The Routes

The Road Trip Project extends over 4 main routes across the continent, approximately 12.000 km.

Explore all the routes and their own unique vibe and purpose below:

  • THE MEDITERRANEAN ROUTE
  • THE ATLANTIC ROUTE
  • THE DANUBE ROUTE
  • THE BALTIC ROUTE

The Mediterranean Route

14 April - 12 May

  • Start point:
    Athens, Greece
  • End point:
    Lascaux, France

Countries on the Mediterranean have been home to some of the most forward-thinking civilisations in our history. Take a walk through history and soak up the style, flare and food of the Mediterranean!

The Mediterranean route is a multi-sensory journey through European roots. We will be travelling through time and space, starting on the Acropolis, one of the most iconic cradles of our civilisation. Along the route from Greece to the Western Balkans, we will be experiencing wildlife in remote areas, re-discovering old recipes, and exploring a mosaic of people, cultures and traditions.

From there we will be hitting the coast of Croatia for a little Island hopping!

We’ll be getting active as we swap four wheels for two in Slovenia, or walk across borders on old trails. As we travel on towards Italy, and ultimately France we will be taking in the extraordinary scenery and beautiful yet fragile nature of the mediterranean coastal countries. And we will end this first route questioning our origins in the breathtaking humanity cradle of Lascaux.

The Atlantic Route

19 May - 16 June

  • Start point:
    Cabo da Roca, Portugal
  • End point:
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Set sail to (re-)discover Europe! What inspired ancient navigators to set out on unknown waters? The call of new continents across the vast ocean. But no need to go so far with Europe right here worth rediscovering! This route is about exploring the highs, lows, cliffs and mountains of Europe’s Atlantic coast – Europe’s gateway to the wider world, and a whole set of amazing regions awaiting Yldau and Fabian, our two explorers.
 
The Atlantic coast holds up a mirror to the “old continent” of Europe. What does the future hold for the regions working with and earning a living from the sea? Follow our travellers from the most Western point of mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca near Lisbon, Portugal, all the way to Europe’s biggest port, Rotterdam, Netherlands, as they experience the power of waves, learn the craft of seafood production, explore great ports, and even fight fires. They’ll be discovering how the ocean can revitalise maritime regions, meeting up with locals along the way to learn about different places, ways of life, and cultures, looking back at history, and looking forward to the future.

The Danube Route

23 June - 21 July

  • Start point:
    Donaueschingen, Germany
  • End point:
    Danube Delta, Romania

Sometimes called “the Amazon of Europe” because of its majestic delta on the Black Sea, the Danube is certainly a river of superlatives. 2.730  kilometres long, The Danube is the most international waterway on the planet, flowing across more borders than any other river in the world, through ten countries, seven of which are on the road of our travellers Susann and Kenneth. The Danube’s basin is the most biodiverse on our continent, an amazing biosphere reserve (ever heard of the “Danube Dinosaur”?). At the same time, the Danube is an important commercial waterway, for transport as well as for tourism. To make sure all of the many resources are well managed and developing positively, all countries along this mighty river have to work together.

Follow our travellers on their journey from the source of the Danube – which is not as easy to spot as its delta! – in Southern Germany, along the great capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade, and find out why this river is so important to Europe.

The Baltic Route

28 July - 25 August

  • Start point:
    Rovaniemi, Finland
  • End point:
    Berlin, Germany

Jump on a journey around the only exclusively European sea, the Baltic sea! A journey through time and space, where East meets West and history is never far away.

Our final duo, Luna and Achilles will start their journey through time and space in the Arctic circle where they’ll get to meet Santa (!), before heading south (or less North, let’s say) through the beautiful forests of Finland, get back to nature and immerse themselves in the surprisingly different local traditions and cultures of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and explore the incredible lakes and historical sites of Poland. They’ll end their journey in the great city of Berlin, true symbol of peace and unity.

Along the way there will be loads of outdoor fun including fishing, horse-riding and… midsummer skiing; a great variety of transport modes – the famous Road Trip Van, of course, but also boats, ferries, bicycles, and even driverless buses, and the discovery of the mythical capital cities of Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Berlin.