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Taking the Great American Road Trip to Europe

Car Rental & Rail | Auto Europe | Janeen Christoff | March 07, 2015

Taking the Great American Road Trip to Europe

Love road trips, but want to venture beyond the great highways and byways of the U.S.? Why not take your road trip in Europe? With Auto Europe, you can plan your entire vacation, from start to finish, including air travel, car rental and hotel stays. With their Road Trip Planner, you can even begin to plan your journey with suggested itineraries in Italy, Germany, France and the U.K.

When you are beginning the planning phase, Auto Europe recommends selecting the perfect vehicle for your type of journey. First, you should decide where to go, and then make sure that you have the vehicle to get you there. Consider what type of travel you are going to be doing. For example, do you need ski racks for a trip to the Alps or do you want a sportier vehicle for a romantic drive on the Cote d’Azur?

Auto Europe offers rentals for just about every type of vehicle, including luxury vehicles, sports cars, van rentals, motorcycles and motorhomes. They also offer more standard sedans and SUVs, too. They can even arrange chauffeur-driven itineraries if you are uncomfortable driving yourself, especially in a country where they drive on the left side of the road.

Best Road Trips

Looking for ideas? Auto Europe has a variety of comprehensive road trip suggestions on their website. These include detailed itineraries with driving distances, travel tips, restaurant guides, hotel suggestions and a variety of sites and attractions. Here is one example of an itinerary that they recommend:

The Amalfi Coast: This itinerary begins in Naples, where you pick up your car rental. Here you can see the Castel Nuovo, the Naples Archeological Museum, the Naples National Gallery and more. There is also a scenic drive to see Mount Vesuvius.

On day two, head to Sorrento. Here you will find a balmy coastal city with low-key galleries and cafes as well as the ruins of Pompeii, which is worth a day trip.

Next, head to Positano. Visit the College of Santa Maria Assunta, walk through the harbor, step into old churches and kick back at the secluded Fornillo beach or Spiaggia Grande. You can also explore the Amalfi Coast by water taxi.

The next stop is Salerno, which concludes the Sorrento Peninsula. The drive to Salerno is one of the most breathtaking along the Amalfi Coast. The dramatic coastal route offers many opportunities to stop and admire the beauty of the landscape. Plan to stop in the city of Amalfi, Praiano and the fishing village of Cetara. There are also a number of architecturally important sites once you arrive in Salerno, as well.

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