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Melbourne to Adelaide

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An interesting and varied tailor made driving route, providing a great combination of city, coast and wildlife. The scenery is stunning throughout and this suggested bespoke itinerary can be easily dovetailed with other regions of Australia.

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Melbourne to Adelaide

An interesting and varied tailor made driving route, providing a great combination of city, coast and wildlife. The scenery is stunning throughout and this suggested itinerary can be easily dovetailed with other regions of Australia.

Day 1: Melbourne

Day 4: Apollo Bay

Day 5: Port Fairy

Day 6: The Grampians

Day 8: Victor Harbour

Day 10: Kangaroo Island

Day 12: Adelaide

Day 14: Depart Adelaide

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An interesting and varied tailor made driving route, providing a great combination of city, coast and wildlife. The scenery is stunning throughout and this suggested itinerary can be easily dovetailed with other regions of Australia.

Day 1 – Melbourne

Arrive into Melbourne today for a three night stay. A free tram service circles around the edge of the Central Business District, enabling easy access to many attractions. Take in a sporting event at the Telstra Dome – a sliding roof here means there are no stoppages for rain. For an interesting dinner, try The Tram Car Restaurant, which tours the suburb of St Kilda with an excellent meal (remembering to hold onto your wine glass as the tram passes over the points)! Take a tour out to Pin Oak Court, the home of Neighbours’ Ramsey Street, or enjoy an adventurous city tour by Harley Davidson motorbike. Visit the Eureka Tower, which has a viewing platform 88 floors up, as well as The Edge – a cubed glass room which projects out from the building allowing you the view straight down.

Three nights Melbourne

Day 4 – Apollo Bay

Collect a hire car today and drive to Torquay, recognised as the surfing capital of Australia, and also, the start of the Great Ocean Road. From Torquay, travel first to Lorne, and then onto Apollo Bay, through what is considered by many to be the most picturesque section of the Great Ocean Road, with the highway carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean, offering breathtaking views of the waves crashing onto the rocks below.  For keen walkers, there are some excellent guided and self-guided walks along the coastal path here, taking 3 to 4 days.

One night Apollo Bay

Day 5 – Port Fairy

Continue your journey along the Great Ocean   Road, where you will see the amazing rock formations of the iconic Twelve Apostles – huge stone pillars rising up out of the surf, carved by millions of years of erosion of the limestone cliffs. Sunrise and sunset offer particularly impressive views of the twelve apostles. Take a helicopter flight for a different perspective of this unusual formation. Drive on to the charming fishing village of Port Fairy for an overnight stop, perhaps taking in a round of golf in the afternoon.

One night Port Fairy

Day 6 – Grampians National Park

Journey inland, a scenic drive through the Grampians National Park. The Grampians provides a diverse array of wildlife, scenery and walking tracks. Highlights include Mount Victoria Lookout, McKenzie Falls and Reids Lookout. Stay in the picturesque town of Halls Gap, set in the heart of the Grampians National Park. Spend two nights here, giving you a full day to explore the National Park.

Two nights The Grampians

Day 8 – Victor Harbour

A long drive west today, as you head across into South Australia and to the town of Victor Harbour on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With its historic horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island, and its population of Little Penguins, this region is also known for its wineries and lovely scenery.

Two nights Victor Harbour

Day 10 – Kangaroo Island

Take the ferry across to Kangaroo Island today. Kangaroo Island remains one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of our world.  One third of the island is protected as conservation or National Park, and half the Island has never been cleared of native vegetation.  Walk amongst huge weather-sculpted granite boulders at Remarkable Rocks, and roll down the snowy white dunes of Little Sahara.  Stretch out on your own little spot on the Islands 480 km’s of coastline. Kangaroo Island is best known for its wildlife, and here you’ll find seals basking on the quiet beaches, koala’s munching on gum trees right beside the road, echidnas wandering in search of insects and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies, penguins and birds at just about every turn.  Spending two nights on the island will give you time not only to see, but also to enjoy this wonderland.

