My family and I (wife and two children; one male 18 and one female 15) are planning a trip to Europe. We are planning to fly out from Dallas/Fort Worth on July 2, 2007 and fly back home on July 15th or 16th. We were thinking of flying to Zurich and use the Eurail passes for four countries; Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany. From Zurich, if we arrive in the morning, I was thinking that we could go by train to Interlaken and stay at a Hostel there for two nights (July 3 & 4). From there we were hoping to go to Milano on the 5th and spend two nights at a hostel there (5 and 6). Is it possible to travel from Interlaken to Milano in a couple of hours or is that a whole day? We would travel to Florence on the 7th and spend the 7th and 8th in Florence and then travel on the 9th to Venice and spend the nights of the 9th and 10th in Venice and on the 11th travel to Innsbruck (we noticed that it is about 380 Kilometers from Venice to Innsbruck, would that be an all day travel by train?). We would then spend the nights of the 11th, 12th and 13th in Innsbruck and on the 14th travel to Munich and spend the 14th and 15th there and leave back to the states on the 16th.
The question is this a doable trip or do we need to scale back on the cities? Should we cut out Florence? The more important question is can we do all this with a budget of $6,000.00, not including the flights, since I have enough frequent flyer miles for our four tickets?
This is our first trip to Europe as a family so as you can tell I do not know the ins-and-outs of the train system in Europe.
Thank you for any travel information and recommendations you can provide.
Fort Worth, Texas