Avanti Destination has added four new customizable fly and drive packages in Europe and Central America: two in Germany, one in Costa Rica and one in Panama. The FIT travel company also offers more than 50 suggested itineraries with a self-drive segment.
In addition, rental cars can be added to nearly any European itinerary, giving FIT clients the opportunity to explore the countryside and stop or stay in smaller towns and villages, Avanti said.
Avanti Chairman Paul Barry said that more than 1,000 Avanti itineraries per year include a rental car. Additionally, he noted that it is recommended that clients obtain an international driver’s license before leaving the United States, and that an international driver’s license is required in certain countries, such as Italy.
Here’s a look at the four new self-drive itineraries:
- 100 Years of Bauhaus (Germany): This itinerary spends four days and three nights exploring Leipzig, Weimar and Dessau, which in 2019 are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus architecture movement. The trip includes a private walking tour in Weimar of early Bauhaus buildings, a full-day private Bauhaus tour in Dessau, four days of rental car or a four-day German Rail Pass and daily breakfast. Available through October 31, 2019.
- Car Country: Stuttgart and Munich (Germany): This itinerary spends five days and four nights in Stuttgart and Munich, including shared guided tours of the Mercedes-Benz museum and BMW factory, arrival and departure transfers, choice of a four-day car rental or a four-day German Rail Pass, a hop-on / hop-off bus tour of Stuttgart, a Ratskeller dinner in Munich and daily breakfast. Available year-round.
- Back Roads of Costa Rica: This itinerary spends seven days and six nights divided between Monteverde, home of the Cloud Forest, and the beach and surfing spots of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast. It includes a full-day “sky adventure tour” plus lunch in Monteverde with a walk above the forest canopy and ziplining; a three-hour cultural tour that shows clients the traditional methods of growing and processing sugar cane, coffee and bananas; a choice of seven days of car rental or private transfers throughout and daily breakfast. Available year-round.
- Panama Explorer: This itinerary spends 10 days and nine nights in Panama City, Valle de Anton, Playa Venao, Chitré, and Boca Chica, including the chance to spend time exploring colonial towns, beaches and national parks with opportunities for snorkeling and watching whales and turtles. It includes private arrival and departure transfers, air from David back to Panama City, seven days of rental car and daily breakfast. Available year-round.
Avanti offers self-drive itineraries in every European country, from Iceland to Greece, as well as in the Central American countries of Belize, Costa Rica and Panama.