Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: April 17, 2022
(Sailing April 18, 2022)
As springtime blossoms throughout Europe, the cool, fresh air of the Pyrenees Mountains beckons travelers to enjoy the outdoors. On this Journey, we will discover the hidden gems of Catalonia―exploring landscapes, sipping wines, sharing meals, and visiting historical monuments. Your journey starts on Celebrity’s Newly Revolutionized! ship, the Celebrity Constellation, before disembarking in Barcelona. You will then travel to one of Spain’s most renowned wine regions, Penedes, which specializes in sparkling whites. Only an hour south of Barcelona, a day trip to Spanish wine country is the perfect way to start your Journey. Then, head north to the small, land-locked country of Andorra, in the heart of the Pyrenees mountain range. Less than one-third the size of London and nestled between France and Spain, Andorra is dotted with small villages, glacial lakes, and flowing streams. Throughout our Journey, you will get to experience local traditions first-hand, such as sampling fresh cheese on a countryside farm and enjoying a tour of a family run vineyard. You will learn about the unique history of the region with a visit to a centuries-old manor and partake in a special dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Don’t miss out on this expansive adventure to the heart of Catalonia!
Visits: Tampa, Florida; North America; Ponta Delgada, Azores; Portugal, Seville, Cadiz, Malaga, Cartagena, Valencia, Spain; Tampa; Celebrity Constellation; Transatlantic
Start Date: Apr 17, 2022
(Sailing Apr 18, 2022)
|1||Arrive Tampa; Welcome Dinner|
|2||Tampa – Embarkation||4:00 PM|
|10||Ponta Delgada, Azores||9:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|13||Seville (Cadiz), Spain||9:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|14||Malaga, Spain||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|15||Cartagena, Spain||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|16||Valencia, Spain||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|17||Arrive Barcelona – Cultural Tour and Evening Dinner Show||6:00 AM|
|18||Barcelona – Penedes Wine Region|
|19||Barcelona to Andorra – Scenic Drive Including Montserrat|
|20||Andorra – Tour of Mountains and Villiages|
|21||Andorra to Barcelona – Scenic Drive and Farewell Dinner|
|22||Barcelona – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight|
**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.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Note: if you wish to spend time in Tampa, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension, which will add a two-night hotel stay in Tampa.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Constellation for a 15-night transatlantic cruise to Spain. (B).
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Constellation and meet your guide for a half-day cultural tour. Our first stop is at a historical market in central Barcelona, officially open since 1840 (and unofficially open for several centuries prior). Your senses will awaken as you pass stalls of fresh fruit, cured meats, fragrant cheeses, freshly baked bread and enticing desserts. We will stop for a coffee before continuing to our second activity: an informative and fun mosaic workshop. Barcelona is perhaps best known for its mosaics. The city’s famous artist, Gaudi, created a new technique for mosaics called Trencar, and his art is proudly displayed throughout the city. As you try your hand at creating your own mosaic, you will learn all about Barcelona’s dearest artist and his groundbreaking techniques. After creating your own masterpiece, head to lunch at a special location with breathtaking views of the city.
