This blog post marks the final chapter Avis best road trips in the World series.  It will explore road trips to; the Scottish Highlands, the Cotswolds and Provence.

 8. The Scottish Highlands, Scotland

The Scottish Highlands is a beautiful historical place with hills, luscious green landscapes and national parks. This location is also well known for its rich historical landmarks, castles such as: Balnagown Castle, Brodie Castle and Carbisdale Castle, just to name a few.

You can start your road trip in Edinburgh and cross the iconic Forth Road Bridge towards Perth. From there head up into the Grampian Mountains and enjoy the spectacular scenery – woodlands and beautiful river valleys.

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 9.  The Cotswolds, Cirencester 

The Cotswold is said to be one of the most visited places in England. It is surrounded by quintessentially English towns such as:  Gloucester, Cirencester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham.

The roads surrounding these towns are said to have existed in the time of the Roman occupation of Britain. Visit the local churches and get to know the history of this astounding region. Take a pit stop every once and a while at the numerous historical landmark such as Berkeley Castle, Buscot Park, Blenheim Palace and many more.

10. Provence, France

If you are looking for a relaxing exploration of a beautiful European destination, then why not visit Provence. An area littered with countless picturesque villages perched on hilltops and is located in the south-eastern part of France.  Start your road trip from Lyon and head south bound. Drive through Valence, Montélimar and Avignon and arrive at Aix-en-Provence and begin touring the Provence region.

Visit during the summer and stop by the cities of Arles, Aix and Avignon.  Seek out the Ancient City of Le Beaux which is built on a large rock and experience the breath-taking and spectacular view.

We hope you have enjoyed our top ten road trips ideas that will inspire you to take on your own traveling adventure!

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Welcome to part two of the best road trip destinations. Here in part two, we continue our search for the very best road trip destinations in the world. Each of the locations has special landmarks with breath-taking views to match.

4. Amalfi Drive, Italy

This winding mountain road displays some of the most stunning, cinematic like scenery in Europe. Travel round the S- shaped road with your Avis car looking over the southern Italian houses carved into the mountain. The route is narrow with only a 3-foot wall separating you from steep mountainous drops on the other side, so this is definitely a road for leisurely drivers as opposed to speed demons. Take your time and enjoy the 360 degree views of this romantic getaway destination.

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 5. Pacific Coast Highway, USA

Take a drive through the Pacific Coast Highway which runs down the length of the west coast of the US, bordering the mighty Pacific Ocean. At about 1,000 kilometers in length, this is a leisurely trip that takes you through San Francisco and LA.

Along the way you can also sample the sights and sounds of California, including the wine growing region and famous beaches of Malibu.  If you enjoy surfing, take a moment to discover Zuma beach by heading further up north in the Malibu beach region.

6. Great Ocean Road, Australia

Driving through Melbourne from Adelaide offers an abundance of sites to explore.  Hit the road with car rental in Adelaide and enjoy the scenic route. It boasts a range of iconic surfing spots including Bells beach, Haven of Lorne and the glorious Twelve Apostle rock formation.

Enjoy the scenery when passing through Eucalyptus forests, complete with koalas. For amazing photographic scenes take out your camera and start snapping when you reach the Great Ocean Road.

7. Atlantic Road, Norway

The Atlantic road is a well-known natural tourist route in Norway. Whilst this stretch of road might be less than ten kilometres long, it plays host to both beautiful nature and architecture.  Opened in 1989, the road passes over the Hustadvika, a picturesque area with beautiful views.

On calm days you can even catch sight of whales swimming just off the coast or take a pit stop for a spot of fishing.  Try visiting this location in July as the road is also famous for its annual jazz festival at this time.

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Welcome to the first installment of the best road trips in the world.  With so much to see and do, road trips should be planned carefully and well in advance to ensure you get the most out of them. This post explores some of the best known road routes around the world to give you some inspiration for your travels.

1. Route 66, America

Route 66 is the most famous road in the United States of America.  As a precursor to the modern US highway system, this road runs for nearly 4,000 kilometers across the US from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Along the way it passes through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. It’s for these reasons that it is known colloquially as the ‘main street of America’.  Along this highway make sure you visit sites such as: The Gemini Giant, Tow Tater, The Blue Whale or The Big Texan. If Route 66 takes your fancy, pick up your Avis car from Chicago to start your journey across this infamous route!

