Turkish Self Drive!

April 22, 2014 on 11:55 am | In Adventure Travel, Road Trips, Turkey | Comments Off



Discover Turkey with a Turkish Self Drive tour!

Explore Turkey at your own pace and in the comfort of your own vehicle. Turkish Self Drive is a great way to travel independently with the utmost of freedom. This is even more the case now that the road conditions have improved dramatically in recent years. Turkey has been pouring investment into road infrastructure and most major roads and attractions are signposted in English. We can arrange your hire car only or add hotels along the way to design a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

For your benefit we can arrange pick up and drop off of your Turkish Self Drive at any of the following locations:
Adana, Adiyaman, Alanya, Ankara, Antakya, Antalya, Ayvalik, Batman, Bodrum, Bursa, Cappadocia, Dalaman, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Eruzurum, Fethiye, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Izmit, Kayseri, Konya, Kusadasi, Malatya, Mardin, Marmaris, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa,Side, Siras, Tekirdag, Trabson, Van

Turkish Self Drive Option 1 – 9 days from $1204 per person twin share

Turkish Self Drive Option 2 – 12 days from $1728 per person twin share

Turkish Self Drive Option 3 – 8 days from $1034 per person twin share

Turkish Self Drive Option 4 – 6 days from $968 per person twin share

Turkish Self Drive Option 5 – 5 days from $842 per person twin share
For more information on Turkish Self Drive visit our website, email us or call (02) 8338 6900.


DriveAway Holidays launches Peugeot Leasing European Summer Sale

April 21, 2014 on 11:47 am | In Australia, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, Road Trips, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



Selected Peugeot Leasing vehicles have been drastically reduced for collection until the end of 2014. Book any of the following nine models by 2nd May to take advantage of this sale:

208 Economy, petrol 1.2L BVM (EDMVD7)
208 Pack, petrol 1.2L BVM + GPS (EDMVD2)
2008 Pack, petrol 1.6L BVM + GPS (EFMVD1)
308 Nouvelle Pack, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS (CDMDD6)
3008 Pack, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS + Cielo (CFMDD4)
3008 Select, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS + Cielo (CFMDD5)
308 SW Ancienne Pack, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS + Cielo (CWMDD4)
5008 Pack, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS + Cielo (FFMDD2)
508 SW Select 2L HDI BVM + GPS + Mi-Cuir + Cielo (FWMDD4)

Peugeot Leasing is ideal for extended holidays through Europe for 21 days – 175 days giving access to drive through more than 30 European countries.

To book, simply visit www.driveaway.com.au , call our dedicated Peugeot Reservations Team on 1300 363 500 or see your local travel agent.


National Car Rental Revives Golf Giveaway

April 21, 2014 on 8:54 am | In Golf Resorts, Road Trips | Comments Off



Like the beach? Terrific.

You’re on Facebook? Awesome.

You just put yourself in position for a heck of a giveaway.

Enterprise Holdings’ National Car Rental, the Official Rental Car of the PGA of America, has launched its third annual “Go Like A Pro” golf sweepstakes. From now until August 15, golf fans can register daily through National‘s Facebook page for the chance to win a four-person VIP package to the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Southampton, Bermuda.

One sweepstakes winner will receive a prize package that includes four Champions Club tickets to the event at Port Royal Golf Course, roundtrip airfare, lodging at the Fairmont Southampton from Oct. 12 to 16, and access to the Welcome Reception and Champions Celebration. Daily instant-win prizes, including 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf merchandise, will be awarded to select sweepstakes entrants who play the instant-win putt-putt game.

“Through our partnership with the PGA of America, National is pleased to offer fans the opportunity to experience the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in person,” Rob Connors, assistant vice president of brand marketing for National Car Rental, said in a statement. “Many of our business travel customers are golf enthusiasts, and this sweepstakes is a unique way for us to show appreciation for their continued business.”

This year’s “Go Like A Pro” golf sweepstakes also offers golf fans who submit an entry an insider’s look at the National Car Rental PGA ProAm Series, which links nearly 100 ProAm new and existing tournaments nationwide from February through October. The 2011 PGA Championship winner, Keegan Bradley and his father, PGA Professional Mark Bradley, serve as ambassadors for the Series.

“It’s a great pleasure to join with National Car Rental to support the “Go Like A Pro” sweepstakes and ProAm Series,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “We look forward to welcoming the sweepstakes winner and guests to the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in October.”

