No other holiday gives you the freedom to explore where you want, at the pace you want and how you want quite like a road trip.
Be it motoring through Argentina, a food tour through New Zealand or the all-American classic, route 66, there are hundreds of road trips to be had on this planet, and we’ve picked out ten of the finest. To help you on your four-wheeled way we’ve also got some great deals on our self-drive tours to get you out on the open road for less this year. So fill up the tank and buckle up and we present the best road trips for 2014!
The Great Ocean Road
Arguably the best driving route in Australia, the Great Ocean Road stretches from Melbourne along the coastline up to Adelaide, passing fascinating sites such as the striking Twelve Apostles. Take a seven day tour of this seashore route from just £428 per person and visit historic towns, get the chance to see whales in the ocean and chill out on the golden beaches found along this great holiday route.
Great Lakes Route
North America has some of the best road trip routes in the world, with the diverse and contrasting landscapes of the United States offering up some pretty amazing roadside views. It’s not just the buildings and mountains that are worth exploring though - the great lakes and coastal views are just as spectacular. Take our alternative Chicago great lakes tour and marvel at the incredible scenery through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Spend 12 days exploring South Africa’s gorgeous Garden Route and see the best of the country’s wildlife, flora, coastlines and landscapes. Starting off in Cape Town and heading east towards Port Elizabeth, this road trip passes through some of the most iconic areas of SA and you can enjoy all the route has to offer from just £738 per person when you book for a trip between the 1st until the 3rd July.
Take to the winding roads of Argentina for a road trip adventure unlike any other. Stop off at the many vineyards you’ll pass on your way, explore Canyon Quebrada de Humahuca and visit ancient ruins on a nine day adventure across the real Argentina.
Easy Rider LA Tour
Trade four wheels for two on an out-of-this-world road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway riding an iconic Harley Davidson motorcycle. Feel the wind in your hair on this thrilling 10-day tour of Los Angeles as you drive from cultural San Francisco down south to LA.
Magical Middle Earth
Go all out and take a 24 day road trip around New Zealand on an exclusive Middle Earth tour. Visit the locations of filming for both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films as you tour the whole country, staring in Auckland and making your way down through Lake Taupo, Wellington, Queenstown and many more before reaching your final destination of Christchurch.
Totem Peaks Tour
If you’ve ever wanted to explore the rugged Rocky Mountains, discover the still lakes of Canada and journey through the country’s mystical forests then this road trip is for you. Start off in Vancouver and make your way through Canada’s dramatic landscape till you reach stunning Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Classic Route 66
Of course, no list of road trips is complete without mentioning quite possibly the most famous driving route of them all, Route 66. Spend two weeks out on the open roads of the United States as you journey from Los Angeles right through to Chicago, passing incredible and iconic scenes and cities along your way.
Snap-happy travellers should not miss the chance to take a road trip through the lovely island of Tasmania, one of Australia’s hidden treasures. Explore the eastern side of this island on a six day tour from just £454 when you visit from April until March next year.
Electric East Coast
Experience the charm of eastern America on a nine day tour of this cosmopolitan coast. Start your adventure in the Big Apple before journeying through New York State through to Philadelphia, passing the Niagara Fallas and Washington D.C. en route!
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