2023 Rhine RiverFrance, Normandy, Switzerland Alps, Germany and Netherlands Includes Land Tours in France & Switzerland 17 day cruise/tour - August 8, 2023
Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland.
Major Cities Visited:
Grindelwald, Zermatt, Basel in Switzerland. Heidelberg, Breisach, Rudesheim, Cologne in Germany. Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, Strasbourg, Riquwihr, Versailles, and Paris in France. Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
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 Schloss Burg Castle. Cologne Cathedral, Zermatt and the Matterhorn, Normandy Beaches, Mont Saint Michel, Riquewihr, Versailles, the Louvre & the Eiffel Tower and the Chateaux in the Loire Valley.
Click below to see the Chateau’s of Loire Valley in Tours, France
Package Price Includes:
OUR PACKAGE PRICE IS A COMBINATION OF TWO PACKAGES:
The Rhine River Cruise with AmaWaterways (with savings up to $1,800 per person) AND our special Land Tour and Hotel Packages in Switzerland & France.
AmaWaterways Rhine Cruise Package Includes:
- 7 nights sailing on a 5-star luxury river boat from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands with AmaWaterways.
- Cabin Category D: Two Large Port Hole Windows.
- Shore Excursions.
- Three quality meals onboard the ship every day.
- Free internet.
- Free movies.
- Bottled water, 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: $4,198
Plus, Ship Port & Taxes: $200
Minus Fun For Less Discount: ($1,000)
TOTAL SHIP SPECIAL PRICE: $3,398
HERE IS WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR SPECIAL 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.
- Hotel near Normandy, France.
- Deluxe hotel in Paris, France.
- Deluxe hotel in Tours, France.
- High-speed train Paris to Switzerland.
- High-speed train from Grindelwald to Zermatt and back.
- Special Guest Educator: Jeff Lawson.
- Clog train ride in Grindelwald.
- Cable car.
- Entrance fees.
- Buses & guides in Switzerland and France.
Cruise Package: $3,398
Land Package: $2,995
Package Price: $6,393 - Total for both Packages*
*Does not include international air and 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 $1,000 and $1,700 per person. Yes, that is per person!
See cabin upgrades and pricing below.
Category Package Upgrade Price SAVINGS off of Ship Pricing:
Category Package Upgrade Price Savings of the ship
Cat D Porthole Cabins. Included in Package. $1,000 per person
Cat C French Balcony $700 per person $1,100 per person
person Cat BB Double Balcony $1,100 per person $1,300 per person
person Cat BA Double Balcony $1,300 per person $1,300 per person
person Cat AB Double Balcony $1,500 per person $1,300 per person
person Cat AA Double Balcony $1,700 per person $1,300 per person
person Luxury Suite $2,600 per person. $1,700 per person
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: August 8: Fly to Paris
Fly from the US to Paris.
Day 2: August 9: Paris
Early afternoon arrival into Paris. After clearing customs we will do a short city tour of Paris before going to our hotel.
Day 3: August 10: Normandy Beaches
This will be a highlight day. Today we will drive approximately 2 hours to Normandy. Our tour will include a visit to the Omaha Beach site where the American troops landed on D day. We will also visit The American Cemetery which is situated above Omaha Beach. Overnight near Normandy area.
Day 4: August 11: Mont Saint Michel – Tours
This morning we will travel down the coast of France to the majestic island of Mont Saint Michel. This fortified monastery which looks like a castle is located on an island just off the coast of France. It was built approximately 700 years ago and today it looks and feels the same. Then we will continue to Tours where we will overnight the next two nights.
Day 5: August 12: Loire Valley – Tours
The Loire Valley and surrounding area is home to 1,000 chateaux and palaces. We will visit 3 of the top chateaux today. The 3 chateaux we plan to visit are; de Chambord, Chenonceau, Cheverny. Overnight in Tours.
Day 6: August 13: Paris
Today we will drive back to Paris. We will do a picture stop at the Paris Temple. Then we will continue to Versailles to visit this prestigious royal palace which was built by Louis XIV more than three centuries ago. Later we will continue to our hotel.
Day 7: August 14: Paris
Today we will tour Paris. We will visit the Louvre Museum, the home of the Mona Lisa. And later we will visit the Eiffel Tower. We overnight in Paris.
Day 8: August 15: Paris – Grindelwald
This morning we will take a high-speed train to Switzerland. On arrival, we will drive through the Alps to Grindelwald. We will spend two nights in this quaint village.
Day 9: August 16: Grindelwald– Zermatt– Grindelwald
We will depart our hotel early morning to the train station that will take us to Zermatt. The train will take us through Switzerland’s beautiful Alps. Upon arrival, we will have free time to enjoy this picturesque town and views of the Matterhorn. You will have the option to add a cog-wheel mountain ride up to the Gornergrat Ridge 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 Grindelwald to overnight.
Day 10: August 17: Grindelwald
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 cog-wheel train to Kleine Schediegg. You will enjoy the majestic panorama of the Jungfrau Group from the train. After our tour, we will drive approximately 2 hours to Basel where we will board our 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 11: August 18: 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 12: August 19: Strasbourg France – stunning beauty
Today we will do the AmaWaterways Strasbourg City Tour with free time in Strasbourg.
Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: August 22: 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 16: 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 17: August 24: Fly
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US and home.