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CALIFORNIA COAST - FAMILY DISCOVERY

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All our holidays can be tailor-made to meet your specific requirements.


Hollywood Sign
Santa Monica Pier
Beverly Hills
Santa Barbara
Learning To Surf In Santa Barbara
Old Mission - Santa Barbara
Dune Buggies - Pismo Beach
Elephant Seals - Piedras Blancas
Big Sur Coastal Drive
Big Sur Scenery
Carmel Valley
Bee-Keeping At Carmel Valley Ranch

California Coast - Family Discovery


The Central California Coast is the perfect choice for an action-packed family holiday. Our flexible California Coast Family Adventure takes in the best this well-travelled route has to offer. Stay sea-side at Santa Monica and stroll along the promenade watching street entertainers and on to the famous Santa Monica Pier. Spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, a real working film studio where you can go back stage and watch how movies and television productions are created. Be stunned at elaborate stage and stunts shows and get your heart pumping on movie-themed thrill rides.

For a calmer and more sedate experience, sit back and enjoy the relaxed Mediterranean scene at Santa Barbara, with historic missions, fabulous beaches and quaint tree-lined shopping streets. While here learn to surf. The famous Big Sur coastal drive starts for real at Pismo Beach, before starting the scenic drive, spend time racing around the dunes and beach in a dune buggy.

The Big Sur on California's rugged central coast offers one of the world's most dramatic coastal drives. there are many opportunities to stop and take in the breath-taking vistas and unique experiences such as Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. At family focused Carmel Valley Ranch you are free to enjoy the amenities, there is time to take a horseback ride across the meadows and redwood forests as well as become a bee-keeper at the resorts bee-hives.

Get aboard a unique low water sea vessel for a small group whale watching cruise, get up-close to sea otter, sea lions and dolphins and watch whales breach in the distance. In San Francisco hop on and off wherever you wish on the famous Big Bus Tour, travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and walk cell-lined corridors of the former high-security prison of Alcatraz.

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Santa Monica Pier
Day 1 - Travel to Los Angeles
Sit back and relax and enjoy the on board entertainment during your flight from the UK to Los Angeles. On arrival collect your rental vehicle and take the short drive to Santa Monica. Check in to your hotel and take a wander to the famous Santa Monica Pier, the endpoint of Route 66. Ride the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel or stroll up to Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian only parade of shops, cafes and restaurants.
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Day 2 - Universal Studios Front Of Line Pass
With your 'Front Of Line Pass' you get one front of line access to each attraction and priority seating at each of the shows so avoids timely queues so you can see more of Universal Studios Hollywood in your day. Spend a full action-packed day at this real working movie studio, go behind the scenes and see how movie sets work and marvel at the special effects. Get your adrenaline pumping on thrilling theme park rides and watch breath-taking stunt shows. 
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Santa Barbara From The Pier
Day 3 - Los Angeles - Santa Barbara (95 miles)
Affectionately known as the American Riviera, this charming Mediterranean inspired seaside town is less than a two hour drive north of Los Angeles and offers a wonderfully relaxed ambiance. This family friendly resort offers wonderful beaches including Butterfly Beach where celebrities often hang out, or for the more active family there are mountain bike and hiking trails and sailing trips out to the Channel Islands National Park.
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Learn To Surf In Santa Barbara
Day 4 - Santa Barbara Surfing Lessons
Join your instructor at Leadbetter Beach near Santa Barbara Marina to learn to surf, a fun family activity. You will learn to stand up on your board, balance and ride the perfect wave. Once you are ready paddle out with your instructor and put the skills you have just learned in to practice and surf back to shore. Visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and peruse the exhibits. Purchase a day pass for the Trolley Bus Tour that will transport you to some of Santa Barbara's highlights.
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Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas on The Big Sur
Day 5 - Pismo Beach Dune Buggy , Elephant Seals & Big Sur Coastal VIstas
Embark on a dune buggy adventure along on the sands and in the dunes of Pismo Beach. Continue along California's Central Coast on the famous scenic highway, The Big Sur. Stop off at Piedras Blancas where Elephant Seals laze on the beach year-round. The scenery along this coastal drive is spectacular so make sure you leave a good few hours to explore and stop off to enjoy the breath-taking vistas.
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Bee Keeping At Carmel Valley Ranch
Day 6 - Bee-Keeping at Carmel Valley Ranch
You may choose to just lay back and enjoy the range of family facilities at Carmel Valley Ranch or get out and explore one of the most charming and quaintest seaside towns in California, Carmel-by-the-Sea. A wonderful experience at Carmel Valley Ranch is experiencing bee-keeping. For dinner we recommend you drive in to the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and dine at one of the quaint restaurants or Hog's Breath Pub.
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Breaching Humpback Whale In Monterey Bay
Day 7 - Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure
Continue your self-drive adventure to San Francisco. Along the way stop off in the Monterey area for an exhilarating whale watching adventure, allowing you to see migrating whales and the abundance of marine life. Different times of year brings in different mammals but you can almost always see whales, sea otters and dolphins. You will arrive in to San Francisco late afternoon, so check in to your hotel and explore.
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Alcatraz
Day 8 - San Francisco Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour plus Alcatraz
The perfect way to get your bearings of San Francisco is on the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. There are 20 point where you can stop off along the whole route. From Fisherman's Wharf you will alight the short boat journey across the harbour to 'The Rock'. Explore the infamous former federal prison of Alcatraz on a self-guided tour. In the evening we recommend you visit the Mission District, a residential area where the main street is lined with unique boutiques and funky eateries. 
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Day 9 - Travel Home
The last day of your Family California Adventure, trundle up and down the hilly streets on a tram (cable car) or pick up some last minute shopping down on Market Street or one of the Outlet Malls on the outskirts of the city before dropping your rental vehicle off at the airport for your flight home or onward destination.

Tour Notes 


Price Includes

  • International flights from London to Los Angeles and return from San Francisco to London
  • 9 days intermediate sized car including full insurance and GPS
  • 2 nights at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica on a room only basis
  • VIP one day tickets for Universal Studios, Hollywood
  • 2 nights Harborview Hotel, Santa Barbara on a room only basis
  • 1.5hr Surfing lesson in Santa Barbara
  • Dune buggy adventure at Pismo Beach
  • 2 nights at Carmel Valley Ranch, on a room only basis
  • Bee-keeping experience at Carmel Valley Ranch
  • Whale watching adventure in Monterey Bay
  • 2 nights at Zetta Hotel, San Francisco on a room only basis
  • Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour in San Francisco
  • Ferry tickets and self guided tour of Alcatraz

Child prices start from £1695.00 per child up to 12 years when sharing accommodation with two adults.

Excursions Notes:

  • Universal Studio's Hollywood - Some rides and attractions have minimum height, age and weight restrictions. Some rides and attractions may not be suitable for pregnant women or those with back injuries.
  • Santa Barbara Surf Lessons - Minimum age requirement, 8yrs
  • Pismo Beach Dune Buggies - Not suitable for under 4yr olds. Drivers must be 16yrs and above and hold a full driving licence and accommpanied by an over 18yr old. Drivers cannot swap during the ride, if both participants wish to drive you must book a dune buggy per driver.
  • Activities included at Carmel Valley Ranch: Bee-keeping experience only suitable for children 6yrs and above.

    All attractions and excursions are subject to change and operate subject to suitable weather conditions.
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