Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: October 3, 2020
(Sailing October 10, 2020)
Experience the big city bustle of fashionable Milan, the laid back, restorative powers of Lake Como, the Slow Food movement of Turin, and the lively local markets of Padua and Verona. At every turn, witness a new view, a landscape, a UNESCO world heritage site, or just people enjoying “la dolce vita.” This 14-night Journey of the senses combines a 7-night escorted land tour in Northern Italy with a 7-night Adriatic cruise aboard the Azamara Pursuit. On land, see the foothills of the Alps, fairy-tale lakes and verdant rolling hills dotted with vineyards and dairy farms. Taste the true flavors of Italian hams, cheeses and wines right from the source. Feel the inspiration this area has provided for da Vinci, Hemingway, Browning, Michelangelo, Rossini, Puccini and so many others. Then, board your ship in Venice and set off for the dramatic Dalmatian coastline and the azure waters of the Greek Isles. Learn about life in Croatia on your exclusive full-day shore excursion, for Enrichment Journey guests only, which includes the historic old town of Dubrovnik as well as a visit to a family-run farm. From the foothills of the Alps, to the shimmering waters of the Adriatic, this journey will truly delight you.
Visits: Milan, Padua, Verona, Lake Como, Venice, Bologna, Ravenna, Italy; Zadar, Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini, Athens, Greece; Azamara Pursuit;
Start Date: October 3, 2020
(Sailing October 10, 2020)
|1||Arrive Milan – Transfer to Hotel; Welcome Dinner|
|2||Milan – City Tour|
|3||Milan – Tour to Lake Como|
|4||Milan – Tour to Turin and Piedmont|
|5||Milan to Padua – Tour of Parma and Verona|
|6||Padua – City Tour|
|7||Padua to Venice – Farewell Dinner|
|8||Venice – Transfer to Ship for Embarkation||6:00 PM|
|9||Bologna (Ravenna), Italy||8:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|10||Zadar, Croatia||10:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|11||Dubrovnik, Croatia – Shore Excursion||8:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|12||Corfu, Greece||1:30 PM||8:00 PM|
|13||Katakolon, Greece||8:00 AM||2:00 PM|
|14||Santorini, Greece||8:00 AM||5:30 PM|
|15||Athens, Greece – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport||6:00 AM|
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will assist with transferring you to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
After breakfast at your hotel, set off to learn more of this fascinating city that is part cutting-edge fashion, part Grande Opera, part historical and part hip. In the morning, you will see the fashion “triangle” area, visit the famous Milan Cathedral and marvel at the predecessor to today’s indoor malls, the stately Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II. Then, pause to take in one of the world’s most famous paintings, Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, which is actually a fresco painted on a convent wall. After an included lunch, visit one of the most famous opera houses in the world, La Scala where you will be given a tour of several “behind the scenes” areas. (B, L)
Just over an hour’s drive from bustling Milan is the peaceful, almost fairy-tale setting of Lake Como. At the foot of the Alps, this magical place has attracted the wealthy for hundreds of years. Upon arrival, you will tour the charming lakeside town of Como with your guide. Then for lunch, visit a private villa on the lake where you will not only taste the regional specialties but also learn how to prepare them during a hands-on cooking class. We will then enjoy a cruise the lake, where you will see many of the ornate villas that dot the shoreline and surrounding hills. (B, L)
Depart Milan for the enchanting area of Italy known as Piedmont. Upon arrival we will enjoy a tasting and sipping tour of local delicacies such as wines and cheeses. After our gastronomic outing and lunch we will continue to the city of Turin, the capital of Piedmont, to enjoy a panoramic tour of some of the cities’ highlights. The House of Savoy, one of the oldest royal families in the world, ruled from 1003 until 1946 and maintained several palaces throughout the city and region. Today’s tour concludes with a visit to one of the 5 Savoy Residences in Turin, all of which are now UNESCO World Heritage sites, before heading back to Milan. (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, depart Milan and head to the town of Parma, famous for their Parmesan cheese and ham. You will have the opportunity to sample these local delicacies during a visit to a local factory. In the afternoon, continue on to Verona, a mixture of Roman and medieval architecture with a dash of Shakespeare and labeled a UNESCO World Heritage Center. The Arena di Verona is a Roman amphitheater built during the first century, which is still in use today. We will stop for a tour of the arena before continuing our drive to Padua. (B, L)
