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Journey to Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Florence

18 Nights featuring Gibraltar, Cartagena, Cinque Terre, Chianti Valley and Florence

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes a Mix of Guided Tours and Free Time

Start Date: April 20, 2025
(Sailing April 20, 2025)

About This Journey

Set against the backdrop of rolling hills, rugged coastlines and timeless artistry, this itinerary promises an unforgettable experience blending natural beauty, cultural heritage and culinary delights. Onboard the Celebrity Ascent, you’ll explore the iconic Rock of Gibraltar, the picturesque waterfront of Cartagena and the colorful cliffside villages of Cinque Terre. Then venture into the heart of Italy with a post-cruise program to the vineyard-draped landscapes of Tuscany and the Renaissance splendor of Florence. You’ll learn how to make homemade pasta and spend an afternoon sipping wines from a local vineyard. Then, spend the next two days exploring Florence and gaining an appreciation for the architecture and artistry of Tuscany’s capital city. From the majestic Duomo to the iconic Ponte Vecchio, Florence boasts a treasure trove of architectural marvels and Renaissance masterpieces waiting to be explored. Join us as we traverse winding cobblestone streets, sample exquisite wines and marvel at world-renowned masterpieces, immersing ourselves in the vibrant spirit of these iconic regions.

Visits: Please add the Ascent, Celebrity, 38609, Fort Lauderdale, King’s Wharf, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Florence/Pisa (Laspezia), Rome (Civitavecchia), Florence

Journey to Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Florence

Itinerary

Start Date: April 20, 2025
(Sailing April 20, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 5:00 PM
2 Cruising
3 Cruising
4 King’s Wharf, Bermuda 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
5 Cruising
6 Cruising
7 Cruising
8 Cruising
9 Cruising
10 Cruising
11 Cruising
12 Gibraltar, United Kingdom 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
13 Cartagena, Spain 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
14 Cruising
15 Pisa / Cinque Terre (La Spezia), Italy 7:00 AM 6:30 PM
16 Civitavecchia, Italy – Disembarkation, Pasta Class with Wine Pairing in Chianti Valley, Florence Hotel Check-in 5:00 AM
17 Florence – City Tour
18 Florence – Day at Leisure
19 Florence – Hotel Check-out and Transfer to Airport

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Land Program

Day 1-15 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Ascent (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 16 – Civitavecchia Disembarkation

pasta-making class

pasta-making class

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Ascent and meet your guide. On our way to Florence, a stop will be made for lunch and a pasta-making class! Your lesson takes place at a charming location surrounded by the vineyards of Chianti Valley, right in the heart of Tuscany. You will be greeted with a welcome drink in the garden before entering the facility and exploring. For the first cooking activity, you will concentrate on the main specialty of Italian and Tuscan cuisine—homemade pasta. The chef and staff will provide the directions and ingredients needed and then give you the opportunity to try your hand at it. They will then teach you how to prepare a few other traditional dishes, using the precious Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and other local ingredients. The course will conclude with a tasting of Tuscan wines to pair with the dishes, which the group will all enjoy, served along with some additional appetizers like bruschetta. With a full belly and a tipsy smile, you will board the bus and continue to Florence. Check in to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 17 – Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Following breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a walking tour through the streets of Florence. Admire the beauty of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo because of its magnificent dome. The cathedral was designed by Cambio in 1296 and is the fourth largest church in the world, but it was the great Renaissance architect Brunelleschi who gave it its crowning glory. Also see the adjacent 14th-century Gothic Campanile or bell tower, designed by Giotto and the Baptistry in Romanesque style, with Ghiberti’s Bronze Doors, representing scenes from the life of Christ.

