The Happy Traveler US

with Dr. Rosemary Swade

Boutique Group Travel for Amazing Journeys of Discovery

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August 2023

Day to Day 


Fly from the USA on or before August 8th to arrive for the first day of our program -August 9


Arrive: Dublin  International Airport   

Welcome to Ireland!              

Day 1                                                                               Dublin to Athlone

August 9                                                                            Hotel: Sheraton Hotel in ATHLONE                                                      Meals Included: Dinner

 Individual arrivals at Dublin Airport (DUB)

Meet and greet our wonderful Tour Escort Dimitri Wentner and fellow Happy Traveler US!

The meeting point will be at the “INFORMATION DESK” in the terminal, more details TBA

  • We will be taken by private motorcoach to the charming village of Athlone located on the Shannon River 
  • Driving time for the 80-mile distance is about 1.5 hours
  • After checking in at our hotel, free time will be allotted to relax and explore the town as you like
  • Welcome group dinner at our hotel. Meet-up time TBA
 Athlone is named after ‘The Ford of Luain’, an innkeeper who guided people across the treacherous waters of the ancient ford.  Athlone's famous Inn and pub date back to 900 AD.   Over the centuries the town of Athlone has grown around the Inn.

Day 2                                                 Galway, and County Mayo -The West Coast of Ireland

August 10                                                         Sheraton Hotel in ATHLONE                                      Meals Included: Breakfast


Morning meeting time TBA: After breakfast join us as we take a private motor coach to the cobblestone village of Galway where we will have a walking tour with a local guide.


Straddling the River Corrib on the country's west coast, the charming small village of Galway attracts visitors interested in history, music, theater, lively conversations, great food, and pubs. Our Happy Traveler US' will enjoy the city's compact, walkable downtown -- it's a delightful jumble of narrow streets and medieval buildings that recalls Galway's long history. 

Our walking tour takes you past the city's main highlights: 

  • The Spanish Arch -a remnant of the old city walls where goods from Spain used to arrive
  • The Church of St. Nicholas of Myra where Christopher Columbus reputedly stopped for a blessing before one of his trips to the New World
  • Lynch's castle, yes the site of the first...lynching, the town mayor's son was found guilty of...
  • High and Quay Streets -great shopping 
  • Faller's Jewelry Store-home of the original Claddagh Ring 
  • Eyre Square -a popular gathering place and site of many of the city's festivals
  • Northwest of the city center, on an island in the river, is St. Nicholas' Cathedral, also known as Galway Cathedral. Here you will see a tribute to President John F. Kenedy as he visited Galway in the 1960s.
  • Free time will be allotted for lunch (not included)
Suggestions: If you like seafood, try a Galway “institution” a funky locals hangout with excellent fish and chips! McDonagh’s Fish & Chips Any of the pubs in town or restaurants will offer traditional Irish fare and delicious cuisine. Ireland is a foodie hub!

Later in the afternoon, the meeting point and time TBA:

By private coach we will visit:

  • The charming village of Cong, in County Mayo
  • Pat Cohan’s Pub which played a starring role in the 1952 classic film “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara
  • A few miles down the road is the lavishly indulgent Ashford Castle, originally a monastery, then a castle, and now a deluxe hotel
  • When we return to our hotel-our the evening is free to enjoy our hotel and the village of Athlone!

Day 3                                                                              The West Coast of Ireland

August 11                                                       Sheraton Hotel in ATHLONE                         Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


 10:00 am: Meet in the lobby of our hotel for a private coach ride and a leisurely day excursion

Today we will:

  • Drive through beautiful wild Burren along the scenic rugged coastline
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher, situated in County Clare and bordering the Burren Area. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara
  • There will be time allotted for lunch (not included)
  • Visit Bunratty Folk Park 

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

On the quaint castle grounds, we will visit rural and urban life as it was in the 19th century, in Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of thatched roof cottages, a castle, a fine example of a gentry residence, traditional 19th-century places of work such as a mill, a forgery, pottery, and printmaking concerns, a bakery, a farm, and a schoolhouse.

Day 4                                                                                    Dublin

August 12                                                                                Hotel: Trinity City Hotel                                         Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Morning meeting time TBA: By private motorcoach, we depart for Dublin (90 miles / 2 hrs)

On our way to Dublin, we will...

