UK & Ireland 10 Day Cultural Journey

UK & Ireland 10 Day Cultural Journey

Program Highlights

UK & Ireland 10 Day Cultural Journey

Dates: TBD   |   Tuition: $5,499 Average tuition with airfare Learn More

On this program...

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland
  • Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare
  • Tour the Houses of Parliament
  • Witness the Changing of the Guard in London

Group Organizer/s: 

Your contact info here.

WTT Contact: 

Brandon Perlow, Brandon@walkingtree.org, 847-431-9556

Deadlines: TBD

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SAMPLE PROGRAM PAGE: This is an example of what your private program webpage and itinerary might look like, as you decide to organize a program with us. Please begin by reviewing the suggested itinerary listed under the Pre-Enrollment tab, and then feel free to read through other sections to get a sense of the in-depth information and support we provide for all programs.

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Sample Itinerary

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - Shannon, IrelandBoard your overnight flight to Shannon Airport.Airplane
2Shannon/KillarneyYour Program Leader will meet you up at the airport and escort you to your private motor coach. You'll depart Shannon for the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is a beautiful 112-mile coastal road that wraps around the southern coast of Ireland. We'll experience beautiful castles, monasteries and explore Killarney National Park . We will also see an amazing sheep-dog demonstration and if we're lucky, there may be puppies who we will see learning to herd sheep by first herding ducks!Hotel in Killarney
3Killarney - DublinOn our way to Dublin, we will stop at Blarney Castle where the story goes that all who kiss the Blarney Stone will be given the gift of eloquence. (Just don't think about the thousands of other people who have also kissed the stone!) We'll also visit St. Patrick's Rock - a castle dating back to 1100 BC. After lunch we'll head into Dublin, Ireland's capital city. We'll visit Trinity College and the famous "Book of Kells", a manuscript that is over 1,000 years old and one of the most beautifully illustrated version of the gospels ever created. We'll get a quick look at St. Patrick's Cathedral and the cityscape of Dublin as we head back to our hotel for the night.Hotel in Dublin
4DublinWe will have a hearty breakfast this morning because we'll be enjoying a walking tour of Dublin today . We will start by taking a look inside of St. Patrick's Cathedral accompanied by an expert guide who wukk speak to the significance of this church. We'll visit famous O'Connell Street, and we'll end the day with a traditional public house dinner.Hotel in Dublin
5Dublin - Holyhead - Stratford-upon-AvonWe've traveled by air and by land, and today we'll travel by sea when we boardour ferry to Holyhead, Wales ! When we arrive in the United Kingdom, we will visit one of the iconic Castles in the area; either Caernarfon Castle or Conwy Castle. Both castles were built by Edward I. After lunch, we will head to Snowdonia National Park where, in the summer months, we will take a train to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales . Tonight, we'll travel to Stratford and check into our hotel in England.Hotel in Stratford
6Stratford - LondonGood morning from the birthplace of Shakespeare! We begin our day with a walking tour of this quaint town , visiting the gardens at Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the birthplace of Shakespeare, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre along the River Avon. After lunch, we head to London where we will begin with awalking tour of Southwark. This evening, we will board the London Eye, one of the largest ferris wheels in the world , and enjoy a stunning view overlooking the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames. Finally, we'll finish up our busy day with an authentic Indian meal - did you know that chicken tikka masala is the national dish of England?Hotel in London
7LondonThis morning we will start our day with a tour inside the Houses of Parliament (when Parliament is not in session). We'll continue to Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen , where we will witness the Changing of the Guard . From there, we'll have a quick lunch, and continue our tour through St. James's Park, to 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Benjamin Franklin's House, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. We will have time this afternoon to shop and explore Covent Garden . And tonight we'll enjoy a show in London's West End !Hotel in London
8LondonToday, we'll continue our tour of London at the Tower of London . Home to many prisoners over two millennia, this massive fortification is still home to the stunning Crown Jewels. Next, we'll cross the Tower Bridge and walk along the Thames past City Hall, the HMS Belfast, and the Globe Theatre. We'll also cross the Millennium Bridge to marvel at St. Paul's Cathedral . And after a lunch of fish and chips, we'll head to Windsor Castle, the second home of the Royal Family and the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.Hotel in London
9LondonThis morning we will start our day at the British Museum, one of the most important museums in the world. Among 8 million artifacts, the original Rosetta Stone calls this museum home. We'll continue to Borough Market for lunch and have time to explore this local market. In the afternoon, we will explore the Churchill War Rooms , a magnificent series of bunkers beneath central London, where the British government continued operations during the Battle of Britain during World War II.Hotel in London
10London - USAToday we will say goodbye to England and head home with memories that will last a lifetime. Cheers!Home!

