Also, any itinerary help?
I'm helping my parents plan their trip to Switzerland/Italy this coming May. My dad is really intent on spending the majority of the trip in Italy. He is not opposed to spending time in Switzerland, but does not want to go "off the path." Please tell me what you think of this itinerary.
May 14, depart USA. Arrive Zurich morning of May 15.
Spend the night of the 15th in Zurich.
Leave the 16th, stop and spend time in Lucerne. Drive to Lake Como (possibly take the train, is the route scenic?)
Spend 3 nights/4 days in Lake Como, probably at Villa D'este (probably misspelled that). My dad really wants to stay here - but does anyone have any other recommendations for luxurious boutique hotels in the area?
Leave Lake Como and drive to the Cinque Terre. Spend 3 nights in the Cinque Terre.
Leave Cinque Terre on the 21st, drive to Venice. Spend 3 nights in Venice.
Leave Venice on the 25th & take the train to Rome. Spend 3 nights in Rome, depart for USA on the 28th. They have already seen/been to Rome so they are not worried about not spending enough time there.
What do you think? I told them if it were me, I'd add on another night in Switzerland and take one off in Rome, but I'm not sure where in Switzerland. I suggested Interlaken but I know that is "off the path" and my dad did not want to stray too far.
My parents want to enjoy everything - the culture, the people, the food, browse boutiques and shops, see the historical sights, wineries, etc.