In addition to their daily registration entries, Emerald Club members can earn more sweepstakes entries for each qualifying rental from National. Based upon their membership tier level, members will receive up to 15 additional sweepstakes entries per rental.


National, Chevy Offer Innovative Impala Test-Drive Promo

April 21, 2014 on 8:53 am | In Road Trips | Comments Off



National Car Rental and Chevrolet are offering a 2014 Impala test-drive promotion to National’s Emerald Club Executive® and Executive Elite® members.
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The new Impalas are available to these members at the top 20 U.S. airports to rent now.

Emerald Club members in Phoenix, Atlanta and select New York, Connecticut and New Jersey counties who rent the 2014 Impala will receive a complimentary weekend test drive of another 2014 Impala when they return the car.

The promotion runs through Jan. 31, 2014.

“One of the reasons we chose National as our partner for this program is the opportunity for exposure. The customer base and extensive network of locations give the 2014 Chevrolet Impala a very personal introduction to drivers,” said Jon Hahn, Impala marketing manager for Chevrolet.

“This program gives National’s customers access to an extended test drive of our newly redesigned 2014 Impala, and we look forward to hearing their feedback on all the new features and advanced technology that make the 2014 model so special.”

Enterprise Holdings, the owner and operator of National Car Rental and the Alamo Rent A Car and Enterprise Rent-A-Car brands, commissioned a recent Polk study which found that customers who rent a car from National’s airport locations are 45 percent more likely to purchase a new vehicle within six months of their rental than the average U.S. consumer.

The study covered 23 million individual renters over a 12-month period, and strongly indicates that many car rental customers are using their rentals to experience new makes and models.

On average, 77 percent of the customers who purchased a vehicle they had rented bought a different make and model than what they already owned.

“Offering our frequent business renters access to the critically acclaimed 2014 Chevy Impala is just one example of our commitment to work with our manufacturer partners to provide a wide selection of vehicles that meet and exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Rob Connors, assistant vice president of brand marketing at National Car Rental.

He added, “Our partnership with Chevrolet to offer one of America’s best-selling, full-size sedans to Emerald Club’s most frequent renters gives high potential car buyers exposure to the new 2014 Impala’s design and technology so they can ‘try before they buy.’”


How To Get 6 Free Days in a Peugot

April 21, 2014 on 8:52 am | In Road Trips | Comments Off



Auto Europe is offering tremendous savings for long-term rentals of 21 days or longer with their Buy Back Program, featuring a large selection of factory-new Peugeot models. In addition to low daily rates, Auto Europe is also offering up to six free days on select models booked now through May 16th, 2014 with a minimum 30-day lease.

For example, receive three free days with select Peugeot 208’s, four free days on select Peugeot 308’s and six free days with select Peugeot wagons.

The benefits of a Peugeot Buy Back include rates that are tax free with non-deductible fully comprehensive insurance, the ability to travel into most former Eastern Bloc countries with no additional fees, unlimited mileage, 24-hour roadside assistance and delivery can be arranged at most major airports and cities throughout Europe.

In addition, minimum rental age is 18 with no maximum age limits. The factory-new vehicles with zero mileage can be delivered to select cities throughout France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

Free day offer is valid for reservations now through May 16th for deliveries through December 31st, 2014. Additional conditions may apply.

?For additional information contact your local sales representative or Auto Europe at (800) 223-5555. Visit their web site at http://www.autoeurope.com


Discover Denmark’s Marguerite Route On A Self-Drive Holiday

April 19, 2014 on 8:40 am | In Adventure Travel, Denmark, Road Trips | Comments Off



With its timeless countryside, quiet roads and frequent ferry crossings direct from the UK, Denmark is the perfect choice for those seeking the convenience and freedom of a self-drive holiday. The country is blessed with a picturesque, rolling scenery of unspoiled farmland, forests and heaths, not to mention mile upon mile of pristine coastline – much of which can be encountered by following the 3,600km Marguerite Route.

The Danes have long been fond of exploring this way-marked, long-distance touring route through their own bucolic backyard and now, thanks to VisitDenmark’s newly-launched English-language website (www.visitdenmark.co.uk/selfdrive), British holidaymakers will find it easier to join the locals in discovering the pleasures of the open road.

With Royal Approval

The Marguerite Route is marked along its way by characteristic marguerite (daisy) road-signs and was cleverly designed to take in some of Denmark’s most scenic countryside and prettiest towns and villages without drivers ever seeing the same view twice. A major inspiration for the leisurely route was Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (affectionately known as Daisy) herself, whose favourite drives and destinations are incorporated into the journey. Until now, details of the lengthy drive were only accessible to Danish speakers, but VisitDenmark expects the new English-language website will encourage more Brits to come and discover the Queen’s favourite spots at their own, unhurried pace.

