Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, and Baggage Handling
Departs April 21, 2019
Lush green valleys and Irish hospitality await! Set sail aboard the Celebrity Reflection for a 14-night Transatlantic ocean crossing from Ft. Lauderdale, with stops to the Azores, Cork, and Waterford before arriving in Dublin. You’ll spend seven relaxing days at sea enjoying Celebrity Cruises’ hospitality and then experience the untouched beauty of the Azores and full day in both Cork and Waterford before ending your cruise in Dublin. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience in Cork when you set off on our exclusive full-day guided excursion with your Irish tour director, complete with a live band playing traditional Irish music and lunch in a traditional Irish pub. Upon debarkation, your journey continues with the warmth of an Irish Welcome as you spend five nights in Dublin “at home with the Irish.” You’ll meet real locals as you personally discover what makes the Irish so vibrant and beloved. Meet the owner of a pub established in 1595, and hear his story about the pub. Travel to the countryside and discover an ancient monastery, and learn about the history of Guinness as you pour yourself a pint. Meet an Irish farmer and his wife, and have lunch while you learn about their daily life. Stop at a rural pub to meet the owner, and spend time exploring Dublin and Belfast.
Visits: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal; Cork (Cobh), Waterford (Dunmore East), Dublin, County Wicklow, Boyne Valley, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; ocean-crossing; Celebrity Cruises; Celebrity Reflection;
|1||Arrive to Fort Lauderdale and Transfer to Hotel, Welcome Dinner|
|2||Transfer to Port in Fort Lauderdale, Embark Ship|
|10||Ponta Delgada, Azores||7:00 AM|
|11||Ponta Delgada, Azores||3:00 PM|
|14||Cork (Cobh), Ireland–Included Shore Excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests only||10:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|15||Waterford (Dunmore East), Ireland||7:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|16||Dublin, Ireland–Disembark, Orientation City Tour, Transfer to Hotel for Check-In, Welcome Dinner||4:15 AM|
|17||Dublin–County Wicklow Tour and Guinness Brewery Tour|
|18||Dublin–Boyne Valley Tour|
|19||Dublin–Day at leisure, Irish dinner and Cabaret Show|
|21||Dublin–Transfer to Airport for Return Flight Home|
DAY 1 – Arrive in Fort Lauderdale: Transfer to hotel. You will have time to relax before meeting your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
DAY 2–13 – Cruising
DAY 14 – Cork (Cobh), Ireland: After breakfast on board, set off with your Irish tour director on the most exclusive Shore Excursion in Cork. Set out from Cobh with an overview tour of Cork City. Continue to Blarney. You have the choice of visiting Blarney Castle and Gardens or if you want to do some shopping, you can visit the Woolen Mills, undoubtedly Ireland’s best shopping experience. From there, we will travel into Kinsale with a photo stop at the famous Charles Fort while you learn a little bit about the gourmet capital of Ireland. Head on to Clonakilty, where you will hear the telling of the Michael Collins story with a stop to the house where he lived with his sister, open now to the public. Lunch with all things Irish. Wash it all down with a pint of Guinness! Next, you will enjoy sing-along music in a real rural pub, complete with an Irish coffee. You will return to the ship in Cobh via Bandon which too can be brought alive through history and the national sport of GAA football. (L)
DAY 15 – Cruising
DAY 16 – Dublin: After disembarking the ship, you will be met and greeted by your Irish tour director and you will board your luxury coach and drive into the heart of Ireland’s capital city for an overview tour of the city. You will take a journey of discovery into the very heart of what makes Dublin the vibrant city it has become. During this panoramic tour, your tour director will point out the interesting public buildings, lovely parks, rows of Georgian houses with their brightly painted doorways, Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the city’s museums and the regenerated South Bank. You will then drive across the River Liffey, along O’Connell Street with its Spire and the GPO (General Post Office). This landmark building served as the headquarters to the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the facade is all that remains of the original building which has remained a symbol of Irish Republic. An original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on display in the An Post museum. On your way northwards out of the city you will travel through the Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest city parks and home to Aras an Uachtarain, the Irish President’s home. You will then be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You will have time to relax before dinner which will be served in the hotel’s restaurant. The rest of the evening is at leisure. If you wish there will be a free bus transfer in and out of the city center, on request. (D)
