Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Land Program: Includes a Mix of Guided Tours and Free Time
Start Date: Oct 20, 2024
(Sailing Oct 26, 2024)
Journey with us through time and style as we explore two of Europe’s most artistic cities. Begin your adventure in the enchanting city of Milan. From the iconic Duomo’s marble spires to the timeless elegance of the La Scala Opera House, Milan weaves a magical tapestry of art, fashion and history that leaves visitors spellbound. Venturing outside of the bustling city, we will spend a day in the charming lakeside town of Como. After a tour of the town and a leisurely lunch, enjoy a cruise on Lake Como, where you’ll bask in the scenery of enchanting villas, lush gardens and the dramatic landscape of the surrounding Alps. We will then fly to the mesmerizing city of Barcelona. You will have ample free time to discover the whimsical Gaudí architecture throughout the city. The Sagrada Família stands as an ethereal masterpiece and the labyrinthine streets of the Gothic Quarter reveal secrets of a bygone era beneath the glow of enchanting street lamps. As the Mediterranean sun dips below the horizon, Barcelona’s seaside promenade transforms into a fairy-tale realm, where the scent of paella mingles with the sound of Spanish guitar, and the city’s vibrant spirit comes alive in a captivating nocturnal symphony. We’ll end our Journey with an unforgettable day in the the Penedès wine region, about an hour west of Barcelona. This historic wine-producing area is known for its exceptional vineyards, diverse grape varieties and renowned wineries. Here, we will sip and savor the region’s finest offerings as we toast to a wonderful Journey. Then, embark the Celebrity Ascent for an incredible 13 night cruise to Spain, Portugal and Bermuda before disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale. From the culturally rich cities of Milan and Barcelona to a relaxing transatlantic cruise, this Journey will be one for the ages.
Visits: Celebrity Ascent, Milan, Italy, Lake Como, Barcelona, Spain, Port Vendres, Kings Wharf, Culinary, SPID 37105, Europe
Start Date: Oct 20, 2024
(Sailing Oct 26, 2024)
|1||Arrive Milan – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Milan – Half-day Tour of Milan and Afternoon at Leisure|
|3||Milan, Italy – Full-day Tour to Lake Como|
|4||Milan to Barcelona – Fly to Barcelona and Evening at Leisure|
|5||Barcelona, Spain – Day at Leisure|
|6||Barcelona, Spain – Full-day Tour to Penedes Wine Region|
|7||Barcelona, Spain – Transfer to Port for Embarkation||5:00 PM|
|8||Alicante, Spain||8:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|9||Gibraltar, United Kingdom||10:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|12||Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|17||King’s Wharf, Bermuda||8:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|20||Ft. Lauderdale – Disembarkation||7:00 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.
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.
|Day 1 – Arrive Milan
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. You’ll have time to settle in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner with an included glass of local wine. (B,D)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Milan, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one night to your Milan hotel stay.
|Day 2 – Milan
After breakfast at your hotel, set off to learn more of this fascinating city that is part cutting-edge fashion, part grand opera, part historical and part trendy. Start the day with a half-day tour of the Arch of Peace, a neoclassical arch begun by Napoleon at the entrance to the city, and the Sforza Castle, a 15th century castle built by the Duke of Milan. Then, enjoy photo opportunities of the exquisite Duomo di Milano, also known as the Milan Cathedral. This extravagant Gothic cathedral took over six centuries to complete, as construction started in 1386 and was not completed until 1965. It is the second largest church in Europe, behind St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, but its most impressive feature is arguably the 135 marble spires that crown the white decorative façade. You will then visit one of the most famous opera houses in the world, the opulent Teatro alla Scala, or simply known as La Scala, which was inaugurated in 1778 and has hosted Italy’s great opera singers throughout the years. You will also have the opportunity to take photos of the famous Da Vinci Statue. After a morning of touring, take a break by savoring a Milanese-style lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon and evening you will enjoy free time in the city. We recommend using part of this time to stroll through the predecessor to today’s indoor malls, the stately Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II. (B)
Day 3 – Milan
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will be transported by coach from bustling Milan to the peaceful, almost fairy-tale setting of Lake Como, only 1.5 hours away. At the foot of the Alps, this magical place has attracted the wealthy for hundreds of years. Their opulent villas and gardens dot the peaceful shoreline of glacial waters, set against a dramatic mountainous landscape. Spend the morning exploring the town of Como with your guide, then sit down to lunch at a local restaurant. We’ll end the day with a leisurely cruise on Lake Como, basking in the scenery as we explore Italy’s third-largest lake. We will then head back to Milan for an evening at leisure. (B, L)
