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Switzerland and Italy Here We Come! With 3 Teens Oh Boy

We are finally planning our next trip to Europe for this summer. With the Euro in our favor we decided to cash in our frequent flier miles and go for 16 days.
Our kids haven't been to Switzerland yet and I am looking forward to taking them on a more nature inspired trip this time around. My husband is worried that they might be bored since they are used to going to fast paced cities. We live in the heart of Los Angeles and they are pretty sofisticated.
We are starting out in Zurich and heading by train to the Interlaken to hike glaciers and take the scenic trains over the mountain passes, then headed to the Matterhorn in Zermatt and then going to either Lugarno or Tincinto on the Italian Swiss boarder. We are going to use the trains in Swizterland since they are much faster then the old days that my husband and I traveled on over 20 years ago. Except for the train that takes 6 hours of traveling on mountain passes, we want to see as much as possible before heading down to Italy. We will be renting a car in Italy since we want to visit northern Italy ie: Verona, Lombardy and Milan and then head down to our favorite spot: The Cinque Terre and spend a night in Monteroso. Our daughter is bringing her friend to join our family and my husband and I hope to get some nights out on our own with the help of our 18 year old daughter and her friend watching our 12 year old son. Hopefully they won't want to go to any discos or clubs???
Please tell me we are crazy to take them along???
We believe in family vacations and want to expose them to culture and deversity as much as possible. We travel on a tight budget and are putting them in a triple room while we have some privacy and peace. This is the first time we are getting 2 rooms!
I will add more information about our itenary as I plan the days and towns we actually decide to sleep at soon. We have to start booking rooms in the Interlaken soon, they fill up fast. It is the most popular spot to visit in the summertime in Switzerland.

Posted by Sheryl W 21:49 Archived in Switzerland

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