Departure Graf: Amsterdam Express (incl. City Canal Cruise)

Amsterdam has been a thriving city ever since the 17th-century Golden Age. It is renown worldwide for its endless canals, rich museums, unforgettable Dutch cheese and famous Stroopwafels. One of Europe’s most walk-able cities, Amsterdam can also be enjoyed from a different view as you cruise on its canals and take in the sights!

 

Let us handle the details

  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Private Transportation
  • Canal Cruise Fee

 

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• Amsterdam city canal cruise
• Explore Europe Trip Leader

Your trip highlights

• You’ll see flowers you never knew existed
• Amsterdam’s iconic canals and bridges
• Quaint windmills in Amsterdam’s outskirts
• Stroopwafels, frites and flavorful brews
• Vibrant locals and a bright art scene
• Plenty of time to explore the Dutch capital

Graf Amsterdam

Day 1 (Friday September 23)
Your trip begins with an overnight drive by bus to Amsterdam in Netherlands.

Day 2 (Saturday September 24)
In the morning, arrive in Amsterdam, home to a strong artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. Next you can sit back and relax on an Amsterdam canal cruise! Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for interesting insights into the city with a personal recorded commentary available in 15 languages. The afternoon and evening are yours – explore the canals some more, or head to Dam Square, one of the most important parts of the city. In the evening (at 10:00pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday September 25)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 8:00 am

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by July 15 for only €149 and save €20!
Regular price after July 15 is €169 per adult

Covid-19 On-Trip Requirements & Safety Measures: Explore Europe requires our guests to be fully vaccinated, recovered or receive a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of trip start*. Your Trip Leaders will check for proof on the first day of your trip.

*We would keep you informed of any changes that would apply to your trip, as we follow the COVID-19 requirements from each country/region.

Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Address: Dießfurter Str, 92655 Grafenwoehr (parking lot)
Instructions: if you are exiting McDonald’s parking lot in Grafenwoehr you will turn right on to B299 as if you are going towards Netzaberg. You will then take your very first right (as if you are going towards MegaPlay) and as soon as you cross the small bridge there is a driveway on the right side which you can enter into a parking lot. You should see several cars and the bus there. The parking lot is exclusively available for our passengers during the duration of the trip.

Graf Bus Departure Point

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IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

How’s the weather?

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Average Low Average High

Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Address: Dießfurter Str, 92655 Grafenwoehr (parking lot)
Instructions: if you are exiting McDonald’s parking lot in Grafenwoehr you will turn right on to B299 as if you are going towards Netzaberg. You will then take your very first right (as if you are going towards MegaPlay) and as soon as you cross the small bridge there is a driveway on the right side which you can enter into a parking lot. You should see several cars and the bus there. The parking lot is exclusively available for our passengers during the duration of the trip.

Graf Bus Departure Point

 

Passport & Visa
A tourist passport is required for all trips outside of Germany.

Important passport rules are as follows:
If you have a passport with a SOFA stamp on any page (a “No-Fee” passport), you are provided permission to reside in Germany, NOT to travel outside of Germany. You have to have a tourist passport in addition to the SOFA/”No-Fee” passport to travel outside of Germany. You cannot travel with a RED Official passport as that is used only for the purpose of a mission or deployment. If you have a passport with a detachable SOFA card clipped inside, it is acceptable to travel with as that was issued originally as a tourist passport. If you are not sure: a tourist passport will be BLUE and will be valid for 10 years for adults. It cannot contain a SOFA stamp on any page or it is not acceptable. A child’s tourist passport (under 15 years of age) is valid for 5 years, but will not have a SOFA stamp in it anywhere. All of this information has been verified to be correct with the Grafenwoehr Passport Office.

Health
There are no major health risks when traveling to Amsterdam. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.

Transportation / Walking on tour
Included transportation on your tour is by motor coach. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot. Amsterdam has a user friendly bus and tram system, if needed.

Cuisine
In the Netherlands, the universal staples of beef, chicken and fish are prepared in a simple fashion, and substantial soups and stews are also very popular. Snack food might be less familiar, where the emphasis is on fish. You might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions. Also popular are pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles served from street stands.

Clothing & Packing Tips
The Netherlands tends to be cool and often damp at certain times of year. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance
Each adult is entitled to one luggage and one personal item. Luggage should be able to be stored below the bus and the personal item should contain whatever you might need on the bus. Pillows and blankets do not count for the personal item. If you have additional items such as strollers, carseats, etc. please send us a message to make those arrangements.

Currency
The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Amsterdam, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/ bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping
At the conclusion of your trip, it’s customary to offer your Trip Leader a gratuity. We recommend tipping €1-2 per person per day for your Trip Leader. Tips can only be paid in cash.

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Departure Graf: French & Italian Rivieras

Explore the best of the French and Italian Rivieras on this exciting trip that will bring you through the picturesque San Remo, elegant Monaco and the famous glitzy beaches on the French Riviera such as Nice and Cannes.

 

Let us handle the details

  • Private Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Handpicked Hotel
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Local Tour Guide

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in San Remo
• 3 x Italian breakfast (including on arrival day)
• Guided tour to Monaco and Monte Carlo with local tour guide
• Full day guided tour to Nice and Cannes with local tour guide
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Service charges and hotel taxes
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel taxes

 

Your trip highlights

• Authentic Italian villages along the coast
• You’ll visit Monaco – the land of glitz, glamour, gambling and Grand Prix
• Nice and Cannes – the glitter and glamour of the French Riviera
• Cappuccino, gelato, wine, pizza – need we say more?