Philosophy Of Travel

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to become global leaders by taking an active interest in the world around them. With a dedication to learning, along with an enduring passion for exploring the world, Walking Tree Travel designs transformative and meaningful travel programs that uncover the authentic culture of each destination and inspire students to take action in their local and global community.

Walking Tree Travel stands for a more open, curious, and compassionate approach to travel. We partner with select schools around the world to provide memorable small-group experiences, and invest in cultivating and maintaining longterm relationships with our partner communities. If you are interested in our organization and philosophy of travel, click here to learn more about us.

Accommodations

In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our students, teachers, and staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Students will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with Walking Tree. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.

Kilarney / Sneem: www.sneemhotel.com/

Dublinwww.claytonhotels.com/location/clayton-hotel-leopardstown/

Stratfordwww.bestwestern.co.uk/hotels/best-western-grosvenor-hotel-83851

London: www.ridgemounthotel.co.uk/

Belfastwww.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-7232-ibis-belfast-city-centre/

Edinburgh: www.hubhotels.co.uk/edinburgh/royal-mile.html

Fort William: http://fortwilliambackpackers.com/

Tuition & Fundraising

Tuition Includes:

Tuition Excludes:
Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from having the opportunity to join an WTT program. We are pleased to offer opportunities for fundraising and payment plans to help make this goal a reality. Please visit our Tuition and Funding page to find out more about tuition, fundraising, payment options, referral discounts, and more.

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Standards of Behavior

WTT provides fun, safe, and meaningful programs for our travelers. In order to achieve this goal, it is important that we create an environment of trust, security and respect. All individuals participating in our programs are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of behavioral conduct. Any of the following are grounds for early dismissal or in-country consequences at our discretion.

ABSOLUTE DISMISSAL

  1. Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of or are consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  3. Behaving in a way that consistently damages the group dynamic or jeopardizes personal or group safety. This includes consistently displaying a negative attitude, intimidating or excluding other participants, sneaking out, disobeying group leaders, and any other behavior that is not conducive to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL OR IN-COUNTRY CONSEQUENCE

  1. Getting a piercing or tattoo
  2. Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials
  3. Threatening with or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc.
  4. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle
  5. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew
  6. Breaking group rules

These standards of behavior are essential for the successful completion of a travel program. Please take the time to review these rules as a family and make sure everyone understands and agrees to them before choosing to travel with WTT.

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Passport & Visa Check

Passport & Visa Check

US CITIZENS
Passport must be valid for six months after the final day of your travel program, including one open visa page.
No Visa Requirements for US Citizens traveling to the UK/Ireland.

NON US CITIZENS OR THOSE TRAVELING FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE USA
Non US citizens should check with their country’s embassy abroad to verify vaccination and visa requirements.
US citizens traveling from a country other than the United States should check the State Department website (www.travel.state.gov) for more information regarding additional visa or vaccine requirements.

Please contact us for further information regarding vaccination and visa requirements.

Health and Safety

Our in-country staff prepare meticulously for all programs. Walking Tree will register our programs and travelers with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of emergency. In country staff also verify the safety records of our partner organizations, vendors, and transportation providers, thoroughly vet homestay families via in depth interviews and home visits, and keep up on important current events in the region.

