For a trip this long, is it better to book every single night or have flexibility? In my initial post I listed the cities and days I had planned to spend in each. Based on peoples feedback (which is greatly appreciated) I was told it was too much to try. I'll see some of the popular sites but I don't anticipate wanting to see every single museum, every church or every castle. I did opt to cut out parts of eastern Europe (Krakow, Budapest, Zagreb/Plitvice and Slovakia) to allow 6 nights in major cities. Right now I have 6 nights each dedicated to London, Paris, Prague, Rome, Florence, Sorrento, Nice, Barcelona and Madrid. Not sure I'll need that in all but its there if I do. Planning the 2 week Switzerland itinerary proposed by RS (less Appenzell) in and out of Zurich. Three nights each in Munich, Salzberg, Vienna, Seville, Lisbon and 2 night stays in Bruges and Milan. Solo trip, starting around May 1st. I have to be in Sorrento by June 23rd (using points at the Hilton there and June is almost sold out so had to book this). Initially I thought booking all hotels would be best, but now I think booking only the first two weeks may make sense to get a feel for the pace. I've penciled in the itinerary and this would give me an extra 2-3 days to spend somewhere prior to Sorrento. If I find I'm moving along quicker I'd have the opportunity to add another city. If I'm moving slower I have 2-3 days I can add. This also provides a couple days post Sorrento. It does worry me a little trying to find a hotel just a day or two in advance but surely I can find somewhere, right??
My specific questions are:
1-Would it be better to plan the entire trip or just the first two weeks to get a feel for the pace?
2-Anticipate any problems getting a hotel within a day or two notice? Any specific areas where that might be a problem? Especially curious of Switzerland area (Ex-Murren, Lauterbrunnen, Luzern Lussanne, etc).
3-Would like to take the night train from Amsterdam to Zurich. Also Zurich to Prague. Do I need to book these in advance or is this generally available? If in advance, how far in advance?
4-Which museums/sites require advance purchase? Colosseum, Eiffel Tower, Lourve, etc?
5-Eurail Global Pass. I think this is worth it for this trip. However, it seems like I'd still need to pay for a lot of trains so I wanted to double check. Also assume this pass does not give access to local trains/trams?
6-I notice a lot of the advertised RS tours are for the entire trip. Does RS offer day guide trips?