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Planning a 15 night trip through Europe (September)

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This is our first time going to Europe and we will be driving through Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France. I have a 'rough' itinerary but would love to get your input.

A few important things to note:
-WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY. There are 4 of us (ages 21 - 58) going, including one person in a wheelchair. I'm trying to plan the best possible trip for wheelchair accessibility (hence why I left Venice off the itinerary).
-Flying into Munich, flying out of Paris. Renting a minivan as we leave Munich and dropping it off as soon as we get to Paris.
-Although we will visit a few of the main ones, we do not care to see every historical site, museum, church, etc. in each city. We prefer beautiful scenery, great cafes and restaurants, and to just experience the different cultures across Europe.

-Fly into Munich, get there early morning (2 nights)

-Drive to Neuschwanstein castle, then onto Innsbruck (1 night)
Is Innsbruck worth a night? Anywhere else in the area you think is a better option? Maybe a small Bavarian town? Or should we just spend an extra night in Munich/Verona?

-Drive to Verona (2 nights)

-Drive to Bologna (2 nights)
This isn't set in stone as I'm still trying to decide the best area for us to visit after Verona. We would love to drive through the Italian countryside and visit a few wineries, stop at a couple quaint little towns (maybe spend a night?). I wish we had the time to go to Tuscany but I think we'd be too rushed. So I thought maybe the Emilia Romagna region would be nice...but how does it compare to Tuscany? Or maybe the Aosta region? Would love to get your advice for a similar experience to Tuscany (countryside, rolling hills, vineyards, etc) but in Northern Italy. I have Bologna listed for 2 nights as we'd like to at least experience the food but I'm certainly not set on staying there 2 nights...and may even prefer to stay somewhere more quaint?

-Drive to Grindelwald/Wengen (2 nights)
Trying to decide between Grindelwald and Wengen. From what I've read, most people recommend Wengen and say it's got better views. But it's car free and we'd have to park our car in a lot and take a train into the village. Would this be too difficult for a wheelchair? Does Wengen or Grindelwald have better wheelchair accessible paths/trails and access to cable car rides?

-Drive to Lucerne (1 night)
I'd like to see Lucerne but is it worth a night here? Or should we spend 3 nights in Grindelwald/Wengen instead? But need to take into account we won't be able to fully experience this area (hiking, climbing, etc) as we have a wheelchair so maybe 3 nights there is too much?

-Drive through France on way to Paris (1 night somewhere in between Lucerne and Paris)
This is a fairly long drive so I'd like to stay somewhere (maybe a small quaint city?) in between. I'd love to get some recommendations for the best route (scenery wise) and towns to stay in.

-Drive to/fly out of Paris (4 nights)

Thoughts? Is this too ambitious? I understand that's it quite a bit of driving but we don't mind driving. We once drive over 3,000 miles within a 2 week span on a West Coast (USA) vacation. We're not really into the relaxing and laid back type vacations (tropical). But I do want ample time to enjoy each city (but as I said above, we don't need to see every historical site, etc). What are your thoughts? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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