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Opinions & Advice Welcome On Trip From Amsterdam To Venice

May 20th, 2014, 12:54 PM
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Opinions & Advice Welcome On Trip From Amsterdam To Venice

My husband and I are two seniors who are planning a trip for Sept 2014. We have the plane and cruise reservations already.

Day 1 – Fly from USA to Amsterdam.
Day 2 – B&B in Haarlem.
Day 3 – B&B in Haarlem – Visit Corrie Ten Boom House (On my bucket list).
Day 4 – Fly to Innsbruck. Train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen hotel. Luge.
Day 5 - GP hotel. Tandem Paraglide – first time- over castles if weather permits.
Day 6 – GP hotel. Lift to top of Mt. Zugspitze.
Day 7 – Train to Bolzano – Stow luggage at bus station – Visit Otzi.
Bus to Selva Di Val Gardena. Overnight in Selva.
Day 8 – Overnight in Selva – Hike, Possibly paraglide again.
Day 9 – Overnight in Selva – Hike.
Day 10 – Bus to Bolzano - Train to Venice – Secret Tour of Doges Palace
B&B in Venice.
Day 11 – 7 Night Adriatic Cruise.
Day 17 – Overnight near Venice airport.
Day 18 – Fly to USA

My concerns –
1. We have decided to take one carry-on piece of luggage each. We will forgo dress-up nights on the cruise, but we would like clean clothes. Apparently there are no public laundries in Selva. Not sure I want to spend my only day in Venice in a laundry. Any suggestions?
2. I wonder if hiking in the Dolomites will be too much of a duplication of hiking in the German Alps? Any thoughts on that?
3. Should I make train reservations before leaving the US?
4. What am I missing?
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May 20th, 2014, 08:17 PM
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You could avoid an unnecessary flight by taking the Amsterdam-Munich City Night Line sleeper train - saves a hotel bill, and is a unique European experience.

Leaves Amsterdam Centraal (a stroll from most hotels) at 20:31, arrives Munich 07:10 next morning.

Book at www.bahn.de/en from 59 euros with couchette, from 104 euros with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper with washbasin, breakfast included, shower at the end of the corridor, or from 134 euros per person with a bed in a 2-bed deluxe sleeper with private shower and toilet, breakfast included.

Then simply add a Munich-Garmisch ticket also booked at www.bahn.de/en

Other tickets can be bought when you're there.
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May 21st, 2014, 05:11 AM
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I really like that idea. Thank you,man_in_seat_61.
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May 21st, 2014, 05:36 AM
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Perhaps your accomodation in Selva can do laundry for you.
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May 21st, 2014, 12:36 PM
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How about doing your laundry in Bolzano? Seeing Otzi should't take that long. In fact, instead of stowing your luggage at the bus station, maybe you could head to a laundromat near the Otzi museum and take turns seeing Otzi.
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May 21st, 2014, 03:17 PM
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Thank you, mamcalice and sandralist. We will do laundry in Bolzano first and then send the remainder to hotel laundry service in Selva. Problem solved!
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May 21st, 2014, 06:22 PM
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If you are leaving the US on day 1, you'll arrive in Amsterdam on day 2. It is really easy to take the bus to Haarlem from the airport. Just walk out the door and look for the bus that says Haarlem. I don't have the bus number handy right now, but can look in my journal tomorrow and let you know, if you want it.
You can pay the driver when you get on. 4 Euro, I think.
The Franz Hals Museum was interesting, too.
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May 22nd, 2014, 07:27 PM
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Thank you, travisolo2. You are correct that we will arrive on day 2. I appreciate the information about the bus and museum. This trip just keeps getting better and better.
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