After checking in to your hotel, you will have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for an evening of fun and entertainment. Enjoy a traditional paella feast, complete with wine and sangria, then sit back and relax while professional Flamenco dancers and musicians show off their talents. This energetic show is the perfect way to kick start our Journey! (L, D)
Today we’ll head out of the city to explore one of Spain’s top wine regions—Penedes. Using traditional French methods for making champagne, this area specializes in its production of cava, a sparkling white (or sometimes rosé) wine. Most of the wine in Catalonia is produced by the more than 140 wine producers in this region. From Barcelona, we’ll head out into the countryside towards Penedes—a route dotted with quaint villages, solitary churches and traditional wine estates, called Masias. Our first stop at a local winery will give us the chance to tour the cellars and sample their cava. We’ll then continue to the wine culture museum to gain further insight into the industry and its importance to the local culture and lifestyle. We will then proceed to our second winery, an award-winning, family run establishment. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and the estate, all the while learning how the winery has continued to thrive throughout five generations. End the tour with a wine tasting of the estate’s specialties before heading back to Barcelona. (B, L)
Get ready to explore the mountains and countryside! Today we will depart bustling Barcelona and travel to Andorra, stopping at various scenic villages along the way. Our first stop will be Montserrat, a mountain of rocky pillars containing a national park and mountaintop monastery. The scenic landscape and close proximity make it a popular day trip from Barcelona. We will stop here for a tour of the area and then sit down for lunch at a local restaurant. Continuing north, we will stop at two small villages known for their medieval streets and rich heritage, providing unique insight into the local culture. As we approach our final destination, you will notice the landscape changing as we enter the Pyrenees mountain range. Arrive in charming Les Escaldes, Andorra and check in to your hotel for the next two nights. (B, L)
A popular ski destination in the winter, Andorra is a small country in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains. Not quite as intimidating as the rugged Alps, these gentler slopes attract families and host some of the largest ski schools in Europe. In the warmer months, Andorra offers breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape and, if we are lucky, vibrant colors in spring. The country’s small villages are intertwined with mountain streams, lakes and hiking trails. Only one third the size of London, Andorra boasts one of the highest life expectancies in the world and 10% of its land has been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO!
Today, we will explore this small country, enjoying the outdoors and visiting important cultural institutions. Our first stop will be in the village of Ordino, where we will visit a historic mansion dating back to the 12th century. We will also visit a local foundry for a demonstration of this traditional craft. Continuing to another small village, we will stop for a scrumptious lunch of local delicacies before heading to the highest capital city in Europe, Andorra la Vella. We will visit the historic parliamentary house and courtroom before heading back to our hotel for the evening. (B, L)
After breakfast, we will depart Andorra and head back south towards Barcelona. Along the way, we will stop at a local cheese farm for a visit and tasting. This small farm, situated on the hillside with views of the surrounding valley, specializes in fine goat cheeses. We will then head to the town of Berga, where you will enjoy some free time to have lunch on your own, before completing our journey back to Barcelona. This evening, we end our Journey with a delightful gastronomic experience! Bid farewell to Spain at one of Barcelona’s top restaurants, enjoying a special dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. (B, D)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
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.
Tampa Bay is a lively port city located off of the beautiful Gulf Coast of Central Florida. Home to two large universities, a vibrant sports scene, and award-winning beaches, our cruises from Tampa take you to the Caribbean and beyond. This underrated city offers all kinds of diversions for your entire group, from world-class museums to natural wonders and water-based adventures.
Formed from the peaks of a vast underwater volcanic mountain range, Ponta Delgada is the capital city of São Miguel island and is considered by many to be the most important city in the Azores archipelago. A stroll along the town’s harbor front promenade will provide gorgeous scenic views of the turquoise blue Atlantic Ocean, as well as fascinating architecture dating back to the 16th century Renaissance.
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.
Malaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside and the Costa del Sol, some of the region’s most impressive beaches. It also is home to a number of magnificent palaces, including the Moorish Alcabaza and Gibralfaro.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, when Spain held sway over the rest of Europe and the New World, much of its naval power was concentrated in the port of Cartagena. Many of the coastal fortifications from that era still exist, although instead of guarding the city, they provide splendid views of the harbor. Cartagena is one of the world’s great natural harbors and over the ages has known its fair share of conflict, conquest, and riches.
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..
Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.
During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. 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. 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.
This Journey will focus on the daily life of local villages and include many gastronomic experiences, including a visit to one of Spain’s most important wine regions. 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.
Although the areas along the coast may be warmer, guests should prepare for cooler weather in the mountains. 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.
Included 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.
