Discover some of the world's best drives, with roads trips around California’s beaches and big-sky national parks, and New Zealand’s glaciers and geothermal wonderlands.


Suggested route & duration

Round-the-world stops

San Francisco

Los Angeles




About this independent tour

This independent itinerary is just a suggestion and is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, accommodation and excursions. We’re experts in creating worldwide itineraries and will take the time to craft a round-the-world holiday that’s right for you. Just ask one of our Personal Travel Experts to help.

Recommended highlights

California self-drive

The ‘golden state’ is dream self-drive territory, with breezy coastal roads, epic national parks, lush vineyards and sun-soaked beaches. Fly into San Francisco, pick up your car or motorhome, and enjoy the freedom to create your own route. Whether you’re driving the Big Sur and spotting waterfalls on the beach, travelling through the heart of Yosemite National Park or whale watching off the coast of Monterey, the journey here really is part of the adventure.

Auckland to Christchurch self-drive

New Zealand’s gloriously empty roads are a dream to drive – and as the country is around half the size of California, it means you can take in the sights of the north and south islands in one trip. Fly into Auckland and out of Christchurch, taking in towns and cities such as Napier, Wellington, Nelson and Queenstown. Stop off to see epic natural attractions like Franz Josef glacier and the otherworldly geothermal parks near Rotorua, as well as the unspoilt beaches of the Bay of Islands.


Make Singapore your final stop to break up the journey home. Stroll around the world-class shopping district of Orchard Road, dominated by glitzy fashion malls, or visit Singapore’s Botanic Garden and wander through exotic displays including the National Orchid Garden. Down by the waterfront, you’ll find two of the city’s most iconic sights: the beautiful Gardens by the Bay and the gravity-defying Marina Bay Sands hotel. Make sure you sample the mouth-watering local cuisine; culinary experiences here range from traditional street markets to swanky fine dining restaurants – including the legendary Raffles Singapore.