Program Leaders are seasoned travelers who are CPR and First Aid certified, undergo thorough training in crisis management, and participate in a multi-day leadership training retreat. We do our best to prepare for any eventuality and have detailed emergency protocols for our leaders, in-country staff and U.S.-based staff.

We receive medical disclosures from all participants to ensure we are able to meet every students’ needs during the program. Please inform us immediately of any additional health issues that you did not list during your initial registration process. Program Leaders will also hold an online information session before your departure, as well as an arrival orientation in-country, in order to give participants important instructions on food safety, hygiene and preventing injury and illness. Leaders and in-country staff always respond immediately to any mental, physical or emotional health issues and follow comprehensive emergency protocols.

VACCINATIONS
Vaccination information and requirements can change frequently. Because of this, and for more information, we suggest that you consult your local travel clinic and/or family physician for specific details.

Travel Insurance

Our experience has taught us that international travel can sometimes be unpredictable. As such, WTT will purchase basic secondary travel and medical insurance for all WTT travelers via Travel Insured International. This service provides the following coverage at no additional cost to our participants:

PLAN COVERAGES

$500 Return Airfare for Trip Interruption
$750 ($150 per day) Trip Delay of six hours or more
$500 (Three or more hours) Missed Connection
$1500 ($250 per article) Baggage/Personal Effects
$300 Baggage Delay – 24 hours
$25,000 Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
$100,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
Emergency Assistance Non-insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COVERAGES

The following additional optional coverage upgrades are available upon request for an additional premium charge to the traveler. For further information on the premiums associated with these optional coverage enhancements, please email your inquiry to our travel insurance program administrator, Hayashi Insurance Solutions: travelinsurance@jshinsurance.com

– Trip Cancellation Coverage – Reimburses the traveler up to the trip cost insured up to a maximum of $10,000 per person if the trip must be cancelled for unforeseeable life events including but not limited to; medical/health reasons, bereavement, etc.

– Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) – Reimburses the traveler for 75% of the non-refundable trip cost. Cancellation must be made 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. Must be purchased at the same time as initial plan purchase and prior to final trip payment. *This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.

The Plan is administered by Hayashi Insurance Solutions (CA DOI 0F61680) a licensed Insurance Agency authorized to transact this insurance under the express authority of Travel Insured International, Inc. and its representatives, and on behalf of Walking Tree Travel, Inc. The Plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. Fairmont Specialty and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The Plan also contains non insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, OnCall International, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Review the Plan Document for complete terms, including benefits, conditions, limitations and exclusions that apply. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

Global Leadership Curriculum

WTT has developed a curriculum that helps each of our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame their experience, and prepare them to travel ethically and effectively both on our programs and in the future. For more information about student learning objectives and the format of the curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.

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Language Resources

DUOLINGO

Want to learn a new language and be better prepared for your travel program? Duolingo is the easiest, most entertaining way to start learning and using a new language right away! The more you practice, the more you’ll be able to communicate with locals in your host country and help your fellow travelers navigate a foreign environment.

Tap the Duolingo owl to get started, or download the app to your mobile phone.

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Travel Day Details

Travel Day Details

Program participants will meet the group organizer at the below airline check-in counter three hours before the departure flight. If you have trouble locating the group, please notify your group organizer or contact WTT.

DEPARTURE FROM USA
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RETURN TO USA
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A NOTE ON FLIGHTS
Air travel is unpredictable. Although we can ensure that our groups arrive to the airport with ample time and follow all airline instructions, there may still be instances when a flight is delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical problems, labor strikes, etc. Please note that in such an event WTT is not financially responsible for unexpected costs incurred by travelers. Our programs officially begin and end in our host countries. That being said, our travelers’ well-being and safety is our number one priority, so please know that should flight delays/cancellations occur we will do everything we can to get travelers home in a timely manner and will do our best to keep family members updated on developments.

WTT is not responsible for fees associated with checked baggage. Please also make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the final day in country.

UN-ACCOMPANIED MINORS
Please confirm with your air travel provider as some airlines may require that travelers under a certain age have completed an unaccompanied minor parental consent form. Please consult the airline website to confirm if this is required on your flight.

