The Cushman School

Discover

Ireland

March 13-March 20, 2020

 

Passport & Visa 

 

U.S. Citizens

Passports need to be valid for 6 months after the final day of the program.  Please check the visiting countries for visa requirements.  There are no visas needed for Europe.  If a traveler is unable to obtain these travel documents, our standard cancellation policy will apply.

All children under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian traveling abroad must have a notarized letter of permission with a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature.

To apply or renew your passports please click here

Non U.S. Citizens

Please contact your country's embassy to  find out visa and vaccination requirements for the countries you are visiting.

You can contact us for further information

Terms and Conditions

 

A La Carte Travel Booking Conditions

These Booking Conditions are valid for all A La Carte Travel departing after October 1, 2015, and are subject to change with or without notice. The most current Booking Conditions at the time of your departure will apply.

Enrollment

All Enrollment Forms must be received at A La Carte Travel 120 days prior to departure. Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and dates of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their passports.

Any corrections to match passport names made after 120 days prior to departure require that we change the flight reservation, resulting in a minimum fee of $200 per airline up to the cost of a new published fare ticket. This may also result in a different flight itinerary from the group. Travelers who have not yet applied for a passport should provide their full name and date of birth as they appear on their birth certificate.

Rooming

 A La Carte Travel handles final rooming assignments for all travelers. Please ensure that all rooming requests are submitted by 110 days prior to departure.

Students will room in double, triples, or quads with others of the same gender from the entire tour group.

Adults are placed in twin accommodations (a hotel room with two beds) with another adult of the same gender from the entire tour group unless the name of a roommate has been provided.

Adults can request double-bed accommodations (a room with one bed for two people)  or a single room for an additional fee per hotel.   Single rooms are not available on overnight trains.

Lost belongings

A La Carte Travel is not responsible for loss of passports, airline tickets or other documents, or for loss of or damage to luggage or any other passenger belongings. In the case of a lost paper airline ticket, the traveler is solely responsible for meeting the airline’s requirements (both logistical and financial) for ticket replacement.

Food Allergies

 A La Carte Travel recognizes that some travelers may have severe food allergies. We will do our best to ensure that our suppliers are informed of the situation but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated. Travelers are responsible for making their own arrangements for all in-flight meals.

Deposit and Payments

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration to hold the space for the passengers.  The remainder of the balance is divided into equal monthly payments with the final payment due no later than 60 days prior to departure.

Baggage

Excess baggage is subject to extra fees.

Passengers are advised to find out about the fees on the airline’s website.

Cancellation

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

 

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued

 
 

Travel Insurance

A La Carte Travel automatically insures all the passengers in the Travelex Standard Choice plan.

The Standard Travel Protection Plan covers the following:

 

  • Emergency Medical and Dental Expenses up to $15,000

  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Expenses of up to $50,000

  • Trip Delay Expenses of up to $1000

  • Lost or Delayed Baggage Expenses of up to $250

  • 24/7 travel assistance and concierge services

A  La  Carte Travel is now offering our groups a more comprehensive Travel Insurance as part of the Travel package and as part of an effort to ease the travelers’ concerns with the events around the world.

The travel protection plan we recommend, Travelex 360° Student Group Choice, includes coverage for Trip Cancellation and Interruption, Trip Delay, Emergency Medical Expense and Evacuation, Baggage Loss or Delay and more. 

 In addition to all of the above benefits, the Choice Plan upgrade will cover the following:

  • Trip Cancellation/interruption benefits include:  Sickness, injury, or death

  •  Pre-existing exclusion waiver through final payment

  • Common carrier cancellations/delays

  • Terrorist acts** (Occurring within 30 days of the scheduled departure date for the covered trip in your departure city or in a city which is a scheduled destination)

  • Trip delay benefits – 5 hours or more

  • Baggage Delay benefits – 12 hours or more

  • Cancel for any reason coverage upgrade

 

The  Cancel for Any Reason benefit, which allows you to cancel your trip for any reason, within 2 days of your Scheduled Departure Date, and receive up to 75% of the Insured Trip Cost. To be eligible for this benefit, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of your initial trip deposit and full trip cost must be insured. Contact us to find out the costs associated for these upgrades.

For more information please contact one of our travel consultants at:  703-281-1225 or Email Us

 

Standard of Conduct

 

Proper behavior is expected at all times. Remember, you are representing your country. Show respect for language and customs different than your own.

 

Grounds for Dismissal

  1. Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs

  2. Poor attitude or behavior and consistently acting independently of the chaperones' admonishment and warnings

  3. Leaving the group on excursions, or leaving the hotels without the permission of chaperones and after the designated curfew

  4. Getting a piercing or tattoo

  5. Stealing or defacing any personal property, building or material

  6. Possession or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc

  7. Breaking group rules

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: Friday, March 13th, 2020- Depart

Take an overnight flight from Miami to Dublin, Ireland.

