California Dreaming

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San Francisco to San Diego, Carmel to Monterey, head out on the highway to the beaches and the bays. Spend 16 days California dreaming while taking in the many city attractions of San Francisco, the quaint village life of Carmel, rolling vineyards of Santa Barbara, starry attractions of Hollywood and laidback atmosphere of Rancho Santa Fe. With no shortage of stunning scenery, arts and culture and not to mention wonderful activities on land and at sea, this unforgettable tour has it all.

Prices fromThe itinerary includes
15 nights / 16 days – from £3,830

Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room including economy flights from London.
Itinerary starts in San Francisco and ends in San Diego
Private airport transfer on arrival in San Francisco
Hotel accommodation as detailed below
Intermediate 4-door car hire with Alamo including insurance and satellite navigation system for 13 days


Day 1

San Francisco

After arriving at San Francisco International Airport a private transfer will take you to The Argonaut for a 3 night stay. Spend the following days exploring the city and its famous attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Hop on a cable car to Pier 39 and sample San Francisco’s finest waterfront dining.

Day 4


Driving Distance : 129 miles / approx. 2 hrs 15 mins After collecting your rental car, head off down the coast and arrive at the Carmel Valley Ranch for a 2 night stay. Wander around Carmel village with its unique boutiques and quaint shops, go wine tasting in the vineyards, visit the many art galleries or the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium and be sure to journey along the famous 17-mile drive.

Day 6

Pismo Beach

Driving Distance : 150 miles / approx. 3 hrs 20 mins Venture along the Pacific Coast Highway until you reach Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa for an overnight stay. Visit Hearst Castle en route or perhaps the Monarch Butterfly Grove located just south of Pismo Beach. The beaches in this area are great for kayaking and surfing.

Day 7

Santa Barbara

Driving Distance : 82 miles / approx. 1 hr 30 mins Absorb all that Santa Barbara has to offer while staying for 2 nights at the Belmond El Encanto. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Santa Barbara beckons anyone with a passion for creativity, the arts, culture, and the good life. Sip wonderful wines from the rolling vineyards, and dine on some of the delicious cuisine synonymous with the area.

Day 9

Los Angeles

Driving Distance : 90 miles / approx. 1 hr 40 mins Arrive at The London West Hollywood for a 2 night stay. Go shopping on Rodeo Drive, wander along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a Universal Studio Tour or soak up the sun at Santa Monica and take in the sights along Venice Beach.

Day 11

Laguna Beach

Driving Distance : 65 miles / approx. 1 hr 20 mins A short drive will take you to Laguna Beach where you will stay for 3 nights at the Montage Laguna Beach. Stroll around the ‘one-of-a-kind’ shops and galleries, see some of the city’s 80 unique works of public art, walk through Heisler Park or take a whale watching tour from nearby Dana Point.

Day 14

Rancho Santa Fe

Driving Distance : 63 miles / approx. 1 hr 10 mins Continue your journey south to the picturesque region of Rancho Santa Fe where you will enjoy a 2 night stay at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Explore the area by bicycle, visit Torrey Pines State National Reserve, SeaWorld, Legoland and San Diego Zoo plus the pretty Mediterranean-style seaside town of La Jolla with great dining and shopping.

Day 16

Depart San Diego

Driving Distance : 26 miles / approx. 35 mins Make the most of some last minute sightseeing or shopping in San Diego before returning the rental car in time for your return flight.

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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