Synonymous with romance and affairs of the heart, those planning a trip to Paris often do so with thoughts of love and passion in mind. The ultimate city for a romantic weekend, Paris is certainly the ideal spot for lovers, and with good reason.


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Getting there

Going to Paris has never been so easy – especially with the construction of the Euro-Tunnel. Introducing a new level of competition with ferry services and airports, the tunnel has made the English Channel crossable in more ways than we could have ever imagined and that means travelling across France is easier than ever before.

Leaving your car at home

However you decide to get to Paris, it often proves cheaper and far less hassle to leave your car back on home soil. This doesn’t necessarily mean forgoing the benefits of your own transport entirely though, with car hire in Paris the perfect compromise. With a full range of cars at your disposal through our fantastic hire options, you could even select a model set up for right-hand drive.

Those still concerned about finding their feet when it comes to driving on the right (or should that be wrong?) side of the road can also take advantage of our fantastic chauffeur driven car hire in Paris. We had a dedicated call centre open at all times to handle enquiries on this so you can get the answers you need when you need them.

Driving in Paris via our chauffeur service is perhaps the easiest and most convenient option for those unfamiliar with French roads and all of our drivers are thoroughly checked to ensure you get a high quality service.

Not only does this option give you the luxurious feeling of being driven around one of Europe’s most famous cities but you’ll also have chance to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the iconic landscape without having to worry about remembering different rules of the road.

What to do?

Rich in culture, Paris is a culinary paradise full of different types of food: from Algerian to Indian; Russian to Vietnamese. Many people would find it quite impossible to go to France without sampling wine from their hundreds of vineyards. Cotes de Rhone, Bordeaux and Chinon are all fine wines you can expect to find served in most bistros, restaurants and bars.

In terms of historical attractions, what can be more romantic than visiting such historically rich landmarks as the Arc de Triomphe or the famous Bastille? Le Marais is a district of Paris which is home to some of the oldest architecture the city has to offer and has been beautifully preserved.

Avenue Montaigne is where some of the world’s finest brand labels are housed and for those with an interest in fashion there will be plenty of luxury items to keep you happy. If art and culture is your thing, you won’t want to miss the Montparnasse district with its art studios and music halls.

Of course, no romantic getaway to Paris would be complete without a glimpse of the remarkable and breath-taking Eiffel Tower – especially when seen lit-up at night. In order to make sure you don’t miss a thing, be sure to plan your journey in advance so you can squeeze as much in as possible.

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Australia offers vast expanses of nothingness that are just waiting to be explored. The country is approximately 31 times the size of the UK, giving you massive scope for a road trip.


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There are many popular travel destinations in Australia giving you plenty of choice for travel. Some of the more popular locations for tourists include: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast and Fraser – but there are plenty of other destinations which you should consider when planning a road trip in Australia.

In the Outback

For the more adventurous people out there why not plan a trip to the Australian outback? The Outback is a colloquial term used to describe the most remote areas of Australia.

Much of central Australia and the Northern territory form part of the Outback and these areas are vast, remote and arid. With all this considered, you will need a reliable mode of transport and this is where Avis can help you. We offer car hire services in most of Australia’s big cities, giving you freedom to start your road trip from almost any area of the country you like.

Driving in Australia gives you the opportunity to take in the country’s spectacular scenery. With one of our fantastic vehicles you can gain access to some of Australia’s most remote locations – giving you a holiday experience unlike any other.

Choosing your route

There are many routes that you can follow in the Outback but Birdsville Track, Gibb River Road and Corner County are the most popular amongst travellers.

Gibb River Road can only be travelled using a 4 x 4 vehicle and it offers spectacular landscape as you drive through the Kimberley region and arrive at the sea near Derby. Corner Country gives drivers the opportunity to visit Cameron corner, an area where South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales meet.

You can decide to take one of the routes described above or go it alone and navigate your own way through the vast expanses of the Australian Outback. Whilst we can provide you with GPS technology to help you on your way we recommend planning your route in advance to ensure you don’t get lost in the expanse of the Australian Outback.

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In the modern world, technology has undoubtedly taken over every aspect of our lives. No matter how good your car may be, you will undoubtedly have invested in at least of few of the most popular car gadgets to aid you on your journey – whether these be satellite navigation devices or in-car headsets.


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Whilst a number of car accessories serve a practical function, they can also provide you with entertainment for lengthy car journeys. There are many driving gadgets on the market, ranging from blind spot detection systems to speed assistance – but what are the best?

GPS

Probably one of the most popular and useful of all car devices is GPS . Route planning devices take advantage of GPS technology and can pinpoint your exact location anywhere in the world by using satellites that orbit the Earth.

Gone are the days of having to read maps whilst driving – although it is recommended that you make a rough plan of your journey before departing to combat any potential errors with your sat nav. Here at Avis, our cars can now be booked with a GPS device to help you on your journey – so you can get all the benefits of modern technology with your hire car.

