Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: September 2, 2020
(Sailing September 9, 2020)
At the gateway to the Mediterranean is a region steeped with maritime history and a passion for exploration. On this Journey through Morocco, Portugal and Spain you will discover the cultural centers of these ancient trade routes. Your Journey starts in Morocco, where the Sahara meets the Atlantic. At every turn is a true feast for the senses; a burst of color and fragrances. Marvel at the intricate mix of architecture found throughout the cities, including French Colonial, Gothic, Moorish, Islamic and Art Deco. Visit the third-largest mosque in the world, towering above Casablanca’s Atlantic coastline, and admire the intricate and colorful mosaics for which the Moroccans are known. Discover the hidden sites of “the red city,” Marrakech, while walking through winding souks lined with twinkling Moroccan lanterns. At the edge of the Sahara Desert, visit a local village and experience life on the Atlas Mountains. Learn family recipes, create a ceramic masterpiece and bake yourself a loaf of traditional-style bread. Then, travel to Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, to explore extravagant palaces and fairytale forests. After this incredible land program, embark the Celebrity Infinity for a 10-night cruise to Barcelona, including stops in Porto, Gibraltar and Valencia. Prepare to be inspired—ancient ruins, grand palaces, busy street markets and historical marvels await you on this incredible 17-night Journey to Morocco, Portugal and Spain.
Visits: Celebrity Cruises, Infinity, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, Lisbon, Porto, La Coruna, Gibraltar, Malaga, Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, winery, Sintra
Start Date: September 2, 2020
(Sailing September 9, 2020)
|1||Arrive Casablanca – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Casablanca – Tour of Casablanca and Rabat|
|3||Casablanca – Transfer from Casablanca to Marrakech|
|4||Marrakech – City and Cultural Tour|
|5||Marrakech – Tour to a Village in the Atlas Mountains|
|6||Marrakech to Lisbon – Welcome Dinner|
|7||Lisbon – Tour to Cascais and Sintra|
|8||Lisbon – Transfer to Port for Embarkation|
|9||Lisbon, Portugal||7:00 PM|
|10||Porto (Leixoes), Portugal||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|11||La Coruna, Spain||10:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|13||Gibraltar, United Kingdom||11:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|14||Malaga, Spain||8:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|16||Alicante, Spain||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|17||Valencia, Spain||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|18||Barcelona, Spain – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport||6:00 AM|
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.
Day 1 – Arrive in Casablanca
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with transferring you to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 – Casablanca
After breakfast, you will visit the Hassan II Mosque. This is arguably the most impressive architectural achievement in Morocco over the last few generations and reflects the beauty and the intricacy of Moroccan traditional arts. After this rich introduction to Morocco, you will continue to Rabat, an elegant city that has been serving as the capital of Morocco and the official residence of the king since the early 20th century. The capital maintains traditional Moroccan character like all the historical cities of this country.
After lunch, enjoy an afternoon tour of the fortified town of Kasbah Oudaya and the 17th-century royal residence, including its impressive Andalusia style garden.
Take in the sites of Mohamed V Mausoleum—a masterpiece of Moroccan arts and crafts. Standing nearby is the medieval Hassan Tower that was built in the late 12th century. See remnants of Sala Colonia at the Kasbah Chellah and as well as many other Roman relics. Finally, arrive at the museum of Moroccan Contemporary Arts, revealing what modern Moroccan artists have created since 1914. After a short break, you will return to Casablanca to enjoy your evening at leisure. (B, L)
Day 3 – Casablanca to Marrakech
Enjoy breakfast before checking out of the hotel.
