Route from Italy to Poland

Feb 5th, 2009, 11:40 AM
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Route from Italy to Poland

We have rented a motor home (only 200 euros more for the entire trip than a van to hold all of us!) for our family of six (three adults, children 10, 7 and 5) and are looking at the route north from Italy to Poland. We want to hit Vienna, but otherwise are unsure of the route: Italy-Austria-Czech Rep.-Poland-Frankfurt, or Italy-Slovenia-Hungary-Vienna-Slovakia-Poland-Frankfurt. This is the last half of the trip, and have about 2 1/2 weeks for it. We start May 12 in Frankfurt, then Belgium-Luxembourg, Switzerland-Italy. We fly back June 21.
Any ideas on must-sees? Any area we should worry about? We thought more Eastern Europe because of the budget. We're a pretty active family, and love to see the countryside as well as some cities. Museums and architecture are not as popular with the majority of the family as exploring the countryside. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
alaskankat is offline  
Feb 5th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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Well - just a couple of notes.

When you rent a vehicle you need to tell them what countries you will take in into (they won;t let you take rentals into some countries or charge higher fees or different insurance). You can;t just take off with their vehicle and go anywhere you want.

Don;t know how big this vehicle is, but it may be too large to take into many older, small towns - you may have to park on the outskirts and take public transit in.

You should do research on grounds to stay ASAP, since nice (popular ones) can get crowded/sold out.

Have you factored in the cost of gas - at about $8 per gallon?
nytraveler is offline  
Feb 5th, 2009, 04:41 PM
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You cannot drive many cars rented in Western Europe into Eastern Europe. It has to do with thievery in Eastern Europe.

And the person who mentioned the price of gasoline is right on target! Traveling in a motor home (and I hope you have driven one in the US before trying it out in Europe) can be quite stressful. The reason you may have gotten a bargain on that motor home is that few people are renting them due to the price of gasoline.

Also, consider the size of the motor home. You are going to live in it, right? Motor homes can be quite crowded and you might get on each others' nerves for a long trip.

I don't mean to be negative, but think about these things before deciding definitely.
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Feb 21st, 2009, 12:44 AM
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Trucks are travelling everywhere in Europe. Drivers are using GPS devices to navigate. Many know only one language. You could check bus routes from Naples to the Baltic for information about roads. Check each country about vehicle tax stamps. Check each country about driver certification requirements. Do you need International Driver Permits? All drivers need be certified.

At the moment, benzine/gasolene are quite low if purchased with USA dollars. The dollar in Poland has improved from 2 per zlotych to 3.7.
GSteed is offline  
Feb 21st, 2009, 09:39 AM
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The only place that sells you the legal IDP (not the many fake documents scamsters will happily sell you online) is this:

You may never need to show that document, but if you have a mishap in one of the countries in Europe where it is supposed to be mandatory, and a law enforcement officer asks for it, you'd better be able to produce it. Well worth the 15 bucks or so.
DalaiLlama is offline  
Apr 6th, 2009, 03:20 AM
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Inquire at 'Michelin' They will provide a direct route for you. They also offer alternative routes. Sometimes the GPS devices use poor roads! Buy a large scale map of Europe...Buy an autombile Atlas of Europe...Be sure they are most recent editions.
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