Leader Profile

WTT will send a minimum of one experienced Program Leader on every program. In addition to this Program Leader, we also have a support staff in our host countries that are available to the group for additional help when necessary. Please read below to see who will be part of the support team on your program. Below you’ll find a list of the Walking Tree staff involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program.

  • Brandon Perlow Senior Outreach Director

    University of Wisconsin – B.S. Political Science, History, and European Studies
    London School of Economics – M.S. Public Policy & Administration

    Brandon was born and raised in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. As a 12 year old, he had the opportunity to travel on a student program to England, Scotland and Wales. Ever since, he has been hooked on learning through travel. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, History and European Studies, with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison,. Having also earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration, with merit, from the London School of Economics. Since then, he has toured the Greater Midwest as a public speaker on topics related to student travel and Cultural Intelligence. He has visited all 7 continents, 35 countries and all 50 states – all before he turned 25. He is an avid marathon runner. pilot and most recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro!

    Group Roster

    Please have all travelers check below to ensure their name is spelled exactly how it appears on your passport. For edits, email Lacey@walkingtree.org

     

    Community & Project Details

    This is where your host community information will appear, along with your community project, if applicable to your program.

    Communication & Blog

    The easiest way for students to keep in touch with family and friends at home while traveling will be using Wifi (available at most hotels and some restaurants) via Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, and Wechat for free.

    WTT tries to keep families and friends updated as frequently as possible with text and photo blogs. If parents would like updates regarding the group beyond these blog posts and email updates, they should direct all general inquiries to info@WalkingTree.org. We are always checking this email inbox and will respond promptly to inquiries. You can also reach us by dialing 303-242-8541 from the U.S.

    Here is the link to your blog:

    Packing List

    What follows is a sample packing list, which will be updated for each program. We recommend you bring a larger piece of luggage like a roller, duffel bag, or backpack, as well as a smaller backpack that you can bring on hikes, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

    Most importantly, be sure to remember your PASSPORT and STUDENT ID.

    Ireland Packing List

    CLOTHES:

    6 pairs of underwear
    6 pairs of socks (a mixture of good hiking socks and casual socks)
    4 t-shirts (some quick dry)
    2 long sleeve shirts
    1 sweater
    1 warmer jacket
    1 rain jacket
    2-3 pairs of travel/athletic shorts that are breathable and light
    2 pairs of comfortable/hiking/everyday pants (NOT all jeans)
    1 nice shirt/top to be worn to more formal dinners (girls might want a skirt or something a little nicer for such occasions)
    1 pair of durable athletic/hiking shoes
    1 pair of sandals (optional)
    1 pair of work gloves
    1 hat

    TOILETRIES: BRING THE BASIC TOILETRIES YOU NEED PLUS:

    Sunscreen (you will use a lot)
    Mosquito repellent
    Band Aids and Neosporin
    Hand Sanitizer
    Medication in properly marked original container

    MISCELLANEOUS:

    Sunglasses
    Journal and pen
    Book
    Camera (digital, disposable, waterproof)
    Power Converter
    Alarm Clock and watch
    Debit card/US Dollars (we recommend about $50-$150, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra items etc.)
    Durable water bottle
    1 quick-dry towel
    Flashlight/headlamp
    Batteries
    Deck of cards or other portable games
    Host family gift
    STUDENT ID
    Spanish/English Dictionary

    HOMESTAY GIFTS

    Travelers often contact us regarding what an appropriate gift might be for their student’s host family. Host families are often curious about where our students come from and their families in the U.S. As such, we recommend a simple gift that describes, represents or depicts your home. Well-received gifts in the past have included calendars or picture/coffee table books from your city or state, a framed picture of your family, paraphernalia from a local sports team, toys, soccer balls, school supplies, or something produced or grown in your hometown, like chocolate, local candy, t-shirts, etc. The most important thing to keep in mind is not to worry about this…  Anything, no matter its value, will be well received!

    Tuition Details

    Tuition Includes:

    Tuition Excludes:
    Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

    Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

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