Coastal California

The California Coast offers a variety of experiences between San Francisco and Los Angeles and is the perfect choice for a USA fly-drive holiday. Highlights include Alcatraz, Hollywood and Santa Monica Pier, stop at Carmel-by-the-Sea and drive along the famed Big Sur to Santa Barbara.

Coastal California

Explore California's coastline on this flexible fly-drive holiday. Tour San Francisco on the city's Hop On Hop Off bus network taking in most of the major sights of this fascinating and vibrant city. Take the ferry across to Alcatraz for the self-guided tour of the prison cells and dining hall, learning what it was like to work or be a prisoner on 'The Rock'.

Take the road south to the quaint town of Carmel-By-The-Sea, bursting with character and offering a vast range of boutiques, eateries and pubs. Drive along one of America's most scenic coastal highways, the Big Sur, stopping at the many viewpoints and observing elephant seals at Piedras Blancas.

Explore the Mediterranean-style seaside resort of Santa Barbara, Stole along the seafront and the pier, visit the charming shops of State Street. Santa Monica is Los Angeles premier beach destination, famous for Santa Monica Pier where Route 66 ends/starts. Shop til you drop on 3rd Street Promenade and watch fitness addicts work out at Santa Monica's Original Muscle Beach, a feature of the beach since the 1930's.

 

Golden Gate Bridge
    DAY 01

    Travel to San Francisco

    San Francisco

    Take your flight from the UK to the hilly city of San Francisco. Transfer to your downtown hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Accommodation Options

    Alcatraz
      DAY 02

      Alcatraz And San Francisco Sight-Seeing

      San Francisco

      San Francisco is a fascinating city, with many trendy suburbs, superb city-centre shopping, one of the largest Chinatown's outside of Asia and a beautiful harbour. To help get your bearings, take the Hop On Hop Off bus tour that allows you to travel to the city's most popular sights and get off and explore for as long as you wish. Take the ferry to Alcatraz for a self-guided tour of this eerie island. Accommodation Options

      San Francisco Tram
        DAY 03

        Explore San Francisco

        San Francisco

        San Francisco is famous for its tram or cable car network, purchase a One Day Visitor Passport and explore the city at your leisure. Start the day at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum containing historical and educational exhibits. Take a cab to Mission District, one of the city's trendiest neighbourhoods with street-side cafe's, chocolate factory, boutiques, cocktail bars and eateries. Accommodation Options

        Monterey Marina
          DAY 04

          San Francisco - Carmel Valley (120 miles)

          Carmel & Monterey

          In the morning drive to Monterey where you can head out on a whale-watching excursion and visit the impressive aquarium. Continue to the quaint seaside town of Carmel, with its pavement cafes and trendy boutiques, this is a popular destination for wealthy Californians. Accommodation Options

          carmel
            DAY 05

            Carmel

            Carmel & Monterey

            Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for its quaint cottages, galleries and historic Carmel Mission as well as white sandy beaches and impressive choice of independent restaurants. Carmel Valley is one of the finest wine growing regions in California with several wine tasting rooms for you to explore and sample some of the areas fine Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots the area is famed for. Accommodation Options

            Big Sur Coastal Drive
              DAY 06

              Carmel - Santa Barbara (236 miles)

              Santa Barbara

              We suggest an early start to make the most of this dramatic drive. On the way down to Santa Barbara, stop off at Hearst Castle in San Simeon to take a self-guided tour of this attraction. There are several opportunities for you to stop roadside and take in the spectacular coastal vistas. Be sure to stop at the Elephant Seal colony at Piedras Blancas Beach and stop at Pismo Beach for a Dune Buggy adventure in the sand dunes. Accommodation Options

              santa barbara
                DAY 07

                Santa Barbara

                Santa Barbara

                Santa Barbara, located only 100 miles outside of Los Angeles, is a perfect spot to enjoy the beaches, wineries, shopping, museums and Mexican restaurants of the area. Visit the Santa Barbara Mission and County Courthouse to see the architecture that the city has to offer. This is a great destination to learn to surf or take in a show in the Historic Theatre District. Accommodation Options

                Santa Monica Pier
                  DAY 08

                  Santa Barbara - Santa Monica (91 miles)

                  Santa Monica

                  The final destination on this fly-drive holiday is Santa Monica, an ideal location from which to explore Los Angeles and the surrounding attractions. There are pedestrian-only shopping streets where you can pick up last-minute gifts, a long stretch of beach - home to the famous Muscle Beach, a lively pier with a Ferris wheel and an interesting art gallery, the Bergamot Station. Nearby attractions are Malibu, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey and Beverly Hills. Accommodation Options

                  los angeles
                    DAY 09

                    Los Angeles

                    Santa Barbara

                    Enjoy a full day exploring Los Angeles at your leisure, whether that’s spending time with Disney characters at Disneyland® Anaheim or taking a back-stage tour of the movies at Universal Studios Hollywood. Stroll down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, famed for its exclusive fashion boutiques or take in the panoramic views over Los Angeles from the Griffin Observatory. Accommodation Options

                    Los Angeles Holiday
                      DAY 10

                      Los Angeles to London

                      Los Angeles

                      Fly home from Los Angeles Airport or continue your holiday journeying further south in California to San Diego for a couple of nights in the heart of the city, refined La Jolla or charming Coronado Bay.
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