Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: September 18, 2021
(Sailing September 22, 2021)
Journey back to the days when European settlers first arrived in America and seafarers traversed the waters off our northeastern shores. Follow in their footsteps and take in all the rich history and culture that Cape Cod and this region have to offer. Spend your first day in Boston, New England’s largest city and enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers. Those daring may roll up their sleeves and help haul in a lobster trap themselves! You will drive down the historic and scenic route 6A, the Old King’s Highway, to get a view of the Cape Cod lighthouse and visit the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center at “Land’s End,” Provincetown. Embark on a whale-watching excursion to try and spot Humpbacks in this popular whale feeding location. No trip to Cape Cod would be complete without spending a day touring the affluent summer colony of Martha’s Vineyard. With its brightly painted cottages with gingerbread trim, this island day trip acts as the icing on the cake to your Cape Cod experience. On the last night, you will get to celebrate the journey at a farewell lobster dinner. Before returning to Boston you will visit an active cranberry bog farm and learn all about the growing and unique collecting methods of this holiday staple. Then, set sail on the Celebrity Summit for 12 nights enjoying charming ports in Maine, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and an overnight in Quebec City. This nostalgic Journey will take you back to America’s colonial past. Through the fresh seafood you will taste, the history you will learn and simply enjoying the crisp, salty sea air, you are sure to come back feeling enriched and recharged.
Visits: Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Summit, Halifax, Portland, Maine, Sydney, Charlottetown, Boston, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nova Scotia, Quebec City, Canada, Prince Edward Island, North America; 100120B
Start Date: September 18, 2021
(Sailing September 22, 2021)
|1||Arrive Boston – Transfer to hotel and welcome dinner|
|2||Boston to Cape Cod – Enroute Tour of Plymouth and Hyannis|
|3||Cape Cod – Provincetown, Whale Watching Cruise and Seashore Center|
|4||Cape Cod – Martha’s Vineyard and Farewell Lobster Dinner|
|5||Cape Cod to Boston – Cranberry Bog Farm, Transfer to Ship for Embarkation||6:00 PM|
|6||Bar Harbor, Maine||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|8||Halifax, Nova Scotia||9:30 AM||4:30 PM|
|9||Sydney, Nova Scotia||8:30 AM||2:30 PM|
|11||Quebec City, QC, Canada – Included Shore Excursion||9:00 AM||—|
|12||Quebec City, QC, Canada||—||10:00 AM|
|14||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island||7:00 AM||2:00 PM|
|15||At Sea||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|16||Portland, Maine||—||8:00 PM|
|17||Boston – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight Home||9:30 AM||8:30 PM|
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.
Day 1 – Arrive in Boston
Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Enjoy free time to relax or explore Boston on your own. Then, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Note: If you wish to spend more time in Boston, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension—which will add two nights to your Boston hotel stay.
Day 2 – Boston to Cape Cod
Meet your guide after breakfast to depart your Boston hotel and start your journey south to Cape Cod. Our first stop will be at America’s Hometown – Plymouth, where your guide will conduct a tour. A photo stop will be made at the Forefather’s Monument, the largest solid granite monument in the United States. Continue to the famous Plymouth Rock, the traditional site of disembarkation of the Pilgrims in 1620, where you will enjoy free time for lunch on the waterfront.
Then, embark on a lobster boat to learn about the many marine animals that live in Plymouth Harbor. During the cruise, those wishing to volunteer will get a “hands-on” experience hauling in the lobster traps as the group learns how lobsters are collected from their natural environment. Later this afternoon, we will arrive at the sandy shores of Cape Cod and your home base for the next 3 days. Extending some 70 miles into the sea, the Cape is home to both natural beauty and quaint colonial villages.
Here you can reclaim childhood memories of seashells, sandcastles, and saltwater taffy.
Your guide will provide an introductory tour of Hyannis that includes the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and a view of St. Francis Xavier Church, the summer parish of the Kennedy Family. Enjoy a group dinner this evening and take in the laid-back atmosphere of the Cape. (B, D)
Day 3 – Cape Cod
Today we will drive along the historic Route 6A, the Old King’s Highway. A scenic byway passing through centuries of Cape Cod history, it winds past hundreds of historic structures that characterize its early development. View the Eastham Windmill, a Cape Cod lighthouse and stop for a visit at the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center. Sand dunes and the ocean surround you as you approach “Land’s End”, Provincetown.
