Golden California

Multi-Centre Fly-Drive Experience

Trip Highlights

Explore the hilly streets of San Francisco on foot or by historic cable car
Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to discover the premier wine region of Napa
Visit Monterey and Carmel, enjoying the scenery along picturesque 17-Mile Drive
Stop off for some thrills and fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland
Be wowed by pulsating Las Vegas before ending your journey in relaxed San Diego

Your Trip Includes

FREE airport to hotel transfer on arrival
FREE tank of fuel

Itinerary in detail

Day 1: San Francisco
On arrival in San Francisco, make your way to your centrally located hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to settle in and have a wander around.
Day 2: San Francisco
Today is free to discover some of San Francisco’s highlights. Browse the markets of Fisherman’s Wharf, walk the hilly streets or hop on a cable car and visit Chinatown, the Japan Centre and Embarcadero, looking out for the island of Alcatraz as it glares back at you across the Bay.
Day 3: San Francisco
This morning, we recommend collecting your rental car and making the two-hour drive to Napa Valley, the more scenic route taking you over the Golden Gate Bridge. Napa’s rolling California hills are considered to be the premier wine growing region in the United States.
Day 4: San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel (126 miles)
This morning, head south from San Francisco to Monterey, with its own Fisherman’s Wharf and historic Cannery Row. Then take the famed 17-Mile Drive to Carmel, marvelling at the magnificent coastline before visiting Carmel’s 18th-century Spanish mission.
Day 5: Monterey/Carmel – San Simeon (246 miles)
Today is probably the most scenic of your entire journey as you continue south along the spectacular coastline, through the Big Sur peninsula and on to San Simeon, where you should make time to visit Hearst Castle.
Day 6: San Simeon – Solvang – Malibu – Anaheim (208 miles)
Farther south still lies the quaint town of Solvang, the influence of the Danish settlers who founded it still very much alive. Take a look at famous Malibu Beach and, if you have time, visit Universal Studios Hollywood before ending the day in Anaheim, 45 minutes south of Los Angeles.
Day 7: Anaheim
Today is free, and if you’ve never been to a Disney theme park, now’s your chance. Walt Disney’s magical Disneyland remains one of Southern California’s top attractions, offering entertainment and excitement for young and old alike.
Day 8: Los Angeles Area – Las Vegas, Nevada (280 miles)
Head east through the Mojave Desert to visit Calico Ghost Town, before continuing on through the rugged landscape to Las Vegas, where the neon lights, 24-hour entertainment and world-class dining await.
Day 9: Las Vegas (Grand Canyon optional)
Don’t miss the chance to visit one of the seven natural wonders of the world, The drive via Lake Mead to the awesome 277-mile Grand Canyon, with the mighty Colorado River below, is worth every minute.
Day 10: Las Vegas – San Diego, California (336 miles)
Drive south past Lake Elsinore to the picturesque town of Temecula, then head through rolling hills and vineyards on your way to San Diego, popular for its year-round sparkling weather and relaxed way of life.
Day 11: San Diego
Today is free to visit attractions such as Balboa Park, the delightful Old Town, SeaWorld, which is the largest park in the world devoted to marine life, Coronado Beach, the San Diego Zoo, and Seaport Village.
Day 12: San Diego – Los Angeles (120 miles)
Today your journey ends and you can choose between flying home, flying onwards from San Diego or making the two-and-a-half-hour drive north back to Los Angeles.
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