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Self-Drive The Golden California

11 Nights Self Drive from £1,449 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Explore the incredibly scenic California Pacific towns, little gems that dot the coast, before taking a quick jaunt to Las Vegas for some exciting nightlife or gambling action.

11 night tour Begins San Francisco and ends Los Angeles; 3 nights San Francisco; 1 night Monterey/Carmel; 1 night San Luis Obispo/San Simeon; 2 nights Los Angeles; 2 nights Las Vegas;  2 nights San Diego

Details

Day 1 Fly to San Francisco

Arrive at San Francisco International Airport, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel.  

Standard: Best Western Plus Americania Hotel
Superior: Best Western Plus Americania Hotel
Deluxe: Westin St. Francis (Traditional Room)

Day 2 San Francisco

Today discover the attractions of this beautiful city. See places like Union Square, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can also take a short boat trip to tour notorious Alcatraz Island.

Day 3 San Francisco

A full day to explore the City by the Bay, beautiful San Francisco, or to enjoy the rolling hills of California’s Wine Country, Napa Valley, where famed wineries welcome you for tours and tastings. Established in 1828, this fertile area is considered the premier wine growing region in the United States.

Day 4 San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel (126 miles)

Drive south to Monterey where you can stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. The 17-Mile Drive toll road along the Peninsula Coast from Pacific Grove to Carmel boasts magnificent seaside scenery. Visit Carmel Mission, founded in 1770.

Standard: Bay Park Hotel
Superior: Monterey Bay A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Deluxe: Hyatt Regency Monterey

Day 5 Monterey/Carmel – California Gold Coast – San Luis Obispo/San Simeon (246 miles)

Continue by Big Sur to San Simeon and then Solvang, a unique town founded by Danish immigrants. Solvang is a quaint village in the Santa Ynez valley surrounded by local wineries and famous for its bakeries and specialty shops. Overnight in nearby San Luis Obispo or San Simeon.

Standard: Courtesy Inn San Simeon
Superior: Best Western Plus Royal Oak Hotel
Deluxe: Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

Day 6 San Simeon / San Luis Obispo – Malibu – Los Angeles (97 miles)

Drive by Malibu and Santa Monica to Los Angeles. If you plan to arrive in Los Angeles early, we suggest a visit to Universal Studios this afternoon before continuing to your hotel in Los Angeles.

Standard: Best Western Pavillions Hotel
Superior: Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim
Deluxe: Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim

Day 7 Los Angeles

A full day at leisure. Today we suggest a full-day visit to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. Known as one of the top tourist attractions in Southern California, Disneyland attracts millions of visitors from all over the world and offers pleasures for young and old alike. Or, simply discover Los Angeles, including Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Day 8 Los Angeles – Las Vegas (280 miles)

Today drive east through the Mojave Desert and the ghost town of Calico en route to the glittering Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas. Once an oasis on the route to California, Las Vegas began as a Mormon settlement and boomed fleetingly during the silver rush. Today Las Vegas is one of the great gambling capitals of the world, with great entertainment and famous shows.

Standard: Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
Superior: Tropicana Las Vegas
Deluxe: The Venetian Resort Hotel

Day 9 Las Vegas (Grand Canyon Optional)

A full day at leisure for you to either take a short drive to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, or see one of the great natural wonders of the world, the spectacular Grand Canyon, on an optional day trip by air. In form, glowing color, and geological significance, the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is unsurpassed. The canyon is 277 miles long, averages 10 miles in width from rim to rim and is 5,700 feet deep.

Day 10 Las Vegas – San Diego (336 miles)

Drive south past Lake Elsinore to the town of Temecula. Enjoy famed rolling hills and vineyards on your way to San Diego, popular for its year-round sparkling weather and relaxed living.

Standard: Best Western Bayside Inn
Superior: Humphrey's Half Moon Inn
Deluxe: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Day 11 San Diego

A full day to discover some of San Diego’s attractions such as: Balboa Park, Old Town, Sea World, which is the largest park in the world devoted to marine life, Coronado Beach, the San Diego Zoo, and Seaport Village.

Day 12 San Diego – Los Angeles Departure

Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

Day 13 Arrival back home.

What's Included

  •     Return transatlantic schedule flights
  •     Economy size car rental
  •     Hotel accommodation as specified, or of a similar standard
  •     Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary delivered to your 1st hotel on Day 1

What's not Included

  • Hotel Car Parking Fees

 

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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MON 14ºC
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WED 11ºC
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