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Journey to Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

16 Nights featuring Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Lake Bled, Kotor, Istanbul, and Crete

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

Start Date: October 24, 2023
(Sailing October 30, 2023)

About This Journey

Croatia and Slovenia were recently ranked two of Europe’s top travel destinations, and on this 16-night Enrichment Journey you’ll have the opportunity to explore them both—plus 4 more gems of the Adriatic. These sought-after Balkan countries offer an earthly paradise of clear blue lakes, snow-capped mountains, lush forests and green hillsides dotted with quaint villages. Sample wine at local vineyards, clap along to traditional music, visit historic monuments, cruise on pristine lakes and walk below waterfalls. The two capital cities of Zagreb and Ljubljana offer impressive examples of Renaissance and modern architecture, hilltop medieval castles, and world-class museums and galleries. You will discover the area’s intricate mix of cultures and learn about these architectural wonders left behind by imperial legacies: Venetian palaces, Viennese mansions, Gothic churches, Hungarian-style farmhouses and Socialist Realist sculptures. After an incredible land program through an area renowned for its hospitality, you will embark the Oceania Riviera. Indulge in The Finest Cuisine at Sea® and embrace your inner artist at Artist Loft, where talented artists-in-residence offer inspiring workshops. On this unique cruise itinerary, discover the picturesque coastal towns of the Adriatic Sea; then explore historic port towns in Greece and Turkey. Spend time at leisure visiting Split’s Blue Cave, historic Bari, cruising Kotor Bay and much more. Two exclusive shore excursions await you in Istanbul, an ancient city straddling both Europe and Asia. Explore its gorgeous mosques, palaces and monuments built during its long history of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule. The best of the Balkans and Adriatic beckon…

Visits: Zagreb, Trakoscan Castle, Plitvice National Park, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Trieste, Bari, Italy, Split, Croatia, Kotor, Montenegro, Kavala/Philippi, Heraklion (Crete), Athens, Greece, Istanbul, Izmir, Turkey, Oceania, Riviera, SPID 35879

Journey to Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

Itinerary

Start Date: October 24, 2023
(Sailing October 30, 2023)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Zagreb – Transfer to Hotel; Evening Walking Tour and Welcome Dinner
2 Zagreb – Tour to Trakoscan Castle and Apple/Wine Farm
3 Zagreb – Tour to Plitvice National Park and Local Winery
4 Zagreb – Free Time and Evening Cultural Experience
5 Zagreb to Ljubljana – Transfer to Ljubljana, hotel check in, city tour
6 Ljubljana – Tour to Lake Bled
7 Ljubljana – Transfer to Trieste port for embarkation 7:00 PM
8 Split, Croatia 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
9 Bari, Italy 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
10 Kotor, Montenegro 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 Kavala/Philippi, Greece 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
13 Istanbul, Turkey – Included Shore Excursion 12:00 PM
14 Istanbul, Turkey – Included Shore Excursion 3:00 PM
15 Izmir, Turkey 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
16 Heraklion (Crete), Greece 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
17 Athens, Greece – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport 8:00 AM

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Program

St. Marks Church, Zagreb, Croatia

St. Marks Church, Zagreb, Croatia

Day 1 – Arrive Zagreb

Your adventure begins in the capital of Croatia, vibrant Zagreb! Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to your hotel for check-in. You’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a city introduction tour. We will walk through the center of Zagreb, including Zagreb Upper Town, the Lotrscak Tower, St. Mark’s Square, the Parliament Building, Stone Gate, Strossmayer Promenade and more. One of Zagreb’s most iconic landmarks is the funicular from Ilica Street to the Upper Town, where you can take in some of the best views of the city from the romantic Strossmayer Promenade. The promenade runs along the remains of Zagreb’s medieval defense walls and was named after a famous 19th-century Croatian bishop and politician. Lined with chestnut trees and offering expansive views of the city, this is one of Zagreb’s most popular and scenic footpaths. Local artists often display their products here, so it is a good spot to buy some souvenirs. After the tour, we will end our first day with a special meal at a local restaurant. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Zagreb, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension.

