my husband and I will be also going to Europe for our first time. We are going in July. He will be in Zurich on business, and I will fly in so that we can spend a few days exploring Europe, primarily Italy. We have 2 young daughters, so we do not have a lot of time for this trip, unfortuneately. This is what we are considering, but we would love any advice or guidance you would offer. Thanks!
19th I leave for overnight flight in
20th I arrive, husband in conference
21st Explore Zurich (husband in conference ) (I may bike around the city, or shop)
22 Lake Lucerne or beach, possibly, travel to Florence by train, about 7 hours. (would like to take one day at a beach or hot spring . . is this a good choice?)
23 Florence - a day in tuscan wine region. Have heard wonderful things about 2 tours -- tuscan-wine-tours.com and accidentaltourist.com do you have a recommendation? I am already in love with italian wine and food, and feel the need to pay homage to both while here!
We would like to stay at a small and friendly establishment in the city. Tripadvisor's #1 pick is Davanzini @$130/night, but I am questioning; pictures do not look as great as the multitude of wonderful comments.
25 Explore Rome. Must decide what it is we want a chance to visit. We will want to see some of vatican city and some architechture as well. Found availability at Nicola's Inn, a redeveloped old cloistered convent for $130/night with breakfast. A top choice stay at many websites. Your opinion?
26 Rome sights Recommendations??
27 Leave early morning (perhaps 6:20 flight?!?) to come home with layover in Amsterdam
By the way, how much time is needed to switch planes, etc. for our homebound flight to USA?
Thanks for your help!