Europe is famous for its vast railroad network, but driving around in a rental still represents the best way to see some of the old continent's most picturesque regions. While it is technically possible to rent a car everywhere in Europe, we recommend trying out the following countries and regions: Italy, Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Ireland, Spain, France, Portugal.
Ireland is a unique country with breathtaking natural landscapes and a fascinating history. It is full of statues, monuments, dolmens, and other stone arrangements of cultural and historical significance dating back to the days of the ancient Celts. Take a glimpse into the spiritual past and present of Ireland by visiting its churches, monasteries and cathedrals. In Ireland you will also find a great variety of natural wildlife preserves, public parks and artistically-cultivated gardens.
For centuries, Italy has drawn foreign visitors, mostly for its architectural, artistic and scenic splendors. Italy can truly be all things to all people. For some the Italian experience is full of passion and excitement, urbanity, crowds and noise. For others it is a quiet rural idyll where the traditional life can be experienced. Its great cities are replete with fantastic works of art ranging from the Roman times to the Renaissance. Even then, many visitors will forego the rich attractions of culture in favor of some of the most unspoilt beaches and spectacular mountains in the world.
Spain is a country of passion, excitement and enthusiasm unlike any other in Western Europe. Madrid, the magnificent capital, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville are effervescent cosmopolitan cities with some of the best museums and galleries in Europe. Costa-style resorts take much of the coast up although cities such as Alicante, Marbella, Malaga and Mallorca's Palma retain their charm. And everywhere you can find secret hideaways with empty beaches. The best way to explore rural Spain is to visit Galicia and Asturias, the arid villages of Andalucia and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees.
France remains one of the worlds most talked-about and written-about destinations. Whether the romance of Paris sweeps you off your feet or you fall gently for the relaxed life of Provence, France is a place for lovers, and will leave you spellbound. Paris is undoubtedly one of the world's great cities, with enough monuments, museums, restaurants, theatres and shows to last a lifetime. The northern provinces of Normandy and Brittany are steeped in history while the Loire Valley is world famous for its châteaux. And there is more to explore.
Germany's landscape is straight from the Fairy tales: castles, deep dark forests and mythical rivers. The German landscapes are extraordinarily diverse, with graceful big-city appeal, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture, and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has - for better or worse.
Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe and you can see that in its vast multi-cultural monumental, artistic, and archaeological heritage. Portugal offers sandy beaches, art treasures, flavorful cuisine, unique architecture (Manueline), charming handcrafts, a mild climate, and friendly people. What you will see: almond trees in the African-looking Algarve, cork forests and fields of golden wheat in Alentejo, ranches in Ribatejo, narrow, winding streets in the Alfama in Lisbon, ox-drawn carts crossing the plains of Minho, and vineyards in the Douro.
Scotland's landscape is dotted with dramatic fairy-tale castles, ruined abbeys, fascinating historic cities and picturesque villages. Edinburgh, its capital, is widely considered to be one of the most charming cities on Earth. To the west, Glasgow has grown into one of Europe's most exciting cities for culture and recreation. Inverness and Aberdeen give access to trekking across the hills of the lowlands or the rocky peaks of the Highlands and islands. But whether on the low or the high road, there's plenty to see and do in one of the world's most accessible and civilized wildernesses.
A favorite vacation package that allows you to experience the best of Ireland on your own terms! Spend a few nights in Dublin (home to a rich literary tradition, stunning scenery, and fantastic food). On your last morning, pick up your rental car and head for Cork (the `Rebel City,` where you can see the charming Blarney Castle, whimsical sculpture gardens, and moody Drombeg Stone Circle), continue to Killarney (the unforgettable Muckross House and Gardens are a must see as is the breathtaking Ring of Kerry) and Galway (Connemara and Kylemore Abbey are simply stunning). End your stay in lively Limerick (a bubbling, revitalized city that honors its past as it looks to the future). Please note, your return flight will be out of nearby Shannon Airport. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, rental car, desired hotel and activities.
