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Journey to Tuscany and the Italian Countryside

15 or 19 Nights featuring Tuscany, Chianti Valley, Siena, Montepulciano and Volterra

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

Start Date: May 17 & Oct 25, 2023 Sold Out
(Sailing May 22, 2023 on Reflection & Oct 30, 2023 on Beyond Sold Out)

About This Journey

This is not a whirlwind tour of Italy. There are no lines, no crowds and no tourist traps. This is the real Italy; the Italy you’ve always wanted to go back to. You’ll take a stroll through a medieval town and chat with the local butcher, learn how to make homemade pasta, and spend an afternoon meandering through a family run vineyard (as you sip their prized wine, of course). You’ll walk in the footsteps of “Under the Tuscan Sun” writer Frances Mayes, as well as countless Italian artists who have visited these historic towns and picturesque landscapes for inspiration over the centuries. You will not be rushed nor bored; you will simply be delighted as our hosts explain their local customs and welcome you to join their table. After five nights of “wining and dining” in the Tuscan countryside, you will be transferred to the port in Civitavecchia to embark the Celebrity Reflection or Beyond. Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the Grecian Islands or across the Atlantic Ocean, recounting your memories of authentic Italian cuisine, delicious wines and quaint towns of the Italian Countryside.

Visits: Tuscany, Chianti Valley, Cortona, Montepulciano, Volterra, Certaldo, Rome, Florence, Italy; Nice, France; Malaga, Spain; Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Olympia, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Athens, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Beyond, Culinary, SPID 34964, SPID 34965, Europe

Journey to Tuscany and the Italian Countryside

Itinerary

Start Date: May 17, 2023
(Sailing May 22, 2023 on Celebrity Reflection)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Tuscany – Transfer to hotel; welcome dinner
2 Tuscany – Full day tour to Siena with lunch in the garden and traditional gelateria
3 Tuscany – Cooking class with wine pairing in Chianti Valley, visit a traditional butcher’s shop in Greve
4 Tuscany – “Under the Tuscan Sun” tour to Cortona and Montepulciano, including winery visit and tasting
5 Tuscany – Tour to the medieval towns of Volterra and Certaldo, including artist demonstration and farmhouse lunch; farewell dinner
6 Tuscany to Civitavecchia – Hotel check-out and transfer to the port for embarkation 5:00 PM
7 At Sea
8 Olympia (Katakolon), Greece 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
9 Santorini, Greece 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
10 Mykonos, Greece 8:00 AM 9:00 PM
11 Rhodes, Greece 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
12 Athens (Piraeus), Greece 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
13 At Sea
14 Valletta, Malta 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 Barcelona, Spain – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport 5:00 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 Tuscany:

Upon arrival at the airport in Florence, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with transferring you to the hotel in Tuscany. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

  • Day 2 – Tuscany – Sienna:
Piazza Del Campo, Siena

Piazza Del Campo, Siena

A short transfer after breakfast will bring you to the heart of the city of Siena. Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For lunch, you will head to a unique garden where you may find middle-aged herbs, grown over the years based on a careful analysis of the history of the ground. Here you will dine while enjoying the peace of this green earth in the middle of the town. The garden is not a formal restaurant, but the atmosphere and care are both unique and incomparable. After lunch, you will take a walk to Piazza del Campo and tour a traditional gelateria, owned by a family that started the business in Follonica in 1982. The expert ‘Gelataio’ will explain the tricks to creating the best gelato but will not reveal all his secrets! Head back to the hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner. (B, L, D)

  • Day 3 – Tuscany – Chianti Valley & Greve:
Cooking Class, Chianti Valley

Cooking Class, Chianti Valley

Your cooking lesson takes place at a charming location in the middle of the Tuscan vineyards. You will be greeted with a welcome drink in the garden before entering the facility and exploring. For the first cooking activity, you will concentrate on the main specialty of Italian and Tuscan cuisine—homemade pasta. The chef and his staff will provide the directions and ingredients needed to create tagliatelle and tortelli, and then give you the opportunity to try your hand at it. They will then teach you how to prepare Tuscany’s delicious rural soups—like the tasty ribollita, panzanella or pappa al pomodoro, using the precious Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and other local ingredients. Finally, we will have fun creating traditional cakes of the Chianti region, like cantucci (a kind of biscuit) served with vin santo (holy wine).

