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These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in California, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well.

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  • La Jolla, San Diego

    San Diego short break

    California
    • Stay on Coronado Island, one of the top places to walk to and relax on the beach.

    • Kayak along the California coastline taking in the natural caves and marine wildlife.

    • Explore the USS Midway Museum.

    • Enjoy a variety of small shops and restaurants on Coronado Island.

    5 days from $1,355pp

  • Joshua Tree National Park

    Palm Springs short break

    California
    • Take a ride up the Aerial Tramway for a bird's-eye view of Palm Springs.

    • Explore the homes of the rich and famous on an architecture tour of Palm Springs.

    • Spend a day discovering the unique landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.

    • Visit the infamous San Andreas Fault.

    5 days from $1,825pp

  • Cheshire Cat Facade

    Cheshire Cat Inn break

    California
    • The B&B has four private onsite cottages with fully equipped kitchens.
    • The inn is situated a short walk from the main retail district in Santa Barbara.
    • A huge variety of fresh, homemade dishes for breakfast.
    • An ideal location for exploring, only five minutes to the beach and 20 minutes to the Old Mission.
    • Each room is unique, with either views over mountains and beach or fireplaces and Jacuzzi baths.

    7 days from $2,080pp

  • Napa Valley vineyard

    California explored

    California
    • Discover the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

    • Explore the beaches and pretty towns along the Pacific coastline.

    • Watch for wildlife and get close to nature in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

    • See the salt flats of Badwater in the desolate Death Valley National Park.

    • Enjoy wine tasting in the glorious vineyards of the Napa Valley.

    20 days from $4,260pp

  • Venice Beach, Los Angeles

    Best of the west

    California
    • Explore the glamour of Hollywood and chic Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.

    • Follow walking trails and see incredible geological formations in California and Arizona’s national parks.

    • Drive the iconic Pacific Coast Highway for dramatic views over the ocean and rugged coastline.

    • Soak up the electric atmosphere of Las Vegas.

    20 days from $4,385pp

  • Redwood National Park

    Northern California self-drive tour

    California
    • Explore beautiful, cosmopolitan San Francisco.

    • Go wine tasting in the Sonoma Valley.

    • Go hiking at Mount Shasta.

    • Discover the beauty and tranquility of Crater Lake National Park.

    • See the enormous redwood trees in Redwood National Park.

    13 days from $4,835pp

  • Whales, Hawaii

    Hawaii highlights self-drive tour

    California and Hawaii
    • Explore Maui's white-sand beaches.

    • Experience the heat of Kilauea Volcano.

    • Snorkel with sea turtles, whales and dolphins.

    • Between January and March you can also take a boat trip on the Pacific Ocean to see majestic humpback whales at sunrise.

    12 days from $5,695pp

  • Post Ranch Inn - Jade Pool

    Post Ranch Inn break

    California
    • Enjoy dinner with stunning ocean views at the award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant.
    • The hotel only has 39 rooms for a cozy feel with exquisite service.
    • Enjoy the serene natural beauty of the area with a guided hike or in house stargazing.
    • The style of the hotel is both elegant and natural, combining organic materials and modern design.
    • The best views over the Pacific Ocean can be enjoyed from the clifftop basking pools.

    7 days from $8,820pp

  • Ranch at Rock Creek, Phillipsburg, MT

    Luxury ranch & beach

    California
    • Spend five nights at a luxury ranch in a pristine valley in Montana.

    • Try out a variety of activities at the ranch, including horseback riding, fly-fishing for cutthroat trout, and mountain biking.

    • Unwind by relaxing in a cliff-side resort overlooking Laguna Beach.

    9 days from $12,340pp

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