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Journey to Lake Bled, Dubrovnik and Santorini

14 Nights featuring Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Dubrovnik, Santorini and Istanbul

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

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

Start Date: October 11, 2024
(Sailing October 15, 2024)

About This Journey

Nestled snugly between majestic snow-capped mountains and the shimmering sea, a fairytale adventure begins to unfold. Start your Journey through the emerald backdrops of Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea in the charming capital city of Ljubljana. Sitting along the banks of the Ljubljanica River, this vibrant yet tranquil city reads like a captivating novel, with Roman origins, a Renaissance rebirth and neo-classical and art nouveau reinventions. Enter the heart of the city to discover picturesque boutiques in Ljubljana’s Old Town, concluding the day with a visit to Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress that features panoramic views of the city and history below. As you venture to Lake Bled, you’ll be greeted by a town perched on the shores of a crystal-clear glacial lake. Cradled by the peaks of the Julian Alps, witness an iconic 11th-century castle that clings dramatically to a cliff. Your tale continues as you embark the Island Princess for a 10 night cruise along the stunning coastal wonders of Croatia, Italy, Turkey and Greece. Explore Ravenna’s exquisite mosaics that span millennia and bring home stories that are a symphony of diversity and heritage. Stroll the ancient streets of Zadar, relish the romantic charm of Dubrovnik and be spellbound by the ethereal beauty of Santorini. Step onto the ground where St. Paul once walked in Kusadasi and in Istanbul, stand in the city that bridges two continents, a crossroad of history and culture. Your adventure through Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea will paint your soul with a kaleidoscope of unforgettable moments, cultural treasures, and a lifelong sense of wonder.

Visits: Princess Cruises, Island Princess, 37261, Venice, Ravenna, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Santorini, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Athens

Journey to Lake Bled, Dubrovnik and Santorini

Itinerary

Start Date: October 11, 2024
(Sailing October 15, 2024)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Ljubljana – Hotel Check-in and Welcome Dinner
2 Ljubljana – Tour of Ljubljana and Afternoon at Leisure
3 Ljubljana – Tour to Lake Bled
4 Ljubljana – Leisure Time and Evening Cultural Dinner
5 Ljubljana to Trieste – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 10:00 PM
6 Ravenna, Italy 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
7 Zadar, Croatia 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
8 Dubrovnik, Croatia 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 Santorini, Greece 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
11 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
12 At Sea
13 Istanbul, Turkey 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
14 At Sea
15 Athens (Piraeus), Greece – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport 6:00 AM

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

**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 Ljubljana

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

Day 2 – Ljubljana

Ljubljana Castle

Ater breakfast, we will enjoy a city tour of Ljubljana, pronounced “loo·blee·aa·nuh”. The city 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. 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. After lunch, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own.  (B, L)

Day 3 – Ljubljana and Lake Bled

Lake Bled

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. We will then sit down to lunch at a local restaurant. After soaking up the incredible views of this picturesque landscape one last time, we will return to Ljubljana. (B, L)

Day 4 – Ljubljana

Riverside market

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then spend the day at your leisure. You’ll have time to peruse the quaint shops for souvenirs, take a stroll along the river, and enjoy lunch on your own. This evening, re-join the group once again for a special evening of cultural and culinary delights! Enjoy a festive evening as we clap along to traditional tunes at a folkloric performance of music and dance. (B, D)

Day 5 – Ljubljana to Trieste for Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Island Princess for a 10-night cruise to Croatia, Italy, Turkey and Greece. (B)

Day 6-14 – Cruising onboard the Island Princess (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 15 – Athens Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Island Princess and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Ljubljana or Athens, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extensions.

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

Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna, Italy: Ravenna is one of the great cultural sites in Europe. The city’s monuments bear witness to the succession of three major civilizations. In the 5th century, Ravenna was the last capital of the Roman Empire. The city then served as the seat of Theodoric I’s short-lived barbarian kingdom. After its collapse, Ravenna became a major hub in the Byzantine Empire. The city is thus renowned and revered for churches and mausoleums decorated with superb mosaics spanning all three civilizations. Often Roman, Arian, and Byzantine art adorns the same building. Ravenna is also your gateway to the cities of the Po plain. Bologna is home to magnificent medieval buildings and Europe’s oldest university. Ferrara was the stronghold of the Renaissance’s fabled d’Este clan. And tiny San Marino clings to the slopes of Mt. Titano.

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia: Is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. It is situated on the Adriatic Sea, at the northwestern part of Ravni Kotari region.

 

 

 

 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia: Dubrovnik is a beautiful stone jewel hugging the Adriatic Sea. This picture-perfect medieval walled city offers ancient stone buildings, narrow cobbled streets and fortified ramparts rising above red-tiled rooftops. Stradun is the city’s focal point and main artery while Dubrovnik’s streets are blessedly free of vehicular traffic. Despite the heavy damage inflicted by shelling in the early ’90s, Dubrovnik has been restored to its pre-war beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city remains the pride of the Republic of Croatia.

 

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece: Did the catastrophic volcanic eruption that ravaged Santorini circa 1600 B.C. destroy Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization – and give birth to the myth of Atlantis? In 1967, archaeologists on Santorini unearthed the remains of a Bronze Age city that may have been home to as many as 30,000 people. Whether the Lost Continent of Atlantis is rooted in myth or reality, an undisputed fact remains. The eruption created a caldera – and one of the most dramatic land and seascapes in the entire Mediterranean. On Santorini, whitewashed buildings cling to vertiginous cliffs that plunge to a turquoise sea. Part of the Cyclades Archipelago, the three-island group of Santorini, Thirasia and uninhabited Aspronisi present the traveler with unforgettable vistas.

