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02 November, 2018 - Updated Last updated on
14 March, 2022

Posted by Spaceships Crew

These days, a lot of people have already explored the big cities of France, Italy and Spain and this tour avoids them all and introduces you to the best that Central Europe has to offer!

With Zagreb, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague all being so close to one an other, a road trip taking them all in makes perfect sense yet is so often not thought about. Step behind the Iron Curtain and see the jewels in the crown of the old empires from the Soviet Union, to the Czechs, and before that the Austro-Hungarians. Each left their mark on these cities, ready for you to explore. Afterwards, its time for a trip west as we enter Germany and take in some of the best sites of Bavaria's Romantic Road before weaving our way down the Belgian and French border through the heart of wine country. steeped in history. This trip really has something for everyone!

The best thing about travelling in a Campervan or Motorhome is having the flexibility to go and stay where you want. Use this as a guide to help plan your next adventure.

Day 1: Ljubljana – Novo Mesto – Zagreb - Székesfehérvár

Pick up your brand new motorhome from the Adria Factory in Novo Mesto, a short drive from Slovenia’s amazing Capital of Ljubljana. After Pick up, head East towards Croatia’s Capital, Zagreb for Lunch before continuing to Hungary and its medieval Capital of Székesfehérvár

  • 4 hours driving
  • Overnight Székesfehérvár
  • Why not fly in the night before and explore the fantastic city of Ljubljana?

Day 2: Székesfehérvár - Budapest

Budapest is a must-see place on any European adventure and one that can be easily explored by foot or bus. A thriving city of history and modern delights, make sure you find a traditional restaurant for dinner and sample some Pálinka

Day 3: Explore Budapest

  • 1 hour driving Time
  • Overnight Budapest
  • Use the hop on/hop off tourist pass to navigate the city easily
Budapest - photo by andresumida (Flickr)

Experience the beauty of Budapest | photo: andresumida (Flickr)

Day 4: Budapest - Bratislava

We say goodbye Hungary and hello Slovakia as we head to Bratislava. Like Budapest, this is another beautiful city along the mighty Danube, bordered by vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains. It is home to a lively old town known for its cafes and bars.

  • Drive Time 2 hours
  • Overnight Bratislava

Day 5: Bratislava – Vienna

After a short drive, spend the day exploring Austria’s Capital, Vienna. Home of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud along with the Schönbrunn Palace and other fabulous landmarks, Vienna is a city that thrives in any time period and you will not find a finer Wiener Schnitzel anywhere in the world!

  • Drive time 1 hour
  • Overnight Vienna

Day 6: Explore Vienna

There are many FREE walking tours available. Vienna is a sprawling city, so a hop on/hop off tourist bus is recommended here.

Day 7: Vienna – Brno - Prague

Leaving Vienna behind, we enter the Czech Republic, stopping for lunch at Brno before heading on to the mighty city of Prague.

  • Drive time 4 hours
  • alternatively, spend more time in Prague and skip Brno

Day 8: Explore Prague

Make sure you do a FREE walking tour while in Prague
Prague is the home of beer, why not try a beer spa while here?

Prague - photo by Jorge Franganillo (Flickr)

Explore Prague | photo: Jorge Franganillo (Flickr)

Day 9: Prague – Erfurt

Today we say hello to Germany as we make our way to Erfurt where Martin Luther once studied. Located at the crossroads of two ancient trading routes, Erfurt is home to a charming old quarter and makes a fantastic first greeting to German Culture.

  • Drive time 4 hours
  • Overnight Erfurt

Day 10: Erfurt – Wurzburg

Today we head to Bavaria and Wurzburg, the beginning of Germany’s famed “romantic road”. Wurzburg is best known for its lavish baroque and rococo architecture, most notably the 18th-century “Residenz palace”. Wurzburg also happens to be the birthplace of Franconian wine – like you needed another reason to visit this Bavarian gem!

  • Drive time 2 hours
  • Overnight Wurzburg

Day 11: Wurzburg – Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Bad Mergentheim - Heidelburg

With so many stops to enjoy along this famed route that heads off towards Austria, it was a hard choice picking the best places to spend a day along the Romantic Road, but once you visit them, you will see why these made the list. Finish your day in Heidelburg with its Renaissance architecture and 14th-century church.
Spend the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight Heidelburg

Day 12: Heidelburg – Luxemburg

Today we make our first major headway to the east as our journey takes us on to Luxemburg, one of the smallest countries in Europe. Spend the day exploring Luxemburg at your leisure

  • Drive time 4 hours
  • Overnight Luxemburg

Why not drive a little further and stop off in Bastogne and visit the WW2 memorial and museum from “The Battle of the Bulge”, made famous from Steven Spielberg’s and Tom Hank’s “Band of Brothers” and as the place of Hitler’s last drive West.

Day 13: Luxemburg/Bastogne – Reims

Today we head to Champagne country and the Burgundy Region of France. Reims is the worlds Champagne capital offering cellar tours and tastings like nowhere else on earth while nearby Epernay is the home of Moet and Chardon. This is the place to do some shopping at local prices!

  • Drive time 2 hours
  • Overnight Reims, Epernay or Chalons en Champagne

Day 13: Reims - Paris

Enjoy a drive through the countryside as we head towards the city of Love. Paris is a place that you can lose yourself in no matter what your hobbies or interests. We recommend staying at Camping De Paris, a great campsite on the edge of the Seine offering a shuttle bus into the local Metro at Porte Maillot just a few stops from the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees. Camping De Paris is also just 45 minutes from Disneyland!

  • Drive time 2 hours
  • History Buff? Skip Paris and enjoy an extra few days exploring the battlefields of the past like the Somme, Waterloo, Verdun and Passchendaele before making your ferry.

Day 14: Explore Paris

Download the Paris Metro App and plan your route
jump on an open top, hop on hop off bus.
why not visit Disneyland or the Palace of Versailles?

Day 15: Paris - UK

On your final day, take a leisurely drive back to Calais to catch your ferry. There are plenty of stops to make along the way before catching your ferry back to the UK.

  • Drive time 5 hours with a ferry break in the middle
  • Stop off at a castle right out of a fairy tale at Château de Pierrefonds

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