Trakoscan Castle, Croatia

Trakoscan Castle

Day 2 – Zagreb

Today you’ll have a chance to visit the countryside in the north-west region of Croatia. Along the way you will enjoy scenic views of the green hills and picturesque villages of Zagorje. Our first stop will be Trakoscan Castle, one of the most attractive and visited castles in Croatia. It was built in the 13th century and is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. In the 16th century the castle was taken over by Croatian Ban Juraj Draskovic for his personal use, and his family remained its hereditary owners until World War II. In addition to the castle’s remarkably faithful reconstruction, the castle Trakošćan contains valuable examples of baroque furniture, various weapons used between the 15th and 19th centuries, and other items. The romantic English-styled garden and lake in front of the castle is also not to be missed.

After the tour of the Castle, we will make our way through the hilly landscape to a family-run farm. Learn about the estate’s apple and wine production before enjoying, as our lunch, a tasting of the farm’s various products. With a full belly and tipsy merriment, we will head back to Zagreb. (B, L)

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Day 3 – Zagreb

We will depart Zagreb early and drive to Croatia’s most famous national park – the Plitvice Lakes. Situated in the mountainous Gorski Kotar region, the Plitvice Lakes National Park covers almost 115 square miles of forested area and 16 crystalline lakes. These famous lakes are divided into 12 upper and 4 lower lakes, and are all connected by a series of cascades and waterfalls that culminate at the Great Waterfall. The park contains a myriad of walking paths that take visitors through the woods and along the lakes, providing spectacular views of the seemingly endless array of mesmerizing waterfalls. We will spend the morning on a walking tour of the park, including a boat ride along one of the lakes. After our visit we will have lunch, then travel to one of the most renowned wine regions in Croatia – Plesivica. Here you will visit a local winery and taste some of the best wines in the country. (B, L)

Licitars Hearts

Licitars Hearts

Day 4 – Zagreb

This morning you will have free time to stroll around charming Zagreb, shop for souvenirs and have lunch on your own. In the afternoon, rejoin the group for an evening of cultural delights! First, we will learn how to make licitar – a traditional treat dating back to the Middle Ages. This sweet delicacy is made of honey dough, then formed into the shape of a heart and decorated in bright red with white trim; though it can also come in various shapes, sizes and colors. Smaller licitars are a favorite Christmas tree decoration in Croatian homes, whereas the larger ones are often given as gifts, especially on Valentine’s Day. The workshop will teach us about all stages of licitar production. Then, for dinner, sit back and enjoy a feast of local cuisine accompanied by a lively folklore performance, which brings to life some of the traditional dances and music from Zagreb and its nearby regions. (B, D)

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Day 5 – Zagreb to Ljubljana

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and then cross the border from Croatia to Slovenia, stopping for lunch along the way. Upon arrival to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana we will check in to the hotel, then enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. Ljubljana, pronounced “loo blee aa nuh”, lies on the river Ljubljanica and was first built as the Roman settlement of Emona in the year 15 AD. After an earthquake destroyed the city in the 16th century, Ljubljana was rebuilt in a Renaissance style. Then, after another catastrophic earthquake in the 19th century, it was rebuilt in a neo-classical and art nouveau style. We will stroll through the Old Town, hear all about its fascinating history and then end the day with a visit to the Ljubljana Castle. A medieval fortress overlooking the town from its strategic hilltop location, the castle is a historical landmark offering panoramic views of the city below. (B, L)

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Day 6 – Ljubljana

Today we will head outside of the city to explore the town of Bled in the Slovenian Alpine region. This charming little town sits on the banks of a mountain lake, beneath the peaks of the Julian Alps mountain range. We will visit the town, and then visit the 11th-century castle nearby. Seated upon a cliff, the terraces of this medieval castle offer spectacular views of the glacial lake below. Enjoy lunch in Bled, then head back to Ljubljana where you will enjoy a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River. (B, L)

Day 7 – Ljubljana to Triest for Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Oceania Riviera for a 10-night cruise through the Adriatic Sea to Turkey and Greece. (B)

Day 8-12 – Cruising onboard the Oceania Riviera (see below for cruise highlights)

