/ European Roadtrip - travel and accommodation recommendations
Sepember and later accomodation prices should be a noticeable bit lower than August as August is euro holiday month.
You'll only be able to rent an LHD car on mainland europe - I was driving my own RHD car, sorry for the confusion. Try autoeurope for car hire options, there will be loads of choice (although a 'one way' rental will have extra costs and reduce the choice - I had to do a late notice one-way rental in the UK last week and the one-way fee was £47 on a 2 day rental - it essentially doubled the price). There will also be a reduction in choice as not all operators do one-way rentals.
Viamichelin is a great site for working out routes and tolls in Europe.
Mainland Europe the steering wheel will be on the left (lhd) as you're used to. I think only Ireland and the UK drive on the left, so here you will only get rhd.
One thing to be aware of is that most cars are manual (stick shift), so make sure you tell them when booking if you requre an automatic - this may limit your choice of vehicles.
Had a young American couple in Italy last year who actually came up to look at our UK van and then asked if we were legally allowed to drive in Italy with the steering wheel is on the wrong side. The answer is yes, although it is easier to have the driver in the centre of the road as it improves visability.
Wow, thanks very much for the detailed response. That's exactly the kind of local knowledge we needed, looks like we should be turning the trip around! It will actually be really beneficial since my wife was looking into doing some sailboat charter trips in Greece, and September is such a better time there for sailing as well. One rental car is definitely an appealing option. I've read on this climbing report below that some companies don't want their rentals going into Croatia, so I'll have to double check.
We definitely want to see Croatia, and also need to break up our visit to the Schengen area countries since we are only allowed 90 days. This is where I wish we had an EU passport!
Thanks for the reply, that viamichelin is a great resource tool! I will check out autoeurope, they are the company we used years ago and had a good experience. We picked up a brand new Peugeot in Calais and returned it in Zurich 2 months later. Do you have any experience taking rentals into Croatia? I've heard some companies don't allow their rentals to travel into non-Schengen area countries. See my above reply for links....
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