So as it turns out, I really enjoy planning road trips…. So here’s another one that I designed using Route Perfect!
This is a European road trip that visits 15 countries. Our starting point is Dover. This is a location I picked as it’s where the ferries and euro tunnel starts from but you could sail from another location or you could fly to Paris or Amsterdam and start there if you preferred (this would be the better option if you’re not a UK resident). Our destination is Athens, Greece, which has regular flights back to the UK. Remember to allow 2-3 safety days in Athens, just in case you get any car trouble along or delays along the way.
I would suggest renting a car for this trip, rather than using your own, as we are not starting and finishing in the same place and the trip could potentially be 3.5 weeks.
So this is what the route looks like on the map (Sorry for the poor quality. The image didn’t save properly.)
Dover is a major ferry port in the county of Kent, England. This is where I’d suggest UK residents start if you are using your own car, or a British car rental.
If you’re a non-British resident, I would suggest flying to Paris and renting a car from here. Paris is the French Capital, most recognised for the Eiffel Tower, Fashion Week, The Louvre, Disney Land and Notre Dame.
Brussels is very well know for it’s Christmas Markets, but it is a great place to visit all year round.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is a very popular place to visit, especially here in the UK. Amsterdam is not only the capital of Amsterdam, its also the most populous city.
Heidelberg is a town in Baden-Württemberg, South West Germany, which is located on the river Neckar.
Zurich is located near Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland and has lovely blue rivers that flow through the city.
Situated in Germany, Munich is home to century-old buildings, so it’s full of history. Munich is perhaps best known for it’s annual festival ‘Oktoberfest’, which 1000’s of people visit each year.
Prague, Czech Republic
Nicknamed the ‘the City of a Hundred Spires’, it’s easy to see why!
Vienna is Austria’s capital and it is as beautiful in the summer as it is winter. Vienna is known for its love of Jazz music and its Palaces.
Budapest is Hungary’s capital. It’s both beautiful and exciting. It’s often described as a romantic city, so it’s perfect for couples, but it also has great night life and lots of culture, so family and friends could visit alike. Bled, Slovenia
Bled is a tranquil city, based in the Julian Alps Hills and next to Lake Bled.
Pula is located on the coast of Croatia and is best known for its protected harbour and roman ruins. This city is both scenic and historic.
Dubrovnik is a medieval settlement based on the coast of Croatia. You can read about my visit to Dubrovnik here.
Shkoder is one of the oldest and most historic cities in it’s proximity and it is becoming a popular city to visit.
Skopje is Macedonia’s capital city. It is full of history which includes artefacts from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman settlements.
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria or Golden Sands, Bulgaria if you prefer
Sunny beach is a more lively area of Bulgaria, but if you wanted a quieter resort, Golden sands is about 67 miles up the coast line, so you could alter your route accordingly.
Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital and it’s full of history. Sofia has been a occupied by many civilisations which includes the Romans and Greeks.
Volos is a beach city. Based midway on the coast of Mainland Greece, it’s the perfect place to relax.Arachova, Greece
Arachova is a mountain town, located around 2.5 hours away from Athens.
Athens is perhaps one of the most famous cities in Greece. Athens is best know for its Ancient Greek Ruins and for starting the Olympic Games.
If you were to stay in each destination for 1 night, and then to add on your 2 ‘safety days’ in Athens, just in case the trip is delayed, the trip would take 23 days. You could always make the trip longer, by staying for a few extra night in the locations that you like best, or you could shorten the trip, by making the driving times longer. If you wanted to shorten the trip, you could take a more direct route to Athens, perhaps cutting out Austria and Hungary. An alternative would be to start the trip further into the route, or to end the trip in a different location, but I would advise that you research flight times and prices if you do decide to do this.
If you do decide to take this trip, or one similar, make sure you check out my tips and advice for a road trip and please let me know how you got on!