2022 Rhine River & Italian AlpsNetherlands, France & Germany plus land tours in the Swiss Alps & Italian Lakes - Como & Lugano Starts in Milan 16 day cruise/tour - June 19, 2022
Netherlands, Germany, a small area of France & Switzerland & 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 Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Includes all shore excursions.
Major Tour Highlights:
Amsterdam Canals, Windmills, Schloss Burg Castle, Cologne Cathedral, Picturesque UNESCO Rhine Gorge, Old Town Strasburg.
Switzerland & Italy land Tour:
Trummelbach Falls, Train and Cable car ride near Grindelwald, High-speed train to Zermatt and the Matterhorn, 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 Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, the Netherlands with AmaWaterways.
- Cabin Category D: Two Large Port Hole Windows.
- Enhanced Shore Excursion designed by Fun For Less Tours.
- Special Guest Educator on the Rhine River Cruise: To be announced soon.
- 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 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 near Lake Como Hotel.
- One night deluxe hotel Milan Airport hotel.
- Cog Train 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: $2,495
Package Price: $6,075 - Total for both Packages*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare or 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.
Day 1: June 19: Fly to Milan
Fly from the US to Milan.
Day 2: June 20: Milan
After our arrival into Milan, we will have a city tour visiting places like the impressive Duomo and the Sforza Castle. At the end of the day we overnight Milan.
Day 3: June 21: Lake Lugano – Lake Como
This morning we head to Lugano, often referred to as Switzerland’s “Rio de Janeiro.” It is one of the most beautiful places you will visit on this trip. We will enjoy a city stroll along the narrow streets ending at the church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli. We then drive to our hotel near Lake Como.
Day 4: June 22: Lake Como
This morning we will take a boat ride on Lake Como where we can view the lovely villas that dot the shore line. We will make a stop at Bellagio, one of the most beautiful villages on the lake. Later return to our hotel.
Day 5: June 23: Bernina Express – Davos
Today will be another highlight day. We will be taking the famous Bernina Express. It travels up to the glaciers of the Bernina Range 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 ending at Davos. We will overnight in Davos, which is a famous ski resort in a beautiful setting.
Day 6: June 24: Lucerne – Grindelwald
Today will be a full day of stunning beauty. This morning we will drive to Lake Lucerne. Along the way, we will drive through the very scenic Klausen Pass. When we get to Lake Lucerne we will take a boat ride aboard a century-old side paddle steamer on the most beautiful section of the lake. We will then cross over the beautiful Brunig Pass to get to Grindelwald. We will overnight the next three nights in Grindelwald.
Day 7: 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. 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 panorama views of the Jungfrau Group from your train. Overnight Grindelwald.
Day 8: 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 views of the Matterhorn. Weather permitting, you will have the option to add a cog-wheel mountain train up to the Gornergrat at over 10,000 feet, for an additional cost. 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 the Grindelwald area overnight.
Day 9: June 27: Bern – Basel
This morning we will drive to Bern where we will tour the UNESCO Heritage part of Bern, Switzerland. Then we will continue to Basel to board our luxury Amawaterways ship.
Important Note: Amawaterways includes premium shore excursions at no additional cost. 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. Please note that these shore excursions we recommend in the day-to-day itinerary below could be different from what the ship offers in 2022. This is the best of what they are currently offering.
Day 10: June 28: Basel
Shore excursion to Basel. Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s third-largest city. An important university, banking, and trade center. Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square, and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes.
Day 11: June 29: Strasbourg France – stunning beauty
Today we will do the AmaWaterways Strasbourg City Tour with free time in Strasbourg.
Day 12: June 30: 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: July 1: 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: July 2: Cologne
We have tweaked today’s tour to include the Schloss Berg Castle in Solingen, which is not normally included with the AmaWaterways tour. We will be combining it with the AmaWaterways Cologne Walking tour and the Cathedral visit.
Day 15: July 3: 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: July 4: Fly
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US and home.