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2. Pan American Highway, South America

The Pan American Highway crosses an entire continent, and at 24,000 kilometers long, is not to be taken lightly. If you feel like an adventure, then this is the road trip for you. Why not start at the southernmost tip of the road’s official route in Buenos Aires, and head north? Who knows where this famous road will take you along the way! Passing through an array of landscapes, climates and environments across the country there is a huge variety of places to stop and explore.  From Chile to Suriname, Guyana, Paraguay and more, this is one of the greatest road trips in the world.

3. Coast to coast, South Africa

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Playing host to an abundance of stunning wildlife, incredible coastline and fascinating history, this is a road trip that’s a treat for all the senses

Hire a car in Cape Town and explore the wonders of Durban, the Ndumo Game Reserve and the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site near the border with Namibia, for some breath-taking views and scenery.

This is a road trip at its very best and with Table Mountain in your rear view mirror you’re sure to have plenty of stories and photos to share with friends and family back home.

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One of the problems some people experience when hiring a car is the logistics.  If you are on holiday picking up the rental car at the airport couldn’t be simpler, but what happens if you want to have car hire delivered to your door?

Getting to the car rental depot can sometime be a bit of a problem. If you don’t have a car then you could always rely on public transport but this might not always be practical and stations are not always within easy access of car hire depots. By the time you factor in the spiraling cost of a train fare and amount of time spent collecting your vehicle – the situation may prove to be counterproductive.

Avis: a better hire care experience

At Avis we’ve put our minds to work thinking of ways to get round this common problem and while we have plenty of well placed hire car centers in easily accessible downtown locations, we know that this isn’t always enough.

That’s why we have devised the Avis Delivers service. This couldn’t be simpler and sees car hire delivered to your door. We can deliver a car to any address (provided it matches that on your driving license) so that you don’t have to worry about reaching the depot. Our service doesn’t end there, as we’ll also collect it once you’re done.

There are no bus timetables or train delays to contend with. Just simply step out the front door into your car and have it picked up again when you’re finished; leaving you more time to do all the other things you want to do! If you book by 12 o’clock we can deliver a car to you the very same day.

The service is great value too at only £15 per delivery and £15 per pick up. That’s a better deal than a lot of average train journeys and if there is more than one of you travelling can equate to substantial saving over both journeys. Simply call Avis or go online to make your booking or for further inquiries.

It’s a rent a car service with a difference that works for you at your convenience.

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Exploring unknown roads is an exciting prospect for many drivers. Filled with new experiences, scenery and sites, it is a pastime that many drivers will never tire of.

So why not choose the perfect make and model of car to maximise your experience – and that is where the Select Series from Avis comes into play. With the Select Series you can hire a car with a difference.  Imagine if you will, an Audi A1 Sportback S line or a Mercedes Benz A-Class SE. Enjoy a hire car with a bit of luxury.

What sets them apart?

The Select Series is available at a range of locations around the UK, including several major airports and select town locations. Whether you’re on holiday or visiting for business, travelling the British roads in a luxury car will give you the opportunity to enjoy your surroundings. With soft seats offering support and comfort, firm handling and suspension, evening out any lumps in the road and the benefits of climate control or air conditioning protecting you from the potentially dreary weather conditions outside.

The best feature of the Select Series is that it allows you to choose the make and model you want when booking. If you have had a preference for a particular car in the past, the Select Series will enable you to try out your preferred model. Some of the current cars available for hire within the Select Series include:

• Audi A1 Sportback S Line – featuring 17 inch alloy wheels and built in sat nav

• Audi A5 Spotback SE – with leather interior and parking aid

• Mercedes-Benz A-Class SE – featuring Eco start-stop function and Bluetooth connectivity

• Peugeot RCZ GT – with twin sports exhausts and rear spoiler

• Peugeot 308cc – with electronically retractable rigid roof

At Avis we ensure customers always get a fair deal; if their preferred car model is not available at checkout, then the cost of the rental quoted when the reservation was made will be refunded. This excludes any additional products added and is only available to those who have made a reservation at least 72 hours prior to going through rental checkout.

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For those of you who love the idea of just you, the surf board and the open water, we have a few destinations to try out!

We have picked out some of the best places to surf around the world. All you will need is your Avis car to travel around the coast, surf board and a few waves to get you started.

1)      Gold Coast, Australia

Australia has some of the best beaches and waves in the world. With golden sands, blue waters and warm temperatures, Australia’s Gold Coast definitely showcases the good life!