You are now at the extreme tip of Cape Cod. Formerly known as the “Province Lands” the Pilgrims landed here first before they decided to settle across the Bay in Plymouth. Take some time to enjoy the wonderful variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries that make this artistic village so unique.
Then, board an excursion vessel for an amazing whale-watching experience where you will try to spot humpback, minke and fin whales who feed in these rich waters while an onboard naturalist answers any questions you may have. For those not wishing to partake in the whale watching excursion, they may take a sand dune tour along the shoreline of the protected Cape Cod seashore instead. Enjoy dinner this evening in idyllic Provincetown before returning to the hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 – Cape Cod
After breakfast, your guide will escort you to the pier where you will board a ferry to the charming island of Martha’s Vineyard. The island’s year-round population is roughly 15,000 but swells to over 100,000 during the summer season. As you step off the ferry into the bustle of the harbor town of Vineyard Haven, notice how this charming village blends the past and present. Your guide will talk about the history and lifestyles of the islanders as you make your way to the historic whaling port and well-to-do community of Edgartown. Here you will have free time for lunch and shopping; make sure to admire the old sea captains’ houses from the 18th and 19th centuries with their well-manicured gardens and lawns. Complete your day on the island in Oak Bluffs, one of the earliest planned residential communities in the U.S.
Take a stroll through “Cottage City” with its brightly painted cottages and decorative gingerbread trim, giving them a storybook look. Nicknamed “gingerbread cottages,” these houses became a tourist attraction in their own right as far back as the late nineteenth century. Board the ferry back to the mainland where no trip to Cape Cod would be complete without a meal including lobster. Tonight, you will enjoy this famous New England crustacean at a farewell dinner while reminiscing about your Cape Cod experience with your fellow travelers. Don’t worry, alternative entrée’s will be available for those not wishing to eat shellfish. (B, D)
Day 5 – Cape Cod to Boston and Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port in Boston for embarkation. Along the way, we will stop at an active cranberry bog farm for a tour. The local guide will show you an existing bog and the expert farmers will discuss the stages of the cranberry growing process and the two methods of harvesting. This afternoon board the Celebrity Summit for a 12-night roundtrip cruise to Canada and New England. (B)
Day 6–10 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Summit (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 11 – Quebec City Shore Excursion
After breakfast on board, set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Quebec City. This tour combines both historical landmarks and cultural traditions of the region, assuring that you make the most of your day in this historic city. Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985, Québec City, capital of the province of Québec, is the only remaining entirely fortified city in North America and dominates the St. Lawrence River. The city’s buildings and monuments are models of its rich architectural history and give Québec City its renowned European flair. During the tour, you will see the Plains of Abraham, the Notre-Dame Church, Place-Royale, the National Assembly, the Citadelle and the famous Château Frontenac.
Following the visit of the historic district of Old Québec, you will travel through the rolling hills of the Côte-de-Beaupré countryside to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. For lunch, it’s off to a sugarshack in île d’Orléans for a typical “sugaring-off” party: a hearty, typical French-Canadian celebration feast. This traditional event dates back to pioneer days to celebrate the end of a hard winter. After lunch, enjoy a visit and tasting at a cider factory. As a real innovator in its field, this factory grows its own apples and makes traditional ciders, ice ciders and sparkling ciders that will give you a taste of the island’s bounty of fresh produce.
Before heading back to the port, you will make your way towards the Parc de la Chute Montmorency (Montmorency Falls). Located between the river and the cliffs, it is one of the province’s most spectacular sites. Taller than Niagara Falls, Montmorency Falls is an impressive natural wonder that dominates the landscape. A stop at the bottom of the falls will let you appreciate the grandeur of this must-see site. Enjoy an overnight aboard the ship in Quebec City. (L)
Day 12–16 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Summit (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 17 – Boston Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Summit 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.
