My 20 year old daughter is taking a study-abroad course in Rome May 14-26, 2015. She will see all of Rome in depth during this time. A girlfriend is meeting her in Rome at the end of the course and she has been to Rome. Together they want to travel another 10 days to see more of Italy and perhaps Austria and Germany.
So far, the following cities have been discussed as possibilities and we are looking for help to confirm we are on the right track:
Rome to Cinque Terre 2-3 nights
(We are thinking Vernazza after having watched Rick Steves' video on CT. Any ideas on safe, clean, economical B&B's? Would like to stay in the $100/night range.) Do you take the train from Rome to LaSpezia then another train into Vernazza?
CT to Florence 2 nights
Is it possible to make a day stop in Pisa on this train trip? Worth it? Hotel/B&B ideas close to SMN as they will be carrying packs?
Florence to Venice 1-2 nights
We know Venice is most expensive so perhaps they can spend only 1 night here. Possible if they get there early enough on the day of arrival to see most of city before spending night? Must sees? Hotel recommendations?
Venice to Innsbruck 2 nights
Thinking of scenic surroundings mainly. Any other day trips possible from here? Hotel recommendations?
Innsbruck to Garmisch 2 nights
Thinking hiking, Zugspitz tour, day trip to Fussen (Neuschwanstein). Any other Fairy Tale Castles in the area? Is it a bus or regional train to Fussen? Is this city worth going to? Hotel recommendations?
Garmisch to Munich 2 nights
Main sights in Munich. Any must sees or day trips? Hotel recommendations?
Fly back to States from Munich.
We assume a Eurail Pass will be best for this much train travel. Is second class OK? Or should we splurge for 1st class? Also most 'express' trains require reservations. How early in advance do these reservations need to be made for trains to main cities that usually depart hourly? Days? Hours? If made online, can you download reservation to iPhone?
Thanks for your help and suggestions.