Let 2020 be your year to discover a new destination on the open road. Spend 12 days driving through the villages and valleys of Provence, stopping in national parks and wineries along the way. Or, take a ten-day trip along Iceland's Ring Road, famed for its natural wonders: waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches, and massive glaciers abound. Other options include a Cape Town and safari combo in South Africa, national park exploration in New Zealand, and a highlights trip through Costa Rica.

#1 Iceland: Relaxed Ring Road Adventure - 10 Days

Gulfoss Waterfall on Iceland's north coast
Gulfoss Waterfall on Iceland's north coast
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival and Downtown Reykjavik Reykjavik
Day 2 North to Glymur Falls and Snaefellsnes Peninsula Snæfellsnes
Day 3 Scenic Drive from the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Akureyri Akureyri
Day 4 The North: Godafoss, Whale Watching, and Big Waterfalls Lake Myvatn
Day 5 Geological Wonders of Lake Myvatn Lake Myvatn
Day 6 Scenic Eastern Fjords Seydisfjordur
Day 7 Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Skaftafell Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 8 South Coast Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches, Golden Circle Golden Circle
Day 9 Golden Circle & Back to Reykjavík Reykjavik
Day 10 Visit the Reykjanes Peninsula & Depart From Reykjavík  

With ten days on the road, you can discover a variety of regions and landscapes as you loop around Iceland's famous Route 1 (Ring Road). This moderately paced self-drive itinerary will take you to the best spots along the 828-mile (1,332 km) route, with stops in its two biggest cities, as well as volcanoes, waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches, small fishing towns, and massive glaciers, as well as major attractions in the Golden Circle. Learn more

#2 France: Pure Provence Road Trip - 12 Days

Charming street in Aix en Provence
Calanques National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Explore Marseille Marseille
Day 2 Cruise in Calanques National Park - Return to Marseille Marseille
Day 3 Les Alpilles Natural Park Les Baux de Provence
Day 4 Avignon and a Wine Tour of the Rhône Valley Avignon
Day 5 Driving Tour in the Luberon Bonnieux
Day 6 On the Road to Gréoux-les-Bains Greoux-les-Bains
Day 7 Valensole Plateau and Lake Sainte Croix du Verdon Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Day 8 Travel to the Verdon Gorges Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Day 9 Aix-en-Provence - Private cultural tour Aix en Provence
Day 10 Food & fashion in Aix - Optional Spa session Aix en Provence
Day 11 Return to Marseille - Depart Provence  

France is known the world over for its romance, but there might be no other region that encompasses its quintessential beauty—the cities, villages, hills, and beaches—quite like Provence. This is where the countryside meets the coast, where the Alps meet lavender fields, and where the French Riveria runs from Marseilles to the Italian border. Experience it all on this luxurious 12-day self-driving tour.  Learn more

#3 Costa Rica: Active Arenal, Monteverde & Pacific Coast - 12 Days

Beach on the Pacific Coast at Sunset
The iconic Arenal Volcano, where you'll spend three days
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Liberia - Drive to Río Celeste Tenorio National Park
Day 2 Hiking in Río Celeste - Drive to La Fortuna Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 3 Hanging Bridges & La Fortuna Waterfall Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 4 Arenal Volcano from Land and Water Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 5 Arenal to Monteverde Self Drive, with Nocturnal Nature Tour Monteverde
Day 6 Zip-Line Fun in the Cloud Forest Monteverde
Day 7 Monteverde to Playa Sámara (Self Drive) Sámara
Day 8 Sámara Beach Free Day Sámara
Day 9 Sámara to Tamarindo (Self Drive) Tamarindo
Day 10 Private Surf Lesson at Playa Tamarindo Tamarindo
Day 11 Free Day in Tamarindo Tamarindo
Day 12 Gulf of Papagayo to Liberia, Depart Costa Rica  

Explore the highlights of Costa Rica, from volcanos and jungles to the country's best surfing beaches, all in one self-drive vacation. Arrive in Liberia and head to Tenorio National Park, where you'll hike along the electric blue waters of the Río Celeste. Next up is Arenal Volcano National Park, a hotbed of adventure activities. After a waterfall trek and whitewater rafting excursion, drive to Monteverde for a zip-line tour of the cloud forest canopy and a guided wildlife night hike. Finally, it's off to the beaches of Sámara and Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula to catch a wave. Learn more

#4 New Zealand: Fjord, Glaciers, & Mountains Road Trip - 10 Days

Aoraki/Mount Cook
Aoraki/Mount Cook
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Christchurch & Hop On Hop Off City Tour Christchurch
Day 2 Christchurch - Self-Guided Tour Christchurch
Day 3 Mt Cook National Park Glacier & Valley Tours Mount Cook Village
Day 4 Scenic Drive to Te Anau & Visit Glowworm Caves Te Anau
Day 5 Milford Sound Nature Cruise Day Trip Te Anau
Day 6 Drive to Queenstown & Walter Peak Dinner Cruise Queenstown
Day 7 Queenstown Exploration Queenstown
Day 8 Visit Wanaka & Tour Franz Joseph Glacier Franz Josef Glacier
Day 9 Trains to Greymouth & Christchurch Christchurch
Day 10 Departure From Christchurch  

In this 10-day road trip through New Zealand, fjords, glaciers, and mountains abound. Begin in Christchurch and make the beautiful drive to Mt. Cook National Park, where you'll discover Tasman Glacier and the surrounding peaks. Next is another eventful drive—with stops along the way—to Te Anau, including a visit to a glowworm cave and a day cruise through stunning Milford Sound. Take a dinner cruise in Queenstown, visit Wanaka and Franz Joseph Glacier, and drop off your car before riding the exhilarating TranzAlpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch. Learn more

#5 South Africa: Cape Town & Private Safari Self-Drive - 11 Days

A road in the Western Cape, South Africa
A road in the Western Cape, South Africa
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town Cape Town
Days 2-5 Explore Cape Town - More Quarter Hotel Cape Town
Day 6 Drive to Gondwana Game Reserve Mossel Bay
Day 7 Safari at Gondwana Game Reserve Mossel Bay
Day 8 Drive to Franschhoek Franschhoek
Days 9-10 Explore Franschhoek Winelands Franschhoek
Day 11 Drive to Cape Town Airport  

This stunning road-trip itinerary encompasses urban sophistication, a wildlife safari, and one of the country's best wine regions—all in the span of 11 days. Kick-off in Cape Town where you'll have four days to explore the city's culture and hiking trails. From here, drive to the beautiful, private Gondwana Game Reserve, home to the 'Big 5' and more. Finish in the Franschhoek Valley to tour (and taste) in some of the best wine estates and gardens in South Africa. Learn more

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Map of 5 Self-Drive Trips to Take in 2020: Iceland, France, Costa Rica, New Zealand, & South Africa
Map of 5 Self-Drive Trips to Take in 2020: Iceland, France, Costa Rica, New Zealand, & South Africa