|Day 4 – Milan to Barcelona
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Barcelona. Barcelona is home to the whimsical architecture of Antoni Gaudí, such as the iconic Sagrada Família and Park Güell. After checking in to your hotel, you’ll enjoy free time in Barcelona this evening. Stroll the bustling streets of La Rambla and through the narrow alleys of the Gothic Quarter, where medieval charm meets contemporary flair, or savor tapas and sangria for lunch in a lively local tavern. The city’s Mediterranean coastline offers sun-drenched beaches, while the Picasso Museum and the Montjuïc hill provide artistic and panoramic delights. Barcelona’s unique blend of Catalan identity and global influences make it an enchanting destination for anyone seeking a rich and unforgettable urban adventure. Delight in the many dining options for your evening meal. (B)
|Day 5 – Barcelona
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before choosing your own Barcelona adventure! You have an entire day to explore at your leisure. You can choose to begin your day with a visit to the enchanting Casa Batlló, another masterpiece by Gaudí, known for its surreal architecture and imaginative design. Delve into the city’s history at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona, where ancient Roman ruins reveal Barcelona’s rich past. A trip to Montjuïc Castle provides panoramic views of the city and a glimpse into its military history. Don’t miss the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, where nightly light and music shows create a mesmerizing spectacle. To experience Catalan artistry, head to the Fundació Joan Miró, dedicated to the renowned surrealist artist. Finally, indulge in authentic Catalan cuisine at the bustling Boqueria Market or enjoy a scenic meal along the picturesque Port Vell. Barcelona’s treasures are boundless, making every moment a sightseeing adventure. (B)
|Day 6 – Barcelona
Today, rejoin the group and head out of the city with your guide to explore one of Spain’s top wine regions—Penedes. Using traditional French methods for making champagne, this area specializes in its production of cava, a sparkling white (or sometimes rosé) wine. Most of the wine in Catalonia is produced by the more than 140 wine producers in this region. From Barcelona, we’ll head out into the countryside towards Penedes—a route dotted with quaint villages, solitary churches and traditional wine estates, called Masias. Our first stop at a local winery will give us the chance to tour the cellars and sample their cava. We’ll then continue to the wine culture museum to gain further insight into the industry and its importance to the local culture and lifestyle. After your first wine tour, you will enjoy a 3-couse lunch. We will then proceed to our second winery, an award-winning, family run establishment. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and the estate, all the while learning how the winery has continued to thrive throughout five generations. End the tour with a wine tasting of the estate’s specialties before heading back to Barcelona. (B, L)
|Day 7 – Barcelona Transfer to the Port for Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Ascent for a 13-night cruise to Spain, Portugal and Bermuda. (B)
|Days 8–19 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Ascent (see below for cruise highlights)|
|Day 20 – Ft. Lauderdale Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Asent. (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.
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.
Gilbraltar, 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.
Ponta Delgada, Azores: Formed from the peaks of a vast underwater volcanic mountain range, Ponta Delgada is the capital city of São Miguel island and is considered by many to be the most important city in the Azores archipelago. A stroll along the town’s harbor front promenade will provide gorgeous scenic views of the turquoise blue Atlantic Ocean, as well as fascinating architecture dating back to the 16th century Renaissance. Hiking, kayaking and surfing are among the popular water sports on cruises to Azores. April through September whale watching joins the ranks of water activities when regular sightings of various types of the mammal can be spotted during the season, including short-finned the pilot whales, Sowerby’s beaked whale and sometimes even a blue whale.
King’s Wharf: King’s Wharf has something for everyone. Taste local flavors and stroll through the shops and museums. Or have a close encounter at Dolphin Quest, where you can see, pet and swim with these magnificent marine mammals.
3 out of 5 – Land Program Includes a Mix of Guided Tours and Free Time
The overall pace is moderate. This Journey includes a balanced mix of guided tours and free time for you to explore on your own. Your tour escort will be available to offer suggestions of things to do nearby. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals may be included, while other meals will be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. 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. Guided tours may include a considerable amount of walking, while free time offers you the option to relax. In Italy and Spain, many places visited are referred to as hill towns as that is what they are built upon. Roads and walkways on these inclines may transform a short walk into a strenuous one. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. 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.
