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Europe for 10 weeks with 8 and 10 year olds

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I'm planning a 10 week trip to Europe with my kids, 8 and 10. We will be arriving in London on Oct 3 and departing from Rome on Dec 10. I've been researching/planning for about 6 months and have a lot of the itinerary decided; but a large open section in the middle. I'd like to maintain some unreserved time to allow flexibility during travel but am getting a little nervous that so much is not yet reserved. My itinerary is listed below - I'd love to hear feedback about cool places that I might have missed, or places that aren't worth the stop.
10/3 - 10/10 - London
10/10 - 10/12 - rent a car outside London, drive to York and North Moors Natl Park
10/12 - 10/19 - drive down through Peak District, stay in Cotswolds, explore Warwick, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge
10/19 - 10/27 - take Eurostar to Paris (stay in the city with 1-day excursion to Versailles)
10/27 - 11/3 - rent a car outside Paris, drive to Belgium, stay in Maldegem, explore Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, day trip to Amsterdam
11/3 - 11/5 - drive to Normandy, see Mont St Michel, Bayeux (anything else - Giverny? where to stay for 2 nights?)
11/5 - 11/7 - drive to Carnac (worth it?) then to Archachon (where to stay?)
Here's where I'm undecided. I was planning to drive over to Dordogne (base in Sarlat for a week) but am wondering if I should make time to go down to San Sebastian and/or Pamplona first. Also, after Sarlat I was planning to drive through Lyon into Geneva and spend 2 days seeing a bit of Switzerland (Zermatt?). Then I was planning to drive down to Nice, return the car and take trains through Italy. Now I'm trying to decide how to make a stop in Orange and Provence, or whether it would be worth it to go out of our way for that. Once it Italy, I was planning to pass through Cinque Terre (worth it?), stay a week in Florence and 3 nights in Venice. I have reservations in Abruzzo from Nov 29 - Dec 6 then the last 4 nights in Rome. So, basically I am uncommitted from Nov 8 - Nov 29 (3 weeks) and am trying to decide whether (and for how long) to fit in San Sebastian, Pamplona, Sarlat, Orange, Provence, Geneva, Zermatt, and Nice, and still leave time for Florence and Venice before Abruzzo. I realize I can't do all of these, hence the appeal for advice about what would be most memorable/enjoyable with kids. We don't need to squeeze in more cathedrals or museums, just looking for fun and interesting things, or a place to chill. During the 3 weeks, I'd like at least 2 stretches of 5+ days in the same accommodation so we are not feeling like complete nomads!

Sorry for the long post, and appreciate any feedback!!

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