  • Stop in Clonmacnoise, to visit an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight churches, 10th -13th century, two round towers, and three high crosses
  • Free time will be allotted for lunch (not included)
  • We will arrive in Dublin in the late afternoon to enjoy some free time before meeting fellow Happy Travelers for a...
  • Traditional Irish Dinner, Traditional Irish Music, and  Traditional Story Telling!
Tonight we will discover the truth about Lepricons and The Little People! 

Time and meeting point TBA:

This festive evening takes place at The Brazen Head Pub, officially Ireland's oldest pub which dates back to 1198.  There is a palpable sense of history at The Brazen Head.  James Joyce referenced the Brazen Head in his most famous work,  Ulysses. Other literary and historic giants associated with this pub, are Brendan Behan,  Jonathan Swift, and the revolutionaries Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone. 

Day 5                                                                                                      DUBLIN

August 13                                                                            Hotel: Trinity City Hotel                                                         Meals Included: Breakfast

Meeting point and time TBA- in the late morning: For a tour of Dublin with a local guide. 

Our tour includes visits to:

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral, home of Gulliver's Travels author, Johnathan Swift. Swift was dean of the church for many years
  • The iconic General Post Office, the famous site of the Easter Uprising against British rule
  •  Dublin Castle, a 1,200 AD Viking settlement and the former seat of the Irish government until 1922
  • Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I.  Trinity is an academic haven for world-famous scientists, literary giants future prime ministers, and statesmen
  • The Book of Kells on Trinity College Campus in the Library. The Book of Kells is a handpainted illustrated book created by monks in the 8th Century. The Book of Kells is one of the masterpieces of Western art and a symbol of Irish nationalism.  It is thought to have been the work of several individual scribes over many years, likely before A.D. 806. The Book of Kells  remains  the chief treasure of Trinity College
  • The remainder of the day and evening is free to spend as you like!

Afternoon SUGGESTIONS: All suggestions are either within walking distance from our hotel or can be reached by taxi. Uber or Hop on Hop Off buses

  •  For anyone interested in the history of Irish independence can take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol (jail) admission is approx. $ 9.50 - easy to pre-book through the website – guided tours only. The building symbolizes the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops.
  • A visit to the Guinness Storehouse, a beer lover’s "must-see" on any visit to Dublin. Housed in an old fermentation plant in the heart of St James's Gate Brewery, the now seven-story visitor experience tells the story of Ireland's iconic drink. It is a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in Gravity Bar, Dublin's highest bar where you will receive a complimentary pint of GUINNESS while enjoying spectacular views over Dublin. (admission is approx. $ 20.00, including a pint of Guinness)
  • For the art lover, there is of course the National Gallery of Ireland, very centrally located-open seven days a week, 9:15 am – 5:30 pm. The General Collection is free of charge
  • Literary Pub Crawl- Walking Tour that is informative and fun approx. $25
Evening Suggestions:
  • A Musical Pub Crawl is led by two professional musicians who perform tunes and songs while telling the story of Irish Music. is approximately $25 per person. The Musical Pub Crawl is best described as a moving concert; visiting two of Dublin's finest pubs. 2018 and 2019 Trip Travelers Choice Award Winner. This is a Listening tour with guaranteed seating. They run two separate tours per night, the early Crawl includes dinner. 

The Happy Traveler US has been on the Literary Pub Crawl,  and The Musical Pub Crawl and they are both wonderful

  • The Famous Abbey Theatre Wonderful acting, fantastic productions! The Abbey Theatre was founded as a national theatre for Ireland by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904. These revolutionaries defined the ambition of the Abbey Theatre with their manifesto “to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland”.

Day 6                                                                         DUBLIN  to  EDINBURGH 

 August 14                                                                                            Welcome to Scotland!

                                                                                       Hotel:  Murrayfield Hotel                                                      Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

EARLY 7:00 am: private motorcoach for transfer to Dublin Airport

  • 9:55 am: flight EI 3252 departs Dublin (DUB)
  • 11:10 am: arrival at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) time will be allowed for money exchange at the airport, Scotland uses British Pounds
  • On the way from the airport, we will visit Rosslyn Chapel, where we will be met by a local guide for a tour of this interesting place
  • Free time will be allotted for lunch (not included) at the excellent visitor center/coffee shop at Rosslyn Chapel
  • We will continue to the city center to check in to our hotel where we will have free time
  • Meet in the lobby of our hotel (time TBA) for a motor coach ride to Prestonfield House for a special welcome to a proper “Scottish Evening” with traditional dinner, table wine, and live Traditional Scottish entertainment. 

