Europe by Car

In a world before cheap flights, most British people's international holidays were all about packing the car fit to burst and heading out on a road trip to Europe on a romantic getaway or family jolly (cue grainy, nostalgic image of buckets and spades on the beach and melting ice creams at a random stop off in France).

The good news is that given the likelihood of long-haul travel restrictions and long queues at airports for the forseeable future, Europe driving holidays are firmly back on the agenda.

Giving you absolute freedom to travel at your own pace and linger in each destination a little longer, these self-drive trips simply require a quick hop under the Channel on the Eurotunnel to Calais or a ferry ride from any number of ports in the UK to France, Spain, Belgium or The Netherlands, and the continent is yours to explore. To ensure you get the most out of your Europe road trip from the UK, our team of travel experts can help plan an itinerary that's tailor-made to suit you - whether you're a gastronomic globetrotter wanting to sample the best food and wine in each country; an active family looking for adventures; or a couple simply after quality time together with culture and history galore.

Maybe you want a week-long getaway that takes you through the pretty French countryside, stopping at bustling cities and with some relaxation on the coast thrown in for good measure. Or perhaps it's time for that sabbatical you always planned, hopping from one European country to another, ticking off bucket list destinations and experiences, with a healthy dose of hedonism and relaxation to balance it all out. Whatever your pleasure, we know the best private guides to show you around and can book you come seriously cool accommodation, from exclusive villas and private apartments to treehouses and boutique bed and breakfasts.

As well as our expert knowledge to help you plan your driving holiday to Europe from the UK, while you're on the ground you'll also have access to our clued-up Concierges. They live and work in their destinations, so can help you with anything from booking a last-minute sailing trip in the South of France to recommending the best place for pintxos (Basque tapas) in San Sebastian.

So, it's time to pack up the car, stock up on snacks and get your playlists ready (cassettes optional) - retro-style road trips to Europe are back.

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