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Journey to the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

20 Nights featuring Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Scottish Highlands, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg The Royal Military Tattoo

Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: August 13, 2020
(Sailing August 21, 2020)

About This Journey

At the northern edge of the British Isles lie the rocky cliffs, misty glens and vast wilderness of Scotland. Hundreds of castles dot the land, weaving in and out of sheep farms and deep lakes. Myths and legends shaped the culture and identity of the region, which is distinctly different from its southern neighbor, England. On this Journey we will explore Scotland’s highlands, historical cities and cultural institutions. We will taste whiskey from a local cellar, clap along to Scottish tunes and enjoy the outdoors at the Cairngorms National Park. We will also learn about the region’s complex history at a 12th-century castle, then listen to a local storyteller relaying the legends of Celtic heroes. Then, fly to Amsterdam for an overnight stay before boarding the Brilliance of the Seas for your cruise to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and more. During your visit to St. Petersburg, enjoy an exclusive full-day program to the stunning summer palace of Peter the Great, Peterhof Palace, and the massive Winter Palace, better known today as the Hermitage Museum. This comprehensive Journey through the highlights of Northern Europe is sure to impress even the most experienced travelers.

Visits: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Aarhus, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Edinburgh, Glasgow, Royal Caribbean, Brilliance of the Seas

Journey to the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

Itinerary

Start Date: August 13, 2020
(Sailing August 21, 2020)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Edinburgh – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner Show
2 Edinburgh – Tour to Glasgow
3 Edinburgh – City Tour and Military Tattoo Event
4 Edinburgh to Inverness – Enroute Tour to Blair Castle and Cairngorms National Park
5 Inverness – Tour to Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
6 Inverness to Edinburgh – Enroute Tour to Fort William and Loch Lomond
7 Edinburgh – Tour to St. Andrews and Stirling Castle
8 Edinburgh to Amsterdam – Flight and Free Time
9 Amsterdam – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 5:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 Aarhus, Denmark 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
12 At Sea
13 Tallinn, Estonia 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
14 St. Petersburg, Russia – Included Shore Excursion 7:00 AM
15 St. Petersburg, Russia 6:00 PM
16 Helsinki, Finland 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
17 Stockholm, Sweden 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
18 At Sea
19 Copenhagen, Denmark 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
20 At Sea
21 Amsterdam – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport 6:00 AM

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive in Edinburgh

Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will assist with transferring you to the hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a dinner show truly showcasing the spirit of Scotland! Enjoy a hearty meal of local dishes, clap along to the energetic music and watch professional singers and dancers celebrate their cultural traditions. (D)

Note: if you wish to arrive a day early, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension.

Scottish Bagpipes

Scottish Bagpipe Hands-on Demonstration

Day 2 – Edinburgh and Glasgow

Today we will head to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. In the morning we will tour the city highlights, noting the stately Victorian mansions, public squares and historic monuments along the way. Then, stop at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch while a local storyteller regales us with tales of old. After lunch we will then head to Glasgow’s National Piping Center to learn about Scotland’s beloved instrument. You will even get the chance to try your hand at the bagpipes! Return to Edinburgh where you will have the evening at leisure. (B, L)

Scottish Shortbread Cookies

Scottish Shortbread Cookies Cooking Class

Day 3 – Edinburgh and the Military Tattoo

This morning we will explore the city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s political and cultural capital. Intertwined with the landscape’s rocky hills and seaside cliffs, Edinburgh offers stunning views from its charming medieval streets. In the afternoon we will visit a local culinary school to try our hand at baking Scottish shortbread cookies! After the lesson, we will sit down to a proper afternoon tea, including our baked shortbread and scones plus other scrumptious delights.

