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Planning 1st Europe trip

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Hi all, this is my first post in these boards, just looking for a little insight to my particular situation. I've done a lot of reading and research, but now I'm looking for some more specifics.

My husband and I are planning our first Europe trip together, aiming for May 2017 (yeah I plan way ahead, I know). I've been abroad before but he never has. When I went, it was a school tour of London and 3 cities each in France and Italy, over 2 weeks. It was a quite torturous pace, and we only saw the most touristy of tourist things.

This time around, we want to do things a bit more on our own, and I'll be damned if I'm getting on a bus, haha. I originally had quite a few cities on the list, but after reading some of these boards I was pretty scared off from that plan. I narrowed it down to 6, that I think are all pretty definite.

Start in London (4 nights, to give us an extra day to get over the jetlag), then train to Paris (3 nights), train/plane to Amsterdam (3 nights), overnight train to Prague (2 nights), plane to Venice (3 nights) and then train to Rome (4 nights).

I know some of you are going to jump on me and tell me that's still too many. I'm a bit stuck because we can't afford to spend a week in all of these places, but I know my 1-2 night pace was awful, so I'm trying to compromise. I want to clarify that I know we will be back, and I fully plan on returning to spend significant amounts of time in a lot of these countries (a trip just for Italy is a must in the future). However, we plan on starting a family after this trip, so it will be our "last hurrah" so to speak, for a little while. I want to make the most of it!

For this trip, I'd like to do a bit more of an independent plan than my last trip, while still hitting the European highlights for hubs (he doesn't get out much, haha). Does this sound relatively doable? We are used to going hard on trips, in fact we have a difficult time relaxing in our room because we want to get sightseeing, but I know we'll also be planning some free afternoons/evenings and relaxing activities here and there to rest up.

Any suggestions about alterations to the way I have it set up? More/less nights in certain cities, plane vs train, etc? Ways to save precious time? I'd really love to see all of these cities, but if we cut out any more I think it would have to be Prague. Thoughts?

Anyways, sorry for the long post, just super excited and eager to get advice & start planning! Thanks to you all in advance :)

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