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Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

16 Nights featuring the Tuscan Countryside, Chianti Valley, Siena, Mykonos and Santorini tuscany italy

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

Departs: Sep 25, 2019

About This Journey

This is not a whirlwind tour of Italy. There are no lines, no crowds and no tourist traps. This is the real Italy; the Italy you’ve always wanted to go back to. You’ll take a stroll through a medieval town and chat with the local butcher, learn how to make homemade pasta, and spend an afternoon meandering through a family-run vineyard (as you sip their prized wine, of course). You’ll walk in the footsteps of “Under the Tuscan Sun” writer Frances Mayes, as well as countless Italian artists who have visited these historic towns and picturesque landscapes for inspiration over the centuries. You will not be rushed nor bored; you will simply be delighted as our hosts explain their local customs and welcome you to join their table. After five nights of ‘wining and dining’ in the Tuscan countryside, you will be transferred to the port in Civitavecchia to embark Celebrity Cruises’ brand new ship – the Celebrity Edge. Onboard you will enjoy indulgent innovations such as the Rooftop Garden, adults-only Solarium, Magic Carpet and Infinite Veranda staterooms. Set sail for 11 nights in the azure waters of the Greek Isles, visiting ports such as picturesque Santorini and ancient Athens.

Visits: Europe-Email, Siena, Tuscany, Chianti Valley, Greve, Cortona, Montepulciano, Volterra, Certaldo, Florence, Rome, Italy; Mykonos, Santorini, Athens, Katakolon, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Edge

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Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Tuscany, Italy – Transfer to hotel; welcome dinner
2 Tuscany – Full day tour to Siena with lunch in the garden and traditional gelateria
3 Tuscany – Cooking class with wine pairing in Chianti Valley, visit a traditional butcher’s shop in Greve
4 Tuscany – “Under the Tuscan Sun” tour to Cortona and Montepulciano, including winery visit and tasting
5 Tuscany – Tour to the medieval towns of Volterra and Certaldo, including artist demonstration and farmhouse lunch; farewell dinner
6 Tuscany to Civitavecchia – Hotel check-out and transfer to the port for embarkation 5:00 PM
7 Catania, Sicily, Italy 12:00 PM 8:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 Santorini, Greece 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
10 Athens (Piraeus), Greece 6:00 AM 6:00 PM
11 Mykonos, Greece 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
12 Nauplion, Greece 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
13 Katakolon, Greece 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
14 Valletta, Malta 12:00 PM 8:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 Naples, Italy 7:00 AM 6:30 PM
17 Rome, Italy – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport 5:00 AM

Land Package Highlights

DAY 1 – Arrive Tuscany: Upon arrival at the airport in Florence, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with boarding the bus and transferring to the hotel in Tuscany. 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 – Tuscany – Siena:

Piazza Del Campo, Siena

Piazza Del Campo, Siena

A short transfer after breakfast will bring you to the heart of the city of Siena. Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For lunch, you will head to a unique garden where you may find middle-aged herbs, grown over the years based on a careful analysis of the history of the ground. Here you will dine while enjoying the peace of this green earth in the middle of the town. The garden is not a formal restaurant, but the atmosphere and care are both unique and incomparable. After lunch, you will take a walk to Piazza del Campo and tour a traditional gelateria, owned by a family that started the business in Follonica in 1982. The expert ‘Gelataio’ will explain the tricks to creating the best gelato, but will not reveal all his secrets! Head back to the hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – Tuscany– Chianti Valley & Greve:

Italian Cooking Class

Cooking Class, Chianti Valley

Your cooking lesson takes place at a charming location in the middle of the Tuscan vineyards. You will be greeted with a welcome drink in the garden before entering the facility and exploring. For the first cooking activity, you will concentrate on the main specialty of Italian and Tuscan cuisine—homemade pasta. The chef and his staff will provide the directions and ingredients needed to create tagliatelle and tortelli, and then give you the opportunity to try your hand at it. They will then teach you how to prepare Tuscany’s delicious rural soups—like the tasty ribollita, panzanella or pappa al pomodoro, using the precious Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and other local ingredients. Finally, we will have fun creating traditional cakes of the Chianti region, like cantucci (a kind of biscuit) served with vin santo (holy wine).