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque Interior

Day 13 – Istanbul Shore Excursion

After an early lunch on board, disembark and meet your guide on the pier for an exclusive shore excursion curated for Enrichment Journey guests. Our first stop will be at the lavish Dolmabahce Palace, which rests on the shore of the Bosporus. Commissioned by Sultan Abdul Mecit I and completed in 1854, the Ottoman-European style residence is quite impressive. Its ornate interiors were designed by the same man who did the Paris Opera house—perhaps explaining the theatrical extravagance. We will then visit the Blue Mosque, often considered the symbol of the city. Constructed between 1606 and 1616, it is famous for its richly decorated interior of over 20,000 beautiful blue ceramic iznik tiles representing over 50 different flower designs. We’ll then head next door to the Hagia Sophia, considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Completed as a Christian cathedral during the Roman empire, it was once the world’s largest interior space. After the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman empire in 1453 it was converted to a mosque. After touring Istanbul’s grand structures, we will sit down to a well-deserved dinner before heading back to the ship. (D)

Grand bazaar

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Day 14 – Istanbul Shore Excursion

After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide for your second exclusive shore excursion in Istanbul. This morning we’ll get acquainted with a staple of Turkish society, the Grand Bazaar! Explore one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world as we visit for a tour. We will then head to a Turkish rug school where you’ll have a presentation on the traditional techniques used in making these famous rugs. We will also learn about the history of this product that is so deeply rooted in Turkish culture. We will then end our half-day tour with a visit to the Topkapi Palace. This 15th-century palace-turned-museum served as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and was home to the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Return back to the ship for embarkation and lunch.

Day 15-16 – Cruising onboard the Oceania Riviera (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 17 – Athens Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Oceania Riviera and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Optional 2-night Athens hotel extension available, see “special offers” section for details.

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: Sometime around 300 A.D., Roman Emperor Diocletian built his retirement palace on one of the loveliest spots on the Adriatic Sea. Today his palace has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Split, the city that grew up around it. Split is now Croatia’s second largest city, and much of it sits on a beautiful peninsula on the island of Ciovo, a jewel on the Dalmatian Coast. Many intriguing relics from the Roman, Greek colonial and Medieval periods can be found in Split’s archaeological museum, which was founded in 1820, making it Croatia’s oldest museum. One of the top outdoor attractions is the green oasis of Marjan Forest Park with its Split Zoo. There are also plenty of fine beaches nearby.

Bari, Italy

Old Harbor of Bari

Bari, Italy: Tucked along the southern Adriatic, Bari is conveniently divided between its picturesque Old Town on a peninsula to the north and its modern city center to the south. The chief draws are architectural, especially the Romanesque 12th century San Nicola Church and the imposing Swabian Castle.

 

 

 

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro: Kotor is a beautiful walled medieval city of twisting, pink-paved streets, markets and architecture reflecting Byzantine to Venetian influences. Stroll through the compact old town, admire the impressive walls and tour the imposing St. Tryphon Cathedral, consecrated in 1166.

 

 

 

Kavala/Philippi, Greece

Kavala, Greece

Kavala/Philippi, Greece: Built on a promontory on the site of ancient Neapolis, Kavala offers fine beaches and numerous historic sites. A Byzantine castle lords over Kavala, and its 16th century aqueduct is still intact. The ruins of nearby Philippi include a Roman forum and a 5th century cathedral.

 

 

 

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir Clock Tower

Izmir, Turkey: Dive into the surf or soak up the sun on any number of Izmir’s magnificent beaches. Visit the lavish Izmir Clock Tower as you stroll through the celebrated Konak Square. Soak up the local scenery as you meander along the relaxing Kordonboyu oceanfront promenade.

 

 

 

Heraklion Harbour

Heraklion Harbour

Heraklion (Crete), Greece: Visit the great Minoan ruins of the Palace of Knossos, famous as the home of the labyrinth where the Minotaur roamed, and the archaeological museum that houses many superb artifacts from the complex. Explore the stunning, mountain-fringed Lassithi plateau with its orchards, 7,000 windmills and ancient villages.

 

 

 

Istanbul, Turkey – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes two exclusive shore excursions in Istanbul. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above

Journey to Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

Included Features

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-night pre-cruise land program in Croatia and Slovenia
    • Zagreb, Croatia: 4-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city intro tour and welcome dinner
      • Full-day tour to Trakoscan Castle and an apple/wine farm
      • Full-day tour to Plitvice National Park and a local winery
      • Half-day cultural evening with licitar workshop and folklore performance
    • Ljubljana, Slovenia: 2-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Ljubljana
      • Full-day tour to Lake Bled
  • 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
  • 10-night sailing aboard the Oceania Riviera
    • Two exclusive half-day guided shore excursions in Istanbul, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • OLife Choice of 1: Beverages, 6 Shore Excursions or $600 Shipboard Credit
    • Featuring standard Oceania inclusions:
      • Free Internet
      • The Finest Cuisine at Sea™
      • Access to the Canyon RanchSpa®
      • Shows and guest lectures
      • Spacious staterooms
      • Much more!
      • Special Offer—Ends 1/31: Receive up to $450 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

