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  2. 2. CONTENTS WELCOME 3 Important Contacts We hope you are looking forward to the University of Attendee List Virgina Tour of Europe! This booklet will provide you with important information regarding your tour, as 4 Flight Schedule well as information to make your trip more enjoyable. Hotel Information We look forward to assisting you! 6 Tour Itinerary Go Cavaliers! tour highlights The Anthony Travel Team 10 Pre-Departure Information required travel documents IMPORTANT CONTACTS insurance health tips TOUR DIRECTOR U.S. CONSULATE IN money tips Antonio Autore AMSTERDAM international calling Tel: 011 39 333 228 9227 Museumplein 19 internet 1071 DJ Amsterdam ANTHONY TRAVEL ON- The Netherlands 12 Destination Information SITE REPRESENTATIVE Tel: (011) 31 020 575 5309 language Leslie Wurzberger weather (Aug 6 - 14) attire Tel: +1 (206) 920 - 0978 U.S. CONSULATE IN time difference PARIS electricity ANTHONY TRAVEL 2 Avenue Gabriel safety 7920 Belt Line Rd, Ste 1010 75008 Paris, France tipping Dallas, Texas 75254 Tel: (011) 33 143122222 meals and food Tel: (866) 913-7169 business hours currency 14 Helpful Phrases ATTENDEE LIST 17 City Information UVA PLAYERS Amsterdam Justin Anderson Jontel Evans Justin Miller Darion Atkins Joe Harris Akil Mitchell Antwerp Taylor Barnette Paul Jesperson Evan Nolte Paris Malcom Brogdon Teven Jones Thomas Rogers Doug Brownman James Kirven Michael Tobey UVA STAFF Tony Bennett Craig Littlepage Tyler Grams Ritchie McKay Ronnie Wideman John Carpenter Ron Sanchez Ethan Saliba Stephen Ford Jason Williford Stephen Kirkland Marlon Selaru-Stewart Brad Soucie Brandon Despain Bradley Gaskill Mike Curtis Jeffrey White Abhinav Chhabra UVA FAMILY Laurel Bennett Sandhya Chhabra Margaret Littlepage Anna Bennett Vijay Chhabra Rachel Claytor Elijah Bennett Vaya Chhabra2 3
  3. 3. Bridge of Alexandre III FLIGHT SCHEDULE & Les Invalides, Paris DEPARTURE ARRIVAL DATE FLIGHT AIRPORT & TIME AIRPORT & TIME 8/6 UA 124 Dulles (IAD) 5:24 p.m. Amsterdam (AMS) 7:15 a.m. 8/16 UA 164 Paris (CDG) 12:25p.m. Dulles (IAD) 3:17 p.m. Due to airline schedule changes, it is recommended to check with the airline(s) at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm departure information. Visit or call (800) 864 - 8331. HOTEL INFORMATION AMSTERDAM (8/7 - 8/10) ANTWERP (8/10 - 8/12) Amsterdam Marriott Hilton Antwerp Stadhouderskade 12, Groenplaats 32, 1054 ES Amsterdam, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium The Netherlands Tel: 011 32 3 204 1212 Tel: 011 31 20 607 5555 Paris (8/12 - 8/16) Sofitel La Defense 34 Cours Michelet, 92060 Paris La Defense Tel: 011 33 1 47 76 44 43 Sofitel.com4
  4. 4. TOUR ITINERARY AUG 6 | DEPART WASHINGTON D.C. AUG 13 | PARIS Overnight flight to Amsterdam Your licensed local guide will take you to see all the Parisian landmarks, including AUG 7 | AMSTERDAM the the ornate, 19th-century Opera, Arc de With more canals than Venice – and more Triomphe, the Presidential residence, the flower merchants than perhaps any other ultra-chic shops of the Rue du Faubourg city in the world – downtown Amsterdam is St-Honoré and the gardens of the Tuileries. an explosion of colour and light reflecting Spot chic locals and tons of tourists strolling off the water. Take a glass-topped canal the Champs-Élysées. Look up at the iron boat ride, the best way to see the gabled girders of the Eiffel Tower. houses and nearly 1,200 bridges. Enjoy a - Game 4 vs. AMW France Elite Canal Cruise BBQ Dinner on board. AUG 14 | LOUVRE MUSEUM AUG 8 | ANNE FRANK HOUSE The world’s largest art museum, the Louvre Take a tour of Anne Frank’s house, where is housed in a medieval fortress-turned- three different Jewish families hid for more castle so grand it’s worth a tour itself. The than two years during World War II and Mona Lisa is here, as well as the Venus de where Anne’s famous diaries were discov- Milo and Winged Victory. ered. See the bare rooms where they lived - Game 5 vs. AMW France Elite before being betrayed to the Nazi’s and deported to concentration camps. AUG 15 | EIFFEL TOWER - Game 1 vs. Netherlands B See the Eiffel tower rising up on the left bank and the walls of the Louvre on AUG 9 | AMSTERDAM the right. A guide will point out other Enjoy the day at leisure or visit one of the monuments and architectural marvels as great