I had wonderful feedback after I posted a while back and am hoping to get some more suggestions from the wonderful group here. Some background - we are a Canadian family of 4 taking approx 4 months next year and going to Europe (basically a sabbatical) Myself, my wife and two daughters (age 6, 10) Once we get to France we will have a car for the entire trip.
Current locked in itinerary looks like this:
Beginning trip April 23, 2020 (flying Toronto-London)
London, England - 7 nights
Nice, France - 1 night (flying in here to get lease buy-back car)
Montespertoli, Italy - 28 nights (30 min South of Florence) (the monthly discount was 60%)!! (Will be doing daytrips from here to Pisa, Sienna, Arezzo, etc)
Rome, Italy - 3 nights (these nights will actually be taken inside of the 28 nights of Florence)
Venice, Italy - 2 nights
Kranj, Slovenia - 7 nights
Zadar, Croatia - 7 nights (have a friend that lives here)
Split, Croatia - 3 nights (may have to skip this if Croatia manages to join the Schengen by June 2020)
Herceg Novi, Montenegro - 4 nights
Mostar, Bosnia - 2 nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia - 5 nights
Belgrade, Serbia - 4 nights
Budapest, Hungary - 3 nights
Various towns, Slovakia - 9 nights (we have family here that are meeting us in Kosice and taking us around ending in Bratislava)
Vienna, Austria - 1 night
Prague, Czech - 4 nights
If you've stayed with me this far - thanks!
Here is where we still have decisions to make. We will have approximately 30 nights left (depends on Croatia/Schengen). The only thing we had as a must were Munich (family), Salzburg, and ending in Paris where we will be returning the car and catching our flight home.
I'm looking for thoughts around potential itineraries - current points of interest are:
The main challenge I'm having is trying to imagine what we're going to be feeling like after 3 months of travel - will we want to keep moving every 3-4 nights or will we appreciate a 10 night stay somewhere and treat it like a base.
Anyway - I'm open to any suggestions you all have,