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  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles has more than 50 miles of coastline and 33 public beaches, so you can always find a stretch of sand to snatch and plenty of waves to catch. But don’t forget your appetite, an extra suitcase and a sense of adventure, because LA’s coastal cities are more than just a bunch of pretty places. From the quiet enclave of Malibu with its celebrity residents to the funky ambience of Venice with its offbeat street performers, each of these waterfront wonders offers its own personality and its own take on dining, shopping, attractions and activities.

    • Lifeguard On Venice Beach

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    • Beverly Hills Gardens Park

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    • Malibu Pier

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    • Disney Concert Hall

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    • Shopping Beverly Hills

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    • Staples Center

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    • Hollywood Sign

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    • Beverly Hills - Via Rodeo Drive

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    Downtown LA’s recent renaissance has attracted a fair bit of attention. With the addition of numerous attractions and cultural sights the area has been transformed and there’s always something to do: museums and galleries to take in the arts; the Jewellery District for treasure hunters; LA’s fashion hub; Little Tokyo, Chinatown and Olvera Street representing LA’s renowned cultural diversity. Sports fans can catch the court-pounding action of the Lakers or Clippers or the puck-smashing Kings at the STAPLES Center. In addition to a number of live music venues, the recently opened NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE features 7,100 seats to listen to hit performers and musicians.

    Hollywood has evolved from its historic roots as the birthplace of the film industry into one of LA’s hippest spots to shop, dine and be entertained. At the center of it all is Hollywood & Highland Center with its trendy stores, hot restaurants, hip nightclubs, cool entertainment and the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. Nearby, the Hollywood Bowl and Ford Amphitheatre feature concerts under the stars throughout the summer. And moviegoers can see the latest films in classic cinema settings at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Remember to wander outside Grauman’s to see the famous imprints that celebrities have left in the cement over the years. And don’t forget to glance north toward the Hollywood Hills to see the Hollywood Sign, clearly visible in the distance.

    In Brentwood, the Getty Center sits like a shining city on a hill with centuries’ worth of art and design in a stunning architectural setting. Meanwhile, the mansions of Brentwood and Bel-Air stud the surrounding hills like diamonds on a lush, green pillow, giving you a glimpse of what Westside is all about. Legendary Sunset Boulevard takes you east through Westwood and Beverly Hills, where Rodeo Drive is just one avenue in the world’s most famous shopping district. And on Beverly Hills’ palm-lined byways, you may think you’re in a movie yourself.

    No trip would be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a studio tour or spend the day on thrilling rides in the theme park. Be sure to check out Universal’s newest attraction, The Simpson’s Ride, a fun romp through a fictional amusement park dreamed up by Krusty the Clown. Then there’s Universal CityWalk Hollywood, an outdoor center with restaurants, entertainment and shopping galore.

    Anaheim, deep in Orange County, is perhaps best known as home to Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park. Visit the incomparable Magic Kingdom to meet Mickey and his friends and enjoy the fabulous rides and shows. Just a short drive from L.A.’s magical beaches, Los Angeles International Airport and the amazing attractions that greater LA has to offer, Anaheim is a great base from which families can enjoy the region.

     

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    • Top Tip 1

      Everyone should drive Highway 1 - the Pacific Coast Highway, but our tip is to do it from north to south. Whichever direction you take the scenery is stunning but you get a better view going south because you're on the ocean side of the road.

    • Top Tip 2

      Hearst Castle is a must-see stop as you drive along the coast, taking you back to the early days of Hollywood.

    • Top Tip 3

      Wine tasting tours are plentiful in Napa and Sonoma. Our favourites are Jordan's and Chalk Hill. Try the Library Tasting tour, a wine and cheese pairing at Jordan's and the Culinary Tour at Chalk Hill, a wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Didier. Both are exceptional experiences and amazing value.

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      Visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. On Thursdays, from 6pm, enjoy music, cocktails and entertainment whist experiencing world class exhibits and star gazing on the living roof.

    • Top Tip 5

      San Francisco - where do you start? Visit North Beach for the cafe culture, take a tour to Alcatraz (we recommend you pre-book it), see Lombard Street, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, take a sightseeing tour of the city on a fire engine, shop in Union Square.

    • Top Tip 6

      For spectacular scenery, and to escape from the desert heat, take a ride on the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway. If you're in downtown Palm Springs on Thursdays, you'll enjoy VillageFest, offering live entertainment and an array of stalls selling food and gifts.

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      Yosemite National Park is one of California's great natural wonders. Stay for a couple of nights and include a guided horseback ride for a tour with a difference.

