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The Emerald Isle

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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Breathtaking Irish Vistas

Croagh Patrick, Ireland

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Edinburgh, Scotland

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Scotland and Ireland

$3,685.00
Price:

$3,685 + Airfare + $200 Intra Trip Flight

Date:

Jul 31 – Aug 12

Days:

13

Session:

Session 4

Finishing Grades:

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Cities:

Edinburgh, Achill Island, Cong, Galway, Dublin, Croagh Patrick

Flights There:

JFK to Edinburgh

Flights Home:

Dublin to JFK

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Scotland and Ireland: land of castles, cliffs, emerald green beauty, and (surprisingly) world class beaches. Come walk the Royal Mile of Edinburgh, horseback ride through Irish countryside, go sea kayaking, spelunking, and rock climbing; meet locals, feast at a medieval banquet, stand atop 700 foot tall cliffs and, ultimately, fall in love with these countries and their people as you connect with their poignant history. Join us on this unforgettable trip through cities and green countryside!

On this trip you will:

  • Climb the Royal Mile and explore Edinburgh Castle
  • Surf, Sea Kayak and Windsurf
  • Watch falcons land on your hand as you learn about these beautiful birds of prey trained in hunting
  • Climb Croagh Patrick mountain
  • Ride horses through the Irish countryside
  • Take a tour on Loch Ness
  • Bike ride around Inishmore and visit a ring fort on the side of a cliff that was built around the 2nd century BC
  • Have the best fish & chips of your life in Galway and feast at a medieval castle

DAY 1: NEWARK (FOR THOSE WHO OPT TO TAKE THE GROUP FLIGHT)

As the group flight takes off, the trip officially begins!

DAYS 2 – 5: EDINBURGH (WITH A DAY TRIP TO LOCH NESS)

Our trip begins in Edinburgh, one of the most haunted and culturally rich cities in the United Kingdom. We stay right off of the Royal Mile walking distance from Edinburgh Castle which is everything a castle should be. We will get to know the city on foot during the day and at night on ghost hunts. Our final day in Scotland, we will visit Loch Ness, which is beautiful with or without its famous monster.

DAYS 5 – 13: DUBLIN, COUNTY MAYO, GALWAY

Next, catch a quick flight to Dublin, have a quick tour of the city then travel to County Mayo in the Northwest. Your first days in Ireland will be spent surfing, rock climbing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, hill walking and hiking, amongst other fun adventure activities. Evenings are spent listening to our historian, or relaxing in the local pub listening to Irish Craic (music) where you will know everyone in the village (from grandparents to babies). The pub is the hub of village social life; you will be warmly welcomed. You can learn step dancing, made popular by the success of “Riverdance.” Our local experts make Irish history come alive, especially the Great Famine, when Ireland lost half its population. Explore a village abandoned during the Great Famine.

Next we will head south along the coast through the land of castles. You will learn and practice the ancient sport of falconry, actually handling the birds. Launch them into flight, watch them soar into the distance, finally lighting in the trees and marvel as they swoop back to your glove on command… a rare opportunity and one not likely repeated in a lifetime. Try riding Irish Cob horses or go spelunking (subterranean caves using miners’ hats).

Our last 3 nights of the trip are spent in one of the coolest cities in Europe: Galway. Shop for hand knit sweaters, famed Waterford crystal, lace, and fashion. Our last day is spent biking around Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, which feel unchanged by time. Hike up the cliffs to the mighty 200 BC fort of Dun Aengus and gaze at the crashing Atlantic 300 feet below. An authentic medieval banquet in a 14th century castle finishes our trip, but the memories remain forever.

How much free time do the participants get on their trip?

Our counselors tend to stay with group nearly always. Every day we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants lots of choice and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with.

What’s the food like in Scotland and Ireland?

The food is delicious! There is a bit of everything, so everyone can eat something that pleases them. Even though a lot of food will look familiar to you, we encourage you to be adventurous, and step out of your comfort zone, try something new! As on all our trips, vegetarians and vegans can be accommodated.

Who are the counselors on the trip?

The Trip Leader for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Leaders often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving, so our participants enjoy sharing experiences with them. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.
It is the job of the counselors to keep the fun clean and happening, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.

Where do we stay on the Scotland and Ireland trip?

Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and to be generally well-suited to facilitating group supervision. This means we do not use large, impersonal hotels on the outskirts of cities. We stay away from large hotel chains, preferring to select small, family run places where we establish personal relationships with the owners.

Do I need to buy flights or does TFT buy them for me? Which airport does the group depart from?

Travel for Teens organizes chaperoned group flights for every trip. You do not have to go on the group flight with us, although there are several advantages to doing so: the group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, a lot of group bonding happens on the trip over, and, on those trips that have group flight contracts, we get preferred group flight prices (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel for Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants as they walk to baggage claim, and escort them to where the rest of the group has assembled.

Our group flight to Scotland and Ireland departs from JFK airport in New York City. Please contact us for details regarding flight cost.

What is included in the cost of this trip?

Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.

Not Included: (not intended to be an exhaustive list) Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas & visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like,expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters, and the like, personal and medical expenses.

Reviews

  1. Jason

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    “I have gone on multiple TFT trips and they were beyond amazing experiences! Yes they treat you like an adult, which was one of the best parts. Unlike other travel companies that have everyone in uniforms, following around a tour guide who is droning on, TFT lets you experience the culture and discover what traveling is all about. For some people, the more rigid structure of being toted site to site works, but for the rest of us there’s Travel for Teens. I got bitten by the travel bug hard because of them, and travel as much as I can now! Without a doubt, the best and most valuable summers of my life!” -Haley H, MA

  2. Jason

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    “We are home! Both flights were on-time and no problems. Thank you again for a wonderful trip. You were great to work with and made the trip a success! Everyone was talking about the wonderful time they had, the great memories and friendships that were made. I always have a great time traveling with TFT! Looking forward to Spain next spring. Hopefully you will be with us!!!! I hope you have a good trip in Greece (I am jealous). ” -Lisa A, NC

  3. Jason

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    “Over the last year I’ve attended two of TFT’s trips- the first to Spain and the second to Scotland- and I can say without any hesitation that Travel for Teens has changed my life. Travel for Teens is unparalleled to any traveling experience! The trip directors were well prepared for every unexpected situation; they made us feel comfortable about our travels, and were always ensuring we had the greatest time! Being able to travel with Travel for Teens has given me some seriously amazing memories, and I would recommend any one of their trips. You can really see- and appreciate- the effort that they put into making sure that we have the best experience possible, that we learn how to navigate being able to travel, and that we really learn how to become immersed in the cultures we visited. I know that TFT always made sure our parents were getting updates during our trips, had access to all the great photos they were taking, and reassured them that we were in good hands. And we were! It really was just an amazing experience and I would go back and do it all over again in a heartbeat.” -Allison M, PA

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