California's Pacific Coast

Beautiful beach with palm trees and the white yacht on the horizon. Big Sur. California, USA

Self-drive Holidays

This classic road trip takes you from the bright lights of Los Angeles north along the iconic Highway 1 (the ‘Pacific Coast Highway’) to Monterey, before cutting inland to the towering sentinels of Yosemite National Park and finishing up in San Francisco. There’s no finer feeling that being able to pick and choose where you stop off as you cruise this legendary route, turning those Californian dreams into reality. Heading north from LAX Airport, you’ll spend time in the classic beach resorts of Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, and Monterey as you explore the Central Coast and Big Sur, watching out for whales and sea lions on route. It’s a stunning drive with pine and cypress forests giving way to swooping mountain foothills and rolling wine estates. You’ll drop off the car on arrival into San Francisco, but you have the option to add a couple of car-free days at the end of the itinerary if you want to extend your stay. That’s the great thing about this type of road trip – it’s entirely up to you how much or how little you want to do along the way. PLEASE NOTE: To ease overcrowding during peak times, Yosemite National Park has implemented a reservations system for vehicle entry into the park. This will be in operation at weekends from 13 April 2024 – 30 June 2024; daily from 01 July 2024 – 15 August 2024; and again at weekends from 16 August 2024 – 27 October 2024. Full-day and afternoon-only permits, which are subject to terms and conditions, will be available for purchase online at

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10 nights in hotels

Excursions and visits

  • Explore the beach and pier in Santa Monica
  • See the legendary landmarks in Los Angeles
  • Drive the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur
  • Two nights in Santa Barbara and Monterey
  • Historic missions, farmers’ markets, and state parks
  • Hiking trails in Yosemite National Park
  • Optional trips to Malibu, Ventura, Solvang, and Carmel

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Activities, sightseeing and attraction entrance fees
  • National Parks Pass (or entry fees)
  • Resort Fees (if required by any of your chosen hotels)


Economy car rental (11 days) with unlimited mileage, third party insurance and CDW – please ask for vehicle upgrades and full terms & conditions

Personalised digital destination guide & driving instructions (accessed via online/mobile app, and printable at home)


  • 10 nights

  • North America . USA . California . Monterey

  • International flights not included

From £1,574 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 11 days


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