Postcards of California Self Drive Tour
This itinerary can be booked in reverse. Consider adding pre/post nights to your cruise
There is a choice of Standard or Upgraded Accommodation
Day 1 of Land Tour – Los Angeles
Arrive in Los Angeles, pick up your rental car and drive to your first night’s accommodation. There is so much to see in Los Angeles that you might consider adding a pre night to your itinerary so that you don’t miss anything. Accommodation is near Los Angeles Harbour.
Day 2 of Land Tour – Los Angeles – Pacific Coast Highway – Malibu – Santa Barbara – Central Coast
Start the day with a drive through Santa Monica and the famous beaches of Malibu. Continue up the coast to Santa Barbara, a beautiful seaside community with its famous mission and palm-lined walkways. The harbour and wharf areas are great to explore on foot or rent a bike and see even more. Further north, the classic beach towns of California's Central Coast beg to be explored. Overnight in the heart of California's Central Coast.
Day 3 of Land Tour – Central Coast – Highway 1 – Monterey/Carmel
Continue north and near San Luis Obispo join Highway 1 which is renowned as one of the most scenic roadways in the US. Enjoy more stunning views of the rugged coastline and the Pacific with a drive on the 17-Mile Scenic Drive (Toll), see the famous lone Cypress Tree, perched on a rocky outreach and then pass through the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. Enjoy stops in the quaint village of Carmel before reaching the famous town of Monterey with its aquarium and cannery row.
Day 4 of Land Tour – Monterey/Carmel – Yosemite
Start your day early and continue across California's agricultural Central Valley before ascending into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Join highway 49 and travel south through California Gold country following in the footsteps of the thousands of gold seekers during the gold rush of 1949. Today this area's streams and creeks are still considered some of the best for gold panning enthusiasts. Continue to Yosemite National Park. Accommodation will outside of the park.
Day 5 of Land Tour – Yosemite National Park
Enjoy a full day to explore Yosemite National Park. It embraces some of the world's most spectacular scenery and affords a wonderful collection of waterfalls, meadows and forests, including groves of giant sequoias. Marvel at the sheer granite domes and cliffs that soar thousands of feet up from the valley floor. The massive glacial-shaped rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome are the most famous landmarks of the park and keep a majestic watch over the valley.
Day 6 of Land Tour – Yosemite – San Francisco
Today depart Yosemite and head for the city on the bay, San Francisco. This scenic drive will take you into the heart of San Francisco your base for the next 2 days.
Day 7 of Land Tour – San Francisco
Today you have a full day to explore the beautiful and unforgettable city of San Francisco. Don’t miss Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, the Cable Cars and drive down Lombard Street the curviest street in the world. A relaxing way to spend the afternoon is taking a ferry to Sausalito for a unique perspective on the skyline or pre book tickets (online) to sail over to Alcatraz Island.
Day 8 of Land Tour – San Francisco
Return your car at the airport and transfer to the terminal for your flight or for your transfer for embarkation.
Documentation: All Self Drive Itineraries include a courtesy phone call on the morning of day 2 to check that everything is okay from our supplier and to remind customers to collect their package from reception if you haven't already.
Documentation will be at your first nights hotel and is a Back-Pack with a North America Atlas, local sightseeing information and detailed itinerary of tour. NOTE: On arrival at hotel ask for 'PACKAGE' in your name. Detailed itinerary can be sent electronically 5-6 weeks before departure for an additional $15 (£12) but does not include the Atlas or local sightseeing information.