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Lake Como - Luzern - Germany (need help) - Amsterdam

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My wife and I (early 30's) are planning on our first big Europe trip to celebrate our 8th anniversary and celebrate my completion of professional training in July 2017. It will be one of the only times we will ever have (with my job) to take up to 3 weeks off. It will be possible in the future to do 10-14 day trips to Europe, etc but probably no vacations longer than 2 weeks in the future so we want to go all out. Tentatively planning on 20 days (have days picked out to fly out from US and come back). Planning on primarily AirBB since they have the benefit of kitchens so we can cook occasional meals and not get OD'd on eating out all the time (i.e. breakfast). Planning on travel via train for the most part, open to local flight(s), will be each bringing one large backpack only to make traveling easier.

Need assistance with where to go in Germany (see below) - possibly 2-3 main places to visit as we dont want to have to change places we are staying over and over. Would be fun to have a home base at these locations then take day trips.

Also need assistance in best way to do train tickets since we will travel so much via train. Not sure which routes we should buy the day of (without reservations) vs saver train tickets to cover the long travel days. Also open to the idea of night trains to skip a hotel/airBB and not burn a day.

Day 1 - Midwest, United States to Milan, Italy

Day 2 - Land in Milan, Train to Lake Como (already have 5 night stay booked in Varenna...looks awesome!)

Day 2-7 - Varenna (Lake Como), Italy (catch up on jet lag, rent a boat for a day, visit nearby villages, cooking class, lounge about, etc)

Day 7 - Train from Varenna through Swiss Alps to Luzern

Day 7- 10 - 3 days / 4 nights in Luzern as base camp to explore nearby mountains. Would probably do the 3 day swiss Tell-Pass (is that correct?) to cover all the local mountains routes via boats, cogwheel, trains, etc. Would likely visit Mt Piltaus, Rigi, etc...Would visit swiss transport museum if rainy day. I am still debating 3-4 full days in Luzern but sounds like it is so expensive for basic things like food so may be better to do 3 days especially as I have heard Germany is just as great but less expensive.

Need help with the rest of the trip...plan would be to train from Luzern to Germany and end up in Amsterdam for the final 3ish days then fly out from Amsterdam (we want to visit there and it will be a bit less to fly home from Amsterdam vs the main Germany airports). Heard Bacharach is beautiful. My wife and I are primarily interested in beautiful scenery, easy hikes/walking around, great food/cocktails/drink and enjoying some highlights of Germany and easy walkable towns/villages. We want to see a bit but not get too fatigued from traveling too much.

We also are interested in Belgium (Antwerp, Bruges, etc and I had originally though of flying from Zurich to Belgium then on to Amsterdam but a lot of friends have said that Germany is beautiful, wonderful and had places not to miss). Open to your thoughts/ideas....

Day 10 - Train from Luzern to ??, Germany

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Day 17 - Train to Amsterdam

Day 18 - Amsterdam

Day 19 - Amsterdam

Day 20 - Fly from Amsterdam to US

Thanks for your time and help!!

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