This evening you are in for a special treat: attending the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Drum Major. Credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Drum Major.
Credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Grand Finale. Credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Grand Finale.
Credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Set against the backdrop of the stunning Edinburgh Castle, hundreds of performers will showcase their talents along the Royal Mile (the road leading up to the castle). The Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, singers, dancers, cultural troupes, the Lone Piper and more will put on a show you will never forget! (B, T, D)

 

Day 4 – Edinburgh to Inverness

Blair Castle

Blair Castle

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and get ready to explore The Highlands! We will travel north towards Inverness, with several stops along the way. Our first stop will be at Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Nestled in the landscape of Highland Perthshire, its history includes visits by Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria. Our tour includes the inside the castle as well as the surrounding gardens. We will then continue to a distillery to rest our feet and enjoy a tasting of local whisky. After working up an appetite, you will have free time in the quaint town of Pitlochry to take a stroll and get lunch on your own. Continuing north, we will enter the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the British Isles. A stop will be made at a local estate, where a ranger will lead us on a wildlife viewing. Continue north to Inverness, where we will check in to the hotel and enjoy dinner as a group. (B, D)

Scottish Kilt

Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Center

Day 5 – Inverness and Loch Ness

This morning we will depart the hotel and visit the historic Culloden Battlefield, where the last pitched battle on British soil took place and changed life in the Highlands forever. Afterward, head back into town where we will tour the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Center to learn about the national dress. This tour will provide fascinating insight into the history, tradition and culture of the kilt – from its origins through to the present day. After lunch in town, we will then head to the infamous Loch Ness for a cruise on the lake. Keep your eyes peeled for the Loch Ness Monster! Although a monster sighting is not guaranteed, a view of the ruins of Urquhart Castle are. (B, L)

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Day 6 – Inverness to Fort William and Edinburgh

Check out of the hotel and depart Inverness for the western side of Scotland. We will explore Fort William, which rests at the shadow of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continuing through the beautiful countryside we will also stop at Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of water in the UK. Nestled within the hills of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, it is surrounded by charming villages and rolling countryside. After taking in the breathtaking scenery of the lake, we will depart the region and head back to Edinburgh. (B, L)

St. Andrew's Old Course

St. Andrew’s Old Course

Day 7 – Edinburgh and Saint Andrews

The first stop on today’s excursion is the town of Saint Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town. We will take a quick tour of the city, then head to the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world: St Andrew’s Old Course. Historic records show that golf has been played in St Andrews for more than 600 years, although many believe the game’s origins here date back to the 12th Century. Join an expert guide for a tour of the Old Course, where you will be able to walk in the footsteps of icons of the game and experience a player’s eye view of the fabled links. After lunch at a local restaurant, depart the coast and head toward the town of Stirling, where we will visit Stirling Castle. Sitting atop Castle Hill and surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. Many Scottish Kings and Queens, including Mary Queen of Scots, were crowned here. Return to Edinburgh where you will have the evening at leisure. (B, L)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 8 – Edinburgh to Amsterdam

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and check-in. This evening you will have free time to stroll the city at your leisure. (B)

Day 9 – Amsterdam Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Brilliance of the Seas for a 12-night cruise to the capital cities of the Baltic Sea. (B)

Day 10–13 – Cruising onboard the Brilliance of the Seas (see below for cruise highlights)

Peterhof Grand Palace

Peterhof Grand Palace

Day 14 – St. Petersburg Shore Excursion

After breakfast onboard, meet your guide and start your exclusive, visa-included, shore excursion created especially for Enrichment Journeys guests. Departing from the pier, you will drive to Peterhof, a complex of palaces, fountains and parks, which was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. Lying on the Gulf of Finland, the Grand Palace is known as the most brilliant of all the Russian Tsar’s summer residences and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Where as many cruise ship tours only include exterior visits to the palace, your special group will make your way inside and tour many of the opulent state rooms, including the White Dining Room, and the dramatic ballroom. Also included are several private rooms including bedrooms and Peter’s Study. At every turn are silk tapestries, frescos and statues adorning the gilded rooms. After admiring the numerous fountains of the Grand Cascade from the outside, your special group will visit a place seldom seen by cruise ship guests. You will have a behind-the-scenes visit to the grotto, located behind and below the cascade to visit a room used by Peter to host small groups. Walking from the Grand Cascade to the Gulf of Finland, you will have several opportunities to capture images of the Grand Palace on the hill and its most famous fountain. Upon reaching the Gulf, we have arranged a boat transfer to take you back to the city center. Upon arrival, you will transfer to a local restaurant for a delicious included lunch, with time to sit and think back over your extraordinary morning.