Chianti Vineyards, Tuscany

Chianti Vineyards, Tuscany

The course will conclude with a tasting of Tuscan wines to pair with the dishes, which the group will all enjoy, served along with some additional appetizers like bruschetta, fried zucchini flowers, fried polenta and toasted bread with lardo and black cabbage. With a full belly and a tipsy smile, you will board the bus and drive to the beautiful hills of the Chianti Valley. This valley is considered by many to be the heart of the Tuscan countryside and is renowned for its famous wines. In the charming village of Greve, you will take a stroll and then visit a historical and traditional butcher’s shop to taste their homemade products. Return to the hotel for a group dinner. (B, L, D)

  • Day 4 – Tuscany – Cortona & Montepulciano:
Montelpulciano, Tuscany

Montelpulciano, Tuscany

Today you will visit lively Cortona, which is characterized by its well-preserved medieval character. Steep, cobblestone paths lead through the narrow alleyways in the historic center, then open up onto the large squares of ‘Piazza della Repubblica’ and ‘Piazza Signorelli’, where the town comes to life. Shops offer gastronomic delicacies and handicrafts, while street cafés invite one to linger. Many scenes of the famous movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” were shot here, as well as the villa of the book’s writer, Frances Mayes. You will then visit Montepulciano, another town where some scenes of the movie were shot. The city of Montepulciano is situated on a stone mountain, in whose cool stone the vintners carved out their wine cellars. Their ‘noble’ wine was already known in the 8th century as the ‘Vino dei Signori’ – wine of the nobility. You will end the day’s excursion at a local winery to enjoy a tasting of their house wines before returning to the hotel to refresh before dinner. (B, L, D)

  • Day 5 – Tuscany – Volterra & Certaldo:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Volterra, Tuscany

After breakfast, you will head to the hilltop city of Volterra, a former Etruscan settlement with a splendid view of the surrounding landscape. Besides the views, the city is also renowned for its alabaster, a beautiful pale stone that is soft enough to carve. Your guide will provide a tour of the most important sights of the city, then take everyone to visit an artist at his alabaster workshop. Leaving the city, you will stop at a family-run farmhouse which specializes in saffron production. After visiting the property, you will enjoy a home cooked lunch complete with saffron dishes. In the afternoon, you will visit one of Tuscany’s secret gems: the town of Certaldo, which was the hometown of Giovanni Boccaccio, author of the “Decameron” and one of first Renaissance humanists. To reach the walled historical center, you will take a short ride on a funicular railway. Then, enjoy a walk through the narrow Middle Age alleys which open onto beautiful views of the surrounding hills. The tour ends with a visit to a ceramic painting shop, where you will see an artisan at work. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

  • Day 6 – Depart Tuscany:

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Reflection for a 10-night cruise. (B)

  • Day 7–15 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Reflection (see below for cruise highlights):
  • Day 16 – Barcelona Disembarkation:

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Reflection where you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Note: if you wish to spend time in Florence or Barcelona, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension, which will add a two-night hotel stay in Florence, Barcelona, or both.

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

  • Olympia (Katakolon), Greece:

Olympia, Greece

Go a little off the beaten path to the tiny fishing village of Katakolon in the region of Elis. When you arrive at the Katakolon cruise port, you’ll be met by views of the bluer than blue Ionian Sea, romantic Greek vistas, and a beachy paradise. You can venture on to Olympia, where the first-ever Olympic Games were held to honor the Greek gods, or stop in at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia for a closer look at ancient Greek art and history.

