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Lakes and Alps itinerary Help

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My husband and I are looking forward to three weeks in northern Italy and Switzerland, mid- September into early October and could use some on the ground advice planning the itinerary,
I'd like to spend 3 days in Venice, and approximately four each in Lake Garda (north end to allow access to hiking in the Dolomites), lake maggiore/ Ticino area, the Bernese Oberland and the Engadine. We are looking forward to the hiking and exploring small communitities and the countryside; Venice will be the only "big" city on this trip.

It sounds as though we will be better off on trains in Switzerland and with a car in Italy. I'd like to include one or more of the panoramic train trips (glacier or Bernina express) and can't decide whether Venice- Garda- Ticino- Bernese Oberland - Engadine is the best plan or whether we should zig zag and do Venice- Garda (Bernina express) Engadine- Bernese Oberland to Ticino or some other variation. We start from London and leave from Frankfurt ( we have 3 additional travel days to recover from jet lag and connect with these airports) so we are flexible where we start and end our Italy/ Switzerland adventure.

Many thanks in advance for your suggestions! The train/ car combination makes the planning complicated.

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