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Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

14 Nights featuring Venice, Padua, Parma, Modena, Bologna, Dubrovnik, Santorini and Mykonos

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

Start Date: May 20, 2023
(Sailing May 25, 2023)

About This Journey

Picture yourself at a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory in Parma, indulging yourself at the sampling table and savoring each bite. The group is chatting about the picturesque scenes you discovered in Venice and the artistic masterpieces you marveled at in Padua. You know you will be visiting Modena next, where a spread of authentic balsamic, freshly baked bread and sparkling red Lambrusco awaits you, but you can’t help but sneak a few more bites of Parmesan before leaving…

On this Journey, you’ll experience the perfect combination of local cuisine, historic marvels and seaside vistas. Explore the canals of Venice, learn about the art of glassblowing in Murano, and meander through the colorful houses of Burano. In Padua, visit one of the largest Basilicas in Italy and then stroll through one of the world’s first Botanical Gardens, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your last few days in Northern Italy will be spent simply enjoying “la dolce vita” as you wine and dine through Italy’s famous culinary centers. Visit a local vineyard in Veneto, sample cheeses in the town of Parma and balsamic in Modena. After 5 days of culinary and cultural delights, you’ll then board the Celebrity Constellation and set off for the dramatic Dalmatian coastline and the azure waters of the Greek Isles. On your exclusive full-day shore excursion in Dubrovnik, explore the main sights of the historic Old Town and then visit a family run farm to enjoy an afternoon of lively music and scrumptious homemade dishes. Disembark in ancient Athens, reflecting on your Journey to some of the most enchanting destinations in Europe.

Visits: Venice, Murano, Burano, Bologna, Padua, Parma, Modena, Ravenna, Italy; Split, Dubrovnik, Croatia; Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Celebrity Cruises; Celebrity Constellation; SPID 35175

Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

Itinerary

Start Date: May 20, 2023
(Sailing May 25, 2023)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Venice – Transfer to hotel; welcome dinner
2 Venice – Walking Tour
3 Venice – Tour to Murano and Burano
4 Venice to Bologna – Enroute Tour of Padua
5 Bologna – Tour to Parma and Modena
6 Bologna – Transfer to Ravenna for Embarkation
7 Ravenna, Italy 5:00 PM
8 Split, Croatia 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
9 Dubrovnik, Croatia — Included Shore Excursion 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
10 At Sea
12 Santorini, Greece 8:30 AM 10:00 PM
13 Rhodes, Greece 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
13 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey 9:00 AM 10:00 PM
14 Mykonos, Greece 8:00 AM 9:00 PM
15 Athens (Piraeus), Greece – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport 6:00 AM

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program Details

Day 1 – Arrive Venice

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred by water taxi to your hotel for check in. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 – Venice

Venice Bridge of Sigh

Venice Bridge of Sighs

After breakfast, head out with your tour leader to explore Venice by foot. A labyrinth of canals, bridges and pedestrian walkways, Venice is truly breathtaking. Around one corner, a bustling piazza where patrons sip coffee at an outdoor café. Around another, a quiet canal where lovers snuggle together as their gondola glides under bridges. Today’s walking tour will include views of Saint Mark’s Square, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the Bell Tower, the Bridge of Sighs and Rialto Bridge. Then, tour the interior of Doge’s Palace, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the former residence of the Doge of Venice. From this palace, 120 doges over 1,000 years governed the city. Today, it is a museum housing stunning artwork, historical artifacts and regional exhibits. After a morning of walking, we will then sit down for a well-deserved lunch. This evening you will enjoy free time to meander through the streets of Venice on your own, perhaps enjoying a gondola ride if you wish. (B, L)

Day 3 – Venice

Processing of murano glass

Processing of Murano Glass

Today you will enjoy a tour of the Venice lagoon, with visits to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. After boarding our private boat, depart bustling Venice and cruise to the island of Murano. Without question, Murano is most famous for its glass art. Intricate, colorful and one-of-a-kind luxurious, Murano Glass is a refined craft that has been handmade by glass masters for approximately 1,000 years. During our time in Murano, you will learn about this celebrated art during a workshop at a traditional glass factory.

