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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 .
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.
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.
Enterprise Holdings today announced that its regional subsidiary, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Canada Company, is purchasing AutoShare CarSharing Network Inc.
In 1998, AutoShare was established as Toronto’s first car-sharing organization, and today serves more than 12,000 local members.
Enterprise also offers Enterprise CarShare – with a suite of products and policies specifically geared to the car-sharing customer experience – and Enterprise Rideshare, a leading carpooling and vanpooling program for commuters. It likewise operates Zimride by Enterprise, an online ride-matching program that connects hundreds of thousands of drivers and passengers, while partnering with colleges and universities to facilitate transportation-management solutions.
“This acquisition reflects our longtime commitment to offering sustainable transportation options throughout North America,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president overseeing Enterprise’s CarShare, Rideshare and Zimride operations. “We are very excited and proud to become part of Toronto’s car-sharing community, which AutoShare launched and has supported for more than 15 years.”
The acquisition closes today; financial terms of the transaction will not be disclosed. AutoShare will continue to operate under its current brand indefinitely, and will be owned by Enterprise Rent-A-Car Canada Company and managed by its local Toronto division.
AutoShare will be served by Enterprise CarShare, which is a natural extension of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car network. Enterprise already operates 542 car rental branch offices in Canada, with more than 130 offices in the Greater Toronto Area alone. As a result, Enterprise is ideally positioned to run a successful, sustainable car-sharing program in a competitive marketplace like Toronto, with a lower member-to-car ratio, a fuel-efficient fleet and a commitment to deliver well-maintained, clean and up-to-date vehicles.
Enterprise CarShare is available on more than 75 university campuses, 40 government and business campuses, and in nearly 20 major markets including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago. It offers hybrid, plug-in and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Enterprise Holdings, owners of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car, is expanding into the Caribbean with its announcement that it will franchise the use of its Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand to several Caribbean operators, notably Guyane Car in French Guiana, L.A.M. in Martinique and S.G.L.V. in Guadeloupe.
In a statement, the company noted these new operations further expand the international footprint of the Enterprise brand.
Peter A. Smith, vice president of global franchising for Enterprise Holdings, said in a release: “The introduction of the Enterprise brand to these important markets means international travelers and local residents will be able to experience first-hand our signature customer service and convenient rental process.”
According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, almost 25 million tourists visited the Caribbean in 2012. The car rental market in the U.S. alone is $24 billion, with Enterprise Holdings comprising almost half of that at $11.5 billion.
As of the end of 2012, the company had more than 941,000 cars on the road and more than 6,200 U.S. locations. Both figures are more than the combined totals of the next four rental car companies – Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Dollar-Thrifty Automotive Group and ZipCar.
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A major new commercial partnership between two of NSW’s peak industry associations, the Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW (CCIA) and NRMA Motoring & Services, has been formed to further promote one of the tourism industry’s fastest growth sectors.
“This partnership is a natural fit. As two of the major organisations focused on travelling and holidaying in NSW, CCIA and NRMA have a mutual interest in developing and strengthening the caravan and camping sector, particularly given the strong growth we have seen in the industry over recent years,” CCIANSW President, Mr. Theo Whitmont said.
“Together we will be able to better promote and market the fantastic holiday offerings available to the NSW motoring public and extend awareness of the caravan and camping lifestyle.
“Whether towing a caravan or camper trailer, driving a luxury motorhome, pitching a tent, or staying in a luxury cabin at one of the hundreds of holiday parks across the State, there is something for everyone on a caravan & camping holiday.”
NRMA Group CEO Tony Stuart said thousands of NRMA Members and their families camped and caravanned for their holidays every year.
“The NRMA has a lot of skin in the caravan and camping holiday sector, including owning four holiday parks, because we know it’s a traditional family holiday that our Members love – that’s why it makes sense for us to partner with the CCIA,” Mr Stuart said.
NRMA sees this relationship as the perfect opportunity to provide even more of the valuable caravan and camping advice we provide and ensure as many Members as possible have the knowledge to travel safely and happily on our roads.”
The NRMA has long supported the caravan and camping industry through a range of products and services including publishing of Australian Caravan and RV Magazine, ownership of NRMA Holiday Parks and member services such as Motorserve and the NRMA Online Shop.
As part of the new partnership, NRMA will operate an exciting new entertainment precinct at the CCIA’s upcoming NSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow, which is held annually at Rosehill Racecourse. The event will be held from April 26 – May 4 2014 and is expected to attract around 80,000 visitors over the nine days of its operation.
NRMA Motoring & Services will present the “Bluezone Entertainment Precinct” at this year’s Supershow. There will be entertainment and information for all ages, –as well as plenty of opportunities to relax and refresh before heading out to explore more of what’s on display at the Supershow.
Auto Europe is offering big savings for long-term rentals, 21 days or longer, with their Buy Back Program featuring a large selection of factory new Peugeot models. The program is a practical way to save with a villa rental or extended stay in Europe.
In addition to low daily rates beginning at $29 a day, Auto Europe is offering to reimburse $50 towards your first tank of gas. Simply send us your receipt once you return home and we’ll refund you $50 USD. This offer for free gasoline is valid for all reservations now through April 30 for pick ups through Sept. 30, 2014.
All Peugeot models are equipped with air conditioning, power steering, radio, CD player (excluding 208 & 2008 models), electronic immobilizer, automatic locking and ABS brakes. Along with better fuel consumption, diesel fuel is generally less expensive in Europe so Peugeot has provided a large range of diesel models in fleet to choose from.
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.
Sample rate shown is a daily rate based upon a 45-day lease of the four-door, four passenger Peugeot 208, manual transmission for deliveries in Paris. Delivery and collection fees may apply for locations outside France. Rate and offer subject to change and additional restrictions may apply.
Auto Europe services over 8,000 car rental locations in over 130 countries worldwide. In addition, through their tour division, FlyInternational.com they offer scheduled airfare to Europe with over thirty carriers and service 3, 4 & 5 star worldwide hotels. For additional information contact your local sales representative or Auto Europe at (800) 223-5555. Visit their web site at http://www.autoeurope.com
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