follow the iconic Highway 1 down the coast to explore one of the most geographically diverse coastlines the United States has to offer!
Day 1-3: San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and begin your California adventure. Spend two nights at taking in the incredible diversity of this amazing city. Tour the infamous Alcatraz Island at night. During the day, explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks with an expert guide. Then head on an private culinary excursion, tasting the mouth-watering delights found in the Ferry Building along the embarcadero with its farm-to-table tradition. Chinatown and the Mission District won’t disappoint either with their wide array of ethnic delicacies.
Day 3-4: Carmel and Big Sur
Pick up your rental car and begin your drive down picturesque Highway 1, arriving approximately 2.5 hours later at the relaxing in its idyllic surrounding. In the morning, embark on an adrenalin-filled eco-raft ocean safari with an expert naturalist guide. Get close to the the magnificent whales in the area, including humpbacks, orcas, blue whales, dolphins, seabirds, and seals.
Day 4-5: Santa Barbara
In the afternoon, continue your scenic drive along the coast to the “Riviera of America”, Santa Barbara. Along the way, explore the famous Hearst Caste, arriving in Santa Barbara in the late afternoon. Your time here is yours to relax amid sun-splashed stucco and red-tile roofs under swaying palms and what better place to do it than at the. If you have spare time on your hands, walk through the city’s charming streets or head to the quaint sea-side zoo for some animal fun.
Day 5-8: Los Angeles
Begin your two-hour drive to the City of Angeles, Los Angeles where your home for the next three nights will be the iconic. On your first full day enjoy a VIP tour of Universal Studios, where you will tour the movie industry’s busiest sets in a special trolley, where you can disembark to explore areas not open to the general public. The following day explore the cultural side of LA with your driver/guide. Visit the iconic sites of Hollywood. Then head to the Getty Center, home to J. Paul Getty’s private collection tour the Getty Villa, the second home of the J. Paul Getty collection. Your day will culminate in Santa Monica where you will explore the town and see the famous Santa Monica Pier.
Day 8-10: San Diego
Head on the final leg of your drive down the coast to San Diego. Here you will be staying at the award-winning . In the late afternoon, head downtown for a night time walking tour of the Gaslamp District with your local guide. Have dinner here or head back to your hotel. you’ll have an opportunity to spend the morning as California surfer girl/guy. Your private teacher will explain all the intricacies of surfboarding and in no time you’ll be standing up and riding waves to shore. End your trip with a visit to the world-famous San Diego Zoo that is known for a high standard of animal rights and care.
Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, Los Angeles