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California Dreamin’ Fly / Self Drive – San Francisco, Santa Monica, Monterey, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe

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California Coast 450px Total 14 nights


Day 1
Arrival San Francisco

Depart London Heathrow - 11:30

Arrive Los Angeles - 14:35

Journey Time 11 hours 5 minutes

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

Arrive in San Francisco, the beautiful city by the bay. Frank Lloyd Wright once said “What I like most about San Francisco is San Francisco”! That says it all and you’ll have 3 nights and 2 full days to fully explore and enjoy this amazing city Transportation to downtown San Francisco is readily available via taxi (approximately $50 ) or by shared van (approximately $16 per person).

Overnight - San Francisco


Day 2 & 3
San Francisco 

Two full days to explore San Francisco: Union Square, Nob Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park. Enjoy a breathtaking ride on a cable car, rent a bike, take a bay cruise or visit the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Between the sightseeing choices, shopping and restaurant opportunities your visit will be full and memories bountiful!

Overnight - San Francisco


Day 4
San Francisco to Sacramento

Today is a short drive (1.5 - 2 hours) to Sacramento, the capitol of California. Sacramento is a city of history as the epicenter of the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the last stop on the Pony Express. Sacramento’s Old Town takes you back in time with its wooden sidewalks false front buildings and old west charm. It’s well worth a visit to the state capitol building surrounded by the Capital Park with trees from around the world, beautiful flowers and walking/jogging paths.

Overnight - Sacramento 


Day 5
Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

A leisurely morning to further enjoy Sacramento or a little extra sleep! Today is a short 100 mile journey to beautiful South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy casinos, dining, entertainment and spa services at the Montblue Resort!

Overnight - South Lake Tahoe


Day 6 & 7
South Lake Tahoe at Leisure 

South Lake Tahoe is located on the Stateline of Nevada and California with casinos on one side (Nevada) and everything else you would want in a vacation destination on the other side (California). Located on the shores of the largest Alpine Lake in North America you’ll enjoy stunning views of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, groves of pines, clean mountain air and beautiful sunsets! Plenty of time over the next two days to enjoy summer outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, boating or relaxing in the hotel spa.

Overnight - South Lake Tahoe


Day 8
South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

Today travel across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and beautiful Tioga Pass as you make your way to Yosemite National Park. Just before turning onto the Tioga Pass we suggest a stop at Mono Lake, a majestic body of salt water over 700,000 years old and saltier than seawater. Continue over Tioga Pass with its spectacular scenery into the Yosemite Valley.

Overnight - Yosemite


Day 9 & 10
Yosemite at Leisure

We suggest a visit to the visitor center to pick up the latest information on hiking and activities in the park. You won’t want to miss the drive to Glacier Point for spectacular views of waterfalls and glacier-carved granite peaks. As you first arrive on the Yosemite Valley floor, you’ll see that there is a one-way loop road that travels in a counter clockwise direction. As the valley floor opens in front of you, you will see El Capitan to the far left, and Yosemite Falls and Half Dome at the eastern end of the Valley. This is a great place to stop for panoramic photos. You may wish to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and Wilderness Center located in the Yosemite Village that provides detailed trip-planning information, books, exhibits and audiovisual programs. An orientation film called “Spirit of Yosemite” is shown in the Valley Visitor Center Theater.

Overnight - Yosemite


Day 11
Yosemite to Monterey

Heading back to the Pacific Coast, travel across the San Joaquin Valley, known as California’s breadbasket. We suggest a stop in San Juan Bautista at their historical fruit stand to buy fresh fruit and local specialties and a visit to the Old Mission San Juan Bautista, one of the original Spanish Missions. Continue to Monterey, your home for the next two nights.

Overnight - Monterey


Day 12
Monterey at Leisure

A full day to explore the Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Grove and Carmel area famous for Cannery Row, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach and more. We suggest an afternoon visit to the world-famous 17-mile Drive, home to the Lone Cypress and Pebble Beach Golf Course. The 17-mile drive connects with the quaint village of Carmel where you can stroll down Ocean Avenue to explore the eclectic shops and cafes.

Overnight - Monterey


Day 13
Monterey to Santa Monica

A full day of driving and sightseeing with an opportunity to travel a portion of the famous and spectacular Highway 1 winding through countless state parks and picturesque small towns. A scenic arrival to the Los Angeles are via Highway 1 as you pass through famous Malibu Beach before arriving to Santa Monica.

Overnight - Santa Monica


Day 14
Santa Monica at Leisure

Beautiful, ocean side Santa Monica is convenient to everything that is happening in southern California.

