Pacific Coast Highway, from mountain to ocean

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Day 1:  San Francisco for 3 nights
Pick up car at SFO airport
Accommodation at Hotel Drisco****
Built in 1903, Hotel Drisco boasts Edwardian architecture. Atop Pacific Heights on Pacific Avenue, this luxurious San Francisco hotel is only 5 minutes’ walk from Presidio National Park. Each guest room provides free WiFi.
Guest rooms at this hotel boast modern amenities such as a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV and a Blu-ray player. The en suite bathrooms feature luxury bath amenities and plush microfiber robes. Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down comforters and an adaptive sound sleep machine are provided. Fresh espresso can be brewed with the in-room coffee machine. Guests can enjoy 24-hour room service.
Hotel Drisco features a free gourmet continental breakfast and free evening wine and cheese reception with fresh fruit and hot hors d’oeuvres. Guests will also appreciate free weekday car service to Union Square, the Financial District and Presidio businesses.
After a cup of coffee in the sitting room, visitors can enjoy a workout in the on-site fitness centre or take advantage of free access to the nearby YMCA. With a 24-hour business centre, guests at the Drisco Hotel can always be productive.

Explore this beautiful city, climb the hills and ride the cable cars, admire the small colorful houses , cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
In San Francisco, everything is legendary, from the bridges to infamous Alcatraz and the winding Lombard Street. 

Sip a Cocktail in the Clouds: One of the greatest ways to view the city is from a top-floor lounge in hotels such as the Sir Francis Drake  or the InterContinental Mark Hopkins.

Day 2:
4 hour private guided tour of San Francisco by car
We will take you on a tour to the various neighborhoods, such as North Beach, Lombard Street, The Marina, Chinatown (pork buns, anyone?), Pacific Heights, Coit Tower, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Golden Gate Bridge and more suggested by your guide.

Suggested lunch at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market
Stroll booth to booth sampling organic food, alongside several of the big name chefs of the Bay Area. People watch. It is always a party and always free. Held rain or shine every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, this is one of the most pleasurable ways to spend time in the city.

Priority access tickets to visit Alcatraz at nightfall.

Day 3:
Full day private guided tour to Sausalito and Redwood State Natural Reserve
Discover the magical redwood forest ‘Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve’, one of the most beautiful sights in the world with Coastal Redwoods that are taller (310 feet/95 meters), bigger (15 feet/4. 6 meters wide), and older (1400 years old) than the trees in Muir Woods.
We will then continue to the town of Guerneville where you will have time for a bite to eat.
Next stop is a short drive out to the beautiful Northern California coast where you can enjoy looking out at the ocean and see the amazing rock formations along the coast.
We stop in Bodega Bay for some coastal souvenirs. Next, we visit the town of Bodega made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s movie « The Birds,” where we will stop for pictures at the schoolhouse used in the movie. Finally we will head to Sausalito. You will have the option of staying and spending some time in Sausalito and returning on your own via ferry. . .

Dinner reservation at The Cliff House
Fog permitting, the restaurant offers the best view on the Pacific coastline. Perched high on a cliff above Ocean Beach, it offers an expansive scope of the crashing Pacific Ocean, sunsets, and sea lions out front on the rocks.

Day 4:  Yosemite for 3 nights
Drive to Yosemite
Drive to El Portal (4h), in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, a few kilometers from Yosemite Park.
Leaving behind the misty bay, scenic route 140 takes you through small towns like Merced – a fine collection of planes is on display at the Castle Air Museum.

Accommodation at The Ahwahnee
Built in 1927 and recently renovated, this year-round National Historic Landmark was designed with its famous landscape in mind—visitors will find views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point throughout.
Art Deco and Native American architectural and design influences are on display in soaring common spaces like the Majestic Yosemite Dining Room with 30-foot ceilings and giant picture windows, and the Great Lounge where guests can curl up with a drink in front of the roaring fireplace.

