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, `the Emerald Isle`, offers some of the most beautiful landscapes and views in the entire world, from castles in ruins in verdant valleys to rocky cliffsides overlooking the Atlantic. It is a country that is fiercely proud of its native language and culture, and venturing outside the major cities, you will be able to view a more rural experience. This is most popularly achieved by driving the 111-mile Ring of Kerry in the western part of the country, or visiting the charming Gaeltacht where Irish is only spoken. But definitely do not discount the cities, home to charm, history, and great landmarks, such as the cosmpolitan capital of Dublin, and large cities such as Limerick and Cork.
For centuries Italy has drawn foreign visitors - mostly for its architectural, artistic, and scenic splendors. Italy can truly be all things to all people. From the passion and excitement of noisy urban crowds to the quiet, rural idyll where the traditional life can be experienced. Italy's great cities are replete with rich attractions and culture alongside some of the most pristine beaches and spectacular mountains in the world.
Spain is one of the most popular countries in the world for tourists, and the experiences you can have while on vacation here can be just as varied as you are. The best way to experience Spanish life today is to visit one of its largest cities, such as Madrid, the country`s capital; Barcelona, its second city; and provincial capitals such as Seville and Valencia. Andalucia, the epicenter of Moorish rule in Spain, is known for its beautiful landmarks such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alhambra. The north of the country features such varying experiences as Catholic pilgrimages in Galicia, skiing in the Pyrenees, and immersing yourself in the culture of the gorgeous Basque Country. For beach vacations, Spain is tops, from the Costa del Sol to the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Mallorca to the Canary Islands.
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.
Thousands of years of history are on full display in vibrant Portugal, fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in western Europe. Each region of Portugal offers something unique to the traveler, like unparalleled beaches and resorts in the Algarve; rolling plains that lead to mountains in the Alentejo; delicious food and drink in the Minho and the Douro River Valley; and of course the country`s bustling capital, Lisbon, which boasts the best of everything that Portugal has to offer, from restaurants to historical landmarks.
A vacation to the isle of Britain would be incomplete without stopping in Scotland. Edinburgh and Glasgow are some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United Kingdom, set in an urban landscape with many historic buildings dating from the Victorian era and even earlier, impressive considering Scotland was not spared from the Blitz of World War II. Further afield, rivers flow through beautiful valleys that reach the peaks of the Highlands, an area with its own authentic cultural traditions. Whether you are in mainland Scotland or on one of the offshore islands, this nation offers so many charming experiences for the traveler, from fairytale castles to abbeys in ruins to picturesque villages.
A favorite vacation package that allows you to experience the best of Ireland on your own terms!. Spend a pleasant stay 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). Finish your stay in lively Limerick (a bubbling, revitalized city that honors its past as it looks to the future). Return flight will be out of nearby Shannon Airport. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Sample Italy with this unique, customizable vacation package! . Begin with a visit to artistic Florence (capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture ), then pick up your car and spend a few days in one of the charming towns of the Chianti Wine Region (famous for its wines). Ride along south to Amalfi -beautiful small town, with distinctive architecture, crystal blue waters, and local delicacies-, on the scenic Amalfi Coast (known for its stunning coastline, cliffs, and beaches and colorful villages with steep and narrow streets). Drive to Naples for one last stay, before returning home. 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, with lively cities and stunning countryside. Start with a visit to exciting Madrid (Spain's capital) then, pick up your Rental 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 and Flamenco dance) and into Granada (a historic Moorish-Christian artistic heritage). From there, drive to Valencia (the gateway to the Mediterranean) and finally, enjoy a pleasant stay in Barcelona (unmatched in its uniqueness; architecture, food and lively nightlife). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Discover with a Rental Car the Romantic Road a famous Germany vacation destination that possesses the perfect embodiment of German scenery and culture. Visit Munich (famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, public park, museums and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration); Fussen (a charming Bavarian town rich in history and beauty, historically been a major centre for violin making, with the eclectic Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle lie southeast of the town); Rothenburg ob der tauber (medieval town seemingly untouched by the passage of time within undamaged 13th-century city walls) and Frankfurt (known for being the financial capital of the EU, and for its famous for its buzzing nightlife, diversity, historic old town, and its cultural wealth). This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, category of car and activities.
