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San Francisco, Napa Valley, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles / Sunsets and soft tops

Imagine the long open road, the shifting landscapes, and the buzz of adventure as you set off on this classic American road trip.

Journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, taking in 400 miles of welcoming beaches, iconic cities and all of the quirky, little-known places along the way. Relive the classic moments of your favourite books on this American highway journey, full of experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Over the 11 night itinerary, you will stay in stunning coastal ranches and five-star hotels. Take some time to explore and meet the locals who will teach you what it means to be a Californian. Feel the thrill of adventure as you sail on the Americas Cup yachts in San Francisco Bay. Go wine tasting in Napa Valley, eco-rafting in Monterey Bay and hiking in the Big Sur. Then enjoy a surf lesson in Santa Barbara and take the opportunity to gain rare access to some of Hollywood’s elite invitation-only events, like backstage at a Lakers game and behind the scenes on a film set. So, buckle up and create your own story.

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Nights 11
Destinations 5
Flights 2

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

Sunsets and soft tops

11nights

Day /1

Fly to San Francisco

Depart London and fly to San Francisco. On arrival transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco for a two night stay. Relax and unwind before you head out into the city’s vibrant Mission District for a tour around its best foodie establishments. We will set you up with one of the city’s top food guides who will take you to the trendy restaurants, cafés and Mexican taquerias that this neighbourhood is famous for.

Day /2

San Francisco

San Francisco

Head down to the wharf area, where the resident sea lions will be lounging on the piers. Here you’ll find your own private America’s Cup yacht. Whether you want to take the helm, or sit back and watch the crew work, this is one of the best ways to explore this city. Head out towards Alcatraz, which looms on the horizon, or journey beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue exploring landmarks into the afternoon like zig-zagging Lombard Street or Fisherman’s Wharf, or head out to Chinatown for dim sum and aromatic teas. Then explore the city by night – we love Haight Ashbury for quirky bars and craft beers, or Union Square for chic cocktails and glamour.

Day /3 - 4

Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Your hire car will be delivered this morning. First stop is Stinson Beach, where subject to tides, you’ll be introduced to artist Andres Amador, who creates dramatic ‘earthscapes’ in the sand, with the chance to have a go at creating your own masterpiece. Continue the journey to California’s wine nirvana, Napa Valley, where you will spend two nights at Meadowood. Here you can expect to hop aboard the wine train for a touch of vintage elegance, watching the sun rise during a spectacular dawn hot air balloon ride followed by a champagne picnic breakfast and a tour of the area’s top, though sometimes little-known, wineries and vineyards.

Day /5 - 6

Big Sur

Big Sur

Hit the wide-open road, heading south to historic Monterey Bay – enjoy an ocean safari with a marine biologist, looking for humpback whales, dolphins and sea otters. Continue south to the Big Sur, staying at Post Ranch Inn for the next two nights. Highlights here include a hike amongst the giant redwoods in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park with a naturalist, spotting black-tailed deer, raccoons, kingfishers and wild turkeys as you go. Relax back at the hotel, lie-back and watch the ocean, visit the spa or hit the links on the Spyglass Hill course at Pebble beach. Venture into Carmel for an evening stroll along the beach and dinner.

Post Ranch Inn

Day /7 - 8

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Continue your road trip down Highway One, hugging the coastline all the way to Santa Barbara – the land of endless beaches and cactus gardens. From the more rugged, vast country landscapes of your trip so far, this will be your first taste of old Hollywood glamour. Check-in to Belmond El Encanto, your home for the next two nights. Feel the thrill of the waves during a surfing lesson with a pro, followed by either relaxing on a sun lounger or hitting the city’s array of boutiques and galleries.

Belmond El Encanto

Day /9 - 11

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Next drive to Los Angeles, stopping at the historic Malibu Pier en route, where you might just be able to spot dolphins frolicking in the surf. LA is your base for the next three days – soak up the beach culture, satisfy your new-found thirst for the waves during a private paddle boarding lesson and cycle along the boardwalks to Venice Beach, past the beautiful bays and wide sandy stretches. Although staying at Hotel Bel Air, take a day trip to Catalina Island by return helicopter for awe-inspiring views. When you get there, go in search of bison on a 4x4 eco-adventure and sail around the coast. For your last day in the City of Angels we can gain you rare access to a television or movie set. You could also opt for exclusive access behind the scenes, meet the players, and watch a match courtside at an LA Lakers game.

Hotel Bel-Air

Day /12

Return home

Work up a sweat during a private session with a celebrity personal trainer – we will introduce you to one of the best in the city. Afterwards you’ll be able to savour your last few hours under the SoCal sun, before making your way to the airport and your overnight flight back to London.

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Whether it’s glamour and guest lists you desire, an escape to a place where no-one is watching and anything is possible, or an adventure that no-one has dared take before - you will have access to the top suites, the most beautiful locations and a world of exclusive privileges.

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We now live in an era of experience; it’s not just about where you can go, but who you can be and how you can feel. Carrier curate exceptional luxury travel experiences designed to fulfil your desires, dreams and goals, so bespoke you won’t find them anywhere else.

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