19 Best Europe Road Trip Routes: Our Favourite Journeys

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Having travelled extensively through Europe, we’ve picked out 19 of our favourite road trip routes to inspire your next adventure. Road-tripping in Europe is more than just a drive; it’s a journey into diverse cultures, stunning landscapes, and rich histories.

From the breathtaking peaks of Austria’s Grossglockner to the lush coastlines of Ireland’s Ring of Kerry and from the rugged cliffs of Scotland to the sun-kissed shores of Greece, each road trip route offers its unique set of wonders.

In addition to spending a year travelling throughout Europe in a motorhome, we’ve lived for years in Scotland, Norway, and France. These weren’t just stops on our travels; they were places we called home, enriched with personal stories and insights, and all part of living our one day today!

Check out our campervanning in Europe post for a deeper look at our motorhome adventures and before embarking on your road trip, browse through our guide on how to plan a great road trip.

But for now, let’s hit the road together and explore Europe’s best road trip routes, creating wonderful memories for your European itinerary.

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1. Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria

Distance: 48 km (one-way) | Suggested Travel Time: Half-day to Full-day

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is one of Austria’s most iconic drives, taking you through the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. This route offers stunning views of Austria’s highest peak, the Grossglockner, and the Pasterze Glacier.

Shelley stood by the sign at Heiligenblut am Grossglockner
Standing before the majestic backdrop of Heiligenblut am Grossglockner, where every view is a postcard waiting to be framed ©Lifejourney4two


  • Heiligenblut: Start your journey in this charming village known for its picturesque church and backdrop of the Grossglockner.
  • Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe: This viewpoint offers panoramic views of the Grossglockner and the Pasterze Glacier and a visitor centre detailing the area’s natural history.
  • Edelweißspitze: The highest point on the road, providing 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Fuscher Törl: A great spot to stop for photos and enjoy the stunning alpine landscape.
Grossglockner Route Map

Explore More: Our Comprehensive Guide to Motorhoming in Austria.

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2. Amsterdam to Giethoorn, The Netherlands

Distance: 120 km (one way) | Suggested Travel Time: 2-3 days (with stops)

This route from Amsterdam to Giethoorn takes you through the heart of the Netherlands, offering a mix of vibrant city life and tranquil countryside.

Starting in the bustling capital of Amsterdam, you’ll travel north to the picturesque village of Giethoorn, known as the “Venice of the North” for its canals and charming thatched-roof cottages.

This route is perfect for those looking to experience the cultural richness of Dutch cities and the serene beauty of its rural landscapes.

Pretty thatched cottage on the banks of a small canal with lots of flowers and bushes growing around it
The picturesque village of Giethoorn among the canals ©Lifejourney4two


  • Amsterdam: Begin your journey in Amsterdam, exploring its historic canals, world-class museums like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, and the lively atmosphere of the Jordaan district. Don’t miss a canal cruise to see the city from a different perspective.
  • Zaanse Schans: A short drive from Amsterdam, this open-air museum showcases traditional Dutch windmills, wooden houses, and artisan workshops. It’s a great place to learn about Dutch heritage and enjoy the scenic landscape.
  • Volendam: A charming fishing village on the Markermeer Lake, known for its colourful wooden houses, traditional costumes, and fresh seafood. Stroll along the harbour and try some herring or smoked eel.
  • Edam: Famous for its cheese, Edam is a quaint town with beautiful canals and historic buildings. Visit the Edam Cheese Market to see traditional cheese weighing and trading.
  • Giethoorn: The trip’s highlight, Giethoorn is a car-free village with picturesque canals, wooden bridges, and charming thatched-roof houses. Rent a boat to explore the waterways, visit the local museums, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Amsterdam to Giethoorn route map

🔍 If you are visiting The Netherlands in spring, don’t miss a visit to the fabulous Keukenhof Gardensvisiting the Tulip Festival was one of our absolute highlights.

3. The Trollstigen Route, Norway

Distance: Approximately 85 km (one-way route) | Suggested Travel Time: Full-day

NOTE: Trollstigen is closed for 2024 due to rockfalls

The Trollstigen Route, or Troll’s Path, is one of Norway’s most famous scenic drives. This winding mountain road offers breathtaking views of steep cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys. It’s a thrilling journey showcasing Norway’s landscape’s raw and rugged beauty.

The route is particularly popular among adventurous travellers seeking dramatic scenery and thrilling driving experiences.