Chianti Vineyards, Tuscany

The course will conclude with a tasting of Tuscan wines to pair with the dishes, which the group will all enjoy, served along with some additional appetizers like bruschetta, fried zucchini flowers, fried polenta and toasted bread with lardo and black cabbage. With a full belly and a tipsy smile, you will board the bus and drive to the beautiful hills of the Chianti Valley. This valley is considered by many to be the heart of the Tuscan countryside, and is renowned for its famous wines. In the charming village of Greve, you will take a stroll and then visit a historical and traditional butcher’s shop to taste their homemade products. (B, L)

 

Montepulciano, Tuscany

DAY 4 – Tuscany–Cortona & Montepulciano: Today you will visit lively Cortona, which is characterized by its well-preserved medieval character. Steep, cobblestone paths lead through the narrow alleyways in the historic center, then open up onto the large squares of ‘Piazza della Repubblica’ and ‘Piazza Signorelli’, where the town comes to life. Shops offer gastronomic delicacies and handicrafts, while street cafés invite one to linger. Many scenes of the famous movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” were shot here, as well as the villa of the book’s writer, Frances Mayes. You will then visit Montepulciano, another town where some scenes of the movie were shot. The city of Montepulciano is situated on a stone mountain, in whose cool stone the vintners carved out their wine cellars. Their ‘noble’ wine was already known in the 8th century as the ‘Vino dei Signori’ – wine of the nobility. You will end the day’s excursion at a local winery to enjoy a tasting of their house wines.  (B, L)

DAY 5 – Tuscany–Volterra & Certaldo:

Volterra, Tuscany

Volterra, Tuscany

After breakfast, you will head to the hilltop city of Volterra, a former Etruscan settlement with a splendid view of the surrounding landscape. Besides the views, the city is also renowned for its alabaster, a beautiful pale stone that is soft enough to carve. Your guide will provide a tour of the most important sights of the city, then take everyone to visit an artist at his alabaster workshop. Leaving the city, you will stop at a family-run farmhouse which specializes in saffron production. After visiting the property, you will enjoy a home cooked lunch complete with saffron dishes. In the afternoon, you will visit one of Tuscany’s secret gems: the town of Certaldo, which was the hometown of Giovanni Boccaccio, author of the “Decameron” and one of first Renaissance humanists. To reach the walled historical center, you will take a short ride on a funicular railway. Then, enjoy a walk through the narrow Middle Age alleys which open onto beautiful views of the surrounding hills. The tour ends with a visit to a ceramic painting shop, where you will see an artisan at work. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – Tuscany to Civitavecchia for Embarkation: After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Edge for an 11-night cruise to the Greek Isles. (B)

DAY 7–16 – Cruising

DAY 17 – Civitavecchia (Rome) Disembarkation: Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Edge and transfer 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

 

Port Highlights

Catania, Sicily, Italy: Catania is an ancient port city on Sicily’s east coast. It sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, an active volcano with trails leading up to the summit. The city’s wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell’Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral.

Santorini, Greece: Here on the island of Santorini, you’ll find a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs. This is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archeology buffs, with sites that include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo.

Athens (Piraeus), Greece: Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy. Once home to the world’s most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world’s foremost archaeological playground. The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddess Athena.

Mykonos, Greece: Mykonos is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green buildings. It’s also famous for its sophisticated nightlife. Mykonos is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches.

Nauplion, Greece: Also known as Nafplio, Nauplion is a beautiful and romantic town in the area of Argolis. Nafplio was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834. According to mythology, the town was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus Anymone. The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War alike.

Katakolon, Greece: This small port on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures. This Grecian port city is also the gateway to one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the ruins of ancient Olympia.

