Includes: Roundtrip International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: October 14, 2022
(Sailing October 21, 2022)
Visit some of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring scenery and immerse yourself in its rich history on this Journey to the Irish Countryside. From the mixture of the contemporary and Celtic architecture of Dublin and Belfast to the rolling farmlands of Wicklow and Boyne Valley, the Emerald Isle 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. Learn about the history of Guinness at its world-famous Storehouse as you pour yourself a pint before traveling to the Irish countryside to discover an ancient monastery in Glendalough. 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 some free time before embarking on the Island Princess for a 10-night cruise to Rome.
London, England; Gibraltar, United Kingdom; Palermo, Capri/Naples, Rome, Italy; La Coruna, Cartagena, Mallorca (Palma), Spain; Dublin, County Wicklow, Boyne Valley, Belfast, Ireland; Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Slane, 34162, Europe
Start Date: October 14, 2022
(Sailing October 21, 2022)
|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 – Day at Leisure|
|8||London – Transfer to Port in Southampton for Embarkation||5:00 PM|
|10||La Coruna, Spain||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|12||Gibraltar, Great Britain||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|13||Cartagena, Spain||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|14||Mallorca (Palma), Spain||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|16||Palermo, Italy||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|17||Capri/Naples, Italy||7:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|18||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight Home||5:00 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.
Day 1 – Arrive Dublin
Upon arrival 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)
Note: If you wish to spend more time in Dublin, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension, which will add two nights to your Dublin hotel stay.
Day 2 – Dublin
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 to 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 the 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 the 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
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”), 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 ground 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 breathtaking 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
After a leisurely breakfast, we will depart for an interesting drive northward to the placid, historical 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 village of Annagassan and Saltertown, 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 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
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 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. Diving 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 other 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 enroute 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 at Leisure
Today you have a free day in London. You may decide to enjoy a visit to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben or St. Paul’s Cathedral, delight in a show in the West End, or simply stroll the cobblestone streets on your way to dinner at London’s oldest restaurant, Rules, in Covent Garden. (B)
Day 8 – London Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Island Princess for a 10-night cruise to Rome. (B)
Day 9-17 – Cruising onboard the Island Princess (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 18 – Rome Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Island Princess where you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
Ask your Personal Vacation Manager about adding a two-night hotel stay in Rome.
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.
La Coruña, Spain: With La Coruña’s impressive and extensive history, visitors are often surprised at how modern the city is. It was from here that, in 1588, Spain sent its “invincible” Armada sailing. A year later, Sir Francis Drake sent those ships scrambling, burning most of the city just for good measure. Drake’s invasion was ultimately repelled by the peoples of La Coruña, inspired by the local heroine, María Pita.
Gibraltar, Great Britain: The Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Beneath the white cliffs of this natural fortress grows a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers thrive here, some not found anywhere else on Earth. Gibraltar’s stunning setting is matched by its history – five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The result made for a cultural melting pot. Veiled Moroccan women in caftans and vacationing Englishmen and Spaniards stroll along the narrow, steep lanes. The locals revert to a liquid Spanish when talking among themselves. And visitors to a 15th-century cathedral pass through a blue-tiled courtyard, once part of a 13th-century mosque.
Cartagena, Spain: Cartagena is an ancient port – the city served as Hannibal’s Spanish headquarters during the 2nd Punic War with Rome. The city remained a major trading port under the Romans and the Moors. Today, Cartagena is Spain’s principal naval establishment and the site of an annual international maritime festival. The city is also your gateway to the Costa Calida, a region that boasts some of Spain’s mildest weather along with 175 miles of beaches.
Mallorca (Palma), Spain: Palma is the capital city of the island of Mallorca, which is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands. The city is tucked into the protected Bay of Palma, creating an impressive view from the Mediterranean Sea with its imposing Gothic Cathedral towering above the old town and remnants of medieval walls that testify to its ancient history. Mallorca has a varied history, from the Roman occupation in the 2nd century to Moorish control from the 9th to the 13th century. Later reconquered by the Spanish kings, it rose to wealth and power due to its strategic position along the seagoing trade routes between Africa and Europe.
Sicily (Palermo), Italy: Palermo is a cultural feast, a fascinating combination of East and West, Arab and Norman that is quite unlike any other European city on the Mediterranean. A simple stroll can serve to illustrate Palermo’s rich heritage. The Quattro Canti is the great square at the heart of the city. A short walk past its 17th-century palazzos and fountains brings the traveler to the Palazzo dei Normanni. Begun by Arab emirs in the 9th century, the Palazzo was finished by the island’s Norman conquerors. The Palazzo’s stone arches and buttresses stand in stark contrast to its Palatine Chapel. There elaborate tile work and mosaics lend mute testimonies to the Islamic and Byzantine influences that a lso shaped Palermo’s culture. The city abounds in such colorful sights, from the neo-classical Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe, to the catacombs beneath the Capuchin convent, where thousands of mummified bodies lie in eternal rest.
Naples, Italy: Italy’s third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for it stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza – and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
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.
The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate to active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
The focus of this Enrichment Journey is traditions and customs, literature, folklore, churches, castles and cuisine. You will visit the 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.
Because this tour is in the middle of fall, be sure to bring a good jacket with you as some places can 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.
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.
Want extra time to adjust to the new time zone and enjoy Dublin? With this optional extension you will arrive to Dublin two days early and have free time to relax and explore Dublin on your own before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $375 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Civitavecchia and transfer to the airport in Rome, the itinerary does not include any time in Rome. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Rome after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $485 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
|10/14/2022||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Oceanview (OE)||$7,732||$5,799||$1,933||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Balcony (BF)||$7,999||$5,999||$2,000||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Mini Suite (ME)||$11,199||$6,299||$4,900||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Suite||CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE|
Prices are accurate as of 12/2/21, calculated in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Interested in the Ireland land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $4,299 per person.
|Boston||$200||John F. Kennedy||$0||San Francisco||$350|
|Newark||$100||Miami||$200||Washington – Dulles||$300|
|– 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.
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 17 modern vessels. Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still be seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.
Ship: Island Princess
Island Princess is your own private retreat on the sea. Whether you crave relaxation or exhilaration, you’ll find the soothing Lotus Spa®, live entertainment, gourmet cuisine, casino gaming and more. And for a special treat, try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 November 2021, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) starting January 1, 2022. 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 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.
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.
The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP.
Spain and Italy use the Euro (€), currency code EUR.
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 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. 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.
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.
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:
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)
Gaelic in Ireland
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Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
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.
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