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San Francisco, California Coast & Los Angeles Fly-Drive holiday


Day 1 - UK to San Francisco

Fly from London to San Francisco, arriving later the same day - departures from other UK airports are also available, of course. On arrival in to San Francisco make your way to your chosen hotel, for a three night stay - we’re very accommodating when it comes to how long you spend in each location, so if three nights here isn’t spot-on for you, just let us know!

Days 2-3 - San Francisco

Enjoy getting to know San Francisco better over the coming few days. The redeveloped waterfront at Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to explore, with its restaurants and shops, great museums and iconic sea lions (California law gives them first dibs on the best locations!) It’s worth noting that one of the city’s most renowned attractions - Alcatraz - must be prebooked if you're intending to visit.

Day 4 - San Francisco to Monterey

Collect your rental car from the San Francisco depot, and head out of town towards Monterey. We’d suggest following Pacific Highway 1 along the coast via Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz (approx 120 miles / 2 hours 30 mins, plus stops), but if you fancy heading in the wrong direction then start by driving north across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to take in the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore, before retracing your steps south. On arrival in to Monterey check in to your hotel for a two night stay.

Day 5 - Monterey

Spend the day exploring Monterey, a working class town with its eyes on the sea - the aquarium is impressive and developments such as Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf have added appeal.

Day 6 - Monterry to Pismo Beach

Continue along Pacific Highway 1 to Pismo Beach (approx 150 miles / 3 hours, plus stops) - there’s a lot to see on the way, and we’d suggest making stops at Carmel, Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery, San Simeon & Hearst Castle, and San Luis Obispo on the way. The section along Big Sur is particularly dramatic, so allow plenty of time! Check in to your hotel in Pismo Beach for a two night stay.

Day 7 - Pismo Beach

Relax in Pismo Beach today, taking in the laid-back charms of this seaside town - the beach is wide and glorious. For a detour with a difference, head to the dunes at Guadalupe, where the Lost City of DeMille - a movie set from The Ten Commandments - is buried beneath the sand.

Day 8 - Pismo Beach to Los Angeles

Continue onwards to Los Angeles (approx 200 miles / 3 hours 15 mins, plus stops), with lots to see on the way. We’d head to the coast at Gaviota to avoid the busiest roads, and take in quirky Solvang on the way - mini-Denmark in California! Swanky Santa Barbara, exclusive Malibu and LA-on-sea Santa Monica are all on the way. On arrival in to LA drop your car off at the airport car hire depot and grab a cab to your chosen hotel, for a three night stay. A full range of hotels is available, and alternative durations are also possible.

Days 9-10 - Los Angeles

Enjoy getting to know Los Angeles better over the coming few days. Do bear in mind that LA is spread over a vast area, so allow plenty of time for getting around. Downtown has seen a major revival in recent years and the area is home to excellent entertainment venues (check out the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall), restaurants & bars, as well as glamorous architecture and plenty of museums.

Day 11 - Return

Make your way to Los Angeles airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the next day.

2022 package holidays to San Francisco, California Coast and Los Angeles fly-drive Holiday prices are per person based on two sharing, including flights and accommodation, and are subject to availability. Flights from London - other departures also available, call for details. Holiday ref J0420W.

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Explore the beautiful California Coast with this short California fly-drive, working your way from San Francisco to Los Angeles with stops in Monterey and Pismo Beach - travel via Carmel, Big Sur, Malibu, Santa Barbara and more.

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