Our Classic Experiences include an exciting round-up of touring holidays that are carefully researched, well-paced and include plenty of must-visit sites. Perfect for getting a feel for the place, they provide an excellent overview of each destination and are ideal for first-time visitors, or those who want to experience a varied range of highlights.
Iceland & Scandinavia
Norwegian Fjord Highlights
Tromso, Abisko and the Icehotel
Discover West Sweden
Capitals of Scandinavia
Australia, New Zealand, Canada & Alaska
East Coast Wonders
Essential New Zealand
New Zealand by Rail, Cruise and Coach
Majestic Rockies by Rail and Road
Alaska and Yukon Highlights
Alaska’s Natural Wonders
Top End Explorer
Classic Experiences by Destination
- Norway & Sweden
- Australia & New Zealand
- Canada & Alaska
A superb self-drive destination, Iceland can be visited year-round to witness either the winter northern lights or the summer midnight sun – always with the added bonus of volcanoes, waterfalls, black-sand beaches, icecaps and other mind-blowing natural wonders.
Whether you focus on the south west with it’s waterfalls and the famed Golden Circle or opt for something wider-ranging, travelling full-circle around the island on a two-week touring holiday around the country, Iceland’s natural wonders and welcoming locals will not disappoint.
Norway & Sweden
The Norwegian Fjords are a well-known cruising hotspot, but we think they make an even better self-drive touring destination. Spend a week exploring the majestic Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord at your own pace, stopping to enjoy the views, set off on a hike or relax in a waterside village.
The Arctic city of Tromso is a great for a range of independent touring options be that a short break or part of a multi-centre holiday combining with Abisko and the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland. All three offering the great chances of seeing the northern lights. Travelling independently by coach and train, it’s a wonderful way to experience Europe’s far north, experiencing everything the region has to offer, from coast to mountain.
Australia & New Zealand
New Zealand is a superb self-drive destination with a diverse and spectacular landscape packed into two main islands, North and South. You can easily spend a couple of months exploring, but in reality three weeks is our recommendation as per our flagship, Discover Aotearoa itinerary.
If you want to leave the driving to someone else that’s no problem! Our 18-night New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach combines luxury coach travel with classic rail journeys and scenic cruises visiting New Zealand’s iconic highlights.
In Australia, classic touring is best state by state such is the vast scale of the country. Consider an driving the epic west coast from Perth visiting the Pinnacles, Kalbarri National Park and Ningaloo Reef or explore Queensland’s beautiful coast and national parks from Brisbane to Port Douglas.
Canada & Alaska
Exploring Canada often comes down to a choice of east or west though both are deserving. The 15-night Totem Discovery takes you on a circular self-drive from Vancouver, following a route through coastal British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies.
For Canada’s ‘wild east’, try a two-week Atlantic Discovery self-drive, meandering through Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, driving the stunning Cabot Trail and whale watching in the Bay of Fundy.
Of course, western Canada can be combined with Alaska perhaps on an seven-night self-drive following a circular route from Anchorage and linking two of the state’s must-see highlights: Denali National Park and the Kenai Fjords.