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    10 Best Fly-Drive Honeymoons

    California and Beyond Route 66

    Where to go for a romantic road trip

    Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expertBy Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons


    Start your married life with an adventure you’ll never forget. The lure of the open road is irresistible when you’ve got some of the world’s outstanding landscapes to explore at your own pace. The journey is the holiday itself, so buckle up, turn on the sat-nav and have a look at some of these road trips for your honeymoon.


    Quebec

    Canada’s largest French-speaking province offers an enthralling mix of beautiful, cultured cities and wild landscapes of forests and rivers – all with a distinctly French flavour. Start in Quebec‘s largest city, Montreal, and discover its diverse districts before exploring the villages and ski resorts in the Laurentian Mountains. The provincial capital, Quebec City, sends you back to the 16th century with its charming old town. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit: enjoy the summer festivals, autumn colours or snow-covered winter wonderland. Try North American Travel Service‘s fly-drive from Montreal, which includes a romantic rail journey.

    USA

    America was made for leisurely road trips across its sprawling states. Ramp up the luxury level by hiring a vintage American sports car and staying in high-end boutique hotels. Once you’re on the open road, choose one that conveniently leads to a beach. Exsus has a luxury self-drive holiday along Florida‘s Overseas Highway from Miami to the Florida Keys that includes stays in island hideaways. For chilled-out West Coast vibes, follow the California highway from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and down to Laguna Beach and San Diego.

    Costa Rica

    For a small country, Costa Rica punches well above its weight. The landscapes are spellbinding: cloud forests, volcanoes, jungles, coastal nature reserves, black-sand Pacific beaches. Take in all these beauties at your own speed on Journey Latin America‘s road trip as  you explore the Arenal volcano, Montevideo cloud forest and the Lost World-type rainforests of Rincon de la Vieja. Take a boat through the mangroves of the Tortuguero nature reserve on the Caribbean coast before crossing the continental divide to Guanacaste on the Pacific.

    South Africa

    South Africa offers so much choice that it can be tough to whittle it down. Cape Town with its buzzing waterfront is a good place to start, especially with Table Mountain so close by. There’s the Garden Route through many of the Western Cape’s natural wonders waiting to be explored as well. And all those vineyards around Stellenbosch. Then there’s the wildlife and the enticing prospect of a safari through Kruger National Park. Mahlatini has even more honeymoon ideas, including a luxurious jaunt through the Eastern Cape and the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Queensland

    Queensland has one of the most jaw-dropping coastlines in the world, which can be toured slowly on a fly-drive honeymoon from Brisbane up to the tropical northern region around Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is only one of dozens of destinations to explore: combine diving and snorkelling with relaxing on the Sunshine Coast’s beaches and visiting the huge sandy Fraser Island. Revel in the luxury of the resorts in the Whitsunday Islands. If you want to go further north of Cairns, you’ll reach the world’s oldest tropical rainforest at Daintree.

    Scotland

    Scotland‘s timeless landscapes – from the Trossachs to the Highlands via the Cairngorms – beg to be explored slowly, preferably behind the wheel of a classic British car. The pampering starts early in Edinburgh, where boutique luxury hotels jostle for space with top-class restaurants. Then head into the Highlands, with the option of various detours to some of Scotland’s islands. One idea is to stay on the private island of Argyll, which McKinley Kidd offers on its luxury Scottish honeymoon.

    New Zealand

    For an unforgettable self-drive honeymoon, New Zealand is hard to beat. Its jaw-dropping landscapes cover everything from glaciers and fjords to mountain lakes and natural hot springs. If you can spare a few weeks, it’s tempting to try this epic self-drive honeymoon with Zealand Sky. Over three weeks you’ll go from Auckland in the North Island to Christchurch in the South Island, via the hot springs of Rotoura, the laid-back Bay of Islands, a cruise through Milford Sound and the lush greenery of Mount Cook, to name just a few.

    Namibia

    The vivid reds and oranges of the Kalahari and Namib deserts are just some of the awe-inspiring spectacles you’ll see during a self-drive honeymoon in Namibia. Jaws will drop even further when you arrive at the blinding white salt pans of Sossusvlei surrounded by soaring sand dunes. Carry on to Etosha National Park to spot rare black rhino along with elephants, lions and zebras. This self-drive trip with Mahlatini includes a stay in the Atlantic coastal town of Swakopmund. The dry season takes place during the British summer wedding season, and you won’t have to worry about jet lag.

    Iceland

    Iceland makes it easy for a fly-drive honeymoon. Simply follow Route 1, which happens to take you past a seemingly endless series of waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs and mountains. Time your honeymoon for winter and you’ll have an excellent chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Summer coincides with whale-watching season – not to mention the eerie light of the midnight sun. Regent Holidays has short breaks as well as longer tours, and they include a stay in the colourful capital, Reykjavik.

    Italy

    Nothing says romance quite like Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Its exquisite, brightly coloured villages seem to defy gravity and cling to the cliffs in dramatic style. After exploring Sorrento, Ravello and Positano, catch the ferry to the magical island of Capri, which shows its more intimate side once the day-trippers have gone home. If you want to discover more Italy’s sunny south, try this honeymoon road trip offered by Exsus, which includes a stay in Puglia and the astonishing town of Matera before heading to Amalfi. Or you could follow the route taken by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in The Trip to Italy, which Exsus also features – and includes the chance to drive a Mini Cooper.

    Last updated: 16 October 2017

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