Journey to Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

What to Expect on Your Trip

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. The area around the Plitvice National Park will require walking on boardwalks with no handrails. 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. 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 downtime in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

In the years following the Yugoslav Wars, tourism was almost non-existent in the Balkans. Charming multicultural towns, vast expanses of forests and national parks, and historic monasteries and citadels along the hillsides have remained unseen and unexplored by visitors. However, within the past decade this has changed, and with a new-found peace and reputation for warm hospitality, tourism is making a strong comeback. Now is the perfect time to visit. It is perhaps one of the most authentic regions in Europe, where the locals still have strong ties to their roots and maintain their local traditions, such as folk music, culinary delights and local artistry. On this Enrichment Journey you will visit a family-run farm, learn how to make licitar (a traditional dessert), tour a local winery, and hear stories of daily life and their vision for the future. You will visit breathtaking natural wonders and visit historical monuments.

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

While visiting Istanbul, the call to prayer will quickly replace your need to look at your watch. Heard five times a day, this is when the faithful go to pray, and tourists should wait outside. During visits to Mosques, no shorts or sleeveless shirts on either men or women. At the most popular mosques in Istanbul, attendants may provide cloths to wrap around legs or shoulders during your visit if your clothing is too informal. Shoes are also to be removed before entering. During your Oceania cruise you will have the chance to explore the beautiful landscapes, historical wonders and intimate cultural experiences of each region.

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:

Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park: 2-hour coach transfer

Zagreb to Ljubljana:  2-hour coach transfer

Ljubljana to Trieste: 1.5-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.

Journey to Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

Special Offer—Ends 1/31: Receive up to $450 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

Journey to Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

1-night Zagreb Hotel Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Zagreb a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $130 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Zagreb with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

2-night Athens Hotel 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 two 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 $450 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 Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

Dates & Prices
10/24/2023 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (B4) $9,732 $7,299 $2,433 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (B3) $9,799 $7,349 $2,450 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (B2) $9,865 $7,399 $2,466 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Veranda (A4) $10,132 $7,599 $2,533 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Veranda (A3) $10,199 $7,649 $2,550 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? Pricing including Airfare is $4,599 per person.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $500 Houston Intercontinental $450 Philadelphia $200
Boston $150 John F. Kennedy $0 San Francisco $400
Detroit $450 Los Angeles $400 Toronto $200
Dallas-Ft. Worth $350 Seattle $400 Chicago $100
Newark $100 Miami $200 Washington – Dulles $200
– 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 Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

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
Canopy by Hilton Hotel in Zagreb

Ulica kneza Branimira 29, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
Phone: +385 1 4559 505

Near the center of Croatia’s capital, the hotel embraces Zagreb’s mix of history and modern style. The complimentary Canopy Bikes are ideal for cruising the cobblestone streets of the Upper Town, home to the Cathedral of Zagreb. Perks include access to the 24-hour fitness center.

Intercontinental Hotel in Ljubljana

Slovenska cesta 59, Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia
Phone: +386-59-128000

A soaring glass façade sets the scene for a memorable stay at InterContinental® Ljubljana hotel. The lavish rooms and suites have stunning views and marble bathrooms, Ljubljana train station and the Old Town are close by and the concierge can arrange custom city tours. After rejuvenating at the spa, you can dine in style at the rooftop B restaurant.

Oceania Riviera

Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises

Whatever corner of the globe beckons you to explore, Oceania Cruises takes you there in comfort and style. Relax on board luxurious ships and savor exquisite cuisine that not only is renowned as the finest at sea, but also rivals the best restaurants ashore. Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, these culinary delights have always been a hallmark that distinguishes the Oceania Cruises experience from any other. Considering the uncompromising quality, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of an Oceania Cruises voyage is its incredible value. Lavish complimentary amenities abound and there are never supplemental charges in any of the onboard restaurants. Every moment spent on an Oceania Cruises voyage confirms that this is Your World. Your Way.®

Ship: Riviera

Riviera blends sophistication with a contemporary flair to create a casually elegant ambiance. From the sparkling Lalique Grand Staircase to the stunning Owner’s Suites furnished with Ralph Lauren Home, designer touches are everywhere, highlighting the finest residential design and furnishings. More than anything, Riviera personifies the Oceania Cruises experience.