 

 

Burano Colorful Houses

Burano’s Colorful Houses

After a delicious lunch in Murano, hop back in the boat and head to the island of Burano, the colorful island of lacemakers. Picturesque, vibrantly colored houses reflect in the emerald waters. Ladies gather in the town squares to chat while embroidering original Burano lace. The leaning bell tower adds an intriguing element to the scene. After a walking tour of Burano Island, visit a lace atelier to observe expert artisans working on their craft and to learn about this art and its history on the island. After a day of exploring the islands of the Venice Lagoon, return to your hotel by boat. (B, L)

 

Pontifical Basilica

Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony

Day 4 – Venice to Bologna

After breakfast, say, “Ciao!” to Venice as we depart the romantic island and drive inland. Our first stop will be at Padua, a medieval city with a rich culture. Throughout its history, Padua has challenged both Venice and Verona for power over the region, and the city’s prominent university served as an important hub during the Renaissance. Enjoy a tour of the impressive Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony, built in the 13th century and containing an impressive collection of notable artworks. You will also visit the Botanical Gardens of Padua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.

Local Vineyard

Local Vineyard

After lunch, we will depart Padua and head to a local vineyard in the Veneto region, just south of Padua. Enjoy a tasting of various wines paired with a fine selection of artisanal cheese, bread, and extra-virgin olive oil produced from the olive trees that surround the vineyards. During the tasting you will learn about each wine, the history of the winery and their winemaking techniques. After a delightful afternoon of wine tasting, we will continue our drive south to Bologna. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights; then enjoy your evening at leisure. (B, L)

 

Parmesan Cheese, Parma, Italy

Day 5 – Bologna

Celebrate your last full day in Italy by indulging in some of the country’s most famous culinary delights. After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart Bologna and head to the town of Parma, famous for their parmesan cheese and prosciutto. During a visit to a local cheese factory, you will sample these artisan delicacies and learn about how the world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano was first produced by Benedictine monasteries approximately 900 years ago. Then, enjoy some free time in the quaint town of Parma.

 

Balsamic Vinegar, Modena, Italy

We will then continue to the nearby town of Modena, world-renowned for their balsamic vinegar. Produced in this region for over a thousand years, it was in 1046 when Holy Roman Emperor Henry III complimented the “so very perfect vinegar” and initiated its rise in popularity. Visit a local villa for an informational tour and, of course, a sampling of their vinegar and other regional specialties. Upon our return to Bologna, enjoy a short walking tour as we make our way to dinner for a farewell meal. After a fun day of enjoying Italian hospitality, we’ll raise our glasses of locally produced wine and toast to a marvelous and delicious Journey, returning to the hotel with a full belly, warm memories and a tipsy smile. (B, D)

Bologna

Bologna, Italy

Day 6 – Bologna to Ravenna for Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port in Ravenna, where you will board the Celebrity Constellation for a 9-night cruise to Croatia and the Greek Isles. (B)

 

 

Day 7-8 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Constellation (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 9 – Dubrovnik Shore Excursion

Old City, Dubrovnik

Old City, Dubrovnik, Croatia

After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Dubrovnik. First, you will tour the pedestrian-only Dubrovnik Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Center. Along the way, stop and admire the exteriors of the Sponza Palace, notable for its column courtyard with elaborate stone carvings, the Church of Saint Blaise, Onofriou’s Fountain, and more. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Dominican Monastery Museum with its Renaissance masterpieces, the famous Franciscan Monastery built in 1360 with its Romanesque cloister, and the collection of relics in gold and silver located in the Cathedral’s Treasury.

