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San Francisco, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles / California by air, land & sea

From the skyscrapers of world famous cities to the valleys of wine country, explore everything that is wonderful about California on this drive down the rugged west coastline.

Beginning in the diverse city of San Francisco, you’ll embark on a city tour of the major landmarks before being whisked off on a VIP sailing experience on a former America’s Cup yacht; where you’ll help the crew raise the jib and sail under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Go on to experience the luxurious tastes of Napa with a tour of three exclusive wineries followed by dinner at one of the best restaurants in the US. With a luxury convertible at your disposal, journey down the coast to Moss Landing for a private half-day ecoraft ocean safari where you’ll get up close to the magnificent marine life, before spending your evening in a Jacuzzi taking in panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean preparing for the next escapade, hiking Big Sur.

Continuing down the coast to Santa Barbara, the beauty of Santa Ynez Valley will be viewed on horseback; but not before discovering the beguiling scene of Hearst Castle emerging from the coastal mist. Last but not least, visit glamorous Los Angeles and Santa Monica, taking in the landmark sights from the Hollywood Sign to Bel Air with a private helicopter ride. The final day is all about the movies. We’ll arrange a tour at Warner Bros. Studios before ending your trip in true Hollywood fashion, on the red carpet of a movie premiere followed by attending the dazzling afterparty.

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Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing and includes: all Upper Class international flights, 10 nights accommodation, private transfers, selected excursions and meals as specified below. 

Meal basis: BB Bed & Breakfast

Price based on departures 03 April 2020. Price correct at time of publishing on 22 August 2019. 

This itinerary is only a suggestion - our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, tailor-made tours.

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Nights 10
Destinations 4
Flights 2

San Francisco, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles /Itinerary

California by air, land & sea

10nights

Day /1

San Francisco

Fly from London Heathrow to San Francisco with Virgin Atlantic. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the St. Regis San Francisco for a three-night stay. (BB)

The St Regis San Francisco

Day /2

San Francisco

San Francisco

The best way to see ‘the Paris of the West’ is by both land and sea. Accompanied by a personal guide, explore San Francisco’s most iconic locations including the three mile long Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach. Wander the city’s diverse neighbourhoods followed by a visit to Union Square and an oriental lunch in Chinatown. Next, take to the water on a private sailing experience aboard a former America’s Cup yacht, raising the colossal 2,200 square foot main sail. Take in the history of this coastal metropolis while passing below the Golden Gate Bridge and floating side by side with Alcatraz Island. (BB)

The St Regis San Francisco

Day /3

Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Commercially producing wine since 1861, indulge your inner foodie with a day touring the Napa Valley countryside and its exclusive selection of vineyards, accompanied by detailed insights from your in-the-know chauffeur. After exploring the grape vines of the region’s finest wines from fruity Merlots to smooth Chardonnays, settle down beneath the rolling hills to an epicurean picnic lunch. Dinner at a three Michelin Star restaurant ends the day in gourmet fare bliss before returning to San Francisco for your final night in the city. (BB)

The St Regis San Francisco

Day /4 - 5

Big Sur

Big Sur

With the wheel of a convertible at your fingers, journey down the twisting coastal roads leading to Big Sur. With curving canyons down to the open ocean, this region offers a host of diverse wildlife and terrain to be explored. A private ecoraft safari brings whales and dolphins closer than ever before while a trip to the Point Lobos wetlands gives ample opportunities to spot otters, seals and sea lions. Explore the lush greenery and flowing waterfalls that define Big Sur whilst hiking through Los Padres National Park to its most distinctive peak, Pico Blanco; where some 500 species of wildlife make this expanse of lavish flora their home. (BB)

Post Ranch Inn

Day /6 - 7

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Continuing your drive down California’s bewildering coast, stop off to watch vast seal colonies on secluded beaches before a detour to the enchanting Hearst Castle; the lavish estate home to an eclectic mix of art and architecture spanning a plethora of different centuries and styles. Arriving in Santa Barbara, saddle up to unearth the beauty of Santa Ynez Valley on horseback, absorbing the unparalleled views as you trot over the hillocks before sampling local wines from the surrounding vineyards. (BB)

Four Seasons The Biltmore

Day /8

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Continue on the home straight to the star studded city of Los Angeles where the laid-back glamour exudes from the hills of Bel Air down to the stars on the Walk of Fame. Get your bearings of this iconic metropolis with a tour of Beverly Hills and its expanse of shopping avenues or a private visit to the mansion of a Hollywood star. (BB)

Viceroy Santa Monica

Day /9

Santa Monica & Malibu

Santa Monica & Malibu

Leave the pavement behind as you take to the sky to tour the state’s most legendary landmarks. Soar in a private helicopter over the soundstages of Universal Studios and celebrity abodes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air before taking in unparalleled views of the Hollywood sign. Fly west over the golden beaches and vibrant pier of Santa Monica, continuing up the coast to land on a secluded plateau overlooking the Malibu shoreline. (BB)

Viceroy Santa Monica

Day /10

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Immerge yourself into the Hollywood movie scene with a day tour of Warner Bros. Studios. Begin at the Studio Plaza where your expert guide will share behind-the-scenes secrets and intricate details behind constructing a film set. Lunch in the Commissary Fine Dining Room surrounded by actors, producers and script writers before continuing on to the studio lot, the scenic artist’s Mill, the prop department and the Picture Car Vault; the latter two being home to rare antiquities props and iconic movie cars. Finally, step into the shoes of a movie star by walking the red carpet and attending the afterparty of a movie premiere, rounding the trip off in true Hollywood style. (BB)

Viceroy Santa Monica

Day /11

Return home

In time, make your way to the airport for your return flight home to London Heathrow.

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