Accessibility and Accommodation

To make the site as useful as possible to self-drive visitors, it includes pertinent information on arriving in Denmark with DFDS Seaways, who operate a regular overnight sailing from Harwich in Essex to Esbjerg on the West Jutland coast.

To ensure that the accommodation is as memorable as the beautiful scenery, drivers’ attention is drawn to a choice of characterful recommendations, as chosen by Small Danish Hotels who offer a hand-picked selection of castles, inns, hotels and manor houses in each area.

The route itself is broken down into manageable sections as it passes through each region of Denmark, with attractions to enjoy along the way and downloadable E-brochures or Google maps available for each one.

Hidden gems of Jutland

On arrival into Esbjerg the Marguerite Route steers drivers through Jutland and on via the island of Funen to Zealand. On the West Jutland coast, the route goes past the Wadden Sea National Park, one of Denmark’s most ecologically important areas that’s home to birds, seals and native oysters. It also takes in Denmark’s best preserved medieval castle Spottrup Borg with its towering 9-metre ramparts and double moat to withstand the most effective cannons. Nearby Nymindegab Kro is a traditional Danish inn (one of the Small Danish Hotels) whose elevated location overlooking the North Sea makes this the perfect place to stay awhile.

Further north, as the route passes through North Jutland it allows visitors a chance to get close to nature in this extensive area of dunes and heaths and reaches as far north as Skagen at the very top of Denmark where the two seas, the Kattegat and Skagerrak meet.

Away from the coast, other highlights along the Marguerite Route include the fairytale forest of Rold Skov – Denmark’s largest forest, home to scenic lakes, ancient trees and rare wild orchids. Closer to Aalborg lies Lindholm Høje, home to Scandinavia’s largest Viking burial ground with more than 700 well-preserved graves.

There’s more natural beauty to be found among the Silkeborg lakes and on the Gudenåen River in East Jutland, where activities away from the road include swimming, canoeing, kayaking and some of the best angling in northern Europe. Take in the pretty town of Randers with its quirky replica of Elvis’ home Graceland and stop further south at Vejle, often labelled as ‘Denmark’s cosiest town’. Close by is the historic town of Jelling where the two eighth-century runic stones hold special significance for Danes as the one erected in AD983 by Viking King Harald Bluetooth is known as the ‘birth certificate of Denmark’. Denmark’s second city Aarhus ‘the city of smiles’ offers numerous attractions including the National Open Air Museum of Urban History and CultureDen Gamle By where visitors can see what it would have been like to live and work in a 19th century Danish town.

Fairytale Funen

Funen, Denmark’s second largest island is situated between Jutland and Zealand. Characterised by gently rolling hills, its largest town, Odense, was the birthplace of author Hans Christian Andersen. The south Funen archipelago of islands are linked by small bridges and ferry routes for cars providing a scenic meandering route past historic manor houses and ancient castles. These include Egeskov Castle, one of Europe’s best preserved renaissance castles built on oak rafts rammed into the surrounding lake.

Liveable Zealand

The furthest reaches of the route take in the island of Zealand where green hills contrast with some of the best beaches in Denmark. Alongside the route it is possible to explore Denmark’s Viking history and at Elsinore, about an hour north of Copenhagen stop at the newly opened M/S Maritime Museum which bears testament to the town’s seafaring past with a seashell shaped museum inside the old dry dock. Alongside the Maritime museum is the UNESCO listed Kronborg Castle, known across the world as Hamlet’s Castle. Winding its way back along the beautiful coast and overlooking the Øresund, the narrow strait of water that divides Denmark from Sweden, the route reaches the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital, Copenhagen. For fans of the TV series ‘The Bridge’ a short detour might include a drive across the now iconic Øresund Bridge to Malmo or complete the journey on the quiet little rustic islands of Møn, Lolland and Falster at the southern point of Denmark.

As well as providing holidaymakers with the freedom of the open road, a self-drive experience in Denmark also offers excellent value for money by avoiding the costs and hassle of flying and the luggage restrictions that entails. Drivers can therefore fill their boots with designer Danish homewares, local produce and other souvenirs to bring home – another highlight of taking the slow road along the scenic Marguerite Route.

Getting there…

DFDS Seaways provides a overnight ferry crossings 2 to 5 times a week (depending on the time of year) between Harwich and Esbjerg in West Jutland, with prices starting from £117 per person, based on two people and one car travelling one way with a sea view cabin.

