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Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Greece - Train help

Posted seeking itinerary help previously, but refined based on feedback from the forums (THANK YOU!).

I'm hoping now our itinerary is practical... but the train options, scheduling, and comparison pricing is overwhelming given the multi-country itinerary and excursions (e.g., Swiss Pass, half fare, Schilthorn, Jungfraujoch, in/around Lauterbrunnen).

Assistance and recommendations are greatly appreciated!

June 2020:

FRI: Fly from Chicago or Minneapolis

SAT: Arrive @ AMS, take train to Papenburg/Haselunne

SUN: Papenburg/Haselunne

MON: Train from Papenburg or Haselunne to Boppard

TUE: Train from Boppard to Bingen (hopefully free via VRM guest tickets); Rhine Cruise (Bingen to Boppard)

WED: Train from Boppard to Murren

THUR: Murren, Schilthorn

FRI: Murren, Jungfraujoch

SAT: Murren

SUN: Train from Murren to Salzburg

MON: Salzburg, Eagles Nest

TUE: Salzburg, Hallstatt

WED: Depart Salzburg; GROUP SPLITS: half fly to Crete, half take train to Munich

THUR: Half in Crete; Half in Munich

FRI: Half in Crete; Half in Munich

SAT: Half group in Crete fly to hub to Chicago or Minneapolis; half in Munich

SUN: Half group fly to Chicago or Minneapolis

Lodging Nights:
2 in Papenburg or Hasselunne; 2 in Boppard; 4 in Murren; 3 in Salzburg; 3-4 in Crete or Munich

Posted by
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VRM only goes as far as Oberwesel, so you'll need a supplement to Bingen. 6.40 EUR pp to Bingen Stadt.

Your other post indicated a group of 12. Are these all adults? If some are children, what ages?

You can get a quote from Deutsche Bahn for your group from the website www.bahn.com.

Posted by
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MON: Train from Papenburg or Haselunne to Boppard
TUE: Train from Boppard to Bingen (hopefully free via VRM guest tickets); Rhine Cruise (Bingen to Boppard)
WED: Train from Boppard to Murren

You are skimping on the Rhine with only about 1.5 days there. If that's all the time you can afford, what if on Monday you took the train to Bingen and cruised back to Boppard? To reach Bingen you would just stay on the train as it passes through Boppard on its way south for another 30 minutes or so. The fare to Bingen from Papenburg looks to be only about 4-5 Euros more than to Boppard. And you will have freed up Tuesday entirely for a train outing to other towns, castles, etc. within the VRM Zone and whatever time you want in Boppard. The Bingen dock is near the Bingen Rhein Stadt station and has a nice waterfront where you could get yourselves a meal before the cruise, perhaps. Afternoon KD cruises leave Bingen at 14:30 and 16:30 - show your train tickets for a 20% cruise discount.