Rosslyn Chaple:

Officially known as The Collegiate Church of St Matthew the Apostle, Rosslyn Chapel has intoxicated every visitor, especially the writers of poetry and fiction - from Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and William Wordsworth in the nineteenth century to the novelist Dan Brown in the twenty-first.

Edinburgh Scotland:

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city is built upon a jumble of hills and valleys, there are countless spots where Edinburgh looks less like a city and more like a theatrical backdrop. The view from Edinburgh's Calton Hill, across the River Forth to Fife, looks like ancient Rome.

Day 7                                                                            EDINBURGH                                                          

August 15                                                                                              Hotel:  Murrayfield Hotel                                          Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast meet in the lobby of the hotel for a tour by bus, with a local guide for a city tour of Edinburgh! 

Today, we will visit:

  •  Edinburgh Castle medieval home of Scottish kings and queens 
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • St Giles Cathedral
  • The Royal Mile
  • Canongate Kirk
  • Calton Hill
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Princes Street, (wonderful for shopping)
  • There will be free time for lunch (not included)
  • Time TBA-Scotch Whisky Experience, a tour, with whisky sampling!
  • The remainder of the day is free for further sightseeing, catch a show at the Fringe Theatre Festival, exploring, go to dinner as you like!
  • Time TBA approx. 9:00pm-This evening we go back to Edinburgh Castel for the world-famous Military Tattoo!! Meeting time TBA, show time is approx. 9:00 pm
Please note:

The actual timing and or sequence of events during our stay in Edinburgh may change, depending on the availability of tickets to the TATTOO PERFORMANCE. These tickets will go on sale in December 2023



Edinburgh has a number of excellent museums, such as the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Museum of Childhood, and the National Gallery of Modern Art & Dean Gallery


The Fringe Theatre Festival is on when we are visiting! In your free time catch a show or two of world-class, music, theatre, and or comedy at 

Day 8                                                                               EDINBURGH                                             

August 16                                                                                          Hotel: Murrayfield Hotel                             Meals Included: Breakfast 

10:00 am meet for:  

  • A private motorcoach ride and local guide for a visit to several locations where the TV series “Outlander” was filmed, such as Blackness Castle, scene of ‘Wentworth Prison, Doune Castle A.K.A "Castle Leoch" and Culross Village. 
PLEASE NOTE: even if you are not a fan of the book series or mini-series called Outlanders, today's tour is rich in actual Scottish history!
  • There will be time allotted for lunch (not included) en route
  • Return to our hotel will be in the late afternoon
  • Upon returning to Edinburgh we are free to enjoy this beautiful city, The Fringe Theatre Festival, live Comedy shows, or as we like! 

Appearing in many episodes of Outlander, Doune Castle is used as Castle Leoch, the seat of Clan Mackenzie.

It is here that we are introduced to many important characters, including Murtagh, Mrs. Fitz, and Laoghaire

MacKenzie as well as Colum MacKenzie, Laird of the Clan, his wife Letitia, and their son Hamish. Much of the

castle was used in filming. The huge courtyard and great hall were used to great effect, as well as the surrounding grounds.

Day 9                                                              EDINBURGH to  Loch Rannoch                     

August 17                                                                                Hotel:  Dunalastair Hotel Suites                                  Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

10:00 am: private long-distance motorcoach ride to the beautiful Scottish Highlands!

Today we will visit:

  • The famous  Stirling Castle was built in 1,100 AD by King James IV.  Here we will have  a guided tour of this beautiful castle
  • There will be free time for lunch (not included) 
  • Next, we drive to the Pitlochry Area in Central Highlands
  • On the way, time providing we will make a stop for visit at the Blair Athol Distillery, founded in 1798 by John Steward

    and Robert Robertson. Blair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. Set in open moorland south of the town, in the foothills of the Grampian mountains, Blair Athol’s ancient source of water – the Allt Dour – flows through the grounds from the slopes of Ben Vrackie, contributing to the whisky’s, mellow quality and smooth finish.

