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Alsace and Switzerland Itinerary - feedback please

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I enjoy planning trips almost as much as taking them. We had thought that we might go to Barcelona over New Year's, but since that won't happen after all, I've turned my attention to next year's trip. After some advice on the board for my original idea (which included Milan and Bellagio) and reading everyone's posts on Switzerland, I've changed the focus to north of the Alps. Basically, we'd like to start in Alsace and end at Lake Geneva, seeing some of the Black Forest and eastern France, on to Lucerne, stay near Interlaken, and fly out of Geneva.

We enjoy gardens, walking but not rigorous mountain hiking, some museums, castles and historical sights, good food, and atmospheric and nice accommodations. While we enjoy wine, we're not looking to do a wine tasting tour. I'm not too good with gondolas swinging in the air (rack trains, ok) but could probably handle some short journeys on them - one reason I chose Wengen instead of another town. We're in good shape in our middle 60s.

First I looked into flights into Frankfurt and Zurich with an immediate short train ride to somewhere closer to either the Black Forest or Mulhouse, based on the duration and a direct journey - flying 10 hours, then a connecting flight followed by a long train is not something we want to do. I'd prefer to fly into somewhere closer, though, which is why on another thread I asked about the Air France option of the TGV to Strasbourg. Otherwise the first night would be spent somewhere we aren't particularly interested in, and in the morning we would need to get a car, drop off luggage, etc - essentially losing a half day. If we fly into Zurich, I guess we could stay one night in Basel; if into Frankfurt, stay in Offenburg (there is a car rental there and it would put us closer to our destination).

That said, here is my preferred plan for August 2015…comments welcome. I've put in the hotels I am particularly interested in - though I understand that it's a long way out, I have bookmarked some that look beautiful.

LAX - Strasbourg via TGV (this needs some planning, I know, to catch the train - I've asked about it on another thread)

Strasbourg 2 nights: enjoy Strasbourg, perhaps train to Baden Baden (we're not big spa people, it would be to see the town). Hotel Cour de Corbeau

Rent car, Diebolsheim (between Strasbourg and Colmar, a very nice B&B called Ambiance Jardin) 3 nights: see Alsace (Colmar, points south), the Black Forest (Freiburg, the museums in Gutach)

Drop car and train to Lucerne for 2 nights: afternoon in Lucerne, next day a boat ride, etc. Hotel Montana or Hotel Schweizerhof (I like the breakfast included at the Montana, and if it's good enough for Thin, it's good enough for us)

Train to Wengen for 3 nights: Wengen, boat ride on the lake, walk in the mountains, etc. Hotel Schoenegg looks and sounds amazing - does the chef take vacation in August, I wonder?

Train via the Golden Pass to Vevey for 3 nights: Vevey, walk in the vineyards, Montreux, etc. Hotel des Trois Couronnes or Grand Hotel du Lac.

Train in the early afternoon directly to Geneva for flight out, Geneva-CDG-LAX

This gives us 13 nights; I could probably extend it to 14. If that was the case, where would you add the nights? I would add more to Lucern if it was the only place we were going to in Switzerland, but I think it would be sufficient to stay two nights in this scenario.

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