Windining road amongst steep green mountains
Trollstigen, where every turn unveils breathtaking views of rugged landscapes ©Lifejourney4two


  • Åndalsnes: Start your journey in this charming town called the “Gateway to the Fjords.” Visit the Norwegian Mountaineering Centre and enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Trollstigen Plateau: Experience the famous Trollstigen serpentine road with its 11 hairpin bends. Stop at the viewpoint for stunning panoramic views of the valley below and the Stigfossen waterfall.
  • Stigfossen Waterfall: Marvel at this powerful waterfall that cascades down the mountainside, creating a spectacular sight, especially during the meltwater season.
  • Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge: A short detour from the main route, this gorge offers dramatic views of the swirling waters below and is accessible via a series of walkways and viewing platforms.
  • Geirangerfjord: Continue your journey to the stunning Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its deep blue waters, towering cliffs, and picturesque waterfalls, such as the Seven Sisters and the Bridal Veil.
Trollstigen Road Trip Norway Route Map

🔍 Explore the Full Journey: Road Trip From Bergen to Trondheim, Including the stunning Trollstigen Route.

4. Postojna to Ljubljana Road Trip, Slovenia

Distance: Approx. 190 km (one way) | Suggested Travel Time: 3-4 days (with stops)

This route takes you through some of Slovenia’s most stunning and diverse landscapes. From underground wonders at Postojna to serene lakes and one of Europe’s most attractive cities, Ljubljana. It is perfect for those looking to experience the best of Slovenia’s natural and cultural attractions.

Slovenia Alps - lush green mountains
The lush Slovenia Landscapes ©Lifejourney4two


  • Postojna Caves: Explore the incredible underground world of stalactites and stalagmites and meet the unique ‘baby dragons’ (olms).
  • Predjama Castle: Discover the world’s only cave castle, nestled into a steep cliff and filled with medieval history.
  • Ljubljana: Stroll through Slovenia’s charming capital, with its vibrant riverfront, historic bridges, and lively cafes.
  • Lake Bohinj: Cycle or hike around this serene lake and enjoy its crystal-clear waters.
  • Lake Bled: Visit the famous island church, take a traditional pletna boat ride, and don’t miss the iconic Bled Cream Cake.
Postojna to Lake Bohinje Route Map

For those intrigued by the blend of cultural richness and natural beauty found on this route, our full guide to the Postojna to Ljubljana road trip delves even deeper into what makes each stop unforgettable.

From hidden gems to detailed travel tips, discover everything you need to make your journey through Slovenia memorable.

🔎 Explore more: Our full detailed guide to road-tripping Slovenia by motorhome.

5. The Andalusian Adventure Route, Spain

Distance: 525 km | Suggested Travel Time: 3-4 days

The Andalusian Adventure Route offers a captivating journey through southern Spain’s most iconic cities and landscapes. This route takes you from the historic city of Seville through the vibrant culture of Cordoba and the architectural marvels of Granada, finally reaching the picturesque town of Ronda.

This trip provides an alternative to the heavily trafficked tourist routes, offering a more intimate experience with Spain’s rich history and stunning scenery.

Granada Palace sandstone coloured with along pool in front
The magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada ©Lifejourney4two


  • Seville: Explore the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, wander through Maria Luisa Park, and visit the historic Royal Tobacco Factory.
  • Cordoba: Marvel at the Mezquita-Catedral, stroll down the flower-lined Calleja de las Flores, and visit the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.
  • Granada: Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Alhambra, wander through the Generalife Gardens, and explore the historic Albayzín quarter.
  • Ronda: Admire the views from Puente Nuevo, explore the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, and enjoy the scenic vistas from Mirador de Aldehuela.
Spain Route Map

Ready to embark on a grand tour of Spain? From Granada’s historic streets to Barcelona’s vibrant cityscapes, our complete Spain road trip guide covers it all. Discover scenic routes, hidden gems, and each region’s best experiences.

🔎 Dive into your Spanish adventure today at on our detailed Spain Road Trip Guide.

6. The Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Distance: 179 km (circular route) | Estimated Travel Time: Full-day

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most iconic scenic drives, offering an unforgettable journey through lush landscapes, coastal views, and charming towns. This circular route is best experienced at a leisurely pace, allowing for numerous stops to appreciate the natural beauty and historical sites along the way.

