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Western Europe

Arguably the most well trodden countries of Europe, these countries are not unfamiliar names.

All of them are justifiably popular in their own right with blockbuster highlights. But why head only where the crowds go? There is so much more to be discovered within these countries, particularly on a self-drive road trip where the freedom to decide which destination to cover is all yours without the high cost of a private driver.

Yellow Kudu's advice is to take it easy, patiently check off your list over second and more return journeys, and consider combining the icons with somewhere off the beaten track.

SWITZERLAND

ITALY

GERMANY

SPAIN

SWITZERLAND

The Grandest Alps

Home to the highest parts of the majestic Alps, Switzerland is immensely cinematic at every turn.

Countless attractions merit consideration on a Swiss itinerary: iconic mountains including Jungfrau, Pilatus and Äschercrystal clear alpine lakes of all sizes from the huge Lake Geneva to the smaller Lake Ägeri as well as      glamorous towns like Zermatt and St Moritz.

Efficient and cost effective as the Swiss rail system may be, it is fairly challenging to venture anywhere beyond where the train tracks lead and to stop at a whim for a quiet and private moment to breath in the gorgeous landscape. And o, a self-drive frees you from the stress of watching the clock to avoid missing a train or bus.

Most of all, the biggest disadvantage of a classic Swiss rail journey is missing out the thrill of stunning high mountain roads including Great St Bernard Pass, St Gotthard Pass and Bernina Pass. Most of these fantastic drives are in the south and perfect to combine with the regions of Aosta Valley, Piedmont or Lombardy as well as the Dolomites in Italy on an extended journey.

Liechtenstein

Another reason Yellow Kudu loves self-driving in Switzerland is the ease of fitting in a quick stop in this tiny principality sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland.

 

Whether to check off another country off one's bucket list, or to be bemused at the story of its existence, Vaduz, the capital, is a pleasant city to stroll through.

Suggested Duration:

From 07 days depending on how in depth you wish to discover Switzerland, your budget constraints (Switzerland is incredibly expensive!) and if you will like to travel to other countries. 

Indicative Costs:

Sample programs coming soon, for now please contact us for more details.

 
 

ITALY

Think a week or two is enough to cover Italy? Think again. This is one country which deserves a month or two to fully experience its countless nuances. 

Dramatic Scenery

Immerse in dramatic alpine landscape in Aosta Valley and the Dolomites stretching over the South Tyrol and Venice regions, with numerous incredibly scenic mountain drives and various hikes to fill up the itinerary. 

 

Lombardy also shines with fantastic alpine scenery, its many lakes, most notably the glamorous Lake Como, its trendy fashion capital, Milan and many more often overlooked sights. 

Gourmet Delights

World famous Tuscany has all the attention for gourmet experiences thanks to the various accolades for its cuisine, wine and local produce. It also helps the capital is the wildly popular Florence and the region is studded with many beguiling hilltop medieval towns. 

Despite relatively less known, Piedmont is also another gourmet gem with many lovely small towns. The capital, Turin is a fairly underrated city always overshadowed by the big names. 

Up and coming Puglia is often described as a more rustic Tuscany, with great cuisine, and several outstanding towns such as Alberobello and Ostuni as well as Matera in the neighboring Basilicata region. 

Eternal Rome, Glorious Venice

No mention of Italy is ever complete without mentioning Rome and Venice, both of which require little introduction. 

Suggested Duration:

As many days as you can afford, depending on your interests. 10-14 days is always a good timeframe.

Indicative Costs:

Sample programs coming soon, for now please contact us for more details.

 

GERMANY (BAVARIA)

Germany is a huge and very diverse country that we are developing a region at a time. For now, we feature Bavaria, packed with many wonderful places of interest and convenient to combine with Austria, Switzerland or even Czechia. 

Medieval Cities & Charming Towns

While Munich itself is fairly forgettable, save for its significance in World War II history and when there are Oktoberfest and Christmas markets going on, there are many delightful gems to be uncovered in the region. 

Passau, a common port of call for Danube river cruises, was once a prosperous town controlling important trade since this is where the Rivers Inn and Ilz converges with the Danube. Stay a night to fully experience the town, plus also the tranquility when the cruise groups have gone.

The Romantic Road runs though some of Germany's most beautiful cities and towns: Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl, Regensburg, Augsburg and more.

Bavaria is also not short of small charming non-touristy towns, thus very convenient to simply pick one or a few which fits with one's itinerary. 

Mountains & Palaces

The Bavarian Alps might not have mountains as huge and towering as Switzerland, yet a drive through them is still worthwhile, particularly as nestled within these mountains are two fancy palaces of the insane King Ludwig - the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle and the less known Linderhof, the smallest but most ornate of all his castles.

Away from the mountains and on an island lake is the no less extravagant Herrenchiemsee Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles.

Nazis & World War II History

Closer to Salzburg in Austria than Munich, Obersalzberg in Berchtesgaden was one of Adolf Hitler's most popular retreat and consequently an important center of government outside Berlin. Little remains of the buildings from that era, most notable of which is Hitler's tea house, Kehlsteinhaus, which boasts breathtaking panoramic views. 

Important to the Nazis was Nuremberg where propaganda rallies were held, and also where the post war trials were held. The city itself is also more than Nazi or World War II history, there are also many excellent museums and other attractions. 

 

Another reminder of the Nazi era, the somber Dachau  concentration camp is just outside Munich. 

Suggested Duration:

Consider about 4-6 days in Bavaria to go through main highlights and then combine with another country for a different experience. It is easy to cross over to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czechia and Austria.

Indicative Costs:

Sample programs coming soon, for now please contact us for more details.

 

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SPAIN

Coming soon!

 

Suggested Duration:

At least 10 days to properly savor Madrid, the highlights of Andalusia and Barcelona. For Catalonia, about 2-5 days depending on how in depth you wish to go, while the Basque Country will need around 5 days.

Indicative Costs:

Sample programs coming soon, for now please contact us for more details.