A luxury fly-drive pairing Big Sur's coastal delights with the big-city icons of San Francisco
- Explore San Francisco’s world-famous sights
- Stay in the exclusive Nob Hill district in the heart of the city
- Drive along California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway
- Enjoy four unforgettable nights at the luxurious Ventana Big Sur
- Take in the delights of California’s central coast, from Carmel’s golden sands to historic Hearst Castle
- 3 Nights San Francisco
- 4 Nights Big Sur
City | Food & wine | Honeymoon | Natural world | Relaxation | Self-drive
Compare San Francisco’s big-hitting icons with the dramatic landscapes of California’s Pacific Coast Highway on this luxury tailor-made fly-drive. And, as well as having the chance to take in some of California’s most popular attractions, and drive some of its most scenic routes, you’ll stay in luxury throughout. Begin with the historic Fairmont in San Fran’s trendy Nob Hill, just a short cable car ride away from Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf, before driving south past Monterey and Carmel to Big Sur. Here, you’ll spend four unforgettable nights at the Ventana by Alila where, between walks among the redwoods and treatments at the spa, you’ll enjoy the best in gourmet regional dining and endless views across the Pacific Ocean’s deep blue.
Day by day itinerary
Fly to San Francisco
Start your holiday in suitably relaxing style with included airport lounge access before your flight to San Francisco. Arriving the same day, you’ll make your way from the airport to your luxury hotel. Located in the upmarket Nob Hill district, right in the heart of the city, you’ll be well placed to explore San Francisco’s headline attractions, with the likes of Golden Gate Park, Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf all within easy reach; perhaps jump on one of the city’s famous cable cars to visit crooked Lombard Street, grab a chowder and watch the sea lions at Pier 39.
Stay: Fairmont San Francisco (Deluxe)
With two full days in the city, you’ll have ample time to scratch beneath the surface of what is one of North America’s most explorable cities. Aside from the aforementioned sights, perhaps take a walk along Embarcadero to visit the fascinating Exploratorium, indulge your sweet tooth at Ghiradelli Square or head into the Bay Area to marvel at the towering trees in Muir Woods or appreciate the sweeping views back towards Golden Gate Bridge from picturesque Angel Island. There’s plenty to temp the taste buds, too, from the decadent Irish coffees at Buena Vista Café to hidden-away pizzerias and the world-spanning delights of Soma Streetfood Park. What’s more, the sprawling vineyards of Napa are only an hour or so to the north, and tours can be easily arranged. Speak to our specialists for best options.
Stay: Fairmont San Francisco (Deluxe)
Big Sur & the Pacific Coast Highway
Collect your hire car for the drive south, first along the freeway to Santa Cruz and then south, taking the iconic Pacific Coast Highway through Monterey and Carmel to Big Sur and the luxuries of your five-star coastal resort – the stunning Ventana by Alila. Set amid towering redwood trees, it’s a place of pure relaxation, made all the more indulgent by its on-site spa, gourmet restaurant and 10.000-bottle wine cellar. Over four days you’ll have ample time to take it all in, heading out to explore the beautiful Big Sur State Park and Tassajara Hot Springs, taking a trip down to the coast to the vineyards of San Luis Opisbo or visiting historic Hearst Castle where former residence of media magnate William Randolph Hearst hosted lavish parties for Hollywood’s elite. You’ll then return each day to sunset cocktails and views out across the Pacific Ocean.
Stay: Ventana, Big Sur (Deluxe)
Depart for UK
Return up the coast to San Francisco, return your hire car and board your overnight flight to London, arriving on day nine.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £2,320 pp. incl. flights
from £2,805 pp. incl. flights
from £3,720 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- International flights between the UK and San Francisco
- 5 days car hire (intermediate car)
- 3 nights accommodation in San Francisco in a 5* (Deluxe) hotel
- 4 nights accommodation at Big Sur in a 5* (Deluxe) hotel
High season: July-August
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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