Sample Italy with this unique, customizable vacation package! Begin with a visit to artistic Florence (home to countless famous, original works of art by the likes of Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli), then pick up your car and spend a few days in one of the charming towns of the Chianti Wine Region, then head south to beautiful Amalfi in the Amalfi Coast (a gorgeous area; set on a long cliff overlooking the sea). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
This self-drive, independent vacation package will introduce you to all the most breathtaking aspects of Spain. The atmosphere is dynamic, the cities are lively and the countryside is stunning. Start with a visit to exciting Madrid (an undeniable energy permeates the air, the food is heavenly and the museums are out of this world) then pick up your car for a short ride to historical Toledo (a UNESCO World Heritage site which has hosted various cultures and religions throughout its storied history). Continue to sophisticated Seville (rich in Moorish heritage, stunning monuments dominate the skyline, the passion of the Flamenco dance and the scent of orange blossoms in every quarter) and onto Granada (the palace and gardens of the Alhambra, the city is littered with influence of Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical elements). From here you drive to Valencia (the gateway to the Mediterranean; where history meets modernism - theater and cinema, commerce and culture blend in the presence of stunning beaches) and finally end with a visit to cosmopolitan Barcelona (featuring the awe-inspiring architecture of artist Gaudi, a vibrant nightlife leading the world in areas of fashion, food and music while celebrating its own unique identity).This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Discover the Romantic Road a famous Germany vacation destination that possesses the perfect embodiment of German scenery and culture. Visit Munich(A Big-city style with rural charm, Alpine character art treasures and the Oktoberfest); Fussen (a Bavarian town at the footsteps of the Alps); Rothenburg ob der tauber (A medieval town seemingly untouched by the passage of time within undamaged 13th-century city walls) and Frankfurt (the unique `Museum Mile` along the banks of the Main river, traditional cider pubs in Sachsenhausen). Travel via rent a car. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, category of car and activities.
Picture perfect Portugal! See two of the country`s most iconic destinations; begin in beautiful Lisbon (set on seven hills, visually striking, laid back and friendly with ancient charm) and Albufeira (situated in the popular Algarve region, known as the Garden of Portugal with endless sunshine and quaint fishing villages). Paired with a rental car to provide the most flexibility. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, preferred car and activities.
The Scottish Highlands are a historic area, having once been a populated and tight knit area.
Today, the area is sparsely populated, retaining much of its original drama and beauty. The Jacobite Rulings of the 18th Century attempted to outlaw and break up the highland way of life, from the existing `Clan System` to wearing Tartan. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution people fled to major cities, and the Highlands have remained virtually unchanged since. In this fascinating vacation package, you get to visit these beautiful areas at your own leisure with a rental car.
Stay in Edinburgh (with castles, lush countryside and endearing history), Ft William (see Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Scotland), Inverness (the capital of the Highlands) and visit Drumnadrochit, Glen Urquhart, Fort Augustus, Invermoriston, Glenaffric, Strathglass and South Loch Ness. At your own leisure with a rent a car. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Self-drive packages are a popular way for visitors who want to get off the beaten path and explore on their own terms to get the most out of their vacation! This package introduces you to the charming, and occasionally overlooked, areas of England. These places have histories all their own and a lot to offer, if you know where to look! Combine a stay in London with Shakespeare`s birthplace Stratford Upon Avon and Oxford. Return to London for your final night. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Focus your visit to Italy in wonderful Tuscany! Visit artistic Florence, then pick up your car and spend some leisurely days staying in Lucca, San Gimignano and Siena to be able to experience all the different aspects of this charming region.This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Flight into Florence and out of Florence
Hotel for 2 nights in Florence
Rent a car for 6 days
Hotel for 2 nights in Lucca
Hotel for 2 nights in San Gimignano
Hotel for 2 nights in Siena
Hotel for 1 night in Florence
Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)
Best of Spain (Self Drive)
13 nights from $2,135*
This self-drive vacation package lets you set the rules! Sample some of Spain`s most popular cities. Visit exciting Barcelona, then pick up your car and drive to Valencia and to Alicante on the Mediterranean continue to Granada and the Alhambra and then sample the Costa del Sol with a stay in Marbella, proceed to beautiful Seville. Drop your car there on arrival and finally catch the Ave train for a visit to artistic Madrid. With yourself in the driver`s seat you can choose which museums, churches, historic sights, beaches and more that spark your interest, for ultimate control of your vacation. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, rental car, desired hotel and activities.
Focus your visit to Spain around the hightlights of Andalucia! Visit Granada (the last kingdom to have been recaptured by Catholic Monarchs, this city has an incredible Moorish-Christian historic and artistic heritage); Cordoba (known for its poets and philosophers; with 3 recognized UNESCO World Heritage sites this city represents the very essence of Spain); Seville (the city of Carmen and Don Juan; with rich history and inspiring monuments, the passion of the Flamenco and the fragrance of orange blossom lingering in the air); and Ronda (situated along a gorge in a mountainous area, this `pueblo blanco` with a historic bull ring is beautifully preserved with great bars and restaurants)and the Costa del Sol (miles of sandy beaches stretch along the Mediterranean sea, with extensive leisure and sport activities; this area has earned its name with over 250 days of sunshine per year). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Experience Ireland as a local, staying in stylish Georgian or other period/historic farmhouses. History and the warm Irish welcome are combined as you visit such favorites as Dublin, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Cork and Kerry, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Kildare and Meath.
