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2021 Enchanting Rhine River Cruise

France, Normandy, Switzerland Alps, Germany and Netherlands Includes Land Tours in France & Switzerland
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2021 Rhine River Cruise

France, Normandy, Switzerland Alps, Germany and Netherlands Includes Land Tours in France & Switzerland Reserve Now! No monthly payments until Jan. 2020 16 day cruise/tour - June 16, 2021

Tour Information

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No monthly payments until January 2020

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 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.

Package Price Includes:

OUR PACKAGE PRICE IS A COMBINATION OF TWO PACKAGES:
The Rhine River Cruise with AmaWaterways (with savings up to $1,200 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. 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.

DANUBE 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 $2,295 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.
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. David Douglas.
  • Clog train ride in Grindelwald.
  • Cable car.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Buses & guides in Switzerland and France.

Cruise Package: $3,580
Land Package: $2,295

Package Price: $5,875 - Total for both Packages*

*Does not include international air & tips.

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.

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. Dr. Dave Douglas will handle the tours in Paris, Normandy and Switzerland.  Dr. S. Micahel Wilcox will handle the lectures on the Rhine River ship, the history of Germany.

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 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 18: 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 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 the 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 Strasbourg 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: 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 Dave Douglas your educator for the land portion.  You will say goodbye to Michael Wilcox and Join with Dave Douglas 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 25:  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 26:  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 27:  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 28: 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 29: 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 30:  Paris
Today will be a full day tour of Paris. We will visit the Louvre Museum, home of the Mona Lisa and the Eiffel Tower. We overnight in Paris.

Day 16: July 1: Fly
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US and home.