Thanks to everyone who has helped out so far. I've spent a lot of time reading posts on this forum, and the community is incredibly supportive.
I'll be traveling with my parents, who are in their 50s (I'm in my 20s). For them, it will be the first time in Europe. I've been to Amsterdam before (and am quite familiar with the city). I'm also quite comfortable with traveling, generally.
Originally, my plan was to go from Amsterdam (4 nights) to Bruges (1), Ghent (2), Munich (2), Innsbruck (1) to Verona. But I've done a similar route before.
Instead, Paris would be exciting. That said, I'm still not committed to visiting France instead of Switzerland. What are benefits/drawbacks that you see?
Nigel could you explain more about driving considerations in Italy?
Also if you have any more general recommendations, that would be great. I'm quite open to rearranging the trip, if there are better itineraries (so long as it begins in Amsterdam and ends in Venice to accommodate flights.)
Thanks so much!