Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: February 24, 2020
(Sailing March 1, 2020)
Against the backdrop of the Andes’ snow-capped mountains lie rolling hills and valleys covered with vineyards. On one side of the mountain range is Santiago, Chile; on the other, Mendoza, Argentina. This unique region’s high altitude and abundance of melting glacier water provides both sides with the perfect climate for producing incredible wines. With a rich winemaking history that dates back almost 500 years, the Chilean and Argentinian wine regions offer unforgettable opportunities for tasting and sipping your way through the cultures of these destinations. Start your Journey in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America.” Partake in a culinary experience, enjoy a Tango dinner show and discover the city’s highlights. Then, travel to Mendoza, where you’ll be pampered with delicious meals and visits to famous wineries. Back in Buenos Aires, head to the countryside for a gaucho (cowboy) experience and BBQ at a local ranch. Then, board the Celebrity Eclipse and set sail, stopping in Montevideo for an exclusive Enrichment Journeys Shore Excursion before continuing to the pristine shores of Puerto Madryn and the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. Cruise the Chilean Fjords before arriving in San Antonio, where you will then continue your Journey on land. Explore the breathtaking city of Santiago, set in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, as well as Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, both situated along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Then, venture out to experience two of Chile’s famous wine regions for an epicurean end to this 23-night Journey.
Visits: Cape Horn, Magellan, Fjords, Ushuaia, Wine Regions (Maipo Valley, Mendoza), Buenos Aires, Chilean Fjords
Start Date: February 24, 2020
(Sailing March 1, 2020)
|1||Arrive Buenos Aires – Afternoon City Tour & Welcome Dinner|
|2||Buenos Aires – Cooking Class and Evening Tango Show|
|3||Buenos Aires to Mendoza – Flight, Free Time and Dinner|
|4||Mendoza – Winery Tour|
|5||Mendoza to Buenos Aires – Flight, Free Time and Dinner|
|6||Buenos Aires – Visit to a Ranch in the Countryside|
|7||Buenos Aires – Transfer to Port for Embarkation|
|8||Buenos Aires||6:45 PM|
|9||Montevideo, Uruguay – Included Shore Excursion||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|10||Punta Del Este, Uruguay||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|12||Puerto Madryn, Argentina||8:00 AM||5:30 PM|
|14||Cape Horn, Chile||4:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|15||Ushuaia, Argentina||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|16||Punta Arenas, Chile||9:00 AM||6:30 PM|
|17||Strait of Magellan (Cruising)|
|18||Chilean Fjords (Cruising)|
|19||Puerto Montt, Chile||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|21||San Antonio, Chile – Disembark and Tour of Santiago||5:00 AM|
|22||Santiago – Tour of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar|
|23||Santiago – Tour of Maipo Valley Wineries|
|24||Santiago – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight|
**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 Buenos Aires
Upon arrival at the airport in Buenos Aires, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will assist with transferring to the hotel. After an early hotel check-in, spend the morning relaxing at the hotel to recuperate after the flight. In the afternoon, join your fellow travelers for a complete overview of the “Paris of South America.” Your tour will include Recoleta and its famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square, the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest and trendiest Puerto Madero area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. Your visit would not be complete without visiting the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires—the picturesque neighborhood of San Telmo, residence of the Porteño aristocracy until the end of the XIX century, and Caminito Street, in the colorful, Italian neighborhood of La Boca. After our tour we will head back to the hotel to enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 – Buenos Aires
