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Take the wheel on the roads less travelled

Fly-drive, or self-drive, holidays are a liberating, flexible and cost-effective way to discover a destination at your own pace. Choose from a range of itineraries – from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, via the Garden Route, or meandering in a motorhome around Australia – whatever appeals to you, our team of specialists means your holiday will be carefully planned so you can see the highlights of each country without spending too much time in the car.

In order to ensure that our fly-drive travellers benefit from the highest standards of reliability, service and support, Cox & Kings works with internationally renowned car hire companies, which all offer 24-hour helplines, SOS emergency services and more.

Benefits of self-drive holidays

Flexibility of travelFlexibility: you’re in the driver’s seat, meaning you choose the route, dictate the pace, and can take detours or rest as you wish

SceneryScenic routes: navigate iconic highways as well as the roads less travelled for jaw-dropping scenery and access to nature

Independent minded travellers24/7 support: although you’re behind the wheel, we remain on hand to assist at any point during your journey

Cost effectiveCost effective: exploring by hire car or your own vehicle often lets you save on transfers, driver-guides and internal flights

Self-drive tours and holidays

Europe self-drive tours and holidays

Some of the most scenic drives lie right on your doorstep. A self-drive holiday in Europe can be a cost-effective, flexible way to explore the continent, especially the sun-kissed Mediterranean. Italy is a particular favourite, whether you revel in the romantic scenery of the Amalfi Coast or navigate less-visited regions such as Basilicata and Emilia-Romagna. In Spain, you can journey between the heritage treasures of the south, staying in historic buildings-turned-hotels; or discover the wine regions and medieval castles of the north.

The Paradors of Southern Spain

Combining some of Spain’s greatest monuments and staying in Paradors - converted historic buildings that provide elegant and characterful accommodation - this self-drive delves into the heart of Spain with visits to Granada, Toledo and Ronda.

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The castles & vineyards of Northern Spain

Travel through the beautiful landscapes of northern Spain visiting medieval castles and exploring some of the country's most prestigious wine regions. Spend time in the historic cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian, the wine capital of Rioja and the lesser-known hilltop town of Olite.

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Southern Italy: Matera to Amalfi

Cross the boot of southern Italy on a self-drive tour visiting the oft-overlooked regions of Puglia and Basilicata, finishing on the seductive Amalfi Coast. You will have the chance to admire authentic trullo roundhouses, explore Matera’s striking cave dwellings – even staying overnight in one, and revelling in the history of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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The riches of Emilia-Romagna

Uncover the riches of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region on this self-drive journey. Begin by exploring Parma, home to handsome architecture and tempting local delicacies. Continue to the historic colonnaded city of Bologna, then Ravenna and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stay in enviably located 4-star properties throughout.

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Latin America self-drive tours and holidays

From the grandeur of the mountains to the greenery of the rainforest, natural beauty flanks the winding roads of Latin America. So too does history, with colonial-era towns and pre-Columbian sites presenting worthwhile stops throughout. Costa Rica’s compact size and biodiversity means there are wildlife-watching opportunities around every bend, while the plunging gorges and hillside villages of Argentina’s north-west reward road-trippers. In Chile, the Carretera Austral highway takes you through pristine Patagonian landscapes – picture crystalline lakes, snow-capped peaks and sparkling glaciers.

Chile: Carretera Austral adventure

The breathtaking southern Austral gravel road winds through truly wild and pristine Patagonian landscapes. This self-drive adventure starts and ends in Balmaceda and can be combined with other destinations.

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Costa Rica adventure (self-drive)

Full of natural wonders, Costa Rica is an ideal destination for families to enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures. Explore the country at your own pace on a self-drive itinerary, travelling along scenic routes on safe and relatively quiet roads. One of the most bio-diverse countries in the world with thousands of species of flora and fauna, there are endless opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, sloths and vibrant tropical birds. Follow walkways through rainforest canopies, discover pristine beaches and soak in natural hot springs.

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Self-drive North-West Argentina

Take a self-drive tour of the rugged landscapes of the north-west, discovering colourful hills, dramatic gorges, colonial towns, adobe villages and traditional pre-Columbian culture.

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Africa self-drive tours and holidays

Drives in the land of safari promise panoramic nature and roadside wildlife straight out of Born Free. South Africa is especially recommended, with options taking in the leafy Winelands, the attractive coast around the Cape, the scenic Garden Route, and some of the continent’s best Big-Five national parks. Hit the road in Namibia, meanwhile, and you’re treated to views of mountainous dunes, the shipwreck strewn Skeleton coast, and desert-adapted wildlife – from elephants to big cats.

Namibia classic self-drive

This popular self-drive itinerary is a flexible, cost-effective way to discover the best that Namibia has to offer. Visit the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei, the adventure town of Swakopmund, impressive granite landscapes in Damaraland, and Etosha National Park, which promises extraordinary self-drive safaris to see its many residing big cats.

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Exploring the Western Cape

 This self-drive itinerary is the perfect introduction to South Africa’s Western Cape, with stays in vibrant Cape Town, the scenic Winelands, the Big-Five reserve of Sanbona, and the whale-watching hub of Hermanus. All locations are nearby and well connected by good quality roads, maximising your time spent enjoying the excursions, activities and hotel facilities.

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South Africa: Cape Town, the Garden Route and safari

This route ticks off many of South Africa’s must-sees in one well-paced itinerary. Begin in Cape Town, taking in its history and impressive sights, before sampling renowned vino in the nearby Winelands. Continue east to the Garden Route, named for its seductive natural beauty. Finish in style with a stay in Amakhala, one of the Eastern Cape’s most exclusive wildlife reserves.

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