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Postcards of California Fly Drive

Los Angeles * California Central Coast * San Francisco * California Wine Country * Yosemite

Discover one of the most scenic highways in North America as you travel from the Metropolitan City of Los Angeles, past classic American seaside towns, arriving into the city by the bay, before travelling to experience the wine and magnificent views of the Yosemite Valley - let the Pacific Coast Highway begin your journey!

9 days from £2,084 per person twin share + flights



Day 1 - UK - Los Angeles

Your USA holiday starts with a scheduled flight with United Airlines from the UK to Los Angeles. Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, pick up your rental car and begin to explore the city. Your hotels are quite close to the airport so you may wish to consider collecting the car the following morning.                                                                                      

Overnights (2): Los Angeles

Day 2 - Los Angeles

A Full day to explore the city or visit one of the many theme parks, Head towards Universal Studios and ride with the Minions on the Despicable Me Ride or view the streets of New York and the jungles of King Kong on the Movie set tour. Head towards Anaheim to visit Disneyland and the home of Mickey and Donald. Take a walk in the afternoon at the Hollywood Walk of Fame before dinner at Universal City and one of its well-known restaurants.

Day 3 - Los Angeles - California Central Coast via the Pacific Coast Highway (184 miles)

Depart early this morning and take breakfast on one of the beachfront cafes at Santa Monica and Malibu, before heading north through the seaside community of Santa Barbara with its mission and palm-lined walkways. The harbour and wharf areas are great to explore on foot or rent a bike and see even more. Further north, you will come across classic beach towns of the California Central coast with its quirky boutiques and shops.                                                           

Overnight (1): California Central Coast

Day 4 - California Central Coast - San Francisco (267 miles)

Continue north this morning and just after the small town of San Luis Obispo join Highway 1 which is renowned as one of the most scenic roadways in the US. The highway hugs the coastline and crosses iconic locations like the Bixby Bridge. Enter 17 Mile drive for stunning views of the rugged cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Spend some time in the seaside resort of Monterey, take a whale watching cruise of visit the world-famous Monterey Aquarium before continuing your journey to San Francisco. There are plenty of eateries available in the Fisherman’s Wharf area.                                                                               

Overnights (2): San Francisco  

Day 5 - San Francisco

Book well in advance and travel this morning on the early morning ferry service to Alcatraz and start your visit before the crowds arrive. View the prison where many famous prisoners were incarcerated. For shopping, take the Cable Car to Union Square with its many shops and malls. Take the bus to Golden Gate park and cross the entrance to San Francisco Bay with a bracing walk over the Golden Gate Bridge before returning to your hotel this evening.

Day 6 - San Francisco - Muir Woods - California Wine Country (50 miles)

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge by car this time! Along the way pass by Sausalito with its charming bohemian flavour. Just a short drive further will take you to Muir Woods National Monument. The park is a sanctuary to beautiful redwoods some reaching as high as 250 feet. Continue east to Napa Valley and Sonoma. These fertile valleys have been producing the highest of quality of wine since the 19th century.

Overnight (1): California Wine Country.

Day 07 - California Wine Country - Gold Country - Yosemite (218 miles)

Start your day early and continue east across California's agricultural Central Valley before ascending into the into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Join Highway 49 and travel south through California Gold Country following in the footsteps of the thousands of Gold Seekers during the Gold Rush of 1849. Continue to Yosemite National Park arriving late afternoon.                                              

Overnights (2): Yosemite National Park Area

Day 8 - Yosemite

A Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. The massive glacial-shaped rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome are the most famous landmarks of the park. Drive to Yosemite Village, leave the car and take the bus around the park. Visit Mariposa Grove with its many Redwoods.

Day 9 - Yosemite - San Francisco - UK (208 miles)

Take a leisurely drive back to San Francisco, maybe stop in the city or one of the local malls for a final bit of sightseeing or shopping before returning to the airport, dropping you rental car off before checking in for your flight home.

Day 10 - Arrive UK


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Los AngelesHoliday Inn Los Angeles Gateway-Torrance Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
California Central Coast Oxford Suites Sands by the Sea
San FranciscoBest Western Plus AmericaniaHoliday Inn Fishermans Wharf
California Wine Country Best Western Dry Creek Inn Best Western Dry Creek Inn
Yosemite National ParkComfort Inn Oakhurst Cedar Lodge Resort

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic Airlines from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes Security charges and the Air Passenger Duty
  • 8 nights accommodation, room only
  • 9 days fully inclusive hire of an intermediate car with unlimited mileage, LDW, LIS, Sales Tax, Airport Fees, VLF and Local Surcharges
  • Itinerary, maps and detailed driving instructions

Not Included:

  • Fuel for hire car
  • Extra charge applies to renters under 25 years of age
  • One way drop fee may be applicable depending on date of departure
  • Hotel Parking charges if applicable
  • Meals
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, attractions, activities and excursions
  • Weekend flight supplements Friday- Sunday £30 each way

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