On April 1 we need to start heading towards central Europe if we want to see everything we want to see before we have to leave the EU again for 3 months. We have two strategies in mind but don't have the knowledge to make the best (right?) decision. Is there anyone out there who can help us?
Route idea #1:
Drive up through Greece to Bulgaria, continuing through Romania and Hungary, stopping here and there to see the sights. From there we want to see Krakow in Poland, and Auschwitz. After that, we plan on seeing Prague and then Germany, Austria and Switzerland from where we will drive to catch a ferry to the UK leaving out of Dunkirk. To make the comparison reasonable, I am giving distances to Vienna in both instances. Cost to drive through Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary to Vienna: fuel and camping--unknown. Distance approximately 2,893 km or 1,798 miles.
Route idea #2:
Take an overnight ferry from Igoumenitsa, Greece to Anacona, Italy, camping on deck in Homer. Cost: €228. Drive up through northern Italy to and through Austria to Vienna. Distance to Vienna, approximately 2,183 km or 1,357 miles.
Would we be missing a lot if we don't see Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary? Not a lot of campgrounds are open yet in these countries. There is a certain comfort zone about going back to Italy.
Feedback much appreciated!