Where to stay

Small Danish Hotels offers beautiful inns, modern hotels and fairy tale castles along the Marguerite Route www.smalldanishhotels.dk


The Ultimate Flexible Campervan Pass For Downunder

April 16, 2014 on 8:51 am | In Adventure Travel, Australia, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, Road Trips, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



Mighty Campers and STA Travel have launched the ultimate in flexible campervan passes – ‘STA Mighty CamperFLEX’ – giving travellers the option of booking a camper for up to 30, 40 or 50 days to use within a 12 month period in Australia and/or New Zealand.

The STA Mighty CamperFLEX is ideal for travellers taking a longer break Downunder that want to alternate their time between staying for extended periods in the same or different locations with exploring the country by campervan. By allowing customers the flexibility of booking a set number of days to be used within a year from the start date, plans can be fluid with the option to pick up the vehicle over staggered periods of 4 days or more from different locations throughout Australia and New Zealand with just two weeks booking notice.

Stephen Hart, Sales Manager UK/Europe, Tourism Holdings Limited commented: “STA Travel and Mighty Campers new CamperFLEX pass is ideal for anyone staying in Australia or New Zealand for a longer duration who wants to take a few different campervan trips to explore different parts of one or both countries – and save money at the same time. As cheap, if not cheaper, as hiring a car, you get the amazing added value of having a well-equipped campervan and all the chattels at your fingers tips for up to a year. We see it as a great option for someone on a working holiday, for example, where they might need to stay put and work for a while and then take to the road to explore or anyone on an extended holiday.”

Anna Biesty, STA Travel UK, Land Product Trading Manager added: “The CamperFLEX pass is perfect if you want to take long weekends, or the odd week to go on short trips and really explore a destination and discover its hidden gems.

“From Melbourne you can head down to the Mornington Peninsular or up the Great Ocean road. From Cairns take a trip to the Atherton Tablelands or from Auckland spend a few days at the Bay of Islands. You can plan as you go, using local tips, safe in the knowledge you’ve paid in advance and are getting great savings.

“The CamperFLEX pass is not available to purchase in Australia or New Zealand, so it’s essential to buy before you travel.”

Only available through STA Travel, CamperFlex passes work out as little as £42.30/day cost or £2115 for a 50 day pass, £1737 for a 40 day pass and £1335 for a 30 day pass.

With pick up and drop off available from a combination of depots including Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia as well as Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand, travellers can cover a lot of ground whilst benefitting from savings up to 54%* off the regular rates.

Based on hiring the 2 berth Mighty Highball, with the cost similar to that of a hire car, CamperFLEX also includes ‘The Almighty’ insurance comprising Nil Liability, Tyre & Windscreen Cover, Camping Table, Camping Chairs (1 per person travelling), Pre Purchase Gas, Extra Driver Fees and Road User Charge Recovery Fee and any one-way fees so that there is no need to double back.

For more details, contact STA Travel on 0333 321 0099 or www.statravel.com


Hertz and KrisFlyer celebrate 15 years of partnership

April 11, 2014 on 7:23 pm | In Asia, Road Trips, Singapore | Comments Off



The Hertz Corporation, the world’s leading general use car rental brand, is celebrating 15 years of partnership with KrisFlyer, the frequent flyer programme of Singapore Airlines, the world’s most awarded airline. In honour of this occasion, KrisFlyer members from around the world will be entitled to a 15 per cent discount and 1,500 KrisFlyer miles when renting a car with Hertz. Valid from April 1 to July 31, 2014, the offer is applicable at participating locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

In addition, KrisFlyer members residing in Singapore will get a chance to enter a draw to win 1 of 10 prizes, each comprising 15,000 KrisFlyer miles by making a qualifying rental. The draw will be conducted on September 15, 2014. Prizes are non-transferable and nonexchangeable for cash.

Michel Taride, President, Hertz International, said: “It is a big pleasure for us to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our partnership with KrisFlyer, Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer programme. Hertz’s innovative rental car services offered at approximately 10,090 locations around the world together with KrisFlyer’s benefits and rewards make this partnership a strong benefit for customers. We look forward to continue providing KrisFlyer’s members with many attractive car rental offerings and special promotions to complement their flights with Singapore Airlines.”

The special 15th anniversary promotion is valid for self-drive rentals on Affordable Rates and applies to all standard car groups. The discount does not apply to taxes, fees and optional services and is subject to a minimum rental of 1 day in USA, Canada and Europe, and a minimum rental of 4 days in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to departure for rentals in Asia and 24 hours prior to departure for all other locations.

