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Here's How to Map an Epic European Road Trip

Sept. 13, 2018
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Here's How to Map an Epic European Road Trip
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Road tripping around Europe has landed a top spot on many bucket lists, but finding the means to do so and figuring out the most efficient plan can make the trip more difficult than imaginable. However, University of Michigan professor Randy Olsen calculated the fastest way to circle all of Europe — and still hit the major tourist spots.

The entire trip hits 41 cities, takes two weeks of nonstop driving and some ferrying to compete and covers 16,287 miles. To maximize this mega road trip, you would definitely want to set aside a few months to get the most out of each stop.

This map takes you around all the most Instagramable places in Europe like the Venice canals, Amalfi Coast in Italy, Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, hotspots like Paris and London and coastal cities like Lagos, Portugal.

The full list of cities (in order) on this European track include:

  1. Innsbruck, Austria
  2. Munich, Germany
  3. Pag, Croatia
  4. Venice, Italy
  5. Amalfi, Italy
  6. Gozo, Malta
  7. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photo by John Weinhardt on Unsplash
Photo by John Weinhardt on Unsplash
  1. Santorini, Thira, Greece
  2. Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
  3. Istanbul, Turkey
  4. Sighisoara, Mures County, Romania
  5. Budapest, Hungary
  6. Vienna, Austria
  7. Prague, Czech Republic
  8. Krakow, Poland
  9. Jägala Waterfall, 74205 Harjumaa, Estonia
  10. Lapland, Finland
  11. ICEBAR, Marknadsvägen, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  12. Bergen, Norway
  13. Copenhagen, Denmark
  14. Berlin, Germany
  15. Amsterdam, Netherlands
A traditional view of Amsterdam with bicycles on a bridge above the canals and some ancient typical Dutch style houses on a sunny summer day in the Netherlands capital city. Photo by @ Didier Marti/Getty Images
traditional view of Amsterdam with bicycles on a bridge above the canals and some ancient typical Dutch style houses on a sunny summer day in the Netherlands capital city. Photo by @ Didier Marti/Getty Images
  1. Keukenhof, Stationsweg, Lisse Netherlands
  2. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  3. Inverness, United Kingdom
  4. Ballybunion, Ireland
  5. Cliffs of Moher, Clare, Ireland
  6. Cornwall, United Kingdom
  7. Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom
  8. London, United Kingdom
  9. Brussels, Belgium
  10. Paris, France
  11. Pamplona, Spain
  12. Lagos, Portugal
Lagos has some incredible cove beaches. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
  1. Granada, Spain
  2. Ibiza, Spain
  3. Barcelona, Spain
  4. Luberon, Bonnieux, France
  5. Nice, France
  6. Monte Carlo, Monaco
  7. Interlaken, Switzerland

Whether you're planning a Euro trip by yourself or with your friends, getting to Europe via points and miles is one of the best ways to save some money.

H/T: The Culture Trip

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  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more