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5 Luxury European Driving Holidays

Swiss Alps

Europe boasts some of the best roads and the most dramatic scenery in the world, making it the ideal destination for a relaxing and inspiring driving holiday. LHD Car Supermarket's range of luxury left-hand drive cars are perfect for European excursions as they guarantee a comfortable and gratifying ride and are road-ready for left-hand driving conditions. Unfortunately, the one thing they can't do is tell you the best places to go, so we've put together a review of some of the best and most exhilarating driving experiences available on the continent.

Swiss Alps

The Alps really come alive in the spring as the sun melts the snow into waterfalls that run down from the mountain tops. Verdant and luxuriant plants and trees blossom to enhance stunning vistas of deep green forests, placid lakes, and soaring mountain passes. At this time of year the roads are often deserted, giving you the perfect opportunity to make the most of your luxury left-hand drive car. Added advantages of the region include opulent hotels and reasonably easy access to Italy and France.

Best time to go: Spring

Best roads to drive:San Bernardino Pass (Central Swiss Alps), Flüela Pass (Graubunden), Furka Pass (Central Swiss Alps), pictured

Black Forest

Black Forest

Germany is famous for its fast roads and offers an unparalleled high-octane driving experience. But the Black Forest also promises relaxing lake-side tours and enchanting German villages for when you want to take things a little slower. Enjoy atmospheric low mountain passes and picture postcard scenery before treating yourself to a thermal spa in Baden Baden.

Best time to go: Summer

Best roads to drive: Route 500 Schwarzwald Hochstrasse, pictured

South of France

South of France

This region offers unrivalled variety, combining quiet country lanes with busy town driving and giving access to the stunning French Alps and the Mediterranean beyond. If you want to catch the famous Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, you need to be there towards the end of May (exact dates for the race vary so be sure to check on the Formula 1 website http://www.formula1.com/).

Best time to go: Spring-Summer

Best roads to drive: Alps Maritimes, Route Napoleon, Gorges de Verdon, pictured

Italy

Italy

From calm lakeside drives to stunning mountain passes, Italy offers a wide variety of driving experiences and luxurious locations. Be sure to visit Isola Bella (literally, 'beautiful island') of Lago Maggiore, where you can take a break from the driving to explore the ornate gardens and palazzo.

Best time to go: Spring-Summer

Best roads to drive: Stelvio Pass (South Tyrol), pictured, Raticosa Pass, Futa Pass (both found on the road linking Bologna and Florence)

Austrian Alps

Austrian Alps

Often considered home to the most driver-friendly roads in Europe, Austria provides the perfect luxury driving experience. Take in incredible elevated views and some of the most famous driving passes in the world as you explore the high-altitudes of these formidable mountains, while mostly deserted roads will guide you effortlessly through the preserved beauty of the Austrian national parks and forests.

Best time to go: Summer-Autumn

Best roads to drive: Hahntennjoch (Vorarlberg), pictured, Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Before embarking on your European driving adventure, be sure to check that your vehicle meets the legal criteria for your chosen country. Use this helpful guide to acquaint yourself with the regulations and laws in Europe: www.sixt.co.uk/rental-services/driving-in-europe