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Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

13 Nights featuring Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, Rome, Santorini and Mykonos Oktoberfest

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

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

Start Date: Sep 22, 2025
(Sailing Sep 28, 2025)

About This Journey

Oktoberfest draws in millions of thirsty visitors from around the world each year. Initiated in Munich back in 1810, this Bavarian tradition offers a lively atmosphere, authentic German beer, hearty cuisine, and vibrant entertainment. Join us on this Journey to Bavaria, where we’ll raise our beer steins and toast to an unforgettable celebration of one of the most renowned and beloved festivals worldwide. During your time in Munich, you’ll also have a walking tour of the city highlights and enjoy a full day of free time to either visit the sites or return to the festivities of the Oktoberfest tents. Before departing Germany, we will also venture outside of the city and into the foothills of the Alps to visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Then, fly to Rome where you’ll have ample free time to explore the ancient city before embarking on the Odyssey of the Seas for a cruise to Santorini, Mykonos, Ephesus and Naples.

Visits: Royal Caribbean, Odyssey of the Seas, 38772, Munich, Rome, Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Naples.

Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles


Start Date: September 22, 2025
(Sailing September 28, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Munich – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Munich – City Tour and Oktoberfest
3 Munich – Day at Leisure
4 Munich – Tour to Neuschwanstein
5 Munich to Rome – Hotel Check Out and Fly to Rome
6 Rome – Day at Leisure
7 Rome – Hotel Check-out and Transfer to Civitavecchia for Embarkation 5:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 Santorini, Greece 1:00 PM 11:00 PM
10 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
11 Mykonos, Greece 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
12 At Sea
13 Naples (Capri), Italy 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
14 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy – Disembarkation and Return Flight 5:00 AM

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

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Munich

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Munich, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add a night to your Munich hotel stay.

Day 2 – Munich


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then set off with your guide to explore Munich. We will pass by the New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), Olympic Tower, Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) and Bavarian National Museum. Then, our group will enter the Oktoberfest area and partake in one of the largest and oldest beer festivals in the world! Oktoberfest in Munich is set up on the Theresienwiese, a large open space in the heart of the city. The festival grounds consist of numerous large beer tents, each hosted by a different brewery or organization, along with smaller food stalls, amusement rides, and entertainment venues. The beer tents, ranging in size from cozy to massive, are the focal point of the festival, where visitors gather to enjoy traditional Bavarian beer served in one-liter mugs, along with hearty Bavarian food and live music. Surrounding the tents are bustling streets filled with vendors selling everything from pretzels to souvenirs, while amusement rides and carnival games add to the festive atmosphere. Overall, Oktoberfest is a vibrant and lively event that offers a taste of Bavarian culture.

Our group will enjoy a lively lunch at one of the tents, at a reserved table for our group. You will then have the rest of your day at leisure. (B, L)

Day 3 – Munich

Alte Pinakothek

Today you will have the day at leisure to explore Munich on your own. Take a stroll along the serene English Garden, one of the largest urban parks in the world, where you can relax and watch surfers catch waves on the Eisbach River. Just outside the city, you can delve into Munich’s rich history with a visit to the majestic Nymphenburg Palace, the former summer residence of Bavarian monarchs. Art enthusiasts will delight in the collections of the Alte Pinakothek and the Pinakothek der Moderne, two world-class art museums showcasing works from various periods. Or simply head back to the Oktoberfest tents for another day of festivities! 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 4 – Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle
© Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

Today we will leave the city center and transfer into the heart of Bavaria to visit one of the most famous castles in the world. Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the picturesque Bavarian Alps, is a fairy-tale marvel that captivates visitors with its romantic charm and breathtaking beauty. Commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century, the castle is a stunning example of neo-Romanesque architecture and served as the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Its fairytale-like appearance, with its towering spires, ornate turrets, and dramatic hilltop setting, makes it one of the most iconic and photographed castles in the world. During our tour, you will explore the lavish interiors adorned with intricate woodcarvings, colorful murals, and opulent furnishings, as well as enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the castle’s vantage points. Neuschwanstein’s rich history, architectural grandeur, and idyllic setting amidst the Bavarian Alps combine to create a truly magical experience. (B, L)

