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2019 Rhine River Cruise: Paris to Amsterdam

Paris to Amsterdam
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2019 Rhine River Cruise

Paris to Amsterdam 16 day cruise/tour - August 9, 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 Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Includes all shore excursions designed by Fun For fewer 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, a picture stop at Chillon Castle, 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 in Switzerland and France: Jeff Lawson.
  • Special Guest Educator on the Rhine River Cruise: Glenn Rawson.

Tour Information

The River Cruise Portion of our Package

We have combined a fantastic Rhine River Cruise (Basel Switzerland to Amsterdam) with a fantastic land tour in Switzerland and France. This special tour includes a picture stop at the new Paris Temple. The tour portion starts in Paris, visiting 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 which will include: Mont Saint Michel in France, Chillon Castle in Switzerland. Join us on a wonderful romantic Rhine River cruise.

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 Glenn Rawson 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: $3,994 MINUS our $500 savings – you pay $3,494
    • Cat C French Balcony – 170 square feet:
      2019 Ship Price: $4,594 MINUS our $700 savings – you pay $3,894
    • Average of Cat BB&BA Double Balcony Mini Suites – 210 square feet:
      2019 Ship Price: $5,194 MINUS our $900 savings – you pay 4,294.
  • 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!

Package Price Includes:

Our package price is a combination of two packages:

The Rhine River Cruise with AmaWaterways (with savings up to $900 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 Basel Switzerland to Amsterdam Netherlands 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: Glenn Rawson.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff: Jeff & Marie Lawson
  • 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: $3,494
Plus Ship Port Charges and Taxes: $182
Total Price: $3,676

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 package in Switzerland, we have included 2 nights in Normandy, with Normandy Beaches and Mont Saint Michel, 2 nights in a deluxe hotel in Paris, with all the tours in Paris, and a high-speed train ride from Paris to Switzerland – Our 7-night package is $1,680 – that is same price that the ship charges for just their lesser 4 night package that includes only Switzerland.

Here is what is included in our Special $1,680 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.
  • Normandy Hotel close to Normandy Beaches.
  • Deluxe Paris Hotel in Paris.
  • High-speed train Paris to Switzerland.
  • High-speed train from Grindelwald to Zermatt and back.
  • Clog train ride in Grindelwald.
  • Cable car.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Buses & guides in Switzerland and France.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.

Cruise Package: $3,676
Land Package: $1,680

Package Price: $5,356 - Total for both Packages*

*Does not include international air & 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 the Omaha landing beach of Normandy used by the American troops on D day. We have also added an additional educator to cover France and Switzerland. Jeff Lawson will handle the tours in Paris, Normandy and Switzerland.  Glenn Rawson will handle the lectures on the Rhine River, history of Germany.

Day 1: August 9: Fly to Paris
Fly from the US to Paris.

Day 2: August 10: Rouen – Normandy
Early afternoon arrival into Paris. After clearing customs, 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 Normandy to overnight.

Day 3: August 11:  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 4: August 12: Paris
Today we will drive back to Paris and do a city tour including a visit to the Louvre Museum, home of the Mona Lisa, and the Eiffel Tower. We overnight in Paris. 

Day 5: August 13: Paris
Today we will drive to the Paris Temple to do a picture stop. Then we will continue to Versailles where we will visit the palace of the king of France. Later we will head back to Paris to finish the city tour, including a visit to Notre Dame. Later we will return to our hotel.

Day 6: August 14:  Lausanne – Grindelwald  
This morning we will take a high-speed train to Lausanne, Switzerland. On arrival, we will head to Chillon Castle for a short picture stop before we continue our drive through the Alps to Grindelwald. We will spend three nights in this quaint village.

Day 7: August 15:  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 8: August 16:  Grindelwald– Zermatt– Grindelwald 
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. On arrival, we will have 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 back to Grindelwald to overnight.

Day 9: August 17: Basel
Today we will travel from Grindelwald to Basel. Along the way, we will make a stop at Bern, the capital of Switzerland, where we will do a short walking tour. Then we will continue to Basel where we will board our AmaWaterways ship. This afternoon you will have free time to wander around Basel. Tomorrow morning, we will set sail on the Rhine toward Amsterdam.  Today Glenn Rawson will join us on our tour.

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 10: August 18: Breisach
Shore excursion to Riquewihr France: A beautiful preserved picturesque ancient walled village.  It has not changed for hundreds of years.

Day 11: August 19: Strasbourg France – stunning beauty
We have tweaked this special tour to include the Mont Saint-Odile Abby, which is not included with AmaWaterways. Later we will do the AmaWaterway’s Strasbourg City Tour with free time in Strasbourg.

Day 12: August 20: Speyer
During the day we take the Heidelberg Castle Tour which includes free time in Heidelberg.
In the evening we will visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet – well worth the visit!

Day 13: August 21: Rudesheim – Along with Rhine Gorge sailing.  World Heritage section of the Rhine.
There are approximately 40 castles and fortresses along the Rhine Gorge. This part of the Rhine is a major highlight.  In Rudesheim, you will also enjoy a Gondola Ride with some free time in the Village.

Day 14: August 22: Cologne
We have tweaked today’s tour to include the Schloss Berg Castle in Solingen, which is not normally included with AmaWaterways tour. We will be combining it with the AmaWaterway’s Cologne Walking tour and the Cathedral Visit.

Day 15: August 23: Amsterdam
Today we will do an Amsterdam City Tour & Canal Cruise: A combination of bus, walking, canal cruise, plus a visit to see a windmill.

Day 16: August 24: Fly
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US and home