This eight day Road Trip makes California Dreamin' a reality. Iconic Highway 1 which hugs the rugged California Coast is considered one of the world's most scenic drives. So sit back, relax and let the stunning coastal scenery unfold in front of you on this oh-so leisurely, and pretty cool, fly-drive..
Mustang, Mini, Chevy Camaro, Chrysler 200 and Mitsubishi Eclipse convertibles are available on this California Coast fly-drive. Please call Bon Voyage for further details. (exact car model cannot be guaranteed)
California Coast Fly-Drive Holiday Highlights:
Cruising with the Pacific Coast Highway, Beach Boys music blaring out!
A stay on the historic Queen Mary docked at Long Beach
Whale watching and wildlife
Miles and miles of wonderful beaches with scenic backdrops
Watching the surfer dudes
Big Sur Region
Iconic Highway 1, The Pacific Coast Highway
Award Winning Golf Courses
Lively Santa Barbara
Clint Eastwood's Carmel
San Francisco, The Beautiful City on the Bay
Alcatraz & Chinatown in 'Frisco
Price per person includes:
Flights from the UK into Los Angeles and home from San Francisco, California
4 x 4 or convertible car hire
7 nights accommodation to include The Queen Mary docked in Long Beach,desirable Californian beach locations and groovy 'Frisco hotels.
A personalised road book with North America travel tips and a day to day driving itinerary with local area information.
BEACH BOYS CD - to get you in the mood!
Prices are based on off-season travel. Please call or email for costs for your preferred date of travel.
Other durations are available. Call the team of USA tailor-made experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal California Coast fly-drive holiday.
California + Hawaii
Want to extend your holiday? Have you thought about the Heavenly Islands of Hawaii? They are a perfect mix with California. Why not consider this California Coast fly-drive holiday with a week on the beach in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island. It's a terrific holiday combination - iconic cities, scenic drives, tropical beaches and breathtaking scenery.
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six. Please call for further details and prices
Day 1/2 - Los Angeles County Beach Cities
Coast Highway adventure begins! Long
Beach is a great starting point – the RMS Queen Mary
has been in residence for over 40 years and you can either stay a night or take
a tour of this art deco treasure. Hermosa and Redondo Beaches are full of cool
dudes and a fun place to watch the surfers try and catch a wave. About 15 miles north is Venice Beach – possibly the most vibrant and
eclectic city in the US. Park the car and strap on a pair of
rollerblades, or simply sit back and watch the bladers, skateboarders, volleyball
players and weight lifters! Surely you’ve
worked up an appetite now and no better place for alfresco dining then Santa Monica’s Third
Street Promenade. A pedestrian area full
of shops and restaurants – another great place to relax and become one with the
beach community. If you are travelling
on a Saturday or Sunday, treat yourself to brunch at Shutters on the Beach. Delicious food, outstanding scenery and maybe
a movie star or two. Speaking of movie
stars – another 15 miles down the road is Malibu – famous for its movie star residents and great surfing beaches like Zuma and
Day 3 - Santa Barbara
Distance: 75 miles
Leave behind the surfer mentality for somewhere a bit more
refined and sophisticated - Santa Barbara. With the Santa Ynez Mountains in one
direction and the Pacific Ocean in the other
it is hard to imagine a prettier city. Spanish
colonial architecture, tasteful boutiques and more seafood than you can ever
eat top it off. This is where celebrities
come when they want to leave their fame behind. Internationally respected wine guru Robert Parker has declared that
within the next decade, Santa Barbara’s Wine
Country will “rule America.”
It’s that good. It’s also still largely undiscovered, although its starring
role in 2004 Oscar®-winning film Sideways changed that somewhat. The fact is that this wine country is
uncrowded, sophisticated without being pretentious and spectacularly beautiful. One last shopping trip before getting back in
the car? La Cumbre Plaza is an open air delight with many Santa Barbara exclusive stores.
Day 4 - San Luis Obispo
Distance: 105 miles
Approximately 1 hour north of Santa Barbara is the Danish village of Solvang one of California's
most charming cities with a shopping district that stretches for nearly one
mile. Further north, nestled in lush hills stretching for miles
along California's Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley's
fertile land has a long, rich history. The region is filled with thousands of
self-made men and women who have simply believed in something and pursued
it. This is John Steinbeck country and
in Guadalupe – a retro 50’s border town – you will transported to another
time. An hour further north yet and you
are back in surfer territory at Pismo Beach. Leave the car for a round of golf, look
around Pismo Prime Outlets or get the sand beach your toes. San
Luis Obispo is the midway point between LA and San
Fran. An ideal stop for the night is the Madonna Inn. A local landmark, this kitsch hotel offers themed rooms with no two
being the same.
Day 5 - Big Sur
Distance: 105 miles
Less than hour from San Luis you’ll hit San Simeon and Hearst Castle. Once home to William Randolph Hearst, the
American newspaper magnate of the late 1800’s, the 165-room Moorish castle is
an architectural fantasy of unbridled excess. After Hearst died, family fortunes declined, and they gave Hearst Castle to the state. Today the state Park Service preserves Hearst Castle as a State Historical Monument, and we can all
enjoy a glimpse into the Hearst's opulent lifestyle.
Four miles north of San Simeon you’ll find Piedras Blancas famous for its
protected colonies of elephant seals who claim the secluded beach as their
own. Now for the main event – 70 miles of
the most breathtaking stretch of Highway anywhere in the world. Spot blue and humpback whales in the summer
or grey whales in winter and drive over Bixby Creek Bridge,
important historically because it introduced automobile travel to Big Sur, connecting the remote coastal towns to each other. It is now time to park the car! Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is yours to
explore. Hike among the redwoods and look
for one of the few waterfalls on the Pacific Coast that plunges
directly into the ocean.
Day 6 - Monterey Peninsula/Santa Cruz
Distance: 75 miles
The Monterey Peninsula starts you out at a leisurely pace with your first stop being Carmel. Famous for electing Clint Eastwood as mayor, this town can best be
described as sweet! Clint Eastwood still
lives in Carmel and runs the Mission Ranch. The
restaurant offers a Sunday brunch that is fabulous or you can enjoy the piano
bar nightly. The peninsula drive, also referred
to as the 17 mile drive, takes you past the private residential area of Pebble Beach and on to Monterey. An hour further brings you to Santa Cruz a real
Californian mix of surfers, hippies, artists and new-age freaks. The vibrant downtown is a great place to hang
out and once again mesh with the California beach vibe from the vintage boardwalk.
Day 7 - San Francisco
Distance: 80 miles
It’s not over yet and this bit of Highway is every bit as gorgeous as Big Sur. Rolling hills, country towns, windswept
beaches and giant trees make for a landscape you won’t see often. Take Highway 84 up into the Santa Cruz mountains and drive through the
redwoods. San Francisco is on the horizon – follow Highway
35 north until Interstate 280 which will have you in central San Fran before
you know it. Here’s where you wish you
had another seven days!
Day 8 - San Francisco
Can we persuade you to stay longer in the San Francisco, Marin County (a sailing community) or in the pretty village of Sausalito nestled across the bay?
Want to extend your tour and travel on further up the California coast into Oregon and Washington State, or visit one of the stunning California National Parks? Not a problem, our holidays are flexible, please do call or email us to discuss the options available to you.