Cruise B: 2021 Rhine RiverNetherlands, France & Germany plus land tours in the Swiss Alps & Italian Lakes - Como & Lugano Starts in Amsterdam 16 day cruise/tour - June 16, 2021
Netherlands, Germany, a small area of France & extended Switzerland, Lichtenstein & Italy’s lakes – Lake Como and Lake Lugano.
Major Cities Visited:
Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Basel.
7 nights 5-star Luxury Rhine Cruise from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland.
Includes all shore excursions designed by Fun For Less Tours.
Major Tour Highlights:
Amsterdam canals, Windmills, Schloss Burg Castle, Cologne Cathedral, Picturesque UNESCO Rhine Gorge, Old town Strasburg, Mont Sainte Odile Monastery, ancient walled city of Riquewihr.
Switzerland & Italy land Tour:
Trummelbach Falls, Train and Cable car ride near Grindelwald, High-speed train to Zermatt and the Matterhorn, Paddle Boat ride on Lake Lucerne, the country of Lichtenstein, The mountain village of Davos, the picturesque Bernina Express train, the mountain village of St. Moritz, Lake Como, Lake Lugano, boat ride on Lake Lugano to Bellagio and Milan, Italy.
Package Price Includes:
OUR PACKAGE PRICE IS A COMBINATION OF TWO PACKAGES:
The Rhine River Cruise with AmaWaterways (with savings up to $1,600 per person) AND our special Land Tour and Hotel Packages in Switzerland & Italian Lakes.
AmaWaterways Rhine Cruise Package Includes:
- 7 nights sailing on a 5-star luxury river boat from Amsterdam, the 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. Michael Wilcox.
- 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: $4,098 – $700 (savings) = $3,398
PLUS, SHIP PORT AND TAXES: $182
TOTAL SHIP SPECIAL PRICE: $3,580
HERE IS WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR SPECIAL $2,395 SWITZERLAND & PARIS LAND PACKAGE:
- Eight days of buses, tours and entrance fees in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Italy.
- Three nights deluxe hotel Grindelwald at the base of the Eiger Mountains.
- One-night deluxe mountain village Hotel Davos.
- Two nights deluxe hotel Lake Lugano Hotel.
- One night’s deluxe hotel Milan Airport hotel.
- Paddleboat ride on Lake Lucerne.
- Clogg Tain ride near Grindelwald.
- Cable car ride near Grindelwald.
- High-speed train to Zermatt and the Matterhorn.
- The famous ancient Bernina Express over the Alps into Italy.
- All entrance fees, buses, guides in Switzerland and Italy.
- Fun For Less Tours staff throughout.
Cruise Package: $3,580
Land Package: $2,395
Package Price: $5,975 - Total for both Packages*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare or tips.
ESTIMATED cost of airfares in 2021:
these are estimates only (they could go up or down).
Airfare will not be available to purchase until 10 months before tour. (round-trip) SLC to Amsterdam - Paris to SLC: $1,750
Important Note: We have phenomenal pricing for the BEST river cruise line In Europe, AmaWaterways. Because we charter AmaWaterways’ ships, we are able to pass on those huge savings to you. The ship will often offer a $250 early bird discount. With our special savings, you save between $700 and $1,200 per person. Yes, that is per person!
See cabin upgrades and pricing below.
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. Dr. S. Micahel Wilcox will handle the lectures on the Rhine River ship.
Day 1: June 16: Fly to Amsterdam
Fly from the US to Amsterdam.
Day 2: June 17: Amsterdam
Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you will be met by our tour managers. Today you will do a city tour of Amsterdam including 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: Amawaterways includes premium shore excursions at no additional cost. The Fun For Less Tours owners have tweaked and made slight improvements to a couple of the ships shore excursions to add a few things that they felt were missing. Thanks to our negotiations this will not cost extra. 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 onboard.
Day 3: June 18: Amsterdam
Today we will be enjoying tours from your AmaWaterways ship. It includes a boat ride through some of the 165 canals in Amsterdam and a city tour by bus. Early afternoon your ship will set sail for Cologne.
Day 4: June 19: 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 20: 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 Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum.
Day 6: June 21: Ludwigshafen
During the day, we take the Heidelberg Castle Tour, which includes free time in Heidelberg.
Day 7: June 22: 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 23: Breisach
Shore excursion to Riquewihr France: A beautiful preserved picturesque ancient walled village. It has not changed for hundreds of years.
Day 9: June 24: Bern – Grindelwald
Today we leave our luxury ship and head deeper into Switzerland to Bern where we will tour the UNESCO Heritage part of Bern, Switzerland. Then we head into the high Alps, passing through Spiez and Interlaken, enjoying the pristine pastures and beautiful lakes. Our final destination is the mountain resort of Grindelwald. The village of Grindelwald is located in the heart of the Jungfrau Region at the foot of the Eiger North Face. We spend three nights in Grindelwald.
Day 10: June 25: Grindelwald Area
Today is a big highlight day!! We will drive into a beautiful glacier-cut valley 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 truly one of the natural wonders of the world. Then we will drive to the Lauterbrunnen train station, where we take a 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 26: Zermatt – Grindelwald
We will depart our hotel early morning to a train station that will take us to Zermatt. The train will take us through Switzerland’s beautiful Alps. On arrival, we will have free time to enjoy this picturesque town and the Matterhorn. Weather permitting, 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 area overnight.
Day 12: June 27: Lucerne – Liechtenstein – Davos
Today will be a full day of stunning beauty. We will cross over the beautiful Brunig Pass to Lucerne. Here we will enjoy a small tour that includes the wooden Chapel Bridge, before heading to Lake Lucerne. Another top highlight will be a boat ride aboard a century-old side paddle steamer on the most beautiful section of Lake Lucerne. Then off again through one of the most impressive mountain passes in Switzerland. Along the way, time permitting, we plan on making a shortstop in the country of Liechtenstein. At the end of the day, we will overnight in Davos, which is a famous ski resort in a beautiful setting.
Day 13: June 28: Bernina Express – Lake Como
Today will be another highlight day. We will be taking the famous Bernina Express. It travels up to the glaciers of the Bernina and down into the Italian side of the Alps. The train will stop for a couple of hours in the Winter Olympic ski town of St. Moritz before we head the rest of the way down into Italy. We will end at Lake Como, where we will overnight.
Day 14: June 29: Lake Lugano – Bellagio – Lake Como
This morning we head to Lugano, often referred to as Switzerland “Rio de Janeiro.” We will enjoy a city stroll along the narrow streets ending at the church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli. We then return to the Lake Como area, before taking a boat ride to Bellagio, one of the most beautiful villages on the lake.
Day 15: June 30: Milan
Today we will drive to Milan. We will include a city tour visiting places like the impressive Duomo and the Sforza Castle. At the end of the day we overnight near the Milan airport.
Day 16: July 1: Fly
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US and home.