Begin your journey to Marrakech across the agricultural plains south of Casablanca. Once in the “red city” of Morocco, begin your tour to the “hidden sides of Marrakech”. For a truly immersive experience, take time to explore artisan quarters and the colorful Souks. Afterward, discover the secret garden before strolling into the square which the city is so famed: Jemaa El Fna. This famous plaza is where hundreds of locals and tourists come to spend the end of the day watching jugglers, dancers, fortune tellers, storytellers and traditional musicians. Tonight you will enjoy a “1001 Nights” dinner show that features traditional dishes, lively acrobats, belly dancers, horseman and more at the Fantasia of Marrakech. (B, D)
Day 4 – Marrakech
This morning we will enjoy a cooking class at La Maison Arabe. It starts with a comprehensive introduction highlighting the importance of cooking in Moroccan society. Learn a variety of recipes created by Dadas (traditional female cooks) who have perfected their fare over centuries for special occasions such as marriages, holy days, and family festivals. Your instructor will enlighten you on the most traditional recipes such as pastilla, couscous, and the broad variety of tajines (stews usually made with lamb or chicken), while reviewing some of the basic pillars of Moroccan cuisine, such as a ‘spices and herbs’ technique of cooking.
Next, you will visit a nearby spice market and communal bread oven, where neighborhood families bake their bread. In the afternoon, you will meet with your guide and “caleche” driver for a charming tour around the majestic ramparts of Marrakech. Ride through the crowded streets of the Medina to the enchanting Majorelle Garden. The sedate pace of the horses and the clip-clop sound of their hooves provides a relaxing way to experience the city. Take your time in the famous garden created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle. The Garden houses a collection of plants from the four corners of the world which flourish amidst elegant ornamental ponds and an Art Deco villa of which the special shade of bold cobalt blue is named after the artist, ‘Majorelle blue’. The garden is home to more than 15 bird species that are endemic to North Africa, and boasts an amazing collection of cacti. Since 1980, the garden has been owned by the estate of the late Yves Saint Laurent. You will visit the beautifully designed Berber Museum displaying Yves Saint Laurent’s personal collection of Berber antiques. Here you can learn some fascinating facts about the Berber people of Morocco and admire his marvelous treasure of local antiques. After the visit, you will return to your hotel to relax. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Marrakech
Today we will venture out of the city and head towards the Atlas Mountains. Driving through the Ourika Valley and dramatic landscapes, we will arrive at an authentic mountain community to experience the daily life in the Atlas Mountains for ourselves. Try your hand at baking bread and preparing a local tagine dish in the kitchen of a village family, and get to know them better over a pot of traditional mint tea – made by you! The conversation will start to flow, with a little help from your guide! While lunch is simmering, roll up your sleeves and use your hands to mold wet clay during a ceramics workshop. Later on, try your hand at weaving a colorful kilim with the local women behind their prized ancestral looms, and walk the farm terraces to see the work that goes into ancient irrigation and subsistence farming methods. You’ll also meet the community’s youngest members at the charity pre-school center, where little Berbers learn Arabic in preparation for elementary school. Note: an authentic, interactive experience is guaranteed, but specific activities are subject to change based on availability. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Marrakech to Lisbon
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time before re-joining the group. This evening, we will enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal in the heart of the city. While dining, enjoy the ambiance of the cozy restaurant while professional Fado singers showcase their unique style of music. Fado is on UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. (B, D)
Day 7 – Lisbon
Just a half an hour north of Lisbon lies the fairy-tale gardens and palaces of Sintra. We will take the long way to get there, making stops at both the historical monuments of Belem and the luxurious coastal town of Cascais. Continuing along the coast we will then make a quick stop at Cape Roca, the westernmost point in Europe, before sitting down for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, travel to the beautiful Romanticism style Pena Palace, located on a hilltop overlooking the town of Sintra. The palace was used as a summer home for the Portuguese Royal family, looking to escape the heat of the city. Built in 1842, today the palace is a national monument as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, L)
Day 8 – Lisbon Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Infinity for a 14-night cruise to Miami. (B)
Day 9-17 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Infinity (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 18 – Barcelona Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Infinity and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B, L)
Optional 2 night Barcelona extension available, see “special offers” section for details.
