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Help wanted! Ideas for Europe by wheelchair (or boat!)

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My father and I have been traveling together essentially my entire life. We've been to a dozen countries and dozens of US states and territories together. It's breathtaking, the list of experiences we have had together: the Alps, Poland, Paris, Prague, Tuscany, Vienna, Sicily... I'm a lucky person.

My father is getting older and has agreed to my pleas for one last European hurrah together next summer (along with my mother and my husband). I'm thrilled, but I want to be realistic when planning. I just don't have any idea what his health will be like 8 months for now. Climbing stairs is already very difficult for him. The idea of trekking up the hill of Montmartre to get my portrait drawn by a random street artist (one of my past favorite experiences in all of Europe) no longer sounds sublime--it sounds like torture, physically and emotionally.

In the past, we would plan insane itineraries down to the wire. There was so much to pack in! But, the reality is that we've done so, so many of the "classic" experiences already. Checked off my list: Big Ben, London Bridge, Stratford upon Avon, the Eiffel Tower, Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Florence, the Vatican... I could go on.

For this trip, I'm not looking to see the sights. I'm looking to spend time my father. I want to soak it all in, savor it, just sit in a square with a cup of coffee and not rush and enjoy how good it all feels.

With all of this said, what are your favorite European experiences with less walking involved? Country drives? Cities where public transportation is better than walking? Art museums where wheelchair access is easy instead of being on your feet/walking for hours and hours? Other ideas I haven't thought of?

My father is scuba certified and finds swimming easier than walking--it provides a certain freedom. I have always loved being on boats of any kind and am particularly interested in your best experiences in terms of dinner cruises/river cruises/fishing/time on private boats!

The trip is totally nebulous at this point. If someone suggests a fantastic idea, I'd be willing to plan the whole trip around it. But, if not, we're thinking of Belgium, a place I've never been to before, and France, a language we both speak without too much extra studying needed.

Thank you in advance for any ideas! I just know the Fodors Family will help me point me in the direction of something magical.

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