A surfer’s paradise, there is around 70 km of beach to try out and has the most consistent waves around the world. Drive down the coast to find your perfect spot such as: Mermaid beach, Narrowneck and Palm beach just to name a few!

 

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2)      Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Located where the Atlantic meets the Pacific, it is no surprise that there are some fantastic waves in the unique waters of South Africa. The climate is perfect for surfing, so take a drive from Jeffreys Bay to discover some of the country’s top beach locations. It has been labelled one of the top five destinations in the world for surfing and hosts the Billabong Pro ASP tour event year on year. So if you are an avid surfer and want to watch some of the best in the business, this is the place for you.

3)      California, USA

California is undoubtedly the home of the ‘surfer dude’ attitude! If you are looking for big waves and rugged shores then head up to Northern California which plays host to some of the most extreme surfing conditions. The area known as the Mavericks is for those who have the need for speed!

For a more peaceful and modern surfing environment, Central and Southern California is perfect. For that movie star experience, make sure you visit Malibu and Venice beach. Take your open top car and soak up the Cali lifestyle.

4)      Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise. The stunning Caribbean/Pacific location means that the climate is warm and so is the water. The surf is consistent all year round making it a hotspot to travel to.

As the island is relatively small, you can chop and change from one surfing destination to another in no time. Drive to Playa Naranjo during high season from April to October and you’ll find some astonishing surf.

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Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations for city breaks in Europe. With the mix of old and new architecture combined with a bustling waterfront and port, it is perfect for a getaway. There is a lot to explore whilst visiting this vibrant city so make sure you pick up your Avis car from the airport to get around.

The most obvious, yet spectacular site of Barcelona is the city’s architectural design by the renowned artist Anton Gaudi. Take a wonder through the streets and discover more about its design, which inspired one of the great artists of the early 20th century.

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Gaudi: Origins

Born in Reus in 1852, Gaudi qualified as an architect in 1878. Even as a student his work demonstrated strong individual style. He was greatly inspired by forms of nature and religion; evident in his use of curved stone structures and twisted ironwork. Gaudi’s own past is extremely present in the city’s layout, look and feel. His work was greatly influenced by Barcelona which can be seen dotted around all over the city.

To give you a taster of what to expect from the artist’s sites we have listed a few below.

Gaudi: Sites

His most famous work is ‘La Sagrada Familia’, a huge church like temple that remains unfinished to this day. Its style combines both gothic and Art Nuevo design, and was a project which Gaudi spent most of his working life producing. This is by far the most visited attraction in Barcelona. Its unfinished state has perhaps added to its iconic status and as result, amplifies a hint of romanticism to the city.

Another popular destination to see Gaudi’s influence is the ‘Park Güell’. A beautiful combination of mosaic, waves of staircases and avant garde architecture, it is a great place to stroll around during the day. It plays host to a small museum dedicated to some of Gaudi’s best work.

Also worth visiting, is the Casa Baltó, one of the most unusual houses in Barcelona with a unique exterior created from curved and fantasy like stonework.

For more information about what to do and see in Barcelona, and to learn more about Gaudi and his impressive architectural feats, visit the official Barcelona Tourist Board website.

For a great city break and art packed visit, Barcelona is definitely the place for you.

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The north of Spain is a spectacular area to visit. It is littered with beautiful beaches, mountainous terrain, lots of sites and great food.

To help you on your travels here are a few destinations to visit.

Asturias

The capital of this area is known as Oviedo and is famous for its festivals and lively ambience during the year. One of the most popular events in the calendar is that of San Mateo in September, where the area becomes alive with outdoor activities.

Around the coastline there are a number of quaint ports which are pretty pit stops on your travels. Visit Ribadesella, an attractive fishing port, filled with some great bars and restaurants within its labyrinth layout. Be sure to try out the fresh fish dishes such as “centolla” (crab) and “lubina” (sea bass), just to name a few.

Cantabria

Cantabria is centred on the city named Santander, a modern and elegant capital. Belonging to “Green Spain” or the Costa Verde as it is well known as, this region is filled with a lush terrain and vegetation. There is an array of activities to choose from such as visiting the beach to bird watching or wondering through historical sites. From is rich ambience it is also a great place to enjoy a bit of pampering and luxury such as spa visits, a wonder around the quaint boutiques and gourmet dinners.

