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Amsterdam to Alsace

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My husband and I are planning a trip for the end of September, beginning in Amsterdam and flying out of Basel. The itinerary could also be reversed. Our goal is to spend 3 days in Amsterdam, which has been suggested by many, then travel by train to the Rhine/Mosel area. We may stop in Cologne, store our luggage for a couple hours, to see the cathedral and Old Town. (It does make me a bit nervous to store our luggage at the beginning of our trip, though)
Next, we are planning 3-4 days in Cochem (on Mosel River) OR Braubach (on Rhine River) to see the Mosel/Rhine River area. My husband would prefer not to move hotels twice in this region.(I don't pack lightly, so I see his point.) We intend to take a train to Rudesheim and cruise back to Braubach or Koblenz depending whether we stay in Braubach or Cochem. In Braubach there is the advantage of less train travel time to get to Rudesheim and avoids the add'l train from Koblenz back to Cochem. Marksburg Castle is also right there in Braubach. But then Cochem seems to be a larger, livelier town and Burg Eltz Castle is not far away. Either way, we still plan to rent a car and visit some villages along the Mosel to as far as Bernkastel-Kues. Whether we visit the small Rhine River towns (including Bacharach) depends on our time.
We will then take a train and spend 3-4 more days in Colmar in the Alsace region. From Colmar we will take a day trip by train to Strasbourg , and also rent a car to visit a few Alsace wine villages. On our final day we will take a train to Basel, where we will depart for the US again.
If we stay in Cochem, the train takes us to Colmar through Koblenz or Trier, which we don't have a great interest in seeing because we've seen plenty of Roman ruins in our travels. Also, a day visit to Heidelberg and/or Baden-Baden interests us only because we have heard about them mostly from people who have been on Rhine River Cruises. I've heard different opinions about both towns, mostly that they're too touristy (and yes, I am a tourist.) It would mean leaving Cochem through Koblenz and probably another overnight in another town (location?). Any suggestions on this itinerary would be helpful.

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