We are going to be in Europe for three weeks from April 23rd to May 14th. It will be me, my husband, an 18 month old toddler, a three year old, and my mother. Here is our planned itinerary. Does this look manageable? Are we missing out on something?
Cost is a factor (keeping it very low budget - the entire three weeks under $6000 would be great). We will be using all public transportation and traveling between cities by train. We plan to pack as light as possible and are pretty efficient travelers (though this long and far with two kids in tow will be a first).
Paris - 7 nights
Zurich Switzerland - 2 nights (is this the right choice in Switzerland)
Lindau - 2 nights
Fussen - 2 nights
Heidelburg - 4 nights
Boppard (or general area) - 3 nights (too long here?)
Frankfurt - 1 nights (we fly home from here)
I'd love to do some agritourism, perhaps staying on a farm, but I haven't really found any that are accessible by public transit.
With two kids, I don't want to spend too much time in transit, which is why we are breaking the trip between cities. Is there a better or more efficient route (for example, if there is a better city that, while father on the map, is actually shorter in time) - knowing we need to start in Paris and end in Frankfurt. I love seeing the world and, other than Paris all of these spots are new to me. We are completely flexible on the route right now (we are pretty set on the neuschwanstein castle).
I'm very interested in seeing quaint areas and beautiful castles, especially after a week in the hustle and bustle of Paris. A Rhine cruise looks like a lot of fun, so that's why we are closing the trip near Boppard.
Thanks in advance for all your help and insight! I've been poring over the forums for months now, planning all the details and picking our just the right itinerary. Hope I picked the right choices for my family.