See two of Portugal's iconic destinations with a Rental Car!. Combine visits to beautiful Lisbon (set on seven hills, visually striking, laid back and friendly with ancient charm) and Albufeira (located in the popular Algarve Region, known as the Garden of Portugal with endless sunshine and quaint fishing villages). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Highland Highlights (Self Drive - Edinburgh - Fort William - Inverness)
7 nights from $2,590
In this fascinating vacation package, visit the famous Scottish Highlands; a historic area retaining much of its original drama and beauty. At your own leisure with a rental car discover: Edinburgh (with castles, lush countryside, and fascinating history); Ft. William (a centre for walking, hiking, and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis - it is also known for its nearby downhill mountain bike track); and Inverness (known as The Capital of the Highlands: it provides a great base for travelers wishing to explore the Scottish Highlands or Loch Ness). End this trip with a final night in Edinburgh before heading home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Flight into Edinburgh and out of Edinburgh
Flight into and out of Edinburgh
Hotel for 2 nights in Edinburgh
Rental Car for 6 days
Hotel for 2 nights in Ft. William
Hotel for 2 night in Inverness
Hotel for 1 night in Edinburgh
Driving Time Edinburgh - Ft. William: 3 hrs. 5 mins. approx. Ft. William - Inverness: 1 hr. 40 mins. approx. Inverness - Edinburgh: 3 hrs. 5 mins. approx.
English Charms (Self Drive - London - Stratford upon Avon - Oxford)
7 nights from $1,179
This package introduces you to the charming and occasionally overlooked areas of England. Combine a stay in London ('the cosmopolitan English centre'), after that, Stratford Upon Avon (Shakespeare`s birthplace) and Oxford (known as the home of its prestigious university). End this trip with a night in London before heading back home. Self-drive packages are a popular way for visitors who want to get off the beaten path and explore on their own terms. 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
13 nights from $2,462
This Self-Drive vacation package lets you set the rules!. Discover some of Spain`s most popular cities. Visit: exciting Barcelona; then pick up your car and drive to the south visiting Valencia and Alicante on the Mediterranean coast. Continue to Granada (known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the impressive Alhambra) and then, enjoy the Costa del Sol with a pleasant stay in Marbella and after that, visit Seville (the Moorish influenced city, home of glorious monuments and the passionate Flamenco dance). Drop your car there on arrival and finally catch the train for a visit to Madrid (renowned for its rich repositories of European art and vibrant nightlife). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
France is at your disposal with this customizable vacation package. Visit Bordeaux (hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France), Toulouse, Carcassonne (a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area, is famous for its medieval citadel), Avignon and Nice (capital on the Riviera; glamorous with rocky beaches, famous cafes and brilliant sunshine) with a rent a car. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Focus your visit to Spain around the hightlights of the fantastic Andalucia!. Discover Granada (a city with historic Moorish-Christian artistic heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage site like the Alhambra); Cordoba (known for its poets and philosophers; and great Moorish Mesquita); Seville (the Moorish influenced city, home of glorious monuments and the passionate Flamenco dance); 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). Finally, spend amazing days under the sun in the Costa del Sol area (miles of sandy beaches stretch along the Mediterranean sea, with extensive leisure and sport activities). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Flight into and out of Malaga
Rental Car for 9 days
Pick Up/Drop Off: Malaga Airport
Hotel for 3 nights in Granada
Hotel for 1 night in Cordoba
Hotel for 2 nights in Seville
Hotel for 1 night in Ronda
Hotel for 1 night in Costa del Sol
Driving Time Malaga Airport - Granada: 1 hr. 35 mins. approx. Granada - Cordoba: 2 hrs. 15 mins. approx. Cordoba - Seville: 1 hr. 40 mins. approx. Seville - Ronda: 1 hr. 45 mins. approx. Ronda - Costa del Sol Area: 1 hr./1 hr. 15 mins. approx. Costa del Sol - Malaga Airport: 1 hr./1 hr. 15 mins. approx.
