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2019 Rhine River Cruise: G2 – Amsterdam to Paris

Amsterdam to Paris
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2019 Rhine River Cruise: G2 - Amsterdam to Paris

Amsterdam to Paris 16 day cruise/tour - June 7, 2019

Countries Visited:
Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland.

Major Cities Visited:
Grindelwald, Lausanne, Bern, Zermatt, Basel in Switzerland. Heidelberg, Breisach,  Rudesheim, Cologne in Germany. Mont Saint Michel, Rouen, Normandy, Strasbourg, Riquewihr, Versailles and Paris in France. Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Tour Overview:

  • 7 nights 5-star Luxury Rhine Cruise from  Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland.
  • Includes all shore excursions designed by Fun For Less Tours.
  • Major Tour Highlights: Trummelbach Falls, train and cable car ride near Grindelwald, the old town of Strasbourg, Heidelberg Castle, The Rhine River Cruise, Mont Sainte Odile Monastery and Schloss Burg Castle.
  • Cologne Cathedral, Zermatt and the Matterhorn, Normandy Beaches, Mont Saint Michel, Riquewihr, Versailles, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, a picture stop at the Paris Temple.
  • Tour managers throughout.
  • Special Guest Educator on the Rhine River Cruise: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
  • Special Guest Educator on the Land Portion: Jeff Lawson.

Tour Information

The River Cruise Portion of our Package

We have combined a fantastic Rhine River Cruise (Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland) with a fantastic land tour in Switzerland and France.  The tour portion starts in Paris, visiting all of the important sites, then travels by high-speed train to Switzerland. The major highlights of this tour will be the Rhine River Cruise and your stay in the quaint picturesque village Grindelwald at the base of the Eiger. We have included a clog train, waterfalls inside a mountain, cable cars, high-speed trains and so much more to go along with your fantastic River Cruise. You will absolutely love the many castles you will see along the way. Join us on a wonderful romantic Rhine River cruise.

We had several goals when we started negotiating with river cruise lines in Europe to take our groups:

  • #1: Quality of ship: AmaWaterways has won almost everyone’s award as the best cruise line in Europe, even beating out Viking.
  • #2: Shore excursions: Shore excursions are included with River Cruising in Europe. Amma waterways have worked with us for our group to create the BEST shore excursions possible.
  • #3: Lower the pricing: By doing partial or full charters, we were able to save our passengers up to $1,000 PER PERSON! On some sailings the cruise company offers $250 per person discount, but NO ONE EVER offers a $600 to $1,000 per person discount, especially when you consider the extra costs to do enhanced shore excursions, the costs of bringing our Fun For Less Tours staff and the costs of bringing Dr. S. Michael Wilcox as a guest educator during the Rhine River Cruise. YES, the cruise line made us an unbelievable deal!!!
  • Look at OUR special savings over the cruise lines prices for 2019 Cabins.
    • Cat D Two Large Port Hole Windows – 160 square Feet:
      2019 Ship Price: $3,794 MINUS our $600 savings – you pay $3,194
    • Cat C French Balcony – 170 square feet:
      2019 Ship Price: $4,394 MINUS our $800 savings – you pay $3,594
    • Average of Cat BB&BA Double Balcony Mini Suites – 210 square feet:
      2019 Ship Price: $4,994 MINUS our $1,000 savings – you pay 3,994.
  • In order to get the savings needed to lower the price for our customers and do our own designed enhanced shore excursions, we committed to doing ½ to full ship charters. The cruise line needs charters to be sold in advance of normal sales. That means we need to sell our portion of the ship now so we can pass the savings on to you!

When you consider you save up to $1,000 per person on the cruise that includes our special shore excursions and you get the very best of Switzerland – This is a package you can’t afford to miss out on!

Package Price Includes:

Our package price is a combination of two packages:

The Rhine River Cruise with AmaWaterways (with savings up to $1,000 per person) AND our special Land Tour and Hotel Packages in Switzerland & France.