museums Amsterdam has to offer. you pass, many of which are illuminated by - Game 2 vs. Netherlands B clear white light at night. - Farewell Dinner AUG 10 | TRAVEL TO BELGIUM Depart Amsterdam and begin your journey AUG 16 | DEPART PARIS to Antwerp, Belgium. Return to Washington D.C. with incredible memories of Europe – Au Revoir! AUG 11 | BRUGES Excursion to beautiful Bruges in Belgium. Suspended in time centuries ago, Bruges is now one of Western Europe’s most visited medieval cities. Picturesque market squares, TOUR HIGHLIGHTS dreamy canals and old whitewashed almshouses all evoke a world long since gone. PARIS AMSTERDAM - Game 3 vs. Gembo Paris City Tour Amsterdam City Tour Louvre Museum Canal Cruise AUG 12 | PARIS Seine River Cruise Anne Frank House Depart Antwerp to Paris. In the evening, Eiffel Tower see the city from the water on an hour-long cruise along the River Seine. The Seine cuts BELGIUM right through Paris, dividing the city in half. Antwerp City Tour Bruges City Tour6 7
  5. 5. Arc de Triomph,Paris
  6. 6. PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION You may be required to show different types of travel HEALTH TIPS documents for your trip. Please plan in advance so Make sure your medical information is accessible on that you may obtain the appropriate documents. your trip. Write down your doctor’s information, the names of any prescriptions you’re taking, your blood REQUIRED TRAVEL DOCUMENTS type, special allergies and your insurance information. PASSPORTS Put this information in a safe place at your destination. A valid and signed passport is required for foreign travel. For most countries, passports are required to MONEY TIPS be valid for at least six months after the return date of Before leaving the country, call your bank and let your trip, so be sure to check the expiration date. For them know about your travels overseas. Most banks specific rules, check with the embassy or consulate of will put a hold on accounts if they detect unusual your country. It is also a good idea to make two color spending patterns. When you call them with your copies of your passport before departure. Leave one itinerary, they can provide a phone number to access at home and one in a safe place at your destination. overseas in case you have any questions or your card is stolen. It is also a good idea to travel with two different VISAS credit cards. U.S. citizens do not need visas for most European countries. Learn more about visa requirements for INTERNATIONAL CALLING Americans traveling abroad at European cell phones operate on a GSM (Global NON-U.S. RESIDENTS System for Mobile Communications) standard. To use your existing cell phone, contact your service provider Before traveling, check for your specific needs and status carefully. Contact your embassy or consul- to determine if your phone operates on a GSM ate for instructions. Most countries require visas for standard. If so, your phone will work abroad but non-U.S. citizens and re-entry permits for the United will incur international roaming fees. Other options States. If a visa is required, you will not be permitted include buying a world phone, renting a phone or to enter the country without one. purchasing phone cards. With phone cards, you can dial the appropriate U.S. number from a public pay For the most up-to-date information or additional phone and have it charged to your phone card. A questions, please visit small handling fee may be applied to the bill. Please note: Often when buying phone cards in the INSURANCE U.S., they are to call internationally rather than calling Purchasing travel insurance for your trip can assist you the U.S. from abroad. To avoid confusion, it may be in the case of natural disasters, medical illness and best to purchase a calling card once you have arrived even lost luggage. Travel insurance is highly recommended at your destination. The U.S. country code is 001. To and special programs are available to Anthony Travel avoid high fees, use public phones instead of the guests through Travel Guard Insurance. phones in your hotel room. Before you leave, check with your health care provider INTERNET to find out if your insurance plan covers medical care you may receive in a foreign country. Most European hotels offer high-speed Internet services in the lobby or guestrooms. There are alternatives if For more information, please call Travel Guard at wireless and Ethernet service is not available, including (866) 211-8075 or visit and provide cellular cards, WiFi hot spots and dial-up connections Anthony Travel’s code (#45657010) to receive our at your hotel. Please note that any Internet charges special rates. assessed are the responsibility of the traveler.10 11