Our  hotel is located in a beautiful spot on Loch Rannoch, some 15 miles west of Pitlochry

  • After arrival at the hotel, and check-in we will have free time to enjoy this beautiful place
  • Meeting time TBA for a group dress-up dinner at our hotel 

Day 10                                     The Jacobite Express to The Isle of Skye and on to  INVERNESS

August 18                                                                       Hotel: Palace Hotel and Spa Inverness                       Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Unusually, EARLY departure – this is a long... but good day!

Today we take a world-famous train ride on the historic, Jacobite Express! Bright and early in the morning we will drive from the hotel to Fort William, to begin our ride on famous The Jacobite Steam Train!

Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84-mile trip takes us past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, the route is meant to be one of the most beautiful in all of Scotland and yes…it is the same train that brought Harry Potter to Hogwarts!

Exact departure time TBA:

  • We will bus to Fort William, the starting point of the Jacobite Express our Steam Train excursion
  • 12:25 pm: train arrives in the village of MALLAIG, free time for lunch (not included) or enjoy lunch abroad on the train (if available Aug 2023). Please note-Pre-trip reservations are required for optional lunch a High Tea, approx. $35 per person (*see below)
  • Then we will take a ferry boat to the lovely ISLE of SKYE!! 
  • After enjoying the highlights of The Isle of Skye we will be picked up by a  motorcoach to continue for a photo stop at Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most beautiful and photographed castles in Scotland, yes even James Bond was filmed here! 
  • Next, we will visit the Inverness Castle located above the River Ness built in 1057 
  • Dinner tonight will be together, at our hotel time TBA
*Optional Jacobite Steam Train High Crème Tea-Lunch aboard the train If available in August 2023, we are hoping...


Cream High Tea Details

“Chunky, freshly prepared sandwiches made with locally sourced Mull Cheddar Ploughman's, Free-range Egg Mayonnaise with Rocket and Heather Honey, and Arran Mustard Glazed Ham Salad - all on white and brown bloomer bread. Delightful savory and sweet scone served with Scottish artisan strawberry preserve, Scottish butter, and clotted cream. Followed by a selection of mouth-watering homemade cakes.

Cafetiere of Tiki triple-certified filter coffee or a pot of breakfast or herbal tea.

Sandwiches in the Vegetarian version would be replaced with: Mull Cheddar Ploughman's, Free Range Egg Mayo and Rocket, and a Roasted Vegetable and Mozzarella sandwich.

A Vegan version, the sandwiches would be replaced with a: Roasted Vegetable Sandwich, Red Pepper Hummus, Avocado and Cucumber sandwich, and a Ploughman's with Vegan Hard Cheese, Pickle, and Salad.”

If available the additional cost is $35

Please let The Happy Traveler US know if you would like to add either of these options, if available we will reserve them for you!


Inverness has always attracted people from far away. Historically, the city has welcomed Pictish, Celtic, and English settlers amongst

others, and today it is a cosmopolitan mix of residents and visitors that gives Inverness an atmosphere that is unique in the Highlands. The regional center for the Highlands, Inverness is roughly the size of Belgium. This is a vibrant city!

The Old Town features 19th-century St Andrews Cathedral, the mostly 18th-century Old High Church, and an indoor Victorian Market that sells food, clothing, and crafts. 

Day 11                                                                                INVERNESS                         

August 19                                                                                         Hotel: Palace Hotel and Spa                                           Meals included: Breakfast 

Meet at 10:00 am: for a private, guided walking tour of Inverness including:

  • St Andrews Cathedral 1900 century 
  • The Victorian Market, an indoor market featuring, food, clothing, and crafts
  • The Old High Church an 1800 cathedral
  • Inverness Castle...if it is open to the public-currently the castle is closed for renovation
  • The remainder of the day and evening is free for further sightseeing, exploration, and shopping! 

  • Visit a small but good contemporary museum, Inverness Museum, and Art Gallery that traces local and Highland history. Admission is free, open Tues-Sat until 5 pm
  • Perhaps a spa treatment at our hotel? Book ahead if interested

Want a Kilt?

  • In case you are interested in purchasing a kilt, The Highland House of Fraser is a family-run business that is known to produce some of the best kilts in Scotland.
  • On Huntly Street, the Scottish Kiltmaker and Visitor Center is where you can learn about the history of the Highland costume, attend workshops, and see films, digital presentations, and clothing exhibits.