Journey to Croatia, Slovenia and Istanbul

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

Note: as of December 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 starting in November 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

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

Slovenia, Italy, Montenegro and Greece uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR

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. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. When booking your cruise with Enrichment Journeys, gratuities are included onboard the Oceania Riviera.

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
Zagreb 40/31 44/33 54/40 63/47 72/55 78/60 81/64 80/63 71/56 60/48 50/40 41/33
Istanbul 48/37 49/38 54/41 62/47 71/56 80/64 85/69 84/69 77/62 68/55 59/47 51/41
Kotor 54/35 56/37 60/40 66/45 74/53 82/59 88/63 88/63 80/57 72/51 63/44 56/38
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 keywords and phrases:

Croatia: Croatian

  • Zdravo (z’drah-voh): Hello
  • Dovidenja (Boh(n)-zhoo): Goodbye
  • Kako ste? (kah-kohsteh): How are you?
  • Molim (moh-leem): Please
  • Oprostite (oh-proh-stee-teh): Excuse me
  • Da (dah): Yes
  • Ne (neh): No
  • Koliko ovokošta? (KOH-lee-koh oh-vohkoh-shtah?) How much is this?
  • Koliko je sati? (KOH-lee-koh yeh sahtee?) What time is it?
  • Gdjemogurazmijenitinovac? (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.

Slovenia: Slovenian

  • Živijo!: Hello
  • Adijo!: Goodbye
  • Žal mi je.: I’m Sorry
  • Hvala!: Thank You
  • ja: Yes
  • ne: No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/slovene/ 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.

Montenegro: Montenegrin

  • Please refer to the Croatian section above.
  • Until 1991 the language was officially “Serbo-Croatian”. However, within Montenegro today it is called Montenegrin. Many citizens will state that they speak Serbian, others say they speak Montenegrin. Others may call it Bosnian or Croatian. But they are all speaking the same language.

Turkey: Turkish

  • Merhaba: Hello
  • Evet: Yes
  • Hayir: No
  • Teşekkürederim: Thank you
  • Özürdilerim: Excuse me

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

Greece: Greek

  • Γεια σας (YAH sahss): Hello
  • Τικάνετε (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 πάωστην παραλία (Thelo-na pow-stiparalia): I want to go to the beach.

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

Fun Facts

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

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.

Slovenia

  • The capital city of Ljubljana translates to “the loved one”.
  • The world’s largest ski jump is in Slovenia.
  • Slovenia is home to over 400 brown bears, probably thanks to the fact that approximately half of the country is covered in forest.
  • Beekeeping is an important part of the culture. There are currently around 90,000 beekeepers (out of a population of just two million) in the country.

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.
  • 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.

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 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.

Montenegro

  • Montenegro got its name from “Black Mountain” from the dark forest that covers much of its land.
  • The Boka Bay is the southernmost fjord in the northern hemisphere.
  • Montenegro is approximately the same size as Connecticut.

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

  • Croatia: Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country by Tony Fabijančić
  • Croatia: Girl at War by Sara Novic
  • Entire Balkan Peninsula: Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia by Rebecca West
  • Entire Balkan Peninsula: Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends by Lonnie Johnson
  • Entire Balkan Peninsula: How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulić
  • Italy: The Italians by Luigi Barzini
  • 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)
  • Greece: Iliad by Homer
  • Greece: The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir by Tom Stone
  • Turkey: Istanbul: The Imperial City by John Freely
  • Turkey: Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World by Thomas F. Madden
  • Turkey: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk

Travel Guides

Films

  • Croatia: Harrison’s Flowers (2001)
  • Balkan Peninsula: No Man’s Land (2001)
  • Balkan Peninsula: The Diplomat (2015)
  • Balkan Peninsula: The Battle of Neretva (1969)
  • Balkan Peninsula: Border Post (2006)
  • 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)
  • Turkey: From Russia with Love (1963)
  • Turkey: A Touch of Spice (2003)
  • Turkey: Topkapi (1964)
  • Turkey: The Accidental Spy (2001)
  • Turkey: Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005)

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