This morning, your guide will lead you on an orientation of the city, pointing out its most significant landmarks. You will also visit the Botanical Gardens of Padua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Then, enjoy a tour of the impressive Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony. After lunch, you will have some free time to enjoy at your leisure. (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to nearby Venice. Upon arrival, you will board a private water taxi which will transfer you to your hotel on Venice Island. You will have the afternoon to explore Venice at your leisure, then join the group one last time for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Pursuit for a 7-night cruise to Athens. (B)
After breakfast on board, set off with your local guide on the most exclusive Shore Excursion in Dubrovnik. First, you will tour the pedestrian-only Dubrovnik Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Center. Along the way, stop and admire the exteriors of the Sponza Palace, notable for its column courtyard with elaborate stone carvings, the Church of Saint Blaise, Onofriou’s Fountain, and more. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Dominican Monastery Museum with its Renaissance masterpieces, the famous Franciscan Monastery built in 1360 with its Romanesque cloister and the collection of relics in gold and silver located in the Cathedral’s Treasury. After boarding your private coach, depart the town for a scenic drive to Cilipi Village. Here, you will visit the Novakovic Family Village Estate, an old stone block of houses that is well-blended with its surroundings. The building’s oldest part is several centuries old, having been upgraded throughout time until it reached its current shape. The authentic interior illustrates rural life. The family has lived in their traditional style home for generations, working the land, producing grape brandy, olive oil and wine in the same way that their ancestors did. Your gracious host and chef Mr. Niko Novakovic will present local specialties that will be prepared and cooked just for you! Using the traditional Peka (an iron bell covered with hot coals), he will prepare several of the menu items such as the local Prsut (smoked ham), bread and the main course. With a good meal, you can’t resist a glass of good wine, prepared from grapes grown in their own vineyards. A pleasant ambience with local music and traditional folklore will make you feel right at home. Return to your ship with a new appreciation for the area and its people. (L)
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Journey and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Optional 2 night Athens extension available, see “special offers” section for details.
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
Dubbed “The Mosaic City”, Ravenna is best known for its churches, which date back 1,500 years and are decorated with stunning, multicolored Byzantine mosaics. In Ravenna, you can visit Dante’s tomb, or tour the grounds of the Azienda Agricola Vignato Virgilio winery then reward yourself for a day of sightseeing with a glass of crisp gambellara or a rich cabernet.
Once the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor, this coastal town is now an archaeologist’s dream. This former Greek banking and trading center is rich with historic sites, including the Great Theater, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Dubrovnik. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.
It’s one of the most popular Greek Isles for good reason. Explore the cobblestoned streets of Old Town in search of handcrafted treasures or while away the day on a sandy beach in town, or head out to the charming countryside. Here you’ll find olive groves, lemon trees, and rugged cliffs that are more than postcard-worthy.
The quaint seaside town of Katakolon has many charms, but let’s be honest: You’re going to want to head to Olympia. Located just a 40-minute drive away, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the site of the original Olympic Games, dates back to 776 BC, and has excellent companion museums like the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and the Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games.
The capital, Fira, clings to the rim of the caldera 900 feet above the sea. Take the cable car or giddy up on a donkey to climb the 588 steps to the top. Hike to nearby Oia, a quintessential Greek village. Head south to the 3,500-year-old Minoan town Akrotiri. Often called Greece’s answer to Pompeii, the well-preserved ruins provide a glimpse into Santorini’s storied (and explosive) past.
During your seven-night excursion, you will experience mountains, lakes, cobblestone medieval towns, modern cities and centuries-old arenas. Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.
