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California | Los Angeles

Los Angeles has more than 50 miles of coastline and 33 public beaches, so you can always find a stretch of sand to snatch and plenty of waves to catch. But don’t forget your appetite, an extra suitcase and a sense of adventure, because LA’s coastal cities are more than just a bunch of pretty places. From the quiet enclave of Malibu with its celebrity residents to the funky ambience of Venice with its offbeat street performers, each of these waterfront wonders offers its own personality and its own take on dining, shopping, attractions and activities.

Downtown LA’s recent renaissance has attracted a fair bit of attention. With the addition of numerous attractions and cultural sights the area has been transformed and there’s always something to do: museums and galleries to take in the arts; the Jewellery District for treasure hunters; LA’s fashion hub; Little Tokyo, Chinatown and Olvera Street representing LA’s renowned cultural diversity. Sports fans can catch the court-pounding action of the Lakers or Clippers or the puck-smashing Kings at the STAPLES Center. In addition to a number of live music venues, the recently opened NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE features 7,100 seats to listen to hit performers and musicians.

Hollywood has evolved from its historic roots as the birthplace of the film industry into one of LA’s hippest spots to shop, dine and be entertained. At the center of it all is Hollywood & Highland Center with its trendy stores, hot restaurants, hip nightclubs, cool entertainment and the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. Nearby, the Hollywood Bowl and Ford Amphitheatre feature concerts under the stars throughout the summer. And moviegoers can see the latest films in classic cinema settings at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Remember to wander outside Grauman’s to see the famous imprints that celebrities have left in the cement over the years. And don’t forget to glance north toward the Hollywood Hills to see the Hollywood Sign, clearly visible in the distance.

In Brentwood, the Getty Center sits like a shining city on a hill with centuries’ worth of art and design in a stunning architectural setting. Meanwhile, the mansions of Brentwood and Bel-Air stud the surrounding hills like diamonds on a lush, green pillow, giving you a glimpse of what Westside is all about. Legendary Sunset Boulevard takes you east through Westwood and Beverly Hills, where Rodeo Drive is just one avenue in the world’s most famous shopping district. And on Beverly Hills’ palm-lined byways, you may think you’re in a movie yourself.

No trip would be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a studio tour or spend the day on thrilling rides in the theme park. Be sure to check out Universal’s newest attraction, The Simpson’s Ride, a fun romp through a fictional amusement park dreamed up by Krusty the Clown. Then there’s Universal CityWalk Hollywood, an outdoor center with restaurants, entertainment and shopping galore.

Anaheim, deep in Orange County, is perhaps best known as home to Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park. Visit the incomparable Magic Kingdom to meet Mickey and his friends and enjoy the fabulous rides and shows. Just a short drive from L.A.’s magical beaches, Los Angeles International Airport and the amazing attractions that greater LA has to offer, Anaheim is a great base from which families can enjoy the region.

 

Hotel Bel-Air

Los Angeles


deluxe

LOCATION

Nestled in 12 acres of lush gardens, fountain courtyards and towering palms, a few steps from Sunset Boulevard in the Bel-Air region of Los Angeles, just minutes from Hollywood and Beverly Hills utilising the hotel’s complimentary transportation.

ACCOMMODATION

Inspired by 1930s’, 40s’ and 50s’ Hollywood, the newly designed guestrooms evoke LA’s glamorous era. Boutique style, with just 58 guestrooms and 45 suites, they combine Spanish colonial influences with the graceful lines of French Deco. Accommodations are individually decorated, but limestone floors, polished marble and natural woods are commonplace, and all feature Bang and Olufsen flat screen televisions, Fili D’Oro bed linens, La Prairie bathroom amenities and spa baths.

FACILITIES

  • Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air: Mediterranean influenced menu
  • The Bar and Lounge: light bites and cocktail bar
  • Outdoor pool and sundeck
  • Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie
  • Fitness centre
  • 12 acre garden and small lake
  • Complimentary transportation within a 3 mile radius
  • PRICES

    From £219 per person per night based on twin occupancy of a Deluxe room with patio. Other room categories available on request.