AmaWaterways Rhine Cruise Package Includes:

  • 8 day 7 night sailing on a 5-star luxury river boat from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland with AmaWaterways.
  • Cabin Category D: Two Large Port Hole Windows.
  • Enhanced Shore Excursions designed by Fun For Less Tours.
  • Special Guest Educator on the Rhine River Cruise: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
  • Special Guest Educator on the Land Portion: Jeff Lawson.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.
  • Three quality meals onboard the ship every day.
  • Free internet.
  • Free movies.
  • Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes, and slippers free in each cabin.
  • All bicycles and helmets on board are free to use.
  • OPTION to upgrade to French Balcony or the mini suite double balcony.

Rhine Cruise Package Price Cat D: $3,194
Plus Ship Port Charges and Taxes: $168
Total Price: $3,362

Note: AmaWaterways charges $1,680 for a 4-night land extension in Switzerland, which includes Lucerne and Zurich. We believe that Lucerne and Zurich are not as impressive as seeing Zermatt with the Matterhorn and the quaint village of Grindelwald! Our special land tour includes not only a better 3-night package in Switzerland, plus we have included 2 nights in a deluxe hotel in Paris and 2 nights hotel near Normandy, plus all the tours in Paris and a high-speed train ride from Paris to Switzerland – Our 7-night package is only $1,580 – that is $100 less than the ship charges for just their lesser 4 night package that includes only Switzerland.

Here is what is included in our Special $1,580 Switzerland & Paris Land Package:

  • Eight days of buses, tours and entrance fees in Switzerland, Netherlands, and France.
  • All transfers to and from airports, hotels, trains and your river cruise ship.
  • Grindelwald Hotel at the base of the Eiger.
  • Deluxe Paris Hotel in Paris.
  • High-speed train Switzerland to Paris.
  • High-speed train from Grindelwald to Zermatt to Lausanne.
  • Clog train ride.
  • Cable car.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Buses & guides in Switzerland and France.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.

Cruise Package: $3,362
Land Package: $1,580

Package Price: $4,942 - Total for both Packages*

*Does not include international air or tips.

This is a partial list, and subject to change as needed to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.

Important:  We have improved the tour – We have added a tour to Mont Saint Michel and the World War II Normandy Landing Beaches. We have also added an additional educator for the France (including Normandy Beaches) and Switzerland land portion. Jeff Lawson is an expert on Normandy, Paris and Switzerland (he has done over 20 tours to this area). Dr. S. Michael Wilcox will be giving his lectures on the Rhine River Cruise portion.

Day 1: June 7: Fly to Amsterdam
Fly from the US to Amsterdam.

Day 2: June 8: Amsterdam
Upon arrival into Amsterdam, you will be met by our tour managers.  Today you will visit two major sites.  The Ann Frank House and the Zaanse Schans open-air Museum with several working windmills.  After our tour, we will head to our ship parked in a perfect location to explore more of Amsterdam on your own.

Important Note: The owners of Fun For Less Tours experienced an AmaWaterways sailing between Basel and Amsterdam in 2018. They were more than impressed. Having sailed with other river cruise companies they were worried they would have to arrange or change all of the shore excursions. Other companies, give few choices, have additional fees for some of their shore excursions and often include several wineries where they can get extra commissions from the sales. To their surprise, AmaWaterways far exceeded their expectations. In many of the ports of call they had several choices of tours, none of which cost extra. The owners were so pleased with AmaWaterways selection of shore excursions, they found there was very little they would change. The Fun For Less Tours owners have tweaked and made slight improvements to a couple of shore excursions. AmaWaterways already included premium tours at no additional cost. There was very little we needed to change. In many of the ports of call, the ship may offer different shore excursions, often including a bicycle tour. Our owners have selected, what they felt to be the best shore excursion for each port. After you arrive at the ship, if you decide that you would like to make a change to a different tour you can make that change on board.

Day 3: June 9: Amsterdam
Today we will be enjoying tours from your AmaWaterways ship.  It includes a boat ride through many of the 165 canals in Amsterdam and a city tour by bus.  Early afternoon your ship will set sail for Cologne.