Winter Palace

Winter Palace

After lunch, you will be taken to the second Winter Palace, the winter residence of the Tsars, built by Peter the Great in 1721 and enhanced by Catherine the Great. Originally designed as a retreat from the formalities of the palace, the new wing, (called the Hermitage), eventually grew into a more ornate palace larger than the first. Two additional wings were built to accommodate the ever-growing art collection and the current day Hermitage is considered one of the most remarkable collections of art in the world, containing about 3 million objects of unparalleled importance. Your guide will take you on a route through the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, to see highlights of Western European art, featuring Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian as well as Dutch and Flemish masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. (L)

Day 15–20 – Cruising onboard the Brilliance of the Seas (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 21 – Amsterdam Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Brilliance of the Seas and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Amsterdam, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional 2-night hotel extension.

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

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark: Denmark’s second largest city dates back to the Viking Age. Explore the Latin Quarter, the Old Town and the plethora of museums before enjoying a world-class meal. Stroll through the Tovioli or the Botanical Gardens. Or hop on a bike with the wind in your hair and discover why this city routinely crops up as one of the happiest in the world.

 

 

 

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia:
Getting to know the fairy-tale castles and cobbled streets of Tallinn’s medieval Old Town. Or take a rejuvenating escape to one of the idyllic Baltic Sea beaches just outside the city center. Visit the Kunstimuuseum—Kumu, for short—the largest art museum in the Baltics, with Estonian art dating from the 18th century through the Soviet era. Check out Tallinn’s two great churches: the ornate St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary the Virgin, with its 14th-century medieval foundations and 18th-century Baroque tower.

St. Petersburg, Russia – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in St. Petersburg. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

 

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland: There’s no shortage of things to do and see in this stylish historical capital. After you’ve explored Helsinki’s center, head to Punavuori, with its Design District, the superb Design Museum and many attractive shops and galleries. Join the Finns for a sauna, or relax in a trendy cafe in the Kallio district, which has recently undergone a facelift.

 

 

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden: Situated in the middle of an archipelago, Stockholm is Sweden’s cultural and political center. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets in the oldest part of Stockholm and along the Skepsbron dock. Take your time to shop in the cool boutiques, art galleries and antique shops. In the summer, join the locals for a swim in Stockholm’s clean inner-city waterways.

 

 

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark: Adventure comes in many forms in Copenhagen, from Baltic beaches to famous fairytales. And each neighborhood offers unexpected discoveries. Explore the city’s seafaring past with a canal cruise, or stroll along Nyhavn’s colorful quay. Browse Kodbyen’s trendy art galleries. Dine on Nordic cuisine in Christiania’s quirky cafes. Or trace Denmark’s royal legacy among the castles and palaces of Frederiksstaden.

Journey to the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

Included Features

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 7-night pre-cruise land program in Scotland
    • Edinburgh, Scotland – 5-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner and show
      • Full-day tour of Glasgow
      • Full-day tour of Edinburgh
      • Full-day tour of St. Andrews and Stirling Castle
      • Evening event: the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
    • Inverness, Scotland – 2-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Pitlochry, Blair Castle and Cairngorms National Park
      • Full-day tour of Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
      • Full-day tour of Fort William and Loch Lomond
  • 1-night pre-cruise land program in the Netherlands
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands – 1-night hotel stay
  • Tour Leader throughout Scotland 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 Briliance of the Seas
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in St. Petersburg, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • 10% Off Shore Excursions (see “Special Offers”)
    • Book a Balcony and receive $290 Onboard Credit from Enrichment Journeys
    • Book an Oceanview and receive $170 Onboard Credit from Enrichment Journeys

Journey to the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day 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 two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining. During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. 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 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

In addition to the landscape, the focus of you travels through Scotland will be on cultural elements such as storytelling, music and history. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

Keep in mind during certain excursions and site visits, there may be conservative requirements, 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 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.

Transportation

Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes 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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:

Edinburgh–Glasgow: 1 Hour Coach Transfer
Edinburgh–Inverness: 3.5 Hour Coach Transfer (however our trip will be longer, due to stops along the way)
Edinburgh–Amsterdam: 1.5 Hour Flight

Journey to the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

Receive 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

Book a Balcony and receive $290 Onboard Credit from Enrichment Journeys

Book an Oceanview and receive $170 Onboard Credit from Enrichment Journeys

1-night Edinburgh Extension (pre-cruise)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension, you will arrive to Edinburgh a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $270 per person includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Edinburgh with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from ship to hotel and hotel to airport

2-night Amsterdam Extension (post-cruise)

Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will embark and disembark the ship in Amsterdam, the itinerary includes limited time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Amsterdam after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $375 per person includes:

  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Amsterdam with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from ship to hotel and hotel to airport

Journey to the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

Dates & Prices
8/13/20 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Interior (4V) $9,065 $6,799 $2,266 CALL FOR DETAILS
Oceanview (8N) $9,465 $7,099 $2,366 CALL FOR DETAILS
Balcony (6D) $9,999 $7,499 $2,500 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Boston $200 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $400
Dallas-Ft. Worth $450 Los Angeles $200 Chicago $350
Washington – Dulles $350 Miami $250 San Francisco $250
– 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 the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

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.

Accommodations
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 131 229 9131

The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh is part of the Sheraton Grand tier, a collection of premium hotels and resorts that feature the highest level of design and warm, friendly and personalized service. Be greeted by their kilted doormen on arrival and benefit from the concierge team’s wealth of knowledge for a personal and effortless travel experience. Take advantage of the hotel’s 24-hour room service and stay connected throughout your stay with Bluetooth media hub, Wi-Fi and interactive television in your room.

Kingsmills Hotel

Culcabock Road, Inverness IV2 3LP Scotland

Telephone: +44 (0) 1463 237 166

The Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous 4-star luxury hotel in Inverness. Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, they offer a variety of extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining options and good old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all guests. Each of Kingsmills’ spacious hotel rooms boasts charming décor and modern amenities; creating a home from home ambience. With a business built on hospitality and warmth, the Kingsmills Hotel and Spa is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Inverness.

Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Piet Heinkade 11, 1019 BR Amsterdam The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0) 20 519 1200

Spectacular views over the city and vistas over the river are just some of the highlights at Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. With its fantastic location in the heart of the city center, our 4-star hotel is also within walking distance of Amsterdam’s historical center, its central station and many museums. Dining is a pleasure in the Silk Road restaurant, while Silk Bar is a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation, head to the Lifestyle Studio which features a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, ice fountain and massage room

Royal Caribbean International

After 40 years of cruising, Royal Caribbean has learned a thing or two about innovation at sea. There’s only one rule: Anything is possible. We push the limits of the imagination for a vacation that exceeds every expectation. The vacation you deserve. We call it the Royal AdvantageSM – our promise to give you the most innovative ships, exciting worldwide destinations and best personalized service to each and every guest.

With hundreds of destinations in 72 countries on 6 continents to choose from, all you have to do is pick a spot and go. While you sail, enjoy first-at-sea experiences on our innovative ships such as the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing walls, zip line, ice-skating rink, AquaTheater shows and Boardwalk® carousel. Whether you’re lounging at the pool, enjoying a gourmet meal in the dining room, relaxing with a massage in the spa or taking a break in your room, you will be wowed by our Gold Anchor Service®.

Journey to the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

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.

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 items 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)
  • Camera(s)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 one 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.

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 the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

Journey to the Scottish Highlands and the Baltic Sea

Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. 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, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

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.

Note: as of August 2019, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will NOT have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) until January 1, 2021. Since this program visits Europe prior to this date, you should NOT be required to obtain an ETIAS. However, this is subject to change and Enrichment Journeys recommends all travelers to double-check this information as it gets closer to departure. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are 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 based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box that will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three-pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

The United Kingdom (including Scotland) uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP
Netherlands, Estonia and Finland uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR
Russia uses the Russian Ruble (‎₽), currency code RUB
Sweden uses the Swedish Krona (kr), currency code SEK
Denmark uses the Danish Krone (kr.), currency code DKK

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.

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. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
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
Amsterdam 41/34 42/32 48/37 53/40 61/46 66/52 69/55 70/55 64/51 57/46 48/39 44/36
Tallinn 29/20 29/18 36/24 47/32 59/41 66/49 70/54 68/53 58/45 48/38 38/30 32/24
St. Petersburg 24/15 25/16 34/24 46/33 60/44 66/52 70/56 66/54 56/45 45/37 35/28 28/20
Helsinki 26/16 27/15 34/23 45/31 59/41 66/49 70/53 66/51 56/43 46/36 36/28 30/20
Stockholm 31/22 31/20 37/26 47/31 60/41 67/49 70/54 68/53 58/45 48/38 39/31 32/23
Copenhagen 37/30 36/28 41/32 49/36 60/45 66/52 69/55 69/55 61/50 53/44 44/37 39/32