Today we will have fun with immersive cultural experiences! This morning, you are invited to discover Argentine culture through a hands-on cooking class, learning traditional dishes with fresh, local ingredients. The class begins with the basic ingredients of Argentine food: onion, red pepper, salt, paprika, and ground pepper. The chef will then demonstrate cooking tricks, share snippets of Argentine history, and encourage you to partake in the cooking experience. After watching the chef demonstrate, each of you will have the opportunity to fold empanadas, create your own “alfajores de maicena” and more. At the end, we will settle at the table to enjoy the fruits of our labor! We will head back to the hotel after lunch, where you will have some free time to relax and freshen up before the evening activity—a Tango show! We will enjoy an unforgettable night, surrendering to the magic of this “city that never sleeps” and to the charm of the sanguine music. A typical, early 20th-century house is an ideal stage for such a unique show: 15 artists, a tango orchestra, a folk music group, dancers and a singer. While enjoying the show, you’ll be treated to a traditional Argentine meal. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mendoza, which is at the heart of Argentina’s wine country. The city is known for its tree-lined streets, shaded plazas, laid-back atmosphere and street cafes serving as much Malbec as coffee. You will enjoy some free time to stroll around the town at your leisure before joining the group again for dinner. (B, D)
Day 4 – Mendoza
Today we will explore the wine regions of Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo, both internationally renowned for their Malbec wines. The area is a picturesque scene of endless green vineyards at the edge of majestic desert mountain peaks, and the contrast of colors is breathtaking. Joined by experienced professionals, we will tour some wineries and walk among the vineyards. Learn about the region’s production and how the locals succeeded in turning a desert into an oasis—canals, irrigation ditches, computerized drip irrigation (a harmonious combination of old techniques inherited from the Huarpe Indians and modern technologies) have all resulted in the production of high-quality crops. Of course, we will also sample the wines for ourselves! Enjoy several wine tastings and a delicious lunch during the tour. After visiting three different types of wineries, we will head back to Mendoza for an evening at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 5 – Mendoza to Buenos Aires
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. You will enjoy some free time before joining the group again for dinner. (B, D)
Day 6 – Buenos Aires
Depart the city in a comfortable coach for a scenic ride through the Argentine pampas (plains) to an estancia (ranch), for a day of gaucho (cowboy) fun! The wild smell of the countryside will lead us away from the city and invite us to experience the region’s rural traditions. The area of San Antonio de Areco is considered the birthplace of the gaucho tradition, and the estancia we will be visiting is one of Areco’s most historical and characteristic. Its magnificent casco, or main house, was built by Lieutenant General Pablo Riccheri in 1880. Our program includes an asado (barbeque) lunch as well as a large selection of leisure activities: horseback and carriage riding, swimming pool, and walking along the Areco River. The estancia also offers live music and dancing, plus you may see some gaucho skills in action, including horse racing, cattle lassoing and horse herding. This is truly an unforgettable way to end your pre-cruise land tour—by simply enjoying life as the locals do! (B, L)
Day 7 – Buenos Aires Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Eclipse for a 14-night cruise. (B)
Day 8 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse
Day 9 – Montevideo Shore Excursion
After breakfast on board, set off with your local guide on the most exclusive Shore Excursion in Montevideo. Begin with an orientation tour of the city. You will see Independence Square, Parliament, La Carreta Monument, Downtown, Pocitos and Parque Batlle Park neighborhoods, and the city coastline. You will then drive to the district of Cuchilla Pereira called “The Wine Land.” Here you will visit a bodega (wine shop) founded in 1898, where you will be part of an unforgettable experience. You will visit the wine cellar which dates to the 1800s and browse through the old machinery museum. Along the way, you will enjoy a performance that recreates the era in which the milonga emerged in the Rio de la Plata. Argentinians, intrigued by the dance, borrowed several characteristics of it, added their own attitude and style, and called it the Tango. Dancers and Singers will make you feel like you are being transported back in time and that are part of the Uruguayan history of the late 1800s. To enhance the experience, you will enjoy the best national wines and delicious local snacks. History, wine making, dance, singing, gastronomy, and delicious wines should make for a memorable experience. From here, return to your ship with a new-found appreciation for Montevideo and Uruguay. (L)
Day 10–20 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse
(see below for cruise highlights)
