Self Drive Holidays
If you want to explore new destinations but don’t want to be with a group of people or tied to a timetable, self drive is a great option. I can arrange all sizes of vehicles for you wherever in the world you want to go. Motorhomes and campervans are a great option for places like Australia and New Zealand and in America you might even prefer two wheels – motorbike hire is another great way to get the wind in your face!
Close to home you can take your car by ferry or Eurostar to Europe and onwards as far round the world as you want – I can book hotels, ferries, trains as well as the vehicle itself if you want to fly-drive. Flying to your holiday destination and hiring a car gives you flexibility to explore, rather than be stuck ‘in resort’ for the duration of your holiday. If you want to take your motorbike to Europe there are some great touring roads such as the wine clad valleys of the Mosel and Rhine in Germany or the classic racing trails through Italy, ask me about booking a touring route with accommodation for specialist motorbike clubs.
Even if you are just going to a Greek island for a week, many hotels or apartments can be rural or quite a walk from the nearest bars and shops, so for a little extra expense, why not book a hire car and explore more of the country you are visiting and get off the beaten track. If you want to rent a self catering cottage somewhere in the pretty hills of Europe, make sure you have a car – personally, I’ve hired cars in most places in Europe and it’s a great way to explore getting you to hiking trails, markets, out of the way bistros and get to remote landmarks and amazing view points.
Fly-drive holidays are rightly popular in North America, in fact I’ve done it myself! There is nothing more liberating that ‘hitting the highway’ with the freedom to go where you want, when you want. Two of the most popular self drive tours in the USA include Route 66 (Chicago to Los Angeles) and the Pacific Coast Highway (Los Angeles to Seattle). Other good options that can be done in circular routes if you want a two week varied itinerary would be New England – New York – Niagara Falls or a journey round The Great Lakes, or heading south to ‘Lone Star’ lands, start and end in Dallas. If the music and culture of the deep south is more your thing, take a drive around Atlanta through Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. The options are endless! Canada has dramatic, wonderful landscapes to drive through – motorhomes are popular here if you want to explore some of the stunning national parks and wilderness areas.
In the southern hemisphere, South Africa is a wonderful self drive option. Main road networks are good and the infrastructure great. Drive along the Garden Route, stopping in lovely little boutique guest houses or farmstays or leave the car at your hotel in the winelands and take a tasting tour, you’ll go a long way to beat the wines and food of the Western Cape! Self drives in the Eastern Cape can include safaris in the game reserves there. If self drive safari is your thing and you are an experienced African traveller, take a car into the Kruger and stay at the restcamps or drive yourself through the reserves of Kwa Zulu Natal then spend some time on the stunning Indian Ocean coastline. If you want to adventure further into the interior of Africa, it is possible to hire ‘camper’ 4×4 vehicles with pop up roof tents, travel into Botswana or Namibia (but don’t get lost!).
Over in Australasia the huge open spaces of outback Australia are just crying out for long distance adventure driving! Ask me about campervans or self drives, you can stay on farms and ranches if you want to get a taste of bush life or if you prefer easier driving, hire a car and drive up the Gold Coast or around New South Wales, enjoying stunning mountains, incredible beaches, wildlife and fabulous restaurants and vinyards. New Zealand is an amazingly beautiful land of mountains, fjords and forests. You could easily spend a couple of months touring around here. In Australia and New Zealand it is possible to pre-book ‘touring passes’ for accommodation which gives you flexibility to set your itinerary as you go. For example, I can book you a hire car with pre-paid accommodation and you’ll get a list of all the hotels that are covered in that package to choose from (different star ratings are available).
So, wherever you want to go on your next holiday, if you prefer your own set of wheels, get in touch and I’ll create the perfect tailor made self drive holiday for you!
We had a great time on our recent holiday to New England, here are just some of the things we experienced! Boston was a great city to visit, plenty to see and do, walked the Freedom Trail and enjoyed some shopping! Up the coast into Maine we stayed at Bar Harbor for 2 nights, really nice fishing town, very pretty, lots of Lobsters! Went through the White Mountains, Conway, did some hiking, then to Stowe in Vermont, really great town near the Canada border. Newport Rhode Island was a great place with lots of boats! The final place we stayed at Cape Cod was wow! We were there for 4th July celebrations and fireworks it was amazing. Overall, a fabulous holiday, we enjoyed the coastal towns the best. Thank you for helping us plan our holiday.
