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Journey to Scotland and Ireland

18 Nights featuring Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin

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

Land Program: Includes a Mix of Guided Tours and Free Time

Start Date: July 10, 2024
(Sailing July 14, 2024)

About This Journey

At the northern edge of the British Isles lie the rocky cliffs, misty glens and vast wilderness of Scotland. Hundreds of castles dot the land, weaving in and out of sheep farms and deep lakes. Myths and legends shaped the culture and identity of the region, which is distinctly different from its southern neighbor, England. Begin your Journey in Scotland’s historical and cultural capital, Edinburgh, and explore the iconic sites with your guide. Then, venture outside of the city to the town of Stirling, where you will discover the Old Town and enjoy a tour of historic Stirling Castle. We will then toast a farewell to Edinburgh as we sample whisky from a local cellar and clap along to Scottish tunes during a dinner show performance. Then, embark the Azamara Quest for a 12 Night cruise to Scotland, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Stand in awe at the stunning beauty of the Scottish Highlands, explore the rich cultural heritage of Glasgow, visit the Titanic Belfast museum in Belfast, and more. Upon arrival in Dublin, travel to the Irish countryside on an exclusive shore excursion to discover an ancient monastery in Glendalough. Then, disembark the ship and explore Dublin with your guide, including a visit to Ireland’s beloved Guinness Storehouse where you’ll pour yourself a pint of their world-famous ale. This Journey includes plenty of free time in both Edinburgh and Dublin, so can stroll along the cobblestone streets, enjoy a drink at a local pub, and peruse the local shops at your leisure. Don’t miss out on our exciting new Journey to Scotland and Ireland!

Visits: Azamara, Quest, 37010, Edinburgh, Dundee, Ivergordon, Kirkwall, Glasglow, Belfast, Douglas, Dublin, Scotland, Ireland.

Journey to Scotland and Ireland


Start Date: July 10, 2024
(Sailing July 14, 2024)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Edinburgh – Hotel Check-In and Welcome Dinner
2 Edinburgh – Half-day City Tour
3 Edinburgh – Full-day Tour to Stirling Castle
4 Edinburgh – Half-day Whisky Experience and Dinner Show
5 Edinburgh – Transfer to Leith for Embarkation
6 Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland, United Kingdom 9:00 PM
7 Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom 9:45 AM 9:00 PM
8 Invergordon, Scotland, United Kingdom 9:30 AM 10:00 PM
9 Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, United Kingdom 7:00 AM
12 Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, United Kingdom 9:00 PM
13 Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom 7:00 AM
14 Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom 8:00 PM
15 Douglas, Isle of Man 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
16 Dublin, Ireland – Shore Excursion to County Wicklow 7:00 AM
17 Dublin – Disembark and Half-day City Tour 10:00 AM
18 Dublin – Half-day Guinness Tour and Irish Cabaret Show
19 Dublin – Hotel Check Out and Transfer to Airport

**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.

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

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive in Edinburgh

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)



Edinburgh skyline

Day 2 – Edinburgh

This morning we will explore the city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s political and cultural capital. Intertwined with the landscape’s rocky hills and seaside cliffs, Edinburgh offers stunning views from its charming medieval streets. Your guide will reveal the legends of this historic city as we pass by the city highlights: St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh University, National Gallery, Holyrood Palace and Carlton Hill, Botanic Garden, St. Andrew Square, and the Scott Monument. After our city tour, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the rest of Edinburgh on your own. Perhaps you’ll stroll along the Royal Mile, peruse the local shops and enjoy a leisurely dinner. (B, L)


Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Day 3 – Edinburgh

After breakfast, we will head out of the city for a full-day tour of Scotland’s famous Stirling Castle and neighboring town of Stirling. Stirling Castle holds a special place in Scottish history as a symbol of national pride and strategic importance. Sitting atop Castle Hill and surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, it is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. Many Scottish Kings and Queens, including Mary Queen of Scots, were crowned here. From the esplanade along the castle, you’ll also get a panoramic view of the surrounding area, including the National Wallace Monument. This 220-foot tower commemorates the 13th-century Scottish hero Sir William Wallace. After our tour of the castle, enjoy lunch and free time in the Old Town of Stirling. Known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, Old Town features cobblestone streets, charming shops, and traditional buildings that offer a glimpse into Scotland’s past. Return to Edinburgh where you will have the evening at leisure. (B, L)



Scotch Whiskey

Day 4 – Edinburgh

Enjoy a leisurely morning of free time. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, visit a museum or cathedral, or visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. There is plenty to do and the choice is yours! Please note that if you are interested in visiting a particular attraction, you may need to reserve your ticket online ahead of time. Entrance to Edinburgh Castle, for example, sells out months in advance.


