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California Classic - Family Self-Drive

8 Nights Tour from £1,329 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This is a great little road trip, designed with families in mind. You will fly into San Francisco then begin your jaunt down the west coast, stopping off in various beach resorts. The second part of your holiday is spent in Annaheim, perfectly placed to enjoy Disneyland and all of the other fun attractions of the area.

This itinerary is for eight nights, but can be extended with extra nights on at the beginning in San Francisco or you might want to combine this with the “Western Jamboree” itinerary creating a 20 night experience also taking in National Parks and Las Vegas.

We base our family holiday prices on two adults and two children and they include the rental of an SUV vehicle.

Highlights

  • Drive the iconic Highway 1, through the stunning scenery of Big Sur
  • Experience the exhilarating attractions such as Disneyland, Seaworld, Legoland and Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Take you pick of the best of the Californian beaches, enjoying the sand and surf

Details

Day 1

Fly to San Francisco – Drive to Monterey (106 miles)

Arrive in San Francisco and drive down to Monterey for your first night on the west coast

Overnight: Hotel Embassy Suites Seaside, Monterey

Day 2

Monterey

Enjoy a full day in Monterey Bay, where you can enjoy some time on one of the lovely beaches, or perhaps visit the award winning Aquarium featuring 35,000 creatures in innovative surroundings. Perhaps head over to Cannery Row late afternoon for a wander along this historic waterfront district with its family friendly attractions and restaurants.

Overnight: Hotel Embassy Suites Seaside, Monterey

 

Day 3

Monterey – Cambria (105 miles)

Today will be the highlight of your road trip, taking the world famous drive along scenic Highway 1 running along the coastal headlands through Big Sur. Pause at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park where you can stroll to the beautiful waterfall, admire the magnificent redwood trees and take in the coastal views. Another worthwhile stop is San Simeon, where you can spend time on the beach, or perhaps Hearst Castle. Built in 1919, also called “The Enchanted Hill”, this a magnificent mansion has fascinating stories to tell. It’s then just a short hop to Cambria for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Cambria Pines Lodge

Day 4

Cambria – Mandalay Beach/Oxnard (165 miles)

Today you will continue your journey south, and a great place to split the drive and spend most of the day is Santa Barbara. Here you can spend your time enjoying the family-friendly beaches, but if anyone needs entertaining, there is the renowned Santa Barbara Zoo – here you can ride the zoo train, take the elephant walk or enjoy the show “How to Train Your Dinosaur” where you can see the 7-foot tall animatronic T-Rex. Continue to Mandalay Beach, where you will spend the next two nights.

Overnight: Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort

Day 5

Mandalay Beach/Oxnard

Mandalay Beach is one of the nicest stretches of beach in Southern California, so you can just kick back and enjoy the sand and surf. Alternatively, you might want to book a wildlife cruise, where you will see dolphins and seals, with the summer months prime time for spotting Blue Whales and Humpback Whales.

Overnight: Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort

Day 6

Oxnard – Anaheim / Disneyland (95 miles)

Today you can choose to spend the day on the beach before heading south to Anaheim, or depending on peer pressure, drive straight there to get your dose of Disneyland.

Overnight: Springhill Suites Anaheim Maingate

Days 7 & 8

Anaheim / Disneyland

You have two full days to enjoy the attractions of the area, which include the original Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park where Pixar and Disney stories are brought to life, and Knott’s Berry Farm 160 acre thrill-seekers haven home to the world’s first looping coaster. There is also LEGOLAND California, SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Studios Hollywood – where you can enjoy the ultimate movie experience.

Overnight: Springhill Suites Anaheim Maingate

Day 9

Anaheim / Los Angeles

You’ll have a few more hours to enjoy the fun and sun of California before you leave for LAX for your flight home

Day 10

Arrive home

What’s Included

  • Flights into San Francisco and return from Los Angeles
  • SUV vehicle rental with fully inclusive insurance
  • 8 nights accommodation as described above
  • Fly drive guidebook and documentation

What’s not included

  • Car parking fees
  • Entrance fees and charges for activities

 

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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