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Six ultimate road trips

Six ultimate road trips

Get ready for some of the most exciting and beautiful road trips from the Canadian wilderness to bucolic German towns!

A road trip can be one of the best ways to see a country. You can get out to places local transport can’t take you – explore hidden coves or delightful villages and see more than you would on foot!

Just imagine: Windows down. Sun high. Warm breeze on your face. And the open road ahead. We’ve lined up six amazing road trips from across the globe to get you started.

Ready. Steady. Go!

Seafood and stunning coastal views in the USA

Seafood and stunning coastal views in the USA

Spend your days on the California to Oregon coastline surfing, eating top notch seafood, visiting wineries, hiking among great redwoods and kayaking the still waters of hidden lakes.

Highlights include San Francisco, beach life on the laid back Cali coast, literary interest in Ashland, Oregon and exploring adventurous Bend. Of course the vast array of national parks will keep you very busy – from Yosemite, to Redwood state park and Mount Hood.

Fly direct to San Diego, San Francisco, LA, Portland, Seattle from Heathrow.

Lavender fields and swimming in France

Lavender fields and swimming in France

Coast the romantic, winding roads from inland France all the way to the Med. Start at Lyon, stop off at deep blue lakes, rustic hilltop villages and eventually arrive on the glamourous south coast where you’ll fly back from Nice.

Discover the Rhône, the Alps and Provence in just one trip!

Fly direct to Lyon or Nice from Heathrow.

Bears and hikes in Canada

Bears and hikes in Canada

Huge vistas, encounters with bears and grandiose natural beauty – wild West Canada is for dreamers, hikers and nature lovers.

Start in the cowboy town of Calgary or in cosmopolitan Vancouver and take 10 days to complete the route. You will enjoy pristine lakes, miles and miles of green and awe inspiring national parks such as the iconic Banff.

Fly direct to Vancouver or Calgary from Heathrow.

Rugged coastlines and rural towns in Ireland

Rugged coastlines and rural towns in Ireland

Start in the cobbled streets of Cork, and along the way take in the fabled Ring of Kerry and the gorgeous harbour town of Kinsale.

The waterways, wide avenues and bridges of Cork are a delight to explore, and the narrow streets of Kinsale are awash with galleries and shops. But perhaps the highlight of this road trip is the stunning seascapes and sublime mountain views of the Ring of Kerry.

Fly direct to Cork from Heathrow.

Delicacies and art in Italy

Delicacies and art in Italy

Vineyards, art, roman architecture and plenty of delicious food – a road trip in Italy is abounding with interest. Start and finish in Bologna, taking in the art of Florence and many foodie spots on the way.

This is your opportunity to revel in the food highlights of the Emilia-Romagna region. Think parma ham, asparagus, prosciutto, formaggi and artichokes washed down with a glass of red or white while looking out over rolling fields at sunset. Stop at Modena, Levizzano and Castelvetro for lunch or dinner.

After all that food, you might want to soak up some culture. On reaching Florence head to Duomo and Battistero, see the Birth of Venus at Galleria degli Uffizi and the natural history museum La Specola.

Fly direct to Bologna from Heathrow.

Lederhosen and picturesque villages in Germany

Lederhosen and picturesque villages in Germany

The bucolic scenery and imposing castles found along the picturesque Romantic Road in Bavaria is a huge pull for visitors. You’ll start and end your trip in Munich, taking a loop of the Bavarian countryside and charming towns.

Don’t miss out on Bamberg and Steigerwald Natural Park, medieval Wurzburg, Odenwald Forest – the inspiration for the medieval myths and legends of the great Wagnerian epics – and Heidelberg. Snug in the crook of a pretty river, in a valley overlooked by a grand castle, this city is everything you hoped Southern Germany would be!

Fly direct to Munich from Heathrow.

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