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Five epic road trips to experience in your lifetime

A self-drive adventure means freedom; free reign to explore the routes that fascinate you. Stay longer than you expected, make detours and return to the places that you’d love to see just one last time. We have put together a selection of road trips that we consider paramount to understanding just how amazing a self-drive holiday can be. These places have exactly what a road trip destination needs; scenic stretches, a variety of highlights along the way and people who embrace a relaxed way of life.

The Ring Road, Iceland

Get to know Iceland’s iconic untamed beauty and marvellous wilderness as you experience The Ring Road. On your adventure, let go of luxury and glamour and embrace getting up close and personal with the landscape. On a self-drive experience, you have the privilege of stopping off at the more remote parts of Iceland. The Westfjords Region, where mountains are steep and roads are narrow, is perfect for getting lost in the undisturbed beauty. Without a doubt, Myvatn Hot Springs are an unmissable experience. A set of geothermally heated pools in the Lake Myvatn district, think Blue Lagoon without the crowds. Other unmissable sights include Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the unbelievable glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi Coast, famed for panoramic sea vistas and charming fishing villages, boasts one of the most beloved coastal roads in the world. On a self-drive adventure, get to know what is quintessentially Italian and learn what makes the locals proud to call this their home. Stopping off at luxury boutique properties, explore the glamour of Ravello, the charm of Sorrento and the beauty of the landscape in between. No matter what point you are at along the Amalfi Coast, continue to discover glorious hidden coves, wonderful Mediterranean dining experiences and glamorous wine estates. Some of our most memorable highlights include cliffside wine tastings at Marisa Cuomo and dining at one of the most beautiful dining terraces at Hotel Bellevue Syrene.

Pacific Coast Highway, California

We believe that a Californian road trip should be on everyone’s bucket list. The dramatic beauty of the Pacific Coast is best appreciated on a self-drive adventure, where you can take your time and soak in the beauty that surrounds you. Choosing exactly where it suits you to stop off, the coastline offers a wonderful balance between classic Californian beach lifestyle, rustic national parks and glamorous vineyard estates. It truly is a trip that is suited to everyone, catering perfectly for families of all ages. We recommend exploring the rugged beauty Yosemite, the booming food scene in Los Angeles, the laidback seaside city of Monterey and of course, the vibrant city that is San Francisco.

Great Ocean Road, Australia

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes. Taking you along the stunning limestone cliffs, pass mesmerising waterfalls, sandy beaches and dramatic rock formations. Start in the surf capital of Torquay and make your way along the beautiful stretch of coastline towards Apollo Bay and Cape Otway. Explore the dense rainforest and large koala population in Cape Otway before continuing along the coast to the famous landmarks of Australia like the Twelve Apostles, London Arch and The Grotto. During the scenic drive, you are sure to stumble upon lovely coves and beaches, perfect to spend the days away.

Garden Route, South Africa

Stretching a mighty 300 kilometres, the Garden Route of South Africa has a beautiful collection of nature reserves, secluded beaches and indigenous forests. It fascinates all and is home to a wonderful collection of luxury eco-friendly properties including one of our favourites, Tsala Treetops Lodge. Especially suited to a self-drive adventure, there are endless chances to stop for action-packed activities including exceptional whale and dolphin viewing opportunities. Home to a fascinating mix of ecosystems, don’t miss the chance to get close to the action at some of the country’s most renowned game reserves and parks, especially Tsitsikamma National Park.

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