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Two week trip through Europe

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Hello all, let me start off by saying this will be my first trip outside Canada and I will be 'flying' solo so to speak. I've been doing lots of reading up on these and other sites/boards etc. This is my first crack at a barebones travel itinerary. Let me begin by saying I will not speaking about 'I want to see three countries in two weeks'' as I realize that is impossible (but we all have ambition to bite off a bit more that we can chew the first time we start planning don't we? lol.) Instead, I have picked cities I most would like to see. I understand I won't be able to see everything, nor am I trying to. I have decided that this trip is about me and what I would like to experience. It might not be anyone else's perfect trip or way to travel (I wish I had the money and time to visit places from top to bottom) but I have tried to come up with a route that would give me a taste of many different things. I would love any comment as to how I can improve it, if I have missed something or if it's too tight a schedule in some spots.

My two weeks don't include travel time so on
DAY 1
Arrive in Rome ( 3 days in Rome)
Vatican City, The Colosseum and the active volcano are at the top of my list. I'm researching other spots near here (suggestions?) these are just the ones that stood out and two of these I've simply 'always wanted to see'..

half day of travel

Venice (1.5 days): I've heard it's 'not that great' or that it's expensive, but again I have always wanted to see Venice. If I don't I would regret it. At the same time, I just want to sightsee and since it's expensive I've read, not take up too much time here.

1 day travel time

Switzerland 2.5 days
Allow me to explain that I would really like to simply see the Alps. I would love to go to 'the top of Europe' and see most of it by train if possible. This is sort of a detour for me.

1 day of travel

Barcelona 3 days Again, I really would like to see Barcelona, unfortunately it does eat up some more travel time, this can't be help... but again, it's a trade off between a long journey but to get to someplace I really want to see.

1 day of travel

Madrid 2 days.
Madrid return flight home.

Any thoughts?

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