Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: October 27, 2020
(Sailing November 1, 2020)
As autumn ripples through Europe, the Pyrenees Mountains become ablaze with color and the cool, fresh air beckons travelers to enjoy the outdoors and share cozy meals. On this Journey, we will discover the hidden gems of Catalonia―exploring landscapes, sipping wines, sharing a holiday feast and visiting historical monuments―all before embarking on one of the largest ships at sea, the Allure of the Seas! Our Journey starts in one of Spain’s most renowned wine regions, Penedes, which specializes in sparkling whites. Only an hour south of Barcelona, a day trip to Spanish wine country is the perfect way to start our Journey. Then, we will head north to the small, land-locked country of Andorra, in the heart of the Pyrenees mountain range. Less than one-third the size of London and nestled between France and Spain, Andorra is dotted with small villages, glacial lakes, and flowing streams. Throughout our Journey, you will get to experience local traditions first-hand, such as sampling fresh cheese on a countryside farm and enjoying a tour of a family run vineyard. You’ll learn about the unique history of the region with a visit to a centuries-old manor and partake in a special holiday dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Don’t miss out on this expansive adventure to the heart of Catalonia!
Visits: Barcelona, Andorra, Montserrat, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia, Spain; Tenerife, Canary Islands; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida, Allure of the Seas; Royal Caribbean
Start Date: October 27, 2020
(Sailing November 1, 2020)
|1||Arrive Barcelona – Evening Dinner Show|
|2||Barcelona – Tour to Wine Region|
|3||Barcelona to Andorra – Scenic Drive Including Montserrat|
|4||Andorra – Tour of Mountains and Villages|
|5||Andorra to Barcelona – Scenic Drive and Farewell Dinner|
|6||Barcelona – Transfer to Port for Embarkation||5:00 PM|
|7||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|8||Valencia, Spain||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|11||Tenerife, Canary Islands||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|19||Perfect Day at Cococay, Bahamas||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|20||Miami, Florida – Disembarkation||5:00 AM|
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**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at any time, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.
Day 1 – Arrive in Barcelona
Welcome to Spain! 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 an evening of fun and entertainment. Enjoy a traditional paella feast, complete with wine and sangria, then sit back and relax while professional Flamenco dancers and musicians show off their talents. This energetic show is the perfect way to kick start our Journey! (D)
Day 2 – Barcelona
Today we’ll head out of the city to explore one of Spain’s top wine regions—Penedes. Using traditional French methods for making champagne, this area specializes in its production of cava, a sparkling white (or sometimes rosé) wine. Most of the wine in Catalonia is produced by the more than 140 wine producers in this region.
From Barcelona, we’ll head out into the countryside towards Penedes—a route dotted with quaint villages, solitary churches and traditional wine estates, called Masias. Our first stop at a local winery will give us the chance to tour the cellars and sample their cava. We’ll then continue to the wine culture museum to gain further insight into the industry and its importance to the local culture and lifestyle. We will then proceed to our second winery, an award-winning, family run establishment. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and the estate, all the while learning how the winery has continued to thrive throughout five generations. End the tour with a wine tasting of the estate’s specialties before heading back to Barcelona. (B, L)
Day 3 – Barcelona to Andorra
Get ready to explore the mountains and countryside! Today we will depart bustling Barcelona and travel to Andorra, stopping at various scenic villages along the way. Our first stop will be Montserrat, a mountain of rocky pillars containing a national park and mountaintop monastery. The scenic landscape and close proximity make it a popular day trip from Barcelona. We will stop here for a tour of the area and then sit down for lunch at a local restaurant. Continuing north, we will stop at two small villages known for their medieval streets and rich heritage, providing unique insight into the local culture. As we approach our final destination, you will notice the landscape changing as we enter the Pyrenees mountain range.