    • Top Tip 8

      Follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive coastal route between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove for stunning views of the Monterey Peninsula. There's a small fee to drive this route but it's worth it.

    • Top Tip 9

      Rent a bike or rollerblades and enjoy people watching along the boardwalk at Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

    • Top Tip 10

      When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, book the VIP ticket which allows you to jump the queues and includes behind-the-scenes access.

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  • The Classic West

    Begins in Los Angeles, California and ends in San Diego, California

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
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    Day 01

    Arrive Los Angeles

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

    Day 02

    Los Angeles

    Take the day to explore the many sights and sounds of the Los Angeles area. Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Marina del Rey - the list of possibilities is almost endless!

    Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

    230Mi/370Km

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    Las Vegas

    Today your journey will take you through the middle of the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. En route, you may want to visit Calico Ghost Town.Viva Las Vegas! Try your luck in the casinos, relax by the pool, explore The ‘Strip’, shop or take in a breathtaking show. Whatever you desire,Las Vegas has it all - and more!.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 05

    Bryce Canyon

    An early departure from Las Vegas takes you via the shore of Lake Mead and through Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon. Explore some of the earth's most colourful rocks, moulded into spires by years of erosion

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

    160Mi/260Km

    Day 06

    Lake Powell

    Having marvelled at the splendour of Bryce it’s now time to admire the spectacle of Lake Powell, a man-made lake created when the Glen Canyon Dam was built.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    90Mi/145Km

    Day 07

    Grand Canyon

    Why not start the day with a boat trip on Lake Powell before taking your short drive to the awesome Grand Canyon? Hike to the canyon floor, take a birds' eye view by helicopter or venture out onto Skywalk, a glass walkway with amazing views into the canyon.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    240Mi/390Km

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    Scottsdale

    Head south through Oak Creek Canyon and the red rock area of Sedona to the Valley of the Sun – Scottsdale. Play golf, relax in the spa or by the pool, or perhaps go shopping. We suggest an early morning flight over the desert by hot air balloon, a memorable way to see the area's beauty.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

    285Mi/460Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    Palm Springs

    Today’s journey will take you through the high desert areas to Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Desert Resort of Indian Wells, a sun-worshipper's paradise as well as a golfers oasis! Relax and enjoy the laid-back desert lifestyle. A choice of magnificent dining awaits. Make sure you visit the Aerial Tramway, El Paseo for upscale boutique shopping, take a jeep ride to explore the area's geological wonders and spend and evening in downtown Palm Springs.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

    130Mi/210Km

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    San Diego

    Today you leave the desert behind and head for the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the southern California resort of San Diego. Relax and enjoy some California sunshine or visit San Diego Zoo, Sea World or the Old Town State Park. Play some golf or perhaps take to the water to see the city, be sure to spend some time on the beach. With golden sands and warm lapping waters, it's the perfect way to end truly memorable holiday.

    Hotel: Andaz San Diego

    Day 16

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you return your rental car to the depot and check-in for your flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2625 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    West Coast Golden Triangle

    Begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles

    10 Days/9 Nights

    Departures year round

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Handlery Union Square Hotel, where you will be staying for the next 3 nights.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    San Francisco

    One of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, San Francisco has something to offer for every taste. The next two days are yours to explore the city and take in the many sights it has to offer. Take a ride on a famous cable car as they climb one of the 50 steep hills which make up San Francisco. Why not cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and have lunch across the bay in one of the cafes in Sausalito, before taking the ferry back to San Francisco? Of course, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to Alcatraz.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

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    Las Vegas

    Today, you will head back to San Francisco International Airport for your flight down to Las Vegas. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, grab a taxi to The Cosmopolitan, which will be your accommodation for the next 3 nights. Las Vegas is truly a 'must see' destination offering a near perfect climate year round. Experience the shopping, dining and nightlife of the strip, or head down to Fremont Street and see the glitz and glamour of the past. Don't forget to pre book a helicopter trip out to the Grand Canyon, to give you a birds eye view of one of the most iconic sights in the world.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

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    Los Angeles

    Leaving Las Vegas and taking the short flight to Los Angeles, you will spend the next 3 days experiencing the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Head down to Hollywood to see the 'Walk of Fame' or the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where the imprints of celebrities adorn the floor outside. Beverly Hills offers you to take a stroll down the famous Rodeo Drive and maybe glimpse someone famous. No trip would be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a studio tour or spend the day on thrilling rides in the theme park.

