Departure Graf: Pisa, Rome & Florence (4th July Weekend)

Spend the 4th July Weekend in three legendary cities: Pisa, Rome and Florence! Each city is unique by its own right, with distinctive flavors, sights and sounds. Explore legendary landmarks and ancient ruins. Mingle with the locals who go about their lives in the shadow of ancient ruins. On this sweeping tour, iconic sights like the Leaning Tower and the Colosseum, are just the beginning of what you’ll experience.

 

Let us handle the details

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

 

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• 2 nights of hotel accommodation in Rome, Italy
• 2 Breakfast buffet
• Guided tour in Rome
• Guided tour in Florence
• Drop-off and pick-up in the main part of Pisa for free time
• Services of Trip Leader
• Hotel city tax

Your trip highlights

• You’ll see the Leaning Tower in Pisa, one of the most famous monuments in the world
• Florence is home to not just art, but masterpieces as f.ex. the Michelangelo’s famous statue of David
• You’ll follow Caesar’s footsteps in Rome
• Wine, pasta, pizza—dining is an art form here

 

 

Day 1 (Fri July 1)
Depart at 8:00 pm from Grafenwoehr and travel along the motorway by coach to Pisa in Italy.

Day 2 (Sat July 2)
In the morning arrive in Pisa. On your arrival, view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, the Dome, the Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower in around 2 hours. Continue the coach journey to Rome. Check into our partner hotel in the early afternoon, before spending the afternoon & evening at your leisure.

Day 3 (Sun July 3)
After an included breakfast, a local guide introduces you to the city with a tour of the highlights of the Eternal City, uncovering landmarks that were once at the epicenter of an empire. The afternoon and evening will remain for you to spend as you wish.

Day 4 (Mon July 4)
Breakfast at the hotel before setting of for Florence – the historic capital city of romantic Tuscany! On this guided tour, our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Enjoy a free afternoon in Florence. Continue on to Grafenwoehr in the evening.

Day 5 (Tue July 5)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 9:00 am.

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by May 1 for only €369 and save €80!
Regular price after April 1 is €429 per adult

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

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?

Pisa, Italy

Average Low Average High

Rome, Italy

Average Low Average High

Florence, 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.

Graf Bus Departure Point

Passport and Visa Requirements
Explore Europe enforces the requirement to possess a tourist passport for all trips outside of Germany. Should you come to the departure point and present the incorrect passport, you will be turned away with no refund, per our cancellation policy.

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 & Packing Tips
To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine
In Italy, the cuisine is often slightly varied by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialties. Tuscany is known for its wine, oil and sauces, Rome and southern Italy for its pizzas. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas and squares. Italians tend to indulge in long meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. American or English-style bars and pubs are not as common, although they can be found in the major cities and are currently gaining in popularity, especially in Rome.

Transportation
Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities on foot or by public transportation. Pisa and Florence are walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines. Rome offers both underground transportation and bus service to the city’s major attractions. Subway and bus tickets may be purchased separately or in bulk. This tour does involve a moderate amount of walking.

Museums in Florence
If you are interested in visiting any of Florence’s many museums during your free time, we recommend that you make reservations in advance. Additional information is available on the Polo Museale website.

Electricity
Italy operates on the European standard of 220 volts.

Currency
The euro is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. 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 K-Town: French & Italian Rivieras (4th July Weekend)

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
• Parking lot in Kaiserslautern
• 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in San Remo, Italian Riviera
• 3 x breakfast buffet (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
• 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 (Friday, July 1)
Depart at 6:15 pm from Kaiserslautern and travel by bus to San Remo, the Italian Riviera.

Day 2: Italian Riviera & Monaco (Saturday, July 2)
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 afternoon, 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 and Cannes, French Riviera (Sunday, July 3)
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 (Monday, July 4)
After an included breakfast buffet, spend the day at your leisure in San Remo relaxing on the beach, before setting off for K-Town at 8:00pm. Time now to sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery from the comfort of your bus.

Day 5: (Tuesday, July 5)
Arrive in Kaiserslautern around 07:00am.

 

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 May 1 for only €389 and save 40!
Regular price after May 1 is €429 per adult

 

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

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 Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Address: Daennerplatz, 67657 Kaiserslautern (free to park for our passengers)

K-Town Bus Departure Point

 

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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 Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Address: Daennerplatz, 67657 Kaiserslautern (free to park for our passengers)

K-Town 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 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.

Travel Insurance
We recommend you get travel insurance to reimburse you for unforeseen trip cancellation. Please follow this link to get a quote through Travel Insured.

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Departure Graf: Paris Express

Whether for romance, history or artistic inspiration, Paris is the destination for experiences you’ll never forget. Explore beautiful landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or stroll through the artsy Montmartre neighborhood. Browse some of the world’s richest collections of art, then seat yourself at a sidewalk cafe and watch the Parisians do their thing.

Let us handle the details

  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Local Tour Guide
  • Private Transportation

 

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• Breakfast buffet in Paris
• Guided sightseeing tour with tour guide
• Explore Europe Trip Leader

Your trip highlights

• The Eiffel Tower, the city’s legendary landmark
• Flaky croissants and café au lait
• Endless galleries of the Louvre
• Notre Dame’s posing gargoyles
• The Left Bank’s bookstores and boutiques

 

 

Day 1 (Friday, July 8)
Depart at 09:00 p.m. from Grafenwoehr and travel along the motorway by bus to Paris in France.

Day 2 (Saturday, July 9)
Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! After an included breakfast buffet spend the morning discovering the most important sights of Paris on a 4-hour included tour with a tour guide, before spending the lunch time and evening at your leisure, or add optional excursion.