 

Fountain of Neptune

Fountain of Neptune

We will then continue to Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio and the lovely 14th-century Gothic Loggia dei Lanzi (foot soldiers). In the Piazza you can also admire the Fountain of Neptune by Ammannati and the copy of Michelangelo’s David (the real statue is in Galleria dell’Accademia). Continue to Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famous bridge and the heart of the ancient goldsmith art. Discover the craft that has given so much fame to the city: from glass to “scagliola”, from leather goods to jewelry. We will conclude our tour in the city center, where you will enjoy free time for the remainder of the afternoon. This evening, rejoin the group once more for dinner. (B, D)

Day 18 – Florence

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo’s David

Today you will have the day at leisure to explore Florence on your own. Perhaps you’ll visit one of the many museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery or the Galleria dell’Accademia, stroll through the open-air markets, or admire the opulent churches. The day is yours to do as you wish! Your guide will be available in the morning to answer questions and provide recommendations. (B)

Day 19 – Florence

Check out of the hotel and say farewell to Florence. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Florence, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about an 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

King's Wharf

King’s Wharf

King’s Wharf, Bermuda: 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.

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Gibraltar, United Kingdom: Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern coast of Spain and separated from Africa by the Strait of Gibraltar. Gibraltar’s location gives it a Mediterranean, subtropical climate with dry summers. Spend your day in port walking around town and checking out local beaches or exploring Gibraltar’s most famous landmark, the massive rock that shares its name. During a Gibraltar cruise port of call, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this scenic and historically significant area of the UK and learn about its interesting culture.

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain: Located on the Mediterranean coast in southeast Murcia is the lovely historic port city of Cartagena. Although Cartagena is relatively small, it’s packed with fascinating historical buildings that reflect the city’s multi-layered past. In the space of a day, you could see a Roman amphitheater, a Phoenician sailing boat and a Moorish palace and still have time for tapas in a waterfront restaurant.

Pisa / Cinque Terre (La Spezia), Italy

Pisa / Cinque Terre (La Spezia), Italy

Pisa / Cinque Terre (La Spezia), Italy: La Spezia is a stunning town not far from some of Italy’s most famous cities like Pisa, Genoa and Cinque Terre. Historically, La Spezia was a prominent trade center during the Roman Empire. Today it remains not only one of Italy’s busiest port towns, but also home to the country’s largest naval base. As a stop on a Cinque Terre cruise, La Spezia is convenient, centrally located and a little underrated.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 3-night post-cruise land program in Italy
    • Florence, Italy: 3-night hotel stay
      • Pasta Class in Chianti Valley (Tuscany)
      • Half-day city tour of Florence
  • Tour Leader throughout post-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Select meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 15-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Ascent
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Drinks and Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
  • Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Ends 4/30!
    • Sail with up to $1,650 Onboard Credit and up to a $200 Visa Gift Card with Exclusive Tips on 2024 Sailings + Drinks and Wi-Fi—All Included. Learn More ➤

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Pacing 5 Out of 5

 

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.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate. Guided tours may include a considerable amount of walking, while free time allows you to explore on your own at your own pace. Small towns and villages in Tuscany often do not have coach drop-off points in the center of town, so a short walk is required to get from the coach to the center of the village. 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. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. 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. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program.

For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

The focus of this Enrichment Journey is the gastronomic traditions of Tuscany as well as the artistic history of Florence. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

While on tour:

Tuscany to Civitavecchia: 3.5-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.

International Airfare:

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.

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

Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Ends 4/30!

Sail with up to $1,650 Onboard Credit and up to a $200 Visa Gift Card Exclusively from Us.

Drinks & Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises. 2024 departures also receive Exclusive Tips from Enrichment Journeys!

 

All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires April 30, 2024 or when sold out.

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Adding an Extension to your Enrichment Journey will allow for free time in your departure or return city. It may also give you time to adjust to a new time zone before the Journey begins or provide a buffer in case of a flight delay. If you are interested in adding additional hotel nights or custom tours to the beginning or end of your Journey, call 888-686-0532 and ask to speak to a Personal Vacation Manager.

