Beautiful beaches of Santa Monica
Beautiful beaches of Santa Monica
Palm Springs
Palm Springs
Sprawling golf courses in Palm Springs
Sprawling golf courses in Palm Springs
San Diego, California
San Diego, California
San Diego and Santa Monica
San Diego and Santa Monica

Experience Santa Monica, Palm Springs and San Diego

10 nights from £1,749 per person Including Flights

Overview

The perfect sunshine holiday in southern California, combining the seaside fun of Santa Monica, the glamour of Palm Springs and the laid-back sunshine of San Diego. Fly into Los Angeles and it’s just a short hop to Santa Monica, where you can enjoy picture-postcard beaches, fairground fun at the pier and sunset cocktails. Then it’s just a couple of hours drive to the desert oasis of Palm Springs nestled in the Coachella Valley, where you can choose from myriad outdoor pursuits like golf and hiking or more urban pastimes such as eating, drinking and shopping.  Final stop is the sunshine city of San Diego with its great choice of beaches and neighbourhoods where there is something to suit everyone. (TM/ 613326)

This is a tailor-made itinerary so we can change the hotels, the amount of time you spend in each place or perhaps add another destination in California or beyond.

Highlights

  • In Santa Monica, relax on the beach, hire a bike, enjoy delicious dining and fun cocktails
  • Experience the all-American allure of Palm Springs with glamour, golf and a gorgeous setting
  • Enjoy the sunny beaches of San Diego – with 70 miles of coastline you’ll find a wide variety of beaches  from Children’s Pool where you might chance upon seals and sealions, try out surfing on Mission Beach or snorkel from La Jolla Shores

Itinerary Overview
Fly into Los Angeles – Santa Monica 4 nights – Palm Springs 3 nights - San Diego 3 nights – Fly home

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Day 1

Arrival in Los Angeles

Fly to Los Angeles Airport and pick up your hire car to drive to Santa Monica for a four night stay. Alternatively, as Santa Monica is such a walkable city, you may want to take a cab from the airport and then pick your hire car up on Day 5.

Days 2 to 4

Santa Monica

Kick off your Californian holiday with three days in this classic California beach destination - we think Santa Monica is the perfect place to start. You’ll probably want to spend your first day relaxing on the beach and gazing at the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean. When you’ve regained your energy then you can enjoy a long meandering walk along the promenade and into the Downtown Santa Monica neighbourhood which will lead you to several great shopping areas such as Santa Monica Place, Main Street and Montana Avenue. Another stroll could take you to Pallisades Park, on the bluffs between Ocean Avenue and the beach and giving great views of the mountains and ocean. You’ll certainly enjoy a walk along Santa Monica Pier to enjoy the fairground vibe – take a ride on the Ferris wheel in the daytime to admire the great views of the coastline and in the evening to delight in the thousands of sparkling lights. Santa Monica is a haven for foodies with fantastic fresh Californian fayre, great seafood and innovative fusion cuisine rubbing shoulders with all-American favourites. No stay in Santa Monica would be complete without a cocktail or two at one of the cool rooftop bars – there’s lots to choose from so you pick your favourite!

Day 5

Santa Monica – Palm Springs (120 miles)

It’s time to head inland to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. You could take a detour and call in at Universal Studios Hollywood for a fun few hours. When you arrive in Palm Springs, check into your hotel for a three night stay. Hollywood’s love affair with Palm Springs lasted through the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the most revered architects and designers of the time creating an extraordinary style of buildings known as Desert Modernism, giving Palm Springs a retro glamorous vibe.

Days 6 to 7

Palm Springs

The golf in and around Palm Springs is some of the best in the world, so you need to schedule in a few rounds if that’s your passion. If you like to hike, then we would recommend the Coachella Valley Preserve where there are several well-marked trails of differing difficulty, or the Indian Canyons to see waterfalls, rock formations and amazing desert plants. For those looking for a culture fix then spend an afternoon at the Palm Springs Art Museum – an amazing complex displaying up & coming artists plus masters such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Marc Chagall and Andy Warhol. We really love the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which will transport you from the desert floor up to the San Jacinto Mountains in ten minutes, where you can admire the views from observation decks or stroll along the trails.

