Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, and Baggage Handling
Departs: October 16, 2019
From the big city beat of fashionable Milan, to the laid back, restorative powers of Lake Como. From the Slow Food movement of Turin, to the lively local markets of Padua and Verona. At every turn, a 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 vacation in Northern Italy with a 7-night Adriatic cruise aboard the Oceania Sirena. 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. In Venice, board your ship to explore the lesser known ports of the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas. You’ll gain some historical perspective with visits to ports in Croatia, Albania and Montenegro, once part of the former Yugoslavia. Learn about life in Croatia on your exclusive full day shore excursion 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 delight you.
Visits: Europe-Email, Milan, Turin, Lake Como, Padua, Venice, Taormina (Sicily), Naples/Pompeii, Rome, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Tirana (Durres), Albania; Argostoli (Cephalonia), Greece; Oceania Cruises, Oceania Sirena; Fall-Journey; Italy-wine
|1||Arrive Milan – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Milan – City Tour|
|3||Milan – Tour of Lake Como|
|4||Milan – Tour of Turin|
|5||Milan to Padua – En route tour of Parma and Verona|
|6||Padua – City Tour|
|7||Padua to Venice – Free Time in Venice and Farewell Dinner|
|8||Venice, Italy – Embarkation||5:00 PM|
|9||Dubrovnik, Croatia – Exclusive Shore Excursion||1:00 PM||11:00 PM|
|10||Kotor, Montenegro||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|11||Tirana (Durres), Albania||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|12||Argostoli (Cephalonia), Greece||9:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|13||Taormina (Sicily), Italy||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|14||Naples/Pompeii, Italy||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|15||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport for Return Flight||8:00 AM|
DAY 1 – Arrive in Milan: Transfer to hotel. You will have time to relax before meeting your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
DAY 2 – Milan and City Highlights:
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, part hip. In the morning, you will see the fashion “triangle” area, visit the famous Milan Cathedral, marvel at the predecessor to today’s indoor malls, the stately Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. If availability allows, we will also pause to take in one of the world’s most famous paintings, which is actually a fresco painted on a convent wall, Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. After an included lunch, visit one of the most famous opera houses in the world, La Scala. (B, L)
DAY 3 – Milan and Lake Como:
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. While you cruise the lake, you will see many of the ornate villas that dot the shoreline and surrounding hills. A stop will be made at a private villa where you will be treated to a cooking class with the owners followed by lunch. Returning to the town of Como, you will have some free time to stroll or shop before returning to Milan. (B, L)
DAY 4 – Milan and Turin:
Depart Milan for the enchanting area of Italy known as Piedmont. Upon arrival in the city of Turin, enjoy a panoramic tour of some of the cities’ highlights. A visit will be made to one of the 5 Savoy Residences in Turin, all of which are now UNESCO World Heritage sites. The House of Savoy is one of the oldest royal families in the world, which ruled from 1003 until 1946. Following lunch in Turin, continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont. Here you will enjoy a tasting and sipping tour of local delicacies such as Barolo and Barbera wines, truffles, cheeses and chocolate creams, while enjoying the beautiful landscape. (B,L)
DAY 5 – Milan to Parma and Verona:
After breakfast at your hotel, depart Milan and head to the town of Parma, famous for their Parmesan cheese and ham. During your gourmet walking tour, you will have the opportunity to sample these local delicacies along with local wine. 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. It is still in use today, hosting international singers and bands. Drive to your hotel in Padua. (B, L)
DAY 6 – Padua:
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. Lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy a private tour of the impressive Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua. (B, L)
DAY 7 – Padua to Venice: After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Venice. You will have a free day to explore Venice on your own. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with the group. (B, D)
DAY 8 – Venice & Embarkation: Check-out of the hotel and transfer to the cruise pier for embarkation. (B)
DAY 9 – Dubrovnik Shore Excursion:
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)
DAY 10–15 – Cruising
DAY 16 – Disembark in Rome: After disembarking your ship, transfer to the airport in Rome for your flight home. Two-night hotel stay in Rome available as an optional add-on, view “special offers” 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
Venice, Italy: One of the world’s most beautiful cities also happens to be one of its most unusual. Venice is actually spread over 120 islands in the Adriatic Sea. Because the city is connected by canals instead of streets, a good way to see Venice is on a romantic gondola ride. The epicenter of the city is St. Mark’s Square, where you’ll find the 900-year-old St. Mark’s Basilica.
