2023, May 13 – 28, 15 Nights
A tour of some of the best California and Nevada have to offer. Starting in San Francisco, on to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Death Valley and Yosemite. Ending back in San Francisco
You have seen the pictures in so many Hollywood films, driving along the glorious Pacific Coast Highway in an open top car, the Golden Gate Bridge, the glitz of Las Vegas, the shimmering heat haze as you drive through Death Valley and the majesty of Yosemite. This tour provides plenty of time to enjoy some of the best attractions California and Nevada have to offer. With free days in Monterey, Las Vegas, Yosemite and San Francisco you will have time to relax and explore the area.
Day 1 Saturday
We will meet you at the airport rental car location and accompany you as you collect your car. Once collected we will lead you to the hotel just a short drive from the airport. Once everyone is settled into the hotel it’s time to make the introductions, hand out the roadbooks and radios ready for the start of our tour.
Day 2 Sunday
Total distance 104 miles. Driving time approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.
After breakfast we head out of San Francisco and pick up highway 1 near Half Moon Bay. Heading south we keep to the coast and stop at Santa Cruz. Founded in 1907, just 11 years after Blackpool’s pleasure beach, Santa Cruz is home to California’s oldest surviving seaside amusement park. Time to park up, visit the boardwalk and enjoy the funfair before heading back onto the highway and our destination of Monterey.
Day 3 Monday
Free day to relax and enjoy a stroll around Monterey, home of the world famous “Sardine Factory” restaurant. Explore Cannery Row with its boutique shops and restaurants. Only a few minutes drive away is Pebble Beach and 17 mile drive through the Del Monte Forest. Also the beautiful little town of Carmel By The Sea. Well worth a visit and, if time permits, call in to the Hog’s Breath Inn, Clint Eastwood’s bar, and enjoy a drink.
Day 4 Tuesday
Total distance 124 miles. Driving time approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.
Continuing North we head across Bixby Bridge, seen in more publicity shots of highway 1 than anything else. Then through Big Sur, Pfeiffer Beach, Ragged Point and San Simeon. If we are lucky we might catch the elephant seals sleeping on the beach. Time permitting we will make a short detour to Hearst Castle. The home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst between 1919 and 1947. Then onto Cayucos for our next overnight stop.
Day 5 Wednesday
Total distance 223 miles. Driving time approximately 4 hours 15 minutes.
Continuing on Highway 1 we head through Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara and onto the Ventura Highway. Staying on the freeway we leave the coast and head inland. At South Arroyo we leave the freeway and drive along a short section of Old Route 66 as we head across the Colorado Street Bridge and into Pasadena for our next overnight stop.
Day 6 Thursday
Total distance 286 miles. Driving time approximately 5 hours.
Leaving Pasadena we take the Angels Crest highway and head north east out of Los Angeles before picking up Highway 15. Another chance to experience a short section of Route 66 as we take a detour from the highway at Victorville, head through Oro Grande, past Emma Jean’s Holland Burger cafe. Opened in 1947 this historic diner is still owned and run by the same family and has featured in a number of Hollywood films. On to Barstow and back onto Highway 15 all the way to Las Vegas, our destination for the next two nights.
Day 7 Friday
Free day to explore Las Vegas. With everything from the huge casino’s and the shows. Museums such as the Shelby, Hollywood Cars and Nostalgia Street Rods. The home of TV shows Sin City Motors and Counting Cars. Helicopter flights to the Grand Canyon, a short drive to the Hoover dam. There is no shortage of things to do and see in and around Vegas.
Day 8 Saturday
Total distance 130 miles. Driving time approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
Leaving the glitz of Las Vegas behind we head off into the desert and our hotel in the heart of Death Valley.
Day 9 Sunday
Free day to explore Death Valley National park.
Day 10 Monday
Total distance 160 miles. Driving time approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Continuing through Death Valley National Park we head South as we go towards Yosemite and our next overnight stop.
Day 11 Tuesday
Total distance 140 miles. Driving time approximately 3 hours.
Heading North we go through the Sierra National Forest to Yosemite where we will spend the next three nights.
Day 12 Wednesday, Day 13 Thursday
Free time to enjoy exploring Yosemite
Day 14 Friday
Total distance 177 miles. Driving time approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
Leaving Yosemite we head back to San Francisco. Our hotel for the night is in Sausalito, just across the golden gate bridge and just a few minutes walk to the ferry which takes you across the bay, past Alcatraz and into San Francisco.
Day 15 Saturday
Free day to explore San Francisco. Take a walk around China town. See some of the streets used for the location of the car chase in the Steve McQueen film “Bullit”. Enjoy a guided tour of Alcatraz. Alternatively take a drive north through Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpaid National Park to see some of the giant redwoods.
Day 16 Sunday
The end of our California adventure. Time to say goodbye to new found friends and return the rental cars to San Francisco International airport and head home taking with us some wonderful memories.
£TBA per person based upon 2 people sharing a double room.
Please ask for details if single occupancy is required
What is Included
Car (Typically, Camaro or Mustang convertible, subject to availability)
Want to use your own car? Not a problem, please contact us and we will be happy to accommodate your requirements.
Bed and breakfast in each of the carefully selected hotels.
What is not included
Return flights, dinner, drinks, incidentals, bar cost, lunch, road tolls, fuel and any other miscellaneous costs.
A non refundable deposit of £TBA is required
To Reserve a Place
Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 cars
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