Departure Graf: Venice Carnival

Peel back the mask and uncover the secrets of Venice during the legendary Carnival. From the marvels of St Mark’s Square to the exuberant crowds in full costume, Venice is a feast for the senses!

Let us handle the details

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

Trip Includes

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

Your trip highlights

• Carnival is one of Italy’s liveliest traditions
• You’ll discover Venice, perhaps the most unique city on earth
• Visit the old artisan quarters of the Rialto area
• Fresh mortadella, tortellini, traditional Italian pizza

Day 1 (Friday February 10, 2023)
Depart at 09:00 pm from Grafenwoehr and travel along the highway by bus to Venice in Italy.

Day 2 (Saturday February 11, 2023)
Welcome to Venice, the city built on water! After an included breakfast buffet spend the morning discovering the most important sights of Venice on a 3-hour tour with a tour guide, before spending the lunchtime and evening at your leisure at the Carnival of Venice! In the evening (at 9:00 pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday February 12, 2023)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 8:00 am

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird Offer: Book this trip by December 15 for only €169 and save €20!
Regular price after December 15 is €189 per adult

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?

Venice, 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
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 Italy. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine
On your tour, try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts available. Venice and the surrounding region is known for its hearty risotto and creamy polenta, each often accented with cured meat and savory mushrooms.

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

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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Venice Carnivale

★★★★★
5

Talk about organized!!!…we had a blast. The tour guide was great…trip advisor was wonderful…bus drivers on point!!! And the breakfast was more than I expected. Free time was generous….love the city of Venice….so much to do and it was beautiful. Thank you for a lovely experience.”

Kristin

Mother son trip

★★★★★
5

I took this trip just me and my son, and we had a blast! My son is 7 and I was worried that he would get bored or frustrated, but the tour guide was great and paid wonderful attention to him. She made sure he was engaged and answered all of his questions. We had a great time and we have some great memoires.”

Melissa Wright

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Departure K-Town: Venice Carnival

Peel back the mask and uncover the secrets of Venice during the legendary Carnival. From the marvels of St Mark’s Square to the exuberant crowds in full costume, Venice is a feast for the senses!

Let us handle the details

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

Trip Includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Parking lot in Kaiserslautern
• Breakfast buffet
• Guided sightseeing tour with tour guide
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Guaranteed departure

Your trip highlights

• Carnival is one of Italy’s liveliest traditions
• You’ll discover Venice, perhaps the most unique city on earth
• Visit the old artisan quarters of the Rialto area
• Fresh mortadella, tortellini, traditional Italian pizza

Day 1 (Friday Feb 17th, 2023)
Depart at 08:00 pm from Kaiserslautern and travel along the highway by bus to Venice in Italy.

Day 2 (Saturday Feb 18th, 2023)
Welcome to Venice, the city built on water! After an included breakfast buffet spend the morning discovering the most important sights of Venice on a 3-hour tour with a tour guide, before spending the lunchtime and evening at your leisure at the Carnival of Venice! In the evening (at 9:00 pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Kaiserslautern.

Day 3 (Sunday Feb 19th, 2023)
Arrive in Kaiserlautern around 8:30 am

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by December 15 for only €169 and save €20!
Regular price after December 15 is €189 per adult

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)

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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?

Venice, 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)

https://www.explore-europe.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/K-Town-Bus-Departure-Point.jpg

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

Cuisine
On your tour, try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts available. Venice and the surrounding region is known for its hearty risotto and creamy polenta, each often accented with cured meat and savory mushrooms.

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

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 Graf: Amsterdam & the Keukenhof Gardens (incl. City Canal Cruise)

Just try to imagine this: 70 brightly hued acres bursting with seven million flowers in bloom, from daffodils to hyacinths to Amsterdam’s national export: the tulip. For nearly 60 years, Keukenhof Gardens (translating to “kitchen garden”) has been a playground-meets-showplace for Dutch florists.

Let us handle the details

  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Private Transportation
  • Entrance Fee

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• Rich breakfast buffet at a 4-star hotel
• Entrance ticket to the tulip park
• Amsterdam city canal cruise
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Guaranteed departure

Your trip highlights

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

Day 1 (Friday April 14, 2023)
Your trip begins with an overnight drive by bus to Keukenhof in Netherlands.

