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9 day Essential California Coast
Prices From £659

Self Drive Tours
With Los Angeles to the south and San Francisco to the north, it’s not surprising that so many people choose to make the pilgrimage along California’s remarkable Highway 1. This scenic road links a string of quintessential Californian resorts, and offers a landscape of rolling hills, plunging cliffs and superb ocean views.
Departure Dates Daily
Includes 8 nights accommodation as stated or similar
8 days fully inclusive compact car hire
9 day Essential California Coast 9 day Essential California Coast

Days 1 & 2: San Francisco
Arrive in 'The City by the Bay', collect your car and make your own way to your accommodation for a two-night stay. Spend your time at leisure exploring this beautiful and entertaining city.
Overnight: Handlery Union Square
Days 3 & 4: San Francisco - Monterey
Begin your drive along the iconic coastal route to Los Angeles. Your first stop is two hours south of San Francisco in the relaxed coastal resort of Monterey. The journey to Monterey takes you along the scenic 17-Mile Drive, famous for its dramatic coastal scenery and exclusive luxury residences. Then continue to Carmel for a two night stay.
Overnight: Carmel Mission Inn
Day 5: Monterey - San Simeon
Hit 'Big Sur', the iconic and most famous stretch of Highway 1. Here, the journey is the main attraction as you cruise around the dramatic headlands and bays just above the crashing rollers of the Pacific Ocean. Your destination for the night is San Simeon / Cambria and close by is Hearst Castle; the palatial, opulent estate of former newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and a must see on your trip!
Overnight: BW Plus Cavalier Oceanfront or Cambria Pines Lodge
Day 6: San Simeon - Pismo Beach
The spectacular coastline continues south to Pismo Beach, the 'Clam Capital of California' and home to the annual Clam Festival every October.
Overnight: Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge
Days 7 & 8: Pismo Beach - Santa Barbara
Today's drive takes you to the charming seaside resort of Santa Barbara. Often referred to as the 'American Riviera' the attractive town dates from 1602, making it one of the oldest in California. Relax on the trendy beaches and explore the surrounding wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley.
Overnight: Best Western Pepper Tree Inn
Day 9: Santa Barbara - Los Angeles
Your journey ends with an easy drive into L.A. and on to Los Angeles Airport in time for your onward flight; or perhaps you will choose to extend your stay.
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