  • Santorini, Greece:

Santorini, Greece

Though it’s no longer a well-kept secret, Santorini’s charm cannot be diminished. The island’s multicolored structures pop against the blue-and-white buildings and the turquoise Aegean Sea below. Less academic than Athens, quieter than summer party town Mykonos, Santorini is one of the most-visited destinations on any number of Mediterranean cruises, and for good reason.

  • Mykonos, Greece:

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos (also known as Hora) is perhaps the most known and famous of the Greek isles, and public fascination with the island has seen a massive uptick in recent years. The secret’s out—Mykonos is sophisticated and glossy, the younger sibling of Athens, where bright white buildings pop against seriously blue waters and bougainvillea blooms unrestricted, Mykonos cruises revel in incredible nightlife, alluring white-sand beaches, and a stay-up-all-night spirit.

  • Rhodes, Greece:

Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes (pronounced “ro-dos”), a Greek island northeast of Crete and southeast of Athens, is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and thousands of years of history conveniently at your fingertips. Cruises to Rhodes, Greece are your chance to experience winding Byzantine streets in Old Town, see ancient ruins, and venture on from the northernmost point of Rhodes to other age-old cities like Lindos or the beach of Faliraki.

  • Athens (Piraeus), Greece:

Athens, Greece

As the capital of Greece and one of Europe’s most bustling cities, Athens is powered by 5,000 years of history. At night, the city of Athens glows from afar, light reflecting off the ancient ruins. Today travelers flock from around the world to experience its history while on cruises from Athens. After all, the art, theatre, architecture, and philosophy of Athens had ripple effects through the fabric of entire civilizations.

  • Valletta, Malta:

Valletta, Malta

On a cruise to Valletta, Malta, the city is immediately striking. It’s a cultural hub for Baroque art, museums, and historic sites. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, limestone architecture pops against the year-round temperate sun. This mix makes Valletta perfect for an intellectually stimulating but relaxing stop on any Mediterranean cruise. Valletta was even named a “European Capital of Culture” in 2018 by the EU.

Journey to Tuscany and the Italian Countryside

Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Italy
    • Tuscany, Italy- Five-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day city tour of Siena with visit to a gelateria
      • Full-day tour of Chianti Valley and Greve with cooking class and wine pairing
      • Full-day “Under the Tuscan Sun” tour to Cortona and Montepulciano, including winery visit and tasting
      • Full-day tour to Volterra and Certaldo, including artist demonstration and farmhouse lunch
      • Farewell 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 Celebrity Reflection or 14-night sailing aboard Celebrity Beyond
    • Tips, Drinks & Wi-Fi are always included onboard Celebrity Cruises
  • Special Offer—Ends 8/10!
    • Receive up to $400 $800 Onboard Credit. Plus, ask if the Cruise Portion of your Journey qualifies for 30% OFF per person. Learn More ➤

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Your Journey begins with a five-night land program in Tuscany, followed by a cruise with Celebrity Cruises. Each day during the land portion will include tours. The overall pace is less strenuous than most Enrichment Journeys, as the focus is not on rushing to see sights but rather simply enjoying the culture and scenery.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate to 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.

Cultural Focus

The focus of this Enrichment Journey is local culture and gastronomic traditions of Tuscany. 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. You will visit local family run establishments where traditional methods are kept and passed down from generation to generation on how to butcher, preserve and prepare certain dishes. 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 as temperatures can vary between the hills and valleys during your travel.

Transportation

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:

Florence to Tuscany: 1-hour coach transfer

Tuscany to Civitavecchia: 3-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.

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Special Offer—Ends 8/10!

Receive up to $400 $800 Onboard Credit. Plus, ask if the Cruise Portion of your Journey qualifies for 30% OFF per person.

Tips, Drinks & Wi-Fi are All Included onboard Celebrity Cruises.

 

All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires Aug 10, 2022 or when sold out.