Arrive in charming Les Escaldes, Andorra and check in to your hotel for the next two nights. (B, L)
Day 4 – Andorra
A popular ski destination in the winter, Andorra is a small country in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains. Not quite as intimidating as the rugged Alps, these gentler slopes attract families and host some of the largest ski schools in Europe. In the warmer months, Andorra offers breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape and, if we are lucky, vibrant fiery colors in autumn. The country’s small villages are intertwined with mountain streams, lakes and hiking trails. Only one third the size of London, Andorra boasts one of the highest life expectancies in the world and 10% of its land has been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO!
Today, we will explore this small country, enjoying the outdoors and visiting important cultural institutions. Our first stop will be in the village of Ordino, where we will visit a historic mansion dating back to the 12th century. We will also visit a local foundry for a demonstration of this traditional craft. Continuing to another small village, we will stop for a scrumptious lunch of local delicacies before heading to the highest capital city in Europe, Andorra la Vella. We will visit the historic parliamentary house and courtroom before heading back to our hotel for the evening. (B, L)
Day 5 – Andorra to Barcelona
After breakfast, we will depart Andorra and head back south towards Barcelona. Along the way, we will stop at a local cheese farm for a visit and tasting. This small farm, situated on the hillside with views of the surrounding valley, specializes in fine goat cheeses. We will then head to the town of Berga, where you will enjoy some free time to have lunch on your own, before completing our journey back to Barcelona. This evening, we end the land portion of our Journey with a delightful gastronomic experience.
Today is Halloween, and although not celebrated in Europe the way that it is in North America, the related All Saint’s Day (November 1) is a traditional holiday in Spain. While you are embarking the ship tomorrow, many people throughout Spain will be remembering their loved ones who have passed, often laying flowers, sending prayers and sharing memories. It is an emotional day, often spent with family and loved ones. As with most family gatherings, there are many traditional dishes served throughout the day. Being autumn, this holiday’s meals have similarities to American Thanksgiving, such as sweet potatoes, nut pies and cinnamon-spice pastries. Almond cakes, cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and anise liquor are common, though the most traditional food is roasted chestnuts. Street vendors line the streets and roast them on small fires or on portable grills.
Back in Barcelona, we bid farewell with a gastronomic experience centered on this holiday. First, we will visit one of Barcelona’s most famous markets, no doubt smelling the roasted chestnuts as we walk through. Your guide will point out the traditional ingredients and dishes as we pass the stalls. Then, head to one of Barcelona’s top restaurants for a special dinner: a holiday meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. (B, D)
Day 6 – Barcelona Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Allure of the Seas for a 14-night transatlantic cruise to Miami. (B)
Day 7–19 – Cruising onboard the Allure of the Seas (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 20 – Miami Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Allure of the Seas. If your package includes an Air Add-on, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
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.
Barcelona, Spain: Grab a steamy cortado in a sidewalk café and then take a morning walk along the Mediterranean shore. Take the plunge and swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Comb ancient excavated relics at Barcelona City History Museum. Or peruse extraordinary art collections by Spanish talents at one of the city’s renowned museums.
Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Palma de Mallorca is the perfect place to immerse yourself in history and beauty. Go back in time to the 14th century at Bellver Castle, with its mix of Arab arches and Roman-inspired fortification. Catch a wave on the golden sands of El Arenal beach. Then, tuck into cocarrois, a local take on empanadas, or cool off in the quiet gardens and medieval ruins of the 10th-century Arab Baths.
Valencia, Spain: Start your day in Valencia by roaming the cobblestone streets of Barrio del Carmen—walk along the 11th-century city walls built by the Moors before popping to one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants for seafood-packed paella. Head to El Cabanyal, the old fishermen’s quarter near the beach, to enjoy the sunshine and fresh seafood. Then, soak in the Mediterranean sun and bright-blue waters at Malvarrosa Beach.
Tenerife, Canary Islands: Eclectic Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s enigmatic Canary Islands. Head to the lively streets of capital city Santa Cruz to see the 16th-century Iglesia de la Concepcion and the ultra-modern Auditorio de Tenerife. Or get to know the most rugged natural landscapes in Europe: Explore the volcanic vistas of Mount Teide National Park, or hike the laurel tree-canopied mountains of Anaga.
Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas: This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own overwater cabana.