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

UK: English (below are some differences between British and American English)

  • Holiday: Vacation
  • Lift: Elevator
  • Biro: Pen
  • Rubbish: Trash
  • Bin: Trashcan
  • Coriander: Cilantro
  • Courgette: Zucchini
  • Chemist: Pharmacy
  • Biscuit: Cookie
  • Chips: French Fries
  • Crisps: Potato Chips
  • Plaster: Band-aid
  • Ground Floor: Ground/First Floor
  • First Floor: Second Floor
  • Zebra Crossing: Crosswalk
  • WC (water closet) or Loo: Bathroom

Netherlands: Dutch

  • Hallo (HAH-low): Hello
  • Vaarwel: Goodbye
  • Alstublieft (AHL-stuu-BLEEFT): Please
  • Dank je (DAHNK yuh): Thank you
  • Ja (YAH): Yes
  • Nee (NAY): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/dutch/ for more phrases with sound.

Finland: Finnish

  • Moi (MOI); Hello
  • Hauska tavata. (HOWS-kah TAH-vah-tah): Nice to meet you
  • Kyllä (KUUL-la): Yes
  • Ei (Ay): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/finnish/ for more phrases with sound.

Russia: Russian

  • Привет. (pree-VYEHT): Hello
  • Пожалуйста (Pah-ZHAH-luh-stuh): Please
  • Спасибо. (Spuh-SEE-buh): Thank you

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/russian/ for more phrases with sound.

Estonia: Estonian

  • Tere (TEHR-reh): Hello
  • Tänan (TA-nahn): Thank you
  • Jah (YAHH): Yes
  • Ei (Ay): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/estonian/ for more phrases with sound.

Sweden: Swedish

  • Hej (HAY): Hello
  • Ja (YAH): Yes
  • Nej (NAY): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/swedish/ for more phrases with sound.

Denmark: Danish

  • Hej (High): Hello
  • Tak (Tahg): Thank you
  • Ja (Ya): Yes
  • Nej (Nay): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/danish/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

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 to have 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.

The Netherlands (Holland)

  • The Netherlands is larger than the state of Maryland, but smaller than West Virginia.
  • The Dutch are the world experts on keeping water held back and preventing flooding. The US government turned to the Dutch for help during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the Dutch are the current leading experts in preparing coastal cities for sea-level rise.
  • The Dutch are the tallest in the world with an average height of 6 ft. for men and 5 ft. 6 in. 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.

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 in terms of land area.
  • 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 is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe.
  • Estonia was the first country in the world to use online political voting.
  • Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn, is the best-preserved medieval city in Northern Europe.

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.

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 558 ft. high hill called Møllehøj.
  • The Danish originally invented Legos.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Scotland: Scottish Proverbs by Julie MacDonald
  • Scotland: novels by Robert Louis Stevenson, such as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Scotland: Sean Connery: From 007 to Hollywood Icon by Andrew Yule
  • Scotland: poems by Robert Burns, such as The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
  • Netherlands: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Netherlands: The Van Gogh File: A Journey of Discovery by Ken Wilkie
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  • Sweden: Scandinavian Folk & Fairy Tales edited by Claire Booss
  • Denmark: Andersen’s Fairy Tales by H. C. Andersen includes The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea and other works
  • Denmark: Copenhagen, A Historical Guide by Torben Ejlersen
  • Denmark: Out of Africa by Karen Blixen (also a movie)
  • Russia: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Russia: War and Peace and Anna Kareninaby Leo Tolstoy (both are also movies)

Travel Guides

Films

  • Scotland: Braveheart (1995)
  • Scotland: Brave (2012)
  • Scotland: Macbeth (1971)
  • Scotland: Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
  • Scotland: for more movies, check out this list https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/articles/a-look-at-edinburgh-in-10-films/
  • Netherlands: Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)
  • Netherlands: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • Belgium: In Bruges (2008)
  • Denmark: Beowulf (2007)
  • Russia: The Barber of Siberia (1998)
  • Russia: Matilda (2017)
  • Russia: War and Peace (1956 movie or the 1967 mini-series)
  • Russia: Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  • Russia: The Twelve Chairs (1970)

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