  7. 7. DESTINATION INFORMATION MEALS AND FOOD Remember that meals will vary by country. Fast food LANGUAGE is available, but generally more expensive than in the The official language of the Netherlands and Antwerp U.S. If you are a picky eater, we suggest picking up is Dutch. The official language of France is French. some non-perishable snacks at the local grocery. Please see the next page for a list of helpful phrases. Remember, you are in a foreign country and things will be different. Enjoying the local cuisine will allow WEATHER you to experience the culture in new and exciting Average climate for the Netherlands, Belgium and ways. Please note that only table water is included France in August range from the mid 60s to high 80s, with your meals. All other drinks are an extra charge with a chance of light showers. For the most up-to- and at guests’ own expense. date weather details, please visit BUSINESS HOURS ATTIRE Shops are usually open Monday through Saturday To be respectful of the culture at religious venues, from 8 or 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some are open 24 hours women should bring a long skirt or pants and a blouse a day. Smaller shops may close for a lunch break with sleeves. Men should bring long pants and a long- between noon and 1 p.m. Please remember that sleeved collared shirt, and remove hats during meals many stores are closed on Sunday. Banks and public and visits to religious institutions. offices are usually open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Post offices are also open on TIME DIFFERENCE Saturdays. France, Belgium and the Netherlands are six hours ahead of the Eastern Standard time zone. If it is 10 CURRENCY a.m. in Washington, DC, it is 4 p.m. in Europe. ATM cards are the best, most convenient and efficient way to exchange money abroad. ATM cards are widely ELECTRICITY accepted across Europe and will give you the best The voltage in Europe is 220V. If you plan to use an rate of exchange. Please note that your pin number appliance that only uses 110 voltage, please bring a must be four digits to be accepted. Do not rely solely converter and wall adapter. If the appliance is dual on your ATM card. Have another source of money voltage, you will only need a wall adapter. Converters to exchange in the event of an emergency. Also, and wall adapters can be found in several stores, such remember to use your foreign coins before you leave as Walmart and Target. the country – you cannot exchange coins for U.S. or another country’s currency. SAFETY Most major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Generally, most of Europe is considered safe; however, Europe; however, they are not accepted as widely taking the usual precautions is recommended. Guard as in the United States. The cards most commonly your tickets and travel documents as you would your accepted are MasterCard, Visa, American Express cash. Place personal items in the bus’ storage and Diners Club. Be aware that most credit card compartment. Be alert in major cities for pickpockets. companies will charge a one to three percent fee for Place your passport on your body or an interior purchases made outside the United States. Be sure pocket of your backpack. We also recommend using to check with your credit card company and bank in hotel safes where available to leave your valuables. advance to learn about fees charged and advise them of your travel abroad. TIPPING Tipping and taxes for services in hotels and meals listed At press date, the exchange rate is: on your itinerary are included. Tips to the bus driver and tour director are not included. The common rate 1 EURO = 1.25 USD to tip the tour director is three to four Euro a day per 10 EURO = $12.50 USD person. Drivers who remain with the group for multiple 20 EURO = $25 USD days should be tipped approximately two to three Euro12 13
