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Fly Drive: Golden California

From €1599pp
Once in a lifetime California driving holiday!
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
Price based on travel in March. Other dates also available.
Duration
11 Nights
Destination
USA
Price
From €1599pp
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Fly to San Francisco and drive down the beautiful California coast, calling at Carmel, Monterey, Big Sur, Malibu, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Las Vegas before ending this incredible holiday in San Diego.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk along the railings of San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Marvel at 17-Mile Drive’s the Lone Cypress
  • Experience California’s Central Coast splendour on Highway 1
  • Enjoy Danish-style hospitality in Solvang
  • Get closer to the stars at TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a Hollywood landmark
  • Enjoy 24 Hour entertainment in glittering Las Vegas
  • Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California
*Admission fees not included

Day 1 SAN FRANCISCO ARRIVAL

Arrive at San Francisco International Airport, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel.   

Day 2 SAN FRANCISCO

You are free to enjoy this fascinating city today. Walk through the narrow crab markets of Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy sidewalk dining. Charming neighborhoods greet you at every turn with their elegant architecture. See Chinatown, the Japan Center, and the Embarcadero. Looming in the middle of the bay is the ominous island of Alcatraz, housing the infamous prison.    

Day 3 SAN FRANCISCO

A full day to explore San Francisco, or the rolling hills of California's Wine Country, Napa Valley, where famed wineries welcome you for tours and tastings. Established in 1828, this fertile area is considered the premier wine growing region in the United States. 

1 Night     

Day 4 SAN FRANCISCO - MONTEREY/CARMEL

Drive south to Monterey where you can stroll along Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. The 17-Mile Drive toll road along the Peninsula Coast from Pacific Grove to Carmel boasts magnificent seaside scenery. Visit Carmel Mission, founded in 1770. 

1 Night     

Day 5 MONTEREY/CARMEL - CENTRAL COAST

One of the most scenic drives of your journey today takes you along the California coast through the Big Sur peninsula to San Simeon. Make time to visit Hearst Castle or to take a hike along one of the many well maintained trails near Pfeiffer State Beach. 

2 Nights   

Day 6 CENTRAL COAST - SOLVANG - MALIBU - LOS ANGELES AREA

Drive down the coast to Solvang, a unique town founded by Danish immigrants. Solvang is a quaint village in the Santa Ynez valley surrounded by local wineries and famous for its bakeries and specialty shops. Drive by Malibu and Santa Monica to Los Angeles. If you plan to arrive in Los Angeles early, we suggest a visit to Universal Studios before continuing to your hotel.    

Day 7 LOS ANGELES AREA

A full day at leisure. Today we suggest a full-day visit to Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. Known as one of the top tourist attractions in Southern California, Disneyland attracts millions of visitors from all over the world and offers pleasures for young and old alike. Or, simply discover Los Angeles, including Hollywood and Beverly Hills. 

2 Nights   

Day 8 LOS ANGELES AREA - LAS VEGAS

Today drive east through the Mojave Desert and the ghost town of Calico en route to the glittering Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas. Once an oasis on the route to California, Las Vegas began as a Mormon settlement and boomed fleetingly during the silver rush. Today Las Vegas is one of the great gambling capitals of the world, with 24-hour entertainment and world-class dining.    

Day 9 LAS VEGAS (GRAND CANYON OPTIONAL)

A full day at leisure for you to either take a short drive to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, or see one of the great natural wonders of the world, the spectacular Grand Canyon, on an optional day trip by air. In form, glowing color, and geological significance, the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is unsurpassed. The canyon is 277 miles long, averages 10 miles in width from rim to rim and is 5,700 feet deep. 

2 Nights     

Day 10 LAS VEGAS - SAN DIEGO

Drive south past Lake Elsinore to the picturesque town of Temecula. Enjoy famed rolling hills and vineyards on your way to San Diego, popular for its year-round sparkling weather and relaxed living.   

Day 11 SAN DIEGO

A full day to discover some of San Diego's attractions such as: Balboa Park, 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 -  DEPARTURE

Return your car at the San Diego Airport before your departure flight.

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Flights to San Francisco, returning from San Diego including taxes
  • Car Hire
  • 1 x 20kg checked-in luggage
  • 11 nights accommodation on a room only basis

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Day Trips & Excursions
  • Car upgrades
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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