    Hotel: The Garland

    Day 10

    Journey Home

    Spend some time in the morning doing some last minute sightseeing or shopping before heading back to Los Angeles International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1599 per person based on two sharing a standard room. Other prices available on request.

  • California's Gold Coast

    Begins in San Diego, California and ends in San Francisco, California

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September and October

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    Your Escorted Tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
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    • Santa Barbara

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    • Big Sur coast

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    • Scenic Carmel beach

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Diego

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Diego. Upon arrival, transfer to the US Grant. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: US Grant (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    San Diego

    This morning, enjoy a guided visit to San Diego Zoo, followed by a city tour, which starts with the Gaslamp Quarter and the extensive harbor area. Then it is on to historic Point Loma before viewing the city’s unforgettable skyline from the Juan Cabrillo National Monument. There is time to explore Seaport Village at leisure before departing on an evening champagne cruise aboard a private yacht, showcasing San Diego’s beautiful harbour and skyline.

    Hotel: US Grant (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 03

    Los Angeles

    Following breakfast, your journey continues north to the historic ruin of Mission San Juan Capistrano which was founded in 1776. Next it’s on to glittering Los Angeles where lunch is enjoyed at the legendary Los Angeles Farmer's Market. A tour of the city includes the sights and sounds of Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills before reaching the TCL Chinese Theatre, where celebrities’ autographs, handprints and footprints are immortalized in concrete. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Santa Barbara

    This morning’s highlight is a visit to The Getty Museum, set high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Next, it’s just a short journey to Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara, filled with soft white beaches, terracotta buildings and an eclectic mix of shopping options. Your afternoon is at leisure to wander picturesque Stearns Wharf, before checking into your deluxe hotel and deciding where you’d like to enjoy dinner from a choice of restaurants.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Santa Barbara

    There is so much to see outside of downtown Santa Barbara and all is revealed on this morning’s city tour. Highlights include the city’s historic 1929 Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara which is still active after 225 years of service. The afternoon is yours to relax by the hotel pool or explore further.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 06

    Central Coast and Morro Bay

    Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills on this morning’s road trip along coastal Highway 101. Entering the Central California wine region, you’ll find microclimates where morning fog and ocean breezes encourage varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay, and others where low-lying mountains are ideal for full-bodied reds – as you’ll learn on a vineyard tour and tasting. Lunch follows at a restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, known for long white beaches and ocean views. Near the fishing village of Morro Bay, join our naturalist guide for a walking tour of this rich habitat for birds and wildlife; you'll also visit Morro Rock, an ancient volcanic plug. The evening is spent at The Cliffs Resort, a fabulous hotel overlooking the Pacific in Pismo Beach.

    Hotel: The Cliffs Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Big Sur & Hearst Castle

    Whilst in San Simeon you’ll visit Hearst Castle, before continuing on scenic Highway 1 – perhaps one of the most beautiful drives in America, along the famed Big Sur Coast. Your destination is the small coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at your hotel on the pristine bay.

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Monterey & Carmel

    Take a tour of the Monterey Peninsula, including 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach before heading to pretty Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch. A short stroll from your hotel is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where this afternoon you’ll discover the unexpected delights of marine life. 

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast included)

    Day 09

    Yosemite National Park

    This morning, you drive through the farmlands, orchards and vineyards of California’s Central Valley before heading high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Dinner is enjoyed at your hotel. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 10

    Yosemite National Park

    Today, enjoy a full day exploring this famous landmark on a tram tour, including visits to the world-famous El Capitan and Half Dome cliffs, and the plunging waters of Bridalveil Falls. Following lunch at Wawona Village, you’ll visit Mariposa Grove – prepare to be amazed by the sheer size of the Giant Sequoias. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 11

    San Francisco

    Your final destination is beautiful San Francisco, filled with amazing landmarks such as Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 12

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. 

    Prices

    From £4799 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Disneyland Resort California

    Los Angeles

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    • Disneyland Resort

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    • Paradise Pier

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    No trip to Southern California would be complete without spending a day at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. See your favourite Disney films and characters come to life at two spectacular parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park with a two day Hopper Ticket. From classic attractions including It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean to thrilling journeys such as the California Screamin’ rollercoaster, there is something for every visitor. Meet Mickey Mouse and Goofy, Cinderella and Buzz Lightyear and see spectacular shows. It’s clear that Walt Disney created timeless characters, which have been combined with some of today’s favourites resulting in this world of happiness and fun. When the sun sets, Disney remains bright and bustling, with magical fireworks, state-of-the-art shows, bars and restaurants keeping the magic alive into the evening.