Guided Optional Excursion – Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise 45€ pp
Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner (3 course menu) at a local restaurant (drinks not included). After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: Optional excursion cannot be booked online; it can be purchased during your trip through your Trip Leader.

In the evening (at 10:30 pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday, July 10)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 9:00 am

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by May 15 for only €149 and save €30!
Regular Price after May 15 is €179 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 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?

Paris, France

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 available during the duration of the trip for our passengers.

Graf Bus Departure Point

 

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 when traveling to France. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine
For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, freshbaked 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 cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price.

Electricity
France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Currency
The Euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. 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. Please note: With the conversion to the Euro, it has been increasingly difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside Europe’s major cities—both at banks and shops—and they often attract higher fees.

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.

Travel Insurance
We recommend you get travel insurance to reimburse you for unforeseen trip cancellation. Please follow this link to get a quote through Travel Insured.

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Departure K-Town: Paris & Versailles Palace

What better place to celebrate summer than the most romantic city in the world, Paris! Spend the weekend in July strolling hand-in-hand down the City of Light’s cobblestone streets, sipping wine on the banks of the River Seine, and admiring the Eiffel Tower as it twinkles in the nighttime!

 

Let us handle the details

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

 

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• 1 night’ hotel accommodation in Paris
• Daily French style breakfast
• Half day guided tour of Paris
• Versailles Palace Entrance Ticket
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel city tax

Your trip highlights

• The Eiffel Tower, the city’s legendary landmark
• The magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles
• Notre Dame’s posing gargoyles
• Endless galleries of the Louvre
• Flaky croissants and café au lait

 

K-Town - Versailles - Paris

 

Day 1 (Saturday, July 9)
Depart at 4:00 a.m. from Kaiserslautern and travel along the highway by bus to Paris in France.

Welcome to France! This morning enjoy an included visit to the Palace of Versailles. The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent Château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds. Continue the bus journey to Paris. Check in at your hotel, before spending the rest of the day at your leisure or add optional excursion.

Guided Optional Excursion – Group Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise 45€ per adult, 35€ per child 3-11 years old
Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner (3 course menu) at a local restaurant (drinks not included). After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: Optional excursion cannot be booked online; it can be booked during your trip through your Trip Leader.

Day 2 (Sunday, July 10)
After an included breakfast buffet, a tour guide introduces you to the historical and cultural landmarks of the City of Light:

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde
• Drive down Champs-Élysées and view of the Arc de Triomphe
• See the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River
• Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris.

Arrive in Kaiserslautern around 10:00 p.m.

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by May 1 for only €199 and save €50!
Regular price after May 1 is €249 per adult

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

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 Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Address: Daennerplatz, 67657 Kaiserslautern (free to park for our passengers)

K-Town 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?

Paris, France

Average Low Average High

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

Address: Daennerplatz, 67657 Kaiserslautern (free to park for our passengers)

K-Town Bus Departure Point

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 clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your trip. 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 when traveling to France. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine
For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, freshbaked 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 cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price.

Electricity
France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Currency
The Euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. 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. Please note: With the conversion to the Euro, it has been increasingly difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside Europe’s major cities—both at banks and shops—and they often attract higher fees.

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: Budapest Express

So many reasons to visit the ‘Paris of the East’ this summer! With our tour, you could be enjoying all the attractions this wonderful city has to offer at a great price! Budapest has something for everyone from the Buda Castle district with its picturesque old town to the spectacular views of the Danube embankment. Find out more about Roman Budapest at the Aquincum Museum or relax in one of the many thermal spas in this wonderful capital city.

Let us handle the details

  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Private Transportation
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Local Tour Guide

 

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• Breakfast buffet in Budapest
• Guided sightseeing tour with local tour guide
• Explore Europe Trip Leader

Your trip highlights

• Relax with comfortable, air-conditioned transport
• Budapest Parliament, home of the Holy Hungarian Crown
• The breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion
• See the impressive Buda Castle
• Hungarian goulash and dumplings

 

Day 1 (Friday, July 15)
Your trip begins with an overnight drive by bus to Budapest.

Day 2 (Saturday, July 16)
Welcome to Budapest, a city divided by the Danube River into its old and new sections, Buda and Pest. After an included breakfast buffet, spend the morning discovering the most important sights on a 4-hour included bus tour with a local tour guide, before spending the lunch time and evening at your leisure, or add optional excursion.

Guided Optional Excursion – Budapest Danube Evening River Cruise €19 per adult, free for children under 10
Cruise the Danube River in the evening on a 1-hour cruise through Budapest. As the riverbanks become illuminated and the sun dips below the horizon, set off from the harbor and enjoy the famous sights of Budapest with a drink in hand. You’ll see famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, which connects the eastern and western sides of the city, as well as Buda Castle and much more. Please note: Optional excursion cannot be booked online; you can sign up for this activity on the bus.

In the evening (at 10:30 pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday, July 17)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 8:00 am.

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by May 15 for only €139!
Regular Price after May 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?

Budapest, Hungary

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

 

Transportation
Included transportation on this tour is by motor coach.

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.

Currency
Hungarian forint is the currency you will be using on your tour. 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, 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.

Time Zones
Budapest has the same time zone as Germany, Central European Time (CET)

Cuisine
The popularity of Hungarian wine dates back to the Roman times, with a white dessert wine called Tokaji the most popular varietal. Hungary’s national dish is hearty goulash, but also is known for its excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, fresh-water fish and preserved fruits.

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

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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