Classic California

14 days

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Day 1
Start your epic Californian adventure today as you fly from the UK to San Francisco. Stretch your legs this evening along the city’s harbourfront and perhaps find a nice spot for dinner.
Day 2
Spend today exploring the iconic City by the Bay! There is plenty to keep you busy from sampling Dim Sum in Chinatown, discovering the colourful 'Summer of Love' history of Haight Ashbury or wandering around the infamous federal penitentiary of Alcatraz.
Day 3
Take a ferry over to the pretty town of Sausalito and discover it's galleries and boutiques today; or maybe enjoy a cycling tour over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Day 4
Today you will head out on the open road to the stunning Yosemite National Park! Here there is a wealth of activities for you to enjoy including hiking, rock climbing, rafting, ziplining and cycling - you will be spoilt for choice.
Day 5
We can personally recommend a guide for you today, who will take you out to explore this beautiful park. This is the best way to learn about the nature and history of Yosemite and the day will be completely tailored to you.
Day 6
Travel back to the coast today, arriving in the seaside town of Monterey and nearby Carmel. If you have some spare time, why not discover the scenic 17 Mile Drive?
Day 7
Today you will embark on a fantastic whale watching trip. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of a variety of whales, dolphins, otters and more!
Day 8
A stunning and unforgettable drive awaits you today as you head south along the iconic Californian Highway 1. You may wish to stop off at Ragged Point, Morro Bay, Piedras Blancas and the Danish city of Solvang.
Day 9
Your drive will take you to the pretty city of Santa Barbara today. Try the Funk Zone – a bohemian-style district, where you will find art galleries, tasting rooms, artisan restaurants, craft breweries and the odd surfboard shop thrown in for good measure.
Day 10
Food tours, the urban wine trail, fabulous shopping and exhilarating water sports are all great ways to spend your time today.
Day 11
Today your coastal journey takes you to the mighty city of Los Angeles! This afternoon you may wish to head to some of the classic 'must-dos' such as the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive and Venice Beach.
Day 12
Have a day full of fun at Universal Studios! Today you will experience a wide variety of rides, shows and attractions including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, WaterWorld and Super Silly Fun Land.
Day 13
Today you could spend the day at one of the countless museums including the Getty Center or Griffith Park Observatory. Alternatively, there are fantastic shopping opportunities right on your doorstep.
Day 14
You may wish to spend a final day relaxing on the beautiful beaches before heading to the airport this evening to take your overnight flight home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

This whistle-stop, self-drive itinerary through California is ideal for first-timers looking to explore the state’s main highlights in just a couple of weeks. You’ll start in San Francisco, one of the country’s most creative cities and the birthplace of America’s infamous hippie movement, before heading on to admire the beguiling scenery of Yosemite National Park. Your journey continues to take in the pretty coastal towns of Monterey, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara, before finishing in the colossal city of Los Angeles – a mighty ending for a tour that will without doubt have you falling head over heels for the Golden State.

3 nights San Francisco – 2 nights Yosemite National Park – 2 nights Monterey  – 1 night Pismo Beach – 2 nights Santa Barbara – 3 nights Los Angeles 

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