Dramatic cliffs of Ring of Kerry
The dramatic wild coastline along the Ring of Kerry ©Lifejourney4two


  • Killarney National Park: A vast natural wonderland that is a starting point for many visitors. The park features the famous Lakes of Killarney and a wealth of attractions, including the ancient Muckross Abbey.
  • Ross Castle: A picturesque 15th-century castle on the shores of Killarney’s Lower Lake, offering insights into Irish history and stunning views.
  • Kerry Cliffs: Offering perhaps the most spectacular sea cliffs in Kerry, these cliffs provide breathtaking views over the Skellig Islands and the Atlantic Ocean, making them a must-visit for photographers and nature lovers.
  • Skellig Michael: This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its well-preserved monastic outpost that dates back to the 6th century, as well as its role in the “Star Wars” film series. Although access is weather dependent, it’s a unique and memorable experience for those who make the journey.
Ring of Kerry Route Map

🔎 This route follows the whole ring of Kerry. For more on a road trip in Ireland – check out our 7 day itinerary from Dublin.

7. The Argyll Coastal Route, Scotland

Distance: About 200 km (129 miles) | Estimated Travel Time: Recommended 2 to 3 days

Starting from Loch Lomond and extending to Fort William, the Argyll Coastal Route traverses some of Scotland’s most breathtaking landscapes.

This journey provides travellers with stunning views of lochs, mountains, and rugged coastlines alongside rich historical sites and lively Scottish towns.

Glencoe mountains and a stream
A gorgeous glimpse of Glencoe ©Lifejourney4two


  • Loch Lomond: Begin your journey amidst the tranquil beauty of the UK’s largest inland water, known for its leisure activities and scenic views.
  • Inveraray: Visit this picturesque town to explore Inveraray Castle and the local maritime museum.
  • Oban: This bustling town is not only Scotland’s seafood capital but also serves as a gateway to the Hebridean Isles.
  • Castle Stalker: Enjoy the iconic view of Castle Stalker set against the backdrop of Loch Laich.
  • Glencoe: Known for its dramatic landscapes and the historical Massacre of Glencoe, this area is a haven for hikers and history enthusiasts.
Loch Lomond to fort william road trip route

🔎 To discover more to visit in Scotland, head over to our Explore Scotland page and follow our Scotland Castle Self-drive Tours.

8. The Peloponnese Loop, Greece

Distance: 700 km | Suggested Travel Time: 7 days

The Peloponnese offers an idyllic road trip destination, combining ancient history, beautiful landscapes, and charming villages. We travelled in a motorhome, allowing us to explore at our own pace, discovering hidden gems along the way.

This route takes you through picturesque coastal towns, rugged mountain ranges, and serene beaches, each offering unique experiences and spectacular views.

Travelling during the off-peak months of autumn or winter allows for a more peaceful exploration, avoiding the summer crowds and enjoying mild, pleasant weather.

sandstone coloured houses against a mountain in Monemvasia on the peloponnese
Monemvasia Old Town ©Lifejourney4two


  • Olympia: Visit the ancient ruins, including the Temple of Zeus, the Olympic Stadium, and the Olympia Museum. Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering a profound connection to ancient history.
  • Dimitsana: Hike the Lousios Gorge and explore the historical village of Dimitsana. The gorge features breathtaking views and ancient monasteries like Prodromou and Philosophou, seemingly carved into the cliffs.
  • Sparti (Sparta): Delve into the history of ancient Sparta, famous for its military prowess. The modern town of Sparti offers access to archaeological sites like the ancient theatre and the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia, echoing tales of legendary warriors and ancient traditions.
  • Monemvasia: Discover the enchanting medieval town of Monemvasia, often called the “Gibraltar of the East.” Explore its narrow cobbled streets, historical churches, and the impressive Monemvasia Fortress, perched on a rocky island connected to the mainland by a causeway.
  • Nafplio: Known as one of Greece’s prettiest towns, Nafplio boasts vibrant streets, neoclassical architecture, and historic sites such as the Palamidi Fortress and Bourtzi Castle. Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the charming atmosphere of this coastal town.
Europe Road Trip Routes - Peloponnese

Dive deep into this storied region of Greece with exclusive tips, detailed itineraries, and hidden gems that only the locals know about.

🔎 Explore more: Read our Full Peloponnese Road Trip Guide Here or delve into the reasons we think Greece is worth visiting.

