Fly to Munich, DE, then see Neuschwanstein, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Ljubljana, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Cinque Terra, Turin, Milan. And then fly back home from Milan. Sounds like a good plan?

Or perhaps start from Munich, and finish at Rome? By this we save about 200 miles of train riding.


Haha. I think this plan is much better now. Looking forward to it!

Below is the drive route in Europe.

First stop: Nuremberg, Germany

2nd stop: Prague

3rd stop: Cesky Klumov, Czech Republic

4th stop: Vienna

5th stop: Budapest, Hungary

6th stop: Zagreb, Croatia

and 7th and the last stop of the road trip will be Rovinj, Croatia:

And from Rovinj, we will fly from the nearby Pula airport to the southern crown jewel of Croatia, Dubrovnik, where we will spend 2 days enjoying the Adriatic.

And then we will fly from Dubrovnik to Istanbul, Turkey, and spend a day and a half there to visit the magnificent Hagia Sofia and famous Grand Bazaar:

From Istanbul, we will make an overnight roundtrip to Cappadocia region, where early Christians had dug out literally underground churches in the fairy rock formations to escape persecutions in the past. We may also have a chance to take a hot air balloon ride in the dawn. It's one of the most popular activities there.

Back to Istanbul, we will conclude our 17-day Europe trip and continue to our next destinations.


I am planning for our Europe summer trip. It has been decided that we will fly from USA to Frankfurt, Germany, visit Prague/Vienna/Budapest/Croatia/Istanbul or any combination of them, and leave Europe from Istanbul for China. But there are two options for the routes inside central Europe, that we are still debating. The options are:

Option 1 (with Budapest):
Drive: Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Prague, Czech - Cesky Krumlov - Budapest - Rovinj, Croatia - Zagreb, Croatia - Vienna
Fly: Vienna - Istanbul (Stay for 3 days) - Beijing (Stay for 3 weeks) - USA
This route is 2415 km long, and I think it is kind of too rush.

Option 2 (Skip Budapest):
Drive: Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Prague, Czech - Cesky Krumlov - Vienna - Rovinj, Croatia - Zagreb, Croatia
Fly: Zagreb - Istanbul (Stay for 3 days) - Beijing (Stay for 3 weeks) - USA
And this route is 1782 km long, more than 600 km less than Option 1. But we will skip Budapest, and spend more days in Vienna with this route.

Today we will start exploring Banff and Yoho national park around. After checking out the magnificent Fairmont Chateau hotel at the shore of Lake Louise, we will drive north to Yoho NP and if time allows  we will see the Takakkaw Falls. Then we will drive to the Emerald Lake, hopefully before the parking lot gets full. In the afternoon, we will drive south back to Lake Louise area and take a shuttle bus to Moraine Lake, which is featured on the $20 Canada dollar bill. Tonight we will stay at the town of Banff at the south end of Banff NP.