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Every year, our friends at Lonely Planet publish the ultimate list of countries, regions and cities which they deem must-visits for the year ahead. We're excited that more of the destinations that we offer have been chosen to represent 2022's Best in Travel than ever before.

Atlanta, USA

Atlanta is the capital of the US state of Georgia. In the 1860’s it played an important part in the American Civil War and in the 1960’s it was at the centre of the Civil Rights Movement.

Georgia State Capitol Building
Georgia State Capitol Building
Atlanta skyline
Atlanta skyline
Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Martin Luther King Jr Drive

Perhaps pay a visit to the Atlanta History Centre which chronicles the city's past, and also to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site which is dedicated to the African-American leader’s life. Downtown you will find the city’s Centennial Olympic Park which was built for the 1996 Olympics, and which encompasses the massive Georgia Aquarium.

What Lonely Planet says

"Atlanta is a thriving, shining cultural jewel in the heart of the American South with passion and activism in its soul. The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr was a major battleground state during the United States’ 2020 presidential election."

Our Rhythms of the South tailor-made motorhome tour starts and finishes in this historical city. You'll spend two nights here to explore the city and stay in a centrally-located hotel before heading off on your tour of the south!

Auckland, New Zealand

Many visitors use Auckland as the gateway for their North Island exploration. New Zealand’s largest city offers plenty of history, culture, great food and wine, not to mention beautiful beaches, volcanoes, vineyards and small holiday islands.

Auckland skyline
Auckland skyline
Mount Eden
Mount Eden
Auckland Botanical Gardens
Auckland Botanical Gardens

A good kick off point is to head for the highest point to get your bearings. Here, head 328m up the Sky Tower for unsurpassed wraparound views of up to 80 km in every direction. You can even jump off – attached to a bungy cord of course.

Then consider the Botanic Gardens, highly regarded War Memorial Museum or a ferry over to pretty Devonport or Waiheke Island for lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard. The beaches and olive groves here are delightful.

The bustling Britomart waterfront district offers great shopping and enticing restaurants. Nearby is the famous Viaduct harbour and basin, great for yacht watching and home to an amazing array of boats. You can even take a trip on an America’s Cup yacht or head out to Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to spot whales and dolphins.

Activity buffs head to the Waitakere Ranges while the west coast, with its black volcanic sand beaches at Muriwai, Bethells, Piha and Karekare, appeal to a more relaxed crowd.

What Lonely Planet says

"Within Auckland there are 53 volcanoes, more than 50 islands, three wine regions and numerous beaches. The country’s biggest and most diverse city has a blossoming cultural scene, putting a fresh spotlight on exciting local creativity."

Nearly all of our New Zealand holidays start, finish or visit Auckland. Our Ultimate New Zealand 56-day escorted motorhome tour gives you... well the ultimate tour of the two islands including four days in Auckland and many fantastic excursions available, from city tours and harbour bridge climbs to wilderness tours.

Burgundy, France

Our European motorhome tours are only available to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

Not only is Burgundy known for its wine but also for its extraordinary historical heritage, with beautiful French castles and Abbeys. The villages in Burgundy are some of France’s most picturesque, with Dijon, its capital being one of the most beautiful cities.

Romanesque Cluny church
Romanesque Cluny church
Vineyards in autumn
Vineyards in autumn
Hospices of Beaune
Hospices of Beaune

What Lonely Planet says:

"The region of Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) is la belle France in one tantalising nutshell: fine food and wine, lyrical landscapes and unrivalled cultural heritage. This agricultural pocket of central-eastern France is a call to action to celebrate French vineyards and champion sustainable viticulture."

Florence, Italy

Our European motorhome tours are only available to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

Florence is situated in the region of Tuscany, one of the most prosperous agricultural regions in Italy. It’s classic rural landscape is famous for cypress, olive trees and wine, particularly those from the Chianti district near Siena. The capital city of Florence is home to the worlds most recognizable renaissance architecture, including Michelangelo’s statue of David.

Florence is situated in the region of Tuscany, one of the most prosperous agricultural regions in Italy. It’s classic rural landscape is famous for cypress, olive trees and wine, particularly those from the Chianti district near Siena. The capital city of Florence is home to the worlds most recognizable renaissance architecture, including Michelangelo’s statue of David.

Michelangelo's David
Michelangelo's David
Florence cityscape
Florence cityscape
Streets of Florence
Streets of Florence

What Lonely Planet says:

"Home of the world’s finest art and architecture, Florence requires no introduction. Italy’s famously over-crowded città d’arte (art city) is no stranger to those after some dolce vita. Emptied of its visitors and income in 2020, the Tuscan capital had to rethink its future, forging an exciting new art journey in the process."

Scenic Rim, Australia

This world heritage-listed hinterland is home to six national parks alongside diverse rainforests (Gondwana being the most famous), stunning mountain ranges and ancient landforms. Located just an hour from Queensland's vibrant capital Brisbane and the Gold Coast, this remote area provides ample opportunity for adventure.

Lamington Rainforest
Lamington Rainforest
Rolling hills of Scenic Rim
Rolling hills of Scenic Rim
Waterfalls in Lamington
Waterfalls in Lamington

What Lonely Planet says:

"Between its ecolodges, wineries, six national parks and World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests, the Scenic Rim has long had plenty going for it as a tourist destination. After bouncing back from the Black Summer bushfires, it offers a raft of new attractions and a renewed focus on sustainability."

Deviate from the route to explore this breathtaking inland gem on our Reef, Beach and Mountains tour. This route runs from Cairns down the eastern coast to Sydney with stops in Airlie Beach, Byron Bay and the Blue Mountains but an excursion to the Scenic Rim will really enhance your trip!

Slovenia

Our European motorhome tours are only available to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

Slovenia is something of a hidden gem when it comes to holiday destinations. Like its neighbour, Croatia, it remains largely unblighted by mass tourism, making it the perfect place for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. The capital, Ljubljana is a vibrant city with a colourful central market, beautiful architecture and an impressive castle.

Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park
Lake Bled
Lake Bled
Ljubljana
Ljubljana

What Lonely Planet says:

"If one word could describe Slovenia it would be green – literally and figuratively. Some two-thirds of the nation is forested, and the ‘Slovenia Green’ eco certification is among Europe’s most rigorous. This is the place to come for unheralded wine and culinary prowess plus hiking and cycling trails wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic."

Vancouver Island, Canada

Across the bay from the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver is Vancouver Island, the largest and post populous island on the west coast of the Americas. It is home to the perfect blend of vibrant cities, natural wonders and diverse opportunities.

Ucluelet Bay
Ucluelet Bay
Inner Harbour of Victoria
Inner Harbour of Victoria
Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria
Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria

What Lonely Planet says:

"Vancouver Island has morphed into a cool hub of surfing beaches, boutique vineyards, community-led trail-building projects and locavore restaurants. Whether you’re searching for skiing, or Pacific breakers waiting to be ridden, or human-powered transport, you’ll find it here."

Most of our Canadian tours either start, end or visit Vancouver. A bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, it is one of the densest and most ethnically diverse cities in Canada. Being surrounded by mountains, it’s a popular filming location and also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes. The Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses pre-eminent First Nations collections.

Once you've explore the city, catch a short boat trip across the strait to Vancouver Island to explore further - it's worth it we promise!