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A truly impressive destination, ‘The Golden State’ has it all and then so much more. Whether it’s a city break or fly-drive, California holidays are full of surprises and hidden gems.

No state would be complete without a great city and San Francisco certainly does not disappoint. Home to the iconic landmarks of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island as well as, Alamo Square, Lombard Street and a fantastic Chinatown, San Francisco’s laidback atmosphere will leave you wanting more.

Driving only a short distance from the city, you are transported to the beautiful wine country land of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. With vineyard tours and Michelin-starred restaurants, relax and soak up the delights of this area.

Towards the border of Nevada lies pretty Lake Tahoe, a real hot spot for outdoor activities, as is Yosemite National Park. A visit to the jewel of the National Parks in California, Yosemite will quite literally take your breath away and is a must on any luxury holiday to California. 

Travelling down from San Francisco on California’s Coastline passing rugged cliffs, waves lapping against the shore, beaches and redwood trees, there are plenty of reasons to pause your drive and stay for a night or two at some of the most breathtaking spots in California. With their own character and charms, the towns of Carmel, Monterey and Santa Barbara are our personal recommendations.

Towards the end of California’s coastline is Santa Monica, with its luxurious hotels, great beaches and chilled-out atmosphere, this is the perfect place from which to visit the studios and adventure parks of Los Angeles. Experience another of America’s great cities, San Diego, and explore the theme parks, quirky neighbourhoods and highly-acclaimed zoo here.

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Ultimate Luxury California
USA California Carmel & Monterey +4 others
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on your private, former America’s Cup yacht
  • Enjoy gourmet food and fine wine on your exclusive private tour of Napa wineries
  • Embark on an exhilarating eco-rafting adventure on Monterey Bay in search of whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife
  • Soar high above the Hollywood sign, Universal Studios Hollywood and the Beverly Hills homes of celebrities on a private helicopter flight
10 nights from £14225 per person
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21 Day - Best of the West
USA Arizona Grand Canyon National Park +11 others
  • In Palm Springs relax by the pool, play a round of golf or discover the nightlife of this desert oasis
  • Take to the skies on a helicopter flight for a bird's eye view of the breathtaking Grand Canyon
  • Watch acrobatics fly through the air and performing death-defying acts at one of Las Vegas' Cirque du Soleil Shows
  • Take a self guided tour of Alcatraz, the former federal penitentiary for America's most notorious criminals
20 nights from £5239 per person
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California Coast - Family Discovery
USA California Carmel & Monterey +3 others
  • Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and gain express access to theme park rides and shows with your VIP Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Learn to surf in Santa Barbara with our 1.5 hour surfing lesson
  • Stop off at Piedras Blancas and watch the comical antics of the resident elephant seal colony
  • Spend a day touring San Francisco on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and take the ferry across to Alcatraz for a self-guided tour
8 nights from £3255 per person
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Coastal California
USA California Carmel & Monterey +4 others
  • Take an eerie self-guided tour through the former high-security prison of Alcatraz where notorious criminals such as Mickey Cohen and Al Capone were once detained
  • Stroll through the quaint seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea with its boutiques, galleries, pavement cafes
  • Allocate a full day to enjoy the spectacular Big Sur coastal drive stopping at attractions such as Elephant Seal colony at Piedras Blancas and Hearst Castle at San Simeon
  • Enjoy upscale accommodation and facilities at some of our favourite hand-picked Californian hotels
11 nights from £3255 per person
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Luxury San Francisco, Napa Winelands & Yosemite
USA California Napa Valley +2 others
  • Discover many of San Francisco's attractions on the hop on hop off bus, including Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge and Sausilito
  • Take the ferry from Fisherman's Wharf to Alcatraz for an eerie self-guided walk through the former prison where some of the USA's most notorious criminal were held
  • Enjoy wine tastings and gourmet cuisine surrounded by rolling vineyards or let us arrange a gourmet meal on board the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Discover the natural beauty of Yosemite national Park's glacial valley with its giant sequoias, open meadows, towering granite cliffs and plunging waterfalls
7 nights from £3499 per person
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Luxury Escape to Santa Monica
USA California Santa Monica
  • Stay at Santa Monica's finest and most luxurious beachfront hotel, Shutters on the Beach, on the Leading Hotels of the World
  • Add luxury Santa Monica Experiences such as private Yoga sessions on the beach, a private guided cycle ride through Santa Monica and Venice Beach or a private helicopter trip over Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Malibu
  • Take a stroll along Pico Boulevard taking in the colourful murals and street art and shop in high fashion boutiques on the tree-lined Montana Avenue
5 nights from £2099 per person
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Santa Monica Family Adventure
USA California Santa Monica
  • Spend lazy family days building sandcastles on Santa Monica Beach, learn to surf or enjoy the rides on Santa Monica Pier
  • Enjoy family time riding horseback in the hills high above Los Angeles skyline and under the Hollywood sign
  • Spend a full day at Universal Studios Hollywood; tour film sets, ride adrenaline pumping rides and watch live stunt performances
  • Hop on the Go Metro at Santa Monica which takes you directly to Downtown Los Angeles to visit Little Tokyo and The GRAMMY Museum California’s highest open-air viewing platform at Oue-Skyspace
7 nights from £2609 per person
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Discover The West
USA Arizona Grand Canyon National Park +9 others
  • Drive through cacti filled deserts, stay in desert oasis' of Palm Springs and Scottsdale
  • Marvel at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of The World, the Grand Canyon
  • Watch on of the breath-taking and spectacular Cirque du Soleil shows resident in Las Vegas
  • Explore the natural beauty of Yosemite including the spectacular Half Dome rock formation and plunging Yosemite Falls.
15 nights from £3899 per person
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Gems of Northern California
USA California Sacramento +2 others
  • Explore San Francisco on its Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour and take a ferry to Alcatraz for a self-guided tour of the notorious former prison
  • Board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a decadent rail journey and an elegant vintage train through this beautiful wine growing region while enjoying a gourmet lunch
  • Follow the Pacific Coast north, taking in the dramatic scenery and watching the crashing surf at Bodega Headlands
  • Take a self-guided walk through the soaring old-growth redwoods at the Redwood National and State Park
13 nights from £2789 per person
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San Francisco, Lake Tahoe And Yosemite National Park
USA California Lake Tahoe +2 others
  • Explore this stunning city and its bay at your leisure on the All Loops Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and take the ferry to Alcatraz for a self-guided tour of this former prison
  • Optional activities on Lake Tahoe include learning to wakeboard and waterski, take a morning fishing trip or enjoy a sailing cruise on the Sierra Cloud catamaran
  • Discover Yosemite National Park's majestic natural beauty with its giant sequia trees and iconic vistas
7 nights from £1729 per person
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