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Help : Torn between having to decide between Florence / A'dam & Bruges

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Yeah the title of my post might be confusing and annoying even...but I am in a situation that I am having to make such decisions..

I travel on the 12th of September.

My current itinerary looks like this
Rome - 3 Nights
Venice - 2 Nights
Florence - 2 Nights
Wengen - 4 Nights
Lucerne - 3 Nights
Paris - 4 Nights
London - 4 Nights.

Due to the above itinerary, I had to take an appointment for Schengen Visa at the Italian Embassy, since its equal with Switzerland in number of max days and it comes first.

The appt date they have given me is 23rd August. In emails they have mentioned they should process in 5 days. That would mean I would get my Visa around 3/4th September. I think thats too close to call. I have heard a couple of cases where they mentioned during submission it would take 3 weeks.

So I inquired with Switzerland and they have given me appointment dates a few days earlier than Italy. They state on the website it takes 5-15 days and would recommend we apply 3-4 weeks in Advance. This gives me the comfort factor.

Please note, I can book all my train tickets only after I get my VISA. Accommodations are done at Flexible Cancellation rates :(

Due to this I am thinking of reducing my number of days in Italy so that Switzerland becomes max number of days and I can apply there.

I also thought of reducing a day from Lucerne.

This gives me an option of exploring some other options of Amsterdam and Bruges. Ive seen the photos and read up on both...and both seem equally appealing....Bruges slightly more...But I understand Bruges is smaller and might require fewer days..

This would make my new itinerary like this :

My current itinerary looks like this
Rome - 3 Nights
Venice - 2 Nights
Wengen - 4 Nights
Lucerne - 2 Nights
Paris - 4 Nights
Amsterdam - 2N & Bruges 1 N OR Amsterdam 3 N OR Bruges 3 N
London - 4 Nights.

So fellow forummers : Please help me decide

1) Is 2 days in Amsterdam enough? Can it be skipped altogether for some other time in favor of Bruges.
2) I absolutely want to do Bruges, but not sure if I should do 1 N or all 3.
3) None of the above. I should not cancel Florence for these 2. No competition. Apply @ Italian Embassy and hope for the best.

Thank you for reading such a long post...and thank you for replying in advance. :

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