Day 12                                                                         INVERNESS and Environs

August 20                                                                                        Hotel: Palace Hotel and Spa                    Meals Included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

10:45 am meet in the lobby of our hotel: For a private coach departure. Our day includes:

  • A boat cruise on Loch Ness!! Monster sightings MAY occur, who knows?! Of course, we can not guarantee a look at Nessy!  Our boat ride begins at Dochgarroch Lock and ends at Urquhart Castle
  • Time will be allotted for lunch (not included) en route
  • A visit to the nearby Culloden Battlefield, the historic site of the last battle to take place on British soil in 1746. Today, hundreds of people visit the battlefield each year to pay their respects to those who lost their lives on that day. The battlefield is located on Drumossie Muir, just five miles east of Inverness. Technically, the whole area is a war grave and not simply a viewing site—this makes for an experience that is evocative and crucial to understanding an essential yet grim part of Scottish history. This battle signified the last chapter in the Jacobite Risings war and took place on April 16th, 1746. The contenders, each fighting for succession to the throne, were the armies of two royal houses—the British government (Catholic), and the Jacobites (Protestant). Lasting only 60 minutes, the battle left over 2,000 Jacobites and 300 British troops dead. As a result of the British victory, the culture of the highlands was dismantled.
  • Farewell Dinner tonight we meet in the lobby of the hotel to walk to our celebratory casual pub dinner at the famous Mustard Seed Restaurant

  • After dinner, we will go to the unique Hootenanny Pub for some traditional Scottish Music and make plans for the next time we will meet!

NOTE: The restaurant is located just a ten-minute walk from our hotel, and Hootenanny is next door to the restaurant

Urquhart Castle

This is one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles, we will see its medieval architecture and beautiful surroundings. Built between the 13th and 16th centuries, this medieval fortress is set along the banks of Loch Ness. There is a stone drawbridge, a dungeon, and a full-scale trebuchet siege engine, all of which give us a glimpse into Scotland’s medieval times.


Day 13                                                                                             RETURN TO THE USA

August 21

Early morning transfer for ONE transfer from our hotel to Inverness Airport. Time TBA

Services of The Happy Traveler US and Dimitri Wentner terminate after  assistance with the transfer to the airport

INCLUDED in our program:

  •  TWELVE nights at moderate first-class hotels in convenient and safe locations. Double occupancy, all rooms w/ private bathrooms (single-private rooms available upon request for an additional fee)
  • All breakfasts
  • Six dinners
  • Experienced, multilingual tour escort Dimitri Wentner August 9-21, 2023
  • Services of deluxe motorcoach equipped with A/C as noted
  • Airport transfers in Dublin (2) one group transfer upon arrival in Ireland and the other on the day we depart DUB for EDI and in Inverness (1)  group transfer on departure day
  • Boat cruise on Loch Ness
  • Sightseeing with local, licensed guides as noted in the itinerary
  •  Entrance fees as noted in the itinerary
  • All applicable local taxes
  • Airfare -Dublin to Edinburgh, coach class,  NOTE: One piece of luggage per person up to 20kg or 44lbs is included
  • Taxes and fuel surcharges as of November 2022 are included
  • Gratuities for our escort, local guides, and motor coach drivers
  • Detailed FAQ and Money Matters
  • Wonderful travel companions! 


  • Meals other than those mentioned
  • Drinks with dinners, unless mentioned otherwise (please note that table water is not always free of charge in Europe and the UK)
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as passport, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Airport transfers in the United States
  • Personal Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Transatlantic flights/air tickets. 

The Happy Traveler US is happy to provide recommendations for both airline tickets and travel insurance if interested 

The cost of our wonderful trip


All rates per person, land only, based on twin or double-bedded rooms

based on a minimum of 20 paying participants 

If you would like a private, single room there is an additional fee of $980

If you would like to have a roommate and do not have one we will try to find one for you, though we can not guarantee this. If a roommate is not available then the participant must incur the single supplement fee.

Email: [email protected]

NOW if interested as this trip is based on a first come first serve basis

Payment Schedule

This is a first come first serve program. We recommend you send your deposit before November 20, 2022, to ensure your place on the trip.

