Missy, we did get a fair amount of free time. Before I started the tour, I was a little worried that two nights in one place might not be enough time to properly explore, but it really was fine! You can arrive at a new city anywhere between 3pm - 6pm, depending on the drive day, and that night there’s usually some kind of driving tour of the city so you can get your bearings for the next day - your free day. On the free days, you can do whatever you want. Some people would sleep in until around 10am and then have a wander around, or others would get up between 6am - 7am to head out early and have the full day to explore.
If you want to go somewhere like the Colosseum in Rome, or the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, get up early and be there as soon as the place opens as it doesn’t take long for the queue to spread out down the street. Otherwise, I never felt like I missed out on anything or that I didn’t get enough time to see the city.
Jessica, my boyfriend and I budgeted for Â€100 a day each, so together we had Â€200. Â€150 for both of you will be fine! On the drive days especially, you don’t spend much. Between Â€10 - Â€20 for lunch and snacks for the bus and that would be it for the whole day. Sometimes we’d go to the supermarket the night before a drive day and get things like fruit, chips or lollies because it was cheaper and easier than lining up at the truck stop.
I was actually surprised by how cheap things were in Europe, I’m from Sydney so everything is quite expensive and we get a lot of import taxes in Australia, but entry to the Louvre was only like Â€12. I over budgeted because I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t run out of money, and I didn’t want to not be able to buy the souvenirs I wanted because it was over daily budget. But Â€60 a day seems pretty reasonable, Â€150 should be plenty.
Let me know if you have any more questions! The trip was amazing, you guys will have the best time!