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Reasons to leave the car at home

Our top self-drive alternatives

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.

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Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer Canadian Rockies Getaway Circle

10-day luxury rail journey from £3,420 pp incl. flights

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.

The Presidential

Portugal by rail: The Presidential‬

4-day gourmet train experience from £3,930 pp incl. flights

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.

Camino de Santiago Walking Trail

Walking the Camino de Santiago‬

9-day escorted walking tour from £1,480 pp incl. flights

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.

New York State

East Coast USA Rail Journey

12-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,560 pp incl. flights

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.

The American Queen

American Queen Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi

13-day river cruise & stay from £2,735 pp incl. flights

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2 for 1 cruise offer for select Nov-Dec 2022 departures – Save up to £1,055pp
Book by: 15 July 2022

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.

TranzAlpine Train

New Zealand by Rail

15-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,505 pp incl. flights

Utilising spectacular rail routes linking gorgeous coastlines, vibrant cities and epic national parks, this itinerary showcases just why New Zealand is tailor-made for a rail holiday.

Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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