DAY 17 – Dublin and County Wicklow: After breakfast and a restful morning you depart the hotel at 10:00 am for the short drive to the “garden county” of Ireland, County Wicklow. Driving south from Dublin you will pass under the shadow of the great Sugarloaf Mountain which dominates the skyline, though only 1641 yards (501 meters) high, its isolation from other hills, steep slopes and volcanic appearance makes it appear much taller than it is. Our first stop in the heart of North Wicklow is Glendalough (or Gleann Da Loch, meaning ‘The Glen of the Two Lakes) is situated in the Wicklow Mountains National Park amidst stunning scenery. The ancient monastery is fascinating, having been founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin who chose the site because of its beautiful and remote setting in a glaciated valley with two lakes. The monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. The round tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area. The site also includes a Celtic High Cross, St. Mary’s Church and St. Kevin’s Church. Your tour director will take you on a walking tour through the sacred grounds to see the old churches, St. Kevin’s kitchen and the round tower. After your guided walk you will be served lunch in a local pub, where you can be sure of a warm welcome in this little gem in the heart of Glendalough. (Lunch included). After lunch, you will return to Dublin following the scenic drive through the Wicklow gap with breath-taking views of the Wicklow and Dublin mountains. Twisting and turning through the mountains, wide-open moors blanket the hills with gorse and heather where there’s barely a single tree, so nothing interrupts the stunning views. Arriving back in Dublin, you will visit the world-famous Guinness Storehouse. The oldest brewery in Dublin is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness. You will be able to see the history of Guinness through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising and sponsorship. At the base of the atrium lies a copy of the 9,000-year lease signed by Arthur Guinness on the brewery site. In the Perfect Pint bar, you may pour your own pint of Guinness. You will then return to your hotel where dinner will be served at and the rest of the evening is at leisure. You can opt to take the free bus transfer to and from the city center, perhaps to wander around the lively Temple Bar area of Dublin with its many pubs, restaurants, cafes and live music that line the narrow, cobblestone streets. (B,L,D)
DAY 18 – Dublin and Boyne Valley: After breakfast you will depart at 9:30 am for an interesting drive heading through the Boyne Valley toward Navan, with a magical step back in time stop at the Celtic capital of Ireland, the Hill of Tara, which has been in existence since 3500 BC. Here you will stand on this unique site while your tour director brings to life the Celtic experience. You can also touch the Lia Fail, the crowning stone of our Kings and while Tara hill only stands 500 feet above sea level, on a clear day you can look out over two-thirds of Ireland’s counties. Leaving here you will be taken to a typical Irish family farm, that of the Mongey family who have farmed this valley for generations. The farmer, Peter, will show you around his dairy farm, where he milks around 70 to 80 cows with no hired help except from his father. Peter will be open for questions as he describes his childhood, his love for farming and its difficulties. As you leave the farm there will be views of Slane Castle as you travel through Ledwidge country and head to the village of Collon where you will have lunch (inclusive) at a local restaurant. After which you will drive east to the sleepy villages of Annagassan and Salterstown along the east coastline, where families work the soil growing potatoes, cereals, and fish for a living. The rural pub of Seamus Darby’s at the crossroads of Togher is your next stop. A natural and great storyteller regaling tales of old Ireland and their working day, Darby’s is typical of the area where farmers came late at night for a drink and to share their stories. There will be music by a local band named “Farmer Dan” who will entertain you for about one and a half hours. Seamus Darby is a charismatic host and the afternoon is sure to be one of fun and laughter. You will return to your hotel for the evening. Hopefully, spirits will be high with a sing song on the bus returning to the hotel! Enjoy dinner back at the hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 19 – Dublin: Today, is a free day to enjoy the sights of Dublin. There are countless places of interest to visit, explore, discover and enjoy. You can choose to visit Trinity College, founded in 1592, which is an ancient and renowned university that was modeled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge. It is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland, as well as Ireland’s oldest university. The college holds the famous and priceless Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript known throughout the world. You could also choose to wander quietly in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland and founded in 1191. There are numerous natural museums and galleries, such as the Natural History Museum or the National Gallery of Ireland. You will meet the bus at a pre-arranged pick up point at 3:00 pm, and on the way back to the hotel, stop at a quaint Irish pub called the “Man O War”, situated in North County Dublin, for a complimentary drink of your choice. This ancient pub was established in 1595, and the owner will give you the full history of the establishment. With its thatched roof, whitewashed walls and superb traditional style bar, lounge and restaurant, the setting is a picture to behold. Tonight, dine at the Taylors Three Rock Hotel, nestled at the base of the Dublin’s mountains, where you will enjoy a typical Irish dinner and Cabaret show. (B,D)
DAY 20 – Dublin and Belfast: After breakfast today, we will board the coach for an easy drive north to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. You will have an overview of this interesting, historical and infamous city. We will drive around West Belfast, the home of the famous (or infamous) Peace Wall where we will have a photo stop. This wall still separates the Protestant, Shankill Road from the Catholic, Falls Road and you will see the famous murals commemorating the past, both good and bad. You will see the famous Queen’s University, Belfast City Hall and the impressive Stormont Government buildings. We will enter the Titanic quarter with the popular museum dedicated to the Titanic. Driving over the Lagan Bridge or along the historic Queen’s Road in the heart of the former shipyard, you will see this stunning piece of architecture. It is no coincidence that the ultra-modern building’s shape resembles the hulls of four ships. The height and position of the building are also a nod to slipway number 2 where Titanic was constructed and the towering presence it exerted over Queen’s Island. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore. You can explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began. You will board the bus for our trip back to Dublin with evening dinner en-route at the Monasterboice Inn near Drogheda, noted for its award-winning cuisine. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B,D)