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal: Porto, Portugal’s second largest city after Lisbon, is one of Europe’s oldest cities and was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Of course, Porto’s name itself hints at perhaps Portugal’s most famous export—port. This is where the fortified wine was first produced. The city has a rich history and is reminiscent of times gone by. You wouldn’t be wrong to compare it to an ideal Shakespearean backdrop. In Porto, the skyline is composed of sky-high bell towers, opulent baroque churches, and majestic beaux art buildings, which all create a romantic air that’s only heightened by the glorious shafts of sunlight that illuminate the city.
La Coruna, Spain: If there ever was a seafaring city, La Coruña is it. It’s been a port and gateway to world travelers for over 2000 years. And from almost any spot on your La Coruna cruise, you can witness spectacular panoramic views of the ocean. La Coruña is the capital of Spain’s Galicia region and boasts some 2000 years of history. Much of it can be discovered along the streets of its “Ciudad Vieja” or Old Town. Here, cobbled lanes roll up and down hills, winding past gothic churches, stately plazas, imposing fortifications and all manner of medieval relics. At the blustery tip of the city looms the Tower of Hercules, a still working Roman lighthouse, built in the 1st century AD, when its beacon marked the very limits of the civilized world. Beyond the shadows of history, you might find yourself bathed in sun-drenched bliss on a spectacular beach, or trying on the latest fashions found along the shopping streets of this commercial and cultural hotspot.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom:
The great Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Made of limestone, it towers 1,400 feet above the mouth of the majestic Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and a nature reserve.
Malaga, Spain: Malaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside and the Costa del Sol, some of the region’s most impressive beaches. It also is home to a number of magnificent palaces, including the Moorish Alcazaba and Gibralfaro.
Alicante, Spain: Boasting some of the finest beaches in all of Spain, Alicante is the largest city on the Costa Blanca. Being that this is one of the more boisterous and festive destinations, it’s no surprise that directly behind the beach you’ll find numerous hotels, nightlife venues, and even an 18-hole golf course. Beyond the tourist surface, this picturesque Spanish town enjoys a rich heritage with thousands of years of maritime history. To see how Alicante achieves the perfect balance of antiquity and modernity on Alicante cruises all you have to do is relax on the pristine sand of La Playa de San Juan, shop the Explanada de España, and conquer the Castillo de Santa Barbara.
Venture through Alicante’s old town and take a trip back in time as you wander through its narrow streets passing by cathedrals and the town hall. For a jaw-dropping view of the harbor and the distant mountains, climb up to the top of Mount Benacantil to the Castillo de Santa Barbara. This structure was originally built by the Carthaginians in 400 B.C. and later claimed by both Romans and Arabs who built upon it further. When the sun falls on Alicante, the city ramps up for a long evening of eating, drinking, laughing, and dancing that truly confirms its reputation as a lively Spanish town.
Valencia, Spain: Best known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia has steadily moved onto the radar of savvy travelers. It’s a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place with two outstanding fine-arts museums, an accessible old quarter, Europe’s newest cultural and scientific complex – and one of Spain’s most exciting nightlife scenes. Whole sections of the old city, for example the Carmen Quarter, have been extensively renovated. One of the best spots for exploring Valencia’s history is at the museum L’Almoina, which opened three years ago in the Carmen on the site where Valencia was founded by the Romans in 138 B.C. Here, you can walk over glass floors, looking down at a stunning assemblage of ruins excavated in the area. The exhibition includes Roman baths, tombs and a medieval Moorish ward for plague victims.
This city has quietly built up a great reputation of its own, namely with innovative engineering and ultra-modern architecture. A few of its notable projects include Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias (city of art and sciences); a futuristic complex that houses the family-friendly arts and science museums and the extraordinary futuristic buildings designed by local legend, Santiago Calatrava.
Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.
During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. In Portugal, Lisbon is similar to San Francisco in that there are many steep roads and walkways that 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.
