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FAMILY RAIL TRIP (Kids 12 & 14) Creating our own amazing race

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HELP WITH FAMILY FUN!
Leaving for Europe May 25th for a 2 week rail trip.
AMAZING RACE IDEAS to captivate our kids (12 girly girl & 14 "I'm over this" teenage boy) We have most of our train schedules set because of events or places we are set to. But otherwise open to restaurants, activities, places to do things & visit.
NOTE: We are going to see enough museums & historical places... so we are really looking for FUN! ie, making pizza, making carnival masks, finding historical objects etc.
*We have a global rail pass

ITINERARY (WORKING)
May 26th Fly into ZURICH (1 adult 2 kids)
*Will have a car for 2 days while we wait for husband to arrive.
*Plan to go to Black Forest/Zipline/cable car?
NEED: places to go & stay for 2 nights. 1 adult & 2 kids... want under 100 euros. willing to do family hostels/B&B/small inn etc.

May 28th Husband arrives in ZURICH
*Drive to Nueshwanstein Castles/Leichtenstein/Western Austria?
NEED: things to do, restaurants, places not to miss (other than the obvious sites)
*Train from Munich to FLORENCE (overnight)

May 29th train to CINQUE TERRE
NEED: things to do, restaurants, places not to miss (other than the obvious sites)
CAN overnight here if neccessary. suggestions for a neat B&B?

May 30th open for TUSCANY adventure
NEED: things to do, restaurants, places not to miss (other than the obvious sites)
Want to make a pizza, sample wine, make olive oil? swim?
CAN overnight here for another day if needed. suggestions for a neat B&B?
* Late train to ROME (or stay another day in TUSCANY**NOTE: we have secured inexpensive hotel in Rome for 4 nights)

May 31 POMPEII morning & ROME night (spanish steps - trevi) (OR stay another day in TUSCANY)
NEED: things to do, restaurants, places not to miss, historical artifact to discover (other than the obvious sites)

June 1st VATICAN CITY morning (Have tickets to the morning mass)
NEED: things to do, restaurants, places not to miss, historical artifact to discover (other than the obvious sites)

June 2nd POMPEII morning & ROME night (spanish steps - trevi) (OR open day)
NEED: things to do, restaurants, places not to miss, historical artifact to discover (other than the obvious sites)

June 3rd Morning train to VENICE
VENICE ALL DAY
NEED: things to do, restaurants, places not to miss, historical artifact to discover (other than the obvious sites)
*overnight train to D-Land Paris or Paris itself

June 4th D-LAND OR PARIS all day

June 5th DisneyLand Paris

June 6th PARIS all day or D-Land

*overnight train to Amsterdam is what we are thinking
**We have been unable to find ANY place to stay in Zurich that is reasonable for the night before our trip home. So... we have been looking into overnight trains anywhere else. We are really open on this evening.

June 7th ZURICH flight home
I know this is a crazy way to sample Europe... but we really want to get as much in as possible. Need to make it fun & not just museums. So... chime in with your suggestions! We are VERY excited!

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