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Self-Drive Golden California

11 Nights Self Drive from £1,329 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Explore the incredibly scenic California Pacific towns, little gems scattered along the stunning coastline, before taking a jaunt to Las Vegas for some exciting nightlife or gambling action.

Further reading: Top 10 coastal towns in California

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.  

Hotels: Standard - Hotel Metropolis; Superior - Best Western Plus Americania; Deluxe - Park Central Hotel

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 - but make sure you book your tickets before you go as this tour is a daily sell-out.

Day 3 San Francisco

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. Click here for more ideas.

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.

Hotels: Standard - Chaminade Resort & Spa; Superior - Hilton Garden Inn Monterey; Deluxe - Hotel Pacific

Day 5

Monterey - Central Coast (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 boutique stores.

Hotels: Standard - Courtesy Inn San Simeon; Superior - Oxford Suites; Deluxe - Seacrest Ocean Front Hotel

Day 6

Central Coast - Malibu - Los Angeles (97 miles)

Drive by Malibu and Santa Monica to Los Angeles/Anaheim. If you plan to arrive in Los Angeles early, we suggest a visit to Universal Studios this afternoon before continuing to your hotel where you will stay for two nights.

Hotels: Standard - Quality Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort; Superior/Deluxe - Hilton Anaheim

Day 7

Los Angeles

A full day at leisure. We can book you onto a tour of Warner Studios, or a bike ride around the Hollywood Hills. You might enjoy a visit to Disneyland. Window shop on Rodeo Drive and star spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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.
 

Hotels: Standard - Excalibur Hotel & Casino; Superior - Luxor Hotel & Casino; Deluxe - Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton

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 from Las Vegas by air. 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. Stay here for your final two nights.

Hotels: Standard - Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld; Superior - Sheraton Mission Valley; 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

Time for your holiday to end and fly home

 

What's Included

  •     Return transatlantic flights
  •     Economy size car rental (upgrades available)
  •     Hotel accommodation as specified above or similar
  •     Welcome kit with maps and day-to-day itinerary

What's not Included

  • Hotel Car Parking Fees
  • Attractions and sightseeing charges

 

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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