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California | San Francisco

Experience the rich cultural life of San Francisco, one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. The many hills of the city afford visitors plenty of perfect views over San Francisco Bay.

The biggest names in retail can be found at Union Square. Virtually every fashion label in the world has set up shop in and around Square, a landmark park in the heart of the downtown shopping and hotel district.

Crossing the strait of the Golden Gate from San Francisco to the Marin headlands for 1.7 miles is the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Take a walk across it - well over a mile - and enjoy a gull’s eye view of the shipping traffic passing far below. Visit Golden Gate Park, over 1000 acres of lawns, lakes and a riot of flora.

Take a ride on one of the famous cable cars in San Francisco. With over 50 hills in the city to climb, you will not only delight in the experience but appreciate the ride. Nob Hill boasts perhaps the best view of San Francisco Bay. See also Lombard street, known as the crookedest street in the world.

One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square's famous "postcard row" at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast.

Step through Dragon’s Gate and find yourself in a totally different world. Welcome to China Town. Stroll through the 24 blocks of hustle and bustle with exotic shops, food markets, temples and museums. Buy herbal remedies, enjoy samples at a tea bar and be sure to try the best Dim Sum.

North Beach, rich in Italian heritage, compresses cabarets, jazz clubs, galleries, inns, family style restaurants and gelato parlors into less than a square mile. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill is blessed with marvelous views. A 360-degree view of the city is visible from the observation platform at the top of the tower.

A visit to San Francisco is not complete without visiting Fisherman’s Wharf with its fishing boats, sea lions basking in the sun, seafood stalls, steaming crab cauldrons, seafood restaurants and sourdough French bread bakeries. Head to Pier 39 and explore the dining, shopping and attractions on offer. Lined with deep-water piers, The Embarcadero is literally where one embarks. And, oh, “the places you’ll go!” At the foot of Market Street, is the Ferry Building, a vibrant public space housing a food hall, restaurants and a farmers market.

A mile and a half from Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse built on the Pacific Coast, then a federal prison for such notorious convicts as Al Capone. Now it is one of the city's most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived.

California's Pacific Coast

San Francisco


15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

Begins San Francisco and ends San Diego.

DEPARTURES

Year round.

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDES:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
• Accommodations as stated

DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel in Union Square.
Hotel: Grand Hyatt San Francisco
 

DAYS 2 & 3 SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco is perhaps one of the most enchanting cities in the United States. From the crooked street in the world, Lombard Street, to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf; Union Square to the Cable Cars; Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge – the city is packed with things to see and do to suit everyone. Enjoy two days exploring the city.
Hotel: Grand Hyatt San Francisco 

DAY 4 CARMEL

Driving distance: 85Mi/143Km
This morning collect your rental car in downtown before you head south to the beautiful coastal town of Carmel. Browse the charming tree lined streets and its quaint shops, galleries and restaurants.
Hotel: Carmel Valley Ranch

DAY 5 CARMEL

Enjoy a relaxing day in the Carmel area. Travel the ‘17 Mile Drive’ through Del Monte Forest to Cypress Point or sit and soak up the scenery from the beautiful grounds of your hotel.
Hotel: Carmel Valley Ranch

DAY 6 PISMO BEACH

Driving distance: 115Mi/185Km
The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most spectacular scenic drives you’ll find, so today’s journey is guaranteed to create a lasting memory for you. En route, visit Hearst Castle at San Simeon, the grandiose estate of publisher William Randolph Hearst. Your hotel this evening is in the pretty seaside town of Pismo Beach.
Hotel: Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

DAY 7 SANTA BARBARA

Driving distance: 80Mi/128Km
After a leisurely morning, continue south along Highway 1, to Santa Barbara, silhouetted against the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Hotel: Hyatt Santa Barbara

DAY 8 SANTA BARBARA

You are sure to enjoy today. Relax in the surroundings of your beautiful hotel, explore the shops and restaurants of Santa Barbara, or enjoy a walk along the beach or Stearns Wharf Pier.
Hotel: Hyatt Santa Barbara

DAY 9 LOS ANGELES

Driving distance: 84Mi/135Km
En route to Los Angeles, include a visit to the J Paul Getty Museum, featuring an extensive collection of art and sculpture. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles.
Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills 

DAY 10 LOS ANGELES

From your hotel you are a short drive from world-famous Rodeo Drive, so take some time to ‘window shop’ where the rich and famous make their purchases. Include a visit to the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills 

DAY 11 HUNTINGTON BEACH

Driving distance: 35Mi/56Km
Now it’s time to relax by the beach. From Los Angeles, a short drive will take you to ‘Surf City – California’, Huntington Beach. Your hotel is ideally located across the road from some of the best surfing California has to offer and a short stroll from its quaint Main Street.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

DAY 12 HUNTINGTON BEACH

Take a day to pamper yourself in the hotel’s wonderful spa or relax by the pool. Wander along the beach and watch with amazement as the surfers ‘ride the waves’.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

DAY 13 SAN DIEGO

Driving distance: 85Mi/137Km
Allow plenty of time today to include stops at Newport Beach and Laguna as you journey south to San Diego, sitting at the southern tip of California.
Hotel: US Grant 

DAY 14 SAN DIEGO

San Diego has much to offer all visitors, young and old. Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are certainly worth a visit, or you may prefer to explore the Mission Bay or Coronado Bay area of the city, both offering fabulous beaches. 
Hotel: US Grant 

DAY 15 JOURNEY HOME

Time for some last minute shopping, sightseeing or relaxing before you return your rental car and check-in for your flight to the UK.

PRICES

From £2299 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season.
Other prices available on request.

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