WOW ... nice. So the rental car ... I am guessing/hoping it was one way? I have seen a couple of companies which do offer the one way rental e.g. pick up in Berlin and drop off at say Rome ... it was of course much more costly that 800 Euros which is expected. Yes, as per my last post, I am going to create another thread once we have set our dates and places to visit (France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy is what we are leaning towards at present for 3 to 4 weeks of time). And then have more "to the point" question. But thanks again for your post since it encourages me to make the trip on our own. Have a good one, Sunil.
The rental was not one way unfortunately. We picked it up in Munich and dropped it back off in Munich. Best of luck to you!
We have just done our own four week driving holiday through Europe - although we live in Germany, and have our own car (so no flights or rental) - and with two kids and two adults it cost us just over 7000Euro.
Our itinerary was as follows:
Stuttgart, Germany - 2 nights
Leiden, Germany - 5 nights (camping)
Lyon, France - 2 nights
Costa Dorada, Spain (camping) - 9 nights : this bit was our beach summer holiday, in a resort with miniclub, etc.
Barcelona, Spain - 4 nights
Bordeaux, France - 3 nights
Normandy, France - 3 nights
We travelled 4000km on 5 tanks of diesel (75 Euros each), and paid about 200 Euros in tolls along the way. All accommodation we booked through expedia only a day or two before we headed there, and with having a family found that if we booked apartments it was our cheapest option, and also often had a washing machine in the apartment. Almost everywhere had unlimited free wifi.
Also - if you are limited for time in a city, don't waste time queuing to see main attractions, plan your visit and prebook tickets online, usually don't get a discount, but you can queue for hours otherwise!
I have written a few blog entries here on TP - if you're interested.
Hope it helps a bit...
Hello and thanks again for the detailed information. I will definitely check out your other blog entries here too. But as one of the other users pointed out, each of these responses do provide me with valuable information e.g. pre-booking attraction tickets is something we have never done or not thought of before. So that's a great idea. In the US, lot of cities (big ones at least) such as Washington DC, New York, Chicago and San Fransisco etc. have something called a city pass. That allows you to pre-pay for major attractions that too at a discount and we had used it a couple of times and liked that too. So I will try to find out if that's an option available here in Europe also. We will be flying in from India and hence my earlier question of one way rental since we will be flying back "home" to US. The apartment rental also is a great idea since our kids are kind of young and hence washing machine, Wifi etc. will be very useful too. Thanks again for very useful information and I will definitely check out your other blog posts. Have a great day.