Departure Graf: Barcelona

Celebrate summer in Barcelona, Spain! Home to Flamenco, delicious Tapas, beautiful beaches, and the warmth of its passionate people, Barcelona offers something new at every turn.

 

Let us handle the details

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

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• 2 nights of 4* hotel accommodation in Barcelona
• Daily breakfast buffet
• 4 hours Barcelona Highlights City Tour with a local tour guide
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Headsets for flexible sightseeing
• Hotel city tax

Your trip highlights

• Barcelona’s lively beaches
• Flavorful tapas and flowing sangria
• Artists and buskers on La Rambla
• The masterpieces of Picasso, Miró and Dalí
• Colorful markets and creative boutiques

 

Day 1 ( Thursday, August 11th)
Depart after duty at 6:30 pm from Grafenwoehr and travel along the highway by bus to Barcelona in Spain.

Day 2 (Friday, August 12th)
On arrival in the early afternoon, you will be checked in to your hotel, where you will have time to relax at the beach and then explore Barcelona on your own. Head out for an orientation paseo (stroll) and see Barcelona’s Rambla with its great food, gorgeous architecture, and vibrant street life in the heart of Barcelona.

Day 3 (Saturday, August 13th)
After an included breakfast buffet, a local guide will introduce us on a 4-hour panoramic city tour by bus to the highlights of Barcelona:

• La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress
• Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “house of bones”
• Plaça d’Espanya and the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus

Then, take the afternoon to explore the city on your own or add an excursion for the evening:

Guided Optional Excursion – Barcelona Flamenco Show 17€ per person
Discover why UNESCO has declared flamenco to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity during this evening’s show. Originating in Andalusia, this style of dance combines guitar playing, singing, clapping, and dancing.

Day 4 (Sunday, August 14th)
After an included breakfast buffet, spend the day at your leisure in Barcelona. Continue on to Grafenwoehr in the evening at 8:00pm.

Day 5 (Monday, August 15th)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 5:00 pm.

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by June 15 for only €379 and save €50!
Regular Price after June 15 is €429 per adult

Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing. Solo travelers will be accommodated in spacious same-gender twin rooms. 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’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.

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?

Barcelona, Spain

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 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 Spain. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine
Catalonian cuisine is markedly different from food in other parts of Spain. Nearly every restaurant will offer pa amb tomàquet—toasted bread with tomato and olive oil—as an appetizer. Hearty stews such as escudella and ollada are paired with local vegetable dishes such as escalivada and calçots con romesco. Crema Catalan is the best-known local dessert, but you won’t have to look far to indulge your sweet tooth.

Transportation
Included transportation is by spacy, comfortable, air-conditioned bus. In your free time, you may wish to explore Barcelona on foot or by public transportation. Purchase tickets at vending machines. Barcelona offers both underground transportation and bus service to the city’s major attractions. Subway and bus tickets may be purchased separately or in bulk.

Electricity
Spain 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.

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Barcelona was beauitful! The trip was amazing and like always Monika was the best leader ever!”

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Awesome trip!

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The trip was amazing. Everything was well organized and the hotel chosen was great with delicious breakfast.”

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Best couples vacation ever!!!!

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Departure Nuremberg Airport: Best of Sicily by air (Labor Day Weekend)

In the midst of the Mediterranean, discover an Italian island with personality all its own—full of flavor and teeming with one-of-a-kind food, art and architecture. From multicultural Palermo to breathtaking Agrigento, each stop on this tour of Sicily reveals unexpected treasures. Limited seats available, so book early to avoid missing out!

Let us handle the details

  • Round-trip flights
  • Private Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Handpicked Hotel
  • Local Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fee

Your trip includes

• Round-trip airfare & airport transportation in Sicily
• 4 overnights in a 4-star hotel near the beach in Palermo, Sicily
• 4 breakfast buffet
• Guided sightseeing tour of Palermo with local tour guide
• Agrigento day tour in a private bus with local tour guide
• Agrigento entrance fee
• Experienced local tour guide
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel city taxes

Your trip highlights

• The capital of Sicily, Palermo with island’s best art and busiest markets
• Italy’s biggest opera house and the fascinating Cathedral
• The hilltop town of Monreale with breathtaking views over the city
• Mondello, with its beautiful beach
• Eating in Sicily is truly a Mediterranean experience
• Agrigento’s fascinating Greek ruins
• UNESCO-listed sites of Valley of the Temples

 

Day 1: Travel day (Thursday, September 1)
Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled direct flight from Nuremberg to Palermo in Sicily with an internationally recognized airline.

