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Please help me plan my trip!

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Hello everyone from Canada! I am hoping to get some help with planning my first trip to Europe. My husband and I (age 28) would like to go this summer and have a maximum of 3 weeks off work to go. This will be our last big trip before having kids and I really want it to be special.

We have been flip flopping a lot about where we want to go. We would definitely like to spend some time in Italy and France. Other places that we would like to go to if we have time would be Barcelona or Amsterdam. I hear Switzerland is very expensive which is why we were thinking of skipping it (although I hear the alps are gorgeous!! - any way to catch a train past them?!?! Haha)

I have looked at a few cruises that do Spain France and Italy and thought this may be a nice option because we could do a bit of exploring before the cruise left in Barcelona then at the end of the trip in Italy. I have also heard that Greece on a cruise is nice (7 day cruise). I have also looked at the option of doing a contiki trip (or other guided trip) but I am worried it will be very rushed and stressful. As you can see - I am confused and stressed already haha

We want to be able to see a fair amount since we won't be going back anytime soon, but we also want to feel like we had the opportunity to get a feel of the places we visit. I'm nervous about going for 3 weeks with nothing guided since it is our first time to Europe (most of our past trips have been Caribbean all inclusives or small trips to large cities like Boston and NYC).

If anyone has any suggestions about perhaps an iterinary they did (which I can then tweak) any places you would not miss or any other suggestions, i would be so appreciative. We are hoping to keep the trip around $10 000 including flights.

Thank you all so much! I know I have been pretty vague but I am hoping your comments will be a good starting point to guide me in the right direction for some of my planning :)

Thanks,

Meagan

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