Day 4: June 10: Cologne
Our ship arrives around 1 pm into Cologne.  We have tweaked today’s tour to include the Schloss Berg Castle in Solingen, which is not normally included with an AmaWaterways shore excursion. We will be combining the castle with AmaWaterway’s Cologne Walking tour and the Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 5: June 11: Rhine Gorge sailing, a World Heritage section of the Rhine – Rüdesheim –This morning you will want to be on deck as we sail through the most beautiful section of the Rhine.  The Rhine Gorge section of the Rhine is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The Rhine Gorge is approximately 40 miles long with around 40 castles and fortresses that can be seen from the river.  In Rudesheim, you will enjoy a Gondola Ride that gives you wonderful views of the hills and Rhine River.  The old town is also fun to visit.  Later in the day, we highly recommend visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum.

Day 6: June 12: Ludwigshafen
During the day we take the Heidelberg Castle Tour which includes free time in Heidelberg.

Day 7: June 13: Strasbourg France – stunning beauty
We have tweaked this special tour to include the ancient Mont Saint-Odile Abby on top of a mountain.  It is not included with AmaWaterways shore excursions.  We have combined the Abby with AmaWaterways Strasburg city tour and free time.  Today is a highlight day!

Day 8: June 14: Breisach
Shore excursion to Riquewihr France: A beautiful preserved picturesque ancient walled village.  It has not changed for hundreds of years.

Day 9: June 15: Basel
This morning you will have some free time to explore the old section of Basel as we are parked near the old town.  Around noon our other group will arrive with Jeff Lawson, your educator for the land portion.  You will say goodbye to Michael Wilcox and Join with Jeff Lawson as your educator for your tour of Switzerland and France.  Your first stop will be Bern, the capital of Switzerland for a walking tour.  We then head to Grindelwald where you will overnight.

Day 10: June 16:  Grindelwald
Today is a highlight day!! Our first stop is in Lauterbrunnen, where you will see jaw-dropping rock formations and waterfalls. A little bit further, in this same valley, you visit the Trümmelbachfälle, a series of ten waterfalls “inside” the mountain!! It is one of the wonders of the world, and even after seeing them, you will still not believe it. We take the cogwheel train to Kleine Schediegg. You will enjoy the majestic wide-screen panorama of the Jungfrau Group from your train ride. Overnight Grindelwald.

Day 11: June 17:  Grindelwald– Zermatt– Lausanne 
We will depart our hotel early morning for a short drive to the train station. We will take the train to Zermatt where we travel through Switzerland’s beautiful Alps. We will have a walking tour and free time to enjoy this picturesque town and the Matterhorn. There will also be an additional option at an extra cost for those who want to take the cog-wheel mountain train up to the Gornergrat at over 10,000 ft! From there you have the opportunity to see the highest mountains of your trip, including a majestic view of the Matterhorn. After our visit to Zermatt, we will take the train to Lausanne where you will overnight.

Day 12: June 18:  Rouen – Caen 
This morning we will take a high-speed train to Paris. On arrival, we will drive to Rouen. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. It is here that Joan of Arc was executed in 1431. After our visit, we will continue to Caen to overnight.

Day 13: June 19: Normandy Beaches – Mont Saint Michel
This will be another highlight day. Today’s tour includes a visit to the Omaha Beach site of the American troops landing on D day. We will also visit The American Cemetery which is situated above Omaha Beach. Afterward, we will travel down the coast of France to the majestic island of Mont Saint Michel. This castle which looks like a walled city is located on an island just off the coast of France. It was built approx. 700 years ago and today it looks and feels the same. We will return this evening to our hotel.

Day 14: June 20: Paris
Today we will drive back to Paris. We will do a picture stop at the Paris Temple. Then we will continue to Versailles where we will visit the palace of the king of France. Later we will continue to our hotel.

Day 15: June 21:  Paris
Today will be a full day tour of Paris. We will visit the Louvre Museum, home of the Mona Lisa, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. We overnight in Paris.

Day 16: June 22: Fly
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US and home.