My partner and I are thinking well ahead into 2013 and looking to take a campervan around Central and Eastern Europe from June - August, ideally starting in Germany (missing out on France, Spain and Italy as we have been previously) and ending in Croatia. We would be hiring and not buying as we would only be in the vehicle for about 2 months. Our travel months are non-negotiable.
I have a few key questions:
1. I have read it is better to start and end in Germany due to cost. Is this correct? Would it be better to travel in a loop cost-wise, or to pick up in Germany and drop off further towards Croatia to avoid back-tracking?
2. Can anyone recommend a good book (not website) to buy for the drive? I believe the AA guide for Europe caravan and camping is good?
3. Can anyone recommend reputable hire companies? We obviously don't want to spend too much money, however it seems having a vehicle with a WC and shower would be the most practical (although we are open to suggestions).
4. Any other tips or suggestions are more than welcome! Thank you :)