Flight times: Nuremberg – Palermo 12:25 – 14:30

Welcome to Sicily! Transfer to your hotel by private bus and get settled in. The evening is free to explore on your own.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Palermo & Monreale (Friday, September 2)
After an included breakfast buffet, take a comprehensive included tour of Sicily’s capital city Palermo and the hilltop town of Monreale with a local expert leading the way. Visit the architecturally diverse Palermo Cathedral, see the stunning artwork of the Cappella Palatina and much more. Then, continue on to nearby Monreale where you’ll see one of the town’s magnificent cathedrals and enjoy breathtaking views over the city. After some free time to walk around and sample Gelato or Sicilian pastries, transfer back to Palermo.

Day 3: Free day in Palermo (Saturday, September 3)
After an included breakfast buffet, enjoy a free day in Palermo or add optional activities:

Guided Optional Excursion – Palermo Street Food morning tour (39€ per adult, 19€ per child 3-11)
Indulge all your senses on a walking tour of Palermo’s rich street food traditions. A local guide will walk you through the historic part of the city and its vibrant outdoor markets. Sample some unique street foods, such as ‘panelle’, ‘crocchè’, ‘sfincione’, ‘arancina’ and more. Please note: only 20 spots are available on a first come first served for this excursion. Book this tour by sending an email to info@explore-europe.de

Guided Optional Excursion – Cefalù afternoon tour – 49€ per adult, 25€ per child 3-11 years
Travel to Cefalù, a seaside jewel on the northern coast of Sicily. Stroll around the charming town before enjoying free time to visit its cathedral. Built for Roger II in 1311, the cathedral features stunning examples of Arab-Norman architecture. Book this tour by sending an email to info@explore-europe.de

Day 4: Full day tour Agrigento Valley of Temples  (Sunday, September 4)
After an included breakfast buffet, today we will leave Palermo behind for one day and experience the extreme beauty and culture of Southern Sicily! We will travel south through the Sicilian countryside to Agrigento for a guided walking tour of the city’s fascinating Greek Valley of Temples a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 6th-century BC. Admire archeological wonders including the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Zeus. Then, we will enjoy some free time for lunch wandering Agrigento’s cobbled streets with beautiful shops, restaurants and cafes.

Day 5: (Monday, September 5)
Today continue to discover Palermo at your own pace before checking out from hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Flight times: Palermo – Nuremberg 15:05 – 17:10

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by July 1 for only €599 and save €60!
Regular price after July 1 is €659 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 will keep you informed of any changes that would apply to your trip, as we follow the COVID-19 requirements from each country/region.

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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?

Sicily, Italy

Average Low Average High

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
· One check-in bag (liquids allowed): max weight up to 10kg (22.00 lb). Max size 55cm H (21.5″) x 40cm W (15.5″) x 23cm D (9.05“)
· One personal bag such as a purse, laptop bag or small backpack: max size 40cm H (15”) x 25cm W (11”) x 20cm D (5.9”)

Clothing & Packing
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 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 be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. However, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine
The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal, and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region. Sicilian cuisine in particular is heavily influenced by Spanish, Greek, and Arab traditions. The Spanish brought New World influences to the region in the form of tomatoes, chocolate, and maize, while the Arab influence can be tasted in recipes that include rice, spinach, saffron, and citrus fruits. Regional specialties include arancini, cannoli, and granita.
For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.

Transportation
Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Palermo. Included transportation is by private bus in Sicily. Most of the destinations are easily walk-able.

Electricity
Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter.

Currency
The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. 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.

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Departure K-Town: Pisa, Rome & Florence (Labor Day Weekend)

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
• Parking lot in Kaiserslautern
• 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 (Thursday, September 1)
Depart at 6:30 pm from Kaiserslautern and travel along the highway by bus directly to Pisa in Italy.

Day 2 (Friday, September 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 (Saturday, September 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 (Sunday, September 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 Kaiserslautern in the evening.

Day 5 (Monday, September 5)
Arrive in Kaiserslautern around 10:00 am.

