While always a popular way to travel, the past two years have perhaps given road trips an extra push on the pedal. For travelers looking to explore the world from the comfort of their (rental) car, here are some of our favorites to consider for 2022. Incredible scenery awaits travelers along Iceland's famed Ring Road. For those preferring a warmer climate, road trip your way between Portugal's cities and medieval towns. Other options include the Dalmatian coast in Croatia, Slovenia's mountain peaks, the world-famous Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, or a classic Italian road trip.

Iceland

It's best to enjoy Iceland at your own pace, and a self-driving tour allows you to cater your trip to your specific interests. Spend a week or more exploring the famous Ring Road, or combine highlights from multiple regions, such as the Westfjords, South Coast, or Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Most roads and sites in Iceland are public, meaning you can enjoy a mix of stunning landscapes. From east to west and north to south, from glacial bays to thermal pools, there's no shortage of exciting experiences to have in beautiful Iceland. 

2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland & the Remote Westfjords

Explore Iceland on a road trip of a lifetime
Explore Iceland on a Road Trip of a Lifetime
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival & Downtown Reykjavik Reykjavik
Day 2 North to Glymur Falls & Snaefellsnes Peninsula Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 3 Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Black-Sand Beaches & Fishing Towns Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 4 Ferry From Snæfellsnes Peninsula to the Westfjords Patreksfjörður
Day 5 Southern Westfjords: Látrabjarg & Dynjandi Ísafjörður
Day 6 Ísafjörður or Hornstrandir Hiking Ísafjörður
Day 7 Scenic Drive from Ísafjörður to Akureyri Akureyri
Day 8 The North: Godafoss, Whale Watching & Big Waterfalls Lake Mývatn
Day 9 Geological Wonders of Lake Mývatn Lake Mývatn
Day 10 Scenic Eastern Fjords Seyðisfjörður
Day 11 Seyðisfjörður to Djúpivogur Djúpivogur
Day 12 Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Skaftafell Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 13 South Coast Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches & the Start of the Golden Circle Golden Circle
Day 14 Golden Circle & Departure  


With two weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire Ring Road and enjoy some exceptional detours along the way. Stop to explore Lake Mývatn and soak in hot springs, or go hiking in Ísafjörður in the Westfjords. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions of Iceland, except the Highlands. If you want, adjust the itinerary a bit or tack on a couple more days so you can truly see it all. Read More

Portugal

Because it's small in size, you can see most of Portugal in just three weeks with a self-drive experience. For example, just three hours takes you between Lisbon and Porto! In addition, the country has some of the best roads in the world that are easy to navigate. Therefore, you can enjoy your time without the typical stress of foreign roadways. But, most importantly, the country offers an impressive diversity of landmarks and sites to see. Visit vibrant cities, humble villages, unique landscapes, cultural and historical sites, white-sand beaches, and more.

Portugal Relaxed Self-Drive: Lisbon, Porto, Évora - 10 Days

A scenic road near the village of Sintra
A Scenic Road Near the Village of Sintra
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon - Rental Car - Culinary Excursion Lisbon
Day 2 Half-Day Tour of Lisbon Lisbon
Day 3 Day-Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Lisbon
Day 4 Drive to Porto, via Óbidos Porto
Day 5 Get to Know Porto Porto
Day 6 Explore Porto & Northern Portugal Porto
Day 7 Drive from Porto to Évora - Private Tour Évora
Days 8-9 Explore Évora & the Alentejo Region Évora
Day 10 Drive from Évora to Lisbon - Depart Portugal  


This road trip is ideal for those wanting to experience Portugal's two biggest cities and the rural countryside at a relaxed pace. After strolling around Lisbon with a guide, make your way north to the UNESCO-listed Porto and its nearby mountains and vineyards. Finish off in the medieval town of Évora with plenty of free time to explore the Alentejo, a vast region known for olive groves, cork production, and rustic cuisine. Read more

Croatia & Slovenia

The northwest Balkans feature two of Europe's most stunning nations: Croatia and Slovenia. Most of the region's highlights sit just off major roadways, so you can easily maximize your time. First, discover some of the quintessential scenery along the Dalmatian Coast and head inland to enjoy vibrant cities, national parks, castles, and more. Then proceed through Slovenia's wine valleys, towering mountain peaks, karst region, and famous Soča River Valley

