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Journey to Northern Italy and the Adriatic

15 Nights featuring Milan, Turin, Lake Como, Verona, and Dubrovnik

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, and baggage handling

Departs: October 4, 2019

About This Journey

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 15-night Journey of the senses combines a 6-night escorted land tour in Northern Italy with a 9-night Adriatic cruise aboard the Azamara Journey. 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, you will board your ship, to explore the lesser known ports of the dramatic Dalmatian Coast. You’ll gain some historical perspective with visits to ports in Croatia and Montenegro, once part of the former Yugoslavia. 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, Turin, Padua, Venice, Italy; Koper, Slovenia; Korcula, Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Igoumenitsa, Katakolon, Nauplion, Athens, Greece; Azamara Club Cruises, Azamara Journey

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Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Depart
1 Arrive to Milan & Transfer to Hotel. Evening Welcome Dinner. (D)
2 Milan – Full-Day City Tour, Visit the Cathedral, da Vinci’s Last Supper, Backstage Tour of La Scala. (B,L)
3 Milan – Full-Day Tour to Lake Como, lake cruise, private cooking class and lunch. (B,L)
4 Milan – Full-Day Tour to Turin, Savoy Residences, Piedmont Food & Beverage Tour. (B,L)
5 Milan – Transfer to Padua. Enroute, stop in Parma to enjoy local cheeses, ham and wine. Afternoon tour of Verona. Continue to Padua for Hotel Check-in. (B,L)
6 Padua – Tour the UNESCO Botanical Gardens of Padua, have lunch in a garden setting and enjoy your private tour of St Anthony’s, home-stay dinner. (B,L,D)
7 Padua – Transfer to Venice, Private boat cruise to Murano and Burano with lunch. Embark ship. Overnight in Venice onboard. (B,L)
8 Venice, Italy 6:00 PM
9 Koper, Slovenia 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
10 Korcula, Croatia 1:00 PM 8:00 PM
11 Dubrovnik, Croatia – Included Exclusive Shore Excursion for Enrichment Journeys Guests Only (L) 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
12 Kotor, Montenegro  9:00 AM 5:00 PM
13 Igoumenitsa, Greece 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
14 Katakolon (Olympia), Greece 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
15 Nafplio (Mycenae/Corinth), Greece 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
16 Athens, Greece – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight 6:00 AM

Land Package Highlights

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 Emmanuele II, and 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 where you will be given a tour of several “behind the scenes” areas. (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. The House of Savoy, is one of the oldest royal families in the world, ruling from 1003 until 1946. A visit will be made to one of the 5 Savoy Residences in Turin, all of which are now UNESCO World Heritage sites. 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, and between June and August, full scale operas a few nights a week. You will be part of a VIP tour that goes backstage to see parts of the arena not accessible to the public. 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 garden restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy a private tour of the impressive Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, given by one of the priests. This evening, you will be taken on a home visit with Padua locals where you will have a home cooked meal. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 – Padua to Venice – After breakfast at the hotel, check out and visit nearby Venice. Upon arrival, you will board a private boat for an exclusive tour of Venice’s lagoon, with stops made at Murano Island to see the glass making and Burano island for a traditional lunch. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the cruise pier for embarkation. (B, L)

Day 8 – 10 Cruising aboard Azamara Journey

Day 11 – Dubrovnik – 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 12 – 15 – Cruising aboard Azamara Journey

DAY 16 – Disembark – After disembarking your ship, transfer to the Athens for your flight home.

Port Highlights

Venice, Italy: Let yourself be taken in by this city’s many charms as you stroll along the cobblestone streets, overarching bridges, and world-famous canals. Consisting of more than 100 islands, Venice is Europe’s largest urban car-free area. So the only means for getting around (on dry land, at least) are your own two feet—unless, of course, you travel by water taxi or gondola. And let’s face it: If you don’t go on a gondola ride when you’re in Venice, you’ll never hear the end of it back home!

Koper, Slovenia: As Slovenia’s largest coastal town, Koper is the gateway to an array of intercontinental adventures. Trek through the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Skocjan Caves, only 30 minutes from Koper, or cross the border into Trieste, Italy for a cup of cappuccino. Then, of course, you can enjoy the charm of Koper itself, especially in the Old Town, with historic sites like the 12th century St. Mary’s of the Assumption Cathedral, the Praetorian Palace, and the beautiful square of Titov Trg.

