The best of Europe in 30 days: Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France, and England

Posted on 01/11/2018 by Tom Lanauze


30 days of early summer. That is what this tour is all about. From the Dalmatian Coast to the French and Italian rivieras, Tuscany, Catalonia and Basque Country, this trip gets you to the hot spots in Spring without the crowds of summer. Explore your way around the Mediterranean at your own pace in your home away from home.  

As with all our itineraries, this is meant to offer you some inspiration and a place to start. 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

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 to Croatia and Zagreb. Zagreb is home to a gothic inspired twin-spired Cathedral and provides one of the best-preserved examples of Austro-Hungarian architecture along with the amazing 13th-century St. Mark’s Church. All of this mixed in with a hip and a bustling new town full of bars and cafes makes for a great first night.

  • Drive time: 1.5 hours
  • Overnight: Zagreb
  • Why not fly in the night before and explore the fantastic city of Ljubljana?
  • Spaceships Secret Spot - Take a pit stop at the magical Lake Bled!

Day 2: Zagreb – Plitviče Lakes National Park

Plitviče Lakes National Park is one of the most amazing places you will ever visit. Home to 16 terraced waterfalls that cascade their way down this 295 square KM forest park. It is filled with hiking travels for you to explore at your leisure.

  • Drive time: 2.5 hours
  • Overnight: Plitviče Lakes
  • Spaceships Secret Spot - why not stop in and explore Predjama Castle on the way?

 

Day 3: Explore Plitviče Lakes

Plitvice Lakes and its cascading waterfalls2

Plitviče Lakes and its cascading waterfalls

 

Day 4: Plitviče Lakes – Zadar - Split

Today we leave the beauty of Plitviče Lakes and head towards Split, with a stop off at Zadar for Lunch. Split, a lovely resort town on the Dalmatian Coast is a crazy mix of amazing beaches and a 4th century fortress built by the Romans. Within its white stone walls, bars, shops and cafes are a plenty.

  • Drive time: 3 hours
  • Overnight: Split
  • Why not take a day trip out to Hvar?

 

Day 5: Split -  Ancona (ferry) - Monte Conero

Today we leave Croatia behind and set our eye’s on Italy. An easy ferry across the Adriatic has us landing on Italy’s east coast in no time. Stay the night atMonte Conero a slice of heaven on the Adriatic coast

  • Travel Time 10 hours
  • Overnight: Monte Conero

 

Day 6: Monte Conero – Rome

Today we leave the Adriatic behind to head to one of most beautiful cities in the world – Rome!

  • Drive time: 3.5 hours
  • Overnight: Rome

 

Day 7: Explore Rome

 

Day 8: Rome -  Bagni di san Filippo

And here is a little Gem off the beaten track from Spaceships. Bagni di san Filippo is a great stopping off point after a few hectic days in Rome. Wild swimming in the natural hot springs awaits you.

  • Drive time: 3 hours
  • Spaceships Secret Spot - Overnight: Bagni di San Filippo

 

Day 9: Bagni di San Filippo - Florence

This is one of Spaceships favourite cities and for good reason. It is large enough to keep you busy but small enough to walk around and navigate easily in 24 hours. From the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore to the Ponte Vecchio and of course the original home of THAT David, there is so much to see and do that you won’t want to leave!

  • Drive time: 2 hours
  • Overnight: Florence

 

Day 10: Florence – Pisa – Cinque Terre

A short drive for Florence is Pisa and the leaning tower that is well worth a visit, as who knows how long it will keep on leaning for! Then, head on down to Cinque Terre – one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world.

  • Drive time: 3 hours
  • Overnight: Cinque Terre

 

Day 11: Explore Cinque Terre

From the sandy beaches of Monterosso to the hikes of Vernazza and Corniglia through vineyards and forests, spend a full day exploring this gem of the Mediterranean coast. Alternatively, spend more time in Florence and/or Venice

Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera is a must see2

Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera is a must see

Day 12: Cinque Terre – Bologna - Venice

Today we keep heading north and take lunch in Bologna, a lively city rich with medieval and renaissance architecture. After Lunch, it’s time to head off to Venice.

  • Drive time: 4.5 hours
  • Overnight: Venice
  • Spaceships Secret Spot - There is a great place for motorhome parking right near the ferry terminal at Venezia Tronchetto in Venice.

 

Day 13:  Explore Venice

  • Get a 24-hour water taxi ticket to allow you to hop on and off the many water taxis around the Venetian islands.
  • camp in your motorhome or park it up for a day and stay in a hotel in central Venice.

 

Day 14: Venice – Lake Garda - Milan

Leave the canals of Venice behind for an equally breath-taking water feature in the form of Lake Garda. Lunch on its shores before heading off to Milan – a City that needs to introduction.

  • Drive time: 3 hours
  • Overnight: Milan
  • Spaceships Secret Spot – Visit Sirmione, is a resort town known for its thermal baths and Rocca Scaligera, a massive medieval castle overlooking the beautiful Lake Garda.

 

Fancy a route change?

At this point you also have the option of spending 5 days exploring the French Riviera and visiting Monaco, Nice, the beautiful Verdon Gorge and Marseille before re-joining the itinerary at Montpellier on Day 20 – the choice is yours!

Day 15: Milan – Lake Como - Interlaken

Today we start to climb and head to Lake Como for lunch. After a dip in the lake, it’s time for one of the most beautiful drives in the world as we enter the Swiss Alps on our way to Interlaken and Switzerland’s adventure capital.

  • Drive time: 4 hours
  • Overnight: Interlaken
  • take a visit to the equally stunning Lake Garda.

