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California

Classic California

16 NIGHTS FROM £18,070 per person

This tailor-made tour along the famed California coastline includes a huge variety of activities that showcase the state’s many sides – from an eco-raft ocean safari in Monterey and a private helicopter ride over LA, to a VIP guided tour of Universal Studios Hollywood. With your own hire car, self-driving between your stops enables you to take in the breathtaking sights and savour it all at your own pace, before unwinding together at our handpicked luxury hotels with plenty of activities

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Enjoy a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of Universal Studios Hollywood, the world’s largest working movie studio

Explore Santa Monica on a beach adventure tour with a guide, where highlights include stand up paddle-boarding and biking along the famous Venice beach boardwalk

Soar over iconic Los Angeles landmarks on a helicopter tour, viewing celebrity mansions

Kayak along the Santa Barbara waterfront, keeping an eye out for migrating whales and pods of dolphins

Authentic Experience

Explore San Francisco on a cycling tour with a knowledgeable private guide. Beginning at the picturesque Aquatic Park in Fisherman’s Wharf, the mostly flat National Park Bike Path will take you through Fort Mason, the Marina, Presidio National Park, and onto the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Continue to the bayside town of Sausalito to enjoy the shops, art galleries and delicious food of the area, before ferrying back to San Francisco.

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    DAY DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

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    DAY 1-4 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    From Fairmont San Francisco, join an expert local guide to explore the many distinct neighbourhoods and sights of the city. In the evening as the sun sets, sail to Alcatraz Island for a tour of the infamous prison, learning all about its turbulent history and notorious inhabitants. The following day, take in a guided cycling tour past the Golden Gate Bridge along the waterfront to charming Sausalito, an area renowned for its artisans and artwork.

    TRANSFERS

    Collect your rental vehicle and drive along the Pacific Coast to Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel.

    Fairmont San Franciscokeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: In the heart of San Francisco's most prestigious area
    • Feature: Panoramic city views
    • Rooms: 606
    • Location: San Francisco, California, United States of America
    DAY 4-6 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Just a 30-minute drive north of Carmel Valley Ranch, head over to Moss Landing in Monterey County for a private eco-raft ocean safari hosted by an experienced captain, to spot magnificent whales, dolphins and sea otters. In the afternoon, get set for a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Home to more than 35,000 species of plants and animals, your guide will explain how to care for a jellyfish, create a home for a shark and learn the secrets to growing a live kelp forest.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive along Highway 1 to Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach.

    Carmel Valley Ranchkeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: Leisure facilities include tennis courts and a golf course
    • Feature: Set in the heart of a Californian wine-producing district
    • Rooms: 181 Rooms
    • Location: Carmel, California, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
    DAY 6-7 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Stay for a night in Pismo Beach, beginning the morning with a surfing lesson.

    TRANSFERS

    Continue to drive along Highway 1 to Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

    Dolphin Bay Resort & Spakeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: Californian elegance and laid-back style
    • Feature: Breathtaking location with stunning views
    • Rooms: 60 suites
    • Location: Pismo Beach, California, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
    DAY 7-9 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Having arrived in Santa Barbara, spend the afternoon relaxing or horse-riding along the pristine coastline. The following day, board a ferry to Santa Cruz Island for a guided kayak tour along the marine-rich coast, surrounded by beautiful kelp forests and rugged cliffs.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

    Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbarakeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: First-class family friendly resort
    • Feature: Situated directly on Butterfly Beach
    • Rooms: 207 rooms and suites
    • Location: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Five Diamond
    DAY 9-13 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Begin your time in Los Angeles by learning about its fascinating prehistoric past with a private guided tour of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum.  The next day, go behind-the-scenes of Universal Studios Hollywood on a small-group VIP tour and watch as your favourite cinematic scenes come to life when you encounter everything from the Wisteria Lane from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives, to Norman Bates at the legendary Bates Motel from Hitchcock’s Psycho.

    Hollywood and Beverly Hills await the following day, where your driver will show you all the sights such as the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive. Then, take a helicopter tour over the iconic landmarks including the Hollywood Sign, before landing on an exclusive secluded plateau, where you will enjoy a Champagne toast. Your final day in Los Angeles will be spent around Santa Monica’s beautiful beaches.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.

    Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalowskeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: A re-defined, historic oceanfront hotel in a superb location
    • Feature: Beach house chic Bungalows boasting Pacific Ocean views
    • Rooms: 302 rooms and suites & 32 bungalows
    • Location: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
    DAY 13-16 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Spend the next three nights at your leisure at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Perched on a coastal bluff with pristine, white sand beaches below, guests can enjoy multiple facilities, from two outstanding Tom Fazio-designed courses and a world-class spa, to breathtaking restaurants offering ocean-view terraces and tantalizing creations.

    TRANSFERS

    Drive to Los Angeles Airport and return your rental vehicle. From here, fly to the UK.

    The Resort at Pelican Hillkeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: A hilltop residence with magnificent views over California
    • Feature: Two world-class Tom Fazio-designed golf courses
    • Rooms: 128 villas & 204 bungalows
    • Location: Orange County, California, United States of America
    • Star rating: AAA Five Diamond
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DAY 1-4ACCOMMODATION
San Francisco, California

From Fairmont San Francisco, join an expert local guide to explore the many distinct neighbourhoods and sights of the city. In the evening as the sun sets, sail to Alcatraz Island for a tour of the infamous prison, learning all about its turbulent history and notorious inhabitants. The following day, take in a guided cycling tour past the Golden Gate Bridge along the waterfront to charming Sausalito, an area renowned for its artisans and artwork.

TRANSFERS

Collect your rental vehicle and drive along the Pacific Coast to Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel.

Fairmont San Franciscokeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: In the heart of San Francisco's most prestigious area
  • Feature: Panoramic city views
  • Rooms: 606
  • Location: San Francisco, California, United States of America
DAY 4-6ACCOMMODATION
Monterey County, California

Just a 30-minute drive north of Carmel Valley Ranch, head over to Moss Landing in Monterey County for a private eco-raft ocean safari hosted by an experienced captain, to spot magnificent whales, dolphins and sea otters. In the afternoon, get set for a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Home to more than 35,000 species of plants and animals, your guide will explain how to care for a jellyfish, create a home for a shark and learn the secrets to growing a live kelp forest.

TRANSFERS

Drive along Highway 1 to Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach.

Carmel Valley Ranchkeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: Leisure facilities include tennis courts and a golf course
  • Feature: Set in the heart of a Californian wine-producing district
  • Rooms: 181 Rooms
  • Location: Carmel, California, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
DAY 6-7ACCOMMODATION
Pismo Beach, California

Stay for a night in Pismo Beach, beginning the morning with a surfing lesson.

TRANSFERS

Continue to drive along Highway 1 to Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spakeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: Californian elegance and laid-back style
  • Feature: Breathtaking location with stunning views
  • Rooms: 60 suites
  • Location: Pismo Beach, California, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
DAY 7-9ACCOMMODATION
Santa Barbara, California

Having arrived in Santa Barbara, spend the afternoon relaxing or horse-riding along the pristine coastline. The following day, board a ferry to Santa Cruz Island for a guided kayak tour along the marine-rich coast, surrounded by beautiful kelp forests and rugged cliffs.

TRANSFERS

Drive to Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbarakeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: First-class family friendly resort
  • Feature: Situated directly on Butterfly Beach
  • Rooms: 207 rooms and suites
  • Location: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Five Diamond
DAY 9-13ACCOMMODATION
Los Angeles, California

Begin your time in Los Angeles by learning about its fascinating prehistoric past with a private guided tour of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum.  The next day, go behind-the-scenes of Universal Studios Hollywood on a small-group VIP tour and watch as your favourite cinematic scenes come to life when you encounter everything from the Wisteria Lane from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives, to Norman Bates at the legendary Bates Motel from Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Hollywood and Beverly Hills await the following day, where your driver will show you all the sights such as the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive. Then, take a helicopter tour over the iconic landmarks including the Hollywood Sign, before landing on an exclusive secluded plateau, where you will enjoy a Champagne toast. Your final day in Los Angeles will be spent around Santa Monica’s beautiful beaches.

TRANSFERS

Drive to The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalowskeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A re-defined, historic oceanfront hotel in a superb location
  • Feature: Beach house chic Bungalows boasting Pacific Ocean views
  • Rooms: 302 rooms and suites & 32 bungalows
  • Location: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Four Diamond
DAY 13-16ACCOMMODATION
Newport Beach, California

Spend the next three nights at your leisure at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Perched on a coastal bluff with pristine, white sand beaches below, guests can enjoy multiple facilities, from two outstanding Tom Fazio-designed courses and a world-class spa, to breathtaking restaurants offering ocean-view terraces and tantalizing creations.