Korcula, Croatia: When it comes to exploring the isle of Korcula, you’ll be following in the footsteps of legends and fellow world travelers alike. For not only is the island said to have been founded by a Trojan hero in 12th century BC, but it’s also reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. In Korcula, you can also enjoy a glass of locally made white wine or a glass of grk—fun to say, even better to drink. Produced only in the hills near Lumbarda, this rare wine is the perfect match for the local artisan cheeses found in market stalls.

Dubrovnik, Croatia: After being severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, and again by conflict in the 1990s, Dubrovnik is now undergoing restoration after being claimed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Paradise is found here, behind the massive stonewalls that protect winding streets, charming squares, and red-roofed buildings dating back to the 7th century. While visiting, stop at the Franciscan Monastery Museum, home to one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies where many of the lotions and potions are still made from ancient recipes. Take the cable car up to the top of Mount Srd, then relax at the end of the day with a glass of rakija, a clear alcoholic drink made from distilled, fermented fruit.

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.

Igoumenitsa, Greece: Nestled in the cove of the Gulf of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea, across from the island of Corfu, sits the coastal city of Igoumenitsa. This large vibrant port city is the gateway between Northern Greece and Western Europe, and is the capital city of the prefecture of Thesprotia.

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece: Arrive in the colorful port of Katakolon, a wonderful town and gateway to Olympia, Greece! Just a 40-minute drive away, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has much to offer. To fully appreciate the scale and grandeur of the Olympia’s stadium, temples, and monuments you may need to flex your imagination. Dating back to 776 BC, the site of the original Olympic games is now mostly in ruin.

Nafplio (Mycenae/Corinth), Greece: It’s perfectly normal to find yourself getting a little swept away by Nafplio, often cited as one of Greece’s most romantic towns. We say embrace the feeling and let yourself fall in love. Graced with narrow streets, elegant Venetian homes, neoclassical mansions and plenty of sweeping views of the sea, Nafplio is easy on the eyes. Walk west from the harbor and pass through a rocky arch to discover a stunning view of the 18th century Palamidi fortress. If you’re feeling ambitious, climb the 999 steps to the top.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece: You could spend a lifetime in Europe’s oldest city and still not see everything it has to offer. Settled over 3,500 years ago, Athens is like a mythological crossroads of the past and present, where modern buildings share the skyline with spectacular ruins like the Parthenon.

Journey to Northern Italy and the Adriatic

Included Features

  • Included round-trip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Four nights at 4-star NH Collection Milano President in Milan (or similar) including breakfast
  • Two nights at 4-star Hotel NH Padova in Padua (or similar) including breakfast
  • Six-night pre-cruise land program in Northern Italy with included tours
    Milan – Full-day tour to Lake Como with cruise
    Milan – Full-day tour to Turin and Piedmont
    Milan – Full-day tour of the city’s highlights including La Scala and the Last Supper
    Padua – Full-day tour in Parma and Verona with VIP arena tour
    Padua – Full-day tour in Padua with VIP tour at Basilica of Saint Anthony
    Venice – Half-day private cruise to Murano and Burano with lunch
  • National Guide and Local Tour Hosts with included tours in Italy and Dubrovnik
  • Breakfast daily plus five lunches and two dinners and all meals while onboard
  • 9-Night sailing aboard Azamara Journey
    • Exclusive full-day shore excursion in Dubrovnik for Enrichment Journeys guests only
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • AzAmazing Evening event
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your six-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. Five of the six days include a full day of touring. The group will then board the Azamara Journey for a nine-night journey along the scenic, historical Dalmatian Coast. Optional shore excursions from your ship will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. During your included Shore Excursion, you will visit a traditional farm house in Croatia.

 

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered very 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.
Please note: Most historic areas in Europe were developed during a time when traffic was by foot, or horse-drawn vehicle. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. Our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Many pavements are made up of brick or cobblestone (often original) and therefore are rough and/or uneven. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites in Europe often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building. 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.

 

Cultural Focus

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. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind during your international cultural experiences. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and the cities themselves can be crowded.

 

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your Personal Vacation Manager before booking the trip. The weather can vary between destinations, so pack accordingly with summer gear, such as more breathable cotton items that can be layered, while traveling inland. During the visit to Lake Como, and while on the cruise, some guests may prefer a light wrap or windbreaker. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city and country walks.

