Group 1: Rhine River Cruisewith Oberammergau Passion Play Munich to Amsterdam 16 day cruise/tour - May 15 --- May 30, 2022
We are extremely excited about this special tour and cruise we have created. The second most popular cruise itinerary in Europe is on the Romantic Rhine. You will also enjoy the windmills in Amsterdam, the Cathedral in Cologne (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and sail through possibly the most beautiful area offered on any river cruise. The 40-mile section of the Middle Rhine Valley – its castles, historic towns and vineyards are so beautiful that it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also visit the quaint old section of Strasbourg, France and the tiny country of Lichtenstein. There are many highlights on this tour.
River Cruise Information
Package Price Includes:
Our package price is a combination of two packages: A Romantic Rhine River Cruise AND our Special Land Tour. We have separated the total package into two separate packages so you could see the fantastic savings we have for you on your Rhine River Cruise.
AmaWaterways Rhine River Cruise Package Includes:
- 8 day 7-night sailing on a 5-star luxury river boat from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Cabin Category D: Two Large Port Hole Window Cabin 160 square feet.
- Premium Shore Excursions.
- Special Guest Educator during your Rhine Cruise: TBA
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
- 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 cabin to 170 square foot (category C) French Balcony Cabin for $600 more per person OR upgrade to a 210 square foot (category BB) Double Balcony Mini-Suite Cabin for $1,000 more per person.
Rhine Cruise Package Price Cat D: $3,498
PLUS, Ship Port and Taxes: $210
Total Ship Price: $3,708
The 8 day 7-night Land Package Includes:
- Germany and the Oberammergau Passion Play.
- 2 nights 4 Star Deluxe Hotel in Munich.
- 2 nights 4 Star Oberammergau Passion Play Hotel.
- Priority seating in Category 1 for the Passion Play.
- Breakfasts in Munich, Breakfast and Dinner in Oberammergau.
- 3 nights 3.5 Star Frist Class Hotel Grindelwald.
- All buses, guides, tours, and entrance fees throughout the tour.
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
Total Land Tour Price: $3,249
Package Price: $6,957 - Total of both packages*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare or tips.
The itinerary below is subject to change as needed at any time 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: May 15: Fly to Munich
We depart our home and travel to Munich.
Day 2: May 16: Munich
After arriving into Munich we will do a city tour. Overnight Munich.
Day 3: May 17: Munich
This morning we will drive 2 hours to Salzburg, Austria. We will spend the time touring Salzburg. While in Salzburg you may feel as if you have slipped into “The Sound Of Music.” Late this afternoon we will drive back to Munich.
Day 4: May 18: Munich – Oberammergau
This morning we will travel into the German Alps. We plan, if possible to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Castle.” Then we will go to Oberammergau where you will be able to have some free time to explore this quaint village. Later this afternoon we will check into our 4-star deluxe Passion Play Hotel. NOTE: Our Passion Play Hotels are in the Oberammergau area. They can be in the Oberammergau Village or other villages nearby. For those staying in the villages close by, from what we have been told, they will be running shuttle buses from the different villages to the Oberammergau Village and back.
Day 5: May 19: Oberammergau
This morning you can take one of the shuttle buses into Oberammergau. This afternoon will be the first half of the Passion Play. Then there will be a break for dinner, which is included. After, you will return for the second half of the Passion Play. Late this evening you will return back to your hotel.
Day 6: May 20: Oberammergau – Lichtenstein – Grindelwald
This morning we will drive through the German Alps to the tiny country of Lichtenstein. Later we will head deep into the Swiss Alps to the picturesque village of Grindelwald.
Day 7: May 21: 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 cogwheel train to Kleine Schediegg. You will enjoy the majestic wide-screen panoramic view of the Jungfrau Group during your train ride. Overnight Grindelwald.
Day 8: May 22: Grindelwald – Zermatt – Grindelwald
We will depart our hotel early morning for the 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. There will also be an additional option at an extra cost for those who want to take the cogwheel mountain train up to the Gornergrat at over 10,000 feet! 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.
Day 9: May 23: Grindelwald – Basel
Today we will travel from Grindelwald to Basel. Stopping in the picturesque ancient walled village of Riquewihr, France. We will then continue to Basel where we board the AmaWaterways ship. Tomorrow morning we will set sail on the Rhine for Amsterdam.
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.
Day 10: May 24: Basel – Lucerne
Today we will enjoy full-day excursion to Lucerne, where you’ll have the opportunity to see its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792 – which Mark Twain described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also see Lucerne’s spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century.
Day 11: May 25: Strasbourg France – stunning beauty
Today we will do the AmaWaterways Strasbourg City Tour with free time in Strasbourg.
Day 12: May 26: Speyer
During the day we will do the Heidelberg Castle Tour with free time in Heidelberg. In the evening we will visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet – well worth the visit!
Day 13: May 27: 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, we will enjoy a peaceful hike through the vineyards of Rudesheim. Stride through Rüdesheim and up into the surrounding vineyards where you will take in stunning views of the town below.
Day 14: May 28: Cologne
We will visit the charming Old Town of Cologne. With a 2,000-year history of continuous habitation, Cologne is known for its charming Old Town and its fabled 13th-century Gothic Cathedral. Our guided tour will take you on a stroll through the Old Town.
Day 15: May 29: 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: May 30: Fly home
This morning we will disembark our AmaWaterways ship and head to the airport for your flight back to the US and home. You will arrive home on the same day.