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California Coast Fly/drive

8 Nights/9 Days


Over 20 years of Travel  Experience

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Trip highlights

  • Hollywood

  • Disneyland

  • Universal Studios

  • Santa Barbara

  • Highway 1 coastal drive

  • Malibu Beaches

  • San Francisco

  • Alcatraz

  • Golden Gate Bridge

  • Fisherman's Wharf

  • Sonoma County/Napa Valley Wines

  • Yosemite National Park

Please note many of these activities require additional admission fees

Day 1

Arrive (USA)


Welcome to Los Angeles, USA!

Pick up your rental car from the Alamo desk and make your way to your hotel situated in town. 


This evening is free to enjoy the entertainment in this city.

Overnight in Los Angeles :

Beverly Hills Marriott

Day 2

Los Angeles

Today you can choose whether to explore Los Angeles and the surrounding beaches such as Santa Monica and Venice beach or to experience one of the attraction parks.


Disneyland is a classic favourite, but there’s also Universal Studios as an alternative.

Overnight in Los Angeles :

Beverly Hills Marriott

Day 3

Los Angeles - Pacific Coast Highway - Malibu - Santa Barbara - Central Coast

Start your day with a drive through Santa Monica and the famous beaches of Malibu. Continue up the coast to Santa Barbara, a beautiful seaside community with its famous mission and palm-lined walkways. The Harbour and wharf areas are great to explore on foot or rent a bike* to explore even further. Further north, the classic beach towns of California’s Central Coast beg to be explored. Stay overnight in the heart of California’s Central Coast

Overnight in San Simeon :

Sands by the Sea

Driving distance approx 190 miles today

Day 4

Highway 1 - Monterey/carmel - San Francisco

Continue north, and near San Luis Obispo join Highway 1 which is renowned as one of the most scenic roadways in the US. Enjoy more stunning views of the rugged coastline and the Pacific Ocean with a drive on the 17-mile Scenic Drive, which passes through the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. Experience the quaint village of Carmel and the charming seaside town of Monterey. In the late afternoon, arrive in San Francisco.


This is the longest drive of your itinerary, so you may like to start early depending how long you want to explore the stops enroute to San Francisco.

Overnight in San Francisco :

Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Driving distance approx 270 miles today

Day 5

San Francisco

Use the excellent public transportation or take a guided tour* in order to get a taste of some of the highlights such as Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square and the Civic Centre. If the weather is good, take a cruise under the bridges and around Alcatraz, or just enjoy sitting at a cafe and people watching in the Italian district of North Beach.

Overnight in San Francisco:

Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Day 6

San Francisco - Muir Woods (Wine country)

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

Overnight in Healdsburg, Sonoma:

Best Western Dry Creek Inn

Driving distance approximately 50 miles

Day 7

Gold Country - Yosemite

Start your day early and continue east across California’s agricultural central valley, before ascending into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Join Highway 49 and travel south through California Gold Country following in the footsteps of thousands of gold prospectors during the Gold Rush of 1849. Today, this area’s streams and creeks are still considered some of the best for gold panning enthusiasts. Continue to Yosemite National Park.

Overnight in El Portal:

Yosemite View lodge

Driving distance approximately 220 miles

Day 8


A full day to explore. Yosemite National Park embraces some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and affords a wonderful collection of waterfalls, meadows and forests, including groves of giant sequoias. Marvel at the sheer granite domes and cliffs that soar thousands of feet up from the valley floor. The massive glacial-shaped rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome are the most famous landmarks of the park and keep a majestic watch over the valley.

Overnight in El Portal:

Yosemite View lodge

Day 9

Last day - drop vehicle back at San Francisco Airport for your trip back home

Today, you return to San Francisco airport.


Make an early start and explore some more, before you return your rental vehicle in time for your flight home.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £ 1195 Per person based on twin share basis

With Economy international flights from £ 1695 per person

* Additional charges apply locally

Car parking approximately extra $160 + tax paid locally

Price includes

  • Accomodation as per itinerary

  • Room only basis unless otherwise shown

  • All room only taxes included

  • Car hire for 9 days as shown based on a compact size car Alamo gold package(Please ask if you require SatNav at an extra cost)

  • ATOL protection (When taking international flights)

  • Driving distances are approximate

Additional Extra's

  • International Flights

  • Additional unscheduled excursions

  • local admission fees

  • Fuel

  • Additional car insurance

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties

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