Ephesus, Turkey

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey: From the port of Kusadasi on Turkey’s Anatolian Coast, one travels into the past. Nearby stand the ruins of ancient Ephesus, a major site of archeological excavation. The city was once a Roman provincial capital and trading center. Ephesus is also home to several of Christendom’s holiest sites. St. Paul preached at the Great Theater and the ruins of Ephesus’ Basilica cover the tomb of Christ’s most beloved disciple, St. John the Apostle.

 

 

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey: Istanbul rises from the Bosphorus, a vision of minarets and domes sparkling in the light. The capital of vanished empires, Istanbul is a true crossroad, the only city on Earth to span two continents. This meeting place of Europe and Asia, of Christian and Muslim, is one of the great adventures a traveler encounters. Browse the stalls of the world’s largest bazaar, explore ancient mosques and churches, and gaze at the stunning jewels in the Topkapi Palace.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 4-night pre-cruise land program in Slovenia
    • Ljubljana, Slovenia: 4-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Half-day Ljubljana city tour
      • Full-day tour to Lake Bled
      • Evening cultural experience with dinner
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 10 night sailing aboard Island Princess
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Special Offer—Ends 4/30: Receive up to $175 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

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

If the pace is 3: The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate. Guided tours may include a considerable amount of walking, while free time offers you the option to relax.

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

Slovenia offers an authentic experience in the heart of 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 breathtaking natural wonders, enjoy a folkloric performance 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

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:

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 Lake Bled, Dubrovnik and Santorini

Book by 4/30 for up to $175 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!

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1-night Ljubljana Extension (pre-cruise)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Ljubljana a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $155 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

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

2-night Athens Hotel Extension (post-cruise)

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 $475 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

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Dates & Prices
10/11/2024 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Balcony (BE) $7,065 $5,299 $1,766 CALL FOR DETAILS
Balcony (BD) $7,132 $5,349 $1,783 CALL FOR DETAILS
Balcony (BC) $7,199 $5,399 $1,800 CALL FOR DETAILS
Mini Suite (MD) $7,732 $5,799 $1,933 CALL FOR DETAILS
Mini Suite (MB) $7,865 $5,899 $1,966 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 $300 Washington – Dulles $300 Miami $250
Boston $350 Houston Intercontinental $350 San Francisco $250
Chicago $350 John F. Kennedy $0 Seattle  $350
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Los Angeles $450 Toronto $350
– 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
4-star Urban Hotel Ljubljana

Stefanova ulica 4, Ljubljana 1000 Slovenia

Telephone: +386 70 355 000

Next to the hustle and bustle of a city intersection and urban part of Ljubljana, a hi-rise building was built in 1938. It offered shelter to many distinguished persons. A prestigious design with peripheral construction attracted the eye of tourists, especially those connoisseurs who noticed the work of architect Jože Šivec. With its tempting constructed ground floor and staircase, it ranks among the most beautiful examples of hi-rise buildings in the capital. The building has preserved its original charm and today hosts the Urban hotel Ljubljana. Only 100 meters sets you apart from the world-famous Three Bridges, the old town with Plecnik marketplace, within reach are a number of luxurious galleries, vibrant bars, about which a lot of blogs are written, boutiques, vibrant bars and many hidden points that invite you to explore.

Island Princess

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 17 modern vessels. Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still be seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.

Ship: Island Princess

Island Princess is your own private retreat on the sea. Whether you crave relaxation or exhilaration, you’ll find the soothing Lotus Spa®, live entertainment, gourmet cuisine, casino gaming and more. And for a special treat, try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine.

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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 travels in 2024, 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

Slovenia, Italy, Croatia and Greece use 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 $10.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. To view the gratuities policy for Princess Cruises, please visit https://www.princess.com/html/global/disclaimers/crew-appreciation/.

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
Ljubljana 38/28 43/29 53/35 61/42 70/50 76/56 81/59 80/59 71/52 60/45 48/37 39/29
Dubrovnik 54/43 55/43 57/46 63/52 70/57 77/64 84/70 82/70 77/64 70/57 63/50 57/46
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
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 fun phrases:

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

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

Croatia: Croatian

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

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

Greece: Greek

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

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

Turkey: Turkish

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

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

Facts and Figures

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

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.
  • Tuscany has a long wine history; it can be traced back to the 5th century BCE. Grapes were first cultivated by the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago, grown in such wide abundance that they were often sold overseas and quickly became the area’s most trusted cash crop. 80% of all wines produced in Tuscany are produced with red grapes, the vast majority of which use Sangiovese as a grape.
  • Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, which is slightly larger than Arizona.
  • Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  • No other country in Europe has as many volcanoes as Italy. This is because the Italian peninsula stands on a fault line. Three major volcanoes have erupted in the last century.

Croatia

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

Greece

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

Turkey

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

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • 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: 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
  • Croatia: Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country by Tony Fabijančić
  • Croatia: Girl at War by Sara Novic

Travel Guides

Films

  • 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)
  • Croatia: Harrison’s Flowers (2001)
  • Croatia: much of the HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 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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