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France, Italy, Austria, Germany

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My family and I (4 adults) are planning a trip to France, Italy, Germany, and Austria. It would be great to do Belgium, Switzerland, and the NEtherlands, as well, but I know that is a lot-unless it makes for cheaper airfare.

We will be spending July traveling and I am looking for advice on the route and itinerary.
A mix of fast pace-slow pace traveling: have time to see the tourist attractions, but not feel rushed-still get a taste of the culture of each place.
Priority: Budget and Time
Transportation *RyanAir or Easy Jet ? Train? Car?
Trip length: 3 weeks (possibly 3 1/2)

Week 1: Paris (3 days), other parts of France (3-4 days)
a. What would you recommend in France, aside from Paris? Nice?
b. Would you suggest getting a car to explore the other parts of France? If not, train? plane?
c. How many days would be sufficient considering this is the first trip and we still have other countries to visit?

Week 2: Italy-Florence (2 days), Pisa (1/2 day), Venice (1-2days), Cinque Terre (1-2 days), Rome (2-3), (further South of Italy would be great too)

a. What would be the best route to get from France to Italy? Is it best to start in Rome or end in Rome?
b.What are your recommendations about Cinque Terre? What would be the availabilities for accommodation for this July? Should we avoid weekends? 2 days sufficient? Which villages would you recommend based on that time?
Last time I took the train from Genoa to Cinque Terre. Now I'm hearing Pisa might be better. Thoughts?
c. How would you explore Italy? What route is the "best" way to go-especially if we want to do Austria and Germany next?
d. Getting around italy--train or plane?
e. If we want to explore other areas in the Tuscany, where would you recommend?An extra 2 days?
f. If there was one classical/opera music festival to check out in Italy, what would it be?

Week 3: Austria (3 days) and Germany (2-3 days) (whichever one first)

a. The biggest thing in Austria for us would be to check out anything music related. 3 days sufficient?
b. Germany-Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich. Is it best to travel by plane? Train?

If we have time, we would like to do Belgium, Switzerland, and Netherlands since we are right there. What are your thoughts? Save it?

What are the cheapest places to fly out of Europe?
Would you change the order of the itinerary?
Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Thanks.

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