|1||USA - Shannon, Ireland||Board your overnight flight to Shannon Airport in Ireland.||In flight
|2||Shannon - Killarney||Your Program Leader will meet you 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 Killarney National Park. We will also see an amazing sheep-dog demonstration and if we're lucky we will see puppies who are learning to herd sheep by first herding ducks. ||Hotel in Killarney
|3||Killarney - Dublin||On our way to Dublin we will stop off 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, where we will 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
|4||Dublin||We will enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning because we'll be on a walking tour of Dublin today. First, we'll visit inside of St. Patrick's Cathedral with an expert guide who will speak to the significance of this church. We'll visit the famous O'Connell Street, and we'll end the day with a traditional public house dinner.||Hotel in Dublin
|5||Dublin - Belfast||We'll depart Ireland for a new country just over an hour away: Northern Ireland. Our guide will give an overview of "the troubles" that have existed between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for so many years, while we visit the giant political murals of Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road . We'll also visit the Peace Wall and have a chance to add our own message to the people of the world.||Hotel in Belfast
|6||Belfast||Today will include a full-day with a visit to the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site , along with a "Game of Thrones" tour of Belfast . Our guide will show us the amazing video production sites of the famous HBO show and we will be able to take photos in many of the well-known locations from the show. As part of the tour, we'll also spend the afternoon experiencing the Giant's Causeway site, comprised of massive basalt columns that are nearly 50 million years old.||Hotel in Belfast
|7||Belfast -Edinburgh||This morning we will depart early for a quick ferry ride from Belfast to Cairnryan, Scotland, and we will enjoy a guided tour of Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle . Tonight, we'll experience an authentic Scottish Ceilidh with a dance workshop and a delicious, authentic Scottish meal.||Hotel in Edinburgh
|8||Edinburgh - Highlands - Edinburgh||Today we will head off on a full day tour of the Scottish Highlands . We'll start by heading up to Stirling, and continue onward to Glen Coe. We'll spend the afternoon on a boat cruise of Loch Ness, searching for the elusive “Nessie” ! Afterwards, we'll start heading south toward Edinburgh, stopping at historical sites and scenic locations along the way.||Hotel in Edinburgh
|9||Edinburgh- London||Today we depart Scotland for London and we'll stop in York and Cambridge on our way. This evening, we will ride on 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 enjoy an authentic Indian meal for dinner - did you know that chicken tikka masala is the national dish of England?||Hotel in London
|10||London||This morning we will start our day with a tour of 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 through St. James's Park, to 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, and Benjamin Franklin's House. This afternoon, we will explore the Churchill War Rooms , an underground series of bunkers beneath central London where the British government continued operating throughout the duration of the Battle of Britain, as London was bombed during World War II. Back above ground, we'll continue our walking tour of Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, and then spend the evening with time to shop and explore Covent Garden . Tonight we'll enjoy a show in London's West End !||Hotel in London
|11||London||Today, 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. After a lunch at Borough Market, we'll head to Windsor Castle for a visit of the second home of the Royal Family, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Tonight, we will enjoy an authentic meal of fish and chips before heading back to our hotel to pack.||Hotel in London
|12||London - USA||Today we say goodbye to London as you board your flight home.||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.
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.
Student participants 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/
Fort William: http://fortwilliambackpackers.com/
Tuition & Fundraising
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.
- Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
- Associating with participants while they are in possession of or are consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
- 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
- Getting a piercing or tattoo
- Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials
- Threatening with or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc.
- Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle
- Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew
- 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.
Passport & Visa Check
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
We strongly recommend visiting the CDC Ireland website to get the most updated information on health and vaccination considerations in your destination country. In addition, we encourage you to consult with your personal family physician so you can be as informed as possible when making important decisions about vaccinations and other necessary health-related preparations before travel.
Beyond these recommendations, 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.
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:
$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: email@example.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 the experience, and prepare participants 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.
Learn More About the GLC
To view and complete the Pre-Program Activities, visit our online portal at the button below.
Pre-Program Activity Portal
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.
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
RETURN TO USA
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.
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.
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.
UK and Ireland Country Director
University of Exeter – BSc Zoology
Born and raised in the South of England, Craig’s early passion for animals and the natural world has grown and developed to this day. He has traveled to over 35 countries in search of natural, educational and cultural experiences and believes traveling with a purpose makes for a much more wholesome experience. During his studies, he volunteered on a turtle project in North Cyprus and has since gone on to work with sea turtles in The Cayman Islands and Oman. Upon graduating Craig spent a year living and working in Bali, Indonesia, planning and booking bespoke live-aboard dive trips. He has spent the last two years living and working on Masirah Island, Oman, managing the turtle monitoring program and pioneering a community fisheries program. After witnessing the impacts of fisheries first hand in The Middle East, his focus has shifted to sustainable fisheries and their alternatives. His hobbies include surfing and kite surfing which often help guide his choice of travel destinations. Craig speaks conversational Arabic and basic Bahasa Indonesia.
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!
Please have all travelers check below to ensure their name is spelled exactly how it appears on your passport. For edits, email firstname.lastname@example.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: -Coming Soon-
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
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 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
TOILETRIES: BRING THE BASIC TOILETRIES YOU NEED PLUS:
Sunscreen (you will use a lot)
Band Aids and Neosporin
Medication in properly marked original container
Journal and pen
Camera (digital, disposable, waterproof)
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
Deck of cards or other portable games