 

Traditional folkdance

Traditional folkdance in Konavle Valley

After boarding our private coach, depart the town for a scenic drive to Cilipi Village. Here, you will visit a Family Village Estate, situated in the green and fertile Konavle Valley in an old stone block of houses that is well-blended with its surroundings. The building’s oldest part is several centuries old, and the authentic interior illustrates rural life. The family has lived in their traditional style home for generations, working the land, producing grape brandy, olive oil and wine in the same way that their ancestors did. This is a great opportunity to see how people have lived in this verdant valley for centuries, exploring the garden and viewing the family’s large collection of implements and wine barrels. Your gracious host and chef will present local specialties, mostly home-grown, that will be prepared and cooked just for you! Using the traditional Peka, an iron bell covered with hot coals, he will prepare several of the menu items such as the local Prsut, a smoked ham, bread and the main course. Wine from their own vineyards will be expertly paired with this delicious meal. As you settle into your meal, a pleasant ambience of local music and traditional folklore will commence, making you feel right at home. Return to your ship with a new appreciation for the area and its people. (L)

Day 10-14 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Constellation (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 15 – Athens Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Constellation and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Note: if you wish to spend more time in Athens, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension.

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Split port, croatia

Port of Split

Split, Croatia: Dubrovnik gets a lot of praise as the town that put Croatia on the map for tourism, but travelers shouldn’t forget about the charm and effortlessness of Split, Croatia’s second-largest city. In Split, you can trade in the Game of Thrones crowd of Dubrovnik for a buzzing city vibe featuring hundreds of years of history. With a stop in Split from your, you’ll get access to excellent Dalmatian food, Romanesque influence, and a city teeming with energy and history.

 

 

Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town in Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Dubrovnik. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

 

 

 

 

Santorini Port

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece: Cruises to Santorini, Greece help share the effortless beauty and history of the island with the world. Though it’s no longer a well-kept secret, Santorini’s charm cannot be diminished. The island’s multicolored structures pop against the blue-and-white buildings and the turquoise Aegean sea below. Less academic than Athens, quieter than summer party town Mykonos, Santorini is one of the most-visited destinations on any number of Mediterranean cruises, and for good reason.

Santorini’s cruise port was created when the island’s volcano erupted in 1650 BC. The port is located at the base of Fira, the capital city. When your cruise docks in Fira, you’ll take a small boat to the shoreline and then, in picturesque Greek fashion, make your way to the top of the island by either cable car, donkey, or on foot.

port Rhodes city

Mandraki port Rhodes city, Greece

Rhodes, Greece: Rhodes (pronounced “ro-dos”), a Greek island northeast of Crete and southeast of Athens, is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and thousands of years of history conveniently at your fingertips. Cruises to Rhodes, Greece are your chance to experience winding Byzantine streets in Old Town, see ancient ruins, and venture on from the northernmost point of Rhodes to other age-old cities like Lindos or the beach of Faliraki.

 

 

 

Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi city and port view, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey: On a Greek island cruise, you may be more familiar with destinations like Santorini and Mykonos, but cruises to Ephesus, Turkey and the port town of Kusadasi will give you a look at thousands of years of history. When your Kusadasi cruise ship docks in port, you’re perfectly positioned to head further inland to the ruins of Ephesus, where you’ll discover an off-the-beaten-path approach to Turkey.

Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is known for its significance in early Christianity. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where it’s said that the mother of Jesus Christ lived out her final days. Venture to the city of Priene on a day trip, where the ruins of the Temple of Athena are the main attraction. Because the excavation of Ephesus is just beginning, who knows what marvels are still buried?

Mykonos Port

Mykonos Port, Cyclades Islands, Greece

Mykonos, Greece: Mykonos (also known as Hora) is perhaps the most known and famous of the Greek isles, and public fascination with the island has seen a massive uptick in recent years. The secret’s out—Mykonos is sophisticated and glossy, the younger sibling of Athens, where bright white buildings pop against seriously blue waters and bougainvillea blooms unrestricted, Mykonos cruises revel in incredible nightlife, alluring white sand beaches, and a stay-up-all-night spirit. Mykonos leaves you yearning for more. Accessible, warm, and friendly even when high season multiplies the population on the island, Mykonos defines what it means for a destination to be effortlessly cool.

Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Italy
    • Venice, Italy: 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Half-day walking tour of Venice
      • Full-day tour to Murano and Burano
    • Bologna: 2-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Padua
      • Winery visit and tasting
      • Full-day tour to Parma, Modena, and Bologna
      • Farewell dinner
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 9-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Constellation
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Dubrovnik, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Drinks, Wi-Fi and Tips are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
  • Special Offer—Ends 10/31!

Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

What to Expect

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Wheelchair access in Venice is extremely limited, therefore clients requiring a wheelchair may not be able to join the tours. Clients must be able to get in and out of the boats by themselves, including a step of up to 1.5 feet (depending on the tide). Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. In the case that a folding wheelchair is brought on the trip, guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Northern Italy is famous for its cuisine and fine wines. This Journey will not only introduce you to historical, artistic, and architectural masterpieces, but also include immersive culinary experiences. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

Venice is unique in that most transportation is done by boat, not car. Especially in low tide, there may be a considerable step when getting in and out of the boats. 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.

Transportation

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 in Venice is done by boat. Additional transportation times while on tour:

Venice to Padua: 1-hour coach transfer

Padua to Bologna: 1.5-hour coach transfer

Bologna to Parma: 1.5-hour coach transfer

Bologna to Ravenna: 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.

Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

Special Offer—Ends 10/31!

Receive up to $600 Onboard Credit.

Drinks, Wi-Fi & Tips are All Included on Celebrity Cruises.

 

All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires Oct 31, 2022 or when sold out.

Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

2-night Athens Extension (post)

Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Athens, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Athens after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $395 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

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

Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

Dates & Prices
05/20/2023 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (V2) $8,932 $6,699 $2,233 CALL FOR DETAILS
Obstructed – Veranda – Partial View (V3) $8,932 $6,699 $2,233 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $9,399 $7,049 $2,350 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $9,865 $7,399 $2,466 CALL FOR DETAILS
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $350 Los Angeles $450 San Francisco $450
Boston $300 Miami $250 Seattle $450
Chicago O’Hare $400 New York Kennedy $0 Toronto $350
Dallas $350 Houston Intercontinental $400 Washington Dulles $250
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

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.

Accommodations
Hotel Santa Marina Venice

Via Castello 6068, Campo S. Marina 30122 Venice, Italy

Phone: +39 0410970132

Formerly an ancient convent, our hotel occupies a building in a central neighborhood between the Rialto Bridge and the Church of Saints John and Paul.

Its interior is the epitome of elegance. The dark wood panel walls, the work of skilled craftsmen, create a classical backdrop for a warm and intimate atmosphere. The red and white marble flooring and the graceful Murano glass help create a beautiful ambience for our guests.

In the summer season, between April and September, breakfast can be served on our enchanting terrace with a view across Santa Marina Square. In addition, our lobby is the ideal place to read or relax.

Located on three floors, the hotel has a convenient elevator. For our most discriminating guests, we can offer Junior Suite and superior rooms, with warm parquet flooring, elegant walnut furniture, finely worked tapestries, and all fitted with whirlpool baths.

Starhotels Excelsior Bologna

Viale Pietramellara, 51 40121 Bologna, Italy

Phone: +39 051 246178

Strategically located opposite the Bologna Train Station and only 2 km (1.24 miles) from BolognaFiere Exhibition Centre, the Starhotels Excelsior blends classic style and contemporary taste. The marvelous city porticoes, that cover 38 km (24 miles) only in historic center, is now part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The hotel’s 193 stylish, elegant, and comfortable rooms and suites all feature prestigious furnishings and many overlook an unforgettable panorama of the city’s rooftops and medieval towers.

