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Journey to Ireland, Iceland and Greenland

20 Nights featuring Dublin, County Wicklow, Belfast, Cork, Iceland and Greenland

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

Start Date: August 9, 2021
(Sailing August 15, 2021)

About This Journey

This Journey will sweep you off your feet and transport you to Northern Europe’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. From the rustic charm of the Irish countryside to the seemingly endless glaciers of Greenland and Iceland, each locale offers a unique small-town culture within a vast landscape. Start your Journey with the warmth of an Irish Welcome, spending five nights in Dublin “at home with the Irish.” You will chat with locals and 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’s long history. Travel to the Irish countryside to discover an ancient monastery and learn about the history of Guinness as you pour yourself a pint. Meet an Irish farmer and his wife for lunch while you learn about daily life on the farm. Stop at a rural pub to meet the owner, and spend time exploring the cities of Dublin and Belfast. Then, fly to London and enjoy a night out on the town before embarking on the Celebrity Summit for a 14-night cruise to Boston. Along the way you will explore the remote destinations of Iceland and Greenland, both certain to thrill and inspire. In Reykjavik, Iceland you will enjoy an exclusive shore excursion to one of the 25 Wonders of the World: the soothing geothermal hot springs of Blue Lagoon. From glaciers to volcanoes, from farms to pubs, this Enrichment Journey is a grand voyage full of small-town experiences.

Visits: Dublin, County Wicklow, Belfast, Boyne Valley, London, Kirkwall, Akureyri, Reykjavik, Qaqortoq, Prins Christian Sund, Halifax, Boston, Celebrity Summit, Transatlantic; 061620

Journey to Ireland, Iceland and Greenland

Itinerary

Start Date: August 9, 2021 (Sailing August 15, 2021)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Dublin – Transfer to Hotel, Afternoon City Tour and Welcome Dinner
2 Dublin – Guinness Brewery Tour and Free Time
3 Dublin – Tour of County Wicklow
4 Dublin – Tour of Boyne Valley
5 Dublin – Tour of Belfast
6 Dublin to London – Flight and Hotel Check-in
7 London – Transfer to Port in Southampton for Embarkation 7:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 Kirkwall, Scotland 9:30 AM 4:30 PM
10 At Sea
11 Akureyri, Iceland 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
12 Reykjavik, Iceland – Included Shore Excursion 3:00 PM
13 Reykjavik, Iceland 5:00 PM
14 At Sea
15 Prins Christian Sund (Cruise)
16 Qaqortoq, Greenland 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
17 At Sea
18 At Sea
19 Halifax, Nova Scotia 10:30 AM 7:30 PM
20 At Sea
21 Boston, Massachusetts 7:00 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 Dublin:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Dublin. After check-in, you will have time to get settled in, relax and have lunch on your own. In the afternoon, join your fellow travelers for a city introduction tour. Set off with your Irish Tour Director and drive into the heart of Ireland’s capital city. 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 façade is all that remains of the original building which has remained a symbol of Irish Republic. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner. (D)

  • Day 2 – Dublin
Guinness

Guinness

Today we will take a journey of discovery into the very heart of what makes Dublin the vibrant city it has become. The morning will be taken up by a visit the now 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. After this visit you will be taken into the heart of the city where a free afternoon is yours to enjoy the sights of Dublin. There are countless places of interest to visit, explore, discover and enjoy. Perhaps, you could visit Trinity College, founded in 1592, this ancient and renowned university was modelled 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. Perhaps, you would 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. Or, perhaps it is time for some retail therapy! You will then return to your hotel for evening dinner after which you are free to perhaps wander to the lively Temple Bar area of Dublin with its many pubs, restaurants, cafes and live music line the narrow, cobblestone streets. (B)

  • Day 3 – Dublin and County Wicklow :
Glendalough

Glendalough

After breakfast and a restful morning, you will depart the hotel for a 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 1640 feet 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. After lunch, enjoy a 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 is barely a single tree, so nothing interrupts the stunning views. You will then return to your hotel to freshen up before heading out for a special dinner. Nestled at the base of Dublin’s mountains, enter a traditional establishment for an evening of music, dance performances and folklore, all the while enjoying a traditional Irish meal! (B, L, D)

  • Day 4 – Dublin and Boyne Valley:
Salterstown Pier

Salterstown Pier

After a leisurely breakfast we will depart for an interesting drive northward to the placid, historical and scenic Boyne Valley. There, we will stop at a typical Irish family farm, not seen by any other tour group. Ireland produces enough food for 36 million people, an impressive statistic considering its population of less than 4 million! Lunch will be in a typical local village pub in the village of Slane. After an overview of the Boyne Valley area we will drive east to the sleepy villages of Annagassan and Salterstown, then along the east coastline where families work the soil (mostly growing potatoes and cereals) and fish for a living. A rural pub at the crossroads of Togher is our next stop. This pub is typical of the area, where farmers came late at night for a drink and to share their stories. Here we will listen to a natural and great storyteller, regaling tales of old Ireland and their working day. There will be music at the pub at by a local band named “Farmer Dan” who will entertain you for about an hour. Two drinks of your choice will be served as you are entertained by Seamus Darby, a charismatic host, and the evening 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! Dinner at the hotel is included. (B, L, D)

