Ideal for a first time visitor to California, this suggested fly-drive holiday explores the sights and sounds of San Francisco, the wineries of Sonoma County and the breathtaking scenery of Yosemite National Park. Start your holiday in one of our favourite cities, San Francisco, where you can go on walking tours of the major sights, take a multitude of photos and explore famous Alcatraz Island.
Driving just an hour north to Sonoma County, visit family run wineries, dine at fantastic restaurants or even play golf. Spend a final few nights in Yosemite National Park where you can hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounded by nature and waterfalls.
Day 1 - San Francisco
Best explored on foot and by public transport, San Francisco is a diverse and multicultural city. Take photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, famous Lombard Street (the zig-zag road) or the ‘Painted Ladies’ on Alamo Square. Perhaps go on a walking tour of Chinatown or on a daytime excursion to Alcatraz Island. Be sure to ride one of San Francisco’s famous trams! Included in your holiday is a 48 hour hop on hop off bus tour of San Francisco and Alcatraz admission.
Day 4 - Sonoma County (45 miles)
Pick up your car this morning at a nearby location and drive just over an hour north of San Francisco to Sonoma County. Home to over 300 wineries, 40 Spas and many fine restaurants, Sonoma County is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenery. Visit small family-run wineries, dine at organic food restaurants and enjoy the outdoor life in Sonoma. There are many pretty towns to explore such as Santa Rosa and the coastline is a real treat in particular, the fishing village of Bodega Bay.
Day 6 - Yosemite National Park (200 miles)
Drive just over four hours from Sonoma Town to Yosemite National Park. Check into your hotel either inside or just outside the park where you will spend a few nights. A fantastic and breathtaking destination, there are plenty of outdoor activities to be enjoyed. For every level of walker or hiker there are many trails that can be explored with spectacular views.
Day 9 - Yosemite - San Francisco - UK (190 miles)
This morning drive under four hours back to San Francisco to drop your car off at the airport and catch your flight home.
4* HOTELS FROM £2095
5* HOTELS FROM £2620
San Francisco (3 nights)
Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel
Fairmont San Francisco
Sonoma (2 nights)
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Yosemite National Park (3 nights)
Based on two people sharing. Includes international flights from London to San Francisco and back on Virgin Atlantic Economy Class, eight nights accommodation on a room only basis, personalised fly-drive pack and car hire from day four pick up downtown San Francisco and drop off on day nine at San Francisco Airport.
48 Hour Hop On Hop Off bus tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz admission