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by July 1 for only €369 and save €60!
Regular price after July 1 is €429 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 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 tripYour 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.

 

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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 tripYour 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
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 Frankfurt Main Airport: Best of Ireland by air (Labor Day Weekend)

The Irish are well known for their ability to tell a story. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to know where real life ends and the stories begin. Get to know the isle’s incredible emerald landscapes on a tour of its leading cities and natural wonders, from the rocky Burren to the world famous Cliffs of Moher!

Let us handle the details

  • Round-trip flights
  • Private Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Handpicked Hotel
  • Local Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fee

 

Your trip includes

• Round-trip airfare & airport transportations in Ireland
• 3 overnights in a hotel
• 3 x Full Irish breakfast daily
• Guided sightseeing tour of Dublin with local tour guide
• Cliffs of Moher Day Trip in a private bus with local tour guide
• Entrance fee Cliffs of Moher
• Experienced local tour guide
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel city taxes

Your trip highlights

• The vibrant, welcoming Irish people
• Tasting Guinness in Dublin
• The incredible Cliffs of Moher
• Seeing “40 shades of green” in Ireland
• Galway’s vibrant traditional music scene
• Local pubs, fresh pints and traditional music
• You’ll see how the Emerald Isle earned its nickname

 

 

Day 1 (Friday, September 2nd)
Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled direct flight from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dublin (DUB) with an internationally recognized airline.

Flight times: FRANKFURT MAIN AIRPORT – DUBLIN 10:55am – 12:15pm

Welcome to Ireland! Meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to Dublin by private bus to settle in to your hotel. After some free time, take a comprehensive included afternoon tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and pass by the Guinness Brewery
• See the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church
• See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue

Enjoy a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion:

Guided Optional Excursion – Traditional Irish Dinner & Show €59 pp
Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music, and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night!

Day 2 (Saturday, September 3rd)
Enjoy a free day in Dublin and explore 2,000 years of history. Travel along the River Liffey and get a look at the legendary Guinness Factory, or step inside the Trinity College. Or add optional excursion:

Guided Optional Excursion –  Giant’s Causeway Day Tour 59€ pp
Minimum number of participants: 20, must be pre-booked via email to info@explore-europe.de
Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed basalt columns. The hexagonal columns, which you can walk on, are 60 million years old and originated as volcanic lava. A colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland.

Day 3 (Sunday, September 4th)
Today we will leave Dublin behind for one day and experience the extreme beauty and culture of Ireland! Our Cliffs of Moher tour from Dublin will give you a great balance of the majestic 700ft Cliffs and the wild limestone Burren National Park on Galway Bay. En-route we’ll take in Dunguire Castle, Corcomroe Abbey, Bunratty Castle, Kinvara, Celtic ruins and have lunch (own expense) in a traditional Doolin village Pub! Overnight in Dublin.

Day 4 (Monday, September 5th)
This morning continue to discover Dublin at your own pace before checking out from hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Flight times: DUBLIN – FRANKFURT MAIN 16:40 – 19:55

Flight times are subject to change as airlines publish additional flights.

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 July 1 for only €579 and save €20!
Regular price after July 1 is €599 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.

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How’s the weather?

Dublin, Ireland

Average Low Average High

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
· One check-in bag: max weight up to 10kg (22lb).
· One small personal carry-on item: max size 25cm H (10”) x 33cm W (13”) x 20cm D(8”).

Clothing & Packing
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 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 be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Ireland. However, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine
Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Traditional Irish stew and bacon and boiled cabbage are always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick black stout known as Guinness is a national institution. In recent years, Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting and sometimes unexpected cuisine.

Transportation
Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Dublin. Included transportation is by private bus  in Ireland. Most of the destinations are easily walkable, but you may want to spend your free time exploring Dublin by a combination of walking and public transportation. The city is serviced by numerous buses, and if you wish to take excursions on your own outside of Dublin, use the very efficient Dublin Area Rapid Transport (DART) trains, which hit most locations on the coast.

Electricity
Ireland operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones
Ireland falls on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Currency
The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s 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.

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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, September 9)
Your trip begins with an overnight drive by bus to Budapest.

Day 2 (Saturday, September 10)
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, September 11)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 8:00 am.

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by July 15 for only €139!
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.

 

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Budapest, Hungary

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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 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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