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Self-drive holidays – Get your motor running and head out on the highway…

Looking for adventure? Hit the open road with self-drive holidays across the USA and Canada. Whether you want to discover the best of the West Coast, the casinos and canyons of the South-West, or the great parks of Canada, driving holidays give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want.

Our Canada self-drive holidays take you from east to west, stopping off in famous Canadian cities and wilderness along the way. America self-drive holidays introduce you to the bright lights of New York, the breath-taking beauty of Yellowstone park and the iconic California highways. And who could resist America driving holidays that take you along the legendary Route 66? Whatever route you choose to take, we have self-driving holidays for everyone.

Not a fan of the open road? Not to worry, there’s plenty of other ways to discover the world with our exciting range of tours and safaris.

 

Lobsters and Lighthouses

Lobsters and Lighthouses

One of those places you instantly feel like a local, New England’s scenery, old-world villages, and seaside communities are as welcoming and familiar as you can get, making for leisurely exploration. Breaking you into the easy-going air, Boston’s no sprawling urban jungle; it’s a cutesy enclave packed with history and charm. Its Freedom Trail links American Revolutionary landmarks with a simple stroll, peppered with endless dining and second-to-none shopping. But lobsters and lighthouses await. Hitting the road north takes you through Salem’s witch trial history, coastal communities like Gloucester, Rockport, and Portsmouth, and into Kennebunkport, whose bohemian vibe and historic homes make it a perfect overnight stop before heading on to Bar Harbor, where lobstermen bring in their catch for your chowder and lobster rolls. Most travellers drive into Acadia National Park, taking Park Loop Road or scaling Cadillac Mountain, before leaving the coast for the White Mountains and their covered bridges and forest-wrapped villages, heading over to Stowe; the Green Mountains and their bear and moose lled forests; and the famously chic region of The Berkshires. Back on the coast, the trail leads you to Newport, summer home of the super- wealthy, and Cape Cod, where incredible sandy beaches, sweet villages, and free-spirited Princetown make it the summer home of many more.

From £1059pp (excluding flights)
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Mountain Express

Mountain Express

Timeless cowboy country and the enduring beauty of Canada’s Western wilderness contrast with the ever-progressive Pacific metropolis of Vancouver on this 8 day road trip through the Rockies. Before you reach the thoroughly modern delights of Vancouver, with its chic shopping, world-class dining scene, and memorable coastal experiences (from biking around water-framed Stanley Park to whale watching beyond the bay), you’ll pass through Canada’s past. And it all starts in Calgary — an urban enclave that may have moved with the times but has kept its cowboy culture and rodeo reputation. From ‘Stampede City’ you’ll take the highways into Banff National Park in search of the eternally quaint town of Banff. The famous wintery landscapes of Icefields Parkway beckon as you journey from Banff to the equally cutesy town of Jasper, with the glacier, Lake Louise, and Peyto Lake popular pitstops on the way to Jasper National Park. Following the old trade routes, you’ll travel along Yellowhead Highway to stay in the sports capital of Sun Peaks, witnessing some of the Rockies’ most dramatic scenes en route, including soaring Mount Robson. But Canada’s West keeps a few surprises back for your final journey, from Sun Peaks to Vancouver, with the scenery switching between sagebrush-swathed cattle ranches, Fraser Canyon’s white-water rapids, the drama of Hell’s Gate gorge, and the coastal calm of Vancouver’s rural fringes — all before modern life reappears in stunning Vancouver.

From £1275pp (excluding flights)

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Western Explorer

Western Explorer

Mixing Canada’s natural coastal beauty with its rugged interior, this unforgettable road trip gives you the complete west Coast experience. You’ll wind through national parks, past emerald-green lakes and lush valleys as you make your way through Banff and Jasper, before staying at a traditional ranch. After a taste of mountain-living, you’ll spend your days sailing along the Sunshine Coast and visiting the rugged Vancouver Island. And your final stop in Vancouver, with its urban buzz and beautiful coastline, makes the perfect ending to your western adventure.