Italy is an enchanting region where terrain reaches from snowy heights to seaside lagoons, with farms, villages and trend-starting cities in between. Food and wine take on a new meaning to many visitors as they taste slow cooked items made from scratch, and taste wine less than 100 yards from where the grape was grown. Masterpieces that have changed the world, including art, architecture, music and fashion, originated here. This Journey will also focus on the daily life of local villages and include many gastronomic experiences, including a visit to one of Spain’s most important wine regions. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
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.
While on tour:
Milan to Barcelona: 1.5-hour flight
Included international 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.
All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires Dec 5, 2023 or when sold out.
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Milan a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel and explore Milan before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $175 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:
|10/20/2024||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Veranda||$9,865||$7,399||$2,466||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge||$10,265||$7,699||$2,566||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Suite||CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE|
Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for quote.
|Toronto||$300||Houston Intercontinental||$300||San Francisco||$450|
|Boston||$300||John F. Kennedy||$250||Chicago||$250|
|Washington – Dulles||$250||Phoenix||$350|
|– 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.
Viale Bianca Maria 4, 20129 Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 (0) 2 83427500
Bianca Maria Palace Hotel has recently been renovated, combining Milanese traditional architecture with efficiency and innovation. The delightful decor and the seventh floor terrace are the real assets of the hotel. The hotel is located in proximity to Piazza Cinque Giornate, one of the main traffic junctions: particularly relevant is the monument in memory of the Five Days of Milan, created by Giuseppe Grandi. The young and dynamic staff aims to satisfy the needs of the guests and offer them a memorable stay.
Avinguda Diagonal, 1, 08019 Barcelona, Spain
+(34) 93 356 10 00
The Barcelona Princess Hotel stands out for its modern and avant-garde design and as one of the most emblematic buildings in Barcelona, thus contributing to the architectural grandeur of the city. The Hotel is located at number 1 on Avenida Diagonal in front of the International Convention Centre in Barcelona, Parc del Fòrum, Port Fòrum and Barcelona Beach, next to the Diagonal Mar shopping centre. It also boasts a Solarium swimming pool 85 meters up on the 23rd floor with spectacular sea views, the Gym Bar terrace, sun-bed, pool, gym and sauna.
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 contemporary spaces that are at once coolly sophisticated and warmly inviting. Where the culinary experience is influenced by global cuisines and designed by their Michelin-starred chef. Where their staff provides seamless and intuitive service that’s both personal and unobtrusive. Where everything is designed to provide an unparalleled Relaxed Luxurysm resort at sea experience. Celebrity’s 15 award-winning ships offer unique experiences in more than 300 destinations on all seven continents.
Ship: Celebrity Ascent
Enjoy more luxury and more space on Celebrity AsentSM the newest Edge Class Ship debuting in the islands. There’s no better place for a ship designed to connect you more closely than ever to the sea and all the sun-soaked places on the horizon.
On its Eastern Caribbean itineraries, you can explore the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan in search of authentic local flavors, join an excursion to The Baths of Virgin Gorda from nearby Tortola and soak up the lush mountain views on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway. Journey to the Western Caribbean and get up close and personal with dolphins in Nassau, hit the shops or visit Maya ruins in Cozumel and lounge away the day on Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach.
With more luxury to love, Celebrity Ascent extends your island bliss right on board. The ship’s outward-facing design and expanded outdoor spaces are perfect for enjoying the ever-changing views and balmy tropical breezes. Celebrity Ascent has everything that’s made the Edge Series ships stand apart from anything else at sea—from the cantilevered Magic Carpet soaring above the ocean to the asymmetrical pool area with martini- shaped hot tubs—plus even more exciting experiences to be announced soon.
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: Note: as of September 2023, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) starting in May 2025. Since this program will run in 2024, you may not need to apply for an ETIAS prior to their travel towards Europe, however we encourage all guests to double check this information prior to travel as requirements may change. 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.
Spain, Portugal and Italy use the Euro (€), currency code EUR
The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP
Bermuda uses the Bermudian Dollar, but as it is fixed to the U.S. Dollar, the U.S. Dollar is commonly accepted
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. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Celebrity Cruises.
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/italian/ for more phrases with sound.
Spain: Spanish and Catalan
The region of Catalonia, including Barcelona, has two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Although the locals understand Spanish, daily activity is conducted in Catalan and there is a fierce pride in their Catalonian heritage. The phrases below overlap in both languages, but many other common phrases can different.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/spanish/ for more phrases with sound in Spanish.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/catalan/ for more phrases with sound in Catalan.
UK: English (below are some differences in British and American English)
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