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Highlights of California Road Trip

A 2 week road trip taking in some of California's absolute highlights. Visit vibrant San Francisco before heading off for a dose of the great outdoors and mountains in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Then swap your walking shoes for flip flops & cruise the Pacific Coast Highway.

Tailor-made 2 weeks

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $961 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Sample the latest trendy cuisine in foodie San Francisco
  • Find the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley
  • Paddle the crystal clear waters on Lake Tahoe
  • Hike amongst giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park
  • Hit the beach on the Pacific Coast Highway
This holiday begins in San Francisco, a diverse city with a proudly independent streak. While here, you won't want to miss some of the famous highlights, including cycling the Golden Gate Bridge, riding a cableway and cruising the bay area. Don't forget to leave time for exploring the many restaurants and lively bar scene. During your stay, we can arrange a guided wine trip out to Napa and Sonoma valleys where you can visit some boutique wineries. Leaving San Francisco behind, your road trip then continues to Lake Tahoe, a large fresh water lake in the High Sierra Mountains. Famous as a ski resort during the winter, this is becoming a popular domestic tourist destination due to its lovely climate, crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches. During your stay, you can rent kayaks or paddles boards and meander along the shore line, exploring hidden beaches and coves. For those who prefer something a little more high octane, there is some exhilarating mountain biking in the area, which we thoroughly recommend.

From Lake Tahoe, you continue your holiday with a visit to one of the most amazing National Parks in the USA; Yosemite. During you stay, you will want to visit all of the famous view points and also the giant trees. We will also arrange a day with one of our local guides, who will take you away from the crowds and will tell you all about the geology and wildlife of this unique place.

From the mountains, you then head to the coast to explore a section of the Pacific Coast Highway. Pismo Beach is a great place to try your hand at surfing. If you're not that way inclined, then you can sit back and watch other people trying to surf from the comfort of your spot on the beach. While you're there, be sure to try out the local seafood, Pismo Beach is known as the clam capital of California.

The last port of call on your road trip is Santa Monica, famed for its pier, beaches and being the last stop on the Route 66. Here you can roller blade, cycle, and sun bathe to your heart's content, or use this as your base to explore Los Angeles & Hollywood.

Day-by-day

Please note, this trip is entirely customisable. We can extend this trip to 2 weeks, or add an extension to Las Vegas if required. Please contact us for details.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive San Francisco
Day 2 San Francisco
Day 3 San Francisco (optional wine tour)
Day 4 Drive to Lake Tahoe
Day 5 Lake Tahoe
Day 6 Lake Tahoe
Day 7 Drive to Yosemite
Day 8 Yosemite Guided Hike
Day 9 Yosemite
Day 10 Drive to Pismo Beach
Day 11 Pismo Beach
Day 12 Pismo Beach
Day 13 Drive to Santa Monica
Day 14 Santa Monica
Day 15 Depart

Full Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive San Francisco
You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel

Day 2 San Francisco
Today you are at leisure in San Francisco. You might want to catch a cable car up to Fisherman's Wharf and wander down to pier 39 to see the sealions. If you have the energy, we suggest cycling all the way to Sausalito, where you can enjoy a relaxing lunch with fabulous views of San Francisco across the water. If you want to visit Alcatraz, make sure you have booked in advance.

Day 3 San Francisco (optional wine tour)
Today you have the option to go on a wine tour. You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and transferred in a small minibus, which can carry a maximum of 13 people. During the tour, you will visit 4 - 6 boutique wineries in the Napa and/or Sonoma Valleys. You will be visiting a mix of smaller and larger wineries and will also have a chance to request stops along the way.

Day 4 Drive to Lake Tahoe
After a leisurely morning, you can pick up your hire car and drive to Lake Tahoe. You might want to stop off in Placerville along the way to see where the gold rush began.

Day 5 Lake Tahoe
Today is a free day to enjoy all that Lake Tahoe has to offer. We suggest that you go to one of the local beaches and rent a kayak or stand up paddle board.

Day 6 Lake Tahoe
Another free day at Lake Tahoe. We can arrange mountain biking for you, or you can spend the day relaxing at the beach.

Day 7 Drive to Yosemite
Today you will drive to your hotel close to Yosemite National Park. The drive will take approximately 4 hours, passing first through Nevada before you reach Lake Mono with the bizarre salt formations. From here, the scenery keeps getting better as you reach Yosemite National Park, with some amazing views. We suggest you bring a picnic with you to enjoy at one of the many view points along the way.

Day 8 Yosemite Guided Hike
You will meet your guide in the Yosemite Valley in the morning. You will have a full day together. Depending on what your preferences are, you can either go for a day hike, or a gentler walk taking in some of the less well known areas of the park.

Day 9 Yosemite
You might want to go back into the Valley today to visit some of the famous viewpoints in the park. Glacier Point is a particularly beautiful spot with jaw dropping views of the Half Dome. Don't forget your swimming costumes, as there are several opportunities for river swimming along the way; the perfect way to cool off.

Day 10 Drive to Pismo Beach
Today you will drive down to the Pacific Coast for some beach time.

Day 11 Pismo Beach
You might be too busy hitting the surf today, but if you wanted to do more exploring, then you could go north to Hearst Castle, an example of 1920's decadence. We recommend you go early to avoid the crowds. If you are a wine lover, you might want to head inland today to Santa Barbara Wine Country. There are numerous vineyards around where you can taste that local speciality, Pinot Noir. There are several local companies offering a shuttle service, so you don't need to worry about driving. If you are staying on a Thursday night, be sure to drive to nearby San Luis Obispo for their famous farmers night market.

Day 12 Pismo Beach
A day to spend relaxing at the beach. You could drive north for a couple of hours to see the wild beaches at Big Sur, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the ocean views.

Day 13 Drive to Santa Monica
Today you will head south to sunny Los Angeles, where you will be based at the Beachside location of Santa Monica. We recommend stopping off for lunch in Santa Barbara along the way.

Day 14 Santa Monica
Today you might want to rent rollerblades or bikes and explore the promenade next to the beach. Alternatively, you could drive into Hollywood and spot celebrities on the walk of fame.

Day 15 Depart
Today is your departure day. You will need to leave your car at the rental returns and make sure you leave plenty of time to check in for your flight.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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7/10

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Price rating 4

- Union Square location
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Fitness Centre
- Excellent mid-range option

Our rating

7/10

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Price rating 4

- Good value hotel
- Union Square Location
- Modern rooms
- Swimming Pool

Our rating

9/10

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Price rating 2

- Great value
- Roof-top hot tub
- Modern, cheerful & fun decor
- Fantastic breakfast included

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8/10

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Price rating 5

- Family friendly
- Gorgeous Pool Complex
- Minutes from Lake Tahoe
- Mountain Location

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9/10

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Price rating 4

- Delightful cabin accommodation
- Forest location
- On the edge of Yosemite
- Large swimming pool

Our rating

8/10

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Price rating 4

- Excellent location
- Spacious rooms
- 3 outdoor pools

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7/10

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- Oceanfront hotel
- Family Friendly
- Direct Beach Access

Our rating

7/10

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Price rating 4

- Art deco, historic hotel
- Great location

Our rating

7/10

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Price rating 5

- luxurious option
- 2 pools
- chic & spohisticated decor

Details

Getting there

This holiday begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles. Both of these destinations are serviced by direct flights from the UK with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. From November to March, flights will cost from £670, April - June, these prices increase to from £770 and then in the peak season they jump to £1,100, but there may be better prices available during the sales. It is often cheaper to fly mid-week, rather than at the weekend. Please get in touch for a quote.

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  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
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    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
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    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

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    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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