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Euro vacay - Germany/Switzerland/France/Italy

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Hi everyone, I am new on here (been reading lots of posts for ideas but never posted myself) and never been to Europe. My significant other and I are planning a trip next may for 3 weeks (may 10-june 1) and I'm having difficulty planning what would be the best way to incorporate places that both he and I want to visit.

In a nut shell the main places we want to see are Munich, Switzerland (Geneva, lausanne, montreux, lucerne, interlaken), Venice, Monaco and area (Nice, Eze, Antibes) and possibly vercelli, Italy area. (we have a friend originally from there and if he is home at that time would visit him and his family- would be cut out otherwise)

My other half has spent a lot of time in Germany in the past so we don't need much time there, but I was thinking a couple days in Munich. Then my thoughts were to travel  through Bavaria making a few quick stops in Kempten and Lindau - not sure how much time this would require. Not looking to spend a great deal of time, just hit the highlights and "looking out the window." 

Then on to Switzerland for I'm thinking 5 days... And I've read in many forums to skip Geneva but since that is my name I require being there on my b-day...not for any reason, just want to say I did it. I'm thinking the best way to travel and sightsee is the golden pass panoramic train down from Lucerne to montreux.  Then on to Lausanne/Geneva.

The next part is open - insert visiting friend in vercelli here (if he's in the country) - what would be good to see in this region of Milan/Torino/Genoa for about 5 days. Something that would be typical Italian. Since we are going to Monaco we don't need the glamour. We are looking for a more true Italian atmosphere. 

Then on to Monaco and area. We are hoping to get tickets to the formula 1 grand prix there. Not sure when we have to look into that but if we do get tickets we would have to be there the weekend of 24-26. (if the dates are what sources speculate them to be). We would probably stay in the area for 6 days total, including days for F1.

Now come where I don't know what to do...we both want to get to Venice but don't want to waste a sightseeing day on the train. Should we fly Nice to Venice? Is this ridiculously expensive? Or is there an overnight train? I know there is an overnight train Venice to Munich so I've considered putting it at the beginning flying into Venice may 11 out nice June 1. The only hard part is since we can't shift Monaco back any days, due to the grand prix, will there be enough time before this to fit everything in? Also i dont want to be in monaco/nice for 9 days...i feel this is a waste. Or is this too much already? We are very active travelers and are very go go go. Don't like to sit around much when there is so much to see. Plus I will have my time on the beach in Nice.

When we get to Venice, we are thinking/hoping 2.5 days will be enough.

I know I've just written a novel but thought if you had the knowledge of all our plans it would provide better insight. hopefully you guys can give me some feedback on how to get to Venice/when we should go. Also what there is to do in that area of Italy for about 5 days thanks a lot. 

Jeneva

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