Itinerary Highlights

  • 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
  • Best time to travel APR - OCT

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Car Hire
  • International Flights
10 nights from £14,225 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
The Inspiring Travel Company Team
01244 435 806

California is synonymous with sunshine, glamour, adventure and luxury. On this holiday you’ll be experiencing all this and then some, with stops in iconic destinations including San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Malibu and Los Angeles. Rub shoulders with A-list stars in Hollywood, take a scenic hike through Big Sur, taste some of the world’s best wine on a private tour of Napa’s wineries, and take to the water for an amazing eco-rafting adventure in search of marine life. Along the way you’ll stay at some of the most luxurious hotels in California, and enjoy guided tours and expert insight throughout your holiday.

As with all our holidays, this tour can be tweaked, edited and tailor-made to your own personal requirements, so you get the best experience of California that’s perfect for you.

Itinerary

Upon arriving in San Francisco you will be met at the airport and transferred by private luxury vehicle to the five-star St Regis San Francisco. The remainder of the day is at your leisure; why not pop into the neighbouring San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or the fascinating Museum of the African Diaspora?
This morning’s city tour includes a stop at the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge and the famed Fisherman’s Wharf – home to Pier 39 and its playful seals, stalls selling crab and clam chowder. Following on from your city tour you will board a former America’s Cup yacht for a VIP sailing experience under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, past Alcatraz Island and other nearby San Francisco landmarks.
After breakfast, your chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel for your tour of California’s wine country. Your day will be spent eating and drinking your way through Napa. You will visit three carefully selected wineries for tastings and enjoy a romantic gourmet picnic lunch. In the evening, you will dine at a triple Michelin starred restaurant, one of the best in the United States, before heading back to San Francisco.
Collect your luxury convertible vehicle ready for your coastal journey. Stop at Moss Landing for a private eco-rafting adventure with Fast Raft Ocean Safaris, heading out into Monterey Bay in search of humpback, orca and blue whales, pods of dolphins and other marine life. Back on dry land, continue south where you can stop off at Monterey or Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch before arriving at the stunning Post Ranch Inn, sitting atop massive cliffs with breathtaking views of the Pacific.
Today’s private guided hike will take you through a lavishly twisting canyon overlooking terraced waterfalls. Continue down towards the sea, keeping an eye out for humpback whales and other wildlife. After a picnic lunch your guide will drive you to Pico Blanco, the most distinctive peak in Big Sur. Take in the stunning views from the summit as you are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and mountain peaks of the Los Padres National Forest.
Staying at  Post Ranch Inn
Spend a leisurely day driving south along Big Sur, one of North America’s most spectacular coastal drives. Stop to see massive seal colonies at Piedras Blancas National Park. Visit Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark full of art and unique architecture. Continue south through the seaside towns of Morro Bay and Pismo Beach, arriving at your luxurious accommodation at The Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort in Santa Barbara.
Experience the outstanding beauty of Santa Ynez Valley on horseback on a 75-90-minute guided ride through the most breathtaking ranches and vineyards in the region. Trot past idyllic scenery and unsurpassed views after which you will taste two varietals from the vineyard you visited during your ride and then a full glass of your choice. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the charming Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara.
Drive to Los Angeles and check into the glamorous Hotel Bel Air. Take a stroll around the beautiful gardens, relax by the oval pool under the shade of swaying palms and enjoy lunch at the hotel restaurant where Wolfgang Puck spends his time. We can arrange for a driver to take you shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or maybe take a private visit to a mansion of a famous Hollywood Star.
Get a bird’s-eye view of California’s most iconic landmarks as you soar over Universal Studios Hollywood, the Hollywood Sign and celebrity homes in your private helicopter. Head west over world-famous Santa Monica and along the coastline where you will land on a secluded plateau overlooking Malibu Beach. Alight for a picnic and champagne toast while taking in the stunning views before your pilot brings you back to a landing site nearby to your hotel.
Staying at  Hotel Bel-Air
Today is all about the movies. Your guide will take you on a red-carpet experience beginning at Studio Plaza, before you enjoy a three-course lunch at the Hollywood favourite Commissary Fine Dining Room. Next, move on to the Prop Department, home to one of a huge collection of furniture and props from Hollywood’s golden era. Visit Stage 48: Script to Screen, an exciting interactive soundstage where you can discover first-hand how movies are created.
Staying at  Hotel Bel-Air
Today check-out of your hotel and transfer by luxury private vehicle to the airport
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All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist

Ultimate Luxury California

10 nights from £14,225 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
The Inspiring Travel Company Team
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