Look into Renault Espace. A European 'minivan'. Many Americans travel with golf clubs and end up with this sort of vehicle.
Or start with 'autoeurope', a rental consolidator, move on to type of vehicle and then cross reference to manufacturers websites for interior dimensions.
Take Eurorail. Get a pass and ride ride ride. It's cheaper, a lot of times faster, and very convenient.
Many car rental companies also rent out bike racks, ski racks, rooftop carriers, etc for their cars. What country will you start and return from?
HEYYYY Europe and Europeans aren't all that backwards ya' know?
Everything we have in the Ole US of A is available there
Cars are smaller streets narrower, gas MUCH higher but the folks smile and are helpful when you smile too
If you use the trains make sure you get on the right one and don't wait around when it hooks into the station they sometimes only are stopped for 3-5 minutes then ZOOM they GO
Conquer Cancer rider
Ride the bike from the airport to the hotel, or do a combination of ride and train if it's too far to ride. Check the case into the left-luggage at the airport for a day and come back with an empty car the next day to pick up the case. On the return journey repeat the procedure in reverse.
PS Where in Europe? Large parts of Europe would not be particularly condusive to biking over Christmas break -- just too cold and snowy for one thing.
No Rocket Surgeon
I rented an Opel wagon when I was in Germany. Putting the bike in the back may be a stretch. Roof would be OK.
It was a decent little car.
I think some of you are forgetting this fact...
It's likely that the parents are not cyclists.
Originally Posted by MattP.