Celebrity Constellation

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 Constellation

Discover a vacation like no other aboard Celebrity Constellation®. Set sail and experience luxury at every turn. Enjoy unforgettable spaces, world-class amenities, and all of the distinct features that make our cruises so incredible. Relax and unwind in stylish accommodations that include Concierge Class and our spa-inspired AquaClass® with exclusive clean cuisine dining at Blu. Our luxurious suite experience, The Retreat®, features private restaurant dining and 24/7 lounge. Enjoy dining options that include distinctive restaurants with menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs and an award-winning wine collection. Surrender your senses and feel rejuvenated with soothing spa treatments and therapies at The Spa. And that’s not all. Enjoy shopping at the finest boutiques and family-fun activities, including cooking classes, and recreational games, such as archery, Silent Disco, STEM, and theatrical events. Set sail and come back rejuvenated with a whole new level of vacation relaxation.

Journey to the Charms of Venice, Croatia & Greece

Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

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:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

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.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

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.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

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 CIBTvisas. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of July 2022, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone may have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) for travel in 2023. US citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS prior to their travel towards Europe, in order to be allowed to enter the territory. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/.

Vaccinations

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.

Electric Current

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.

Local Currency

Italy and Greece use the Euro (€), currency code EUR

Croatia uses the Croatian Kuna (kn), currency code HRK

Turkey uses the Turkish lira (₺), currency code TRY

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 Guidelines

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. 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.

Time Differences

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.

Climate

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°
0° C = 32° F   10° C = 50° F   20° C = 68° F   30° C = 86° F   40° C = 104°

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Venice 43/32 46/34 54/39 61/46 70/54 75/61 82/64 81/64 75/59 64/50 52/39 45/34
Padua 42/30 48/33 56/38 64/45 72/53 79/60 83/64 82/62 76/57 66/48 53/39 44/31
Dubrovnik 54/43 55/43 57/46 63/52 70/57 77/64 84/70 82/70 77/64 70/57 63/50 57/46
Athens 53/44 54/44 57/47 64/52 71/59 80/67 82/71 82/71 77/66 70/60 62/53 56/47

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some key words and phrases:

Italy: Italian

  • Buon giorno (Bwohn JOHR-noh): Hello
  • Come sta? (Koh-meh STAH?): How are you?
  • Non c’è problema (Non cheh proh-BLEH-mah): No problem.
  • Mi scusi (Mee SKOO-zee): Excuse me
  • Grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh): Thank you
  • Sì (SEE): Yes
  • No (Noh): No
  • Uomini (WOH-mee-nee): Men’s (restroom)
  • Donne (Dohn-NEH): Women’s (restroom)
  • Che tempo fa? (Keh TEHM-poh fah): How is the weather?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/italian/ for more phrases with sound.

Croatia: Croatian

  • Zdravo (z’drah-voh): Hello
  • Dovidenja (Boh(n)-zhoo): Goodbye
  • Kako ste? (kah-koh steh): How are you?
  • Molim (moh-leem): Please
  • Oprostite (oh-proh-stee-teh): Excuse me
  • Da (dah): Yes
  • Ne (neh): No
  • Koliko ovo kosta? (KOH-lee-koh oh-voh koh-shtah?) How much is this?
  • Koliko je sati? (KOH-lee-koh yeh sahtee?) What time is it?
  • Gdje mogu razmijeniti novac? (Gdyeh MOH-goo rahz-MEE-yeh-nee-tee NOH-vahts?) Where can I exchange money?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/croatian/ for more phrases with sound.

Turkey: Turkish

  • Merhaba: Hello
  • Evet: Yes
  • Hayir: No
  • Tesekkür ederim: Thank you
  • Özür dilerim: Excuse me

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/turkish/ for more phrases with sound.

