2019 Rhine River Cruise: G1 – Paris to Amsterdam

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2019 Rhine River Cruise: G1

Paris to Amsterdam Rhine River 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 Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Includes all shore excursions designed by Fun For Less Tours.
  • Major Tour Highlights: Trummelbach Falls, train and cable car rides near Grindelwald, 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 PLUS the option to add the Rome 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 (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 with an option to add a Rome Temple pre-tour. 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 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!

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 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: 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 to use 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 in 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 and France.
  • All transfers to and from airports, hotels, trains and your river cruise ship.
  • Normandy Hotel close to Normandy Beaches.
  • Grindelwald Hotel at the base of the Eiger.
  • Deluxe Paris Hotel in Paris.
  • High-speed train Paris to Switzerland.
  • High-speed train from Grindelwald to Zermatt and back.
  • Clog train ride.
  • Cable car.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Buses & guides in Switzerland and France.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.

Option to add extension to visit the new Rome Temple: $484*

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

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

*Does not include international air, tips or our optional Rome Temple Pre-tour. Does not include airfare between Rome and Paris.

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 is the expert on Normandy, Paris and Switzerland (he has done over 20 tours to this area).  He will handle the tours in Paris, Normandy and Switzerland. Dr. S. Michael Wilcox will handle the lectures on the Rhine River, history of Germany.

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

Day 2: June 8: Versailles
Early afternoon arrival in Paris. Today Jeff Lawson will join your tour throughout the land portion.  After clearing customs, we will drive to Paris Temple to do a picture stop. Then we will drive to Versailles where we will visit the palace of the king of France. This evening we will return to Paris where we will stay the next two nights.  

Day 3: June 9: 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 4: June 10: Rouen – Normandy
Today we head 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 5: June 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 of 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 6: June 12:  Lausanne  – Grindelwald  
This morning we will take our approx 3-hour drive to Paris, where we will then 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: June 13:  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: June 14:  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. 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 back to Grindelwald to overnight.

Day 9: June 15: 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. We will say goodbye to Jeff Lawson and be met by Dr. S. Michael Wilcox, who will be with you during your cruise portion of the tour. This afternoon you will have free time to wander around Basel. Tomorrow morning, we will set sail on the Rhine toward Amsterdam.

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: June 16: Breisach
Shore excursion to Riquewihr France: A beautiful preserved picturesque ancient walled village.  It has not changed for hundreds of years.

Day 11: June 17: 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: June 18: 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: June 19: Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge sailing a 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: June 20: 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: June 21: 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: June 22: Fly
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US and home.

Rome Temple Pre-Tour Price $484

June 5:  Fly to Rome
Today we will fly to Rome.

June 6:  Rome
 This morning after arriving in Rome we will visit the magnificent Coliseum and the Forum.

June 7:  Rome
This morning we will visit Trevi Fountain, which has been made famous by many movies including “Three Coins in a Fountain” before heading to our deluxe hotel. Then we will visit a separate country, Vatican City.  We will visit St. Peter’s Basilica (the largest church in the world), St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. This afternoon we will visit the Rome Temple, where you will have time to do a session.

June 8:  Rome – Paris
Today we will fly to Paris to meet the regular group. After clearing customs we will head to Versailles to tour before heading to our hotel.  (Important Note: The flight from Rome to Paris is not included in the tour price.  It is $148 for this flight).