The program in Morocco will include intimate cultural experiences such as visiting a home, interacting with locals in a small village, watching neighbors bake bread together at the communal oven, culinary experiences, folkloric dancing and much more. The program in Portugal will include a performance of Fado music, historic architecture and culinary delights. 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.
In Morocco and in some religious sites throughout Europe it is expected (and sometimes required for entry) that you dress conservatively (no shorts, covered shoulders, etc.). 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:
Casablanca–Rabat: 1 Hour Coach Transfer
Casablanca–Marrakech: 3 Hour Coach Transfer
Marrakech–Lisbon: 1 Hour 45 Minute Flight
Lisbon–Sintra: 40 Minute Coach Transfer
Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!
Guests in the same stateroom must select the same option(s). View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer Expires 6/1/20.
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension, you will arrive to Casablanca a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $130 per person includes:
Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Barcelona, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension, you will stay for 2 nights in Barcelona after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $375 per person includes:
|9/2/2020||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Inside (12)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|Oceanview (8)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|Veranda (2C)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|Concierge Veranda (C3)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|Aqua Class Veranda (A2)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
Prices are in USD.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.
This Journey is sold out. Please call to inquire about being added to the waitlist.
|Atlanta||$200||Los Angeles||$300||San Francisco||$200|
|Boston||$200||John F. Kennedy||$0||Seattle||$450|
|– 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.
Tel: +212 5 22 43 1234
Place des Nations Unies, Casablanca, Morocco, 20000
Situated in United Nations Square, Hyatt Regency Casablanca invites guests to explore the rich and vibrant city of Casablanca. Spend your days visiting the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque or strolling through the bustling Habous Quarter. Immerse yourself in culture, cuisine, and history of Casablanca, then return to a relaxing room at Hyatt Regency Casablanca.
Tel: (+212) 524-425600
Rue Harroun Errachid Hivernage, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco
The Sofitel Palais Impérial hotel with its majestic Moorish facade and spectacular fountain welcomes you to a unique setting that combines the French art de vivre with the splendors of Marrakesh. Our remarkable palace offers elegance in a privileged location in the heart of the city. Enjoy our personalized service in a setting featuring delicate sculptures, fabrics in purple tones and ceiling moldings.
Rua Júlio César Machado 7/9, 1250-135 Lisboa, Portugal
Telephone: +351 21 359 1000
Discover Lisbon’s charm from the perfect setting. Where contemporary style meets peace of mind. AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel is an oasis in the heart of Portugal’s capital, conveniently close to shopping, attractions and more. Culture, romance and adventure right at your fingertips.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
Celebrity Infinity® is complete with her new, “Solsticized” sense of style and excitement. Relax in her spa-inspired AquaClass® accommodations featuring exclusive access to Blu, our delicious Mediterranean focused “clean cuisine” restaurant. Keep in touch at the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech wonder from the first Apple® Reseller at Sea. Enjoy sweet or savory crepes at Bistro on Five. And get ready to have a uniquely unordinary dinner at the innovative Qsine® specialty restaurant, where you order from an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Peartini at the ice-topped Martini Bar. Celebrity Infinity will make the most of your precious vacation days.
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 August 2019, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will NOT have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) until January 1, 2021. Since this program visits Europe prior to this date, you should NOT be required to obtain an ETIAS. However, this is subject to change and Enrichment Journeys recommends all travelers to double-check this information as it gets closer to 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 which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).
Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.
Portugal and Spain use the Euro (€), currency code EUR
The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP
Morocco uses the Moroccan Dirham (dh or د.م.), currency code MAD
Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.
For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.
Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:
|-5° C = 23° F||5° C = 41° F||15° C = 59° F||25° C = 77° F||35° C = 95° F|
|0° C = 32° F||10° C = 50° F||20° C = 68° F||30° C = 86° F||40° C = 104° F|
High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/arabic/ for more phrases with sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/spanish/ for more phrases with sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/portuguese/ for more phrases with sound.
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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