Day 21 – Santiago Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Eclipse and meet your guide. Transfer to the city of Santiago to begin your city highlights tour! The first part of our tour will be devoted to the old part of Santiago, which houses the most traditional and emblematic buildings of the city. Our first stop will be La Moneda Government Palace, which is the current seat of the Presidency of the Chilean Government and is the best architectural example of neoclassic style in Chile. We will then visit the Cultural Center at La Moneda Palace, which houses incredible exhibitions of both national and international heritage. We will then walk to the Main Square, which is characterized by its historical buildings: the Santiago Municipality, National Historical Museum, Central Post Office, Santiago Firemen Building and Metropolitan Cathedral. After a hearty lunch, we will continue by coach to view some of the more modern parts of the city. After checking in to the hotel, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. (L)
Day 22 – Santiago
Today we will depart Santiago to explore the coastal cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. However, our first stop will be at a beautiful organic winery in the Rosario Valley. Enjoy an informative tour, wine tasting and lunch before continuing on to the UNESCO city of Valparaiso. Winding through the city’s streets, we will make our way to the Paseo Yugoslavo and the Baburitza Palace, which offer wonderful views of the bay. We will then descend to the Plaza Sotomayor via the El Peral elevator to see the monument to the Chilean Pacific War heroes. In this area you can also admire the beautiful architecture of the Hotel Victoria, Intendencia administrative building and the Matriz Church. Continue walking to the Plaza Anibal Pinto square, where there are a number of galleries and workshops of local artists, as well as some famous traditional cafés. We will then travel down the coastal road toward Vina del Mar, viewing the Wulff Castle and Flower Clock along the way. Here we will visit the Fonck Museum to see an original Moai brought from Easter Island, view the Sporting Club race track and stop by the small village of Concon before heading back to Santiago. (B, L)
Day 23 – Santiago
Spend today visiting two famous wineries in Chile’s most prestigious wine region, the Maipo Valley. Located between Chile’s Coastal Range and the Andes mountains, this valley is often described as the “Bordeaux of South America.” Celebrated for its Cabernet Sauvignon, the Maipo Valley is known to produce some of South America’s finest red wines. Our first stop is Vina Santa Rita Winery, which was founded in 1880 by an entrepreneur who introduced fine French varieties and advanced winemaking techniques. Under the guidance of the vineyard’s experienced wine makers, we tour the grounds and enjoy a wine tasting. Pay a visit to the Andino Museum, a museum located on the winery’s ground that is dedicated to Chile’s pre-Columbian history. Then, have lunch at the estate’s restaurant before traveling on to our next winery, Vina Cousino Macul, for more tours and tastings. These experiences offer a unique blend of Chilean history and modern wine making practices. After your tour, enjoy dinner at the winery before heading back to your hotel in Santiago. (B, L, D)
Day 24 – Santiago
Today you will de departing South America and heading home. However, most flights are late in the evening, so you will have much of the day to enjoy the city at your leisure. Perhaps you will peruse the local handicraft market, have lunch at a recommended restaurant or the Central Market, visit one of Santiago’s many museums, or simply stroll along the streets just enjoying the atmosphere. Check out of the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
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.
Montevideo, Uruguay – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Montevideo. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.
Punta del Este, Uruguay: If South America had purposely created a place to compete with the Riviera, this would be it. Leisurely browse through the chic shops and galleries of Calle Gorlero or spend a relaxing afternoon people watching from a beachside café while the assorted sun lovers and jet setters around you enjoy one of the continent’s most storied playgrounds.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina: This deep-water port was founded in 1865 by Welsh immigrants. Extending out into the Atlantic from Puerto Madryn is the Peninsula Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary where vast numbers of sea elephants, whales and penguins far outnumber the few human visitors who make it out this far.
Cape Horn, Chile (Scenic Cruising): Tierra del Fuego, Land of Fire, is the most isolated place in the Americas, and Cape Horn is its southernmost point. These craggy cliffs and windswept shores are stark, rugged beauty personified, creating a dramatic setting for the collision between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Ushuaia, Argentina: No city on the planet has more southerly latitude. As a result, the sun shines for 18 hours during each summer day, providing ample opportunity to view the mix of glaciers, forests and sea, all framed by Mount Martial to the west and Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the east.
