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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 with panoramic mountain views
• Guided tour in Lucerne
• Free time in Zurich
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Guaranteed departure

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, August 9)
Your trip begins with an overnight drive by bus to Lucerne in Switzerland.

Day 2 (Saturday, August 10)
Welcome to Lucerne!  After an included breakfast buffet, a local guide will introduce you to the charming lakeside city:

• Explore Lucerne’s 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

At 11:00am we will drive to Zurich – Switzerland’s vibrant contemporary cultural capital, where you’re free to have lunch and explore the city on your own or add optional excursion.

Scenic Lake Zurich Cruise 19€ pp (Time: 17:10 – 18:35)
This cruise provides the perfect end to a delightful day. Depart from Bürkliplatz and make your way through Lake Zurich’s natural sights and sounds. 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.

After some free time for dinner, travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday, August 11)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 5:00 am.

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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.

 

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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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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.

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 our partner SevenCorners.

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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!”

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