Journey to Tuscany and the Italian Countryside

2-night Florence Extension (pre-cruise)

Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will fly into the Florence airport, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension, you will arrive in Florence 2 days early and stay in the city, giving you time to explore Florence on your own before transferring to Tuscany to start the Enrichment Journey program. Note: tours are not included. Price of $345 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Florence with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from Tuscany to Florence hotel and hotel to Airport

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Dates & Prices
05/17/2023 on Celebrity Reflection Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (V3) $7,599 $5,699 $1,900 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (V2) $7,732 $5,799 $1,933 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $7,999 $5,999 $2,000 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $8,265 $6,199 $2,066 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE
10/25/2023 on Celebrity Beyond Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Infinite Veranda (E3) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Infinite Veranda (E2) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Concierge Class (C2) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Aqua Class (A2) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Suite SOLD OUT

This Date is sold out. Please call to inquire about being added to the waitlist.

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.

Air Add-Ons for 05/17/2023 Departure on Celebrity Reflection
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $350 John F. Kennedy $0 Philadelphia $200
Boston $300 Los Angeles $400 Seattle $450
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 Orlando $300 San Francisco $450
Chicago $400 Miami $300 Washington – Dulles $400
Houston $400 Toronto $250
– 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
Hotel Certaldo

Via del Molino 74, 50052, Certaldo (FI) – Italy

Telephone: +39 0571 651261

E-Mail: info@hotelcertaldo.it

Hotel Certaldo was established with the renovation of an old watermill of 1500 AD, built upon the Elsa river. It visibly retains many elements of style and architecture of the old flour mill. The mill is today an elegant and comfortable 4-star hotel placed in the heart of Tuscany, in the Chianti region. It is a place where tradition has positively evolved to an ambient with all comforts and offers a happy mix of emotions and situations.

Celebrity Reflection

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.

Ship: Reflection

Celebrity ReflectionSM offers the AquaClass® Suites that feature stunning 79 square foot verandas, so you relax while soaking up the views of each destination you visit. Plus, your favorite spa amenities and priority access to the highly-rated specialty restaurant, Blu, are included. There are even more inspired additions to this ship. Celebrity Reflection boasts an expanded deck, 72 additional staterooms overall, more seating in the main and specialty restaurants, more sun lounges on the pool deck, and more seats in the theatre. Excitement brews with up to 50 international craft beers in the enhanced Michael’s Club. On the Lawn Club, take a painting class with a Master Artist from the ArtCenter South Florida in The Art Studio. Celebrate the flavorful joys of outdoor grilling in the Lawn Club Grill. Enjoy more than 20 delicious options in the Main Restaurant that are SPE-certified and healthy for you. Unwind in your own cabana-style haven, The Alcoves, on the Lawn Club. And check out all the new spa innovations in the enhanced AquaSpa® by Elemis®. Your vacation time is precious. Time aboard Celebrity Reflection will make the most of it.

Celebrity Beyond

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.

Ship: Celebrity Beyond

Celebrity BeyondSM is the third of four sister Edge-class ships and contains many unique features and a modern design unseen on any other ship currently at sea. The ship’s design is beautiful and streamlined with the outside spaces designed by architect Tom Wright and interior design by Kelly Hoppen. Some of the most exciting innovations and updates include the Rooftop Garden, the Adults-only Solarium, the Magic Carpet and the Infinite VerandasSM.
The Magic Carpet is a cantilevered, sliding deck sitting high above the sea that allows for easy embarkation and debarkation for tendering and also serves as a viewpoint and outdoor bar with live music at night. The Infinite VerandasSM allow you to take advantage of your entire veranda stateroom, inside and out. At the touch of a button, your veranda doors will completely fold out of the way, allowing you a full view out over the water. You also have the option to keep the veranda doors open, but enclose the glass balcony, turning the railing into a floor-to-ceiling window. Celebrity Beyond was designed to change the way you experience the world, and the culinary offerings don’t fall short of this either. Enjoy 29 unique food and beverage experiences crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. Your vacation time is precious. Time aboard Celebrity Beyond will make the most of it.