Deposit now due: $2,000 (if you are a participant originally scheduled for this trip in 2020, postponed due to the Covid- shutdown, your deposit is $1,000, due at this time)

January 31, 2023..$1,870

March 31, 2023...$1,870

May 31, 2023.......$980 if applicable, single supplement is due and any add-ons are due such as extra night(s) in hotels and or Steam Train High Tea et al will be due  on or before this date

Payments can be made by:


To phone number 3109202512



Rosemary Swade

If you pay by Venmo please write "Ireland and Scotland" in the note section and DO NOT slide the button to Turn on for Purchases or it will cost you an additional 2%


By personal check, please email The Happy Traveler US for the mail address

A registration form will be emailed when the deposit is received 


NEED more time in Ireland? Join us before the rest of the group arrives...

August 5-9

The pre-Ireland trip begins in Dublin on August 5th

Together on this 4-day trip, we will:

  • Have dinner while watching a Traditional Irish Dance with a Traditional Irish Music show at the famous Abbey Tavern!
  • Visit the beautiful Wicklow Mountains
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle
  • Visit the Waterford Crystal Factory
  • Visit The Rock of Cashel, known for St. Patrick’s most famous sermon
  • Visit the charming town of Killarney
  • Go around the wild, beautiful Dingle Peninsula, (more beautiful than the Ring of Kerry) before meeting up with the rest of the group on August 9th


Rosemary will be your fearless leader on this optional trip!

Accommodations for 4 nights, all entrances, 1 dinner with a traditional music and dance show, all breakfasts, transportation (excepting transfer at the DUB airport, to the hotel- a short taxi away from the airport to the hotel on the 1st night of this trip)


Per person, double occupancy: $1,980 (based on a minimum of 6 participants)

Single Supplement $380

Let Rosemary know if you are interested and we will send you more information!

[email protected]

Cancellation Policy 

If The Happy Traveler US cancels the trip for any reason you will receive a full refund on all monies paid to The Happy Traveler US. If you wish to cancel your participation in this trip, you need to inform The Happy Traveler US in writing or by e-mail. The cancellation date is when The Happy Traveler US receives your written notice.


December 1, 2022... Full Refund available no penalty

December 2, 2022............. All monies refunded less $800  plus any other *non-recoverable costs

March 15, 2023................... Penalty is $1,950.00 plus any other *non-recoverable costs

April 15, 2023 .................... Penalty is $2,500 plus any other *non-recoverable costs

May 16, 2023 ......................No refund available

Please note: After May 16, 2023, and once the trip has begun there will be no refund of any part of the trip due to illness or non-participation of any sort.

*A non-recoverable cost is anything that was prepaid without the possibility of The Happy Traveler US procuring a refund, such as the nonrefundable purchase of pre-paid museum tickets or entrances to historical sites and the like or accommodations that require advance deposits or payments.

However, by purchasing travel insurance these “non-recoverable costs” may be remitted to you from your travel insurance company.

Covid-19 or Non-Participation for Any Reason Policy

Trip participants must follow the health and Covid policies of all countries visited, and in the USA. 

At the time of this writing (November 2022) the countries we will be visiting have no vaccination, testing, or quarantine requirements for travelers or Covid-positive individuals. The Happy Traveler US will inform participants of any changes in Covid-related restrictions before the trip.


• If a trip participant contracts Covid-19 or becomes ill during the tour they will NOT be required to leave the group. Please consult with Rosemary Swade and Dimitrji Wentner to decide for themselves what their best course of action should be. Such actions might include leaving the group, or continuing the trip with social distancing, mask-wearing, and skipping group meals.

• The Happy Traveler US or Rosemary Swade or Club Europe will not refund trip participants for any portion of the trip missed due to Covid or any other reason.

If a participant must stay in a location longer than the scheduled itinerary for any reason The Happy Traveler US or Rosemary Swade or Club Europe will not be responsible for any accommodations, transportation, air, or any other costs the participant may incur.

• Participants should seek reimbursement from their travel insurance carrier for any medical costs, trip cancellation or trip interruption, etc. 

FYI- If you cancel your trip for any reason Travel Insurance claims require written advice from a physician stating that you should cancel your trip.

Please note:

Though highly unlikely,  and only as needed for the benefit of the group, The Happy Traveler US reserves the right to change accommodations, routes, itinerary, or anything else deemed necessary due to closers, illness, acts of God, war, unknown or unannounced closures, etc.