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14 Days California Self-Drive - California

You can hit the California top destinations in 14 days. This American Dream adventure begins in Los Angeles, takes you through Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Death Velley, Las Vegas, San Diego & Santa Monica.

You can hit the California top destinations in 14 days. This American Dream adventure begins in Los Angeles, takes you through Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Death Velley, Las Vegas, San Diego & Santa Monica.

Valid for double/twin occupancy only
Flight departure points, dates and hours are subject to availability and cannot always be guaranteed
City Tax not included: payable directly to the hotel
Resort Fees not included : payable directly to the hotel
Airport transfers not included: can be added at an additional supplement
Airport taxes included

Day: 1 Arrive Los Angeles

Arrive at the airport, pick-up rental car and proceed to your hotel in Hollywood.
Accommodations: Figeroa Hotel or similar (2 nights)

Day 2: Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the United States. Home to famous movie stars and the infamous landmark, the Hollywood sign, it is a city brimming with culture and happenings. This big metropolis has many regions with distinct flavors and communities.

Day 3 : Los Angeles - Santa Barbara

Depart Los Angeles this morning and drive toward Santa Barbara. On the beautiful Pacific Coast, Santa Barbara is a gem. The pristine city’s climate gives rise to a number of natural attractions. Stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens to view breathtaking flora or hike a scenic nature trail in Los Padres National Forest. The beaches all have their own allure. East Beach attracts the trendy and young while fishing and whale watching are the favorites at Arroyo Burro. Enjoy the fine collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art or explore the Old Mission. Fresh seafood can be found in the restaurants on Stearn’s Wharf.

Accommodations: Best Western Beachside or similar (1 night)

Day 4 : Santa Barbara - Monterey

Depart Santa Barbara this morning for the luxurious drive up the Pacific Coast toward Monterey. Consider taking the famously scenic 17-Mile drive up the coast. Stop at the famous Pebble Beach and enjoy the sights of luxurious mansions along the coast. Discover Nature’s treasures as you pass through the serene majesty of Del Monte Forest. Here you’ll quickly experience the magic of a legendary scenic tour that’s home to The Lone Cypress. You’ll see black cormorants, brown pelicans, California sea otters, harbor seals, and idle sea lions all in their natural habitat. For a gourmet picnic lunch along 17-Mile Drive, visit Pebble Beach Market adjacent to The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Best picnic spots are between Point Joe and Seal Rock and you’ll find picnic tables at many stops. After being swept away by the stunning Pacific coast views, spend the afternoon enjoying Monterey. Settled in 1770 as one of the first European outposts on the west coast, many of the early American Colonial buildings still stand. Monterey eventually became the sardine capital of the Western Hemisphere when the first packing plant was built in 1900. Today, the old sardine factories have been converted into quaint restaurants and boutique shops. This area called “Cannery Row” was made famous by the author John Steinbeck and still remains an amusing place to explore. Monterey Bay is a fantastic place to whale watch, tours are offered locally.

Hotel in Monterey : Comfort Inn Monterey By The Sea or similar (1 night)

Day 5 : Monterey to San Francisco

Depart Monterey this morning on your way to San Francisco home of majestic Wine Country and the Golden Gate Bridge. Rows of elegant houses, the famous cable cars, clusters of ethnic neighborhoods, and the colorful waterfront all add to the distinctive international flavor of the city. Today, you are free to enjoy one of the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. Take a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf for shopping, great food and entertainment. Another major attraction is Alcatraz, a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It served as lighthouse, a military fortification, and finally as a federal prison until 1963. The rangers give excellent guided tours detailing the history and legends surrounding “The Rock.” Spend the day in Golden Gate Park; it offers dozens of fun things to do. Top sights are the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden. Don’t miss the local resident buffalo herd. This evening dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighborhoods; from Chinatown to the very Italian flavored North Beach, each offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine.

Accommodations: Vertigo  or similar (2 nights)


Visit the dramatic curves of Lombard Street, one of San Francisco’s most photographed sites. The beautifully landscaped, one-block descent from Hyde Street to Leavenworth Street, has given Lombard the title of “crookedest street in the world.” At the intersection of Hyde and Lombard, a cable car route provides spectacular views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Coit Tower, Yerba Buena Island and the Bay Bridge. Consider a visit to Muir Woods National Monument. This grove of coastal redwoods has been protected for a century, and the amazing specimens rank among the tallest trees in the world. Some reach 252 feet, are 14 feet across, and are more than 1000 years old. Paved trails make for easy exploration and unpaved trails offer more of a challenge for the hiking enthusiast. This evening, explore Chinatown, along its streets, exotic ingredients are sold, silks and jade are tendered, and wonderful native food can be found at the many restaurants.

Day 7 : San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

Depart the bustle of San Francisco and drive toward Yosemite National Park. The striking beauty of Yosemite is due in part to the Yosemite Valley, whose flat floor contrasts with nearly vertical granite walls. The granite cliffs, including the El Capitan monolith, Glacier Point, and Half Dome all tower as major waterfalls tumble over them. In addition to the Valley, Yosemite includes an extensive high-mountain wilderness of peaks, rivers, meadows, and groves of giant sequoia trees. Extensive visitor activities, facilities, and services are available. At Yosemite Village, you can visit the Valley Visitor Center and see its orientation film, publications, theater programs, and exhibits highlighting the natural and human history of the area. Self-guiding trails start nearby. Elsewhere in Yosemite Valley, you can gaze up at the waterfalls; visit Mirror Lake/Meadow in the East Valley and the famous “Tunnel View” of Yosemite Valley at Wawona Tunnel.

