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Pacific Coast essentials

  • Palm trees against the clear blue sky
San Francisco – Big Sur – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles

Pacific Coast

Four of the state’s most famous locations, three days driving a luxury two-seater convertible, and one iconic road trip – this is how Carrier does California.

Start off your journey with a classic – San Francisco. From the depths of the city and its waters to the vineyards that surround it, get to know both the famous hotspots and lesser-known gems as you kick off your journey.

The wild Big Sur is up next, all dramatic cliffs and raw beauty, while the Riviera-esque hub of Santa Barbara follows closely – tempting with horseback rides and more winery visits. Your journey along the Pacific Coast Highway ends in Tinseltown itself, spilling the secrets of the movie industry over a studio lot lunch after the city is experienced from soaring new heights.

Busy street car in San Francisco
Lifeguard hut on Manhatten Beach in Los Angeles
Windmill in the middle of a vineyard

Where you’ll be going

Get to know where you'll be exploring in California, from the bright lights of its iconic cities to the changing faces of the north’s national parks.

  • Golden Gate Bridge with leaves in foreground
    San Francisco Bay Area

    This pocket-rocket of a city packs a lot into its borders. Sightseeing here can take up a day or two with the likes of the Victorian Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, but it has an educational side too with its Exploratorium and academy of sciences. Not to mention the winelands of Napa and Sinoma.

    Stay at: The St. Regis San Francisco
  • Cars on road through Big Sur at sunset
    Big Sur

    Think of California’s wild side and you’re probably thinking of Big Sur. A natural wonderland where streams become beach-side waterfalls and the iconic Bixby Bridge is dwarfed by the mountains it stands between.

    Stay at: Post Ranch Inn
  • Rooftop view on Santa Barbara street in California
    Santa Barbara

    Bringing an urban twist to the ‘American Riviera’s’ Med-chic atmosphere, Santa Barbara’s downtown Funk Zone highlights all things local – from creative collectives to a delectable wine trail.

    Stay at: El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara
  • View of Griffith Observatory with LA skyline in background
    Los Angeles & Santa Monica

    Los Angeles is the home to stars of film, music and all things golden. Known as the ‘city of angels’ its celestial bodies come in the form of Beverley Hills’ luxury shops and walking in Hollywood’s footsteps at Universal Studios. However there is a wholesome side, with a hearty bond to healthy cuisine (including Malibu’s sensational seafood) and a proud LGBTQ+ community in Santa Monica.

    London West Hollywood At Beverly Hills


    • Gateway to Universal Studios Hollywood
      Go behind-the-scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood and walk the red carpet of a movie premier.

      A tour of the studio complex revealing the famous TV sets precedes a three-course lunch in the Commissary Fine dining Room. Then it’s time to explore what happens post-production, discovering what goes into set design, props and special effects. The evening later holds even more glam as the red carpet of a movie premier and the after-party awaits.

    • Head into San Francisco’s wine country to tour some of the off-the-beaten-track vineyards.

      Gourmet picnic packed, settle into a chauffeur driven car where your driver turns guide as they point out all the hotspots en-route. The vineyards on the agenda are less mainstream than most, making for a more intimate and relaxed adventure and more vintages to try.

    • Seals on rock in the middle of the ocean
      Get a closer look at California’s marine life on an eco-raft.

      Guided by an expert captain, take to a private former military patrol vessel to cruise the waters of Monterey Bay, seeking out its abundance of wildlife. Whales are in droves, from humpbacks and orcas to blues and venturing to either Point Lobos or Elkhorn Slough introduces the animals of the wetlands like otters, seals and sea lions.

    • Street cars passing in San Francisco
      Hop on a cable car to explore the unique neighbourhoods of San Francisco.

      From the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf with its bustling Pier 39, to the pretty Painted Ladies and Chinatown home to the largest Chinese community outside Asia, a guide leads the way in discovering the rich history of this iconic city.

Itinerary essentials
  • 11
  • Apr - Nov
  • 11hrs 05min
    LHR - SFO
  • 10hrs 35min
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