Day 2 (Saturday April 15, 2023)
After an included rich breakfast buffet, arrive at Keukenhof, home of the largest flower garden on Earth, where you’ll have time to explore the grounds. Each spring, more than 7 million flowers burst into bloom, including yellow daffodils, crocus, narcissi and hyacinths, as well as over 1,000 colorful and original varieties of tulips. Later, continue on to Amsterdam where we’ll be joining an Amsterdam canal cruise! Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for interesting insights into the city with a personal recorded commentary available in 15 languages. The afternoon and evening are yours – explore the canals some more, or head to Dam Square, one of the most important parts of the city. In the evening (at 10:00pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday April 16, 2023)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 8:00 am

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by February 15 for only €159 and save €10!
Regular price after February 15 is €169 per adult

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

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

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

How’s the weather?

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Average Low Average High

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Departure Graf: Amsterdam & the Keukenhof Gardens (incl. City Canal Cruise)

Just try to imagine this: 70 brightly hued acres bursting with seven million flowers in bloom, from daffodils to hyacinths to Amsterdam’s national export: the tulip. For nearly 60 years, Keukenhof Gardens (translating to “kitchen garden”) has been a playground-meets-showplace for Dutch florists.

Let us handle the details

  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Private Transportation
  • Entrance Fee

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• Breakfast buffet at a 4-star hotel
• Entrance ticket to the tulip park
• Amsterdam city canal cruise
• Explore Europe Trip Leader

Your trip highlights

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

Day 1 (Friday April 21, 2023)
Your trip begins with an overnight drive by bus to Keukenhof in Netherlands.

Day 2 (Saturday April 22, 2023)
After an included rich breakfast buffet, arrive at Keukenhof, home of the largest flower garden on Earth, where you’ll have time to explore the grounds. Each spring, more than 7 million flowers burst into bloom, including yellow daffodils, crocus, narcissi and hyacinths, as well as over 1,000 colorful and original varieties of tulips. Later, continue on to Amsterdam where we’ll be joining an Amsterdam canal cruise! Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for interesting insights into the city with a personal recorded commentary available in 15 languages. The afternoon and evening are yours – explore the canals some more, or head to Dam Square, one of the most important parts of the city. In the evening (at 10:00pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday April 23, 2023)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 8:00 am

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird Offer: Book this trip by March 1 for only €159 and save €10!
Regular price after March 1 is €169 per adult

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

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

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

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

Graf Bus Departure Point

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

How’s the weather?

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Average Low Average High

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

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

Graf Bus Departure Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Departure K-Town: Amsterdam & the Keukenhof Gardens (incl. City Canal Cruise)

Just try to imagine this: 70 brightly hued acres bursting with seven million flowers in bloom, from daffodils to hyacinths to Amsterdam’s national export: the tulip. For nearly 60 years, Keukenhof Gardens (translating to “kitchen garden”) has been a playground-meets-showplace for Dutch florists.

Let us handle the details

  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Private Transportation
  • Entrance Fee

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Parking lot in Kaiserslautern
• Entrance ticket to the tulip park
• Amsterdam city canal cruise
• Explore Europe Trip Leader

Your trip highlights

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

Day 1 (Saturday April 29th)
Your trip begins with a drive by bus to Keukenhof in Netherlands.

Arrive at Keukenhof, home of the largest flower garden on Earth, where you’ll have time to explore the grounds. Each spring, more than 7 million flowers burst into bloom, including yellow daffodils, crocus, narcissi and hyacinths, as well as over 1,000 colorful and original varieties of tulips. Later, continue on to Amsterdam where you will have free time for sightseeing or shopping before joining an included Amsterdam canal cruise! Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for interesting insights into the city with a personal recorded commentary available in 15 languages. In the evening (at 10:00pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive early Sunday morning in Kaiserslautern.

Day 2 (Sunday April 30th)
Arrive in Kaiserslautern around 5:00 am

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by February 1 for only €159 and save €10!
Regular price after February 1 is €169 per adult

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.

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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