Day 5 – Munich to Rome

This morning, we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Rome. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 6 – Rome


Today you will have the day at leisure to explore Rome on your own, immersing yourself in a timeless city where ancient history, vibrant culture, and exquisite art converge. Visit ancient sites like the Colosseum and the Pantheon; take a stroll through Piazza Navona as you peruse local artisan stalls while eating gelato; toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain; visit The Vatican; or simply enjoy “la dolce vita” as you indulge in Italian cuisine. 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 7 – Rome Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Odyssey of the Seas for a 7-night cruise to Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos and Naples. (B)

Day 8-13 – Cruising onboard the Odyssey of the Seas (see below for cruise highlights)


Day 14 – Rome Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Odyssey of the Seas and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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

Port Highlights

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey: The UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus impress even those familiar with the world’s other ancient cities. Though excavations have been underway for 150 years, only 20 percent of the city has been uncovered. Check out the the Celsus Library—built in 117 A.D., the site is made up of towering columns highlighted by the statue of the goddess of wisdom. Cruises to Ephesus will give you a taste of Turkish life by strolling the seafront promenade and the bustling city center. Walk Marble Street, paved with actual marble slabs, which takes you from downtown to the Temple of Artemis—you can still see one lone remaining column from this wonder of the ancient world.

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece: Nestled in the heart of Greece’s Cyclades archipelago, Mykonos pulses with irrepressible energy. With its powder white houses, sparkling blue waters, and red-hot nightlife, The Island of the Winds is as colorful as the people who call the island home. You can walk narrow marble pathways laced with purple bougainvillea blooms, or go cycling on two wheels past off-the-path Ano Mera village. Explore Greece’s maritime history at Armenistis Lighthouse, and check out the Folklore Museum’s Mykonian ship models. Join in the raucous beach party on Super Paradise’s shimmering sands, or watch the sun burn out beyond an Aegean horizon from an open-air seaside taverna.

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Naples (Capri), Italy

Naples (Capri), Italy: With a skyline defined by towering Mount Vesuvius, Naples is a bustling Italian city brimming with beauty. Experience its rich neoclassical architecture at sites like Gesu Nuovo Church, with its lavish interior adorned with detailed frescoes, statues and gold inlay. Go even deeper into history at the San Gennaro catacombs, where Naples’ first bishops were buried in the second century A.D. Walk along the Miglio Sacro (“Holy Mile”) and people-watch your way through the cafes and shops of the Sanita district with a zuccherato (sweetened espresso) in hand. Jump onboard a Naples cruise and take the short bus ride to the base of Mount Vesuvius—it’s an easy 20- to 30-minute hike will take you to the summit—and tour the ruins of Pompeii afterward.

Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Airfare from Munich to Rome, including transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-night pre-cruise land program in Germany and Italy
    • Munich, Germany: 4-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Half-day city tour of Munich including Lunch at an Oktoberfest tent
      • Full-day tour to Neuschwanstein Castle
    • Rome, Italy: 2-night hotel stay
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Select meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 7-night sailing aboard the Odyssey of the Seas
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)

Special Offer—Ends 7/31: Receive up to $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom. Call for details!

Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

What to Expect on Your Trip


Pacing 3 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.

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

Oktoberfest in Munich offers a unique blend of tradition, beer, food, and vibrant atmosphere, making it a truly special experience for visitors. 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

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


While on tour:

Munich to Neuschwanstein: 2-hour coach transfer

Munich to Rome: 1.5-hour flight

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 $100 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $100 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

Book by 7/31 for up to $300 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

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

Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

1-night Munich Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Munich a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $375 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

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

Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

Dates & Prices

09/22/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Balcony (4D) $9,865 $7,399 $2,466 CALL FOR DETAILS

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 $250 Houston Intercontinental $350 San Francisco $450
Boston $250 John F. Kennedy $0 Vancouver $450
Chicago $350 Los Angeles $400 Washington – Dulles $250
Dallas-Ft. Worth $350 Miami $300
– 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 Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

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.