 

Day 2: Saturday, March 14th, 2020- Dublin- Belfast- Home Stay Arrive in Dublin and and meet your English-speaking tour escort. Take a private coach bus through Dublin for a guided visit of the city. Visit the Book of Kells, the illuminated book of Gospels, and the Old Library at Trinity College. Afterwards, take a private coach bus from Dublin to Belfast and meet your host families to begin your home stay. (Dinner with host families)

 

Day 3: Sunday, March 15th, 2020- Belfast- Home Stay

(Host families will pack lunch for the students) Eat breakfast with your host families then have a guided visit of Belfast to see famous sights like Saint Anne's Cathedral, the Waterfront Hall, and City Hall, among others. Continue your journey of Belfast to see the Peace Wall Murals on Falls Road that have become symbols depicting political differences through the years. In the afternoon, visit Titanic Belfast Museum, built to honor Belfast's maritime heritage and where the Titanic was built. Return back to your host families in the evening. (Dinner with host families)

 

Day 4: Monday, March 16th, 2020- Excursion to Bushmills- Homestay

(Host families will pack lunch for the students) Eat breakfast with your host families then take a private coach bus to Bushmills, a village in Northern Ireland famous for the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a famous rope bridge that spans 66 feet and can be crossed to the tiny island of Carrickarede. Cross the bridge (if you dare!) and visit the village on your own. In the afternoon, visit the Giant's Causeway made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Afterwards, visit the medieval Dunluce Castle, once an important fort for early Christians and Vikings. In the later afternoon, visit Dark Hedges, the avenue of beech trees that has been been used as a location on The Game of Thrones! Return back to your host families in the evening. (Dinner with host families)

 

Day 5: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020- Belfast- Dublin

(Host families will pack lunch for the students) Eat breakfast with your host families, then take a private coach bus from Belfast to Dublin. Arrive in Dublin and meet your host families, then attend a Saint-Patrick's Day Parade through the city of Dublin for the continuation of the afternoon! Return back to your host families in the evening. ​(Dinner with host families)

 

Day 6: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020- Dublin

In the morning, eat breakfast at the hotel then visit the interactive Irish Emigration Museum where you will learn about famous Irish figures and their contributions to the world of politics, science, and the arts. Afterwards, visit the Famine Memorial, commemorating the Great Famine of the mid-19th century. In the afternoon, learn the art of Irish dance, music, and rhythm through an Irish dance class! In the late afternoon, visit the famous area of Temple Bar and walk around Dublin's "cultural quarter." Return back to your host families in the evening. ​(Dinner with host families)

Day 7: Thursday, March 19th, 2020- Dublin

After breakfast at your hotel, take a private coach bus from Dublin to Navan to visit Causey Farm and "Be Irish for a Day!" Learn how to milk cows, take a hurling lesson, make your own traditional brown bread (then try it with butter and ham!) and walk through the farm accompanied with a herding dog show. Return back to Dublin in the late afternoon on a private coach bus and meet your host families in the evening. ​(Dinner with host families)

 

Day 8: Friday, March 20th, 2020- Depart

In the morning after breakfast, spend the early part of the day visiting Dublin on your own. In the afternoon, take a private coach bus to the airport for your flight home.

 

 

 

 

Program Price & Payment Terms

 

$2,495 is based on a minimum of 35 students

 

Included in this price: 

Full-time travel assistant

Transportation: 

  • Round-trip airfare

  • Round-trip transfer with a private coach bus to and from Dublin and Belfast

  • Transfer with a private coach bus to Dublin Airport, upon departure

  • Full-day private coach excursion to and from Belfast and Bushmills

  • Full-day private coach excursion to and from Dublin and Navan (Causey Farm)

Accommodations

  • 3 nights home stay with families** OR hotel (3*) in Dublin, including breakfasts and dinners

  • 3 nights home stay with families in Belfast, including breakfasts and dinners

**Family stay will be determined based on the number of students registered for the trip and availability 

Guided tours and entrances as per program 

 

360 Comprehensive Travel insurance including health, trip delay, luggage loss and delay for all participants as well as "Cancel for Any Reason" Coverage 

 

 

Liability Insurance for all Tour Leaders 

2019-2020 Payment Schedule

 

Upon Registration (on OR before November 20th, 2019):50% of total price or $1197.50 is due with online application

Minimum payment of $598.75: December 15th, 2019

 

Last Payment of $598.75: January 10th, 2020

A La Carte Travel Standard

Cancellation Policy

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued