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Journey to Prague, Vienna and Budapest

25 Nights featuring Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Lisbon

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

Land Program: Includes Free Time with Minimal or No Tours Included

Start Date: October 27, 2024
(Sailing November 7, 2024)

About This Journey

Join us on an unforgettable Journey through time, art and the finest flavors of Central Europe and the Iberian Peninsula. Venture through the heart of Europe at your own pace, exploring the region’s architectural wonders, cultural riches and culinary delights. Your adventure begins in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires and home to the world-renowned Astronomical Clock. With its Gothic churches, the imposing Prague Castle and the legendary Charles Bridge, every corner of Prague uncovers another layer of its mysterious past. Next, travel to Vienna, where the melodies of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss linger in the air. Soak in the grandeur of the Hofburg Palace, marvel at the intricate murals at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or simply take a stroll along the historic Ringstrasse, immersed in Vienna’s vibrant cultural scene. As you Journey onwards, we’ll take a scenic stop in Bratislava, Slovakia for a guided tour. Stroll in the medieval Old Town, see the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral and end with a visit to the famous Bratislava Castle, a hill-top venue known for its panoramic views over the Danube River. As you approach Budapest, a blend of regal heritage and modern sophistication awaits. Wander along the historic Andrássy Avenue, marvel at the breathtaking parliament building or unwind in the famous thermal baths. Use your free time to try Hungary’s renowned goulash or sip on a glass of Tokaj, the country’s famous dessert wine. From Budapest, your Journey takes flight to Barcelona, where the spirit of Gaudi and the allure of the Mediterranean await. Enjoy a free day of exploration to discover iconic landmarks like the Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter. Then, set sail for 14 nights aboard the Celebrity Constellation, stopping in Iberia’s iconic coastal towns before cruising the transatlantic. Treat yourself in the birthplace of paella in Valencia, fall under the spell of the Moorish charm in Seville and wander the mosaic-tiled streets of Lisbon. As you return home, bring with you countless stories from a European odyssey that will keep you inspired for years to come. ­­­

Additional cruise itineraries available, including a 21 Night Journey sailing to Barcelona on Norwegian Escape or a 27 Night Journey sailing to New York on Norwegian Prima–See Itinerary Option 2 or 3 for Details!

Visits: Celebrity, Constellation, 36751, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Lisbon.

Journey to Prague, Vienna and Budapest

Itinerary

Start Date: October 27, 2024
(Sailing November 7, 2024 on Celebrity Constellation)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Prague – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Prague – Day at Leisure
3 Prague – Day at Leisure
4 Prague to Vienna – Coach Transfer and Hotel Check-in
5 Vienna – Day at Leisure
6 Vienna – Day at Leisure
7 Vienna to Budapest – Coach Transfer with Enroute Tour of Bratislava; Hotel Check-in
8 Budapest – Day at Leisure
9 Budapest – Day at Leisure
10 Budapest to Barcelona – Flight and Hotel Check-in
11 Barcelona – Day at Leisure
12 Barcelona – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 5:00 PM
13 Valencia, Spain 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
14 At Sea
15 Seville (Cadiz), Spain 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
16 Lisbon, Portugal 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
17 At sea  —  —
18 At sea  —  —
19 At sea  —  —
20 At sea  —  —
21 At sea  —  —
22 At sea  —  —
23 At sea  —
24 At sea
25 At sea
26 Tampa, Florida – Disembarkation 7:00 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

Day 1 – Arrive Prague

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

Day 2 and 3 – Prague

Prague skyline

Prague skyline

Enjoy two days of free time to explore Prague on your own. Boasting a hundred towers within an easily explored area, Prague’s unique historical center has remained remarkably faithful to its Medieval roots, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Feel the mystic allure that envelops the city as you wander through the Old Town Square, marvel at the iconic astronomical clock or take a stroll across the Charles Bridge for stunning views of the city. Your tour leader will be available to assist with any questions you may have about things to do or restaurants near your hotel. (B)

Day 4 – Prague to Vienna

Today we will check out of our hotel in Prague and transfer to Vienna via coach. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.  (B)

Day 5 and 6 – Vienna

Ringstrasse

Ringstrasse

Embark on a two-day exploration of Vienna at your own pace. With your tour leader on standby for expert guidance, take your time indulging in the city’s rich history and exquisite beauty. Walk along the grand Ringstrasse, visit the opulent Schönbrunn Palace or be wowed by the sheer magnificence of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Vienna resonates with melodies from Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. So, perhaps you’ll attend an evening concert or opera at the Staatsoper for a truly authentic experience. Your tour leader will be available to assist with any questions you may have about things to do or restaurants near your hotel. (B)

Day 7 – Vienna to Budapest

Morning view of Bratislava

Morning view of Bratislava

Today we will check out of our hotel in Vienna and transfer to Budapest via coach. Enroute, a stop will be made in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, for a walking tour. Prepared to be captivated by the city’s diverse architecture that narrates tales from its rich past. Witness the commanding presence of the Bratislava Castle, perched atop a hill overlooking the sparkling Danube River. You’ll also have the chance to meander through the atmospheric streets of the Old Town, a hub of bustling markets and quaint taverns, where the spirit of history merges seamlessly with the rhythm of modern life. Head back to the coach and upon arrival in Budapest, check in at the hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure. (B)

Day 8 and 9 – Budapest

Mykonos, Greece

Parliament building on the Danube River

Dive into the charm of Budapest with two days of free exploration. Use your time to meander along the majestic Danube River and perhaps visit iconic landmarks such as Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion for panoramic views of the city. Discover the rich history at Heroes’ Square or relax at the famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath. Sample some traditional Hungarian cuisine at the Great Market Hall and end your day with a evening stroll along the Danube River promenade, which comes alive at night with a myriad of glittering lights and enchanting ambience. Your tour leader will be available to assist with any questions you may have about things to do or restaurants near your hotel. (B)

Day 10 – Budapest to Barcelona

This morning we will check out of the hotel and then transfer to the airport for our flight to Barcelona. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)

Day 11 – Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi architecture in Barcelona

Today you will have free time to explore Barcelona on your own, spending your time immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of this beautiful city. Visit the iconic Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter and the famous street La Rambla, all pulsating with life. Explore the artistic world of Picasso and Gaudi at the Picasso Museum and Park Guell. Or take advantage of the seaside location and enjoy some fresh seafood at a local restaurant and perhaps end the day watching the sunset at Barceloneta beach. Your tour leader will be available to assist with any questions you may have about things to do or restaurants near your hotel. (B)

Day 12 – Barcelona Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Constellation for a 14-night transatlantic cruise. (B)

Day 13-25 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Constellation (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 26 – Tampa Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Constellation.

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

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain: Best known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia has steadily moved onto the radar of savvy travelers. It’s a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place with two outstanding fine-arts museums, an accessible old quarter, Europe’s newest cultural and scientific complex – and one of Spain’s most exciting nightlife scenes. Whole sections of the old city, for example the Carmen Quarter, have been extensively renovated. One of the best spots for exploring Valencia’s history is at the museum L’Almoina, which opened three years ago in the Carmen on the site where Valencia was founded by the Romans in 138 B.C. Here, you can walk over glass floors, looking down at a stunning assemblage of ruins excavated in the area. The exhibition includes Roman baths, tombs and a medieval Moorish ward for plague victims.

Seville (Cádiz), Spain

Seville (Cádiz), Spain

Seville (Cádiz), Spain: From Cádiz you can easily get to Seville, exploring the old town with its quaint Moorish feel as well as its impressive monuments, pretty parks and lovely architecture. Along the way, restore your energy at any of the mouth-watering tapas bars offering some of the country’s finest seafood and typical Andalusian cuisine.

 

 

 

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal:  See why this city stands out above all others as you stroll along elaborate mosaic sidewalks and pass by the Monument to the Discoveries. A quick trolley ride transports you to the cobblestone district of Baixa. Or be lured away and pampered in the resort cities of Cascais and Estoril. Take a wonderful tour through Lisbon and you’ll discover Graca, the beautifully restored old area of the city, filled with old tiled buildings and mansions and Chiado, Lisbon’s arts district, for a different air of sophistication with its many boutiques, galleries and theaters. And, of course, a cruise to Lisbon is not complete without sampling a nice bottle of Port wine; the fortified red wine that can be found throughout the country.

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.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Airfare from Budapest to Barcelona, including transfers and baggage handling
  • 11-night pre-cruise land program
    • Prague, Czechia: 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
    • Vienna, Austria: 3-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour of Bratislava
    • Budapest: 3-night hotel stay
    • Barcelona, Spain: 2-night hotel stay
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Some meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 14-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Constellation
    • Drinks, Wi-Fi and Tips are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
  • Itinerary Option 2: 9-night sailing aboard Norwegian Escape
    • Free at Sea: FREE Drinks, FREE Specialty Dining, FREE Wi-Fi & FREE Shore Excursion Credit
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
  • Itinerary Option 3: 16-night sailing aboard Norwegian Prima
    • Free at Sea: FREE Drinks, FREE Specialty Dining, FREE Wi-Fi & FREE Shore Excursion Credit
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
  • Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Memorial Day Sale Ends 5/21!
    • Sail with up to $1,700 Onboard Credit and a $400 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 1 Out of 5

 

1 out of 5 – Land Program Includes Free Time with Minimal or No Tours Included

The overall pace is more leisurely than most Enrichment Journeys, as the program includes ample free time for you to explore on your own. Your tour escort will be available to offer suggestions of things to do nearby. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals may be included, but most 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 relaxed. Please note that 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

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:

Prague to Vienna: 4-hour coach transfer

Vienna to Budapest:  3-hour coach transfer (plus time to stop in Bratislava)

Budapest to Barcelona: 2.5-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.

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

Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Memorial Day Sale Ends 5/31!

Sail with up to $1,700 Onboard Credit and a $400 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 May 31, 2024 or when sold out.

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Please reach out to your Personal Vacation Manager if you are interested in extending your hotel stay in Prague.

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Dates & Prices

Itinerary 1 – Celebrity Constellation

10/27/2024 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Concierge Class (C2) $7,865 $5,899 $1,966 CALL FOR DETAILS
Deluxe Veranda (DV) $7,999 $5,999 $2,000 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $8,532 $6,399 $2,133 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Itinerary 2 – Norwegian Escape

10/27/2024 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Balcony (BD) $7,732 $5,799 $1,933 CALL FOR DETAILS
Balcony (BC) $7,700 $5,849 $1,950 CALL FOR DETAILS
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Itinerary 3 – Norwegian Prima

10/27/2024 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Balcony (BB) $8,465 $6,349 $2,116 CALL FOR DETAILS
Balcony (BA) $8,532 $6,399 $2,133 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

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

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $400 Houston Intercontinental $350 Philadelphia $300
Boston $350 John F. Kennedy $300 Phoenix $450
Chicago $350 Newark $300 San Francisco $450
Dallas-Ft. Worth $350 Orlando $300 Seattle $450
Detroit $350 Miami $250 Tampa $0
Washington – Dulles $300 Los Angeles $450 Vancouver $450
– 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
Celebrity Constellation

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous—high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of 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 Constellation

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

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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, 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 November 2023, 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 May 2025. Since this Journey will be 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

Austria, Slovakia, Spain and Portugal use the Euro (€), currency code EUR

Czechia uses the Czech Koruna (Kč), currency code CZK

Hungary uses the Hungarian Forint (Ft), currency code HUF

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. Onboard the ship, gratuities are typically included when sailing with Celebrity Cruises.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° 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
Prague 37/29 41/30 50/36 62/44 67/50 75/57 79/60 78/59 68/51 56/43 47/38 40/32
Budapest 38/29 43/32 53/38 63/46 73/54 78/60 82/63 82/63 73/55 62/47 49/39 40/32
Barcelona 59/48 59/47 63/50 67/55 73/60 80/68 84/73 85/74 79/69 73/62 65/54 60/49
Valencia 61/41 63/42 67/45 70/49 76/56 82/63 87/68 87/69 83/64 75/56 67/47 62/42
Lisbon 59/46 61/48 66/52 68/54 72/57 79/63 82/64 82/66 81/64 73/59 64/54 59/48

Practice the Local Language

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

Czechia: Czech

  • Ahoj: Hi
  • Dorbry’ Den (dobree den): Hello
  • Ano: Yes
  • Ne (ne): No
  • Devkuji Vam (dyekooyi vam): Thank You

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

Austria: German

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

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

Slovakia: Slovak

  • Dorbry’ Den (dobree den): Hello
  • Do Videnia (doh VEE-deh-nyah): Goodbye
  • Ano (AAH-noh): Yes
  • Nie (NYEE-eh): No
  • Ďakujem (JAH-koo-yehm): Thank you

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

Hungary: Hungarian

  • Szia (see ya): Hi
  • Hello: Hello
  • Viszlat (vees lat): Goodbye
  • Köszi (kew si): Thank You
  • Bocsi (bo chi): Sorry

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

Spain: Spanish and Catalan

The region of Catalonia, including Barcelona, has two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Although the locals understand Spanish, daily activity is conducted in Catalan and there is a fierce pride in their Catalonian heritage. In Valencia you will see and hear both Spanish and Catalan. The phrases below overlap in both languages, but many other common phrases can differ.

  • Hola (OH-lah): Hello
  • Si (see): Yes
  • No (noh): No
  • Gracias (GRAH-syahs): Thank you

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

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

Portugal: Portuguese

  • Oi (oy): Hello
  • Tchau (chow): Goodbye
  • Sim (sing): Yes
  • Não (now): No
  • Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please
  • Obrigado(a) (obri-GAH-du or obri-GAH-da): Thank you
    • If you are a male, say Obrigado (regardless of who you are speaking to)
    • If you are a female, say Obrigada (regardless of who you are speaking to)
  • Casa de Banho (KAH-zah deh BAH-nyoo): Bathroom

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

Facts and Figures

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

Czechia

  • The largest castle in the world is in Prague. The Prague Castle was the seat of the king of Bohemia and some Holy Roman emperors.
  • Czechia also has the most castles in Europe, with over 2,000 castles and chateaux in the country.
  • Prague is known as the “City of a Hundred Spires” for a good reason: there are over 500 of them!
  • Czech people are the world’s highest consumers of beer per capita.

Austria

  • Over 60% of the country is covered by the Austrian Alps.
  • Vienna was the capital of the powerful Habsburg Empire, which ruled from 1276 until World War I.
  • The Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna has over 1,400 rooms.

Slovakia

  • Slovakia has 9 national parks and 14 protected landscape areas.
  • Slovakia boasts over one thousand mineral springs and healing thermal springs throughout the country.
  • Bratislava is the only capital in the world that borders two countries (Austria and Hungary).

Hungary

  • Hungarian is often considered one of the most difficult languages to learn.
  • The Tokaji wine region in Hungary is one of the oldest in the world, dating back more than two thousand years.
  • The beautiful Hungarian parliament building is the third largest parliament building in the world.
  • Known as the “City of Spas”, Budapest is home to more thermal springs than any other city.

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.

Portugal

  • Lisbon is the westernmost capital city in continental Europe and, with 2700 years of history, is one of the oldest cities in Europe.
  • Portugal has had the same defined borders as it does now since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe.
  • In 1755 a massive earthquake, known as the Great Lisbon earthquake, led to a tsunami and a conflagration that burnt down most of the city. It led to the birth of modern seismology and earthquake engineering. It also transformed the look and architecture of Lisbon as old buildings were replaced by new ones and small streets were replaced by big squares and large avenues.
  • Portugal abolished its monarchy in 1910, establishing a Republic. In 1974, Portugal became a free democracy, and in 1986 it joined the European Union.
  • The population of Portugal is approximately 10 million people.
  • Be sure to try bacalhau, salted cod, which is a beloved staple in the Portuguese diet.
  • Portugal is the proud home to quite a few vinho verde (“green wine”) vineyards and wineries. It is a crisp white wine that goes best with fish dishes.

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

  • Czechia: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Austria: The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
  • Portugal: The Portuguese: The Land and Its People by Marion Kaplan
  • Portugal: Port and the Douro by Richard Mayson (an interesting history of port wine)
  • Spain: Cities of Spain by David Gilmour
  • Spain: Iberia by James A. Michener
  • Spain: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Travel Guides

Films

  • Austria: Before Sunrise (1995)
  • Austria: A Dangerous Method (2011)
  • Austria: The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Austria and Czechia: Amadeus (1984) and The Illusionist (2006)– Although both films are set in Vienna, most of the scenes were actually shot in Prague.
  • Czechia: Ice Mother (2017)
  • Czechia: Mission: Impossible (1996)
  • Czechia: Anthropoid (2016)
  • Hungary: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  • Hungary: Sunshine (1999)
  • Portugal: Fados (2007)
  • Spain: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2009)

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