Punta Arenas, Chile: The southernmost point on the contiguous South American continent, Punta Arenas overlooks the Strait of Magellan and Otway Sound, home to colonies of sea lions and Magellan penguins. It’s also one of the few places on earth where you can snow ski while looking out over the ocean.
Puerto Montt, Chile: This coastal enclave lives and dies by the sea, as evidenced by the colorful fishnet floats that adorn the main cathedral’s alter, the dozens of salmon farms that thrive in the hidden bays, and the hundreds of fishing boats that venture out each dawn in search of ocean bounty.
Most days during the land portion will include full-day 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 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 moderate, and includes a considerable amount of walking during the city tours. 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
Immerse yourself in the South American style while surrounded by staggering mountains and green valleys! This Enrichment Journey will especially focus on the culinary heritage of each region, including multiple visits to local wineries, a countryside barbeque, a cooking class and more. 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. A trip of a lifetime through South America will provide unforgettable experiences that will be very different than that you might be used to at home.
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:
Buenos Aires – Mendoza: 2 Hour Flight
San Antonio – Santiago: 1.75 Hour Coach Transfer
Santiago – Valparaiso: 1.75 Hour Coach Transfer
Special Offers are available on this Enrichment Journey! See below then call a Personal Vacation Manager for more details.
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 6/5/19. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.
|2/24/2020||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Inside (11)||$10,132||$7,599||$2,533||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Oceanview (7)||$11,066||$8,299||$2,767||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda (2C)||$11,732||$8,799||$2,933||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda (2B)||$11,799||$8,849||$2,950||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Class (C3)||$12,132||$9,099||$3,033||CALL FOR DETAILS|
Prices are in USD.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.
|Boston||$400||John F. Kennedy||$600||Phoenix||$550|
|Denver||$500||Los Angeles||$450||San Diego||$550|
|Washington – Dulles||$600||Chicago||$500||Tampa||$300|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.
Tel: (929) 207-1033
Calle Reconquista 945 | Centro, Buenos Aires C1003ABS, Argentina
Melia Buenos Aires is the best choice to stay in Argentina’s capital city, thanks to its prime location in the heart of the city, its luxurious and comfortable facilities, quality of services and exquisite personalized service. Among its services and facilities, Melia Buenos Aires offers comfortable and spacious rooms; different dining spaces: Restaurant Azorin, Gongora Lobby Bar, Machado Cafe, La Terraza; high speed internet access and more.
Tel: (+54) 261 4200-766
Calle Primitivo de La Reta 1007, Mendoza M5500AEK, Argentina
Huentala Hotel is a centrally located hotel where comfort, art and architecture goes along with service. Located in the heart of Mendoza City, just 15 minutes away from the international airport, Huentala offers bilingual staff, buffet breakfast, wine cellar, medical coverage, free Wi-Fi & more.
Tel: 011 56 2 2944 7800
Avenida Vitacura 3201, Santiago 7630578, Chile
Atton Santiago Vitacura by Pullman is located in an exclusive area of the commune of Vitacura, surrounded by parks. A few steps from Alonso de Córdoba street, where you will find shops featuring recognized luxury brands or exquisite restaurants and bars to end the day with style.
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: Celebrity Eclipse
Since Celebrity Eclipse® joined Celebrity’s fleet in 2010, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-traveled cruisers. Like her Solstice® Class sisters before her, she showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Eclipse hosts Qsine®, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world, and Celebrity iLounge℠, a hip, modern Internet café offering guests what they have asked for—easy access to the Internet, inspiring classes and latest tech gadgets. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, and you may never want to set foot on land again.
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.
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.
Argentina uses the Argentine Peso ($), currency code ARS
Chile uses the Chilean Peso ($), currency code CLP
Uruguay uses the Uruguayan Peso ($ or $U), currency code UYU
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. The wine regions are close to the Andes Mountains, which can have cool winds. 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:
Argentina, Uruguay and Chile: Spanish
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/south-american-spanish/ 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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