25 Day Self Drive Europe

Jan 11th, 2010, 06:13 PM
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25 Day Self Drive Europe

Need help with a 25 Day self drive tour around major sites in Europe - dont want to spend all time in car but is a first time trip to Europe for one of travellers so want to see as much as possible. Car pick up is from Calais and need to end up back in Frankfurt - Help pls - I am getting confused with all the options!
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Jan 11th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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25 days is not long enough to drive around the 'major sites in Europe'. There are hundreds in many countries. So - What specific places did you think of visiting?

Cars are great in rural areas, but are often next to useless (or worse) in the major cities. What sort of trip do you envision - mainly a road trip? Or a scenery trip through rural France or the Alps or? Or do you want to see places like Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Venice or ??????
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Jan 11th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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25 days sounds like a lot of time, but it isn't, especially if you are trying to see several different countries.

You need to prioritize the places you REALLY want to see. Only you know what your interests are and if you are primarily interested in museums, scenery, mountains, lakes, big cities, small towns, etc.

Give us that information and then we can help you plan an itinerary that best suits your needs.
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Jan 12th, 2010, 01:50 AM
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Hi - sorry for being so vague - thinking of places like the French rivera, Rome, Venice and scenic parts of Austria and Germany and maybe Prague if that is possible. Thanks
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Jan 12th, 2010, 02:15 AM
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You will need to drop the car back in France to avoid cross border one way drop off fees.
You will be spending a lot of time in teh car to cover all the ground you want to cover. i suggest you use viamichelin or similar to look at the distances and times it takes to drive to all those places.
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Jan 12th, 2010, 10:05 AM
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25 days won't cut it. Calais to the Riviera, to Venice through Austria and Germany and Prague. Too far and too little time. You have 4 weeks - not enough time for 5 countries is you are driving the whole way.

By any chance, is this a lease program or are you maybe picking up a new car to drive around before having it shipped home? If so, you should plan a driving itinerary that makes sense. You'll get lots of help here narrowing down the scope.

Otherwise, a driving trip to those places isn't necessarily the best option. You can rent cars for a week or two in various segments - but trains or planes are better for covering some of those long distances. And rental drop off fees are killers. It is always better to pick up and drop cars w/i the same country if at all possible.
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