Then plan on taking a train to Lucerne - for two nights. I have heard that Lucerne is one of the prettiest cities in Switzerland and I can't stand being so close and not going.
Does anyone know which train to use from Paris to Lucerne (I understand there are Swiss or French) and how long that would take? We are staying at the Renaissance or Marriott in Lucerne.
We will then take a train from Lucerne to Basel to pick up the boat. Does anyone know how long that trip takes? I am seeing on here that seems like you can board the river cruises in the early afternoon. Does anyone know when Avalon departs? Is this risky trying to leave on a Saturday morning train to Basel? I assume we get into the Basel train station and take a taxi direct to the river cruise boat - that would be the easiest with our luggage and four people although I hear the taxis' are small so may have to take two.
We will then get to Amsterdam on the last leg of the cruise - and stay one night at the Renaissance and fly home.
Does anyone see any issues with this plan that I may not be seeing?