9. North Coast 500, Scotland

Distance: About 640 miles (1030 km) | Suggested Travel Time: 1 – 2 weeks

The North Coast 500 (NC500) is Scotland’s ultimate road trip, taking you through the rugged and remote landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. Starting and ending in Inverness, this route showcases the best of Scotland’s coastal scenery, historic sites, and quaint villages.

The NC500 promises an unforgettable adventure with breathtaking views around every corner. But beware – it is particularly busy in the summer months!


  • Inverness: Begin your journey in the capital of the Highlands. Explore nearby Urquhart Castle, keep an eye out for the Lochness monster, and, more likely, watch dolphins playing at Chanonry Point. Don’t miss the nearby Culloden Battlefield, a significant site in Scottish history.

    🔎 Find out why we think Inverness is worth visiting and things to do in the area.
  • Dunrobin Castle: Located near Golspie, this stunning castle resembles a French château and offers beautiful gardens, a museum, and fascinating falconry displays.
  • Duncansby Stacks: Near John o’ Groats, these impressive sea stacks are a must-see. A short walk from Duncansby Head leads you to breathtaking views of these towering rock formations.
  • Smoo Cave: Located in Durness, this dramatic sea cave features a cascading waterfall. You can explore the cave on foot or take a guided boat tour for a closer look.
  • Handa Island: If you are travelling in May, June or July, visit Handa Island puffins and cacophony of other seabirds at this remote protected Nature Reserve.
  • Invererewe Gardens: If you love exploring gardens, stop at this spectacular garden with masses of rhodendrons, azaleas, and gorgeous coastal views.
Europe Road Trip Northern Scotland

We travelled around the whole route in May, and it wasn’t too busy but we were travelling by car, which we would suggest is the best way to travel this route as many car parks and roads weren’t suitable for large campers, let alone motorhomes.

Also, wild camping is illegal and there are limited camper and motorhome spots, so a car gives you much more scope for exploring off the beaten path.

🔎 If you want to explore more of Scotland by car, and avoid the crowds, consider a road trip around Aberdeenshire.

10. The Amalfi Coast Drive, Italy

Distance: About 32 km | Suggested Travel Time: Allow at least a full day

The Amalfi Coast Drive, known for its breathtaking views and precarious positioning along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, offers a thrilling mix of natural beauty and quaint village life.

This route is famous for its narrow, winding roads that offer stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, steep cliffs, and lush mountainsides.

Positano with coloured houses on a steep cliff face and beach in the foreground
Positano on the Amalfi Coast ©Lifejourney4two


  • Positano: Often the first stop on this drive, Positano is famed for its picturesque stacked houses painted in warm pastel colours and beautiful pebble beaches. The town is also known for its chic boutiques and vibrant dining scene.
  • Amalfi: The historic town of Amalfi offers a beautiful central piazza dominated by the striking Amalfi Cathedral. The town’s narrow streets are filled with restaurants and shops, and its waterfront provides a scenic relaxing spot.
  • Furore: Less crowded than Positano and Amalfi, Furore’s famous fjord is a hidden gem along the coast.
  • Sorrento: Though not part of the Amalfi Coast proper, many drives start or end here. Sorrento is perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas and is known for its lemon groves and sweeping water views.
Europe Road Trips Amalfi Coast

Travel Tips

  • Driving Caution: The road is narrow, winding, and often busy. Drivers should be comfortable handling challenging driving conditions.
  • Parking: Parking can be scarce and expensive in the popular towns. It’s wise to check if your hotel offers parking and consider using public transport like buses and ferries to move between towns.
  • Best Time to Visit: The Amalfi Coast is most enjoyable in the late spring (April to June) and early autumn (September to October). Summer months are busiest when the towns and roads can be extremely crowded.

🔎 Explore More: For inspiration of other places to visit in Italy, browse through our motorhoming through Italy article.

11. Alsace Wine Route, France

Distance: 50 km | Suggested Travel Time: 2-3 days

The Alsace Wine Route is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, featuring medieval towns and extensive vineyards that stretch along the eastern foothills of the Vosges Mountains.

This Europe road trip route is one of the prettiest as well as being rich in viticultural and cultural heritage.

