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Departure Graf: NEW Black Forest, Colmar & Lake Constance

From France’s charming streets in Alsace’s to Germany’s beautiful Black Forest and Lake Constance, impressive views are around every corner in this breathtaking region. Explore your way through Colmar’s charming streets in France and venture out into an ethereal land known for its fairy tales and decadent Black Forest cake. Then, make your way to the sunny, colorful shores of Lake Constance, where you’ll get the chance to visit the beautiful flower island of Mainau. One bus with a small group of up to 38 travelers available only, so book early to avoid missing out!

 

Let us handle the details

  • Private Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Handpicked Hotel
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Local Tour Guides
  • Entrance Fee

 

Trip Includes

• Round-trip bus transportation (55 seats bus, up to 38 passengers)
• 2 nights in 4*hotel in Freiburg, Germany
• 2 x breakfast buffet
• Free time in fairytale Colmar, France
• Guided tour in Freiburg
• Full day guided tour of Black Forest incl. Lake Titisee, Germany
• Entrance ticket to see largest cuckoo clock and Triberg Waterfall
• Guided tour and free time at Lake Constance
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel taxes and bus parking fees

 

Your trip highlights

• The charming squares and winding lanes of medieval Colmar, France
• Germany’s legendary Black Forest, the setting for many of Grimm’s fairy tales
• Exploring Freiburg, known as the Jewel of the Black Forest
• Traditional cuckoo clocks and indulging your sweet tooth with a slice of Black Forest cake
• Visiting Lake Constance, Central Europe’s third-largest lake
Island Mainau – a paradise flower garden in Lake Constance

 

 

Graf Colmar Black Forest Lake Constance

 

Day 1 (Friday, August 14, 2020)
We will start our trip at 5:30 am from Grafenwoehr by crossing borders into France and visiting the charming town of Colmar, where you’ll get to wander around the well preserved old town and have the chance to explore the “Little Venice,” an area known for its canals and pick up a bottle of famed Alsatian wine. After lunch, we’ll be heading to the historic town of Freiburg; known as the entry point into the fabled Black Forest. After check-in at the hotel, we’ll set out on an guided orientation tour of the town with our Local Guide Nicole in the lead:

  • See the Gothic Freiburg Cathedral, built during the 13th century
  • Pass by the Historisches Kaufhaus, City Hall, and Martinstor city gate
  • Get recommendations on where to eat and what to see in Freiburg

Enjoy a free evening in Freiburg.

Day 2 (Saturday, August 15, 2020)
After an included breakfast, we’ll set out to explore more of the Black Forest region today with our local tour guide (9am to 5pm):

  • Pay a visit the world’s largest cuckoo clock and view Triberg Waterfall, one of the highest falls in Germany
  • Walk around Lake Titisee and try a slice of Black Forest cake (own expense), named for the tart cherry liquor that gives it its signature taste
  • Marvel at regional artifacts inside the Black Forest Museum

The late afternoon (after 5pm) is free to explore Freiburg on your own.

Day 3 (Sunday, August 16, 2020)
After an included breakfast, we’ll continue on to Lake Constance and get an up-close look at the lakeside idyllic town of Meersburg on a guided sightseeing tour:

  • View the Castle of Meersburg, looking across Lake Constance from its beautiful perch
  • See the Vineum, housed in the 400-year-old Heilig-Geist-Spital (Hospice of the Holy Spirit)
  • Stroll the Old Town and the harbor for classic snaps of Lake Constance

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion:

Guided Optional Excursion – Boat trip to Island Mainau €49 (includes boat ride & entry ticket)
Embark on a leisurely boat to the pleasantly green island of Mainau, which has 45 hectares of Mediterranean-style gardens, including rhododendron groves, a butterfly house and a waterfall-strewn Italian garden.

Continue on to Grafenwoehr in the evening at 5 pm. Estimated time of return is 9:45 pm.

 

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

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Regular price after July 15 is €399 per adult

PAYMENTS VIA PAYPAL ONLY

**You will be accompanied for the duration by our experienced and passionate trip leader Monika. All passengers must wear mouth and nose protection when boarding and leaving the bus as well as during the entire bus journey. Our bus will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the group boards and regularly thereafter, with a specific focus on high-frequency touchpoints. Our driver will be trained in social distancing best practices and how to provide the safest possible environment. Hand sanitizer will always be available.

IMPORTANT: Please note that you may not participate in the trip, if you have been in contact with COVID-19 cases. Also people with unspecific general and respiratory symptoms of any severity may not take part in the trip.

Read more about our comprehensive approach to travel in the age of COVID-19, including our new guidelines, ongoing response, and flexible booking policies here.

 

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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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 available during the duration of the trip for our passengers.

Passport and Visa Requirements
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.

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 and Packing Tips
Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. 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 emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the towns on this trip.
  • At least 14 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the trip as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify us at least 14 days prior to departure by sending an email to info@explore-europe.de

Cuisine
German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties in Black Forest Region are Black Forest smoked ham, cheese noodles, onion quiche/pie, smoked cheeses, dark breads and the Black Forest cake.

Transportation
Included transportation on this trip is by bus. Most of the destinations on tour are best explored on foot.

Electricity
Germany operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available at the hotel.
  • Some of the buses have USB charging ports and Wi-Fi.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Currency
You will use the euro in Germany and France. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards, credit cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’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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