Enjoy an Art lover`s Impressionist journey through Provence and The French Riviera with this holiday package!. From Marseille (France`s second largest city, with its hip, eclectic vibe and world-class museums, galleries and performing arts); drive to Avignon (one of the most historic and captivating towns in France, famous for massive number of medieval monuments); and then, continue to Aix-en-Provence (hometown of famous Impressionist painter Cezanne. Around this area is where Vincent Van Gogh created his most beautiful paintings). Finish this trip with an unforgettable stay in Nice (the unofficial capital of the Cote d` Azur). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Five great cities in France, one fantastic trip to explore on your own with a rental car. Start in Paris (the romantic City of Lights; shopping, dining, museums), and then Rouen, Bayeux (Its medieval center contains cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and the towering, Norman-Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame), Mont St Michel and the beautiful Blois (a hillside city on the Loire River, is the capital of the Loir-et-Cher department in central France). This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Flight into Paris and out of Paris
Hotel for 2 night in Paris
Car rental for 10 days
Hotel for 2 nights in Rouen
Hotel for 2 nights in Bayeux
Hotel for 2 nights in Mont St Michel
Hotel for 2 night in Blois
Hotel for 1 night in Paris
Driving Time Paris - Rouen: 1 hr 52 mins. approx. Rouen- Bayeux: 1 hr 48 min approx. Bayeux - Mont St Michel: 1 hr 35 mins. approx. Mont St Michel- Blois: 3 hr 39 min approx. Blois- Paris: 2 hr 3 mins. Approx.
This Self-Drive, independent vacation package will introduce you to all the most breathtaking aspects of Ireland. 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 the Irish capital city Dublin (rimming with tradition; old pubs and trendy coffee shops). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
A self-drive vacation package through Ireland allows you the flexibility to explore at your own leisure. Start, in Dublin (where intimate, authentic pubs and trendy coffee houses will surely delight) then, pick up your car and drive along the country visiting: Kilkenny (full of large castles and beautiful abbeys) , then, Waterford (the world famous home of Waterford Crystal; splendid clear, pristine beaches and charming villages) and Cork (Blarney Castle, Old Midleton Distillery, Drombeg Stone Circle). Continue to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry) and the beautiful medieval city of Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre). Drive to Shannon to catch your flight back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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 along Portugal 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) then, continue to Cascais (a delightful old fishing village on the western edge of the sunny Estoril Coast 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**
7 Irish breakfasts (based on hotel`s set menu; substitutions or special requests incur additional charges)
Focus your visit to Spain around the historical central plains, with a Rental Car. Visit Madrid; then, Segovia (famous for its historic buildings like the Roman aqueduct and its gothic cathedral); Salamanca (a city famous for its sandstone buildings and the Universidad de Salamanca, one of the oldest universities in the world); after that, Leon (home to many churches and cathedrals noted for their architecture and art) and Burgos (medieval town, rich in ancient churches and convents and base for a tour of the Ribera del Duero or Way of Saint James pilgrimage trail). End this trip with a last night in Madrid before heading back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Take an unforgettable vacation through Alpines cities in Germanywith a Rental Car. Discover: Munich (famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, public park, museums and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration), Fussen (historically been a major centre for violin making, with the eclectic Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle lie southeast of the town), Rothenburg (well known for its well-preserved medieval old town), Heidelberg (a city with a dreamy, romantic setting around the Old Bridge and the castle, nestled between the Neckar River and the foothills of the Odenwald forest) and Stuttgart (historical to modern and nature to architecture and known as the "cradle of the automobile", with home to famous automobile museums). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each 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. Combine a Rental Car and private transfers between these destinations. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotels and activities.
Enjoy Scotland`s Malt Whisky Trails, along the area near the River Spey, well known for most famous Scottish whiskies. From beautiful and historic Edinburgh, perched above the stunning Scottish coastline, with a rental-car, visit main cities, such as: Aberdeen (marvelous museums, outstanding parks and gardens; the birthplace of famed Romantic author Lord Byron); and Inverness (capital of the Highlands and one of Scotland`s oldest inhabited sites). Finally, spend a final night back in Edinburgh. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Hotel Liabeny was under construction and the front desk clerk gave us an attitude when we arrived. We had traveled overnight from Charlotte to Madrid and arrived at 8:15 the next morning. Other than this unfortunate introduction to Madrid the rest of the trip was great!
The fight from Barcelona was overbooked and our seats were reassigned to center. Uncomfortable seats and my entertainment didn't work for a 10 hour flight. Disappointing!