Scottish bagpipe

Scottish bagpipe

This evening, rejoin your fellow travelers for an afternoon of cultural festivities! First, we will learn about the art of Scotch Whisky with a tour and tasting. Whisky has been a part of Scottish heritage for hundreds of years and is an important part of their identity and culture. We will not only learn about the distillation process, but sample some of the golden liquid as well.

Then, enjoy a captivating dinner show truly showcasing the spirit of Scotland! Indulge in a hearty meal of local dishes, clap along to the energetic music and watch professional singers and dancers celebrate their cultural traditions. (B, D)

Day 5 – Edinburgh Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Quest for a 12-night cruise through Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. (B)

Day 6-15 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Quest (see below for cruise highlights)




Day 16Dublin Shore Excursion

After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide for an exclusive shore excursion in Dublin. This full day tour will take us to the “garden county” of Ireland, County Wicklow, to experience the lush green landscapes that Ireland is famous for. 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 restaurant, where you can be sure of a warm welcome in this little gem in the heart of Laragh village. 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 ship before dinner. (L)


St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Day 17 – Dublin Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Quest and meet your guide for a half-day city tour of Dublin. 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.

Temple Bar

Temple Bar

After this introduction to Ireland’s capital city, we will drive through north County Dublin to one of Ireland’s iconic thatched restaurants for lunch. The Man O’War Bar is situated in a rural area where you can be rest assured of a truly genuine traditional Irish experience. After lunch we head back into the city center where you will check in to your hotel for the next two nights. For the rest of the evening, you are free to explore Dublin on your own. You can relax near the hotel, or perhaps wander to the lively Temple Bar area of Dublin with its many pubs, restaurants, cafes and live music. (L)

Day 18 – Dublin


Guinness Beer

Today we will take a cultural journey 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.


Irish Dancers

Irish Dancers

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. Or perhaps you would wander quietly into 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.

After an afternoon at leisure, re-join the group this evening and head 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, D)

Day 19 – Dublin

Check out of the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home. (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.

Port Highlights

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

“Edinburgh, United Kingdoms

Edinburgh, United Kingdom: To discover Edinburgh take a walk down The Royal Mile for Edinburgh Castle, the Stone of Destiny and the Palace of Holyroodhouse; but for those itching to get out on the links, there’s no better place than this.





Dundee, United Kingdom

Dundee, United Kingdom: Once most famous for its industrial grime, Dundee has evolved into a vibrant art, design, music and theatre scene. It’s the UK’s first designated UNESCO City of Design and now has the first design museum outside of London. The new V&A Museum Of Design is housed in a world-class building at the heart of the newly transformed waterfront.




Invergordon, United Kingdom

Invergordon, United Kingdom: Take a superb natural setting of mountains, waterfalls and serene lochs (and add one sea monster), pepper the landscape with castles, toss in a trail of whiskey distilleries and there you have it: Invergordon.





Kirkwall, United Kingdom

Kirkwall, United Kingdom: The 70 islands of Orkney are a pleasing, gently rolling panorama of fields, heather-cloaked moors and lakes, while the imposing St. Magnus Cathedral dominates Kirkwall, the main town linking east and west.





Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow (Greenock), United Kingdom: Glasgow is a lively and cosmopolitan city, making a name as a vibrant center of 21st century design, set against a background of exceptional Victorian architecture, state-of-the-art towers and ubiquitous pubs.





Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast, United Kingdom: In the early 1900’s Belfast had the world’s largest shipyard; now the city and riverfront are undergoing a transformation, but many Victorian and Edwardian buildings still sport the carved heads of royalty.




Isle of Man

Douglas, Isle of Man

Douglas, Isle of Man: The tiny Isle of Man has quite a lot to offer for its size, and Douglas’ lovely sea front is lined with picturesque hotels and restaurants, and can be traversed by horse-drawn trams as it has been since 1876.