DAY 21 – Dublin: Check out of hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
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
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Fort Lauderdale lies along the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the New River, approximately 25 miles north of Miami, Florida. Its warm tropical weather attracts many people throughout the year. For sun-enthusiasts, the city has six miles of beaches to explore and lounge on. There are also many recreational waterways with extensive boating facilities, access to every conceivable watersport, a variety of fascinating museums and trendy restaurants, and an array of entertainment venues.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal: Formed from the peaks of an underwater volcanic mountain range, the beautiful locale of Ponta Delgada is considered to be the most important city in the Azores archipelago, an autonomous region of Portugal. Volcanic craters, gardens and lakes abound in this beautiful city on the island of São Miguel. Experience a culinary delight in the sugar beet, Ponta Delgada’s most famous export.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland: Affectionately referred to as ‘The real capital of Ireland’, Cork is a musical and resilient place where tradition and modernity meld together; where live music and local pride are the order of the day. Explore Cork’s hilly streets and discover the melody of Ireland’s most talkative citizenry with their signature gift of gab. The seaside town of Cobh is located on the south coast of Ireland in County Cork and is considered one of the world’s most noteworthy, natural harbors. For history buffs, Cork is also a great find. Ring the Shandon Bells inside the 300-year old tower of St. Anne’s Church. Admire the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral and stroll through 17th-century alleys surrounded by the River Lee. Ireland’s second city is fast becoming one of Europe’s most playful destinations.
Waterford (Dunmore East), Ireland: Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, was founded by Vikings all the way back in 914 A.D., and parts of its ancient wall is still standing today.The area is well known for its history and heritage; if you have time, stop by the archaeological finds on display at the Waterford Museum of Treasures. The Waterford Crystal factory is another must-see where craftsmen, glass blowers, cutters and engravers have been crafting elegant crystal creations since 1783.
Dublin, Ireland: Dublin, Ireland is thought to be almost a thousand years old, but the city has transitioned well into the 21st century. Easily navigated by foot, the city’s 44 square miles and cobblestoned streets speak to its storied history of patriots and writers, the latter of which includes: Joyce, Yeats, Wilde, and Beckett. Must-sees include Trinity College, St. Stephen’s Green Park, Newgrange, Dublin Castle, the National Museum of Ireland and the James Joyce Cultural Centre. However, your Dublin cruise is not complete without a pint (or two) of Guinness and an afternoon-into-evening spent in one of the city’s many pubs.
The group will board the Celebrity Reflection for a 14-night journey across the Atlantic Ocean. During your included Shore Excursion, you will visit several areas of interest, including a traditional Irish pub for a sing-along and a pint of Guinness.
During your five-night post-cruise program, you will experience mountains, valleys, cobblestone streets, a brewery, rich farmland, and pubs. You will visit a family farm in the Boyne Valley and a sleep in a completely rebuilt castle. Four of the five days include a full day of touring.
The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately active, and includes a fair amount of walking. In Ireland, many places visited are smaller towns with cobblestone streets. Roads and walkways on inclines could transform a short walk into a strenuous one. 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.
Please note: Most historic areas in Europe were developed during a time when traffic was by foot, or horse-drawn vehicle. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. Our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Many pavements are made up of brick or cobblestone (often original) and therefore are rough and/or uneven. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites in Europe often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building. 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.
The focus of this Enrichment Journey is traditions and customs, literature, folklore, churches, castles and cuisine. You’ll visit the busy metropolitan city of Dublin, the rich farmland of Boyne Valley and the World-Famous Guinness Brewery. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind during your international cultural experiences. Sometimes the attractions and the cities themselves can be crowded.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your Personal Vacation Manager before booking the trip. The weather can vary between destinations, so pack accordingly with Spring gear, such as more breathable cotton items that can be layered, while traveling inland. While on the cruise, some guests may prefer a light wrap or windbreaker. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city and country walks.
