I've been elected by my family to come up with a plan for a two week "family" (grown people) trip for JUNE 2022. The group includes my sister and her husband who have never traveled to Europe. I have been 3 times myself and the rest our our group (including 80 yr old mother) have been as well. I'm thinking of the following itinerary:
TOTAL DAYS: 14 Days in Europe + 2 Travel Days on either end.
FIRST PART OF TRIP:
• Fly into Rome - 2 nights + half day - Tour the usual sights.
• Experience Tuscany Countryside / hill town? - (Possible car rental)
MIDDLE PART OF TRIP:
• Thinking of leaving Italy (out of Florence?) on an evening night train w/ Couchette sleepers reserved. There's a night train that leaves at 10pm, arrive 9am in Munich. Somehow we need to get to Murren Switzerland and the Bernese Oberland Valley. Need to show them that. Possibility of staying somewhere else in Austria. or Switzerland. This part is very up in the air.
LAST 5 -6 DAYS
• Train to Loire Valley and tour the castle estates. (2 nights)
• Last 3.5 days in Paris. Fly home CDG Airport.
What I'm wanting is to give them a taste of the 3 regions. Roman antiquities & countryside. /. Alpine thrills and mountainous views. / French countryside, food, wine - and finish in Paris.
Open to all ideas and itinerary thoughts. Everyone on the trip knows each day is flexible and can join or opt out if they wish. Obviously Rome and Paris will be the most intense, but we're just looking to hit the highlights and not see everything.
PS. I have been to ROME - SIENA - FLORENCE - MUNICH - MURREN - PARIS. ... which are all on this route roughly. Open to new places also the way. Rome and Paris are pretty set as we'll most likely be flying in and out of.
I know these are very quick visits, but I think it's doable with the right transportation ideas. Probably going to edit quite a bit. Maybe go for the Home Base idea in the Alps too.