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Coastal California

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San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz
San Francisco Tram
Lombard Street, San Francisco
Mission At Carmel-By-The-Sea
Carmel Valley
Big Sur
Big Sur
Elephant Seals On The Big Sur
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Mission

Overview


Explore California's coastline on this flexible self-drive holiday. Tour San Francisco on the city's Hop On Hop Off bus network taking in most of the major sights of this fascinating and vibrant city. Take the ferry across to Alcatraz for the self-guided tour of the prison cells and dining hall, learning what it was like to work or be a prisoner on 'The Rock'.

Take the road south to the quaint town of Carmel-By-The-Sea, bursting with character and offering a vast range of boutiques, eateries and pubs. Drive along one of America's most scenic coastal highways, the Big Sur, stopping at the many view points and observing elephant seals at Piedras Blancas.

Explore the Mediterranean-style seaside resort of Santa Barbara, Stole along the seafront and the pier, visit the charming shops of State Street. Santa Monica is Los Angeles premier beach destination, famous for Santa Monica Pier where Route 66 ends/starts. Shop til you drop on 3rd Street Promenade and watch fitness addicts work out at Santa Monica's Original Muscle Beach, a feature of the beach since the 1930's.

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Itinerary


Golden Gate Bridge
Day 1 - Travel to San Francisco
Take your flight from the UK to the hilly city of San Francisco. Transfer to your downtown hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
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Alcatraz
Day 2 - Alcatraz And San Francisco Sight-Seeing
San Francisco is a fascinating city, with many trendy suburbs, superb city-centre shopping, one of the largest Chinatown's outside of Asia and a beautiful harbour. To help get your bearings, take the Hop On Hop Off bus tour that allows you to travel to the city's most popular sights and get off and explore for as long as you wish. Take the ferry to Alcatraz for a self-guided tour of this eerie island. Wander the corridors of the prison with it's prison cells and visit the dining room, learn...
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San Francisco Tram
Day 3 - Explore San Francisco
San Francisco is famous for its tram or cable car network, purchase a One Day Visitor Passport and explore the city at your leisure. Start the day at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum containing historical and educational exhibits. Take a cab to Mission District, one of the city's trendiest neighbourhoods with street-side cafe's, chocolate factory, boutiques, cocktail bars and eateries.
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Monterey Marina
Day 4 - San Francisco - Carmel Valley (120 miles)
In the morning drive for less than three hours to Monterey or Carmel-by-the-Sea. Monterey, the more suited of the two to families, has a fantastic aquarium, several museums and lots of marine life. Carmel, as it is more commonly known, is a smaller town, easy to walk around and a popular destination for wealthy Californians. There are white beaches, lovely restaurants and cobbled streets.
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Big Sur Coastal Drive
Day 6 - Carmel - Santa Barbara (236 miles)
Begin the four and a half hour drive to Santa Barbara in the morning and upon arrival check into the hotel. On the way down to Santa Barbara, stop off at Hearst Castle in San Simeon to take a self-guided tour of this attraction. Santa Barbara, located only 100 miles outside of Los Angeles, is a perfect spot to enjoy the beaches, wineries, shopping, museums and Mexican restaurants of the area. Visit the Santa Barbara Mission and County Courthouse to see the architecture that the city has t...
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Santa Monica Pier
Day 8 - Santa Barbara - Santa Monica (91 miles)
The final destination on this fly-drive holiday is Santa Monica, an ideal location from which to explore Los Angeles and the surrounding spots. There are pedestrianised shopping streets where you can pick up last-minute bits, a long stretch of beach - home to the famous Muscle Beach, a lively pier with a Ferris wheel and an interesting art gallery, the Bergamot Station. Nearby attractions are Malibu, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey and Beverly Hills - for which you will need a car to explore.
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Day 10 - Los Angeles to London (15 miles)
Fly home from Los Angeles Airport or continue your holiday journeying further south in California to San Diego for a couple of nights in the heart of the city, refined La Jolla or charming Coronado Bay.
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