Hi we are a family of four (kids 12 and 15) planning our first trip to Europe in August. We fly in and out of Paris and have 21 nights. As we have never been we would like to see as many different areas as is reasonable. Our top priorities are 4 nights in Paris, 4 nights in Normandy and 4 nights in the Swiss Alps.
We are trying to fill in the other days but there are so many choices! We are from Canada and are used to driving long distances, but we have no idea if the following rough itinerary is doable in Europe. We were wondering if it is feasible or involves too much distance, and if it would be better to take out stops and stay longer in some places. If so, we are not sure what to take out? We enjoy being outdoors and smaller cities over larger ones.
Fly in to Paris pick up car, drive to Luxembourg City - 1 night
Drive through Trier to Rhine valley (St Goar or Bacharach) - 2 nights
Fussen, Germany (to allow a full day at the two castles) - 2 nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland - 4 nights
Colmar, France - 2 nights
Amboise, France - 2 nights
Caen, France (Mont St Michel, Juno Beach, Etretat Cliffs) - 4 nights (return car in Paris)
Paris, France - 4 nights
Any thoughts or advise would be appreciated.