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Hi, we are hoping to take a trip later this year and I'm looking for your input. There will be four of us (two adults, two teens) and we've been to Europe before. Purpose of the trip is to check out a couple colleges, with the bonus of seeing one of our former exchange students. This will be a budget trip, not a lot of touristy stuff, and I know it covers a lot of territory in a short time but this might be the last chance we have to travel as a family so I'm trying to make the most of it.

On some days I figure we'll give the teens the option of exploring on their own for a few hours -- our experience has been that they have roughly 17 times our energy, and sticking together 24/7 results in frustrated kids and exhausted parents. Everyone has basic conversational German skills (and English of course ;-) ) so I think we'll all be able to hold our own as long as we stick with the buddy system.

Day 0
- red-eye flight to Manchester, England

Day 1
- arrive a.m. in Manchester, train from airport into the city
- check in to youth hostel
(if we feel up to it we might explore the city a little)

Day 2
- settle in, explore the city

Day 3
- university visit #1

Day 4
- university visit #2

Day 5
- a.m. Megabus trip to London (yes, this is longer than the train but it saves us $150+ and I figure we can nap along the way)
- check in to hostel, maybe check out a park and/or market

Day 6
- explore London

Day 7
- a.m., fly LHR to FRA (former exchange student lives near there)
- settle in to hotel near Bahnhof, maybe explore the Altstadt

Day 8
- visit with former exchange student

Day 9
- take ICE train to Munich (this is a splurge because it saves so much time over regional trains)
- settle in to hostel near Bahnhof, maybe explore Munich

Day 10
- explore Munich

Day 11
- day trip to Neuschwanstein/Tegelbergbahn (teens' request; parents will probably relax and explore Schwangau while the kids tour the castle and ride the Tegelbergbahn)

Day 12
- depart mid-day, back home by evening

I know it's tight, but do you think there's enough flexibility that this could work? Many thanks for your feedback!

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