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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 agricultural 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 their 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 to trips 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, onboard 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 March 2022, 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 to Europe, in order to be allowed to enter the territory. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three-pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Italy, Greece, Malta, Spain and France use the Euro (€), currency code EUR

Bermuda uses the Bermudian Dollar, but as it is fixed to the U.S. Dollar, the U.S. Dollar is commonly accepted

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. European destinations, though, usually require less tipping than would be appropriate stateside. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers.

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, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

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 of Tuscany, 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
Athens 53/44 54/44 57/47 64/52 71/59 80/68 82/71 82/71 77/66 70/60 62/53 56/47
Valletta 60/49 60/48 63/50 67/54 75/59 83/66 88/71 89/72 83/69 77/64 69/57 63/52
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
Rome 54/38 57/38 62/43 66/47 75/56 83/62 89/67 89/66 81/60 72/53 62/46 55/40
Siena 48/39 48/39 54/43 59/46 68/54 73/61 81/66 81/66 73/61 66/55 55/46 48/41

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:

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.

France: French

  • Bonjour (Boh(n)-zhoo): Hello
  • Oui (wee): Yes
  • Non (No): No
  • Où sont les toilettes? (Oo soh(n) lay twa-let?): Where are the restrooms
  • Merci (Mare-see): Thank you
  • Je vous en prie (Zhuh vooz ahn pree): You’re welcome
  • S’il vous plaît (Seal voo play): Please
  • Pouvez-vous m’aider? (Poo-vay voo meh – day?): Can you help me?
  • Au revoir (Ah reh-vwarh): Goodbye

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

Malta: Maltese

  • Merħba: Welcome
  • Bonġu: Good Morning
  • Kif int?: How are you?
  • Grazzi ħafna: Thank you very much
  • Mhux problema: No Problem/You’re Welcome
  • Ma nifhimx: I don’t understand
  • Titkellem bl-Ingliz: Do you speak English?

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

Spain: Spanish

  • Hola (OH-lah): Hello
  • Adiós (ad-ee-OHS): Goodbye
  • Si (see): Yes
  • No (noh): No
  • Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please
  • Gracias (GRAH-syahs): Thank you
  • Baño (BAH-nyoh): Bathroom

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

Facts and Figures

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

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.

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.

Malta

  • Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English. Maltese is spoken by almost the entire population of Malta. Almost 90% of the population speaks English.
  • Malta is home to some of the oldest free-standing structures of the world – the seven Megalithic Temples. The country is believed to have been inhabited since the early Neolithic period of 5000 BC.
  • For sea divers or those who are interested in seeing WWII shipwrecks, Malta’s coastline is home to many such sunken ships.

France

  • The French government gives medals to citizens who have “successfully raised several children with dignity.”
  • French toast isn’t a French cuisine. Joseph French advertised the modern toast but forgot to add the apostrophe “s.” It should have been advertised as “French’s Toast” not “French Toast.”
  • Louis XIX was King of France for just 20 minutes.

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.

Bermuda

  • Over 300 shipwrecks have been found in the coastal reefs surrounding Bermuda.
  • Bermuda is two miles wide at its widest point, so you’re never more than a mile away from the ocean.

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

  • 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)
  • Greece: Iliad by Homer
  • Greece: The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir by Tom Stone
  • Spain: Cities of Spain by David Gilmour
  • Spain: Iberia by James A. Michener
  • Spain: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Travel Guides

Films

  • Italy: Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • Italy: Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Italy: Gladiator (2000)
  • Italy: Angels and Demons (2009)
  • Italy: La Dolce Vita (1960)
  • Greece: Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • Greece: 300 (2006)
  • Greece: Troy (2004)
  • Malta: Many movies were filmed in Malta, including Gladiator, Troy, Captain Phillips, Midnight Express and The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • Spain: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2009)

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