NH Collection München Bavaria

Arnulfstr. 2 80335 Munich Germany

Tel.: +49 89 54530


The hotel building was one of the first skyscrapers in Munich, and offers the highest hotel rooms to be found across the entire city center.

The NH Collection München Bavaria was completely renovated in 2019. The new design reflects the city’s history, with bronze details echoing the statue of Bavaria, the personification of the Bavarian homeland.

Grand Hotel Palatino Rome

Via Cavour, 213/M – 00184, Roma, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 4814927

Located in Rione Monti, a dynamic and lively neighborhood in the centre of Rome, Grand Hotel Palatino is the best choice for a comfortable, relaxing and rewarding stay in Rome.

Its extraordinary position, located in front of the famous Borgia staircase, allows you to quickly reach the capital’s main points of interest, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Colle Oppio, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore as well as Termini Station and not forgetting the convenient Metro line B ‘Cavour’ stop, a short walking distance from the hotel, allowing you to easily reach all parts of the city.

Hotel Palatino is a modern 8 story building with 200 rooms of various types, including Executive Rooms on the top floor from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the city. The reception and large lobby, with bar area, are on the ground floor with entrance onto Via Cavour and on the same floor are our three dining rooms.

The courteous and professional staff, at your disposal 24 hours a day, add to the experience of your Roman stay at the Grand Hotel Palatino.

Odyssey of the Seas

There’s never been a cruise ship that maxes out memory making like Odyssey of the Seas℠. Whether you’re taming waves on the FlowRider®, kicking back at the totally reimagined pool deck, savoring bold global flavors onboard, or turning up the party vibes late at night—you’ll never run out of things to do onboard Odyssey of the Seas℠.

Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

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.


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.


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 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.


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.

Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

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Journey to Oktoberfest, Bavaria and the Greek Isles

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, 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 June 2024, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone may have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) for travel starting in 2025. We encourage you to verify at the official website listed below as the requirements may change. More information can be found at


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 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 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

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

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

Please visit  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. To view the gratuities policy for Royal Caribbean, please visit

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

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit


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:

Munich 38/27 40/28 49/33 57/39 66/47 71/53 75/56 75/56 67/49 57/42 46/34 39/29
Rome 54/38 57/38 62/43 66/47 75/56 83/62 89/67 89/66 81/60 72/53 62/46 55/40

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:

Germany, Austria and Switzerland: German

  • Hallo (Ha-lo): Hello
  • Auf Wiedersehen (Owf VEE-dur-zane): Goodbye
  • Danke schön (DAN-kuhshurn): Please
  • Danke (DAN-kuh): Thanks
  • Ja (Yah): Yes
  • Nein (Nine): No

Visit 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 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.

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Turkey: Turkish

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

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Fun Facts

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


  • There are about 82 million people in the country of Germany, with each drinking about a pint of beer each day.
  • The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft.
  • Oktoberfest, known as “Wiesn” to locals, is the world’s largest beer festival and only sells beer from within the city limits of Munich. The name “Oktober” is misleading because the festival takes place in September, not October. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.


  • Germany: Culture Shock! Germany by Richard Lord
  • Germany: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (also a film)
  • Germany: Floating in My Mother’s Palm by Ursula Hegi
  • 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
  • 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


  • Germany: North Face (2008)
  • Germany: The Miracle of Bern (2008)
  • Germany: There are many historical movies set in Germany during WWII, including Schindler’s List (1993), Cabaret (1972), Sophie Scholl:The Final Days (2005), Valkyrie (2008) and many others
  • 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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