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Trying to Logically Split Our Travel Days

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Hello,

The Mr. and I have 17 days (including travel days) so actually 15 days 'on the ground' to explore.

I probably went about things all wrong when I initially booked our trip, so to those of you who are more seasoned European travelers, I'm sure you will think my itinerary is all over the place. #TrueThat

We booked our trip on AA miles and tried our best to avoid flying on anything but AA metal, which isn't easy. Most options wanted to route us through LHR which meant a *free* ticket became a 200 plus dollar ticket. That's how we ended up with tickets flying into Zurich. While Switzerland wasn't initially on our rader, it seems a shame to be there and not see any of it. I've allocated 2 nights in Lucerne.

Somewhere in my planning someone mentioned the Black Forest to me. After doing some research, we'd like to see it. So I'm scheduling 3 nights in Gengenbach. We plan to use Gengenbach as a base to explore Gutach, Triberg, Alpirsbachu, Wolfach, and Schitach before heading to Strasbourg.

I have four nights planned in Strasbourg. In addition to seeing the highlights of Strasbourg, we will take a Pearls of Alsace tour that will take us to Colmar, Equisheim, Riquewihr, and Haut Koesnigsbourg Castle. On our own we will rent a car for a day and visit Le Struthof, Obernai, and Mont St. Odile.

After that the plan is to head to Amsterdam (our original target city) and spend seven nights. While there is a lot to see in Amsterdam, I'm wondering if maybe I'm a little lopsided in our allocation of days. Plus, I have a strong desire to see Paris. We were there in 2014 and I'd really like to revisit her. I am half-way toying with the idea of adding two days to Strasbourg and taking an overnight trip to Paris. My thoughts were to leave the majority of our luggage in Strasbourg and just double book us into a budget hotel in Paris. We did that when we took an overnight trip to Bayeux from Paris. The convenience was well worth the extra Euros. Another option would be to just skip Lucerne and use the days for Paris, but then we wouldn't get to see Switzerland. #Sigh

I don't want to be one of those CRAZY people who try to pack too much into too little time, but trips to Europe are expensive (even with *free* airfare) so I want to get the most out of our trip.

Our flight home will be with BA from AMS through LHR. I couldn't find a way to avoid it.

I would love to hear some of your thoughts. Thanks in advance.

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