Day 8

Palm Springs - San Diego (140 miles)

Today you’ll drive to San Diego – you could take the popular coastal route but we suggest you drive the more direct mountain route inland so you can visit Temecula – a quaint western-style town with wooden boardwalks and rustic stores. Arrive at the self-styled “America’s Finest City”- also known as the birthplace of California - San Diego. We’ve scheduled for you to have three nights stay here, but the beaches are glorious and there’s so much to do, that you might want to add another night or two.

Days 9 to 10

San Diego

You can simply relax on the beach in San Diego, indulge in people-watching whilst you’re soaking up the rays. Or you can try out one of the many activities in the area such as zipping around on a Segway Tour or hire some bikes. A brunch cruise around the bay is a lovely way to see the sights, or you can visit the fascinating USS Midway. San Diego is famous for its zoo, but you might prefer to see animals in their natural habitat, so book a whale watching cruise, and you might also spot dolphins and sea lions. The craft beer experience is massive in this region, with more than 150 breweries, countless beer bars, innovative tasting rooms and a beer culture that's undeniably San Diegan. Whilst in San Diego, be sure to try the fantastic local fish tacos or head to Balboa Park, which is one of the largest urban cultural parks in the country full of architectural and botanical treasures, it’s also a place with hidden treasures and wonderful stories.

Day 11

Fly home

 

 

  • International flights
  • 3* hotels for the duration of the itinerary based on two people sharing on a room only basis
  • Fully inclusive car hire

What’s Not Included

  • Resort fees and parking fees where applicable
  • Car hire drop off fees paid locally
  • Excursions
  • Road tolls and fuel

Wyndham Santa Monica Beach At The Pier

Santa Monica

The Holiday Inn Santa Monica, offers the best value among beach hotels in Santa Monica with modern conveniences complemented by the charm of the beach.

Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

Santa Monica

A Santa Monica beach hotel offering luxury amenities and fine dining. A modern take on the classic beach hotel, the Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica provides a stylish and unique setting that’s perfect for a fun-filled Southern California holiday or relaxing beach getaway.

Oceana Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Steps from the beach in the heart of vibrant Santa Monica, Oceana is a friendly haven of color, comfort and opulence.

Viceroy Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel fuses classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious Santa Monica, California boutique hotel.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Santa Monica

Loews Santa Monica offers a spectacular beachfront location, casual ambience and a 'home-from-home' feeling. It features a fabulous array of amenities, spacious all-new designer rooms and suites, and a full service spa.

Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica

Shutters on the Beach is the leading lady of the Pacific Coast, evoking a sense of comfortable luxury, yet it’s located just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

Renaissance Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Located just three blocks from fashionable Palm Canyon Drive and seven miles from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Renaissance Palm Springs is a comfortable, modern hotel. There are great facilities throughout the hotel including wifi, swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Palm Springs

Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa is nestled at the base of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains in the exclusive community of Indian Wells. A true desert oasis in the midst of tropical gardens, mountain views, and lush fairways.

Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Recapturing the dramatic Hollywood Regency style popular during the desert’s original glamour era, the Avalon Hotel welcomes contemporary travellers to a Palm Springs boutique resort spa where privacy and relaxation reign

Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa

San Diego

A unique 4 diamond Golf & Spa Resort experience with warm, attentive service. All rooms are oversized, feature a patio or balcony and a wonderful view. Surroundings are lush and tranquil and world-class recreation and fine dining await.

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

San Diego

The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa offers casual elegance in a tropical paradise, with acres of exotic trees and plants bordered by a white sand beach at the edge of Mission Bay.

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

San Diego

Now the premier choice among San Diego luxury hotels, the newly transformed Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina promises incredible amenities, easy access to area sights, and impeccable service from a welcoming staff.

Hotel del Coronado

Coronado

A beachfront resort located across the bay from downtown San Diego, the iconic Hotel Del Coronado is perfect for fun-loving families and couples looking for their romantic retreat. You can choose from the newly renovated rooms in the Victorian building and The Cabanas area surrounding the glistening new pool. Enjoy a contemporary feel in the Ocean Towers or choose a suite in the luxurious Beach Village.

The US Grant

San Diego

This stylish and luxurious hotel sits at the heart of San Diego, making it easy for you to enjoy the best sights and attractions that the city has to offer.

Loews Coronado Bay

Coronado

This is an elegant, family-friendly luxury resort overlooking the San Diego coastline. It is located on the exclusive Coronado Island, across from Silver Strand State Beach. Downtown San Diego is just a short hop from the hotel.

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