Dubrovnik, Croatia: Established 1,300 years ago on the far southern tip of the Dalmatian Coast, this city once rivaled Venice in terms of its importance. Take a walking tour to the Dominican Monastery and marvel at the finest collection of Renaissance paintings, including a painting by Titian.
Kotor, Montenegro: Don’t be surprised if you leave a piece of your heart in Kotor. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town is filled with churches, shops, bars, restaurants, and hidden piazzas. (The latter are perfect for enjoying a nice glass of Montenegrin wine like the subtle red Vranac or dry white Krstač.) The entire city is surrounded by stone, both in the form of imposing Mount Saint John and by towering ancient walls, creating a cozy feeling of protection when you walk the cobblestone streets.
Tirana, Albania: Tour the National Museum of History with archaeological artifacts going back as far as 100,000 years or jump ahead a few millennia and relive the Byzantine era at the Fortress of Justinian. Examine everything from modern art to 800-year-old religious icons at the National Art Gallery or climb the city’s clock tower for fabulous views.
Argostoli, Greece: This capital of the island of Cephalonia resides in a sheltered bay along Koutavos Lagoon, where you might catch a glimpse of a loggerhead turtle. The stone obelisk of the Drapano Bridge and the Lighthouse of Saint Theodore are two of the island’s distinctive landmarks. Discover relics from the Mycenaean, Hellenistic and Roman periods in the city’s archaeological museum.
Taormina, Italy: Enjoy magnificent panoramic views on the way up to the town, where you can stroll down medieval lanes past stunning palaces. See the famed Greek theater and its fantastic view of Mount Etna. Or take a trip to the volcano itself and get a first-hand look at cones, craters and lava streams from previous eruptions and a fantastic view over the Gulf of Catania. Venture into the countryside and its lovely hill towns, one with a Norman castle built of black lava, and visit beautiful old Catania.
Naples, Italy: Spend a day exploring the fabulous ruins of ancient Pompeii or Herculaneum with their stunning temples, frescoes and mosaics. Explore fascinating Naples and its famed museums, visit charming Sorrento or take a boat trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri.
Rome, Italy: Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castelgandolfo.
During your seven-night excursion, you will experience mountains, lakes, cobblestone medieval towns, modern cities and centuries-old arenas. You will visit a simple home in Verona and a Palace built by one of the leading families of Piedmont. 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 spend each day at a new destination, where you can venture 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 of art, architecture, music, and fashion, that have changed the world, 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 during your international cultural experiences. 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.
Recommended Reading List
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Eleni by Nicholas Gage
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Foster
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Bravo, Zan Angelo!, by Niki Daly
Tony’s Bread, by Tomie dePaola
Fodor’s Milan by Fodor’s Travel Publications
Italian Lakes Road Trips – Northern Cities Trip by Lonely Planet
Trip Films, Lake Como, Italy: http://www.tripfilms.com/
Video Gallery from Discover Greece: http://www.discovergreece.com/
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, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Milan – Lake Como||Motor Coach||1.5 hours|
|Milan – Turin||Motor Coach||2 hours|
|Milan – Parma||Motor Coach||2 hours|
|Parma – Padua||Motor Coach||3 hours|
|Padua – Venice||Motor Coach||45 minutes|
2-night Rome Extension (post) Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Rome, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Rome after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price: $299 per person
Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-888-296-1992 for more information and to book!
|10/16/2019||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Deluxe Oceanview (C1)||$7,932||$5,949||$1,983||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Veranda (A3)||$9,066||$6,799||$2,267||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Veranda (A2)||$9,199||$6,899||$2,300||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Penthouse Suite (PH2)||$10,065||$7,549||$2,516||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Vista Suite (VS)||$12,266||$9,199||$3,067||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Owners Suite (OS)||$13,732||$10,299||$3,433||CALL FOR DETAILS|
Prices are in USD.
|Atlanta||$400||New York – JFK||$0||Seattle||$350|
|New York – Newark||$200||San Francisco||$300|
|– 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. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.
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.