Dublin, Ireland

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

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 4-night pre-cruise land program in Scotland
    • Edinburgh, Scotland: 4-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Half-day city tour of Edinburgh
      • Full-day tour to Stirling Castle
      • Half-day cultural tour
  • 2-night post-cruise land program in Ireland
    • Dublin, Ireland: 2-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour of Dublin
      • Half-day Guinness Tour and Dinner Show
  • Tour Leader throughout pre- and post-cruise land programs and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard the Azamara Quest
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Dublin, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • AzAmazing Celebrations event
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
      • Much more!
      • Special Offer—Ends 3/31: Receive up to $300 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

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What to Expect on Your Trip




3 out of 5 – Land Program Includes a Mix of Guided Tours and Free Time

The overall pace is moderate. This Journey includes a balanced mix of guided tours and free time for you to explore on your own. Your tour escort will be available to offer suggestions of things to do nearby. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals may be included, while other meals will be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. 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 moderate. Guided tours may include a considerable amount of walking, while free time offers you the option to relax. 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. 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. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. 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, folklore, churches, castles and cuisine. You will visit the metropolitan cities of Edinburgh and Dublin, enjoy a day trip outside the city in both Scotland and Ireland, learn about Scotch Whisky and tour 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

Because this tour is in the summer, outside temperatures can get hot. Be sure to bring a light rain jacket with you for touring locations where the AC is on inside as well as to protect you from the summer storms. 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 international 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.

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Book by 3/31 for up to $300 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

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

Journey to Scotland and Ireland

Hotel extensions in either Edinburgh or Dublin are available on request.

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Dates & Prices
July 10, 2024 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Obstructed – Club Ocean View SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

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 $300 John F. Kennedy $0 Seattle $450
Boston $300 Los Angeles $400 San Francisco $450
Dallas-Ft. Worth $350 Miami $300 Vancouver $450
Washington – Dulles $250 Chicago $300
Houston Intercontinental $350 Philadelphia $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.

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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.

voco Edinburgh Haymarket

46 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh EH3 8JB Scotland

Tel: +1 (888) 377-8626

voco Edinburgh Haymarket is a modern hotel that guarantees you a stay that is as individual as it is indulgent. Offering distinctive design, cosy bedding, luxury amenities and delicious food, whilst also being ideally located to explore all of Edinburgh’s famous attractions!

Leonardo Dublin Parnell Street

Moore Street Plaza, Parnell St, Dublin 1, D01 E0H3

Tel: +353 1 878 4900

Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street is within easy reach of many hidden gems and attractions. The hotel is located only minutes away from Dublin’s O’Connell Street, steeped with historic landmarks and buzzing with activities, shops and bars. The hotel is only 5 minute’s walk to Henry street shopping area and for sports fans visiting the city this is the ideal location if heading to Croke Park, the epicentre of Irish sport. The hotel features an all day coffee bar and a stylish onsite bar perfect for a relaxing drink after an exciting day in the city.

Azamara Quest

Cruise Line: Azamara

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

Amenities Included

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

Ship: Azamara Quest

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

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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.


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.


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 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.


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. 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, 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. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.


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 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 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

The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP.

Although the Isle of Man has its own currency, the Manx Pound, it is equivalent in value to the British Pound (GBP). Although the GBP will be accepted in the Isle of Man, the Manx Pound will not be accepted in the UK.

Ireland uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR.

Please visit  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. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Azamara Cruises.

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

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit


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:

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.

Edinburgh 41/34 43/34 48/36 52/37 57/43 63/48 66/52 66/52 61/48 55/45 48/37 45/36
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

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

Facts and Figures

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


  • The official animal of Scotland is the unicorn.
  • The shortest scheduled flight in the world is one-and-a-half miles long from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The journey takes 1 minute 14 seconds to complete.
  • Scotland has approximately 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited.
  • Scotland has more than 600 square miles of freshwater lakes, including the famous Loch Ness.
  • The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is only its second largest city, after Glasgow.
  • Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have its own fire brigade.
  • Scotland had its own monarch until 1603. After Elizabeth I died, James VI of Scotland also became James I of England, ruling both countries.
  • Scotland is currently the second largest country in the UK, after England.

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 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.

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.


  • Scotland: Scottish Proverbs by Julie MacDonald
  • Scotland: novels by Robert Louis Stevenson, such as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Scotland: Sean Connery: From 007 to Hollywood Icon by Andrew Yule
  • Scotland: poems by Robert Burns, such as The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
  • 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

Travel Guides


  • Scotland: Braveheart (1995)
  • Scotland: Brave (2012)
  • Scotland: Macbeth (1971)
  • Ireland: The Commitments (1991)
  • Ireland: Brooklyn (2015)
  • Ireland: Once (2007)
  • Ireland: Intermission (2003)
  • Ireland: History Channel drama series Vikings was mostly filmed in Ireland

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