Self-Drive Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb - 16 Days

Section of the coastal route along the Adriatic Coast
Section of the Coastal Route on the Adriatic Coast
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Dubrovnik! Dubrovnik
Day 2 Explore Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic" Dubrovnik
Day 3 Discover Pelješac Peninsula and Ston Korčula Island
Day 4 Escape to Korčula's Old Town & Nature Korčula Island
Day 5 Korčula to Split Split
Day 6 Walk the Waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park Plitvice Lakes
Day 7 Plitvice to Piran Piran
Day 8 Uncover Piran, a Slovenian Gem Piran
Day 9 Coast & Karst Štanjel
Day 10 Roam the Soča Valley Bled
Day 11 Bled, Bohinj, Škofja Loka, Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 12 Explore Slovenia's Capital, Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 13 Kamnik & Velika Planina Ljubljana
Day 14 Slovenian Styria, The Land of Hops & Vines Maribor
Day 15 Kumrovec, Trakošćan & Varaždin from Zagreb Zagreb
Day 16 Departure   


Explore the magical coast of Croatia and experience the diversity of Slovenia during this 16-day journey. Make your way between two of Europe's biggest treasures, historic Dubrovnik in Croatia and the charming town of Bled in Slovenia. Along the way, stop to visit numerous cultural and natural sites, plus sandy beaches, hidden coves, crystal-clear rivers, lush forests, and alpine peaks. Read More

Ireland

Home to some of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, Ireland is one of the best destinations for an epic road trip. Perhaps you've heard of the Wild Atlantic Way, stretching from southern Cork to Malin Head in County Donegal. With an extensive network of charming country roads, you can discover hidden corners of Ireland and enjoy its signature remoteness. A car allows you to see a more authentic side of the country, and you can stop to explore peaceful villages, historic manors, and stunning landscapes.

Wild Atlantic Way Self Drive Adventure - 14 Days

the sea cliffs at Downpatrick Head on the coastline of County Mayo, Ireland
Sea Cliffs at Downpatrick Head on the Coastline of County Mayo, Ireland
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Dublin Dublin
Day 2 Tour the Rock of Cashel - Cork Cork
Day 3 Cork to Kenmare (the Sheep's Head Loop) Kenmare
Day 4 Beara Way & Gleninchaquinn Park Kenmare
Day 5 Ring of Kerry to Dingle Dingle Town
Day 6 Dingle Free Day Dingle Town
Day 7 Cliffs of Moher Doolin
Day 8 Explore Galway Galway
Day 9 Connemara National Park & Clifden Clifden
Day 10 Sky Road Cycle/Hike Westport
Day 11 Achill Island Westport
Day 12 Westport to Donegal Town Donegal
Day 13 Slieve League - Back to Dublin Dublin
Day 14 Departure  


Get ready for mile after mile of unforgettable memories! Enjoy a road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest defined coastal route in the world. Savor the views of the rugged scenery and captivating coastline, and enjoy off-the-beaten-path adventures. Explore Ireland's northerly points in County Donegal and make your way through the remote Northern Headlands and the picturesque southern peninsulas. Along the way, enjoy cities like Dublin, Cork, Kenmare, and Galway. Read More

Italy

Italy has some of the most scenic landscapes, ancient landmarks, and friendliest people in the world, making it a prime road-trip destination. With so much diversity and a lot to see, planning a self-drive itinerary can cater to any interest. Head to the coast to wander the beaches of the Italian Riviera. Explore the beauty of Lake Como, plus towns like Milan, Verona, and Venice. Or enjoy central Italy, with its rolling Tuscan hills and iconic sites and landscapes in and near Rome, Florence, and Naples

Northern Italy Family Road Trip: 10 days

Temple of Juno, an ancient Greek landmark in the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento.
A Sicilian Road Hugs the Coastline 
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Florence Florence
Day 2 Florence to Chianti Chianti
Day 3 Explore Tuscany Chianti
Day 4 Chianti to Italian Riviera Italian Riviera
Day 5 Explore the Italian Riviera Italian Riviera
Day 6 Italian Riviera to Lake Como, Bellagio, Como & Villas Boat Tour Lake Como
Day 7 Explore Lake Como Lake Como
Day 8 Lake Como to Lake Garda, West Lake Garda & Sirmione Boat Tour Lake Garda
Day 9 Explore Lake Garda Lake Garda
Day 10 Depart Florence  

 

It's best to focus on one or two regions instead of trying to see everything, as Italy is a large country. There's the wine country of Tuscany, the medieval villages of the Chiani Valley. But if you have 10 days to explore one region, take your journey into your own hands with this ten-day itinerary, all that offer famous attractions, plus incredible food, dramatic coastal views, and history and culture that take you back in time. Read More

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Map of Top 5 Self-Drive Destinations to Visit in 2022: Iceland, Portugal, Croatia, Ireland & Italy
Map of Top 5 Self-Drive Destinations to Visit in 2022: Iceland, Portugal, Croatia, Ireland & Italy