Miami, Florida: Head west of the city for a bike ride past alligators on the Everglades’ Shark Valley route. Take the kids to the Miami Children’s Museum, or paddle a kayak through Biscayne Bay. Come evening, indulge in haute cuisine at a swanky beachside restaurant—all before cocktails and dancing amid The Magic City’s trendy nightlife scene.
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. 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.
This Journey will focus on the daily life of local villages and include many gastronomic experiences, including a visit to one of Spain’s most important wine regions. 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.
Although the areas along the coast may be warmer, guests should prepare for cooler weather in the mountains. 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:
Barcelona—Penedes wine region: 1.5 Hour Coach Transfer
Barcelona—Andorra: 3 Hour Coach Transfer (however our trip will be longer, due to stops along the way)
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? Want one or two days to explore Barcelona? For either of these two cases we suggest extending your hotel stay in Barcelona by one or two nights. Although the Enrichment Journey program includes a hotel stay in Barcelona, the itinerary does not include any tours or much free time in the city. With this optional extension you can arrive one or two days early, adjust to the new time zone, and explore Barcelona on your own before the Enrichment Journey program starts. Note: tours are not included.
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|Boston||$350||John F. Kennedy||$250||Phoenix||$400|
|Dallas-Ft. Worth||$350||Los Angeles||$350||Tampa||$250|
|Washington – Dulles||$250|
|– 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.
Roger de Lluria 16-18, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 932 150 052
Just steps from Plaça Urquinaona, Plaça Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia. Hotel Negresco Princess’ privileged location makes it the perfect choice for visiting Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and shopping at the best boutiques on Passeig de Gràcia. Whether from the avant-garde atrium, one of the 128 welcoming rooms, relaxation area, gym or terrace with privileged views of the whole city, a solarium and infinity pool, the hotel is the perfect base for discovering all of Barcelona’s secrets. Plus the great food at Nesgresco Restaurant on the ground floor and La Terrazza by Bobby’s on the seventh floor. Cool and cosmopolitan, Hotel Negresco features a free minibar in every room and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
5 Placa Coprinceps, Escaldes-Engordany AD700, Andorra
Telephone: +376 871 400
Roc Blanc is located in Escaldes-Engordany, only 5 minutes’ walk from Andorra la Vella city center. The hotel features a spa, 2 restaurants and stylish rooms with a TV. Available at an extra cost, the hotel spa has a range of beauty and health treatments. Guests can make use of the indoor swimming pool, hot tub, Turkish baths, and terrace. The Roc Blanc’s mountain-style El Pi Restaurant has a fireplace, while the à la carte Entrecote Restaurant serves meat dishes. The Roc Blanc is just 3 miles from the nearest ski runs at Soldeu and 9 miles from the Grau-Roig Ski Resort. Caldea and the main shopping streets of Escaldes-Engordany can all be reached within 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas isn’t just a cruise ship. It’s an adventure that sails way ahead of the curve. Explore seven singular neighborhoods, from the winding paths of Central Park to the ultimate rush of the Pool and Sports Zone. Surfing. Zip-lining. Ice-skating. 3D movies. Come seek all this and more on Allure of the Seas—your biggest vacation yet.
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. 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 May 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 Enrichment Journey is in 2020, travelers should NOT have to obtain the ETIAS prior to travel. However, as requirements and dates are subject to change, we encourage all guests to double check this information ahead of departure. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/
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 that 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.
Spain (including the Canary Islands) and Andorra use the Euro (€), currency code EUR
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 encounter warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. The mountains of the Pyrenees will be considerably cooler than the coast. 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.
The region of Catalonia, including Barcelona, has two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Although the locals understand Spanish, daily activity is conducted in Catalan and there is a fierce pride in their Catalonian heritage. The same is true for both Andorra and Palma de Mallorca. In Valencia, you will see and hear both Spanish and Catalan. The phrases below overlap in both languages, but many other common phrases can differ.
Here are some fun phrases:
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/spanish/ for more phrases with sound in Spanish.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/catalan/ for more phrases with sound in Catalan.
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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