This ongoing alliance together with Hertz’s innovative services – such as its Gold Plus Rewards and award-winning NeverLost® GPS device – is particularly valuable in light of Singapore’s robust outbound leisure travel market. Singaporean residents are expected to make about 8.7 million trips in 2014, with this number forecasted to rise to 11.8 million by 2020 – an average growth of 5.3 per cent per year. In addition, the Asia/Pacific region is also seeing healthy growth in outbound travel, with its markets expected to grow collectively by an annual rate of 7.9 per cent from 2014 to 2020 [1].


Emirates Skywards adds Europcar to its partners

April 9, 2014 on 10:41 am | In Abu Dhabi, Airlines, Bahrain, Dubai, Middle East, Road Trips | Comments Off



Emirates Skywards, the frequent flyer programme of Emirates Airline, has partnered with Europcar, number one rental services company in Europe. Europcar operates one of the world’s largest car rental networks and is winner of the Middle East’s Leading Car Hire 2013 award. The partnership provides Emirates Skywards members with even more opportunities to earn Skywards Miles, awarding Miles for every booking with Europcar.

Emirates Skywards members will earn 600 Miles on rentals at all Europcar locations with Gold and Platinum members eligible for an additional 200 bonus Miles per rental. If a premium car is booked all membership tiers will automatically earn 1,000 Miles.*

Brian LaBelle, Senior Vice President, Emirates Skywards, and Marcus Bernhardt, Chief Commercial Officer, Europcar Group, recently signed the agreement at a ceremony held at Emirates Airline Headquarters in Dubai.

“We are constantly expanding Emirates Skywards to create a frequent flyer programme that takes our members far beyond the immediate travel experience, rewarding loyalty with exclusive privileges and other benefits. New strategic partners, such as Europcar, give additional opportunities to earn Miles and we are committed to offering more choice and flexibility. This partnership provides members with another terrific opportunity to earn Miles faster and redeem them for a range of exclusive rewards and benefits,” Brian LaBelle said.

Marcus Bernhardt, Chief Commercial Officer, Europcar Group, comments: “It is a great opportunity for our group to partner with Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer programme from Emirates. We share a common customer focus: both our brands stand for high quality and customer satisfaction. This move will help us pursue our expansion in this growing market”.

Members of Emirates Skywards can redeem their earned Miles for an extensive range of rewards. Redemption options include hotel accommodation, sporting events access, excursions and exclusive shopping, as well as flights and upgrades. A round-trip in Economy Class from London to Dubai for example can be redeemed for as little as 45,000 Miles. Emirates Skywards also permits Miles to be transferred to friends and family and are earned on every Emirates flight and on every fare; bringing more rewards to customers and their loved ones.


Four Seasons Goes Green For Electric Cars

March 31, 2014 on 11:28 am | In Hotels, Road Trips | Comments Off



Car Charging Group, Inc. a nationwide provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, announced that through its partnership with Four Seasons, EV charging services are now available at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto. With the highest standard of luxury and personalized hospitality, Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley is located at 2050 University Circle.

An environment of scenic beauty and the capital of high tech, Palo Alto is the epicenter of Silicon Valley and one of California’s most vital communities. Just 30 miles south of San Francisco, Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley is dedicated to relaxation and productivity with a satisfying mix of spacious comfort, luxury culinary inspiration and pleasurable pursuits. This luxury hotel includes a rooftop whirlpool and lap pool with private cabanas, umbrellas and lounge chairs, 24-hour fitness facilities, spa with steam room, 24-hour business center, and L’Occitane bath amenities.

“EVs are now a proven technology and by offering our charging services at the acclaimed Four Seasons Hotel, we expand the EV charging infrastructure in the heartland of the electric vehicle revolution, Silicon Valley,” saidMichael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging.

The EV charging services for Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley utilize a Blink Level II EV charging station, which provides 240 volts with 32 amps of power to quickly recharge an electric vehicle’s battery. EV drivers can easily request Blink’s InCard at www.BlinkNetwork.com to initiate use and payment at these locations. Blink’s InCard also allows drivers to use charging locations on the Blink Network, the software that operates, monitors, and tracks the Blink stations and all of its charging data. CarCharging’s EV charging stations also accept direct payment via credit card.

Users can pinpoint additional EV charging station locations using the CarCharging map at www.BlinkNetwork.com  or www.CarCharging.com


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