Golden California

12 day Self Drive with flights - from £1,735

San Francisco | Monterey | Central California Coast | Los Angeles | Las Vegas | San Diego

For many travellers, a road trip through California is a lifelong dream. Starting in San Francisco, you can marvel at the iconic landmarks of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the lively Fisherman's Wharf. From there, head down to Monterey and Carmel, where you can explore the stunning coastline, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and drive along the 17-Mile Drive. Next, head south to the Central Coast and experience the natural beauty of Big Sur, Paso Robles wine country, and quaint towns like Cambria and San Luis Obispo.

Continue to Los Angeles, where you can visit world-famous attractions like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Getty Museum, and Universal Studios. From there, drive out to Las Vegas and experience the bright lights and non-stop excitement of the Strip. Finally, head down to San Diego and relax on the beach, visit the San Diego Zoo, or explore historic sites like Old Town and Balboa Park.

A road trip through California is a journey you'll never forget, with each destination offering something unique and unforgettable.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 9 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 11 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 12 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive San Francisco, California

    Hotel: Hotel Zoe, San Francisco 4*

    Upon arrival at San Francisco International Airport, make your way independently to your hotel to begin your adventure in the City by the Bay.

    Today, you have the freedom to relish in the allure of this captivating city. Take a leisurely stroll through the quaint crab markets of Fisherman's Wharf and savour the delectable offerings of the sidewalk dining. Everywhere you turn, delightful neighbourhoods welcome you with their sophisticated architecture. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Chinatown, the Japan Centre, and the Embarcadero. In the midst of the bay, you'll spot the foreboding Alcatraz Island, which once held the notorious prison.

    You have a complete day to venture out and discover either the lively city of San Francisco or the serene rolling hills of Napa Valley, also known as California's Wine Country. Here, you can take pleasure in touring and tasting at the renowned wineries that welcome visitors with open arms. This fertile region, established in 1828, is widely recognised as the foremost wine-growing area in the United States.

  • Day 4

    Monterey, California - 122 Miles

    Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey 4*

    After picking up your rental car, embark on a southward drive to Monterey, where you can take a relaxing walk along the picturesque Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. For breath-taking views of the seaside, don't miss the 17-Mile Drive toll road along the Peninsula Coast from Pacific Grove to Carmel. Along the way, marvel at the stunning coastal scenery. Make sure to visit the Carmel Mission, which was established in 1770.

  • Day 5

    Central California Coast - 201 Miles

    Hotel: Shore Cliff Hotel 3*

    As you journey ahead today, one of the most picturesque routes is the drive along the California coast that leads you through the Big Sur peninsula and on to San Simeon. Take the opportunity to explore the opulent Hearst Castle or to partake in a hike along one of the impeccably maintained trails located near Pfeiffer State Beach.

  • Day 6

    Los Angeles, California - 145 Miles

    Hotel: Cameo Beverly Hills 4*

    Embark on a coastal drive towards Solvang, a distinctive town established by Danish immigrants. Located in the Santa Ynez valley, Solvang is a charming village renowned for its specialty shops and bakeries and is surrounded by local wineries. En route to Los Angeles, take in the scenic views of Malibu and Santa Monica. If you happen to reach Los Angeles ahead of schedule, we recommend a visit to Universal Studios before heading to your hotel.

    Enjoy a leisurely day today. One option is to spend a full day at Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom of Disneyland, one of Southern California's premier tourist destinations that welcomes visitors from all over the globe and offers enjoyment for people of all ages. Alternatively, you can explore Los Angeles, including iconic spots such as Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

  • Day 8

    Las Vegas, Nevada - 276 Miles

    Hotel: The LINQ Hotel & Casino 4*

    Embark on an eastward drive through the Mojave Desert, passing by the abandoned ghost town of Calico, before arriving at the dazzling Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas. Originally a Mormon settlement and briefly prospering during the silver rush, Las Vegas was once a crucial stop on the way to California. Nowadays, it has become one of the world's top gambling destinations, featuring round-the-clock entertainment and renowned dining establishments.

    You have a full day of leisure to spend as you please. You may choose to take a brief excursion to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam or opt for an unforgettable day trip by air to the magnificent Grand Canyon, one of the most impressive natural wonders on earth. The Grand Canyon is unmatched in terms of its stunning form, radiant hues, and geological importance. With a length of 277 miles, an average width of 10 miles from rim to rim, and a depth of 5,700 feet, it is a breath-taking sight to behold.

  • Day 10

    San Diego, California - 332 Miles

    Hotel: Kona Kai Resort & Spa 3*

    Travel southwards, passing by Lake Elsinore, to reach the charming town of Temecula. Admire the renowned rolling hills and vineyards as you continue towards San Diego, which is known for its consistently sunny weather and laid-back lifestyle.

    You have an entire day to explore the various attractions that San Diego has to offer. Some noteworthy places to visit include Balboa Park, Old Town, SeaWorld (the world's largest marine life park), Coronado Beach, the San Diego Zoo, and Seaport Village.

  • Day 12

    Depart San Diego, California

    You can return your rental car at San Diego International Airport before your departure flight, or alternatively, drive north to Los Angeles to conclude your tour there.

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