Wi-Fi connectivity

Ever wanted to access your emails or update your social media whilst in your car? Well now you can thanks to our mobile Wi-Fi device. It is an ideal item for businessmen/women who want to keep up to date with work from the comfort of their car and makes business trips a walk in the park.

There are no cables attached to the device and you don’t have to mess around with compatibility software either. This mobile Wi-Fi gadget also allows you to connect to five devices at once – covering everything from your laptop to your smartphone or computer tablet.

Comfort

For those interested in home comforts, there are plenty of options available. Portable espresso making devices are perfect for those who have a long journey ahead but should not be allowed to act as a distraction to those in control of the vehicle. A great way to entertain children is car DVD players that can be attached to the back of the front passenger’s headrest and transported with ease.

In-car entertainment allows you to listen to your favourite songs whilst on the road as your passenger takes control of how to do this. Whether they opt to put on music using a traditional CD, USB, MP3 in-put or stream tracks from a smartphone, this will help ensure all journeys are as comfortable as they should be.

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First recorded in The Doomsday Book in 1086 as ‘Bristelmestune’, Brighton’s status as a real tourist resort wasn’t achieved until rail links from London connected the coastal city in the 1840s.

The attraction of Brighton

What drew people to Brighton then and now were its beaches. Miles of shingle coast bursting with an abundance of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops made it one of the most popular resorts in the UK; something which the passage of time has left unaltered.


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The eastern part of the beach, located beside the colourful district of Kemptown, has a popular nudist beach, marina, cinemas and plenty of local pubs. Undoubtedly the star attraction of Brighton beach is the Palace Pier which provides rides, fresh seafood and places to drink in one of the only surviving traditional pleasure piers in the country.

The West Pier, once the main rival of the Palace Pier, was closed in 1975 and subsequently destroyed by two fires in 2003. Despite this, it remains an iconic if slightly ghoulish and skeletal feature of the seafront landscape.

Getting to Brighton

Brighton train station is only a short walk from the seafront but to truly enjoy the Sussex downs it is recommended to hire a car. Located in Sussex, Brighton is surrounded by many wonderfully quaint villages such as Alfriston and Lewes, the site of Arundel Castle and once home of ‘Rights of Man’ author and political activist Thomas Paine.

Weekend car hire would be the easiest way of venturing out to these often overlooked places and we provide plenty of high quality hire options for those looking to travel in this area. Of course, our rental options aren’t only limited to those visiting Brighton on a short trip, with long term car hire available through our Avis Flex scheme.

This gives you the choice of our full range of cars with benefits such as no deposit allowing you to get on the road quickly and easily. The minimum period of hire for this option is 28 days and bills are issued monthly so you can slip the cost into your usual budget with greater ease. You’ll even be able to add an additional driver – meaning that car rental in Brighton could give you more time and freedom to visit all the great attractions found in this seaside paradise.

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For the best part of two millennia, London has been one of the most culturally and economically important cities in the world. Anyone who has visited the English capital will speak of the vast array of sights and attractions – but which are the best?


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Historical landmarks

Each year millions of people from all over the world flock to visit and be photographed alongside London attractions such as Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. In total there are around 40,000 listed buildings and more than 150 ancient monuments all within this one city.

As aesthetically pleasing as they might be there is far more to a successful trip to London than posing with Beefeaters and feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

Galleries and museums

London is home to some of the UK’s finest galleries and museums – with 22 national museums and 200 other museums residing within the city’s limits.

The National Gallery displays works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio and many other iconic pieces while the Tate Modern houses collections by Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol and other more contemporary styles.

If the painted medium is not your cup of tea you might wish to pay a visit to the British Museum. This houses artefacts from the Ancient Egyptians, displays from the Greek Bronze Age and prehistoric Europe and much more.

Modern sights

In terms of modern attractions, the wax models of Madame Tussauds are an obvious attraction that cannot be missed. Few of us get the chance to stand beside the rich and famous but here you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to posing with your favourite stars!

For those who want to glimpse the iconic skyline of London, a trip on the London Eye is perfect. This gives a bird’s eye view of everything the city has to offer, whilst those after a viewpoint closer to the ground may prefer bus or river tours.

Travelling around London

London Transport takes many forms, from buses and bicycle hire to the London Underground tube network and overground railways. London was actually the first city to have an underground rail network, and whilst the Tube still performs well today, it may be advisable to choose car hire instead.

Whilst all London’s locations are easily accessible via the Tube, multiple line changes may be needed and this can cause confusion to some travellers. Those with a fear of confined spaces can also find the carriages too cramped for their liking – making London car hire far more pleasant.

Here at Avis, we offer a range of hire options so you can focus on enjoying the sights and sounds of London rather than worrying about your travel arrangements.

You can even add an extra driver to your hire agreement to share the burden of city driving. Our flexible fuel options are also extremely convenient, meaning you can get on with enjoying your trip. Whether you choose to the option of a full tank before you depart, paying for what you use on your return or returning it with a full tank of fuel – we’re eager to provide a service which matches your needs perfectly.

For more information about visiting London, visit http://www.visitlondon.com/.

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