We Love —
- Discover the beautiful American west coast at your own pace with this self-drive tour.
- Visit a mixture of natural land spaces like breathtaking Monterey and Big Sur as well as glamorous cities like LA and San Francisco.
- The Golden State of California is one of those must-visit destinations that has something to suit all kinds of traveller.
Book Now, Pay Later —
Booking 35 days in advance and spending over £500 per person? No need to pay in full today! Just select the 30% deposit option on our payment page (terms & conditions apply)
Your Destinations —
Along the beautiful coastline of the Central Coast, from San Francisco along the famous Pacific Coast Highway 1 down to San Diego, take the most scenic drives in the world. Venture through stunning national parks and along the spectacular beaches. Make sure you spend time in one of California’s vibrant and diverse cities. Whether it’s chasing the stars in LA, taking in the iconic sights of San Francisco or enjoying the nightlife of San Diego, there is a city for everyone in the Golden State.
Our Offer —
12 night California Fly Drive
2 nights - Marker Hotel - San Francisco
1 night - Best Western Seacliff Inn - Santa Cruz
1 night - Hyatt Regency Monterey
1 night - Big Sur Lodge
1 night - Cavalier Oceanfront Resort - San Simeon
1 night - Ramada Santa Barbara
1 night - Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
2 nights - Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown
2 nights - Eden Roc Inn & Suites - Anaheim, Los Angeles
Your Itinerary —
Fly from UK to San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco to be greeted with a shared transfer to your hotel. You then have the day at leisure.
A day at leisure in San Francisco. Included in this offer, you have a San Francisco Bay Cruise ( in the Afternoon). A 60 Minutes Cruise around the bay and sails around Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Cable cars, the Golden Gate rising from the fog - welcome to San Francisco, arguably the most romantic and cosmopolitan city in the United States. San Francisco has it all: a colourful history, superb restaurants, sophisticated museums, world-class shopping, and that elusive air of romance and abandons that's part of the tang of the city.
Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz (approx. 1h 15 min / 118 km).
Pick up your car and start this epic Road Trip! Along the way, you can drive through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California's oldest state park offering fantastic backpacking, mountain biking & other outdoor activities. Night at your hotel. Part of Silicon Valley, when in San Jose, visit the largest open-air market in the US and check out Downtown San Jose by night.
Drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey (approx. 51 min / 69.9 km)
Here you will start your journey on Pacific Highway 1. Curve along the coast and view stunning cliff-top panoramas. Pop into Monterey Bay Aquarium or Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Monterary is great for whale watching, sailing, kayaking, golfing and biking.
Drive from Monterey to Big Sur (approx. 1h 2 min / 45.8km)
As you carry on down the coast, stop at the seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and take the gentle uphill drive towards Big Sur. You will get to travel over the Bixby Bridge – one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world at a whopping height of 280 feet. You will have a chance to take many beautiful snaps including Pfeiffer Beach, McWay Falls, Point Sur State Historic Park and Ragged Point. Upon arrival into Big Sur, take in the hippy, artistic feel of this cool little town while you soak in the natural hot spring baths at the Esalen Institute.
Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon (approx. 3h 29 min / 285 km)
From Big Sur, you will drive onto San Simeon. Upon arrival, visit the incredible Hearst Castle on The Enchanted Hill and take a step back in time as you wander through the 250,000 acres of property. This is an unmissable attraction. If you fancy some down time, Moonstone Beach is also very popular, along with Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery.
Drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara (approx. 2h 23 min / 220 km)
Along this route, you will want to stop at a few places along the way. Start with Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo- a 15-foot high, 70-foot long alley covered in gum. Or you may prefer to take a hike around some of the beautiful areas. Have a little stop at Pismo Beach, great for a snack on the coast. As you reach Santa Barbara, some great sights and attractions include Stearns Wharf, East Beach, Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Lotusland.
Drive from Santa Barbara to Newport Beach (approx. 2h 59 min / 221 km)
Now you have a bigger drive so that you can reach the surf town of Newport Beach. As you take this journey you will pass through Oxnard where you can stop off at Ventura Beach to walk along the pier. Then as you get closer to LA, pass through Malibu and Topanga Canyon for the beautiful sandy beach, headlands, cliffs and rocky coves. You will then pass through LA and Long Beach until you reach Newport Beach.
Lined with oceanfront mansions and yacht-lined harbours, this modern and glamorous town meets the charm of Old California. Catch the open-air shops on Fashion Island or cruise along the seaside village streets at Corona del Mar. Wrap up your day at a trendy lounge with live jazz and fruity beverages.