Journey to Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Florence

Dates & Prices

04/20/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Infinite Veranda (E2) $8,932 $6,699 $2,233 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $9,199 $6,899 $2,300 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $10,532 $7,899 $2,633 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

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Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $350 Miami $0 Philadelphia $250
Boston $300 John F. Kennedy $150 Seattle $450
Chicago $300 Los Angeles $400 San Francisco $450
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 Newark $300 Vancouver $450
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.

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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

Grand Hotel Baglioni

Piazza dell’Unità Italiana, 6, 50123 Firenze, Italia

Telephone:. +39 055 23580

Email: infodesk@hotelbaglioni.it

The Grand Hotel Baglioni, located in the heart of Florence, has been synonymous with hospitality and quality for over 100 years. It is housed in a magnificent 19th-century building, in which past and present coexist in perfect harmony, bearer of the values inherent to Florentine tradition.

The four-star hotel offers 192 guest rooms, equipped with all the comforts and facilities of a high-standard hotel and is home to a renowned Conference Centre, consisting of nine conference rooms accommodating up to 400 people. On the fifth floor, you can discover the beauty of the splendid B-Roof panoramic restaurant from which you can admire the skyline of Florence, taking in the whole city with a single glance.

At the Baglioni Hotel, every event can become extraordinary.

 

Celebrity Ascent

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.

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

Note: as of March 2024, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zonemay have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) for travel starting in May 2025. If your Journey is completed before that date, you may not need the e-visa, however we encourage you to verify at the official website listed below as the requirements may change. 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

Spain 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 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 $10-$12 USD per person, per day. 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.

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° 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:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Gibraltar 61/51 62/52 65/54 68/56 72/60 78/65 83/68 83/69 79/67 73/62 66/57 63/53
Florence 52/36 54/37 61/42 67/46 76/54 83/60 90/65 89/65 80/58 70/51 59/43 52/37

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 keywords and phrases:

Spain: Spanish

  • Hola (OH-lah): Hello
  • Adiós (ad-ee-OHS): Goodbye
  • Si (see): Yes
  • No (noh): No
  • Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please
  • Gracias (GRAH-syahs): Thank you
  • Baño (BAH-nyoh): Bathroom

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

Italy: Italian

  • Buon giorno (Bwohn JOHR-noh): Hello
  • Come sta? (Koh-meh STAH?): How are you?
  • Non c’èproblema (Non chehproh-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.

UK: English (below are some differences between British and American English)

  • Holiday: Vacation
  • Lift: Elevator
  • Biro: Pen
  • Rubbish: Trash
  • Bin: Trashcan
  • Coriander: Cilantro
  • Courgette: Zucchini
  • Chemist: Pharmacy
  • Biscuit: Cookie
  • Chips: French Fries
  • Crisps: Potato Chips
  • Plaster: Band-aid
  • Ground Floor: Ground/First Floor
  • First Floor: Second Floor
  • Zebra Crossing: Crosswalk
  • WC (water closet) or Loo: Bathroom

Fun Facts

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.

Spain

  • The first novel was written by a Spaniard. Cervantes’ Don Quixote, written in 1605, is considered to be the first modern novel.
  • The first known stapler was made in the 18th century in Spain’s Basque region for the French King Louis XV – and every single staple was engraved with the royal emblem. Spain has also given the world the mop and bucket (1956) and the astronaut’s space suit (1935).
  • Spain includes a number of islands including Mallorca, Tenerife, Ibiza and Gran Canaria. Many can be found in the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.

United Kingdom

  • English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or the French).
  • Gibraltar has the only wild monkey population in all of Europe.
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married in Gibraltar.

Bermuda

  • Over 300 shipwrecks have been found in the coastal reefs surrounding Bermuda.
  • Bermuda is two miles wide at its widest point, so you’re never more than a mile away from the ocean.

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

  • Spain: Cities of Spain by David Gilmour
  • Spain: Iberia by James A. Michener
  • Spain: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • 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)

Travel Guides

Films

  • Spain: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2009)
  • Italy: Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • Italy: Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Italy: Gladiator (2000)
  • Italy: Angels and Demons (2009)
  • Italy: La Dolce Vita (1960)

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