How to do a van tour in Europe if you are strapped for time

Posted on 24/02/2019 by Spaceships Crew


The great European road trip! So many countries, so much history, changes of culture and language from one hour to the next. How can you possibly cram it into 2 weeks you say? We have created a van tour in Europe if you are strapped for time but want to see as much as possible. You just need 2 weeks to see these highlights in Europe.

Your 2-week van tour in Europe

The start of any van tour is the planning stage. The itinerary below will show you where to go and what to do if you have 2 weeks to spend in Europe. As there is so much to do and see in Europe, spending more time on your van tour would be better, but hey if you only have 2 weeks you can still see a lot. Check it out.

Day 1: start of the 2-week van tour

Drive from London depot to Dover. Check out the stunning Dover castle before catching the ferry. Wave goodbye to the famous White Cliffs of Dover as you head across the English Channel to continental Europe. Once in France drive into Belgium and to the Instagram-perfect city of Bruges.

Day 2: Belgium

The whole of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is packed with centuries-old churches and houses. Spend the morning taking in the sights (and the renowned Belgian chocolate!) before making the short drive to Amsterdam.

 

Day 3: to The Netherlands

The only way to see Amsterdam is by bicycle. Hire one from your campsite and head into the city centre. Here you can visit the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s house or the Heineken brewery. Enjoy some of the city’s famous (or infamous) nightlife in the Leidseplein Square before heading back to your campsite.

Day 4: Amsterdam

Enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the canals then visit the Bloemenmarkt – Amsterdam’s floating flower market.

A must see on your road trip: Amsterdam

A must see on your road trip: Amsterdam

Day 5: to Germany

We’re off to Germany today. From Amsterdam travel past the windmills and tulip fields to the German border and then South to Wurzburg. Wurzburg marks the start of the Romantic Road which takes in some of Germany’s best scenery and historical monuments. This is the centre of the Franken wine growing region. Enjoy a glass or two in a restaurant on the market square.

Day 6: like a Disney fairytale at Neuschwanstein

Take a leisurely drive along the Romantic Road to Neuschwanstein on the Austrian border. You’ll Neuschwanstein Castle the castle long before you get to the town!  Stop off at some of the quaint German villages along the way.

Like a Disney fairytale: Castle Neuschwanstein

Like a Disney fairytale: Castle Neuschwanstein

Day 7: The Alps

Europe’s largest mountain range, The Alps, makes for a stunning drive as we head into Austria and to the City of Innsbruck. 

Day 8: to Italy

From Innsbruck, we go south and into Italy. Our next stop is Venice.

Day 9: Venice

Take the boat from the mainland over to Venice and spend the day exploring the waterways. The Basilica of San Marco and the Rialto Bridge are the highlights.

Day 10: French Rivier

Head west towards the French Riviera. This is where the rich and famous come to play on their multi-million dollar yachts, but don’t worry - there are plenty of campsites here so you don’t need to pack your ball dress or tuxedo! Spend some time people watching in Monaco or on the beach in St Tropez.

Days 11-13: Vive La Frane

Go north and explore the Provence, Rhone, Burgandy and Champagne wine regions. Stay over at vineyards along the way and get to know the locals and their fantastic produce.

Day 14: Back to England

Back to Calais today and across the Channel to England.

Itinerary of the 2-week van tour in Europe

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