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Fly drive holidays enable you to fly to your first destination, pick up your hire car and hit the open road. They allow you to combine a well-planned itinerary designed by our experts with the freedom to stop off whenever the mood takes you. Vast countries like the USA and Canada are ideal for fly drive holidays. Start off in vibrant cities before admiring the ever changing landscapes and vast national parks on your way to the coast, mountains, city or desert.  New Zealand holidays also lend themselves perfectly to travellers who like to drive on holidays. The distances are smaller than in North America and the variety of landscapes passing by will keep your nose glued to your car window.

Drive iconic roads on a fly drive holiday

We’ve put together our list of the most iconic road trips, carefully curating inspiring fly drive holiday itineraries to help you see some of the best sights in your dream destination along the way. The most famous of them all is probably Route 66, which conjures up images of great American novels and scenes from famous films, taking you through almost 2,500 miles of the USA’s epic landscapes. 

 

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USA and Canada

The USA and Canada both cover an enormous land mass and both are home to charismatic cities, sprawling national parks and wide, open roads. Explore in a classic American car, palatial motorhome or even on a thrilling Harley Davidson. Choose to meander slowly through, stopping off to explore every inch of these diverse landscapes, or enjoy a whistle stop tour of the top sights.

Driving is an attraction in itself on American road trip holidays, with large comfortable cars and well maintained roads. Whether you want to fly drive Florida or fly drive California, you won’t be disappointed by the experience. For something a little different, try the picturesque beaches, American history and wonderful natural sights of the Lighthouses and Lobsters fly drive holiday in New England. Highlights of fly drive Canada holidays feature incredibly scenic drives such as the Icefields Parkway. Or self drive the Deep South

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Escorted tours

If you don’t feel comfortable with tackling a fly drive holiday on your own, our escorted tours offer a great compromise. Meet up with other likeminded travellers and set off on an adventure led by expert guides who will ensure you see the best of their country. Our escorted holiday tours can also be booked as part of a wider holiday, with options available from a few days to a full month.

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Africa

The Garden Route is one of the best known self drive holiday destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It takes you from the rich culture of Cape Town through verdant valleys and rugged mountains, along glittering stretches of coast and through idyllic countryside towns. Try freshly caught oysters in Plettenberg Bay, ostrich eggs in the farmlands, some of the world’s greatest wines in Franschhoek and succulent local cuisine wherever you stop. Discover South Africa on our Cape to Kruger self drive, featuring vineyards, wild rivers, fascinating museums and excellent restaurants along the famous Route 62. Finish the drive in Kruger National Park, where you can experience the magic of seeing Africa’s wildlife on a Big Five safari.

Top USA and Africa fly drive holidays


Have a browse through more ideas for tailor made itineraries for fly drive holidays, as recommended by our team. Call us now and your dream self drive holiday adventure will soon be a reality.

Route 66

Route 66 Road Trip Holiday

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £2,899 PP
Our Historic Route 66 Self Drive is a journey you’ll never forget, beginning in Chicago and ending at the Santa…
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USA road trips
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New England Road Trip

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,599 PP
Our Lighthouses and Lobsters Self Drive explores the coastal towns and maritime communities of New England. On this trip you’ll…
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USA road trips
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San Francisco To Los Angeles Road Trip

  • 12 Days
Explore California’s incredibly scenic Pacific towns; little gems that dot the coast as you cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway…
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fly drive holiday?

A fly drive holiday allows you to fly into your chosen destination, pick up your hire car and enjoy a well-planned itinerary which will take you through the top sights along the route. Flights, the cost of the hire car, motorhome or motorbike, accommodation and some of the activities are usually included. It provides a combination of expert local knowledge with the freedom to explore at your own pace and stop off whenever you feel like it. Whether you want to explore cities, countryside or mountains, or everything in between, a fly drive holiday can take you there.

Do fly drive holidays include car hire?

Yes. All of our fly drive holidays include your hire car, motorhome or motorbike – the choice is yours. We can also take requests for which type of vehicle you would like to rent. Drive Route 66 in a classic American car, enjoying the warm breeze in your hair in a convertible. Rent a Harley Davidson and hit the wide open roads feeling like you’ve come straight out of a film set. In South Africa, choose a 4×4 for its comfort, space and ability to travel through all types of terrain, or opt for a smaller car so you can easily park in any town. The choice is yours.

Do we have to follow the exact itinerary?

No. All of our holidays are carefully planned according to your needs. Speak to our experts and they’ll help you decide which destinations are right for you, how long you’d like to spend in each and how many hours you’re happy to drive per day. All of our accommodation, car types, activities and even the destinations can be rearranged to suit you, the time of year you visit and the other travellers in your group. Alternatively, if you’ve found one of our fly drive holidays you love and don’t want to change a thing, you can simply call us to book.

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Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for… Fly Drive Holidays?

The best fly drive holidays combine the freedom to explore at your own pace with expert local knowledge. At Hayes & Jarvis we have over 65 years of experience in 60 destinations around the world; from New Zealand holidays to the classic fly drive USA and everywhere in between. We can create bespoke fly drive holidays or you can choose one of our carefully planned itineraries. We’ll be with you through the dreaming, planning, booking and travelling process.

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