Valletta, Malta: Founded in 1566, Valletta is Malta’s capital city and is one of Europe’s smallest and southern-most capital cities, with many buildings having a strong Baroque character. Valletta was built on a peninsula between two natural harbours, Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour.

Naples, Italy: Known as Napoli in Italian, Naples is the third-largest city in Italy, located in the Campania region in the southern part of the country. Approximately 2 hours south of Rome, on the coast of the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy. The name of Naples comes from the Greek Neapolis, meaning new city. Its close proximity to many intereseting sites, such as Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, makes it a good base for exploring the area. Naples is a vibrant city, full of historical and artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets with small shops.

Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

Included Features

  • Included roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Five-night pre-cruise land program in Italy
    • Tuscany, Italy– five-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day city tour of Siena with visit to a gelateria
      • Full-day tour of Chianti Valley and Greve with cooking class and wine pairing
      • Full-day “Under the Tuscan Sun” tour to Cortona and Montepulciano, including winery visit and tasting
      • Full-day tour to Volterra and Certaldo, including artist demonstration and farmhouse lunch
      • Farewell Dinner
  • Tour Escort throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 11-night sailing aboard the brand new Celebrity Edge
  • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Choose 1 of the following (for Oceanview and higher): Classic Beverage Package, Pre-paid Gratuities, Unlimited Internet or $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Your 16-night Enrichment Journey begins with a five-night land program in Tuscany, followed by a 11-night cruise to the Greek Isles. Each day during the land portion will include tours. The overall pace is less strenuous than most Enrichment Journeys, as the focus is not on rushing to see sights but rather simply enjoying the culture and scenery. Most days include 2 meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. The hotel has a restaurant on property, where you may grab a quick bite and have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining. During the cruise you may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate to 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.

Cultural Focus

The focus of this Enrichment Journey is local culture and culinary traditions. 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.

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 temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with summer gear, such as more breathable, cotton items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Recommended Reading List 

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books: 

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life by Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Foster

Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by Daniel Klein

Eleni by Nicholas Gage

With Love From Mykonos: Letters to My Mother by Allan Konya

 

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany by Nicola Williams and Belinda Dixon

Fodor’s Greece: with Great Cruises & the Best Islands

Blogs

Tuscany blog: https://www.oliverstravels.com/blog/

Greece blog: https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/greece-travel-tips/

Films

Under the Tuscan Sun

Stealing Beauty

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Mamma Mia! The Movie

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 to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Florence–Tuscany Coach 1 Hour
Tuscany Hotel–Civitavecchia Coach 3 Hours

Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

Special Offers

2-Night Rome Extension (post)

Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Rome, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Rome after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included.

INCLUDES:

  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Rome with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from ship to hotel and hotel to airport

Price: $295 per person
Please call your travel agent or 1-800-296-1992 for more information and to book!

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

Applicable Bookings CHOOSE 1:

  • Classic Beverage Package for two guests
  • Pre-paid Gratuities for two guests
  • Unlimited internet for two guests
  • $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!
Guests in the same staterooms must select the same option(s). Click here to view Celebrity Terms and Conditions ». Offer Expires 11/27/18. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.

Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

Dates & Prices

Prices may change. Call for rates.

9/25/2019 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
8 (Oceanview) $7,999 $5,999 $2,000 CALL FOR DETAILS
1B (Deluxe Veranda) $8,665 $6,499 $2,166 CALL FOR DETAILS
E2 (Edge Veranda) $9,199 $6,899 $2,300 CALL FOR DETAILS
C2 (Concierge Class) $9,465 $7,099 $2,366 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $350 Chicago $400 Los Angeles $300
Miami $300 John F. Kennedy $0 Orlando $300
Philadelphia $200 Seattle $450 Toronto $250
Washington-Dulles $600
– 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.

Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

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
Palazzo San Lorenzo Hotel & Spa

Via Gracco del Secco, 113 – 53034 Colle di Val D’Elsa – Italy

Telephone: +39 0577/92.36.75

E-Mail: info@palazzosanlorenzo.it

Palazzo San Lorenzo is a 4-star hotel of the Ross Hotels Group hotel chain in Colle Val d’Elsa, a beautiful Tuscan town better known as the “City of Crystal”. Restored from a hospital built in 1635, the hotel offers a wide range of accommodations: rooms, suites and spacious apartments. Discover the benefits offered by SPA San Lorenzo including a spa area and a wellness center with sauna, solarium, Turkish bath, sensory showers, heated pool and whirlpool, massage area and wellness treatments. The restaurant Sopra Le Mur offers the best traditional Tuscan cuisine along with Caffè San Lorenzo, a wine bar where you can enjoy the best national and international wines.

Palazzo San Lorenzo is centrally located, making it easy to visit numerous famous small towns and villages, like nearby San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, as well as larger cities in the area, such as Siena, Florence, and Pisa. The hotel staff is always at your complete disposal for any requests or information.

Celebrity Edge

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.

Ship: Edge

Celebrity EdgeSM is the first of four sister Edge-class ships and contains many unique features and a modern design unseen on any other ship currently at sea. The ship’s design is beautiful and streamlined with the outside spaces designed by arhitext Tom Wright and interior design by Kelly Hoppen. Some of the most exciting innovations and updates include the Rooftop Garden, the Adults-only Solarium, the Magic Carpet and the Infinite VerandasSM.
The Magic Carpet is a tennis court-sized sliding deck that allows for easy embarkation and deparkation for tendering and also serves as a viewpoint and outdoor bar with live music at night. The Infinite VerandasSM allow you to take advantage of your entire veranda stateroom, inside and out. At the touch of a button, your veranda doors will completely fold out of the way, allowing you a full view out over the water. You also have the option to keep the veranda doors open, but enclose the glass balcony, turning the railing into a floor to ceiling window. The Celebrity EdgeSM was designed to change the way you experience the world, and the culinary offerings don’t fall short of this either. Enjoy 29 unique food and beverage experiences crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. Your vacation time is precious. Time aboard Celebrity Edge will make the most of it.

Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

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.

ATM Machines

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.

Foreign Banks

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.

Credit Cards

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.

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. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

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.

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 have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key item to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • 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 your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, 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 accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

Journey to the Tuscan Countryside and Greek Isles on Celebrity Edge

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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] 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 click here to visit the website.

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. 

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

Click here for current exchange rates.

Italy & Greece – Euro

 

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
Siena 48/39 48/39 54/43 59/46 68/54 73/61 81/66 81/66 73/61 66/55 55/46 48/41
Rome 54/38 57/38 62/43 66/47 75/56 83/62 89/67 89/66 81/60 72/53 62/46 55/40
Valletta 60/49 60/48 63/50 67/54 75/59 83/66 88/71 89/72 83/69 77/64 69/57 63/52
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

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:

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?

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.

Maltese

Merħba: Welcome

Bonġu: Good Morning

Kif int?: How are you?

Όχι (OH-hee): No

Χάρηκα (HA-ree-ka): Nice to meet you

Grazzi ħafna: Thank you very much

Mhux problema: No Problem/You’re Welcome

Ma nifhimx: I don’t understand

Titkellem bl-Ingliz: Do you speak English?

 

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

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.
  • Tuscany has a long wine history; it can be traced back to the 5th century BCE. Grapes were first cultivated by the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago, grown in such wide abundance that they were often sold overseas and quickly became the area’s most trusted cash crop. 80% of all wines produced in Tuscany are produced with red grapes, the vast majority of which use Sangiovese as a grape.
  • Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, which is slightly larger than Arizona.

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 was the capital of Ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy.

Malta

  • Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English. Maltese is spoken by almost the entire population of Malta. Almost 90% of the population speaks English.
  • Malta is home to some of the oldest free-standing structures of the world – the seven Megalithic Temples. The country is believed to have been inhabited since the early Neolithic period of 5000 BC.
  • For sea divers or those who are interested in seeing WWII ship wrecks, Malta’s coastline is home to many such sunken ships.

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