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Have a great time!
We had almost the same situation where we tried to adjust schedules and it was a MESS.
Now, we're of the belief that if the body wants to sleep-then the body wants to sleep. You may miss a few things, but that is ok because you'll save your sanity.
It will be easier if you are able to arrive a few days sooner, also bring a stroller so they can nap anywhere if needed.
Have a great trip. Let us know how it goes.
While we are at it. Any tips for the plane ride? I was hoping they would sleep part of it but maybe not...where you able to walk around with your kids. My son is content to sit with us but my daughter isn't always. I wondered if they were strict about making you stay seated or if we could go for a stroll on the plane. I am getting more nervous as it gets closer.How old?
The trips to Europe were ok - but the loads were light so we had a fair amount of space to move around. The flight back seemed to drag on and on because he refused to have a quick sleep.
We also did the west coast (we're EST) in May; the flight out was fine, lots to see and do - but the flight back he was all jazzed up for fun. And it was packed to capacity. Single aisle A320. It... was.... a long flight for us, especially with him on my lap. And sorry to that dude sitting in front of us - but when you recline into an adult holding a toddler, you have to realize the toddler is going to, well, kick and push....
You can certainly walk around as much as you want, as long as the seat belt signs are off.