  • Day 5 – Dublin and Belfast:
Queen's Road, Belfast

Queen’s Road, Belfast

This morning 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 a locale noted for its award-winning cuisine. (B, D)

  • Day 6 – Dublin to London:

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to London. After checking in to the hotel you will have the afternoon free to enjoy the city of London on your own. (B)

  • Day 7 – London Embarkation:

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port in Southampton, where you will board the Celebrity Summit for a 14-night transatlantic cruise to Boston. (B)

  • Day 8-11 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Summit (see below for cruise highlights)
  • Day 12 – Reykjavik Shore Excursion:
The Blue Lagoon Spa

The Blue Lagoon Spa

This After a late lunch on board, disembark and join the group for an excursion to the Reykjanes Peninsula. After a short circle around the area we will arrive at the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, where you will spend a luxurious afternoon relaxing in its therapeutic waters. Considered one of the 25 Wonders of the World, a visit to the Blue Lagoon is truly a unique experience. The spa is filled with pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field, and the high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue color. Remember to bring a bathing suit and change of clothes with you; towels, lockers and showers will be provided. Once you have changed back into your clothes, enjoy dinner at one of Iceland’s best restaurants to enjoy a tasting menu of traditional Icelandic cuisine. Your guide will not only describe the menu, but also entertain the group with stories and folklore. (D)

  • Day 13-20 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Summit (see below for cruise highlights)
  • Day 21 – Boston Disembarkation: Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Summit. For those with onward flights booked through Enrichment Journeys, 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

  • Akureyri, Iceland:
Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri is the country’s second-largest city and one of the country’s most important ports and fishing centers. Known as the Capital of North Iceland, it has a cool café scene, a growing gourmet movement, and a bustling nightlife that proves this city is more than meets the eye. From fabulous summer festivals fueled by the Midnight Sun, like the Akureyri Summer Arts festival (late June-late August), to some of the best skiing this side of the arctic circle, Akureyri, Iceland is a laid-back Nordic city and a study in contrasts. Soar into the blue sky to discover Grimsey Island, home to only 92 residents and thousands of sea birds. The city’s Botanical Gardens is famed for its collection of high-latitude plants and well worth a visit. Explore the ancient lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal landscape of bubbling mud and hissing fumaroles at Namafjall Mountain. The city is best known as the gateway to Iceland’s natural wonders—thundering waterfalls, gurgling lava fields, snow-capped mountains, sweeping fjords, and robust folk culture. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Reykjavik, Iceland—Exclusive Shore Excursion:

Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Reykjavik. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

  • Qaqortoq, Greenland:
Qaqortoq, Greenland

Qaqortoq, Greenland

The largest town in South Greenland, which can still be covered on foot, offers visitors art, culture, Norse history, boat tours, hot springs, kayaking, and hiking. It’s like an arctic riviera, but with floating icebergs and frolicking whales instead of sandy beaches and palm trees. Next to the central square, with historic buildings and pleasant cafés, Qaqortoq Museum displays a mix of modern art and classic culture. Trek up the hills for a stunning panorama of the area, complete with migrating sea ice. Take an excursion out to the local hot springs. Ahhh, this is the life.

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia:
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Located on the shores of the world’s second-largest natural harbor, the “City of Trees” adds to the pastoral beauty of Canada’s maritime region. An extensive network of walking trails extends from the waterfront out to a series of beautiful parks and vibrant gardens, inviting exploration.

Journey to Ireland, Iceland and Greenland

Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Ireland
    • Dublin, Ireland – 5-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day city tour of Dublin
      • Half-day tour of Guinness Brewery
      • Full-day tour of County Wicklow
      • Full-day tour of Boyne Valley
      • Full-day tour of Belfast
      • Farewell Dinner
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in London
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 14-night sailing aboard Celebrity Summit
    • Exclusive guided shore excursion in Reykjavik, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Choose 2 of the following: Classic Beverage Package, Pre-paid Gratuities, Unlimited Internet or $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom
    • Special Offer Until 8/3!
      • Book an Inside or Oceanview for $200 OFF per cabin
      • Book a Veranda, Concierge Class or AquaClass® stateroom for $400 OFF per cabin
      • Book a Suite for $1,000 OFF per cabin

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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 moderately 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 focus of this Enrichment Journey is traditions and customs, literature, folklore, churches, castles and cuisine. You will visit the busy metropolitan city of Dublin, the rich farmland of Boyne Valley and the World-Famous Guinness Brewery. 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

While this tour is in the middle of the summer and may see warm days, be sure to bring a good jacket with you as some places, especially Greenland, can still get quite chilly. 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:

Dublin to Belfast: 2-hour coach transfer
Dublin to London: 1.5-hour flight
London to Southampton: 2-hour coach transfer
Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

Journey to Ireland, Iceland and Greenland

Choose 2 of the following on the Cruise portion of your Enrichment Journey:

  • Classic Beverage Package for two guests
  • Pre-paid Gratuities for two guests
  • Unlimited internet for two guests
  • $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Special Offer Until 8/3! Book an Inside or Oceanview for $200 OFF per cabin, Book a Veranda, Concierge Class or AquaClass® stateroom for $400 OFF per cabin, Book a Suite for $1,000 OFF per cabin.

Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!

Guests in the same stateroom must select the same option(s). View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer Expires 8/3/20.

Journey to Ireland, Iceland and Greenland

2-night Dublin Extension (pre-tour)

Want to spend more time in Dublin? With this optional extension you will arrive to Dublin two days early, allowing you to relax and adjust to the new time zone before the tour starts. You’ll have free time to leisurely stroll the streets of Dublin, do some shopping, and enjoy the city before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Hotel may differ from the one on the Enrichment Journey tour. Price of $399 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

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

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Dates & Prices
8/9/2021 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (2B) $9,332 $6,999 $2,333 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C3) $10,066 $7,549 $2,517 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $10,532 $7,899 $2,633 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

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
Atlanta $400 Houston Intercontinental $200 Philadelphia $150
Boston $0 Toronto $425 Phoenix $500
Denver $200 Los Angeles $300 San Diego $400
Dallas-Ft. Worth $200 Orlando $200 Seattle $400
Newark $100 Miami $300 San Francisco $300
Washington – Dulles $200 Chicago $200 Tampa $200
– 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, Iceland and Greenland

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

Journey to Ireland, Iceland and Greenland

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.

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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 May, 2020, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone after January 1, 2021 will have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS). US citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS prior to their travel towards Europe, in order to be allowed to enter the territory. 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 which 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

Ireland uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR
The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP
Iceland uses the Icelandic Krona (kr), currency code ISK
Greenland 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 warm and/or 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
Dublin 45/37 45/37 50/39 52/41 59/45 63/50 66/54 66/54 63/50 55/46 50/41 46/41
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
Reykjavik 35/27 37/29 37/29 41/33 47/39 52/44 55/47 54/46 49/41 44/36 38/31 36/28
Qaqortoq 29/19 32/21 33/21 38/28 45/33 49/37 53/41 53/43 48/39 42/32 34/26 30/20

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 and Ireland: 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

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

Iceland: Icelandic

  • Halló (Ha-low): Hello
  • Bless: Goodbye
  • Gjörðu svo vel, (to one person). (Gyur-thuh svo vel.): Please
  • Þakka þér fyrir. (Thah-ka thyer fi-rir.): Thank you
  • Já. (Yaw.): Yes
  • Nei. (Nay.): No

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

Greenland: Greenlandic

  • Aluu: Hello
  • Kasuutta!: Cheers!
  • Aujan: Thank You
  • Patsit: Sorry/Excuse Me

Facts and Figures

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

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.
  • 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, 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.

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, etc.). 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 any more of a traditional English dish than Chicken Tikka Masala 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, and 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.
  • London has a reputation of being rainy, but it actually receives less rain than Paris or New York.

Iceland

  • Around 11% of Iceland is covered in glacial ice.
  • The official language of Iceland is Icelandic which has changed little over the centuries. It is a North Germanic language derived from Old Norse.
  • The first people to live on Iceland are thought to have been Irish monks around the year AD 800. In the 9th century, Norsemen arrived in Iceland.
  • In 1980, Iceland became the first country to elect a women president. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was president until 1996.
  • The Arctic fox is the only mammal that is indigenous in Iceland.
  • The three colors of Iceland’s flag represent elements that make up the island. Red represents the island’s volcanic fires, blue represents the ocean and white represents the snow and ice fields.

Greenland

  • Around 80% of Greenland is covered by an ice cap and glaciers.
  • The population of Greenland is approximately 57,000.
  • Greenland was discovered by the Vikings in the 10th century.
  • The words “kayak” and “igloo” come from the Greenlandic language.
  • Greenland is home to polar bears, humpback whales, musk oxen, walruses, reindeer and sea eagles.

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

  • England: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • England: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • England: Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • England: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • England: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Society by Mary Anne Shaffer
  • Ireland: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Ireland: Dubliners by James Joyce
  • Ireland: Ireland and the Irish by John Ardagh
  • Ireland: A Short History of Ireland by Richard Killeen
  • Iceland: The Sagas of Icelanders
  • Iceland: Independent People by Halldór Laxness
  • Iceland: Ring of Seasons: Iceland, Its Culture and History by Terry G. Lacy
  • Greenland: Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Travel Guides

Films

  • England: from classics like A Canterbury Tale to modern series like Downton Abbey, there are endless hours of British movies and TV series to watch before your trip. Here is a list to get you started: https://www.timeout.com/london/film/100-best-british-films
  • Ireland: The Commitments (1991)
  • Ireland: Brooklyn (2015)
  • Ireland: Once (2007)
  • Ireland: Intermission (2003)
  • Ireland: History Channel drama series Vikings was mostly filmed in Ireland
  • Iceland: much of the HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed in Iceland
  • Iceland: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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