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London, Edinburgh, Italy..HELP!

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Hi there - thanks for clicking!

My fiance and I are planning 16 days in Europe - July 1-16. She is dead set on Italy. I am dying to go back to England. Sooooo.....we need a little logistical help.

Quick searching of flights yielded Phoenix (our location) to London to be the overall cheapest option. We are tentatively thinking of flying into London - doing a couple days there - then opting for driving around the English countryside with a few good stops. We thought we might do a day in Edinburgh if our countryside tour takes us that far north.

We can afford (with travel) to burn about 7-8 days doing this.

We then have several options to get from London to Italy. First, we thought of just driving it and stopping over in Zurich. However, we are not sure how feasible this is or how logical. Second, we could take a ryanair from London to Italy. We can then do 7 days in Italy and hop back to London for our flight home.

Our main questions:
1) Is 7 days too short a time to do London, the countryside, and a day and night in Edinburgh?
2) It is a lot cheaper to fly in and out of London rather than an open jaw flying home from Italy. Does it make sense to drive from London to Italy, or just save the time and fly?
3) Has anyone done this mix of places before with that amount of time? Any tips, tricks, or things we haven't thought of would be MUCH APPRECIATED!

Thanks,

Jess and Rhonda

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