 

Day 16: Explore Interlaken

Spaceships Secret Spot -  We recommend the Schynige Platte hike that can be done in a day offering fantastic views of the lakes and Alps

The Schynige Platte hike offers one of the best day hikes in the world

The Schynige Platte hike offers one of the best day hikes in the world

 

Day 17: Interlaken – Bern

Today we head away from Interlaken and stop off at Bern, Switzerland’s Capital and one of our favourite cities of Central Europe and has an old town not to be missed. Explore Bern and all its nooks and crannies for some hidden gems.

  • Drive time: 1 hour
  • Overnight: Bern

 

Day 18: Bern – Lausanne - Lyon/Rhone

Today we travel through Swiss Alps with lunch beside Lake Geneva at the lovely Lausanne before heading into the Rhone Alps, one of the most beautiful areas of France. Choose to stop off anywhere you like for the night or choose Lyon, a city with 2000 years of history for you to explore at your leisure.

  • Drive time: 3 hours
  • Overnight: Lyon or the Rhone Valley

 

Day 19: Lyon – Montpellier

Dropping out of the highlands, today we take a drive through two national parks (Monts d'Ardèche and Cévennes, both of which offer ample places for a stop for lunch or to explore on your way to Montpellier and its Gothic architecture and neo-classics.

  • Drive time: 3.5 Hours
  • Overnight: Montpellier

 

Day 20: Montpellier – Carcassonne – Barcelona

Today we move back inland for a breath-taking visit to the castle town of Carcassonne. Never heard of it? Google it and see why this such a great pitstop for lunch on your way to Spain and the fabulous Barcelona.

  • Drive time: 4.5 hours
  • Overnight: Barcelona

Carcassonne offers amazing 360 degree views

Carcassonne offers amazing 360-degree views

 

Day 21 and 22: Explore Barcelona

Barcelona is our favourite city in Spain and offers a great place to call home for a few days. Let the architectural masterpieces from Anotoni Gaudi take your breath away. The Sagrada Familia has to be one of the most impressive building in the world while some of the best Tapas and Sangria is on hand at a plethora of bars, restaurants and cafes. Then there are the beaches…Enjoy!  

Day 23: Barcelona – Zaragoza

We leave the delights of Barcelona behind today and head into central Spain for a stop off at Zaragoza. Built on the side of the Ebro River, the city is built around the spectacular baroque Nuestra Señora del Pilar basilica while the  La Seo Cathedral and the Aljafería Palace form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon. Famous not just for its architecture but also its Folklore and gastronomy delights, this makes an ideal stop off in Central Spain on your back to the coast.

  • Drive time: 3 hours
  • Overnight: Zaragoza

 

Day 24: Zaragoza – San Sebastian

Back to the coast, we go with a visit to one of the beach capitals of the world. San Sebastian is well known for a lot of things, but the local seafood and Paella is as good as you will find anywhere in the world. This makes a great place to stop over as you say goodbye to Spain.

  • Drive time: 3 Hours
  • Overnight: San Sebastian
  • San Sebastian is a great place to learn how to surf!

 

Day 25: Explore San Sebastian

  • Why not explore Spain’s Northern Coast and visit Bilbao
  • Spaceships Secret Spot -  Playa de Gulpiyuri, a beach that is miles away from the sea….take a look yourself at this marvel of mother nature.

San Sebastian Spains Surfers Paradise

San Sebastian - Spain's Surfers Paradise

 

Day 26: San Sebastian – Bordeaux

Today we enter back into France and head to one of its most famous wine growing regions, Bordeaux. The city and region are also well known for its 18th and 19th-century mansions and chateaus giving a great backdrop while you enjoy a glass of the local’s finest.

  • Drive time: 2.5 hours
  • Overnight: Bordeaux
  • Spaceships Secret Spot -  Go and “snow” board down the Dune of Pilat, the highest Dune in Europe that is 110 meters above sea level!

Day 27: Bordeaux - Cognac - La Rochelle

It would just be plain rude to not stop in and sample of Cognacs namesake for lunch before heading on to La Rochelle, a lovely coastal town known for its delightful seafood and Roman architecture.

  • Drive time: 2 hours
  • Overnight: La Rochelle

Day 28: La Rochelle - Noirmoutier-en-l'Île – Nantes

Don’t take the direct route here and instead explore the coastal route where hidden gems await at every turn. A must do stop for lunch is Noirmoutier-en-l'Île – it shouldn’t be missed! Nantes gives you a look into the Loire Valley which is a road trip in its own right. Nantes is also the medieval home of the Dukes of Brittany, at the restored Château des Ducs de Bretagne

  • Drive time: 5 hours taking the scenic route
  • Overnight: Nantes
  • Spaceships Secret Spot - Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, among other things, has an island reachable on Low to mid tides. You can tell all your friends “I crossed the Gois”!

Day 29: Nantes Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most impressive things you will ever see. A Castle that appears to explode out of the sea! Once you get inside its walls, it is no less impressive with walks, shops and cafes around every turn. A must do on your final full day in France

  • Drive time: 3 hours
  • Overnight: Normandy Region

Mont Saint Michel has to be one of the most spectacular sites in all of France2

Mont Saint-Michel has to be one of the most spectacular sites in all of France

 

Day 30: Normandy – UK

Today a short drive awaits so you can either relax or visit some of the many WW2 sites that are in Normandy just a stone throw from where you will catch your ferry. Arromanches Les-Bains (Gold Beach) with its Mulberry Harbour and the American Cemetery at CollevilleSurr-Mer are both extraordinary for different reasons.

  • 1-3 Hours
  • Why not get up early and explore some of the D-Day sites from WW2?
  • Catch a Normandy Ferry back to the UK

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