Planning our first trip to Europe - doing Rick Steve's BOE 14 days. After our RS tour, we are planning some traveling on our own in Germany to find out where my relatives are from.
A dear, well-traveled friend, suggested the Hopper app for cheap airfare within Europe, and noticed a deal for $52 from Rome to Frankfurt. My first thought was "Oh Wow! Quicker and cheaper than the train!" So I booked it.
Today as I looked closer, I noticed that it doesn't fly to Frankfurt am Main (FRA), the big well-known international airport, but it flies into the smaller, less convenient Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) airport, 75 miles away from (FRA).
Our plan was when we get to Frankfurt, to rent a car (pre-arranged with Costco travel) and drive along the Rhine, stopping at Bacharach, hopping on the KD line to St. Goar and back, and spending the night in Bacharach. (Possibly saving the cruise for next day if too tired from travel)
The following day (2) we would (either take the Rhine Cruise if we didn't the day before or) drive to Koblenz, see Deutches Eck quickly, then check in at our hotel in Cochem. Look around Cochem.
The following day (3) would be a visit to Munstermaifeld, where my Great-Great Grandpa was from, and a little drive to Burg Eltz. We would also spend this night in Cochem.
The following day (4) we planned to drive back to Frankfurt (FRA), return the rental car, and fly home.
So, now with my little snafu.... Costco Travel does not work with (HHN). I looked into renting a car directly at the airport there, and the reviews are absolutely terrible.
My son suggested flying from HHN, to FRA, and it looks like there are no flights between the two airports. Am I missing something?
I am learning a hard lesson, that you get what you pay for. If money were no object, I'd have everything booked and paid for using well known top of the line airlines, and fancy hotels that have rave reviews, but this trip is such a big expense for us already, and I'm trying to save where I can. I'm wondering now if I should just forget about renting a car, and take a train or bus from the airport (HHN) to Bacharach, just rely on public transportation for the rest of the trip... will we be able to fit it all in using public transportation? I know we may have to pass on Burg Eltz, as it will be during the week.
Since we don't travel often, I'm hoping someone can suggest something I may be missing. I would love any input / feedback / suggestions / ideas you have!
Thanks so much!