Basque

This area is ideal for an all-round visit. It has beautiful beaches, avant-garde architecture and some of the world’s finest food. It plays host to some stunning coastal destinations with well-known pit stops such as: San Sebastián, Zarautz and Getxo, as well as further inland cities including Vitoria and Bilbao. For a bit of modern culture, take a trip to Bilbao and visit the innovative Guggnheim Museum and the Kursaal Auditorium in San Sebastián which plays host to the International Film Festival each year.

To ensure that you get to see all that Northern Spain has to offer, rent a car from Avis to help you get around on your explorations. If you are looking for sites, sea and a bit of sunny adventure, this is definitely the place for you.

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Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands, consisting of four provinces: Chania, Rethimno, Heraklion and Lasithi.

It is a popular destination for its sea and beaches, and has a distinct reminiscence of its ancient culture from the Roman and Turkish empires. With its wide variety of landscapes, it is a popular holiday destination for tourism.

There is no shortage of activities on the island, so be sure you experience them all by picking up your car in Crete and enjoy everything the island has to offer.

Mythological and historical stories are a very poignant part of Crete’s ambience. There is an abundance of sites to visit and explore, each having their own story. Take a wonder through the Palace of Knossos, which is covered by frescos and ceramics, or visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which plays host to an extensive collection of Minoan art and history.

Take a wonder through the Palace of Knossos, which is covered by frescos and ceramics. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which plays host to an extensive collection of Minoan art and history.

If you are a fan of Greek mythology, then Crete is definitely a place for you to visit. It was birthplace to the gods, historical heroes, poets, radical ancient figures and is full of artefacts. There are many caves across the island which were once used to worship the Gods, such as the ‘Cave of Zeus’. It was believed that this cave was the hiding place of the infant Zeus in order to protect him from his father Cronus.

If you are traveling with family, the Crete aquarium is a great place to visit. Located on the edge of a former U.S. air force station, it hosts over 2,500 specimens from over 200 species of fish in the Mediterranean.

There are countless beaches, caves and coves along over 600 miles of coast. Take a drive down to Vai and Balos where the beaches are pure white sand and crystal clear waters.

For a change of scenery visit Kournas Lake, the only freshwater lake in Crete. It lies within a valley surrounded by hills about 4km from Georgioupolis in the Chania province.

Crete also has what is known as the ‘Mediterranean diet’ thought of as one of the healthiest diets in Greece. Sample some of the islands cuisine on the sea side taverns such as stuffed vine leaves, fresh deep fried squid and the honey tasting baklava.

If you are looking for somewhere to relax and soak up the sun, then Crete is definitely the place for you!

For more information about hiring an Avis car in Crete, visit the following branches:

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The city of Edinburgh is full of charm and charisma, a mixture of old gothic styled architecture and modern vibrant activities. From the bustling shopping streets, filled with some of your favourite brands, to the winding roads leading up to the castle, Edinburgh is a great city to visit.

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Within the summer months, Edinburgh plays host to the biggest arts festival in Europe – The Edinburgh International and Fringe Festival. Taking place over 3 weeks you can spend your day’s theatre hopping from one venue to another, experiencing the good, the bad, the weird and the wonderful of the theatre world. See anything from stand up to drama, musicals to experimental productions; it is a great way to spend the end of the summer. The city becomes totally alive with street festivities and activities all making it is a hot spot for tourism during the month of August.

It cannot be ignored that Edinburgh Castle, which is positioned at the top of volcanic rock, is a spectacular venue to view the city. It has an array of museums to visit such as the crown jewels, the Scottish national war museum and three military museums.

The city also has a proud collection of art Galleries, such as the Edinburgh National Gallery, which is housed in three sites around the city (and around 30 exhibitions being displayed at the same time) playing host to many of the countries renowned artists. Visit the Camera Obscura, a Victorian tower which allows you to see panoramic moving images of the city on a viewing table through a giant periscope.

A part of Edinburgh’s ambient is its student body. Edinburgh University is the 3rd most popular university in the UK. It has produced some of the major figures in modern history such as: the naturalist Charles Darwin, physicist James Clerk Maxwell, philosopher David Hume just to name a few. The student atmosphere is really strong during August where everyone gets involved in the fringe festivals, hosting great outdoor events and socials.

If you enjoy the vivacious city life of Edinburgh why not rent a car in Edinburgh and drive to Glasgow, which is only 1 hour away. From bagpipes to shortbread, kilts and castles, Edinburgh is a great place to visit!

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Edinburgh Airport

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