Accommodations: Cedar Lodge or similar (1 night)


Leave the Bakersfield behind and enjoy a visit to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These twinparks hold monuments to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deepcanyons, vast caverns and the world’s largest trees all reside here making it a very unique place. Located inthe foothills and mountains of the south central section of the Sierra Nevada range, Sequoia is famous for bigthings–some of the largest trees in the world and some of the highest mountains in the U.S., including Mt.

Whitney, at 14,495 ft. Visit the tallest sequoia, 275-foot-tall General Sherman, which has a trunk that weighs1,385 tons and a circumference of nearly 103 feet. Spectacular views can be seen from Moro Rock. Guidedcavern tours are available and the visitor center contains much information about park history and seasonalactivities. Continue to Bakersfield for an overnight stay.

Accommodations:  Days Inn Bakersfield or similar (1 nights)


Today is a long day so an early start is a good idea. Leave the Yosemite area behind and drive toward Nevadathrugh Death Valley National Park. Here you will find raw and barren earth as carved by the elements. The visitor center is located at Furnace Creek and will be a good starting point for seeing the park. You will be reachingLas Vegas in the evening. Las Vegas has something to offer everyone; from the outrageous live shows to the excitement of casinos, the action never stops from morning to night. Tonight, stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard,also known as “the strip”, for a foretaste of this spectacular city. This is “the main drag” of this glitzy town and islined at either side with spectacular hotels, casinos, shops, restaurants and recreational facilities such as Wetn‘Wild, and the Guinness Museum of World Records to name a few. Make sure not to miss the nightly fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel. Using a dramatic combination of music, water and light, the Bellagio delivers spectacularperformances nightly with its majestic fountains.

Accommodations: Circus Circus Hotel & Casino or similar (2 nights)

Day 10 : LAS VEGAS

Today you have the choice to explore this electric city or take one of the numerous helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon for a glimpse at one of the great natural wonders of the world. In Vegas, each hotel and casino has a distinctly different theme and all offfer wondrous displays. Take a trip up to the top of the Stratosphere Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Enjoy dinner at the Top of the World, or simply admire the view from the observation deck. Visit any of the premier hotels including Caesars Palace, The Venetian andParis for luxury shopping. If you’re searching for a bargain, drive to one of the outlet malls featuring designer names at discounted prices. For a different side of Vegas, visit Fremont Street. This historic street features shops, restaurants and casinos. Above you hangs a canopy screen where more than 12 million lights put on a spectacular show.


Drive away from the glitz of Las Vegas this morning toward the lovely town of San Diego home to SeaWorld® Adventure Park and the San Diego Zoo. These world-class attractions feature a variety of spectacular sightsand activities. At SeaWorld witness Shamu the killer whale, ride the waves of Shipwreck Rapids, and see manatees,polar bears and dolphins. A variety of animal-themed shows are featured and it’s even possible to take abehind the scenes tour. San Diego Zoo, known throughout the world for its efforts to recreate the natural habitatsof the animals is a first-rate facility. More than 3,800 animals of over 800 different species make their homehere. The zoo grounds cover 100 acres which includes more than 6,500 different species of plants. Specializedhabitats include Tiger River, Gorilla Tropics, Sun Bear Forest, Polar Bear Plunge and Ituri Forest.

Accommodations: (STD) Mission Valley Resort or similar (1 night)


This morning, before departing, you may want to visit Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for a taste of historyand tradition. Experience the life of the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Even today,life moves slowler in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiestas.
Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexicanpueblo (small Town) to an American settlement. The buildings are old or, in some cases, built to look that wayand the departure from urban sprawl is preserved. Five original adobe structures are part of this historic parkwhich includes museums, unique retail shops, and several restaurants. Continue to Santa Monica where youwill enjoy a two-night stay.
Accommodations: Gateway Hotel Santa Monica or Similar (2 nights)


Both a seaside town and bustling city, Santa Monica has activities for both young and old, from beach gamesand bike paths to art galleries and nightclubs, from shopping and fitness to theater and concerts. Santa Monica’scultural offerings run the gamut, with over 75 museums and art galleries within the walkable 8.3 squaremile city limits. Not to mention the array of public art and sculpture exhibited in the streets. Visit Santa MonicaPier, once known as the “finish line” of legendary Route 66. It features an aquarium, an amusement park andthe famous Hippodrome building, a mix of California, Byzantine and Moorish architecture that has beenfeatured in many films. Spend some time at the beach; with 3.5 miles of Southern California beaches and over300 days of sunshine, the Santa Monica Beach is a welcome retreat for vacationers and locals alike with a rangeof activities for everyone. Swimming, surffing, volleyball, skating and biking are among the favorite beach-sidepastimes of this area. In the evening, countless dining experiences are available; Santa Monica is the reputedbirthplace of “California” and “fusion” cuisine which is marked by an artistic blending of culinary styles and thefreshest of organic ingredients.

Day 14 : Santa Monica – Los Angeles International Airport

Depart Santa Monica at your leisure this morning in route to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Travel Details

What's Included
Duration: 14 Days
Board Basis: Room Only
Return Flights from London to Los Angeles
5-7 kgs of hand lugagge per person
23 Kg of hold luggage per person
Car Hire for the entire Journey
Flights from regional airport may come with supplement charges


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