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So, as I've mentioned before on this forum, my best friend and I will be traveling around France, Italy and Austria in June/July this year. My friend will be staying in Europe for about 4 weeks(mid June to mid July) and I will be staying on longer with Family in Austria, until about the end of July.

Basically, Our Plan (nothing set in stone yet) so far is to land in Paris, spend 5 days there, night train down to the south of France, spend a few days there, train to Cinque Terre, spend a few days there.

From there is where we're having trouble deciding what to do. Originally we planned to take a train up to Venice from Cinque Terre and spend a few days there, then take the train to Austria. However, my friend has recently had a chat with her dad who went to Florence as a young man and loved it. He strongly recommended that we stop there if we can. I've been to Florence and I loved it so I have no problem with that at all, as long as its doable.

So our new (tentative) plan, if we decide to include Florence, is take a train to Florence from Cinque Terre, spend some time there, then travel to Venice from there, and then up to Austria.

So Basically Paris-->S.France-->Cinque Terre-->Florence-->Venice-->Austria

My questions:

1. Is adding an extra city (Florence) too much for my friend's 4 weeks? We are neither of us rush-rush travelers and this will be her first time in Europe. She obviously wants to see a lot but we don't want to have to tear around the place either. I want her to have a great time and love it as much as I do.

2. If you had to choose between spending a longer time in Venice or a longer time in Florence, which would you choose? I've been to each once and I felt like Florence was somehow more time-consuming to see, but maybe that was just my first impression. I enjoyed them both equally, in different ways.

3. Do you think we should include Florence at all? I was thinking if we did, we would shorten our stay in Venice down to 2 days and 2 nights, whereas before I was thinking more like 3 or 4 days, and also my friend's time in Austria would be shortened by a day or two. How does that sound?

If you were in our shoes, what would you do?

Some additional info that may or may not matter:

Nothing has been booked yet so everything is very flexible. I'm just looking for general advice. We will be staying in hostels and backpacking, and we do need to be careful about money.

In Austria we will be staying with my family so we can arrive whenever we please. We will be staying in the town of Altmunster, near Gmunden (about two hours East of Salzburg).

We're looking for a mix of cities and cultural experiences, oceans and a little outdoor activity.

We want to be able to relax at least once in a while ;)

Thanks in advance for whatever advice you have to offer!

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