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  • Luxury California and American South West Tour
  • Luxury California and American South West Tour
  • Luxury California and American South West Tour
  • Golden Bridge, San Francisco, California
  • Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
  • Skyline of Los Angeles, USA
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Amangiri, Canyon Point

Luxury California & Las Vegas Self-Drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,915 pp incl. flights

Free car hire on this itinerary

Summary

Short description

Journey way through some of the USA's best sights in complete luxury, with the option to extend your tour to include Canyon Point

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Highlights

  • Stay in some of America’s most luxurious hotels in the bohemian charm of San Francisco, the sensory delights of Las Vegas and the celebrity glamour and beaches of LA
  • Hit the coastal highways, winding backcountry roads and desert freeways as you take in the vast range of America’s geography
  • Enjoy the quiet of Carmel and Santa Barbara’s vineyards along with the stunning Grand Canyon

In Brief

  • 2 Nights San Francisco
  • 2 Nights Carmel Valley
  • 2 Nights Santa Barbara
  • 2 Nights Los Angeles
  • 2 Nights Las Vegas

Itinerary

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | History & culture | Natural world | Relaxation | Self-drive

This luxury two-week road trip, starting in San Francisco and ending in Las Vegas, takes in the highlights of California and the spectacular American Southwest. Drive south along the Pacific Coast Highway – California State Route 1 – to the fashionable seaside town of Carmel, past Big Sur and the beaches of Santa Barbara. Stay in one of the most iconic hotels in Los Angeles and experience the bright lights of America's 'Sin City' – Las Vegas. If you've time, be sure to add on a stay at the luxurious, all-inclusive resort, Amangiri, in Canyon Point, Utah. Within easy reach of some of America's most impressive national parks and featuring a stunning spa, this desert resort is the perfect place to unwind and explore some of the continents most striking landscapes. 

If you don't feel like driving, this tour can also be fully guided at an additional cost. Contact our USA specialists for more details.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Depart UK, Arrive San Francisco

On your first day, fly from the UK to San Francisco. After a private transfer from the airport, spend the rest of the day relaxing with the Fairmont Hotel’s breathtaking bay views. With its downtown location, you might want to take a stroll along some of the city’s famous inclines.

The next morning, your private guide will take you through San Francisco’s crooked streets on a half-day tour of the city’s sights, including the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and atmospheric Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll also see Chinatown, Pacific Heights and the Golden Gate Park with each trip tailored to guests’ tastes. The rest of the day is your own.

Stay: Fairmont San Francisco (Deluxe)

Days 3-4
Carmel

Pick up your hire car and follow the scenic California coastline down to the rolling vineyards, Comstock cottages and fine restaurants of artsy Carmel. The next day, drive to nearby Monterey for a 2.5-hour eco-raft ocean safari where you’ll get close to orcas, blue whales and dolphins. In the afternoon, educate yourself on the morning’s activities at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Stay: Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley (Deluxe)

Days 5-6
Santa Barbara

Stop off at stately homes, which hark back to the Roaring Twenties, on your way to coastal Santa Barbara’s colonial Spanish adobe. Known as the Riviera of America, its picturesque streets and swaying palm trees are the perfect springboard into the delights of the surrounding wine country. Or, if you’d like a rest from driving, simply walk through its charming streets and head to the quaint seaside zoo. Spend two nights at the exceptional Belmond El Encanto, set amid verdant hills with dazzling ocean views. 

Stay: Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara (Deluxe)

Days 7-8
Los Angeles

Continue down the stunning coastline, before arriving at your home for the next two nights – Beverley Hills’ legendary ‘Pink Palace’. Located on 12 acres of lush tropical gardens and exotic flowers, this is one of the most iconic hotels in America. Slip into LA’s laid-back beach culture on some optional excursions as you learn to paddleboard at Marina del Rey or perhaps take part in a guided cycle tour along the boardwalks of Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

Stay: The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles (Deluxe)

Days 9-10
Las Vegas & The Grand Canyon

Head inland to the bright neon oasis that is Las Vegas, home to fabled casinos and world-class shows. Check into the Mandarin Oriental; located in the centre of Vegas’s infamous strip, you’ll have everything on your doorstep while enjoying the hotel’s relaxed atmosphere.

The next day, you’ll be taken on a light aircraft tour of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders – the Grand Canyon. You’ll be treated to unique vantage points, a gourmet picnic lunch and trails that can only be accessed from inside the park.

Stay: The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas (Deluxe)

Day 11
Depart USA (or extend stay)

If you've more time, unwind on a three-night stay at Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah. This luxury all-inclusive resort features a 25,000 sq. ft. spa and is within easy reach of some of America's most spectacular national parks, including the Grand Canyon. Otherwise, transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Day 12
UK

Arrive back in the UK and continue your onward journey home.

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe Ultra

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,915 incl. flights

Deluxe

Low Season

from £5,915 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £7,740 pp. incl. flights

Package includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to San Francisco and from Las Vegas to London
  • 10 nights luxury accommodation in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a room only basis
  • Private arrival transfer
  • 8 days mid-size SUV car hire (Ford Escape or similar) with roadbook
  • Private half-day San Francisco city tour
  • Eco-Rafting Ocean Safari in Monterey
  • Small group Grand Canyon South Rim Plane Tour

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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