Recommended Reading List
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Ireland – In a Glass of Its Own by Peter Biddlecomb (Ireland)
A Secret Map of Ireland by Rosita Boland
A Short History of Ireland by Richard Killeen
Dubliners by James Joyce
Rick Steves’ Ireland 2018 by Rick Steves, Pat O’Connor
Lonely Planet Dublin 2018 by Lonely Planet, Fionn Davenport
Susan’s Ireland Travel Blog – Ireland’s Hidden Gems
Nomadic Matt Ireland Travel Blog – Ireland Travel Guide
Braveheart (parts were filmed in Ireland)
The Field (about an Irish farmer)
Far and Away (about Irish immigrants starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman)
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, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Dublin Hotel – Belfast||Coach||2 Hours|
|4/21/2019||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Inside (10)||$5,065||$3,799||$1,256||CALL FOR RATES|
|Obstructed Deluxe Veranda (2D)||$5,889||$4,499||$1,390||CALL FOR RATES|
|Deluxe Veranda (1B)||$6,132||$4,599||$1,533||CALL FOR RATES|
|Deluxe Veranda (1A)||$6,265||$4,699||$1,566||CALL FOR RATES|
|Concierge (C3)||$6,265||$4,699||$1,566||CALL FOR RATES|
|Concierge (C2)||$6,532||$4,899||$1,633||CALL FOR RATES|
Prices are in USD.
|Chicago||$250||New York (JFK)||$200||San Francisco||$400|
|– 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.
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.
455 State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale , Florida 33316
Discover Crowne Plaza Fort Lauderdale Hotel Airport/Cruise Port and experience the modern traveler’s choice for Fort Lauderdale hotels at the airport. Fort Lauderdale cruisers and vacationers have made this property a top choice since 2012 for our exemplary convenience, trusted name and amazingly friendly team. In addition, the Crowne Plaza Fort Lauderdale received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014. Enjoy excellent service and boutique-style accommodations.
Maynooth Road, Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 801 3500
With a sophisticated combination of traditional old-world opulence and contemporary design, Dunboyne Castle sets a new precedent and fresh interpretation of a Luxury Castle Hotel in Ireland, only 13 miles from Dublin. One of the leading 4 star hotels in Ireland, Dunboyne Castle stands on 21 acres of mature manicured lawns and gardens. The Castle’s most unique attribute is the peaceful oasis it offers guests while also being located in such close proximity to Dublin’s City Centre, surrounding golf courses and Dublin Airport. The first part of the present day Castle was built at the start of the 1700’s and the building that we see today was completed in 1764. Beautifully restored, the historic mansion, once home to the Lord of Dunboyne, today serves as one of Ireland’s foremost exclusive hotels on Dublin’s Doorstep. Every detail has been carefully considered, from its dazzling soaring interior to sumptuous soft furnishings.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
Celebrity ReflectionSM is the newest marvel offering three new suites, including 34 new AquaClass® Suites that feature stunning 79 square foot verandas, so you can relax like never before. Plus, your favorite spa amenities and priority access to the highly-rated specialty restaurant, Blu, are included. There are even more inspired additions to this ship. Celebrity Reflection boasts an expanded deck, 72 additional staterooms overall, more seating in the main and specialty restaurants, more sun lounges on the pool deck, and more seats in the theatre. Excitement brews with up to 50 international craft beers in the enhanced Michael’s Club. On the Lawn Club, take a painting class with a Master Artist from the ArtCenter South Florida in The Art Studio. Celebrate the flavorful joys of outdoor grilling in the new Lawn Club Grill. Enjoy more than 20 delicious options in the Main Restaurant that are SPE-certified and healthy for you. Unwind in your own cabana-style haven, The Alcoves, on the Lawn Club. And check out all the new spa innovations in the enhanced AquaSpa® by Elemis®. Your vacation time is precious. Time aboard Celebrity Reflection will make the most of it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Ireland and subsequent countries. 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 items are misplaced. Also, it may 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 date of return from the trip. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into the Azores and Ireland.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, some countries, like Peru, will have you fill out a visa in customs upon arrival.
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 are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. When traveling, it is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding what vaccinations to get. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. All countries visited are on 220v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.
You may need multiple currencies on 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.
Azores & Ireland – Euro
Coins represent 1-50 ‘Euro cents’ and 1-2 ‘Euros’ (100 cents in a Euro)
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Ireland, though, usually requires 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 , drivers, guides, and baggage handlers.
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 Enrichment Journey local host 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). The suggested tip amount for drivers is $5 USD per person, per day.
With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations. Temperatures can vary within the countries too.
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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:
Portuguese in the Azores
Olá (O lah): Hello
Tchau (Chow): Good bye
Sim (Sim[ng]): Yes
Não (Now[ng]): No
Por favor(Por-FAV-ohr): Please
Obrigado (said by men)/ Obrigada (said by females): (Obri-gah-du/Obri-gah-dah) Thank you
Gaelic in Ireland
Dia dhuit (Jee-ah ghwitch): Hello
Slán leat (Slawn lat): Good bye
Tá (T-ah): Yes
Níl (Neel): No
Más é do thoil é (Maws aye duh hull aye): Please
Tapadh leat (Tapah lat): Thank you
Facts and Figures
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