  8. 8. HELPFUL PHRASES ENGLISH DUTCH ENGLISH FRENCH Hello Hallo Hi (informal) Salut Good day Goedemorgen Hi Bonjour Good evening Goedenavond Good bye Au revoir Good night Goedenacht Yes / No Oui / Non Hi Hi / Dag Maybe Peut-être Good bye Dag I don’t know Je ne sais pas Where? Waar? Please S’il vous plaît When? Waneer? Thank you Merci Why? Waarom? You’re welcome Pas de quoi What? Wat? Don’t mention it Je vous en prie Who? Wie? Excuse me Excusez-moi How? Hoe? How are you? Comment allez-vous? How much/many? Hoeveel? I’m very well, thank you. Ça va bien, merci. Is/are there? Is/Zijn er? What is your name? Comment vous appellez-vous? Please Alstublieft Delighted to meet you. Enchanté Thank you (very much) Dank je/u (zeer) My name is... Je m’appelle... Excuse me Neem me niet kwalijk I am American. Je suis americain. Yes Ja Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais? No Nee I don’t understand Je ne comprends pas How are you? Hoe gaat het? Please speak slowly Parlez lentement, s’il vous plaît I’m fine, thanks. And you? Goed, dank je. En met jou? See you later A plus tard What’s your name? Hoe heet je? Restaurant Le restaurant My name is... Mijn naam is... Breakfast Le petit déjeuner Where are you from? Waar kom je vandaan? Lunch Le déjeuner I’m from... Ik kom uit... Dinner Le diner I don’t understand Ik begrijp het niet The bill/check L’addition Please speak slower Alstublieft spreek langzamer. When? Quand? Breakfast Het ontbijt What time is it? Quelle heure est-il? Lunch De lunch How much? Combien? Dinner Het diner Where? Où? The bill, please. Mag ik afrekenen. Why? Porquoi? How much is it? Hoeveel is het? Can you help me? Pouvez-vous m’aider? How do I get to... Hoe kom ik bij... I’m lost Je suis perdu Where is the... Waar is de... I’m looking for... Je cherche... Left Links I would like... Je voudrais... Right Rechts I need... Il me faut...14 15
  9. 9. Amsterdam,The Netherlands CITY INFORMATION AMSTERDAM After a few years’ pout, this beautiful city has found its old self – quirky, creative and open-minded. The city’s gorgeous looks haven’t faded either. The moments you spend ogling the old merchants’ villas, the Jordaan’s charming lanes or the lush Vondelpark are as magical now as in centuries past. Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveller’s taste here – whether you prefer history, nightlife or just the relaxing charm of an old European city. HISTORY Amsterdam’s name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important trading centres in the world during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds. The city’s small medieval centre rapidly expanded as the Jordaan and the Canal Belt neighborhoods were constructed; the latter’s cultural significance was acknowledged when it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded in all directions, with many new neighbourhoods and suburbs designed in modernist styles. LANDMARKS Museumplein - One of Amsterdam’s most popular parks. The green space is called “Museum Square” for its proximity to Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Diamond Museum. Anne Frank Huis - Museum dedicated to the young, Jewish wartime diarist, with exhibitions highlighting all forms of persecution and discrimination. Van Gogh Museum - Museum dedicated to the works of the Dutch painter, containing the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawing in the world. In 2011, the museum had more than 1.6 million visitors. Ode Kerk - Consecrated in 1306, Ode Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church. After the reformation in 1578, it became a Calvinist church, which it remain today. 17
  10. 10. ANTWERP PARIS Even the New York Times agrees – Antwerp is Europe’s Paris has more familiar landmarks than any other city, place to be. Appreciated by mode moguls, art lovers making it the most popular destination in the world and diamond dealers, Belgium’s second-largest city with 45 million tourists annually. Located on the River once again revels in fame and fortune. Antwerp has Seine, Paris has the reputation of being beautiful and a manageable size and timeless quality. The old city romantic, brimming with historic associations and centre, built around the country’s most impressive remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, cathedral, is as beautiful and intimate as it was art, fashion, food and design. centuries ago. Tucked away in cobbled lanes and backstreets