Hi all.. We are planning perhaps an 18-day trip within a year or two. I'm not sure if this is doable within our time frame, or if I need to do some editing. I would like to start in Amsterdam, spend a few days there, then take the train to Germany. I would love to see: the cathedral in Aachen, and perhaps the cathedral in Cologne. Just a couple of hours each, nothing too long. Next, a short one or two hour Rhine cruise, and stopping to see a town or two along the way. Next up... Rothenburg, then southbound for a bit. I would love to see the castles, the Weiskirche, Oberammergau, then a train to Vienna for a few days. then from Vienna, a train to Prague, hopefully sneaking in a day at Cesky Krumlov before flying home.
I am assuming a rail pass would be the way to go here? Doesn't a rail pass include the Rhine cruise day? I thought I read that somewhere. We are extremely flexible on dates, and cities to fly into/out of. I guess just as long as we get to see the above mentioned sights, i don't care about the order in which we see them.
What can I reasonably expect to pay, for two people? Airfare, train tickets, hotels, food, admissions to attractions, and all the other incidentals.... I am sure I am forgetting something.
Any and all suggestions gratefully received! I'm not sure if I am trying to cram too much into too little time, or if this is a decently paced itinerary.
I am eagerly awaiting any and all replies!
Thanks so much........