Day 5
Days at leisure to explore the park and hike on own
This national park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984, reveals alpine landscapes, spectacular granite domes, grand cliffs, majestic lakes, rivers and waterfalls, giant sequoia forests and hundreds of bird species.
You could even spot a brown bear, the park’s emblem.
The Tioga Road scenic route crosses the park from west to east.

Day 6:
Fully guided private tour in a luxury 4×4 SUV
Enjoy Yosemite where group and bus tours cannot go
Drive through Altamont Pass wind farm, Central Valley and Sierra Nevada
See lakes, hidden wonders, and old gold mining towns
Explore Yosemite Valley wonders & enjoy an optional hike to the giant sequoias
Admire the unique geology of Cathedral Rocks, Half Dome & El Capitan
Hike through picturesque meadows along the Merced River and much more

Day 7 : Monterey/Carmel for 2 nights
Road to Monterey (4h).
You leave behind pine forests and rock domes to reach the Pacific west coast. The scenic route 140, cradled by the Merced river, passes through small western towns like Mariposa. The agricultural towns are then linked up to Monterey Bay.

Accommodation at Bernardus Lodge & Spa*****
This Carmel Valley resort boasts star-rated dining, a wellness spa and outdoor heated pool. A limestone fireplace, 2-person soaking tub and down feather bedding are featured in each guest room. Monterey Bay Aquarium is 19 km away.
Guests are welcomed with a gourmet snack basket, fruit bowl, fresh roses, and a complimentary « wine grotto » mini bar with Bernardus wines in their rooms. A flat-screen cable TV, iPod docking station and coffee machine are also provided.
Lucia Restaurant & Bar boasts an extensive wine list and a menu that focuses on organic, local ingredients. The bar and lounge area provides a more casual menu and experience.
The Spa at Bernardus offers marine-inspired massage services and body treatments in a spacious facility that includes locker rooms, sauna rooms, a fitness room and a juice bar. A warming room with fireplace, a meditation garden, a dipping pool and a reflecting pool are available for guest relaxation. A full-service beauty salon is also available.

Day 8:
Former fishing port which has become the first capital of the State of California, then a popular seaside resort, Monterey is prized for its relaxed lifestyle on the seafront.
Explore on own the beaches and the vineyards.

Kayaking in Monterey Bay
Between Santa Cruz and Monterey, the bay shelters a marine reserve inhabited by sea otters, seals, sea birds, fish and turtles. Visiting this reserve aboard a kayak allows you to approach marine mammals and other species living in the surrounding area, but also to discover superb panoramas of the port, the famous aquarium and the famous « Cannery row ».

Day 9:  Santa Barbara for 2 nights
Continue on Pacific Highway towards the south to Santa Barbara
This is going to be a scenic drive along the panoramic Highway 1 (approximately 4 h).
Follow the ocean, enjoy sublime landscapes.

Buggy ride in the dunes of Pismo Beach.
What better way to explore the Oceano dunes than to get behind the wheel of a buggy? After the first instructions to handle the vehicle, we set off for two hours of practice on a public beach on the Pacific coast. Adrenaline and superb landscapes await you.

Discover Santa Barbara
Placed on a coastal ledge, on the hills between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains, the mission founded by the Spanish at the end of the 18th century has become a peaceful resort, the Californian Riviera. Its whitewashed stucco houses with red tiled roofs, its palm-fringed beaches give the city a Mediterranean atmosphere. Santa Barbara always seems on vacation …

Accommodation at The Ritz Carlton Bacara*****
Adjacent to the Sandpiper golf course, this Santa Barbara resort boasts beautiful ocean views, an outdoor pool and on-site dining. All guest rooms include a private patio with a view.
At the Bacara Resort & Spa, all en suite rooms include a TV. Comfortably furnished, all rooms feature a seating area and mini bar. Bathrobes and slippers are provided.
A variety of dining options are available at the Bacara Resort and Spa. Bistro offers Californian dishes in a casual environment. Signature cocktails are available at the Bacara Bar. Angel Oak is a modern steak and seafood restaurant.
Guests can also unwind at the on-site fitness centre. There are also tennis courts and hiking trails on-site. The property hosts one of the largest spas on the west coast with added features like an adults-only pool and a rooftop terrace.
Hotel Kimpton Canary****
This stylish Santa Barbara hotel features an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and a lounge with stunning views. Centrally located State Street is 5 minutes’ walk away. Each guest room includes free WiFi.
Styled in plush white linens, each room offers a flat-screen cable TV, a yoga mat and an en suite bathroom with luxury bath amenities. Bathrobes and make-up mirrors are also provided. Gourmet treats in the honor bar are offered in each room.
Fresh farmer’s market vegetables, fresh seafood and central coast wines are features at the onsite restaurant, Finch & Fork. An evening wine hour and morning coffee, tea and snacks are provided to guests.