are thousands of restaurants and bars, HISTORY antique shops, art galleries, exclusive chocolate Paris started as Lutertia, a Celto-Roman settlement on out­ets, designer boutiques and diamond shops. The l the Île de la Cité, the island currently occupied by the whole city is something of an architectural museum, Cathédral de Nôtre Dame. The Romans were gone by from the medieval riverside fortress to modern 508 CE and were replaced by Clovis of the Franks, who waterfront creations and the famous Cogels-Osylei, is considered by the French to be their first king. Clovis’ where architects ran riot. descendants held on to the estate for nearly 500 years, despite Viking raids and other calamities. Over the next HISTORY several centuries, Paris expanded onto the right bank The origins of Antwerp comes from “aan de werpe”, of the Seine. In the late 18th century, there was a period which is Dutch for “at the throw”, referring to where of political and social upheaval in France and Europe, the river throws its sand. In the 16th century, Antwerp during which the French government structure, previously was one of the most important financial centers of a monarchy, underwent radical change. Out of the the world, where traders from all over Europe and violent turmoil that was the French Revolution emerged Asia sold and bought their goods. After the siege of the enlightened modern day France. The city was Antwerp in 1585 by the Spanish, this role as a financial reconstructed during the 19th century, adding long, center was taken over by Amsterdam. Nevertheless, straight avenues, grander buildings, Gustave Eiffel’s since the 19th century and especially the 20th famous tower, the first metro lines, most of the parks century, Antwerp has made a serious economic and streetlights – which are believed to have given comeback. Due to its long and culturally rich history, the city its nickname, “the city of light”. the city of Antwerp houses many interesting historical buildings from different periods, as well as a lot of LANDMARKS interesting museums. Recently it has become a trendy Eiffel Tower - The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 as the city, attracting a lot of Flemish and foreign artists, entrance to the Exposition Universelle (World Fair), writers, intellectuals, and actors. Today, it is a very but became a global cultural icon of France. The tower dynamic city, offering a perfect mix of history and is the tallest building in Paris and the most visited present-day modern life. paid monument in the world. LANDMARKS Musee du Louvre - One of the largest and most visited art museums in the world, where nearly 35,000 objects Rubenshuis - Former home of painter Peter Paul from prehistory to the 19th century are housed in the Rubens that is now a museum of his life and work. Louvre Palace, a fortress built in the late 12th century. Paintings include his early Adam and Eve (c. 1600). Jardin du Luxembourg - This public park is just outside Cathedral of Our Lady - Roman Catholic cathedral of Luxembourg Palace, full of urban orchards, beautiful that began construction in 1352, but was never gardens and more than one hundred statues, fountains completed. It contains a number of significant works and monuments. When the weather is nice, Parisians by the painter Peter Paul Rubens and is listed among of all ages come to read, relax and sunbathe. UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Arc de Triomphe - Standing at the western end of the Central Station - The Antwerp Central Station is Champs-Élysées, this monument honors those who one of the worl’d most impressive railway stations. fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary Dubbed the ‘Railway Cathedral’, it has three levels and Napoleonic Wars. Also, beneath its vault lies the of tracks and a shopping center, which includes a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. diamond gallery and more than 30 diamond shops.18 19
  11. 11. TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTSCOORDINATED BY:7920 Belt Line Road, Suite 1010Dallas, Texas 75254 | (866) 913-7169International@AnthonyTravel.comThe information in this guide has been prepared to the best of our knowledge.While we strive to ensure all information is correct, details are subject tochange - including times, dates, addresses and phone numbers.