, sausage, potato bread, mushrooms, fried tomato, baked beans and pudding.
  • Lough Neagh, splat in the middle of the country, is the largest lake in the UK and among the top 40 largest lakes in Europe.
  • Titanic was built and launched from Belfast Harbor.

Ireland

  • Ireland is a snake-free island. Due to its isolation from the European mainland, Ireland lacks several species common elsewhere in Europe, such as moles, weasels, polecats or roe deer.
  • Halloween traces back its origins to the Gaelic festival of Samhain, a harvest festival held on 31 October to mark the end of summer. Samhain became associated with All Saints (1 November) from the early Middle Ages and the two progressively merged over the centuries, creating Halloween.
  • Cats now outnumber dogs by two to one as Ireland’s most popular pet.
  • Dublin boasts one pub for every 100 people in the population.
  • The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland or Britain.
  • The Irish consume in average 34.6 gallons of beer per year – the 2nd highest per-capita consumption after the Czech Republic.
  • Many Irish family names start with “Mac” or “O’…”, which means respectively “son of …” and “grandson of …” in Gaelic.

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