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Advice and suggestions welcome for 2 month trip

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I am just starting to do some research and planning for a trip to London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome for 2 months or so. My husband and I are senior travelers who like to take things slow to fully appreciate/enjoy what we're seeing/doing. We are both used to doing lots of walking-maybe at a slower pace. We did tons of walking and climbing in SE Asia over 3 months.

This trip will focus mainly on churches, museums, historic sites. We are not shopaholics or extreme foodies.

This is my tentative itinerary but can be changed as I've not purchased our international air tickets yet. Plan is from mid August-mid Oct 2015 but that can be changed.

International Air-plan is for open jaw tickets. From Buffalo, NY-probably to JFK or some major hub for the transatlantic flight-London. Returning home was thinking depart from Rome back to Buffalo, NY.

London-1 week, return visit as we've been before. Would 1 week give us enough time for the following: revisit Tower of London, revisit Westminster Abbey, changing of the guard/Buckingham Palace, revisit British Museum, Houses of Parliament, tea at the Orangery, a cruise on the Thames, see a West End play, National Gallery, Cabinet War Rooms, V & A Museum? Looking into staying in area where we stayed before-South Kensington. Looking into maybe an apt. rental. I know there are pros and cons. First visit was at a hotel in a great location-5 minute walk to Gloucester Rd. station-but the rooms were a bit on the small side. My DH is a big guy and likes to have room. Trying to find accommodation for $2000 USD for the week. May have to tweak that.

No Eurostar from London to Paris. I want to go to Canterbury, spend the night. Any suggestions on lodging in Canterbury? Then another train to Dover and ferry from Dover to Calais and train or bus to Paris. I know this takes longer and will probably cost more but I'm a big Chaucer fan and DH wants to see those White Cliffs!!

All of these following places will be first time visit for us.

Paris-2 weeks. Prefer to find an apt. for this stay. Looking at Paris Perfect, Airbnb, Vbro, etc. My mind is spinning as I'm not sure what would be a good location? I was thinking 6th or 15th arrondissement? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Love Monet so day trip to Giverny on my wish list as is Chartres and Versailles.
Accommodation budget 200-300 euros per night. If possible with apt. a balcony/terrace would be nice along with a view. Best would be view of ET.

Flight from Paris to Venice-1 week here-hotel most likely with day trip to Murano. Hotel budget 200-300 euros per night.

Train from Venice to Florence-1 week here. Hotel or apt. Hoping to find something more reasonable here than London/Paris/Venice. Am I dreaming?? If I could find something here for 200 or less euros per night I'd be very happy.

Train from Florence to Rome-2 weeks. Plan is for 2 full days to cover ancient Rome sites like the Colosseum/Forum/Capitoline Hill & Museums. One full day for Vatican and Castel Sant' Angelo. Tons of churches and museums on my list but I'd like some down time-doing nothing. Where to go for that?? Budget same 200-300 euros per night. Apt. would be preferred over a hotel.

I have been also tossing this around in my mind. Spending some "do nothing but relax" time in a beach area like the Amalfi-maybe Naples? Would we train from Rome there and back? This would be at the end of our trip. I was also thinking maybe some beach area in the south of France but fear it would blow my budget for this trip. The nice thing would be that this would be a mid way break in our 2 month trip. I'm open to any advice here. Maybe the advice will be to forget it and that's fine.

I got lots of help from the forum here and on TA for our last trip to SE Asia so I'm hoping to have the same luck here in the Europe forum.

Do you think this looks like a good plan? Enough time each location?

Accommodations do not have to be super fancy or 5 star. Most important for us is- apt. or hotel-that the place is clean, located within walking distance to public transport, and price in that order. I have found some promising places in London and Paris but just getting started with that research. However, if anyone has any recommendations that would be great.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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