Lindsay is all about road trips, stopping to smell the roses and take photos of epic landscapes for days. No planes or air transport required? Perfect! Lanee, on the other hand, likes to get to her destinations as quickly as possible. Break the sound barrier with speed? Absolutely! In search of some unique road trip ideas that accommodate both the need for adventure and serenity? We’ve got you covered.
These seven self-drive road trips offer the best of both. You may need to get on a plane to experience them, but once you’re there, life’s an open road. The best part? These are not your average road trips. They happen to be in some of the most-seldom visited destinations. Translation: no tourists! Assessment: sign us up!
Tripology Adventures, an innovative Israeli adventure travel company that has been in operation since 1993, recently launched its website in English to share with North American travelers some of the world’s best road trip ideas, along with the fun of self-driving 4×4 off-road vehicles to obscure-but-culturally intense locales in Europe, Asia and Africa.
With a 20-year track record of successful adventure touring, the road trips offer guided, caravan-style, off-road holidays that include lodging, dining, sightseeing, trekking, river rafting and more for independent-minded travelers who want to the freedom of their own vehicle with the structure and safety of a proscribed itinerary.
Our ‘deep’ touring programs reach exotic destinations where guests have rare opportunities to touch authenticity, to feel the magical genesis as if we were the first to ever arrive in this pristine place. — Ofir Birenbaum, CEO of Tripology.
Imagine crossing the Pindos peaks in Greece, reaching the Himba tribes in Namibia and crossing the dunes in the Moroccan Sahara in your own vehicle — a comfortable, fully equipped, off-road, four-passenger vehicle. Done! (Along with the gourmet coffee and kitchen kits for picnic-style dining along the way).
Itineraries are available in Greece, Morocco, Turkey, Italy, Pyrenees, Iceland and Namibia. Guests drive through seldom-visited locales while listening enroute via two-way radio to information about their journey.
“We design our trips to be convenient and comfortable, with an itinerary, that leaves room to breathe, to visit preferred sites, villages, lakes, rivers, peaks, canyons – or to just be!” said Birenbaum.
Tours can be customized to fit a client’s needs or desires, for example, to experience the folk music of Greece or the most famous ceramics and mosaics workshops in Morocco.
Tour prices start at $1,655 for six days of touring in Turkey to $2,945 for nine days of touring Tuscany. The rates are per person based on two guests sharing a room, breakfasts, lunches and/or dinners (exclusive of beverages), off-road vehicles (at Suzuki Grand Vitara category) for every four travelers, gasoline for the entire trip, a Tripology Adventures guide in an accompanying, supervising vehicle for the entire off-road tour, two-way radio with approved frequencies, sightseeing fees, mineral water, destination maps and tips for service providers enroute.
For trip details, itineraries and booking information, visit www.tripologyadventures.com, or call (US Office) 888-975-7080.
* All photos courtesy Ofir Birenbaum.