Days 1 - 3: Los Angeles
Start your exploration at the capital of the Entertainment Industry in the US, start with a sightseeing tour of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. Be sure not to miss the famous Santa Monica pier and the 3rd Street Promenade. Continue to Hollywood for a walk down Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where you will find the handprints of famous stars in the cement. Check out the business district and Mexican quarter downtown, and the new LA Live area.
You'll have plenty of time to check out Santa Monica, Venice or Muscle Beach, visit the shops along Rodeo Drive, stroll along the Star's Walk of Fame, visit Universal Studios or enjoy a kodak moment beneath the iconic Hollywood sign. Explore the arts & culture side of Los Angeles with a visit to the Getty Centre, or just explore the vibrant beach community of Venice Beach, aka "Muscle Beach".
Day 4: Pismo Beach
Today you will depart through the community of Malibu for your trip up the famous Pacific Highway One. Be sure to stop for lunch in the lovely city of Santa Barbara, home to golden beaches & palm-lined bay, red-tiled roofs and Spanish Architecture. Visit the beautiful mission of Santa Barbara, the largest Franciscan convent in California today, considered the queen of California missions.
Other charming towns on the way north through the Central Coast include Santa Maria, and Solvang, and finally Pismo Beach. Spend some time at the beach surfing, or perhaps racing along the sand dunes in ATV vehicles.
Day 5: Carmel-by-the-Sea
Continue along Pacific Highway One through Morro Bay, Cambria, and San Simeon, home of the famous Hearst Castle, the one-time residence of William Randolph Hearst. This mansion features 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, over 100 acres of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theatre, an airfield, and the world's largest private zoo. Zebras and other exotic animals still roam the grounds.
After touring this National Historic Landmark, you can continue north along the very scenic cliffs of Big Sur, being sure to stop at the many turnouts and vista points to see the beauty of the area. Finally arrive in the Monterey Peninsula, which offers splendid beaches, cypress trees and cliffs. Carmel is one of the most charming towns of coastal California.
Days 6 - 8: San Francisco
San Francisco - San Francisco is full of iconic images- those little cable cars climbing halfway to the stars, the scarlet slash of the Golden Gate Bridge, the dragon-adorned gateway to Chinatown, and the sombre, island-sited Alcatraz, once a formidable prison, now a tourist attraction. Discover the attractions of this beautiful city en foot, by cable car or the superb BART system.
See places like Union Square, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. Want an enjoyable day out of the city too? Explore the nearby rolling hills of California Wine Country, Napa Valley, where famed wineries welcome you for tours and tastings. Established in 1828, this fertile area is considered the premier wine growing region in the United States. Visit the giant redwood trees of Muir Woods or experience the stunning scenery of Yosemite National Park.