Two nights Kangaroo Island

Day 12 – Adelaide

Return to the mainland today, and drive up to Adelaide. Two nights is a must in this city – where great shopping and internationally recognised hotels stand alongside historic buildings, great sporting venues and cultural attractions.

Two nights Adelaide

Day 14 – Depart Adelaide

Head to the airport today for the onward or homeward flight.

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Taking a flight over the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road is a fantastic way to see this rugged coastline from a different perspective, and with the opportunity to take excellent photographs.

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Cape Town and Garden Route

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This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining the world class city of Cape Town with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

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Cape Town and Garden Route

 

This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining a world class city with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Day: 1 Cape Town

Day 4: Hermanus

Day 5: Franschhoek

Day 7: Robertson Valley

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

Day 11: Plettenberg Bay

Day 14: Jefferie’s Bay

Day 16: Safari

Day 19: Port Elizabeth

South Africa - Cape Town

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South Africa is a magnificently diverse country with stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, a fascinating history, interesting people, enviable vinyards and a great food scene.  Couple with this the fact that as it’s located due south of the UK, there is minimal time difference and no jet lag, and South Africa makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining a world class city with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Day 1: Cape Town

Arguably one of the world’s most beautiful settings with the advantage of Table Mountain as a backdrop – Cape Town has plenty to offer. Visit the Kirstenbosch Gardens, take a cable car to the summit of Table Mountain for panoramic views. Visit also Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years – or drive the Cape Peninsula.

Three nights Cape Town

Day 4: Hermanus

Leave the city behind and head to the coast. Hermanus is famous as a destination for whale watching. The bay here provides a winter home to huge numbers of these majestic mammals and can often be seen from the shore, as well as from a cruise. Nearby Gansbaai is a key departure point for shark cage diving.

One night Hermanus

Day 5: Franschhoek

Head inland to the Winelands, through the scenic Franshhoek Pass – your destination is the lovely little town of Franschhoek – a gourmet’s paradise in idyllic surroundings. Rugged mountains surround this little oasis tucked away and waiting to be discovered. Take the wine tram to tour the vineyards surrounding the town.

Two nights Franschhoek

Day 7: Robertson Valley

Continuing east via the Franschhoek Pass to Worcester and into the Robertson Valley – here you find further vineyards, rugged craggy mountain scenery and pretty little towns.

One night Robertson Valley

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

The next stop takes you along the spectacular route 62, passing to the northern side of the mountain range, where the climate becomes arid and dry. Vineyards still nestle in fertile hollows – Calizdorf is particularly famous for its port wine. Take time to explore the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert and the Cango Caves. This area is also famous for its Ostrich farming – thousands of these lanky and unwieldy flightless birds as far as the eye can see.

Two nights Oudtshoorn

Day 11: Plettenberg Bay

A choice of routes today, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains, and descending again to the coast. This – technically – is the Garden Route. Explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, Natures Valley, Storms River Mouth, and the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.

Three nights Plettenberg Bay

Day 14: Jeffrey’s Bay

Continue east to the seaside town of Jeffrey’s Bay. Relax and unwind in this laidback surfer town, which is also home to a number of factory stores such as Quiksilver and Billabong.

Two nights Jeffery’s Bay

 Day 16: Safari

Today head to a private game reserve on the Eastern Cape, providing a chance to see some of the incredible wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Many of the reserves are home to all of the Big Five animals, plus plenty of others besides. There are options to suit most budgets and preferences.

Three nights Safari

Day 19: Port Elizabeth

Drive to Port Elizabeth for the onward or homeward journey.

There are plenty of possible extensions to add to this itinerary – consider Kwa Zulu Natal and the Drakensburg Mountains, Swaziland and the Indian Ocean coast, Kruger National Park, or perhaps take a trip up to Victoria Falls – the possibilities are almost endless.

 

Cape Peninsula

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Cape Town - Elephants

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Cape Town - Safari vehicle

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White Lions pumba

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Cape Town - Winelands

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Seeing the rare white lion at Pumba Private Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape provides a unique and exciting wildlife experience.

