Citywealth wants to highlight a selection of the world's best road trips available for 2022, from sustainable electric motorcycle routes in Portugal, to family-friendly road trips in the Highlands of Scotland, going through America’s famous Route 66 and other fantastic driving adventures.
Fully enjoying an amazing journey, while reaching breathtaking destinations, this is the ultimate purpose of a great road trip. Below a selection of the world's best road trips available for 2022, from supercar self-driving routes in Europe, sustainable electric motorcycle routes in Portugal, to family-friendly road trips in the Highlands of Scotland, America’s famous Route 66 and driving adventures in Ireland.
Ultimate Driving Tours - Supercar Self-Guided Driving Holidays
Ultimate Driving Tours is the world leader in luxury driving holidays and supercar tours. Each experience pairs incredible cars with the best roads, hotels, dining and local experiences the chosen region has to offer, creating unforgettable holidays of a lifetime.
Ultimate Driving Tours’ Self-Guided Driving Holidays allow guests to pick their preferred dates, destination and supercar from Ultimate Driving Tours’ brand-new fleet, including an Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Ferrari 488 Spider, Audi R8 Spyder, Mercedes AMG GT R, Corvette C8 convertible, a Porsche 911 turbo convertible and more. Guests can then enjoy cruising a pre-planned five-day driving route featuring scenic roads and incredible hotels along the way, to offer the ultimate road trip adventure. Destinations include Tuscany, Bavaria & Tyrol, Cote d’Azur & Provence, the Swiss Alps and new for 2022 - Upstate New York and California.
HOW: Self-Drive Holidays start from £4,990 per person for 5 days and 4 nights and are bookable between April - October 2022. For more information visit www.ultimatedrivingtours.com
Ultimate Driving Tours - Group Supercar Tours
For an adrenaline packed driving adventure, Ultimate Driving Tours’ series of Supercar Tours are the jewel in the crown of luxury travel. With the opportunity to drive the full fleet of the latest release supercar tours, these 4-6 night tours are group trips, providing the perfect opportunity to meet other enthusiasts for the finer things in life, or to book exclusively with a group of friends.
Embark on an incredible gourmet journey and celebrate the legendary guide that brought diving and gastronomy together: Michelin, with Beautiful Cars and Michelin Stars Supercar Tour (9-15 June 2022), featuring France’s most iconic wine regions, or a Swiss Supercar Tour (27 June - 1 July 2022), including alpine roads and stays in the finest Swiss lodges in Lucerne, Geneva and Andermatt, with the opportunity to round the trip off with VIP access to Goodwood Festival of Speed. For a trip that’s quintessential to Italy, the Supercar Tour d’Italia (3-9 September OR 12-18 September 2022) includes the opportunity to drive the Italian greats - Lamborghini and Ferrari on incredible roads including Top Gear crew’s all-time favourite, Stelvio Pass, as well as phenomenal food and wine, a tour of the Ferrari Museum in Maranello and the opportunity to begin or conclude the tour with a weekend at the legendary Italian Grand Prix. Whatever your ultimate driving tour is, Ultimate Driving Tours have an experience that’s perfect for you!
HOW: Supercar Tours start from £9,740 per person and include accommodation, all dining and use of Ultimate Driving Tours’ full fleet of supercars, and is a fully hosted and managed holiday. For more information visit www.ultimatedrivingtours.com
The Rout-e Project (Portugal)
The Rout-e Project offers five sustainable routes across Portugal including Central Portugal, Lisbon, Alentejo and the Algarve with each route spanning approximately 200 kilometres and taking five days to complete, travelling on 100% high-performance electric motorcycles. This unique project promotes sustainable mobility, slower travel, enhanced connection with nature, culture and local cuisine in each region, whilst maintaining authenticity and social responsibility. Travellers will be able to enjoy travelling through natural landscapes and striking mountains whilst exploring peaceful villages, stunning vineyards and historical and cultural landmarks. Route-e is one of the most sustainable ways of getting to know Portugal whilst offering culturally enriching experiences.
*For those that don’t ride motorcycles, they can travel the routes via hybrid car or bicycle/mountain bike.
HOW: Further information on The Rout-e Project can be found at visitportugal.com
Finnish Road Trip (Finland)
The best part of driving through Finland is taking in all of the incredible scenery. A classic Finnish road trip will entail driving through dense pine forests, sweeping farmlands and more lakes than you can possibly count! Traversing the rural roads of Finland can also give a greater sense of freedom and will showcase some areas you otherwise might not have seen.
Enjoy road trip tours such as a journey discovering architectural gems built by world-famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, in the Helsinki and Lakeland regions. You’ll start in the Finnish capital, visit the nearby city of Espoo, then head to Lahti and Jyväskylä in Lakeland.
Alternatively, you can head north to Lapland to experience what’s considered the most beautiful road in Finland. Route 970 hugs the Teno River between the villages of Utsjoki and Karigasniemi and holds the title of most beautiful road in the country. This road was built atop the old footpath between the villages, and it alternates between descending to the river level and ascending on high to reveal stunning valley vistas.
HOW: For more information, please visit visitfinland.com
Highland Coast Hotels (The Highlands of Scotland)
Newton Lodge, Kylesku Hotel, Royal Marine Hotel, Brora and Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch are positioned perfectly along the NC500 for a family friendly road trip to the Highlands, allowing guests to enjoy the spring months with family whilst taking in the gorgeous surroundings on an action-packed break. All hotels are also dog-friendly – perfect for the whole family!