Transportation while on tour:
Barcelona – Penedes wine region: 1.5 Hour Coach Transfer
Barcelona – Andorra: 3 Hour Coach Transfer (however our trip will be longer, due to stops along the way)
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.
All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires 9/30/21 or when sold out.
Although the Enrichment Journey begins in Tampa, the itinerary does not include much time in the city. With this optional extension you will arrive one day early, giving you time to explore Tampa on your own before transferring the start of the Enrichment Journey program. Note: tours are not included. Price of $325 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
Although this Enrichment Journey includes three nights in Barcelona, the itinerary does not include much time to explore the city’s highlights. With this optional extension you will stay for one extra night in Barcelona after the conclusion of the Journey, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $165 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
|4/17/2022||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Veranda (2C)||$7,066||$5,299||$1,767||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Class (C3)||$7,466||$5,599||$1,867||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Aqua Class (A2)||$7,932||$5,949||$1,983||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? Pricing including Airfare is $3,499 per person.
|Boston||$450||John F. Kennedy||$350||Phoenix||$500|
|Dallas-Ft. Worth||$400||Los Angeles||$500||Seattle||$500|
|Washington – Dulles||$350||Chicago||$400||Tampa||$0|
|– 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.
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.
Tel：1 (212) 245-5462
C/ Deu i Mata, 69-99 Les Corts, 08029 Barcelona Spain
Located in the heart of Barcelona’s business district, Les Corts, and next to the lovely shopping mall L’Illa Diagonal, NH Collection Constanza features a lean, brightly-lit atmosphere with an outstanding commitment to customer service. Exuding calm elegance, the NH Collection Barcelona Constanza is a contemporary delight in stylish white marble. The creation of Pritzker prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo, designer of the Los Angeles Cathedral, it’s located in the heart of Barcelona’s business district.
5 Placa Coprinceps, Escaldes-Engordany AD700, Andorra
Telephone: +376 871 400
Roc Blanc is located in Escaldes-Engordany, only 5 minutes’ walk from Andorra la Vella city center. The hotel features a spa, 2 restaurants and stylish rooms with a TV. Available at an extra cost, the hotel spa has a range of beauty and health treatments. Guests can make use of the indoor swimming pool, hot tub, Turkish baths, and terrace. The Roc Blanc’s mountain-style El Pi Restaurant has a fireplace, while the à la carte Entrecote Restaurant serves meat dishes. The Roc Blanc is just 3 miles from the nearest ski runs at Soldeu and 9 miles from the Grau-Roig Ski Resort. Caldea and the main shopping streets of Escaldes-Engordany can all be reached within 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
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 modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
Luxurious and upscale on every level, Celebrity Constellation® continues to set new standards in modern luxury vacations. Qsine is hands down one of the most unique and popular restaurants in Celebrity’s fleet, and it is now on Celebrity Constellation®. The Constellation also has new outdoor spaces, too. The inviting Rooftop Terrace features chic, cozy furniture, surprising artistic elements, and a large soundscape and movie screen that lets you kick back and catch Taste of Film—a unique way to experience movies. Below deck, the Penthouse and Royal Suites will be updated and you’ll discover some of the top names in fashion in a completely refreshed shopping area. Celebrity even brought updated technology to your stateroom with new RFID door locks. All you’ll need to do is tap your room card on your door lock, and your stateroom door will automatically unlock itself for you. It’s your room’s way of saying, “Welcome back”!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 February 2021, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) starting January 1, 2022. US citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS prior to their travel towards Europe, in order to be allowed to enter the territory. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/
Vaccinations 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.
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.
Spain, Andorra and Portugal use the Euro (€), currency code EUR
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 is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already 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.
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.
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:
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:
Spain and Andorra: 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. The same is true for both Andorra and Palma de Mallorca. In Valencia you will see and hear both Spanish and Catalan. The phrases below overlap in both languages, but many other common phrases can different.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/spanish/ for more phrases with sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/catalan/ for more phrases with sound.
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.
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.
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