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 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.

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: Jewels of Switzerland

Prepare to be blown away by the postcard-perfect landscapes that feature on our Lucerne & Zurich summer trip! Located on the shore of Lake Lucerne in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne ranks one of the world’s prettiest cities with its world-famous Chapel Bridge, brightly-colored houses and scenic waterfront promenades. In the afternoon, continue on to the lively Zurich a flawless blend of fascinating heritage and modern spirit.

Let us handle the details

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

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• Breakfast buffet
• Free time in Lucerne and Zurich
• Explore Europe Trip Leader

Your trip highlights

• Relax with comfortable, air-conditioned transportation
• Spectacular Swiss mountain scenery
• Lucerne with its Old Town, admiring medieval streets, ornate fountains and beautiful lakeside walkways
• See Zurich sights including the Swiss National Museum, Bahnofstrasse and Fraumunster Church
• Swiss chocolate and cheese fondue

 

Day 1 (Friday, July 22)
Your trip begins with an overnight drive by bus to Lucerne in Switzerland.

Day 2 (Saturday, July 23)
Welcome to Lucerne!  After an included breakfast buffet, you will have free time to explore the charming lakeside city:

• Stroll along Lucerne’s beautiful Old Town
• View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution
• See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built in Switzerland north of the Alps
• Stroll over Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century covered footbridge, for views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps

Optional Activity: Lake Lucerne Panoramic Cruise 25€ pp
Hop aboard a boat for a scenic cruise with views of the Swiss Alps on the turquoise waters of Lake Lucerne! With the picturesque villages and wonderful mountain views, the cheerful chatter of water birds, and a gentle lake breeze, it’s no surprise that this is one of our most popular summer cruises.

In the afternoon, we will drive to Zurich – Switzerland’s vibrant contemporary cultural capital, where you’re free for sightseeing and to have dinner before traveling back to Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday, July 24)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 2:00 am.

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by May 15 for only €139 and save €30!
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?

Lucerne & Zurich, Switzerland

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

Transportation
Included transportation on this tour is by bus.

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
The Swiss franc is the currency you will be using on your trip. 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
Switzerland has the same time zone as Germany, Central European Time (CET).

Cuisine
Swiss food is varied and sophisticated, and some popular dishes include sausages, breaded veal fillets, freshwater fish and cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette. Be sure to try Swiss chocolate, which is among the world’s finest.

Health
There are no major health risks when traveling to Switzerland. 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.

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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A great way to see the world

★★★★☆
4

I have been on 3 trips with Explore Europe travel and just booked my 4th. I’ve done a couple solo girls trips and a couple with my family, both have been wonderful experiences. Even traveling with children (4 and 6) was doable. I like the fact that the express trips travel through the night. They play and movie and then the children sleep for most of the night. The staff is amazing. They are very kind and willing to help in every way possible. The itinerary they put together in each city I believe is a great overall cap. I would recommend (and do recommend them to friends often) if your looking for an easy and affordable way to travel to book with them!”

Shina

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Departure K-Town: 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
• Parking lot in Kaiserslautern
• 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 22)
Your trip begins with a direct overnight drive by bus from Kaiserslautern to Budapest.

Day 2 (Saturday, July 23)
Welcome to Budapest, a city divided by the Danube River into its old and new sections, Buda and Pest. After an included rich 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, travel back overnight Saturday to Kaiserslautern.

Day 3 (Sunday, July 24)
Arrive in Kaiserslautern around 10:00 am.

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by May 15 for only €139 and save €30!
Regular price after May 15 is €169 per adult

 

Meeting point for the 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.

 

How’s the weather?

Budapest, Hungary

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

 

Transportation
Included transportation on this tour is by air-conditioned bus.

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.

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

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Departure Graf: Highlights of Poland (Auschwitz and Krakow)

This July, Explore Europe will be venturing to the historic Polish city of Krakow, home to winding cobblestone streets, gorgeous traditional architecture and the vast Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest medieval town square. We will also be paying our respects at Auschwitz, the former concentration and death camp; one of the most notorious sites of the unspeakable horrors committed by Nazi Germany’s during the Second World War.

Let us handle the details

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

Your trip includes

• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
• Breakfast buffet
• Guided sightseeing tour of historic Krakow with local tour guide
• Guided tour of both camps at Auschwitz
• Explore Europe Trip Leader

Your trip highlights

• Soak up the history and culture of beautiful Krakow
• See Wawel Royal Castle, with its stunning, colonnaded inner courtyard, which was the seat of Poland’s rulers for centuries
• Informative guided tour of Auschwitz, one of the world’s most historically important sites
• Wawel Hill with panoramic views over the city
• The chance to see a traditional Polish play including three-course dinner in Krakow

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Day 1 (Friday, July 29)
We depart from Grafenwoehr to Auschwitz at 9.00 pm.

Day 2 (Saturday, July 30)
Welcome to Poland! After an included breakfast buffet and free time to freshen up, we travel to the former concentration camp at Auschwitz. Here, we will meet our guide, who will take us around both former camps. You will get the chance to learn about and see with your own eyes the site of one of the most unbelievable crimes humanity has ever committed, where it’s estimated that a staggering 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives. The site, as grim as it is, is vital for instilling all with the determination that such events must never be repeated. Then, we will take the roughly 1.5 hour drive to the historic city of Krakow, Poland’s second largest and most beautiful city. You will have around two hours for lunch and free time, before we meet in the afternoon for our guided city tour, where our local guide will walk us through the highlights of the city:

• Discover Wawel Hill, perched high above the Vistula River
• See Wawel Cathedral, where Polish kings were crowned
• Stroll past beautiful Sukiennice Cloth Hall and the Jagiellonian University, arriving in Glowny Square

After the tour enjoy free time to relax and soak up the atmosphere in Krakow or add an excursion.

Guided Optional Excursion – Polish Folklore Show and three-course dinner in Old Town Krakow €49
Immerse yourself in Polish folklore by having a lively evening of singing, dancing, and incredible cuisine. It’s the perfect way to make the most of limited time in the city. Take the stress out of menu dilemmas by having a delicious 3-course dinner included. Expect to try a variety Polish delicacies as you watch performers dressed in colorful regional costumes telling stories through folk music and dance.

In the evening (at 9.45pm), we’ll depart back to Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday, July 31)
We arrive back in Grafenwoehr around 8:00am.

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Regular price after June 1 is €169 per adult

Please note: It is not recommended for children under 14 to visit the camps at Auschwitz.

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

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.

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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

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

Cuisine
The cuisine of Poland is rich in meat, cabbage and potato, a lot like in Germany. The Polish enjoy hearty, seasonal food that goes great with beer! Arguably the most famous Polish dish is perogis, a kind of dumpling usually filled with any combination of mushrooms, cabbage, potato, cream cheese and even sweet berries.

Transportation
Included transportation is by private bus. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities on foot or by public transportation. Krakow is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available.

Electricity
Poland operates on the European standard of 220 volts.

Currency
The Polish złoty is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination country, 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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