Drive from Newport Beach to San Diego (approx. 1h 25 min / 146 km)
As you drive down this stretch of road, you will pas Dana Point and Laguna Beach before you enter San Diego County. You should also visit Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve along the way for 2,000 acres of coastal beauty.
Once you're in San Diego, you have got to your most southern point of California. Balboa Park, Downtown and Old Town are must-sees as well as Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma. Here you will get fantastic views of the bay and city.
Drive from San Diego to Anaheim, Los Angeles (approx. 1h 42 min / 155 km)
Drive back up towards LA, for your final stop in California. Anaheim is just outside of the city and home to Disneyland Resort. Great for both children and adults, you will have plenty of free time to visit all the Disney themed rides and shops.
Anaheim, Los Angeles
Spend this day at leisure visiting Disney or the city of LA. Explore Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard, take a trip down Rodeo Drive, visit Paramount, Universal or Warner Brothers Studios, or spend the day by the beach in Venice, Santa Monica or Marina Del Ray.
Drive from Anaheim, Los Angeles to Los Angeles International Airport (approx. 42 min / 55 km)
Today is the day to say goodbye. After you check out of your final hotel, head to the airport and drop of your car, then board your flight back home.
Included Excursions —
Our members will enjoy a Golden Gate Bay Cruise in San Francisco with this offer.
Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Departing from Pier 43 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, you'll sail past the iconic San Francisco skyline with magnificent views over the lively neighbourhood of North Beach and San Francisco Maritime National Park. Then as we head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, we'll cruise past Fort Mason and the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake.
Don't miss incredible photo opportunities when we sail directly beneath the massive 1,260m span of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then as we steam back into the bay, we'll travel past the Nature Reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, with its offbeat vibe. Then with Angel Island State Park to our left, we'll slowly cruise around the island of Alcatraz. On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf, look out for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower. After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 will welcome you back to Pier 43.
All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms, and seasonal snack bar service. The award-winning audio narration is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Thai, Hindi, Portuguese, French and Hindi. Vessels operate on biodiesel - a renewable energy source.
Start/opening time Boats depart every 30-45 minutes starting at 10:00 am. There are approximately 12 departures daily.
Voucher type: Printed Printed Voucher. Print and bring the voucher to enjoy the activity.
Location Starting point: Pier 43-1/2, in Fisherman’s Wharf
Endpoint: Same as starting point Schedule
Duration: 1 Hours
Guiding type: Guide
Audioguide fee: Not Included
Your Hotels —
You will be staying in the following hotels.
Just for you:
- Resort fee included at the Marker Hotel in San Francisco and at the Eden Roc Inn & Suites in Anaheim
- All city and room taxes included
Sleeps up to
2 nights - Deluxe Queen Room, Marker Hotel - Room Only
1 night - Double room, Best Western Seacliff Inn - Bed and Breakfast
1 night -Double room, Hyatt Regency Monterey - Room Only
1 night - King room, Big Sur Lodge - Room Only
1 night - Double Room, Cavalier Oceanfront Resort - Room Only
1 night - Standard King, Ramada Santa Barbara - Continental Breakfast
1 night - Double King, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach - Room Only
2 nights - Standard Room, Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown - Room Only
2 nights - Standard Room, Eden Roc Inn & Suites - Room Only
Please note: If these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.
We cannot guarantee that there will be free onsite parking at each hotel.
Your Journey —
Flights: Our members can choose between economy or business class seats.
The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Shared Transfers are included from San Francisco Airport to your San Francisco Hotel. Optional transfers can be added at the next stage of the booking for an additional fee if flying to Oakland International and San Jose Airport.
Car Hire: Car Hire is included and will be picked up on Day 3. Please see the details tab for further information.
Just for you: a complimentary upgrade from an economy to an intermediate car with free Sat Nav
If you are travelling to the USA or choose a flight option with a US layover, the US authorities have introduced a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Passengers who have not applied for and received travel authorisation via ESTA prior to travel may be denied boarding, experience delayed processing, or be denied admission at the US port of entry. However, neither possession of a visa, nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visa-free on the VWP, guarantees admission to the United States. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the port of entry. Please remember that issue of ESTA does not guarantee admissibility to the United States - it is only part of the travel approval process. All queries in relation to this requirement should be addressed via the US Embassy Consular department.
Please remember that if you are refused boarding or denied admission at the US port of entry, you will still be subject to our cancellation charges in accordance with the terms of our contract with you.
How do I apply for ESTA?
There is an online application form which is available now at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Prior to travel, you will need to visit this website and fill in the on-line application (currently in English only).