This package is based on bed and full Irish breakfast accommodation in stylish farmhouses with en-suite bathrooms. The accommodations used are generally those whose basic structures would have been built from the late 1700`s to the late 1800`s and have been occupied by the same families since then; many of them are still full working farms.
This is a pre-set, independent, SELF DRIVE package. You may choose to visit any, all, or none of the suggested sites.
Flight into and out of Dublin
Rental car for 8 days
2 nights in Wicklow
1 night in Kilkenny
2 nights in Cork or Kerry
1 night in Limerick or Tipperary
1 night in Kildare or Meath Area
**Hotel choices are based on availability; Due to the small capacity of these hotels we cannot advertise them by name**
Breakfast Daily (based on a set menu; substitutions or special requests may incur additional charges) and service charges
Pick up your car in Shannon and drive to Medieval Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre), then proceed to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry) and finally, visit Dublin.This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and desired rent a car.
Flight into Shannon and out of Dublin
2 nights in Limerick
Rent a car for 6 days
2 nights in Killarney
2 nights in Dublin
Breakfast Daily (where indicated in hotel) and service charges
A self-drive vacation package through Ireland allows you the flexibility to explore at your own leisure. Start your adventure in Dublin (where intimate, authentic pubs and trendy coffee houses will surely delight) then pick up your rent a car and depart for historic Kilkenny ( full of large castles and beautiful abbeys); continue to Waterford (the world famous home of Waterford Crystal; splendid clear, pristine beaches and charming villages perched on the edge of beautiful bays). From there head to Cork (Blarney Castle, Old Midleton Distillery, Drombeg Stone Circle) and on to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry) and the beautiful medieval city Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre). Fly out of Shannon. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and desired rent a car.
Sample all that Italy has to offer from north to
south, take your vacation into your own hands with the convenience of a rental car! Start off with a visit to beautiful Venice (charming canals, gorgeous palaces). Then pick up your car for a drive to Pisa (famous for its leaning Tower); continue to artistic Florence (home to the statue of David, and the famous Birth of Venus). Afterwards visit mystical Assisi, then drive down to charming Sorrento and finally visit Imperial Rome(the Vatican, centuries of artistic achievement).This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
The Lisbon metropolitan area is too beautiful to be ignored. In this totally customizable vacation package you will see why. Begin in Lisbon (the capital of Portugal; set on the banks of the Tagus river with an ancient medieval fort at the heart of the city, charming neighborhoods with amazing food, shopping and quaint local festivals) and continue to Cascais (a delightful old fishing village on the western edge of the sunny Estoril Coast of Lisbon) and finally visit picturesque Sintra (with historic buildings and stunning scenery). Return to Lisbon for an additional night before your flight out. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
A self drive through Ireland in style! Spend your days traveling across rich midland pastures and spend your nights in castle (or manor home) style hotels, ranging from the 11th century to the 18th century. An unrivaled experience! Visit Dublin (a city rich in literary history; trendy cafes and intimate pubs with authentic regional food), Galway (famous for its castles) Connemara (wild and rugged; famous for its unparalelled beauty) and Clare; lastly visit the charming medieval city Limerick.
This is a pre-set, independent, SELF DRIVE package. You may choose to visit any, all, or none of the suggested sites. Please note: Castles are not open during Christmas Season. This package is available between February and November.
Flight into and out of Dublin
Rent a car for 8 days
2 nights in Dublin - Fitzpatrick or Clontarf Castle Hotel or similar
2 nights in Clifden - Abbeyglen Castle Hotel or similar
2 nights in Tralee - Ballyseede Castle Hotel or similar
1 night in Kildare - Barberstown Castle Hotel or similar
**Hotel choices are based on availability**
Breakfast Daily (based on hotel`s set menu; substitutions or special requests may incur additional charges)
Take an unforgettable vacation through Europe and visit Munich, Fussen, Rothenburg, Heidelberg and Stuttgart with a rent a car. There is simply no shortage of museums, churches, parks, historic sights or activities to explore in these fascinating cities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in the city, desired hotel and activities.
The Sorrentine Peninsula is regarded throughout Italy, and the world, for its beauty. Warm beaches, quaint towns, and crystal waters define many of its best spots. This flexible vacation package stays in several favorites; begin in graceful Amalfi (where whitewashed buildings meander up the hillside from the sandy beaches; the town is known for its ideal climate and dizzying vistas) before continuing on to Sorrento and Capri, ending in Naples (a vibrant, edgy city that defines La Dolce Vita for which Italy is famous). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotels and activities.
Flight into and out of Naples
Rental car for 3 days
Hotel for 2 nights in Amalfi
Hotel for 3 nights in Sorrento
Ferry Sorrento - Capri (on your own - not included)
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