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Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites
Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites
Francisca Kellett, Travel Editor at Tatler Magazine

Find out why California is Francisca’s all-time favourite.

First memories have a lot to answer for. My earliest is from San Francisco, tottering over the Golden Gate Bridge, terrifically pleased at the wind, the height, the sea, the rusty-redness of it all. That memory has never left me. It draws me back again and again. But San Fran and all its fog-blurred up-and-down gorgeousness is just a small slice of the Californian pie. There are the corduroy vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. There’s salt-washed, ocean-lashed Big Sur; the epic peaks of Yosemite and the moss-green giants of the redwood forests; the surfers, the hippies, the farmers, the Hollywood starlets. There’s nowhere else like it and I can’t wait to get back.

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California /Itineraries

Beverly Hills, Bora BoraFour Seasons Getaway

Close to Sunset Boulevard and the boutiques of Rodeo Drive, the Four Seasons is in prime position for your LA stay. Wine and dine at award-winning Culina and soak up the glamour of Beverly Hills. Go from city to oh-so-pristine beach at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. This is the South Pacific at ...

Cruise /Crystal Cruises - Coastal Collection

Cruise beneath the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to explore the treasures of the California Coast with Crystal Symphony. Explore San Diego's beaches and Monterey's Aquarium whilst enjoying Crystal's signature service, fine dining and expertise on board. Two days in Cabo San Lucas offers the opportunity ...

Cruise /Regent Seven Seas - Pacific North West Journey

Join Regent Seven Seas Mariner as she visits the ports of the Pacific North West, taking in the breathtaking Alaskan coastline. Enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco before setting sail for Astoria in Oregon, known as the 'Little San Francisco', this is the oldest American settlement west of ...

San Francisco, Sonoma Valley, Lake Tahoe, Carmel, Big Sur, SausalitoWinelands and Highlands

California’s personality spreads far and wide across this enticing state, from quaint vineyards to metropolitan delights.

Seattle, O'ahu, Maui, Hawaii - Big Island, Los AngelesPacific Wonders

For the ultimate Pacific island hopping experience, journey to the tropical playgrounds of the Hawaiian Islands. O’ahu, Maui and Hawai’i – Big Island are three contrasting islands, each with their own charm and welcoming aloha spirit. Complemented by the legendary Four Seasons service and ...

San Francisco, Yosemite, Pebble Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, San DiegoCoastal California

An iconic road trip through California’s highlights, including the dramatic cliffs of ‘Route 1’, the deep valleys and waterfalls of Yosemite and the bright lights of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

America’s West

An iconic road trip through California’s highlights, including the dramatic cliffs of ‘Route 1’, the deep valleys and waterfalls of Yosemite and the bright lights of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

California /Hidden Treasures

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California /Best Experiences

  • Take a break from your California fly drive with an historical pit stop at the Hearst Castle estate; this National Historical Landmark sits upon 'The Enchanted Hill' and is renowned for its elaborative architecture, legendary art displays and scenic hilltop views
  • Visit the sophisticated Newport Beach area for a spot of pampering; indulge in a luxury spa treatment or take advantage of the championship golf courses
  • Experience San Diego city and La Jolla Cove, from postcard-ready ocean sunsets to the vast array of wildlife in their free-roaming enclosures at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Savour speciality wine and local cheeses upon a guided Napa Valley wine tour of Castello di Amorosa, a 13th Century Tuscan castle and winery set amongst the flourishing vineyards in Calistoga
  • Visit the infamous Alcatraz Island for a tour of the federal penitentiary, which overlooks San Francisco Bay and The Golden Gate Bridge

California /When is the best time to visit California

Summer in California is hot and dry with cool evenings, whilst winter tends to be milder with a little rain between January and March. Winters in San Francisco can be chilly and foggy, whilst Los Angeles can be smoggy in the summer months. On Lake Tahoe, expect cold and snowy winters, and although summer days can be warm, the evenings can still be chilly. To guarantee the best prices for your luxury family holiday, we recommend booking at least a year in advance for the following summer holidays.

California /Reviews

I had always wished to pick up a car and drive care-free along the picturesque Golden Coast. I twisted and turned into the iconic boltholes of Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Diego and Laguna Beach to discover spectacular vistas, glittering beaches and delectable Californian cuisine. I had the most unforgettable experiences – here are my highlights from this cherished trip. ... more

I had always longed to experience the intoxicating blend of sun, sand and surf on Southern California’s Coastline. Santa Monica in March did not disappoint. This bolthole displays SoCal lifestyle at its most prominent - a beautiful golden sand beach that stretches for miles with an equally long path occupied with cyclists and rollerbladers, waves that are a magnet for surf enthusiasts and a variety of yoga classes on the doorstep. ... more

My California adventure was a self-drive itinerary visting some of the finest hotels on the west coast, including my personal favourite, Rancho Valencia.... more

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Approximate flight times
London to San Francisco/Los Angeles: 11 hours. London to San Diego: 11 hours 30 minutes
Time Difference
GMT -8 Hours

California /Essentials

Passports & Visas

The US Government has strict entry regulations which must be adhered to, and it is compulsory for all British Citizens to obtain an ESTA. It is also essential that you hold an ePassport with an integrated chip for travel to the USA.

Multi-centre Options

Hire a car and enjoy beaches, valleys, vineyards and culture on a California road trip of a lifetime. The excitement of Las Vegas and the desert oasis of Arizona are easily reached by air; you can even end your touring holiday with some time spent relaxing on the beaches of Los Cabos, Mexico.

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