Riquewihr - half timbered houses and cobbled street
Riquewhir, with typical Alsace style houses ©Lifejourney4two


  • Colmar: Start your adventure in the so-called capital of Alsatian wine. Explore its enchanting old town and vibrant wine bars.
  • Eguisheim: Just a short drive from Colmar, this village is famed for its floral displays, half-timbered houses, and the concentric layout around a medieval castle.
  • Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé: Experience the charm of these towns with their historic buildings and local wineries.
  • Kaysersberg: Visit one of “The Most Beautiful Villages in France” to enjoy its historic charm combined with excellent local vineyards.
Europe Road Trip Alsace Road Trip Route

🔎 Explore more of the Alsace Region with our detailed guide to motorhoming through the area.

12. Southern Germany Highlights, Germany

Distance: 600 km | Suggested Travel Time: 5-8 days

Venture off the beaten path with a journey through Southern Germany, an enchanting region that offers an alternative to the often crowded much touted, Romantic Road.

You don’t miss out, though, as you still pass by Neuschwanstein Castle, the renowned “showstopper” of the Romantic Road.

This suggested route covers the mystical Black Forest, the pristine Lake Königssee, and the historic town of Berchtesgaden. With fewer tourists, each stop provides a serene backdrop to enjoy Germany’s natural landscapes and rich culture at a relaxed pace.

Lake Konigssee with trees either side and the harbour full of half timber houses
Lake Königssee ©Lifejourney4two


  • The Black Forest: Famous for its dense woodlands, traditional cuckoo clocks, and the original Black Forest Gateau. Explore the hiking trails or relax in quaint towns like Triberg and pretty Sasbachwalden.
  • Berchtesgaden: This town combines history and natural beauty. Enjoy panoramic views along Rossfeld Road and visit the old town, which is adorned with Alpine-style frescoes.
  • Lake Königssee: Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, Lake Konigssee is surrounded by steep rock faces and can be quietly explored by electric boat. Spend the day and hike to the Ice Chapel.
Europe Road Trip Route Southern Germany Map

🔎 Explore more: For extra information on places to visit on a Germany road trip, visit our Motorhoming through Germany article.

13. The Dalmatian Coast Road Trip, Croatia

Distance: 550 km | Estimated Travel Time: 6-8 days

Embark on a captivating journey along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, renowned for its crystal-clear waters, historic towns, and dramatic landscapes.

This road trip starts in the ancient city of Dubrovnik, winds past the Elaphiti Islands, and heads north towards Split, touching upon the majestic Krka National Park before concluding in the historic city of Zadar.

Ideal for those looking to blend coastal relaxation with cultural exploration, this route offers a less crowded alternative to the more tourist-heavy paths, ensuring a tranquil yet enriching travel experience.

Krka Waterfall crystal clear water and lush greenery around a lengthy waterfall
Krka National Park, Croatia – just as beautiful in reality, as in the photos ©Lifejourney4two


  • Dubrovnik: Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, explore its stunning Old Town and city walls.
  • Split: Dive into the bustling markets and Roman history, including Diocletian’s Palace.
  • Krka National Park: Experience its famous waterfalls and serene walking trails.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Wander through this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its cascading lakes and vibrant, crystal-clear waters interconnected by waterfalls and surrounded by lush forests.
  • Zadar: End the trip with a sunset at the Sea Organ, enjoying its melodic harmonies.
Europe Road Trip Routes Croatia Map

🔎 Explore more of the country with us in our motorhoming though Croatia article.

14. Furka Pass, Switzerland

Distance: 70 km (between Andermatt and Brig) | Estimated Travel Time: 1.5 -2 hours (without stops)

Note: Normally opens in June and closes in October. Check the Furka Pass website for road conditions and opening times.

The Furka Pass is one of Switzerland’s most iconic mountain passes, offering a spectacular drive through the Swiss Alps.

We drove the Furka Pass in a 7.5-metre motorhome, and it was pretty hair-raising, to say the least! especially when a huge coach was coming in the opposite direction.

Less crowded than some famous tourist routes, this route provides an alternative to over-tourism while still delivering breathtaking views and thrilling driving experiences.

The Furka Pass is best known for its dramatic switchbacks, stunning vistas, and the historic Hotel Belvédère, which overlooks the Rhone Glacier.

Combining this with a visit to Bettmeralp, a car-free village with stunning views and on the doorstep of the Aletch Glacier, makes for an unforgettable Swiss road trip experience.