    Prices

    From £170 per adult

    From £150 per child (3-9 years)

    Universal Studios Hollywood

    Los Angeles

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    • Universal Hollywood

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    • Movie action

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    • Simpsons Ride

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    Universal Studios Hollywood puts you so close to the movie action that you can almost hear the cameras rolling. Built around a working movie studio, a thrilling theme park filled with great rides and state-of-the-art shows and the buzzing entertainment of CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is the ultimate day out! Escape to Jurassic Park, take on Revenge of the Mummy, embark on a 3D Transformers ride, join The Simpsons on a virtual rollercoaster and watch Shrek and Donkey in their 4D experience. The legendary Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, sharing tips and secrets of the trade which are used to bring small sets to the big screen.

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter arrived recently at Universal Studio's Hollywood . Explore the mysteries of Hogwarts castle, visit the shops of Hogsmeade and sample fare from the wizarding worlds best-known establishments. Add pulse-pounding rides and attractions, and you are guaranteed a day full of magical thrills.

    In addition to standard park tickets, we can also offer the ultimate VIP experience. Ensuring you get the most out of your day at the park, these tickets include a personalised guided tour of the backlot sets which are not open to the general public (remember this is a working studio!), ultimate front of line access, gourmet lunch and valet parking.

    Prices

    One day ticket admission: From £70 per adult  From £59 per child (3-9 years)

    VIP Experience: From £270 per person

    L.A Movie Locations Tour

    Los Angeles

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    • LA Movie Locations Tour

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    Get front-row seats to the many neighbourhoods used to create the various moods and locations of Hollywood movies as you ride on a "one-of-a-kind" customised bus with stadium seating, skylight windows and a 65" HDTV screen showing movie clips related to each location. The tour covers the palaces and studios of Hollywood as well as its man street, Hollywood Boulevard, continuing to the modern skyscrapers and forward-thinking architecture of Downtown LA which allows the city to represent not only the LA of yesterday, today and tomorrow but also places such as New York and Tokyo.

    You will also have a chance to visit the interiors of two of the most spectacular movie locations in Los Angeles: the Bradbury Building, featured in The Artist and (500) Days of Summer; and Union Station, known for The Dark Knight Rises, Pearl Harbor and Blade Runner. Along Wilshire Corridor Boulevard, you will see the "backbone" of Los Angeles with buildings from the 1920s and 1930s as well as urban parks and ethic neighborhoods.

    Other locations included are: Angelino Heights, a residential neighborhood in the shadow of Downtown LA; Echo Park, a popular silent-movie location in the early days of Hollywood; Silverlake, home of many of the early movie studios, and now a popular bohemian neighborhood; Griffith Park (viewed from a distance), home to the iconic Hollywood Sign & landmark Griffith Observatory. Your expert tour guide will give you some exclusive behind-the-scenes insights. There are also multiple video segments featuring TCM host Ben Mankiewicz providing additional insights and a true insider's point of view.

    Duration: 4 Hours

    Prices

    From £60 per person.

    Los Angeles & Huntington Beach

    Los Angeles & Huntington Beach

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    • Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

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    • Hollywood Sign

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    • Huntington Beach

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    • Surfer

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    • The Garland King Room

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    • The Garland Lobby

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    • Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

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    • Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Pool

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    Spend a week combining the sights of Los Angeles, with the relaxed sunshine and surf of Orange County in Huntington Beach. Visit sights such as the walk of fame in Hollywood, Universal Studios or perhaps a visit to the Warner Brother Studios Tour before heading down the coast for a relaxing stay on the famous coastline of the O.C, where you can spend the day chilling out on the beach or perhaps partake in a surfing lesson.

    Includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated

    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

    Day 1 - 3 Los Angeles

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight and arrive into Los Angeles International Airport. Collect your hire car at the airport before transferring to the Garland Hotel, your home for the next 3 nights. The next 3 days are yours to spend exploring the many sights of Los Angeles. Why not take a Hollywood homes tour or for the more adrenaline seeking, a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood.

    Hotel: The Garland

    Day 4 - 8 Huntington Beach

    Leaving Los Angeles behind, you make the short drive down the coast to Huntington Beach. Known as Surf Town USA, Huntington is the home of surfing in this region. Spend your days relaxing on the beach or by the pool or if you are feeling more adventurous, try a surfing lesson run by one of the many companies on the beachfront.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

    At the end of your stay, you will transfer back to Los Angeles International Airport and return your hire car, before departing back to the UK. 

    Prices

    From £1559 per person, based on two sharing a standard room. Other room categories are available on request.