Begin a road trip that kids will love with a stay at Newton Lodge, a cosy and family-friendly boutique hotel located in the northwest Scottish Highlands. At Newton Lodge, McKenzie Mountaineering aims to capture the rugged beauty of the Highlands by offering walks all year round. These tailor-made treks are suitable for all ages and will create memories that last a lifetime!
Next, take a trip to Kylesku Hotel, which is a short drive away from Newton Lodge and the next pitstop in a family friendly road trip adventure. Adventure beckons for all members of the family with Kylesku Hotel’s new and authentic adventure day packages. Explore the beauty of the hotel’s surrounding rugged landscapes by foot or bike, brave the crisp northerly waters by kayak, fly through the air on a zipline or capture spectacular views on a photography workshop.
The Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch is next on the agenda. This beautiful hotel is located only a little over an hour’s drive from the city of Inverness on the East Coast of the NC500. Children will love discovering the most iconic coastal, rural and city destinations in the Highlands with a fun guided tour, offered in collaboration with local partner Highland Explorer. Journey through mesmerising, wild and rugged landscapes, visit the top attractions related to the thrilling yet romantic television series, Outlander or enjoy a trip to two of the major Speyside whisky distilleries - there’s something to suit everyone.
For the final leg of the road trip, stay at Royal Marine Hotel, Brora, which reopens in mid-April following a full refurbishment. At the Royal Marine Hotel, the whole family can take part in action-packed activities such as clay shooting and archery! Leave dry land behind and experience the lochs and coastlines of Sutherland and the North Coast 500 in one of the best ways, by paddleboard.
NEWTON LODGE: Cosy double from £165 including breakfast - www.newtonlodge.co.uk / www.highlandcoasthotels.com
KYLESKU HOTEL: From £147 for 2 guests including breakfast - www.kyleskuhotel.co.uk / www.highlandcoasthotels.com
ROYAL GOLF HOTEL: £129.00 per night for Bed and Breakfast - www.royalgolfhoteldornoch.co.uk / www.highlandcoasthotels.com
ROYAL MARINE HOTEL: £119.00 per night for Bed and Breakfast (starting rate of £99.00) - www.royalmarinebrora.com / www.highlandcoasthotels.com
Causeway Coastal Route (Northern Ireland)
The Causeway Coastal Route is a 120 mile route which travels through picture-perfect villages, ruined castles balanced on cliff edges, and stunning rugged coastline. Starting off in the vibrant city of Belfast with its famed murals, pubs, and the Titanic Museum, travellers then head out along the road all the way to the walled city of Derry-Londonderry which borders Donegal. Travellers should take three to five days to drink in the varied landscapes, from seashores to mountaintops, with both cities and hamlets to stop off at inbetween. Highlights of the journey include the famous Giant’s Causeway, the spectacular Gobbins cliff path, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the fresh sea food that can be found along the route.
HOW: For more information, please visit www.ireland.com
Ring of Kerry (Ireland)
Starting and ending in Killarney, the Ring of Kerry is 179km ring road that follows the coastal contours of the Iveragh Peninsula. The drive can be completed in a day, but it’s recommended that it’s turned into a mini getaway for those who wish to do more exploring. Wrapped in stunning visual scenery, history and wildlife, the drive is the perfect way to experience all that Ireland has to offer. Start at Killarney, a lively town offering plenty of options for food, music, and pubs, before setting straight off to Killarney National Park. Along the route expect to see other colourful towns such as Kenmare or Sneem where visitors can stop off. Or if looking for more remote stop off locations, head for rocky coves and sandy beaches along the way. The Ring of Kerry hosts a wealth of history, with ancient monuments like Eightercua stone row and Staigue stone fort dotted along the ring, as well as imposing ancient ruins of castles and abbeys watching over drivers as they take in the spectacular rolling landscape.
HOW: For more information, please visit www.ireland.com
Wild Atlantic Way (Ireland)
The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal route in the world, offering some of the most show-stopping and enchanting ever changing landscapes along the west-coast of Ireland. Either drive end-to-end or dip in and road trip one of the many sections offering something for everyone. At one end travellers will find the Surf Coast and Donegal, Ireland’s surf capital, in the middle they’ll find the foodie haven and 2020 European capital of culture, Galway, while the opposite end features the Haven Coast and West Cork which is a nature-lover’s delight. Here the waters are home to marine wildlife including dolphins, seals, porpoises, minke, and fin humpback whales. In between travellers can take their time to explore off the beaten track adventures that capture the essence of Ireland’s breath-taking nature.
HOW: For more information, please visit www.ireland.com
Route 66 (Chicago)
Running between Chicago and Los Angeles, the iconic Route 66 invites travellers from around the world to explore everything from classic Americana to the vast natural landscapes of the country. Whether travellers decide to explore all of Route 66 or just complete a section, the epic trial begins in the unmissable city of Chicago before passing through the heart of the United States. Route 66 starts in the heart of the city, right by the iconic Art Institute Chicago, a must-visit before setting off on this bucket list road trip. As the largest city in the Midwest, Chicago’s wealth of history, architecture, and art means there are endless things to do on a trip to the Windy City. This summer Chicago is planning an unmissable programme of events to celebrate the Year of Dance, with outdoor festivals, foodie pop ups and shows for everyone.
HOW: For more information on Chicago, please visit www.choosechicago.com