Hi, I'm planning a 3 week road trip - with a rental car (unfortunately they seem to have canceled the ferries to Greece from Israel, so i wish they would resume this by next summer - in which case maybe I could take my own car) with my wife and our 2 kids to Europe. This will be our first trip to Europe (except England).
The plan is to begin in Spain (possibly Portugal) Drive through France (via the French Riviera/Monaco) continue to The Swiss alps and then back into Italy - Venice, from there The idea is to go via Slovenia, Croatia to Bosnia (Sarayevo or maybe Mostar) and then Either via Serbia and Macedonia - or via Montenegro to Albania, to Thessaloniki Greece.
I absolutely love road trips (my wife less than I, not sure about the kids - will be 8 and 5)) and have traveled through all 48 of the contiguous American States.
My questions are as follows:
A) Is this feasible time wise? Will there be no time to see anything/relax/enjoy, my wife wants only 3 or so hours driving average each day. (Google Maps is says its about 38 hours - though I may also want to choose some slower scenic roads) Is this reasonable or too much?
B)Will this be a logistic nightmare? Crossing borders in the countries outside the Schengen zone?
C) Any safety concerns, whether Crime/ possible tensions in former Yugoslavia countries / Road safety?
D) Last but not least, In America I have never had a problem finding decent budget priced highways on the road. I have heard some conflicting information about the feasibility of finding such motels each night on the road. I certainly don't think I could book a motel each night, unless I work out exactly where I will be each night, But obviously with family we don't want to end up having no motel to sleep in. I understand in France and other places there are Ibis and others, but what about Baltics and everywhere else I will be?
What do people do lodging wise when roadtripping in europe? Or is this not even done so much in Europe? I doubt my wife cares to camp or sleep in car...
Thanks for any input!
* I'm not really sure where to post this as there does not appear to be a Europe wide or even Baltic wide forum, It was suggested I post in individual countries, but this is about many countries in Europe, so I hope this roadtrip forum is appropriate, even if it seems to be mostly focused in USA, if I have posted incorrectly feel free to move it or suggest where I should place it.