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Tailor-made California holidays

Introduction

California holidays sum up the best of the American dream. The Golden State combines everything from glamorous cities to seaside bohemia, all knitted together by sweeping coastal drives and verdant rural interiors.

Where to go in California

The curious traveller could explore California for years and still discover new favourite spots. Glamorous Los Angeles, glowing desert sands and idyllic beaches tempt many south; head north to lose yourself in the vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma, and the vibrant creative scene of San Francisco.

Southern California

Southern California, or SoCal to locals, embodies the quintessential west coast lifestyle of sunshine, surf culture and beachside living. From the glamour of Los Angeles, to the Orange County highlights of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach ...

Northern California

From vibrant San Francisco to the stunning Yosemite National Park, Northern California hosts an eclectic mix of urban life and rural dwell. Embark on an epic road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway, traipse through the Redwoods of Sonoma County or sit back and just enjoy the wines of Napa Valley.

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What to do in California

Explore California’s coastal surf, mountains, rolling vineyards and glittering cities on our range of luxury holidays designed to inspire the curious traveller.

Adventure holidays

Explore the John Muir woods, try your hand at surfing, immerse yourself in the urban jungle of Los Angeles, drive the Pacific Coast Highway… there is no shortage of stimulating holidays in California.

Food & Wine Holidays

Fresh, seasonal local cuisine is a highlight of any west coast holiday, as are world-class vintages experienced on a tour of California wine country. From citrus groves to seafood, Asian influences and some of the best tacos outside Mexico, there is plenty to satisfy any traveller’s tastebuds.

Self-drives

For a self-drive, California really is in a league of its own. Enjoy a classic road trip in Golden State sunshine, and travel at your own pace on a truly bespoke holiday.

Nature Holidays

There is possibly no more diverse region in the world than California, and our nature holidays immerse you in the vastness of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, the wine regions and more.

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When to go to California

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California, generally speaking, is known for its excellent weather. Hot summers and a lack of humidity make for a busy high season in coastal areas while deserts become stifling. Autumn is always a good choice as crowds die down and good weather prevails as, with winter, comes a sprinkling of rain and the deserts’ best weather.

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Top itineraries in California

Luxury California & Las Vegas Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,395 pp incl. flights

Drive your way through California to Las Vegas in complete luxury and enjoy activities including Ocean Safari's and city tours, with the option to extend your tour to include Canyon Point. Take in the best of San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Los Angeles and Las Vegas on your way.

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,375 pp incl. flights

One of the most impressive self-drives in the USA, the Pacific Coast Highway takes in San Francisco, Los Angeles and everything in between. Incredible mountain and ocean scenery vies for your attention with world-class vineyards, towns and beaches.

Historic Route 66 – Great American Road Trip

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,135 pp incl. flights

Celebrating its 90th year, Route 66 is America’s most celebrated highway; one that’s inspired countless films, books and songs, from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to Woody Guthrie’s 'The Ballad of Tom Joad' and Bobby Troup’s classic '(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66'.

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,865 pp incl. flights

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Save up to £540 per couple
Book by: 10 March 2017

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this definitive road trip.

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Top places to stay in California

Fairmont San Francisco

Grand & elegant hotel

One of the original luxury landmark hotels to be built atop Nob Hill, the Fairmont San Francisco delivers breathtaking views, superb personal service and oodles of old-world luxury.

The Argonaut, San Francisco

Contemporary hotel

This early 20th century red-brick and wood-beamed fruit cannery warehouse has been skilfully transformed into a boutique, nautically themed hotel that offers a waterfront location, seafood specialities and complimentary wine tasting every evening at five.

Taj Campton Place, San Francisco

Grand & elegant hotel

A perfectly positioned boutique hotel with a Michelin Star restaurant and a well-earned reputation for outstanding personal service.

Le Méridien Delfina, Santa Monica

Contemporary hotel

Watch scorching sunsets silhouette palm trees over one of the world’s most famous beaches as your accommodation is firmly planted among Santa Monica’s exclusive bars and restaurants, the haunts of LA’s rich and famous.

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Special offers in California

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,865 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £540 per couple
Book by: 10 March 2017

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this definitive road trip.

Rockies, Alaska and San Francisco

18-day rail & cruise from £6,699 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Includes Rockies tour, stay and cruise

From the soaring ice-capped mountains and pristine alpine lakes of the Canadian Rockies, to the incredible, sheer glaciers, shrouded in mist and verdant forestry of Alaska, this is truly a journey to remember.

Icons Of The West

14-day all-inclusive luxury cruise from £5,549 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Be a part of Regents 25th Anniversary celebration with a commemorative voyage. Enjoy specialized programming, such as an exclusive galley lunch, as well as wine and cocktail tastings, and a commemorative gift.

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California articles

  • Make a self-drive holiday luxurious

    From renting classic cars to planning high-end picnics, these tips will help you craft a luxury self-drive holiday.

  • Free Entrance to US National Parks: the Centenary & Other Times to Visit

    The vision of 19th century artist, George Catlin, America’s National Parks Service has grown from humble beginnings, starting with just one park. The veritable grandfather of it all – Yellowstone – was once protected from poachers and misuse by the U.S. Army, a trend that continued to the second na…

  • Where to see Sea Lions & Seals on the Pacific Coast Highway

    Arguably one of the most overlooked draws of Highway One, the abundant sea lion and seal population is both fascinating and adorable. If you don't know where to look to find them, follow our guide to the five best places to spot California's favourite marine life.

  • The Top 10 Stops on a Highway 1 Road Trip

    Find out the unmissable spots on a Highway 1 self-drive, including Monterey, Nepenthe, Pismo Beach and Hearst Castle. Officially known as Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway has long been regarded as one of the greatest routes in the whole of North America.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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