During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. In Northern Italy, many places visited are referred to as hill towns as that is what they are built upon. Roads and walkways on these inclines may transform a short walk into a strenuous one. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
When visiting Italy, most people see the big three cities, Rome, Venice and Florence, but miss many of the lesser-known treasures of Northern Italy: An enchanting region where terrain reaches from snowy heights to seaside lagoons, with farms, villages and trend-starting cities in between. Food and wine take on a new meaning to many visitors as they taste slow cooked items made from scratch, and taste wine less than 100 yards from where the grape was grown. Masterpieces that have changed the world, including art, architecture, music and fashion, originated here. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:
Milan – Lake Como: 1.5 Hour Coach Transfer
Milan – Turin: 2 Hour Coach Transfer
Milan – Parma: 2 Hour Coach Transfer
Parma – Padua: 3 Hour Coach Transfer
Padua – Venice: 45 Minute Coach Transfer
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Milan a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $220 per person includes:
Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Athens, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Athens after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $375 per person includes:
|10/3/2020||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Veranda (V3)||$8,932||$6,899||$2,233||CALL FOR DETAILS|
Prices are in USD.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.
|John F. Kennedy||$0||Los Angeles||$400||San Diego||$450|
|Miami||$300||San Francisco||$300||Washington – Dulles||$350|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.
Viale Bianca Maria 4, 20129 Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 (0) 2 83427500
Bianca Maria Palace Hotel has recently been renovated, combining Milanese traditional architecture with efficiency and innovation. The delightful decor and the seventh floor terrace are the real assets of the hotel. The hotel is located in proximity to Piazza Cinque Giornate, one of the main traffic junctions: particularly relevant is the monument in memory of the Five Days of Milan, created by Giuseppe Grandi. The young and dynamic staff aims to satisfy the needs of the guests and offer them a memorable stay.
The NH Padova, formerly known as NH Mantegna, is an easy walk from Padua’s historic center, and just 900 meters from the city’s main train station. The hotel itself is a modern affair that blends comfort with cutting-edge design. It’s named after the painter Andrea Mantegna and the hotel is dotted with reproductions of his work.
The hotel’s 190 rooms are stylishly appointed, featuring contemporary furniture and amenities like Wi-Fi, a minibar and an LCD TV. The restaurant offers stunning city views and a daily breakfast buffet, as well as incredible food and wine from around Italy and the local region. There’s also a stylish lounge bar for late-night cocktails.
Calle Carlo Goldoni San Marco 4488, San Marco, 30124 Venice, Italy
The Hotel Bonvecchiati is one of Venice’s oldest 4 star hotels. “We have been welcoming guests with charme since 1790, in elegant surroundings that are continually updated in line with the latest tendencies, which makes the Bonvecchiati one of Venice’s most well-loved 4 star hotels . We offer exclusive services in sophisticated surroundings as well as the privilege of having the water door where you can arrive in comfort by water taxi or set off on an enchanting gondola ride.”
Just a stone’s throw from St. Mark’s Square at the heart of Venice’s magic atmosphere, the Bonvecchiati is the romantic hotel in Venice you have been looking for!
Cruise Line: Azamara
Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With the hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touring, Azamara will not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.
Ship: Azamara Pursuit
Like her sister ships, the brand new Azamara Pursuit offers some of the most extraordinary adventures on Earth, to places you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to visiting totally new-to-Azamara destinations, the Pursuit will stay longer in each port, so you have more time to experience the world’s many wonders.
Onboard this new boutique ship, built in the same style as her sisters, enjoy seven intimate restaurants, cafes and lounges, a refreshing onboard pool, sun-drenched decks, a revitalizing spa where you can truly relax…the list goes on.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key items to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. Review this sentence against the PR → As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Note: as of August, 2019, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) starting January 1, 2021. Since this Journey is in 2020, you should NOT have to obtain the ETIAS. However, as this is a new policy and is subject to change, we encourage all guests to verify the information again prior to departure. More information can be found at www.schengenvisainfo.com
Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.
You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.
You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).
Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.
Italy and Greece use the Euro (€), currency code EUR
Croatia uses the Croatian Kuna (kn), currency code HRK
Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.
For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.
Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:
|-5° C = 23° F||5° C = 41° F||15° C = 59° F||25° C = 77° F||35° C = 95° F|
|0° C = 32° F||10° C = 50° F||20° C = 68° F||30° C = 86° F||40° C = 104° F|
High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
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Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
Recommended Reading List
Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.
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