 

 

Day 1: Travel Day (Thursday, October 6)
Depart after duty at 6:30pm from Grafenwoehr and travel by bus to San Remo, the Italian Riviera.

Day 2: Italian Riviera & Monaco (Friday, October 7)
After an included breakfast buffet, spend the morning discovering the most important sights of San Remo on a 2-h walking tour with a professional tour guide. Italy’s own Monte Carlo, San Remo is a sun-dappled Mediterranean resort with a casino, a clutch of ostentatious villas, exotic gardens, beautiful seaside promenades and many shops and restaurants. Later in the evening, we’ll head out with our English speaking guide to explore the ‘must see’ Monaco & Monte Carlo – home to the rich and famous!

Day 3: Nice, French Riviera (Saturday, October 8)
After an included breakfast buffet, we’ll meet our local tour guide and leave Italy for the French Riviera. First we’ll make our way to Nice – the capital of the French Riviera. We’ll stroll down the Promenade des Anglais, visit the local market and the nearby Roman ruins, and meander through the narrow streets of the Old Town. After lunch and free time to explore, we take the beautiful coast road to Cannes – the pearl of the French Riviera, home every year to the famous Cannes Film Festival where you will enjoy a guided walk. In the late afternoon and evening, you’ll have free time to explore Cannes on your own. Make sure to try out the region’s produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rosé wine!

Day 4: San Remo (Sunday, October 9)
After an included breakfast buffet, spend the day at your leisure in San Remo relaxing on the beach, before setting off for Graf at 8:00pm. Time now to sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery from the comfort of your bus.

Day 5: (Monday, October 10)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 10:00am.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by August 1 for only €349
Regular price after August 1 is €399 per adult

Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing. Single room €90 extra (€45 per night).

Covid-19 On-Trip Requirements & Safety Measures: Explore Europe requires our guests to be fully vaccinated, recovered or receive a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of trip start*. Your Trip Leaders will check for proof on the first day of your trip.

*We’d keep you informed of any changes that would apply to your trip, as we follow the COVID-19 requirements from each country/region.

Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Address: Dießfurter Str, 92655 Grafenwoehr (parking lot)
Instructions: if you are exiting McDonald’s parking lot in Grafenwoehr you will turn right on to B299 as if you are going towards Netzaberg. You will then take your very first right (as if you are going towards MegaPlay) and as soon as you cross the small bridge there is a driveway on the right side which you can enter into a parking lot. You should see several cars and the bus there. The parking lot is exclusively available for our passengers during the duration of the trip.

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IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

 

How’s the weather?

San Remo, Italy

Average Low Average High

Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Address: Dießfurter Str, 92655 Grafenwoehr (parking lot)
Instructions: if you are exiting McDonald’s parking lot in Grafenwoehr you will turn right on to B299 as if you are going towards Netzaberg. You will then take your very first right (as if you are going towards MegaPlay) and as soon as you cross the small bridge there is a driveway on the right side which you can enter into a parking lot. You should see several cars and the bus there. The parking lot is exclusively available for our passengers during the duration of the trip.

Passport & Visa
A tourist passport is required for all trips outside of Germany.

Important passport rules are as follows:
If you have a passport with a SOFA stamp on any page (a “No-Fee” passport), you are provided permission to reside in Germany, NOT to travel outside of Germany. You have to have a tourist passport in addition to the SOFA/”No-Fee” passport to travel outside of Germany. You cannot travel with a RED Official passport as that is used only for the purpose of a mission or deployment. If you have a passport with a detachable SOFA card clipped inside, it is acceptable to travel with as that was issued originally as a tourist passport. If you are not sure: a tourist passport will be BLUE and will be valid for 10 years for adults. It cannot contain a SOFA stamp on any page or it is not acceptable. A child’s tourist passport (under 15 years of age) is valid for 5 years, but will not have a SOFA stamp in it anywhere. All of this information has been verified to be correct with the Grafenwoehr Passport Office.

Health
There are no major health risks at your destinations. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements. More information on vaccinations and other health precautions can be found via the CDC website (www.cdc.gov)

Transportation
Included transportation on this trip is by motor coach. Most of the destinations on tour are best explored on foot, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines, if needed.

Baggage Allowance
Each adult is entitled to one luggage and one personal item. Luggage should be able to be stored below the bus and the personal item should contain whatever you might need on the bus. Pillows and blankets do not count for the personal item. If you have additional items such as strollers, carseats, etc. please send us a message to make those arrangements.

Clothing & Packing Tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency
The Euro is the currency you will be using on your trip. We strongly advise that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Cuisine
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. The Italian Riviera is known for its wine, oil, sauces, pasta and seafood. For authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants often with only a couple of open tables and hand-printed menus. Italians tend to indulge in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks of grappa or limoncello. In France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular.

Tipping
At the conclusion of your trip, it’s customary to offer your Trip Leader a gratuity. We recommend tipping €1-2 per person per day for your Trip Leader. Tips can only be paid in cash.

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