Stu and Deb Brown – New England, USA (June 2013)
Thanks Jules for arranging so much in so little time and on a limited budget for our holiday to South Africa and the Garden Route. We could never have seen so much or found such interesting places to stay ourselves – from the flights to the car hire to the accommodation taking away all the pressure leaving us free to enjoy the holiday. Cape town, the winelands, the interior, the beaches and finishing with the safari. I have never ever stayed in such four and five star accommodation for such reasonable rates and the food and drink are to die for! The day on the wine tour was one of the best days of my life. The tasting from the barrels in the cellar to explain what difference the barrel makes, to the glorious views over the Franshoeck valley from dieu donne vineyard with the Africa sunlight going down turning from light yellow to red. The Elephant House at Addo was a trip back to colonial times, huge settes to sink into with a glass of red discussing with other guests what animals they saw close up in the game reserve on the off track guided safari. Absolutely first class holiday – happy to recommend you any time.
Graham & Sue Stamper – South Africa (September 2012)
Lets start by saying a big thank-you for all your help. Our idea of having a Europen adventure in the car (as an alternative to our usual sailing holidays) came last year after watching Micheal Portillo on the mountain trains in Switzerland and our desire to encorage our daughters interest in history by visiting Rome. You gave us the confidence to make our dream a reality and arrange the details.
We started our journey with the channel tunnel crossing followed by a stop in Strasbourg staying at the Maison Rouge. We loved the hotel, right in the middle of the historic heart of the city. The drive down to Italy, over the Alps was exciting with several stops for photo opportunities. The villa you booked for us was stunning in both size and beauty. We spent much of the week in the pool, with fantastic views over the italian countryside. During the week we traveled into Rome for walking tours of the Vatican, Colloseum and the Roman Forum. The Italian trains and food were so cheap compared to the high costs in Swizerland. Best of all were the restaurants on the banks of the nearby lake which gave great food, hospitality and views across the lakes. So it was great getting your help to organise this, Strasbourg and the villa were excellent. Very many thanks, Graham, Carole, Emily and Alice
Young Family – Road trip to Italy (August 2013)
We had a truly memorable time and everything went relatively like clockwork. It was very comforting to turn up and be expected at all locations. Like everyone we guess we would have tweaked things a little with the benefit of hindsight, but overall extremely satisfied. Our journey took us all around California, along the Pacific Coast through Santa Barbara, Monterey to San Francisco (The Alcatraz tour was interesting and we would have struggled had you not pre-booked it for us). The Big Bus tours are very worthwhile (but cold!). Then we headed through Yosemite and Sequoia into the stunning parks of Utah, into Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and across the last part of Route 66 back to LA.
Some unexpected treats we found along the way included Peggy Sue’s Diner, 2 minutes off I40, which was on our route, Seligman on Route 66 – a step back in time (including the Roadkill Café) and Oatman on Route 66 – loved the Buros in the street and what a strange place!
John, Mandy, Martin & Fay – Western USA fly drive (July 13)
Fly Drive Holidays to New England give you the opportunity to experience old fashiong American hospitality in the many farms, inns and fishing towns in the region. Trek in the mountains, taste the Lobster and enjoy the colours of the Fall!
With stunning scenery, often empty roads, clear and easy directions and a wealth of variety, Canada is the perfect destination for self drive holidays.
Self drive holidays to Iceland – take to the roads and experience the national parks, seals, seabirds, whales and glaciers at your own pace! Wander the cliffs and beaches, marvel at waterfalls and stay in local farmhouses.
The Garden Route is a popular self drive holiday in South Africa – gorgeous beaches, coastal walks, forests, lagoons, adventure activities and a range of accommodation. Perfectly combined with Cape Town and a safari.
Drive the sights of Australia’s west coast from Sydney up to Brisbane, enjoy beautiful open roads and coastal scenery on this flexible tour enabling you to tailor things to your own pace but still with pre-booked accommodation, directions and maps!
Self drive holidays on Route 66. Whether you drive this route by car, motorhome or motorbike, this is the most popular fly drive in USA! I can tailor make it to suit your individual requirements.