Greece: Greek

  • Γεια σας (YAH sahss): Hello
  • Τι κάνετε (Tee KAH-neh-teh?): How are you?
  • Μάλιστα (MAH-li-sta): Yes
  • Όχι (OH-hee): No
  • Χάρηκα (HA-ree-ka): Nice to meet you
  • Παρακαλώ (Pah-rah-kah-LOH): Please
  • Ευχαριστώ (Ef-hah-rees-TOH): Thank you
  • Συγγνώμη (See-GHNO-mee): Excuse me
  • Βοήθεια! (Voh-EE-thee-yah!): Help!
  • Θέλω να πάω στην παραλία (Thelo-na pow-sti paralia): I want to go to the beach.

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/greek/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

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

Italy

  • The name Italy comes from the word “italia”, meaning “calf land.” This is due to the bull being a symbol of the ancient Southern Italian tribes.
  • Tuscany has a long wine history; it can be traced back to the 5th century BCE. Grapes were first cultivated by the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago, grown in such wide abundance that they were often sold overseas and quickly became the area’s most trusted cash crop. 80% of all wines produced in Tuscany are produced with red grapes, the vast majority of which use Sangiovese as a grape.
  • Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, which is slightly larger than Arizona.
  • Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  • No other country in Europe has as many volcanoes as Italy. This is because the Italian peninsula stands on a fault line. Three major volcanoes have erupted in the last century.
  • Parmesan cheese originated in the area around Parma, Italy. Italians also created many other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta.

Croatia

  • Croatia was settled in the early 7th century.
  • Besides Croatian, Italian and English are commonly spoken, especially in the cities.
  • Approximately 10% of Croatia’s land is comprised of 8 national parks, 11 nature parks and 2 nature reserves.
  • Croatia has the most UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European country. These include lace making, gingerbread baking, and wooden toy carving.
  • Oscar-winning Fiddler on the Roof, Sophie’s Choice and Dr. Who all were filmed in Croatia, as were Game of Thrones and Star Wars.
  • Luka is the most popular boys’ name in Croatia, whilst Mia is currently the most popular female name.
  • The necktie was invented in Croatia.

Greece

  • There are 10.7 million people in Greece, with its capital city of Athens hosting roughly three million residents.
  • Athens was the capital of Ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy.
  • About 80% of Greece is mountainous and 50% is covered by forests.
  • There are about 3000 islands, only a few hundred of which are inhabited.
  • Ancient Greece is said to have laid the foundation for Western civilization, having a large influence on the Roman Empire and European culture.
  • Many Greek structures such as doors, windowsills, furniture, and church domes are painted a turquoise blue, especially in the Cyclades Islands. It is used because of an ancient belief that this shade of blue keeps evil away.

Turkey

  • Turkey is one of the world’s largest hazelnut exporters.
  • Turkey’s coastline along the black sea stretches for over 1000 miles.
  • Tulips were introduced to Europe by traders (especially Dutch traders) from Turkey in the 16th century. The word “tulip” comes from the Turkish word for turban, tulbent.
  • Turkey is slightly larger than the state of Texas.
  • The ancient city of Troy was located in modern day Turkey.

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.

Books

  • Italy: The Italians by Luigi Barzini
  • Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (also a movie)
  • Italy: The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert
  • Italy: A Room with a View by E.M. Forester (also a movie)
  • Italy: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (also a movie)
  • Greece: Iliad by Homer
  • Greece: The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir by Tom Stone
  • Croatia: Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country by Tony Fabijancic
  • Croatia: Girl at War by Sara Novic

Travel Guides

Films

  • Italy: Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • Italy: Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Italy: Gladiator (2000)
  • Italy: Angels and Demons (2009)
  • Italy: La Dolce Vita (1960)
  • Greece: Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • Greece: 300 (2006)
  • Greece: Troy (2004)
  • Croatia: Harrison’s Flowers (2001)
  • Croatia: much of the HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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