8th May 14 to about 16th June 14.I was thinking of flying to either Amsterdam or Zurich and doing the Rhine river by boat one way and then maybe train or bus back to either of the above, to depart home. The river cruises are a bit more expensive than I had first thought.(about 2600 euros per person for seven nights.)My next thoughts were to pre purchase Euro train passes but after checking out "man in seat 61" website, he advises that you are most probably best to just front to train stations to buy your tickets. This would only be for the likes of the local trains and not the bullet-trains which I am told need prior reservations. The obvious answer is that I hire a rental car or motorhome, but although I have not ruled this out, I am thinking that I do not wish the hassles of driving in a country that is a lot busier than I am familiar to.(I do have a GPS and drive for a living, but I don't read German and we drive on the other-side.)
I am not looking at discovering all of Germany and would mainly stick to the Rhine Valley.
We do have three lots of friends that we will stay with while we are there.
What I most probably need from you learned travellers are :
Is accommodation easy enough to get without pre booking.
Is train and bus travel easy to get again without bookings.
Can some of the Rhine River be done by day boat.
Any other points that may be of help to us would be much appreciated.
Sorry if this is a bit of an ask and looks like I am getting someone else to do my itinerary.
Many thanks Brendan.