How much does the trip cost and what does it include?
The trip will cost $1,750 per student. This includes:
Airfare from New York's JFK to Dublin
Airfare from Dublin to London
Airfare from London’s Heathrow to New York’s JFK
All transfers from airports to hotels
Nine nights double occupancy accommodations
Transportation between Danbury and JFK
Full day escorted trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the City of Bath
Full day escorted trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tour of the Tower of London, Guinness Storehouse (factory) and so much more
New Year’s Eve in Dublin
Accident and Medical Emergency Insurance
You may purchase trip insurance for an additional cost. This is optional.
Will other sightseeing opportunities be added?
Yes. Because of the nature of fluctuating airfares and foreign currency our final expense for the trip will not be known until everything is paid for. In the past we have added many extra sites.
What are the dates of the trip?
The trip is December 27, 2016 – January 6, 2017. We will leave the evening of the 27th and arrive in Dublin the morning of the 28th.
How many students can go?
The trip is limited to 30 students. Tickets will be available beginning on September 6 at 10:00am from the box offices located in the Campus and Student Center Information Desks. Please note: last year’s trip sold out by the second day.
How do I pay for the trip?
You may pay by cash, WCSU ConnectCash or debit/credit card.
When is my payment due?
The initial deposit of $750 must be paid no later than Friday, September 23, 2016 or until the trip is sold out, whichever comes first. The second payment of $500 is due no later than October 21, 2016. The final payment is due before you leave for Thanksgiving Break, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
Is the deposit or other payments refundable?
No. The deposit is your guarantee that you will participate in the trip. If you find that you cannot participate, and the Campus Center Board is able to fill the slot and the time frame to make changes has not elapsed, your deposit will be refunded less a 10% processing fee and less any fees the Campus & Student Centers Board is accessed. If the trip is cancelled for any reason by the University all payments will be refunded.
Where we staying and what are the accommodations?
We are staying four nights at Jury’s Inn Christ Church in in the heart of Dublin and five nights at Holiday Inn Kensington Forum in London. All rooms are doubles (2 twin beds) with private baths.
How do we get to the airport?
Transportation will be provided between WCSU to JFK.
Will meals be included?
Full Irish/British breakfast is included. If the budget permits we will have a group dinner(s) in London and/or Dublin. No other meals are included.
What time will we leave Danbury and when will we return?
Specific flight information will be available later. The flight to Dublin will be an overnight flight and the return flight from London will be a mid-morning, landing in the afternoon.
What are we doing once we are there?
This trip includes a full day guided tour of Stonehenge and Bath and a full day in Belfast. Other trips will be added based on final costs. Portions of the trip are not escorted. That means you are on your own. Tourist information will be provided. Participants might want to purchase Dublin and London guides to acquaint themselves with all they have to offer.
Do I need a passport?
Yes. It might take up to two months to secure your passport after you apply. Do It NOW.
Is academic credit available?
Yes. HIS 298 England and Ireland: National Identity, Politics and Power will be offered during the spring 2017 semester. Information will be available.
Can I use my debit/credit card?
You may use your debit/credit card to pay for the trip. Most places in Dublin and London will accept major credit cards such as American Express, VISA and MasterCard. The exchange rate is usually better using a credit card. Cash machines (ATMs) are available. Check with your bank to verify it is part of an international network and associated fees.
What if I get sick on the trip?
Accident and medical emergency insurance is covered. You may be responsible for out of pocket expenses. You must check with your individual health insurance provider to verify coverage.
For further information please contact the
Campus & Student Centers Office
Westside Campus Center Room 300
*Photo courtesy of Oni Figueroa and Myles Spencer