 

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: 

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Eleni by Nicholas Gage

Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Foster

Children’s Books

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Bravo, Zan Angelo!, by Niki Daly

Tony’s Bread, by Tomie dePaola

Travel Guides

Fodor’s Milan by Fodor’s Travel Publications

Italian Lakes Road Trips – Northern Cities Trip by Lonely Planet

Videos

Trip Films, Lake Como, Italy: http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v109655-Bellagio-Bellissimo_Bellagio_Lake_Como_Italy-Video.html

Video Gallery from Discover Greece: http://www.discovergreece.com/en/video-gallery

 

Transportation

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 gateways not otherwise listed, 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 Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.

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

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Special Offers

Optional 2-night Athens Extension

Want to spend more time in Athens? With this optional hotel extension, you will stay in Athens for 2 nights after the cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: Includes hotel, breakfast daily, transfer pier to hotel, and hotel to airport. Tours are not included. Price: $325 per person

INCLUDES:

  • 2-night hotel accommodations with daily breakfast

Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-888-296-1992 for more information and to book!

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Dates & Prices

Prices may change. Call for rates.

10/4/2019 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
 5 (Ocean View) $9,599 $7,199 $2,400 Call for Details
V3 (Veranda) $10,399 $7,799 $2,600 Call for Details
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $400 Houston Intercontinental $450 Philadelphia $300
Tampa $300 John F. Kennedy $0 San Francisco $300
Chicago $400 Miami $300 San Diego $450
Washington – Dulles $350 Orlando $300 Seattle $350
Newark $200
– 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.

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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.

Accommodations
NH Collection Milano President

Tel:+39 02 77461
Largo Augusto, 10, 20122 Milan, Italy
Email: nhcollectionpresident@nh-hotels.com
Website: www.nh-collection.com/hotel/nh-collection-milano-president

In the heart of the world’s fashion capital and very close to its major sights, the NH Collection Milano President is the perfect place for an unforgettable stay in the city. Milanese, Italian and international cuisine are on the menu at the hotel’s restaurant, and the modern fitness center is ideal to stay in shape.

The hotel’s bright rooms are stylish as well as comfortable with fresh white and silver décor, as well as high-quality beds for a relaxing night’s sleep. Many rooms enjoy direct views of the beautiful Duomo.

Hotel NH Padova

Tel:+39 049 8494 111
Via Tommaseo, 61 35131 Padua, Italy
Email: nhpadova@nh-hotels.com
Website: www.nh-hotels.it/hotel/nh-padova

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.

Azamara Journey

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 our hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touringSM, we’ll not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing EveningsSM event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Ship: Journey

Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Journey is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

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Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

Currency and financial handling is at your discretion. 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 have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are readily available in major cities throughout your Journey. However, 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.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.

Credit Cards

Major brand name credit cards are accepted world-wide. Call your credit card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas. However, it is a good idea to carry a little cash in case of emergencies or in the event you would like to purchase items from local markets.

Incidentals

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.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance, which may mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding 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 with weight and size.

Labeling

Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

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 are questioning 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. There are always unusual 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:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

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.

Cell phones

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 you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, 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 beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. 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 will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through 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 check with your Personal Vacation Manager 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

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.

Briefing sessions

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 have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.

Hotels

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 choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

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. However, visitors can travel within the European Union [EU] and Croatia for up to 90 days without a visa.

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.

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

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 when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

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 wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/.

Electric Current

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. 

Time Differences

You will be in Eastern European Time in Greece. This zone is seven hours ahead of EST, or New York City. You will be in Central European Time throughout the rest of your destinations on this trip. This zone is six hours ahead of EST, or New York City.

Money Matters

You will need two kinds of currency on this journey. This money is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.

Here are the current exchange rates:

Italy, Slovenia, Montenegro & Greece – Euro

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500

Coins represent 1-50 ‘Euro cents’ and 1-2 ‘Euros’ (100 cents in a Euro)

Exchange – $1 USD to .88 Euro

Croatia – Croatian Kuna (HRK)

Banknotes in kn5, kn10, kn20, kn50, kn100, kn200, kn500, kn1000

Coins represent kn1, kn2, kn4, kn25, lp1, lp2, lp5, lp10, lp20, lp50

Exchange – $1 USD to 6.29777 HRK

 

Tipping Guidelines

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.

Climate

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.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Milan 40/29 47/32 56/38 64/45 71/52 79/59 84/63 82/62 76/56 64/47 50/39 42/30
Padua 42/30 48/33 56/38 64/45 72/53 79/60 83/64 82/62 76/57 66/48 53/39 44/31
Dubrovnik 54/43 55/43 57/46 63/52 70/57 77/64 84/70 82/70 77/64 70/57 63/50 57/46
Athens 53/44 54/44 57/47 64/52 71/59 80/67 82/71 82/71 77/66 70/60 62/53 56/47

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

Italy

Milan – 397

Padua – 39

Venice – 20

Slovenia

Koper – 32

Croatia

Korcula – 1,864

Dubrovnik – 10

Montenegro

Kotor – 328

Greece

Igoumenitsa – 77

Katakolon – 160

Nafplio – 114

Athens – 1,109

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases!

Italian

Buon giorno (Bwohn JOHR-noh): Hello

Come sta? (Koh-meh STAH?): How are you?

Non c’è problema (Non cheh proh-BLEH-mah): No problem.

Mi scusi (Mee SKOO-zee): Excuse me

Grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh): Thank you

Sì (SEE): Yes

No (Noh): No

Uomini (WOH-mee-nee): Men’s (restroom)

Donne (Dohn-NEH): Women’s (restroom)

Che tempo fa? (Keh TEHM-poh fah): How is the weather?

 

Croatian

Zdravo (z’drah-voh): Hello

Dovidenja (Boh(n)-zhoo): Goodbye

Kako ste? (kah-koh steh): How are you?

Molim (moh-leem): Please

Oprostite (oh-proh-stee-teh): Excuse me

Da (dah): Yes

Ne (neh): No

Koliko ovo košta? (KOH-lee-koh oh-voh koh-shtah?) How much is this?

Koliko je sati? (KOH-lee-koh yeh sahtee?) What time is it?

Gdje mogu razmijeniti novac? (Gdyeh MOH-goo rahz-MEE-yeh-nee-tee NOH-vahts?) Where can I exchange money?

Greek

Γεια σας (YAH sahss): Hello

Τι κάνετε (Tee KAH-neh-teh?): How are you?

Μάλιστα (MAH-li-sta): Yes

Όχι (OH-hee): No

Χάρηκα (HA-ree-ka): Nice to meet you

Παρακαλώ (Pah-rah-kah-LOH): Please

Ευχαριστώ (Ef-hah-rees-TOH): Thank you

Συγγνώμη (See-GHNO-mee): Excuse me

Βοήθεια! (Voh-EE-thee-yah!): Help!

Θέλω να πάω στην παραλία (Thelo-na pow-sti paralia): I want to go to the beach.

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about the countries you are about to visit!

Italy

  • The name Italy comes from the word “italia”, meaning “calf land.” This is due to the bull being a symbol of the ancient Southern Italian tribes.
  • Lake Como’s immense natural beauty and pleasant climate have made it a hotspot for the rich and famous since the earliest days of the Roman Empire. Famous Lake Como residents include George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Catherine Zeta Jones. As well as attracting today’s biggest names in entertainment, Lake Como has been a magnet for influential people in other eras. Mark Twain visited the lake in 1867, and renowned American author Ernest Hemingway featured Lake Como in his work.
  • Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, which is slightly larger than Arizona.
  • Parmesan cheese originated in the area around Parma, Italy. Italians also created many other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta.
  • No other country in Europe has as many volcanoes as Italy. This is because the Italian peninsula stands on a fault line. Three major volcanoes have erupted in the last century.
  • Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.

 

Greece

  • There are 10.7 million people in Greece, with its capital city of Athens hosting roughly three million residents.
  • Nearly half of all Greeks fall between the ages of 25-54 years old.
  • Athens is the oldest city in Europe, and the birthplace of democracy.
  • About 80% of Greece is mountainous and 50% is covered by forests.
  • There are about 3000 islands, only a few hundred of which are inhabited.
  • Ancient Greece is said to have laid the foundation for Western civilization, having a large influence on the Roman Empire and European culture.
  • Many Greek structures such as doors, windowsills, furniture, and church domes are painted a turquoise blue, especially in the Cyclades Islands. It is used because of an ancient belief that this shade of blue keeps evil away.

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