Best Of California's Coast

7 day Fly Drive - from £785

With flights from £1365

Enjoy a journey along the picturesque Highway 1 from the culturally rich ‘City by the Bay’, San Francisco, through the beautiful beach havens of Santa Barbara and Monterey to finish up in the ‘City of Angels’, Los Angeles.


  • Iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • California’s Pacific Coast
  • Monterey
  • Beautiful Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to San Francisco

Welcome to the home of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Rows of elegant houses, the famous cable cars, clusters of ethnic neighbourhoods, and the colourful waterfront all add to the distinctive international flavour of the city. Spend your first day exploring the City by the Bay or 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.

Standard Hotel: The Kimpton Alton Fisherman’s Wharf or similar

Budget Hotel: Comfort Inn By The Bay or similar

Day 2 - San Francisco

Today, you are free to enjoy the many sights and sounds of San Francisco; take a cable car ride from Fisherman’sWharf, visit the famous Alcatraz Island or spend some time in Golden Gate Park. 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.

Standard Hotel: The Kimpton Alton Fisherman’s Wharf or similar

Budget Hotel: Comfort Inn By The Bay or similar

Day 3 - Monterey (118 miles)

After collecting your car this morning, jump on to Highway 1 and drive south to Monterey. Known as the sardine capital of the Western Hemisphere, here the old sardine factories have been converted into quaint restaurants and boutiques. This area called ‘Cannery Row’ was made famous by the author John Steinbeck and still remains an amusing place to explore.

Standard Hotel: Monterey Tides Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Red Lion Hotel Monterey or similar

Day 4 - Santa Barbara/ Ventura (95 miles)

Continue south with a luxurious drive along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway toward Santa Barbara. This beautiful city enjoys an almost perfect year-round climate allowing you to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and attractions any time. Stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, hike a scenic nature trail in Los Padres National Forest or enjoy one of the stunning beaches, all of which have their own allure. In the early evening, visit Stearn’s Wharf and enjoy a sumptuous meal of fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants.

Standard Hotel: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach or similar

Budget Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Oxnard Ventura or similar

Day 5 - Los Angeles (95 miles)

Leave Santa Barbara behind this morning as you drive on to Los Angeles. Home to famous movie stars and the famed landmark, the Hollywood sign, it is a city brimming with culture and happenings. This big metropolis has many regions with distinct flavours and communities just waiting to be explored.

Standard Hotel: Hollywood Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Plus Dragon Gate or similar

Day 6 - Los Angeles

Enjoy a day here in this wonderful city, take some time to visit the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, drive through Beverly Hills to get a glimpse of where the rich and famous live, and spend a little time shopping on the famous Rodeo Drive, where luxury retail commands the street. 

Standard Hotel: Hollywood Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Plus Dragon Gate or similar

Day 7 - Farewell from Los Angeles

Enjoy the last morning in L.A before your depart to the airport for your journey home or onward to your next destination. 

7 day Fly Drive - from £785

With flights from £1365

Optional Experiences

Our Budget option includes all the benefits of our standard but offers a lower category of accommodation for the more budget conscious.

  • Budget accommodation – from £629

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2022 onwards.

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Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 6 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard or budget hotels
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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