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Atlantic Canada – A trio of delights

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This itinerary combines the Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince  Edward Island; a rugged and scenic coastline, unspoiled wilderness and friendly hospitality make this a perfect  destination.

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Atlantic Canada – A trio of delights

Day 1: Halifax
Day 3: Lunenburg
Day 4: Digby
Day 6: Fundy National Park
Day 8: Charlottetown
Day 10: Antigonish
Day 11: Cheticamp
Day 13: Louisbourg
Day 14: Charlos Cove
Day 15: Depart Halifax
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Nova Scotia with its rich tradition of music, ancient culture and traditions is more than just a destination; it’s an event! Add to this a rugged and scenic coastline, unspoiled wilderness and the friendly hospitality of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – all this makes Atlantic Canada a perfect holiday destination. Here is a 15 day/14night self drive itinerary idea…

Day 1: Halifax
Arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia. A delightful city, which has the ambience of an old university town, set around a busy harbour. Places to visit include Halifax Citadel, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Prince of Wales National Historic Site.
Two nights Halifax

Day 3: Lunenburg
Pick up your rental car and drive to Lunenburg. En route stop at Peggys Cove and Mahone Bay – delightful scenic areas. A colourful fishing village, Lunenburg was originally occupied by Germans, hence the name.
One night Lunenburg

Day 4: Digby
Depart Lunenburg and drive via the Kejimkujik National Park to Annapolis Basin. A wonderful scenic drive, visit the Fort Anne national historic site and the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Nearby there is excellent whale watching opportunities.
Two nights Digby

Day 6: Fundy National Park
Leave Digby and board the scenic ferry to New Brunswick. This passage is home to many species of whales, seen more frequently than in the rest of Canada. Some of the rarest and largest whales in the world come to feed and breed here including the rare Right whale. Continue on to Fundy National Park. The park covers 206 square kms in area and has steep coastal cliffs and clear streams. Hopewell Rocks, shaped like giant vases are covered by the tide each six hours – the largest tidal drop in the world.
Two nights Shepody

Day 8: Charlottetown
Depart from Fundy National Park and cross the 13km long New Confederation Bridge over the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island (PEI) with its endless sandy beaches, tiny farms and picturesque country roads. PEI’s National Park is 32 sq. miles in total. It features a 19th century wooden farmhouse, famous as the inspiration for the classic novel “Anne of Green Gables”. Seal watching cruises are available, returning in time to enjoy the evening in tiny Charlottetown, the provincial capital and another maritime centre.
Two nights in Charlottetown

Day 10: Antigonish
Take the ferry across to Pictou, Nova Scotia. Antigonish is the highland heart of Nova Scotia. The town is the site of the Annual Highland Games featuring traditional Scottish contests.
One night Antigonish

Day 11: Cheticamp
Take the clockwise route into Cape Breton. En route visit the Mabou Gaelic Village and stop at one of Inverness’s fine beaches. Continue on to Cheticamp – an Arcadian fishing village renowned for Whale Watching. This coastline is famed for its bald eagles.
Two nights Cheticamp.

Day 13: Louisbourg
Continue along the Cabot Trail – one of Eastern Canada’s most popular scenic drives. You will drive through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and then on to Louisbourg. Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg – Canada’s largest National and Historic Park. Between June and September costumed ‘animators’ live in the fortress, making it come alive as it was in the summer of 1744.
One night Louisbourg.

Day 14: Charlos Cove
Take the Eastern Shore to Liscomb Mills, Nova Scotia. The Marine drive leads through forests and over low hills. See also re-created Sherbrooke Plantation. Many excellent ocean views are available from small side roads to the shore.
One night Charlos Cove.

Day 15: Depart Halifax
Take the attractive coast road, taking in some spectacular scenery as you head towards the city of Halifax. Take the Airport Road, drop off your rental car and check in for your return flight.

All photographs courtesy Nova Scotia Tourism and Culture www.novascotia.com

Lunenburg waterfront on Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route cr Nova Scotia Tourism Culture and Heritage      The Hopewell Rocks      High tide on Minas Basin Beach cr Nova Scotia Tourism Culture and Heritage

Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia      Fortress Louisbourg

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