updated 4/21/2009 11:01:07 AM ET 2009-04-21T15:01:07

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The deal
Guided bus tours are a great way to cover the highlights in a new locale, but sometimes it pays to hit the road on your own terms. Self-drive itineraries offer you all the flexibility of independent travel, but with these self-drive packages you won’t have to hassle with booking car rentals and hotels on your own. Plus, the price of gas is down which means you can actually save money while road tripping. So what are you waiting for? Hit the road with these exciting self-drive tour packages in Ireland, Canada, New England and more, from only $499.

New England Escape from $499
Hit the highway with this amazing New England self-drive tour on offer from Monograms Travel. The seven-day getaway kicks off in popular Boston, Massachusetts. Enjoy two full days on your own to check out everything “Beantown” has to offer from a walk in Boston Common to shopping and dining at Faneuil Hall. Next, put the pedal to the metal and head to the breathtaking Green Mountains of Stowe, Vermont. Enjoy some time in the small town with a leisurely stroll along the Stowe Recreation Path, but don’t skip a visit to both the Vermont Teddy Bear and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factories. Next, drive along to the White Mountains of New Hampshire before returning to Boston. The tour is available from $499, and includes rental car and hotel for seven days.

Charleston and Savannah from $529
Take a week-long road trip to two Southern cities. "Monograms Travel" is offering a Charleston-to-Savannah seven-day, self-drive adventure. Start your trek in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, and enjoy the first half of your journey by strolling through the downtown harbor area and visiting the historic Charles Towne Landing and the Charleston Museum. On day four, you’ll hit the road for a 110-mile drive to Savannah, Georgia. Cobblestone streets, quaint shops and delicious restaurants await you in this 18th-century preserved Georgia city. Costing just $589, the tour includes 7-day car rental and 3 nights’ hotel in each city.

Canada Rocky Mountain Circle from Calgary from $547
For a memorable self-drive mountain vacation, head north to the Canadian Rockies. Vacations Canada has put together a spectacular trek that includes stops in three world-class alpine mountain resorts. You arrive at Calgary International Airport, where you will pick up your rental car and head to Banff, a pristine resort town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. After a few days, you’ll wind up in Jasper via the scenic Icefields Parkway. In Jasper, you can ride onto the Athabasca Glacier by way of Brewster's Ice Explorer coach or boat cruise along Maligne Lake. Finally, you’ll conclude the adventure in Calgary. Available from just $547, your package includes 4 nights’ hotel accommodation, 5 days’ mid-sized car rental, cruises along Minnewanka Lake and Maligne Lake and admission to the Banff Gondola, Columbia Icefield, and much more.

Traditional Irish Music - Self Drive Tour from $960
Experience the music culture of Ireland this spring on this affordable 7-night self-drive tour. Your journey begins in the charming seaside village of Doolin, self-proclaimed music capital of Ireland with a 3-night stay at the boutique Tir Gan Ean hotel. Nearby, the town’s lively pubs feature live performances of traditional music in the evenings — so you can drink as many pints as you wish without having to drive. Other tour highlights include a night spent at spectacular Dromoland Castle in County Clare and a 3-night stay on the picturesque Dingle Pennisula, an area renowned for horseback riding and hiking. The shoulder-season tour price of $960 is available through May, and the cost includes automatic compact car rental with unlimited mileage, hotels, and all taxes and service charges.

The dollars
Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Airfare is not included with any of these packages.

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