From £1665pp (excluding flights)

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Rhythms of the South

Rhythms of the South

Those after the full surround-sound experience of the South, can’t do better than this musical masterpiece. With its intro in Atlanta, often overlooked in favour of noisier neighbours Nashville and Memphis, you’ll discover a hotbed of musical talent, from hip- hop to gospel. It’s also lled with big-city attractions, like World of Coca Cola and Inside CNN tours. The pull of the musical maestros soon takes hold, and Nashville tempts you with its Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry – you could always crank up the radio for a detour to the Chatanooga Choo Choo or Jack Daniels distillery on your way. Moving to Memphis, country and western makes way for the birthplace of the blues. It may have sealed its fame in the Elvis years, and time at Graceland’s a must, but the blues still play proud in Beale Street’s bars. Tuning in to jazz stations instead puts you in the New Orleans spirit, as you drive through Natchez and Baton Rouge to The Big Easy and famously ornate Bourbon Street. But the sounds of the South aren’t all you’ll experience: there’s the taste of barbecue and gumbo; Vicksburg’s military connections; Pensacola’s Gulf beaches; Floridian capital, Tallahassee; and interludes among the antebellum homes of grandiose Savannah and Charleston.

From £1239pp (excluding flights)
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Route 66

Route 66

In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely paved highway in the United States. Known as the 'Mother Road', it stretched from the Great Lakes to the shores of California’s Pacific Coast. This Historic Route 66 tour takes you on an unforgettable self-drive journey filled with captivating Americana and the history of the old west. You’ll visit Chicago and St Louis, experience the highlights of Las Vegas and Los Angeles and discover the captivating beauty of the Grand Canyon and the vast lands of the Texas Panhandle.

From £1039pp (excluding flights)
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Casinos and Canyons

Casinos and Canyons

Discover the natural wonders that stand in complete contrast to Las Vegas’ manmade masterpieces. You'll start on the famous Las Vegas Strip, lined with exclusive malls and themed hotels, each vying to beat the next for the best shows, restaurants and casinos, and the wackiest attractions. Then drive away from the city — to where nature, solitude and silence reign. Five nights out in wild national parks will open your eyes to nature’s own extraordinary creations. Wonder at the shadow-throwing rock formations of Bryce Canyon; the light-catching turrets of Monument Valley; the endlessly changing terrains of Canyonlands; and the eye-defying depths of the Grand Canyon.

From £535pp (excluding flights)
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Best of the West

Best of the West

Pick up your car in LA and take to the open road as you explore the West’s top picks. Hangout with the cool people in Palm Springs, take in the old west vibe of Scottsdale and see skyscraper-studded Phoenix. Drive along amazing routes like a section of Route 66, Yosemite’s winding Tioga Pass, California’s historic Gold Rush route, and the coastal scenery of Highway 1. Other top-dollar names make an appearance too, from the vast Grand Canyon to the desert landscapes of Death Valley. And the manmade musts don’t shy away either, with Las Vegas’ dazzling neon, San Francisco’s hotspots, and LA laying out the big guns, from Rodeo Drive to Venice Beach.

From £1095pp (excluding flights)
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Northern California Adventure

Northern California Adventure

From one of America’s most-loved cities to the vineyards of Sonoma County and the natural beauty of Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, NorCal is a little bit special. And, touring at a slow pace with long stopovers, you’ll have plenty of time to immerse yourself in its laidback spirit.

Your trip starts in San Francisco where you can tick off the city sights. And, with a bike for a day, we recommend a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, the beaches, and Muir Woods. Then, you'll leave the city lights behind as you drive up to the wineries and tasting rooms of Napa and Sonoma. As well as wine tasting, you can enjoy exquisite restaurants and chic galleries, and the vineyards are just perfect for afternoon strolls and biking. There are more sights to behold at Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and you’ll have time to bike or hike your way through the towering forests. For something more serene, simply wander along the beaches and shores of Lake Tahoe and snap Yosemite’s jaw-dropping sights, like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan.

From £1049pp (excluding flights)
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Yukon and Alaska Explorer

Yukon and Alaska Explorer

For trails less-travelled, you won’t find better than this 2-week loop round Alaska and northwest Canada. Gold Rush relics, ice-crusted glaciers and snow-covered mountains, the dramatic scenery of this drive will stay with you for a lifetime. Starting in Whitehorse, you’ll make your way into Alaska’s inland through wildlife-filled national parks, before heading down to the rugged coastline around Anchorage. Passing over the highest border crossing back into Canada, you’ll venture south along the Klondike Highway through fjord-hugging passageways ­– dramatic vistas and striking scenery lining every stretch of the road. The last part of your trip is a relaxing narrow-gauge rail journey with unbelievable views from 880 metres up. The perfect finale. 

