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Golden California Self-drive Getaway

FROM $1,491

Take a self-drive holiday and experience the spectacular coast of California. Begin at San Francisco then heading to Monterey to stroll along the Fisherman’s Wharf. Marvel at the magnificent seaside scenery as you venture south. Your stay in Los Angeles allows time for a tour of Universal Studios, Disneyland or enjoy the sights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Take in the bright lights at the glittering entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. Take a short drive to Hoover Dam or an optional full-day air tour to the Grand Canyon. San Diego’s boasts many attractions that will keep you entertained; Balboa Park, SeaWorld, Coronado Beach and the San Diego Zoo. A travel path full of sights, attractions, entertainment and more!

  • TYPE Self-Drive
  • DEPARTS San Fransisco


Day 1 San Francisco

Arrive in San Francisco, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel.

Overnight: San Francisco

Day 2 San Francisco

This morning you will be met in the lobby of the Edison Hotel by the AmericanTours representative for a complete briefing on your tour. You will be provided with a welcome kit which includes driving instructions, vouchers, maps and brochures of the places you will be visiting. Following this briefing, you have the rest of the day to discover the attractions of San Francisco.

Overnight: San Francisco

Day 3 San Francisco

A full day to explore the City by the Bay, beautiful San Francisco, or enjoy a drive through the rolling hills of California to the wine country in Napa Valley, where famous wineries will welcome you for tours and tastings.

Overnight: San Francisco

Day 4 San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel (202km)

Drive south to Monterey, stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. The 17-Mile Drive toll road along the Peninsula Coast from Pacific Grove to Carmel boasts magnificent seaside scenery. Visit Carmel Mission, founded in 1770.

Overnight: Monterey

Day 5 Monterey/Carmel - California Gold Coast - San Simeon (394km)

Continue via Big Sur to San Simeon and then Solvang, a unique town founded by Danish immigrants. Solvang is a quaint village in the Santa Ynez Valley surrounded by local wineries and famous for its bakeries and specialty shops.

Overnight: San Simeon

Day 6 San Simeon - Malibu - Los Angeles (155km)

Drive by Malibu and Santa Monica to Los Angeles. If you plan to arrive in Los Angeles early, perhaps take a tour of Universal Studios in the afternoon, before continuing to your hotel.

Overnight: Los Angeles

Day 7 Los Angeles

A full-day at leisure today to explore the city. Perhaps take a full day visit to Disneyland, or enjoy the sights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Overnight: Los Angeles

Day 8 Los Angeles - Las Vegas (450km)

Today drive east through the Mojave Desert and the ghost town of Calico en route to the glittering entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas.

Overnight: Las Vegas

Day 9 Las Vegas

A full day at leisure to enjoy the sights of Las Vegas, or perhaps take a short drive to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, or an optional full-day air tour to the Grand Canyon.

Overnight: Las Vegas

Day 10 Las Vegas - San Diego (538km)

Drive south past Lake Elsinore to the town of Temecula. Enjoy seeing rolling hills and vineyards on your way to San Diego, popular for its relaxed lifestyle, and attractions.

Overnight: San Diego

Day 11 San Diego

A full day to discover some of San Diego’s attractions such as Balboa Park, Old Town, SeaWorld, Coronado Beach, the San Diego Zoo and Seaport Village.

Overnight: San Diego

Day 12 San Diego - Los Angeles (195km)

Drive north to Los Angeles. Return your car at the airport before your departure flight, or at the depot shown on your voucher before continuing on your travels.


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