 Overnight - Santa Monica


Day 15
Depart Los Angeles

Today your adventure comes to an end with your departure flight.

As hotel check-out time is 11:00 am you can leave your bags with the hotel bell-desk while you do any last minute shopping or sightseeing.

Depart Los Angeles - 21:30

Arrive London Heathrow - 15:50*

Journey Time - 10 hours 20 minutes
* = Next Day Arrival

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

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Introduction

Another solo California itinerary! On this tour you take in the best of the California coast whilst also seeing more of the central cities including the capital Sacramento and the beautiful Lake Tahoe, all after three fantastic nights in the magnificent San Francisco. With three nights in Yosemite National Park you have time to experience the vast beauty Yosemite has to offer at a relaxed pace before heading to the refreshingly laid back seaside town of Monterey. You will then drive down the awe-inspiring Big Sur to Santa Monica where you will finish your tour. Get ready to spend 14 fantastic days in The Golden State!

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Accommodation

Your experiences will be varied and that goes for our choice of accommodation too. We've handpicked properties to compliment this wonderful California holiday. All are properties we know and trust to deliver just what's required on a fly drive holiday like this. We offer two levels of hotel categories to choose from depending on your preference & budget; 'Moderate' & 'Superior'. Of course we can work on any number of variations for this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless…We would be glad to prepare a personalised quote for you on request.

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Financial Protection

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

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Note: ‘From’ prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in low season and are subject to availability. Click the 'Quick Enquiry' tab above or call us today on 0115 9610590 for an instant price based on your specific travel dates / travel party requirements

 Hotel CategoryModerateSuperior
No. of nightsPrices From...£2499£3249
3San FranciscoHotel AdagioWestin St. Francis (Traditional Room)
1SacramentoBest Western Plus Sutter HouseCitizen Hotel
3Lake Tahoe SouthMontbleu Resort Casino & SpaHyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort
3Yosemite National ParkYosemite View Lodge (Mountain View)Yosemite View Lodge (River View)
2MontereyMariposa Inn & SuitesIntercontinental The Clement Monterey
2Santa MonicaBest Western Plus GatewayWyndham Santa Monica on the Pier

 

'California Dreamin'' inclusions:

  • Scheduled non-stop flights
  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • Accommodation - 14 nights as mentioned or similar.
  • Compact car rental based on Alama 'Gold Rate' - 14 days rental
  • Comprehensive travel documentation and information package, daily driving descriptions and directions to hotels (deposited at first hotel)

Extra Fees

Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fee' which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable by yourselves directly to hotel at check out.

Amendments

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Hotel Availability

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Weather

During this fly drive tour you will pass through a variety of different climates which vary dramatically throughout the year. For this reason we recommend you take layered clothing so than you can be as adaptable to the current conditions as possible. During the summer months June - October the weather should be favourable in all areas. During the autumn/winter months, October-May weather is less predictable and snowfall and road closures are common around Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. Conditions are often still pleasant in San Francisco and Santa Monica at this time.

Best days to travel, seat assignments, special requests and flight upgrades

British Airways operate non-stop flights daily to San Francisco and Los Angeles so subject to availability you can select the travel date that best suits you. Should you wish to fly with an alternative carrier we would also be happy to prepare a quote for you. Where available we will be delighted to take care of any special meal requests on your flights (vegetarian, child meals etc) – please discuss with us at the time of booking. We have exceptional deals on upgrades with British Airways to World Traveller Plus, Club World and FIRST. We have discounted prices for British Airways regional flights to Heathrow, please ask for details and if you are flying from Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

Ready to Book?

Call our booking line on 0115 961 0590 (Mon-Fri. 09.00-18.00 or Sat 10.00-17.00) or email us.
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Hawaii add-on 

From £699 per person

Paradise awaits...

Extend your trip with a visit to the beautiful island of Oahu, the Heart of Hawaii. Oahu is home to the State capital of Honolulu, which offers magnificent palaces, museums and art galleries as well as the world famous Waikiki Beach. Indulge in world class hotels, shopping and dining and visit the Memorial of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor or the Polynesian Cultural centre to experience the rich island tradition.

6 days/ 5 nights add-on to include: Roundtrip Transpacific flights (Between Mainland USA & Hawaii), Lei Meet & Greet at airport in Hawaii, Round-trip Airport Transfers and 5 nights hotel accommodation*

*'From' price based upon a Standard room at the Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel, Oahu (Upgrade options available)... Contact us for more details

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