From £2099pp (excluding flights)

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Rockies to Vancouver, Canadian Style

Rockies to Vancouver, Canadian Style

This road trip from Calgary to the coast gives you plenty of time to get to know each stop along the way. And getting to know western Canada means off-grid adventures galore. You’ll start in Banff, Canada’s original national park, with hiking, biking, mountain-top views and jaw-dropping scenery. You’ll spend days on end on the water in Jasper and Lake Louise – with thrill-filled river rafting and calm canoeing – even riding on an ancient glacier. After savouring the last bit of country life in Baker Creek, you’ll venture into vibrant Vancouver to explore the sights and sounds like a local.  

From £1299pp (excluding flights)

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Great Parks of the West

Great Parks of the West

There aren’t many places that rival Canada’s West for car-stopping scenery. And few places have such dramatic peaks, parks and lakes. Before your coast-to-country drive, Vancouver gives you a burst of urban adventure and plenty of hustle and bustle. Then it’s time for you to hit the highway, and make your way east through the mountains and past glistening waters. You’ll meander your way through villages and valleys, and stop for stays in Penticton, Revelstoke, and the famed Banff and Whistler. Jam-packed with chances for adventure, you’re most definitely get a taste of what western Canada is all about. 

From £1939pp (excluding flights)

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Postcards of California

Postcards of California

See the parts of California that always make the postcards: Golden Gate Bridge, Santa Monica Pier, Carmel’s Lone Cypress, California Wine Country and Yosemite’s waterfalls. Then start your own photo collage. 

Start with LA and time for Venice Beach, or maybe a dose of Disney. Then meander up the Pacific Coast Highway. Take in top spots like Malibu Beach, Monterey and Carmel’s 17-Mile Drive, all a photographer’s dream. Then you’re in San Francisco and time to swap your wheels for cable cars — or join the many bikes that tackle the famous streets. An unforgettable drive over the Golden Gate Bridge sees you in chic Sausalito. Head on to Muir Woods to walk the boardwalks beneath the towering redwoods, before you continue towards Napa and Sonoma. After an evening among the vineyards, it’s time to take the historic Gold Country route to Yosemite. A two-night stay lets you take in all the park’s canvas-worthy sights, like Half Dome and El Capitan.

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Close Encounters of the Yellowstone Kind

Close Encounters of the Yellowstone Kind

Getting up close and personal with Mother Earth’s a sure-fire way to forget home and find yourself. Nowhere gives close encounters quite like Salt Lake City’s surrounds, which lead you through Yellowstone, cowboy country, and snow-draped mountain ranges.

A captivating cauldron of hot springs and geysers, Yellowstone’s probably the most extreme of the USA’s beloved national parks. With the next seismic burst due any century, 2-nights in West Yellowstone puts you near some of its most active sights, including the Norris and Old Faithful geysers, the Paint Pots, and its largest hot spring, Grand Prismatic.

But Mother Nature comes in all guises, and driving to and from Yellowstone reveals Vedauwoo’s ancient rock formations near Cheyenne, Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, and Grand Teton National Park. Staying overnight at Jackson Hole and Steamboat Springs ski resorts puts you even closer to nature, with hiking, boat trips and soaking in hot springs.

Land of the cowboys, the Wild West spirit never left Wyoming and South Dakota, and nights in Cody, Deadwood, and Cheyenne let you experience their truly ‘western’ Main Streets, Deadwood’s daily ‘shootout’, historic spots like the Buffalo Bill museum and Calamity Jane’s grave, and maybe even one of the annual rodeos.

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  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
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We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

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In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

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We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

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We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. We’re currently dealing with a huge volume of enquiries from our customers, including refund requests. Because of this, it’s likely it will take much longer than usual to process your refund. We’re very grateful for your continued patience, and we’ll work as quickly as we can to get to you.

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