Day 10
Day at leisure to enjoy and discover Santa Barbara
Placed on a coastal ledge, on the hills between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains, the mission founded by the Spanish at the end of the 18th century has become a peaceful resort, the Californian Riviera. Its whitewashed stucco houses with red tiled roofs, its palm-fringed beaches give the city a Mediterranean atmosphere. Santa Barbara always seems on vacation.

Dinner reservation at Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach
Perched above the sand at Arroyo Burro Beach (« Hendry’s » to the locals), this is Santa Barbara’s go-to spot for fresh-off-the-boat seafood, sunset cocktails, and lively happy hours, with a free side order of ocean breeze.

Day 11:  Santa Monica for 3 nights
1 hour drive on the last stretch of Highway 1 along the Pacific beaches to Malibu.
Make a stop and visit The Getty Villa Malibu , modeled after the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum.
Have lunch at Paradise Cove Restaurant, the iconic Southern California experience on one of the best beach in the world!
Reach Santa Monica famous for its endless avenues bordered with palm trees, the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica pier looms in the distance and enjoy the best sunset on the Pacific Ocean from the terrace of your hotel.

Accommodation at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica****
Adjacent to Santa Monica Pier, this hotel overlooks the ocean and the Los Angeles International Airport is 14.5 km away. It features an outdoor pool with hot tub and an on-site restaurant. Modern rooms offer a 50-inch flat-screen TV.
A minibar and an iPod dock are included in every spacious room at Hotel Shangri-La. The rooms feature hardwood floors, warm colors and free Wi-Fi. A marble bathroom is also provided.
Dine at Shangri-La Hotel’s restaurant, The Dining Room. It offers signature menu items from a raw bar, gourmet flatbreads and desserts. 24-hour room service is also offered.
Fitness and business facilities are located on-site for guest convenience.
This hotel is 5 minutes’ drive from shopping at Santa Monica Place, and 18 minutes’ drive from the University of California Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles, the Staples Center, and Hollywood are all within 25.7 km.

Rest of the afternoon at leisure; rent a bike or an electrical scooter to explore the legendary beaches of Santa Monica and Venice. 

Day 12:
Private Classic Car Tour of Los Angeles
The Classic Car Tour of Los Angeles is an experience that you have to enjoy while visiting L.A. Los Angeles is more than just a single city; it is a metropolis of many cities jammed into one. Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Los Feliz, Santa Monica, Venice, Watts, Studio City, Burbank, and all of the neighborhoods in between. With our popular tour, you get to see the best of all of these places in one day, something you could not experience on foot or with public transport.
In a convertible 1970s classic American car, you will be able to see everything with a 360° view as you cruise through the famous streets. You will smell all the tantalizing aromas of this beautiful city. You’ll be able to feel the energy and soul of L.A. and its residents.

A surf lesson in Manhattan Beach
Enjoy the ultimate rush of riding a wave in single surf lesson in our all-inclusive 1.5-hour package. This is the perfect introduction to surfing for vacationers.
If you like Japanese cuisine, we recommend either lunch or dinner at restaurant Isakaya
As Zagat puts is:  “Boasting all the deliciousness of Katsuya” “without the pretense”

Day 13
Fast-track tickets for Universal studios, for a day of free visit to the studios (still regularly used for movies) and the amusement park.
Step into Harry’s Potter’s world. 

Day 14
Drop off car at LAX airport



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