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  • San Diego

    California’s second largest city, San Diego boasts 70 miles of Pacific Ocean beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate which is perfect for a relaxing vacation.

    • Gaslamp Quarter

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    • Mission Bay

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    • Andaz San Diego Rooftop Pool

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    • Balboa Park Fountain

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    The combination of cultural neighbourhoods creates a city with lots to see, do and explore. Visit the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla and Carlsbad, each with there own charming characteristics. There is an expansive selection of attractions which shouldn’t be missed either. Children will love Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park and LEGOLAND California whilst grown ups can enjoy the luxury spa’s, downtown nightlife, superb shopping and a choice of 92 golf courses in the area.

    The terrain changes to the east, from gentle foothills to mile high mountains and the 600,000 acre Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Hiking, biking, fishing and wildlife watching provide a contrast to the hectic city life and the up and coming wine growing region has already won a number of accolades.

     

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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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Grand Canyon

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    • Beverly Hills

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    • Californian Coast

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    • San Diego

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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

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    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

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    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.

  • San Diego Trolley Tours

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    • San Diego Trolley Tours

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    • San Diego Zoo

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    1 Day Tour

    See the Best First! Enjoy the twenty-five mile, fully narrated tour of San Diego and Coronado. You will be treated to gorgeous views of the Big Bay and city skyline from atop the 2-mile long Coronado Bridge. Travel through the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town – the birthplace of California, the Embarcadero and Little Italy. You will also head to the island of Coronado – home to the fabulous and historic Hotel del Coronado as well as the Coronado Beach which is consistently on the list of top 10 beaches in the America. Now if that isn’t enough to make your day, you can also have a stop in Balboa Park – home to over 12 museums, free gardens, The Old Globe Theatre and the World Famous San Diego Zoo! Stay on board your trolley and enjoy the fascinating narrative, presenting a great overview of "America's Finest City".

    This 2-hour tour allows you to get off and on as often as you wish, spend as much time as you like at each stop and re-board another trolley when you are ready.

    San Diego SEAL Tours

    Experience San Diego as it was meant to be experienced, by land and by sea! The new "Hydra Terras" provide you with the unique ability to see America's Finest City on San Diego's only amphibious sightseeing tour. This 90-minute fully-narrated journey departs from either Harbor Drive located at Broadway Pier or Seaport Village. As you travel along the beautiful Big Bay by land, you will learn about the early fishing industry, the people as well as the history of this 14-mile long working bay. The tour on land takes you past the San Diego International Airport dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay off Shelter Island, where you begin your water-tour segment of the journey. As the SEAL travels through the north end of the Big Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California Brown Pelican, the majestic Blue Heron, or perhaps a Sea Lion or two. Learn about the important role the military plays in San Diego. The Big Bay provides views of Point Loma, home to the Cabrillo National Monument, Naval Air Station North Island, the Point Loma Submarine Base, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Navy's marine mammal training center. 

    Ghosts and Gravestones Tour of San Diego

    Travel back in time and learn about the spirits of the notorious wild characters like Gunslingers and Gamblers who lived and died in San Diego. It is possible that their spirits live on in the dark recesses of the historic buildings and neighbourhoods. Your journey continues through Old Town, walking through El Campo Santo Cemetery and ending at the Whaley House courtyard, both sites of many reported paranormal occurrences. According to the Travel Channel's America's Most Haunted, the Whaley House is the number one most haunted house in the United States. Although we cannot state positively that the House is really haunted, the voluminous documentation of paranormal occurrences at the site makes a compelling case. But if there are ghosts at the Whaley House, who are they and why are they here? **Does not include admission to Whaley House**

     

    Prices

    1 Day Tour

    From £37 per adult and £23 per child (aged 6-12).

    San Diego SEAL Tours

    From £39 per adult and £23 per child (aged 6-12).

    Ghosts and Gravestones Tour of San Diego

    From £28 per person.

    San Diego Zoo Admission

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    • San Diego Zoo

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    Enjoy San Diego Zoo with this one-day ticket, including ‘skip the line’ admission, a 35- minute fully narrated Bus Tour, as well as free admission to the Children's Zoo, unlimited use of San Diego Zoo's Express Bus and unlimited use San Diego Zoo's Aerial Tram Ride. Located in Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals from more than 800 different species.

    Prices

    From £47 per adult and £38 per child (Aged 4-12)