Boston, Massachusetts: Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, is one of the most historic cities in North America and home to many leading universities, including world-renowned Harvard in neighboring Cambridge. As one of the oldest established cities in the United States, this cultural capital offers an abundance of historic sites and national treasures to discover. Stroll the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that connects about 16 of Boston’s landmarks such as Boston Common, the Old Corner Bookstore, and Paul Revere’s House or visit the first-class Museum of Fine Art and Boston Symphony Orchestra and so much more. Head to the Seaport District for fresh seafood, local specialties include cod, steamed lobster, oysters on the half-shell and creamy chowders. Then venture to the birthplace of America’s original craft beer, the Samuel Adams Brewery, to find out how the ales and lagers are made, perhaps sample a few, and learn about this great patriot. There’s such an amazing cross-section of rich history, music, art, literature and theater to explore on a cruise to Boston.
Bar Harbor, Maine: The list of residents inhabiting this part of Mount Desert Island once read like a who’s who of America’s richest citizens—Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Carnegie, to name a few. Now anyone can come and visit the adjacent Acadia National Park, which offers a network of hiking trails leading to some of the region’s most breathtaking views of the
Halifax, Nova Scotia: Located on the shores of the world’s second-largest natural harbor, the “City of Trees” adds to the pastoral beauty of Canada’s maritime region.
An extensive network of walking trails extends from the waterfront out to a series of beautiful parks and vibrant gardens, inviting exploration.
Sydney, Nova Scotia: Sydney, Nova Scotia lies on the northeast coast of Cape Breton Island and is the largest metropolitan area on the island. Founded in 1785 by the British, this small port city has served as home to many immigrants who arrived on Canadian shores through the centuries, including French Acadians, Eastern Europeans, Scotsmen, and Africans.
Sydney is the perfect gateway to the beauty and wonder of Cape Breton Island on a Nova Scotia cruise. Just outside the city limits lies a wealth of sightseeing possibilities, including nature walks and museums. Visit the Louisbourg Fortress, the largest historical reconstruction in North America, and relive the life of the first settlers of this region. Discover Cabot Trail and explore the raw unspoiled nature of Canada, breathtaking coastal vistas, kayaking, hiking and much more. Seafood fresh from the ocean and traditional pub fare are always on local menus. Head to the Big Fiddle Market located inside the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion where you’ll find local arts and crafts for keepsakes and souvenirs.
Quebec City, Canada – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Quebec City. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Nestled in the harbor of the same name, Charlottetown exudes both a nautical charm and a Victorian sensibility, with a historic waterfront set against homes that retain much of their original personality. On the south shore of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown’s red soil adds to the area’s natural beauty. No visit would be complete without sampling the local mussels, which are some of the best in the world.
Portland, Maine: Portland is one of the prettiest coastal towns and has a rich history and folklore waiting to be explored. Established in 1632 as a fishing and trading settlement by the British, the city still holds its rustic charm near and dear.
From the beautiful looming lighthouses to the deep blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the quaint brick buildings, and 19th-century warehouses, everywhere you look on your cruise to Maine you’ll find enchanting New England splendor. The famous Portland Head Light dates back to 1791 and is by far one of Portland’s most iconic landmarks. Sitting on Cape Elizabeth, the beautiful lighthouse served as a lookout for oncoming intruders (particularly, the British) and today stands as a symbol of Maine’s heritage. It’s the oldest of its kind in continuous use in the States.
The Portland Museum of Art is well worth a visit. The museum features a broad collection of American and European art, plus an impressive selection of work by notable artists, like Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet and many other greats. Architecture buffs, as well as literary enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the great poet and Portland native, Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow’s childhood home. The Wadsworth-Longfellow House is a National Historic Landmark contains most of the original household items and is the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula.
Hop on a beer tour on your cruise to Maine and discover what beer experts say is some of the best brews in the United States. The microbrew movement strong in Portland. There are about 17 locally brewed brands that offer a wide range in flavor profile. Learn all about the fermentation process and sample handcrafted Belgian-style beer, blueberry wheat ale, rich dark stout, and much more.
