Here is our proposed itinerary. (Note, I have been to Europe a few times, one of which was a 2.5 month backpacking trip in 1993). This is by car.
Days 1 and 2
Paris to Frankfurt via train, arrive mid day, pick up car, drive to Rhine
Rhine River and Castles
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuhl, stay in Munich that night...Oktoberfest (just a taste of it!)
Dachau (short time there), south to Oberammergau, Fussen, Neuschwanstein, stay in ????? that night
this is where I am having difficulty (perhaps over ambitious). Could go one of two ways----straight to Venice, skipping the Alps----or trying to get to Gimmelwald and the Jungfrau Region (one day of sightseeing there), and then going to Venice.
Overly Ambitious Route:
Innsbruck (probably) to Interlaken.
Jungfrau 'circle' (up to the Schilthorn, back down to Interlaken)
Long drive to Venice (can't seem to find a better way to do this. Mapquest says that drive time is 6 hours. REALLY did not want to spend a day in the car, but don't know what to do.
Day 11 and 12
Day 13 and 14
Florence and Hill Towns
Day 15 and 16
I am taking my wife who has never been to Europe. So I want her to see a lot, and a good variety of scenery. We are going in the middle of September.
**I see that this is an ambitious trip, and would be better to take something out. I was thinking that perhaps that should be the Alps, since it has potential to be a wasted 2 days if the weather in the mountains is not clear for seeing much of anything. In that case, we would then just head from Munich to Venice.
I would love some thoughts and insights on how this might be planned better or re-routed.
Thank you for your help!