TRANSFERS

Drive to Los Angeles Airport and return your rental vehicle. From here, fly to the UK.

The Resort at Pelican Hillkeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A hilltop residence with magnificent views over California
  • Feature: Two world-class Tom Fazio-designed golf courses
  • Rooms: 128 villas & 204 bungalows
  • Location: Orange County, California, United States of America
  • Star rating: AAA Five Diamond
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TOUR EXCURSIONS

San Francisco City Tour
Duration: 6 hours

Take in the many neighbourhoods and boundless iconic sights of San Francisco with an expert guide. Make your way across the city, experiencing everything from a walk across the legendary Golden Gate Bridge and North America’s oldest Chinatown, before strolling along bustling Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf, where you’ll also catch a view of the infamous Alcatraz Island.

Bike San Francisco to Sausalito

Arrive at the bike shop this morning where your guide will be waiting to greet you and match you to your bike. Your knowledgeable guide will then lead you along the San Francisco waterfront past Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina and the Presidio, through Crissy Field and to Fort Point. Get ready to pedal through the clouds across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, an experience you won't soon forget! Now that you are in Sausalito, be sure to take some fantastic photos at Vista Point. Next, you will make your way to the historic Old Fort Baker, as your guide lets you in on the area's role in US history. Your tour will come to an end in Sausalito, where you will be able to enjoy the shops, art galleries and the delicious food before riding back to San Francisco. A boxed picnic lunch can be arranged on request to be enjoyed at the ferry landing park in Sausalito.

Eco-Rafting Ocean Safari from Moss Landing
Half Day Experience

From Moss Landing, set off at speed across the waters of the bay on an exciting eco-raft safari. Your experienced captain will guide you close to local wildlife, including orcas and blue whales, while dolphins and sea otters make regular appearances, too! You will also have chance to explore Point Lobos or Elkhorn Slough, one of California's spectacular wetlands, where otters, seals and sea lions happily reside.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Private Tour, Duration: 90 Minutes

Built in 1984, Monterey Bay Aquarium features more than 35,000 species of plants and animals. Your local guide will lead you on a behind-the-scenes tour, explaining the most popular exhibits, before sharing exclusive aquarium insights, from how to care for a jellyfish to creating a home for a shark!

Kayaking the Channel Islands
Full Day Tour

Board the ferry across to the Channel Islands, where you’ll meet your expert guide to begin your kayaking experience. Once on the water, paddle along three glorious miles along the coast, surrounded by beautiful kelp forests and rugged cliffs. Learn about the marine ecology and history of the islands, before leaving your kayak behind for a short hike and a picnic lunch.

Prehistoric Exploration at La Brea Tar Pits Museum
Guided Tour

Once a vivacious location for animals of all shapes and sizes, the fascinating, yet deadly La Brea Tar Pits trapped now-extinct exotic animals such as saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and ground sloths, and preserved their fossilized remains for thousands of years. Your guided prehistoric tour will take you to Hancock Park, where your walk will lead you to see multiple tar pits, including Pit 91, which the museum is currently excavating. You will also have the opportunity to view the original excavation pit, where it all began!

Helicopter Tour Over Los Angeles
Private Tour with Guide

Soar above the icons of the city and relish the panoramic view from the comfort of a helicopter. Sights include Universal Studios, the Hollywood Sign, celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air. You’ll also head west to see the world-famous beaches and pier of Santa Monica. Land on an exclusive, secluded plateau overlooking the magnificent shores of Malibu beach, where you’ll have chance for a Champagne toast with unforgettable views.

Santa Monica Beach Adventure
Full Day Tour

Meet your private outdoor adventure guide and begin your day by learning to stand up paddleboard! Glide past yachts and sea lions, as you explore the nearby marine life under the warm California sun. Following your time on the water, take a two-hour bike ride along the world-famous Venice beach boardwalk, where you’ll see fascinating performances by mystics and talented performers, from mimes and musicians, to jugglers and jesters.

VIP Behind-the-scenes at Universal Studios
VIP Tour with Guide

Start your day in the exclusive VIP lounge, before setting off for the complete Universal Studios Hollywood experience with a personal guide, who will escort you through the world’s largest working movie studio, exploring cinematic scenes which are closed off to the general public. A gourmet lunch will be prepared by Universal's executive chef, before you enjoy the park’s rides and attractions with the ability to skip lines and secure the best seats!

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16 NIGHTS FROM £18,070 per person

Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.

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