Furka Pass, Switzerland ©Lifejourney4two


  • Andermatt: Begin your journey in this charming alpine village, known for its traditional Swiss architecture and beautiful surroundings.
  • Rhone Glacier: Stop at the historic Hotel Belvédère and take a short walk to the Rhone Glacier, where you can visit the ice grotto carved into the glacier.
  • Grimsel Pass: Nearby, you can explore the Grimsel Pass, which offers equally stunning views and connects to the Furka Pass.
  • Bettmeralp: Continue your journey to this car-free village, accessible by cable car from the valley. Enjoy panoramic views of the Aletsch Glacier, hiking trails, and the serene alpine atmosphere.
  • Realp: The village of Realp marks the western end of the Furka Pass, providing a peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the alpine scenery.

🔎 Explore more: Expand your Swiss Road trip with our Switzerland motorhome guide here.

15. Normandy Road Trip, France

Distance: 522 km | Suggested Travel Time: 5 days

Normandy perfectly blends history, culture, and stunning coastal scenery. This road trip takes you through picturesque villages, historic landmarks, and beautiful beaches, providing a serene and enriching experience away from the more crowded tourist routes.

Normandy is known for its role in World War II, but it also offers much more, including charming towns, stunning cliffs, and delicious cuisine.

Etretat - bay with a rock formation that is a small arch
Etretat Bay on the Normandy Coast ©Lifejourney4two


  • Rouen: Start your journey in this historic city known for its medieval architecture, the stunning Rouen Cathedral, and its connection to Joan of Arc.
  • Étretat: Famous for its dramatic white cliffs and natural arches, Étretat offers breathtaking views and scenic walking trails.
  • D-Day Beaches: Visit the historic D-Day landing beaches, including Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
  • Bayeux: Home to the famous Bayeux Tapestry, this town offers a glimpse into medieval history and charming Norman architecture.
  • Mont Saint-Michel: End your journey at this iconic island commune, renowned for its stunning medieval abbey and picturesque views. The walk to the top is a must for incredible panoramic vistas.
Europe Road Trip Normandy Map

🔎 Read more: Five Day Normandy Road Trip by Motorhome

16. The Golden Circle and Beyond, Iceland

Distance: Approx. 250 km (round trip) | Estimated Travel Time: 3-5 days (with stops)

This route takes you through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle and extends to lesser-known gems. You’ll experience stunning landscapes, geothermal wonders, and the unique charm of Icelandic nature and culture.

Starting in Reykjavik, you’ll explore geological marvels, powerful waterfalls, black sand beaches, and serene glacial lagoons.

A huge geysir about to erupt it looks like a blue bubble rising out of the ground
Geysir on the Golden Circle Road Trip Route, Iceland ©Lifejourney4two


  • Reykjavik: Explore Iceland’s capital, known for its vibrant arts scene, rich history, and unique blend of urban and natural landscapes. Don’t miss the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church and the bustling Old Harbour.
  • Geysir Geothermal Area: Witness the famous Strokkur geyser erupting every few minutes, along with other spectacular geothermal features.
  • Gullfoss Waterfall: Admire the power and beauty of one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, cascading into a rugged canyon.
Europe Road Trip Iceland Golden Circle Map

🔎 The Golden Circle has some of the best of Iceland’s spectacles, but if you want to explore further, check out our two-week September Iceland Ring Road road trip.

17. Douro Valley from Porto, Portugal

Distance: 176 km (one way) | Suggested Travel Time: 3 or 4 days

The Douro Valley is one of Portugal’s most scenic and culturally rich regions, famous for its terraced vineyards and picturesque landscapes.

Starting from Porto, this route takes you along the Douro River, offering breathtaking views and opportunities to explore the heart of Portugal’s wine country. This less crowded route is perfect for those looking to experience Portugal’s natural beauty and heritage away from the bustling city life.

Porto tram in a street


  • Porto: Begin your journey in Porto, exploring its historic Ribeira district, sampling port wine at the cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, and enjoying the stunning views from the Dom Luís I Bridge.
  • Peso da Régua: The main hub of the Douro Valley, this town is surrounded by terraced vineyards and offers a great introduction to the region’s wine culture. Visit the Douro Museum to learn about the history and production of port wine.
  • Pinhão: Located in the heart of the Douro Valley, Pinhão is renowned for its scenic beauty and vineyards. Take a boat trip along the Douro River and visit the famous Pinhão railway station, adorned with beautiful azulejos (ceramic tiles) depicting the wine harvest.
  • São João da Pesqueira: One of the oldest towns in the Douro Valley, offering panoramic views of the terraced vineyards and the Douro River. Visit the local wine estates and enjoy the tranquillity of this picturesque town.
Europe Road Trip Routes Douro Valley Map

🔎 Explore more of the country with our Portugal motorhome journey.

