From rail journeys to river cruises
In a world of rising fuel prices and a scarcity of rental cars, we're often asked about the best alternatives to a self-drive holiday. But, there are plenty of other reasons to leave the car at home, too, whether it's simply enjoying the scenery without the worry of tackling unfamiliar rules of the road, or getting properly stuck into that vineyard wine tasting, safe in the knowledge that someone else will take care of the driving.
To get you started, our specialists have picked out selection of their favourite alternative ways of exploring what are often seen as classic road-trip destinations. From rail tours of Italy, Canada and New Zealand to luxury river cruises in Portugal and the USA and even a walking tour of Northern Spain, you'll find plenty of inspiration below.
Taking the Rocky Mountaineer experience to new heights, this journey pairs four days of on-the-rails indulgence with the chance to experience the very best of the western Canadian wilderness.
From Porto’s charm both historic and daringly contemporary, dip into the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards aboard The Presidential – Portugal’s most luxurious train. It’s all paired with Michelin-standard dining throughout.
Led by an expert guide, this small group tour will see you stay in charming villages as you hike ‘The Way of St. James’. Passing through delightfully rural scenery, you’ll uncover the region’s fascinating past and unique cuisine.
Let included Amtrak rail journeys and luxury hotels bring you to New York's headline-grabbing icons, Boston's harbourside setting and the world-leading museums of Washington, D.C.
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Meander down the Mississippi on a river cruise, visiting a number of historic sights. Begin in Memphis and end in New Orleans as you uncover the Deep South's fascinating cultural, culinary and musical heritage.