Classic California Road Trip
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Embark on an all-encompassing journey through California's most spectacular destinations on this 12-night itinerary, showcasing The Golden State's iconic cities and spectacular natural landscapes. Begin your adventure in the city of Los Angeles, famously known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World", followed by a stay in the enchanting city of Santa Barbara and the rugged coastal town of Monterey, renowned for its diversity of marine life. Discover the unspoilt wilderness of the Yosemite National Park before concluding your journey in the historic city of San Francisco. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 3 nights stay at 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Bevery Hills
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star The Kimpton Canary
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star The Ahwahnee
  • 3 nights stay at the 4-star Park Central Hotel San Francisco
Day 1
Fly from UK to Los Angeles

Your self-drive adventure through California begins here. Upon arrival at LAX, you'll be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel located in the glamorous city of Beverly Hills.

Day 1-4
3 nights stay at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is an exquisite luxury hotel offering world-class accommodation right in the heart of one of Los Angeles' most sought after locations. Just moments away from the iconic Rodeo Drive, the hotel provides the perfect base to venture out from and explore the spectacular surroundings. 

Day 2-3
Hollywood Sign Experience & Universal Studios

During your stay in Los Angeles, you'll enjoy a visit to one of the county's most iconic landmarks: the Hollywood sign. For a more intimate exploration of the area, you can hike the trails paved through Griffith Park, or alternatively, catch a ride on the DASH bus up to the best vantage point. 

A visit to Los Angeles wouldn't be complete without a trip to the unmissable Universal Studios. You'll enjoy VIP passes during your visit, allowing you the chance to experience the park's most popular rides and attractions without the hassle of queues. 

Day 4
Road transfer from Beverly Hills to Santa Barbara

Following a wonderful time exploring the dazzling attractions of Los Angeles, it's time to pick up your car rental and make your way to your next location, Santa Barbara. Along the way, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful west coast. 

Day 4-6
2 nights stay at Kimpton Canary

Residing on a stretch of Santa Barbara's stunning coast, often referred to as the 'American Riviera', Kimpton Canary is a charming Spanish-style hotel boasting awe-inspiring views of the ocean and the surrounding mountain range. Homing an excellent spa, you can freshen up after your long drive with a variety of wellness treatments before indulging in locally sourced cuisine at the outstanding Finch & Fork restaurant.

Day 5
Santa Barbara

Venture off the shores and explore the gorgeous coast on a variety of water excursions. Tour the Santa Barbara Harbour and Santa Barbara Wharf on an exciting kayaking excursion through the waters, a fantastic way to view the attractions of the area, occasionally encountering frolicking sea lions along the way. Experienced swimmers can enjoy embarking on a paddle-boarding journey along the coast, taking you from the harbour to the picture-perfect California beach, West Beach.

Day 6
Road transfer from Santa Barbara to Monterey Bay

It's time to get back on the road! Once you've checked out of your hotel, you'll drive to your next destination, located on California's rugged central coast. 

Day 6-8
2 nights stay at Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Situated near the Old Fisherman's Wharf, Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay is an environmentally friendly waterfront hotel located moments away from Del Monte Beach. Boasting a contemporary-style design elevated with earthy features, the luxurious hotel offers bright and spacious accommodation benefiting from stunning ocean views. 

Day 7
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

A premier destination for whale watching, Monterey is home to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest protected ocean area in the continental United States. During your stay, you'll enjoy an immersive tour led by a marine biologist who will offer fascinating knowledge about the marine life that inhabit the sanctuary. As you travel throughout the various locations, you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot diving whales and jumping dolphins. 

Day 8
Road transfer from Monterey to Yosemite National Park

It's time to trade ocean views and sandy beaches for granite walls and emerald forests! Once you've checked out and loaded up the car, you'll travel east towards your next destination, the Yosemite National Park. 

Day 8-10
2 nights stay at The Ahwahnee

Constructed in the 1920s using stone, wood and steel, The Ahwahnee is renowned for its magnificent design and enduring presence in the Yosemite National Park. Designed to complement the park's natural beauty, the exquisite lodge offers classic comfort without compromising on the luxury right in the heart of one of California's most extraordinary regions. 

Day 9
Yosemite National Park

Located in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park is famed for its captivating natural beauty with an expansive landscape populated with freshwater lakes, valleys, waterfalls, granite monoliths and ancient giant sequoias. A nature lovers paradise, the park offers a wealth of activities to be enjoyed, from rock-climbing and hiking to zip-lining and driving up the legendary Glacier Point, the best location to view the magnitude of the park's scenic beauty. 

Day 10
Road transfer from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco

After an incredible retreat in the wilderness of the Yosemite National Park, it's time to head back to the coast. Once you've checked out at the lodge, you'll embark on a three-hour drive to your next destination, San Francisco. Upon arrival, you'll drop off your car rental in the downtown area before continuing to your hotel. 

Day 10-13
3 nights stay at Park Central Hotel San Francisco

Set in the cultural heart of downtown San Francisco, Park Central San Francisco is a modern luxury hotel located a walking distance from the bustling Union Square, the famous Oracle Park, and the stunning waterfront Embarcadero. Boasting spacious accommodation accompanied by dazzling views of the cityscape, the hotel offers everything you may need to make the most of your stay in this iconic city.  

Day 11-12
Cycling Tour & Alcatraz Island

Explore the best of San Francisco on an immersive cycling tour through some of the city's most recognizable locations. Begin in Ghirardelli Square, a landmark square known for homing a dense concentration of unique establishments, before cycling through the green hills of Fort Mason and continuing through to the Marina District and Crissy Fields, up to the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll bike across this renowned monument before concluding in Sausalito for stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Located in the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island is best known as one of the country's most notorious military locations. Dating back to the late 18th century, a visit to the island offers a rare glimpse into the history of this mysterious landmark. 

Day 13
Fly from San Francisco to UK

After an incredible adventure through California, it's time to begin your journey home. Once you've checked out, you'll be transported to the airport by a driver and depart back to the UK. 


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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 3 nights stay at 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Bevery Hills
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star The Kimpton Canary
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star The Ahwahnee
  • 3 nights stay at the 4-star Park Central Hotel San Francisco
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