Wander along the bustling cobblestone streets and alleys of the Old Port district in the downtown city center for wonderful dining and shopping. This small coastal town boasts many award-winning restaurants that are rooted in the farm-to-table tradition. Talented chefs prepare the freshest New England lobster with hearty, local, organic and plant-based foods on menus. And there’s a host of incredible locally owned boutiques within walking distance for unique, one-of-a-kind mementos.
Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. There is much to see in this region, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to explore the quaint towns on your own. 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 atmosphere of Cape Cod. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. 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, taste local cuisine and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate and includes a considerable amount of walking. Those prone to seasickness should note that there will also be boat rides on each day while touring. A land-based alternative is available for those not wishing to do the whale watching excursion.
Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
This tour is a truly immersive experience into New England and especially Cape Cod culture. You will be learning the rich history of the area that has its roots in shaping the origins of the United States and therefore a part of national history. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region, and you will also be introduced to local culture and artistry of the region. 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 during the fall season, 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:
Hyannis – Boston: 1.5-hour coach transfer
Hyannis – Provincetown: 1-hour coach transfer
Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.
All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires 1/31/21 or when sold out.
Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will fly into the Boston airport, the itinerary does not include much time in the city. With this optional extension you will arrive to Boston 2 days early and stay in the city, giving you time to explore Boston on your own before the start of the Enrichment Journey program. Note: tours are not included. Price of $449 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
|9/18/2021||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Veranda (2B)||$7,732||$5,799||$1,933||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Class (C3)||$8,265||$6,199||$2,066||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Aqua Class (A2)||$8,532||$6,399||$2,133||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? Pricing including Airfare is $2,699 per person.
|Charlotte||$250||John F. Kennedy||$0||Phoenix||$300|
|Denver||$250||Los Angeles||$300||San Diego||$300|
|No Air||$-150||Miami||$350||San Francisco||$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. While Enrichment Journeys typically uses 4-star hotels and higher, due to the uniqueness of this area and the smaller size of the historical buildings, this Enrichment Journey may include 3-star hotels. To better enhance the guest experience, preference has been given to traditional accommodations rather than modern amenities.
Encore Boston Harbor, 1 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149
A five-star waterfront resort accessible by land and sea, the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort is conveniently located just minutes from Logan International Airport; Boston’s famed Back Bay, Seaport, North End, Financial and Theater Districts; and Cambridge’s Harvard University and M.I.T. All the wonders of the area surround Encore Boston Harbor.
213 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 775-4420
Set directly on Hyannis Harbor, this hotel on the water invites you to experience quintessential New England charm and hospitality. From the moment you arrive at our hotel in Cape Cod, you will feel a sense of peace. This shingle style Hyannis hotel was redesigned by a local Cape Cod architectural firm, incorporating a sophisticated New England nautical theme that celebrates the spirit of the coast and its storied maritime heritage.
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.
As part of their $500-million fleet-wide modernization program, in February 2019, Celebrity Summit® started making even more waves in the cruise world. From adding brand new staterooms and elevating design concepts and technology across the ship to adding a private The Retreat Sun Deck and The Retreat Lounge for Suite Class guests, this stunner is turning heads more than ever. Slip into new eXhale bedding featuring Cashmere℠ mattresses that will surround you in luxury—literally. Marvel at completely new bathroom modernizations. Wine and dine in reimagined restaurants and lounges, including the main dining room, Oceanview Café, Sunset Bar, and Rendezvous Lounge. Surrender your senses in the newly redesigned spa. Shop in new retail boutiques. The Celebrity Revolutions℠ will change the way you experience the world aboard Celebrity Summit®.
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 not need an adaptor for your trip.
Canada’s electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets and wall plugs) are the same as those found in the United States. The electrical supply is 120 Volts and 60 Hertz.
Canada uses the Canadian Dollar ($), currency code CAD
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 some of their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the cruise, 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.
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.
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 tip of 15-18% 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. Weather conditions and temperatures can vary also while on the boat excursions during your tour. 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:
|Sydney, Nova Scotia||30/15||30/13||35/20||44/29||56/37||66/46||74/55||74/55||66/48||55/40||45/32||36/23|
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:
Quebec, Canada: French
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ 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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