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My husband and I could use advice (or just confirmation) with train travel in Germany, and ending in Colmar, France. My husband wants to avoid as many train transfers as possible, and we would like to have a car in Colmar.

We are taking a train from Amsterdam to Boppard on the Rhine on June 19. By-passing Cologne for now, we may take a local train from Boppard, for a day trip. We are looking at trains: Amsterdam to Arhem (connection), Arhem to Cologne (connection), Cologne to Boppard on a regional train. (There's a faster train approximately the same time, but the connection is only 6 minutes.)

In our three full days on the Rhine and Mosel, we plan to take the cruise from Bingen, getting off along the way to see Bacharach, St. Goar, etc. Another day we want to visit Cochem, etc. on the Mosel. The third day is still open. Will the VRM ticket for local trains for 3 days work for us? Would it get us to Cologne if we chose to go on our open day?

Leaving Boppard for Colmar on June 23, we want to have a car in Colmar. On our way, we'd like to spend a few hours in Baden-Baden. We were planning on renting the car in Koblenz, but the Eurocar pick up seems inconvenient, and we are wasting time taking a train going North to Koblenz, only to go South. A second option might be take a regional train from Boppard to Mainz. Piick up a car in Mainz, then be on our way to Colmar, via Bade-Baden. Is there a cheaper one day fare pass for an MRB or RE train that might be advantageous for us from Boppard to Mainz? Does this even make sense?

After enjoying the Colmar and villages, and Strasbourg for three days, we will leave from Basel airport on June 28. It was suggested by Gemut car rental that we return the car on Monday, June 27 in Lorrach, Germany, and avoid a Sunday drop off. We'd drop our luggage off at a Basel airport hotel on the way to Lorrach. Using local transport from Lorrach to Basel, spend the rest of the day in Basel before our return trip the next day.

Advice is totally appreciated. The travel agent, whom we paid a fee to help us with this itinerary and book hotels, turned out to be totally inept and unfamiliar with independent travel. I ended up booking hotels myself and muddling my way with trains and car rental.

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