    California's Gold Coast


    12 Days/11 Nights

    Begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles

    Departures 

    April, May, June, July, August, September and October

    Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director

    DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN DIEGO

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Diego. Upon arrival, transfer to the US Grant. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
    Hotel: US Grant
    Dinner included

    DAY 2 SAN DIEGO

    This morning, enjoy a guided visit to San Diego Zoo, followed by a city tour, which starts with the Gaslamp Quarter and the extensive harbor area. Then it is on to historic Point Loma before viewing the city’s unforgettable skyline from the Juan Cabrillo National Monument. There is time to explore Seaport Village at leisure before departing on an evening champagne cruise aboard a private yacht, showcasing San Diego’s beautiful harbour and skyline.
    Hotel: US Grant
    Breakfast and dinner included

    DAY 3 LOS ANGELES

    Following breakfast, your journey continues north to the historic ruin of Mission San Juan Capistrano which was founded in 1776. Next it’s on to glittering Los Angeles where lunch is enjoyed at the legendary Los Angeles Farmer's Market. A tour of the city includes the sights and sounds of Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills before reaching the TCL Chinese Theatre, where celebrities’ autographs, handprints and footprints are immortalized in concrete.
    Hotel: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
    Breakfast and dinner included

    DAY 4 SANTA BARBARA

    This morning’s highlight is a visit to The Getty Museum, set high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Next, it’s just a short journey to Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara, filled with soft white beaches, terracotta buildings and an eclectic mix of shopping options. Your afternoon is at leisure to wander picturesque Stearns Wharf, before checking into your deluxe hotel and deciding where you’d like to enjoy dinner from a choice of restaurants.
    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore
    Breakfast and dinner included

    DAY 5 SANTA BARBARA

    There is so much to see outside of downtown Santa Barbara and all is revealed on this morning’s city tour. Highlights include the city’s historic 1929 Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara which is still active after 225 years of service. The afternoon is yours to relax by the hotel pool or explore further.
    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore
    Breakfast and lunch included

    DAY 6 CENTRAL COAST & MORRO BAY

    This morning, you’ll travel along infamous Highway 101 to the Central California wine region, where a vineyard tour and tasting introduces you to the wine varieties of the region. Lunch is in Pismo Beach, before arrival into Morro Bay and a walking nature tour of the area.
    Hotel: The Inn at Morro Bay
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    DAY 7 BIG SUR & HEARST CASTLE

    Whilst in San Simeon you’ll visit Hearst Castle, before continuing on scenic Highway 1 – perhaps one of the most beautiful drives in America, along the famed Big Sur Coast. Your destination is the small coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at your hotel on the pristine bay.
    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    DAY 8 MONTEREY & CARMEL

    Take a tour of the Monterey Peninsula, including 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach before heading to pretty Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch. A short stroll from your hotel is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where this afternoon you’ll discover the unexpected delights of marine life.
    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey
    Breakfast included

    DAY 9 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

    This morning, you drive through the farmlands, orchards and vineyards of California’s Central Valley before heading high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Dinner is enjoyed at your hotel.
    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    DAY 10 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

    Today, enjoy a full day exploring this famous landmark on a tram tour, including visits to the world-famous El Capitan and Half Dome cliffs, and the plunging waters of Bridalveil Falls. Following lunch at Wawona Village, you’ll visit Mariposa Grove – prepare to be amazed by the sheer size of the Giant Sequoias.
    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    DAY 11 SAN FRANCISCO

    Your final destination is beautiful San Francisco, filled with amazing landmarks such as Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.
    Hotel: The Westin St Francis
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    DAY 12 JOURNEY HOME

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
    Breakfast included

    Prices

    From £3999 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Winner of ‘Top Tour Operator to the USA & Canada 2012’ voted by readers of Selling Long Haul magazine.

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