While some of us opt to be chauffeured in style during holidays or while on a vacation, there are few adventure seekers who are quite eager to get behind the wheels of their prized vehicles and enjoy a driving holiday. At the same time, there are others that choose to hire vehicles for the trip. Cruising along the scenic paths on a never-ending drive, breaking off at comfortable motels en-route to flex muscles, and exploring the terrain at leisure in the company of friends, family or even alone, driving holidays lure the ardent traveller with its own mix of relaxation and adventure, something that other forms of transports or holidays can only dream of getting close to.
The holiday experience actually depends on hiring the right vehicle with car hire insurance that is valid in the chosen destination, and offers breakdown or emergency assistance, that too from a reputed vehicle hire agency. Hire rates often include standard car hire insurance costs that cover third party liabilities, damage or theft of the rented car. However, unless sufficiently covered, car hire insurances require an excess payment to compensate for theft or repairs.
Europe offers a wide choice of destinations that are navigable via tarmac:
Amalfi Coast Road in Italy
A neat blend of scenic beauty and challenges, the route is dotted with quaint towns that beckon the traveller, noted among them being Furore that is well-known for its cove and adjoining beach. Scala, Positano and Cetara are few other towns in the vicinity. This track is packed with hairpin bends nestled between solid cliff faces and the open sea.
Atlantic Road in Norway
Yet another stretch of road along the coast, this relatively short drive of hardly 5 miles that covers a network of small islands and is connected by eight bridges is a pleasure to navigate. Travelling from Bergen, visitors are sure to be delighted to soak in glaciers, fjords, woods, villages, architecturally rich churches and the local elk population. Travellers can enjoy a break at the many restaurants while casually window-shopping at the stores here.
Moving away from the coast, rugged terrain draws adventure seekers to the Alpine Road and Transfagarasan.
Transfagarasan in Romania
A challenge to the most talented of drivers, this 90-mile stretch between Transylvania and Wallachia is a mountain road complete with back-to-back sharp bends, tunnels and viaducts that easily scales 6,673 ft.
Alpine Road in Germany
Right out of a fairy tale, dotted with round-domed churches, castles and lakes, this 300-mile route from Lindau to Berchtesgaden via Lake Constance offers some of best country-side views in all of Europe. It is quite easy to stop over along the route and enjoy a short hike in the lower Alps before continuing on the drive.
While in Germany, holidayers can also explore the picturesque neighbourhood of Ruhpolding at the base of Chiemgau Alps. Sprawling meadows, marked pathways and excellent views, this could just be the right place to enjoy a break.
Tour of Pas de Calais in Northern France
Visitors looking for a relaxing drive through the scenic French territory will find that this160-mile stretch offers an enjoyable experience, winding through forests, rural settings, and the beaches on the Opal coast. Travellers also get to break from the drive at the many coastal villages, quaint restaurants and bars en-route. Driving through France, holidayers can also choose to explore Dijon and drive further to the Italian resort at Bardolino at Lake Garda.
With a suitable car hire insurance and breakdown assistance, driving holidays on the Mainland offer a much welcome break.
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