Via Po’ 197, 35135, Padua, Italy
Tel: +1 877-859-5095
Stylish Padova Hotel features a refined restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi and comfortable meeting rooms. It is located just north of the city of Padova and only 30 minutes from the city of Venice.
Padova is a picturesque city that is home to numerous medieval buildings and stunning canal-side statues in the huge Prato della Valle square. Concerts at the Grand Theatre Geox and sporting events at Euganeo Stadium are both within a few minutes’ drive.
The hotel’s elegant, air-conditioned rooms all have desks and LCD TVs, while suites have separate lounges and Jacuzzi baths. Our Sleep Advantage® programme helps ensure that you get a restful night, with dedicated Quiet Zones so you won’t be disturbed. Aquattro restaurant serves a unique fusion of Italian, French and Asian cuisines, while our colourful Il Pedrocchino bar is the perfect spot for a drink with friends.
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: Oceania Cruises
Whatever corner of the globe beckons you to explore, Oceania Cruises takes you there in comfort and style. Relax on board luxurious ships and savor exquisite cuisine that not only is renowned as the finest at sea, but also rivals the best restaurants ashore. Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, these culinary delights have always been a hallmark that distinguishes the Oceania Cruises experience from any other. Considering the uncompromising quality, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of an Oceania Cruises voyage is its incredible value. Lavish complimentary amenities abound and there are never supplemental charges in any of the onboard restaurants. Every moment spent on an Oceania Cruises voyage confirms that this is Your World. Your Way.®
Elegant sister ship to charming Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, Oceania Cruises’ newest addition, Sirena embodies the most treasured elements of our celebrated fleet, and features a few highlights all her own. With the introduction of two fresh culinary experiences, Sirena offers even more ways to savor The Finest Cuisine at Sea™. Tuscan Steak, a brand new specialty restaurant, serves Italian favorites, succulent steaks and fresh seafood inspired by Toscana and Polo Grill. The Grand Dining Room offers a surprise transformation into Jacques Bistro during lunch, which serves classic French fare. Also featuring the beloved restaurant Red Ginger, Sirena invites you to enjoy bold Asian cuisine in a fresh new way.
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.
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.
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 item 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.
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.
Your Health and Comfort
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 on 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.
While on Tour
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.
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.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Italy and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is also wise to e-mail these documents to yourself and someone back home, in the event anything is misplaced. It may also be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your departure date. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Europe.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.
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, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your journey will begin by land.
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.
Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is 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 and consider your personal medical history when deciding on what vaccinations to have. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this Journey:
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. All countries visited are on 230v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.
You may need multiple currencies on the this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.
Italy, Montenegro & Greece – Euro (EUR)
Croatia – Croatian Kuna (HRK)
Albania– Albanian Lek (ALL)
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. European destinations, though, usually require less tipping than would be appropriate stateside. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Europe that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Note the variances in currency between countries and plan accordingly.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides and drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.
With the tour covering mostly coastal regions, you will most likely come in contact with breezes, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations. Temperatures listed below (in Fahrenheit) can vary within the countries too.
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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:
Buon giorno (Bwohn JOHR-noh): Hello
Ciao (Chau): Goodbye
Per favore (Mee SKOO-zee): Please
Grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh): Thank you
Sì (SEE): Yes
No (Noh): No
Zdravo (z’drah-voh): Hello
Dovidenja (Boh(n)-zhoo): Goodbye
Molim (moh-leem): Please
Hvala vam (HVAH-lah): Thank you
Da (dah): Yes
Ne (neh): No
3Дрaво (Zdravo): Hello
довиђења (Dovidjenja): Goodbye
молим (Molim): Please
хвала (Hvala): Thank you
да (dah): Yes
Не (ne): No
Tungjatjeta (toon-jah-TYEH-tah): Hello
Mirupafshim (meer-oo-PAHF-sheem): Goodbye
Ju lutem. (yoo LOO-tehm): Please
Faleminderit (fah-lehm-meen-DEH-reet): Thank you
Po (pho): Yes
Jo (yoh): No
Γεια σας (YAH sahss): Hello
Αντίο (AHN-dee-oh): Goodbye
Παρακαλώ (Pah-rah-kah-LOH): Please
Ευχαριστώ (Ef-hah-rees-TOH): Thank you
Μάλιστα (MAH-li-sta): Yes
Όχι (OH-hee): No
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