18. Best of Bosnia, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Distance: Approx. 624 km | Estimated Travel Time: 10-11 days (with stops)

This road trip through Bosnia begins at Strbacki Buk in Una National Park and takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes and historical sites the country has to offer. Ending at Kravica Waterfalls, this route showcases beautiful waterfalls, ancient towns, including Mod and vibrant local communities.

Mostar in Bosnia, a stone bridge in the foreground and minarets in the back ground with a bak drop of craggy mountains
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina ©Lifejourney4two


  • Strbacki Buk: Start your journey at this impressive waterfall in Una National Park. Despite the challenging road, the breathtaking views make it worth the trip. Enjoy the wooden bridges and platforms for easy viewing.
  • Sarajevo: Bosnia’s capital city bears deep scars from the 1992-95 Bosnia War. Visit Liberation Square, the Latin Bridge, Sarajevo City Hall, and the old bazaar, Bascarsija. Take a tour to hear the personal stories of those who lived through the war.
  • Mostar: Wander the picturesque old town of Mostar, a World Heritage Site, and see the iconic Stari Most bridge. Explore the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Old Bazar Kujundziluk, and the historic sniper tower.
  • Kravica Waterfall: End your road trip at the beautiful Kravica Waterfall, where you can swim and relax amidst lush greenery.
Europe Road Trip Bosnia Road Trip Map

🔎 Explore more of this Bosnia Campervanning Road trip and access the interactive map here.

19. Outer Hebrides: From Stornoway to Harris

Distance: Approx. 200 km | Estimated Travel Time: 4-7 days (with stops)

This road trip through the Outer Hebrides begins in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes and historical sites the islands have to offer, ending in the southern parts of Harris. This route showcases beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant local communities.

Standing stones with Shelley stood by one which is twice the size of her
Standing Stones in Outer Hebrides ©Lifejourney4two


  • Stornoway: Start your journey in the main town of the Outer Hebrides. Visit the Lews Castle and Museum, explore the sculpture trail around the town, and enjoy the local eateries and shops.
  • Callanish Standing Stones: These ancient stones are steeped in mystery and offer a fascinating insight into prehistoric life. Visit the nearby smaller stone formations of Callanish II and Callanish III.
  • Gearrannan Blackhouse Village: A restored village offering a glimpse into traditional Hebridean life, complete with thatched cottages and a working croft.
  • Mangersta Sea Stacks: Stunning sea stacks offer dramatic coastal views and great photography opportunities.
  • Luskentyre Beach: Known for its white sands and turquoise waters, it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the Outer Hebrides.
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🔎 For details of our road trip here, head over to our detailed Outer Hebrides Road Trip Route with detailed categorised things to do.

Our Favourite Europe Road Trip Routes… That’s a Wrap

As we wrap up this exploration of our favourite Europe road trip routes, each journey reflects not just a path travelled but a tapestry of experiences woven together by the diverse cultures, rich histories, and stunning landscapes we’ve encountered.

From the soaring peaks of Austria’s Grossglockner to the tranquil waters of Giethoorn and the rugged terrain of the Scottish Highlands, these routes have been more than just travel destinations; they’ve been chapters in our ongoing adventure story.

Every road, city, and natural wonder we’ve visited has offered a unique story, and we’ve cherished the opportunity to share these with you.

These aren’t just recommended routes; they are roads we’ve driven, places we’ve fallen in love with, and experiences that have profoundly shaped our travels.

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    Remember, the best journeys offer more than just scenic views; they invite you to engage deeply with the world around you.

    So, take these stories as your guide and inspiration to carve out your own path. Whether you seek the quiet of nature or the bustling vibrance of city life, let these European road trips ignite your passion for adventure.

    Grab your keys, cue your favourite playlist, and set out on a journey that promises not just sights to see but memories to make.

    And grab our free road trip planner to start prepping for your next adventure 👉 Get it here!

    Happy travels, and here’s to roads yet travelled!

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    Shelley, a former primary school teacher with a law degree, and her husband Lars co-own Lifejourney4two. Their adventure began in Perth, Australia, and has since taken them through Europe and Africa in motorhomes and bush campers. Shelley's travel guides combine practical advice with engaging stories, mirroring their shift from 'One Day' to 'Day One'. Together, they aim to inspire others to embark on their own travel dreams.

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