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DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Los Angeles.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (2 nights)

​DAY 2 Los Angeles

Explore the highlights of Los Angeles in a comprehensive city tour, which starts with your guide picking you up from your hotel, and takes in the City of Angels’ most legendary sites, including Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. 
​DAY 3 Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Drive Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Distance: 87 miles

Taking the short drive to Santa Barbara, you’ll arrive just in time for lunch at one of the many great eateries here, working off all those delicious calories with a leisurely afternoon stroll around this beautiful coastal town.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore (2 nights)
​DAY 4 Santa Barbara

Spend today at leisure and enjoy some well-deserved down time after a busy first few days. If you'd like to see more of the area, it's definitely worth exploring the diverse stores of State Street, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art or getting touch with nature at The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 
​DAY 5 Santa Barbara to Carmel 
Drive Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes | Distance: 238 miles

Set off on Highway 1 from Santa Barbara to Carmel – and if you leave early enough you fit in all sorts of things. Stop in San Simeon for a tour of Hearst Castle, have a shopping spree and lunch at Cambria, then enjoy the beach and Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay (they have the best views). Your only problem will be how to pick where to stop along the way. 

Stay: Bernardus Lodge & Spa (1 night)
​DAY 6 Carmel to San Francisco
Drive Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes | Distance: 128 miles

This is one of the most scenic drives you could possibly take. Stop en-route in Monterey and visit the Aquarium, or at Pebble Beach for a photo opportunity of the world-famous golf course. 

Stay: The St. Regis San Francsico (3 nights)
​DAYS 7-8 San Francisco

With only two days in this iconic city, we suggest you pack your walking shoes and see as much as you possibly can. Alcatraz is a must (but do book advance to avoid disappointment). Food in this city is incredible, a visit to Chinatown is well worth a visit, and of course seeing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is not to be missed.
​DAY 9 San Francisco to Yosemite National Park
Drive Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes | Distance: 188 miles

Don't be misled by the guide books – this road-trip is just a means to an end – and we suggest getting to the park as quickly as possible, as you really need a full day-and-a-half to enjoy all its wondrous natural beauty. 

Stay: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (2 nights)
​DAY 10 Yosemite National Park

Stand in Yosemite Valley, turn 360 degrees, and in just 60 seconds you’ll see more natural wonders than you would in a whole day pretty much anywhere else in the world. From black bears, mule deer and chipmunks; white-flowering dogwood trees and the Merced River; to countless waterfalls (including the mighty Yosemite, Bridalveil and Sentinel Falls), the impressive rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome, and more adventure and activities than you can imagine, you’ll find it all here.
​DAY 11 Yosemite to Death Valley
Drive Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes | Distance: 305 miles

Take Highway 395 to Death Valley and you won't be sorry: the scenery en-route is truly spectacular (be sure to stop at Alabama Hills – movie-makers have been filming here for years thanks to its remarkable display of crazy rock formations courtesy of Mother Nature). 

Death Valley is no Disneyland, but it's a magical kingdom all of its own. It's the largest national park outside of Alaska at 3.3 million acres – home to mountainous sand dunes, mysterious singing rocks, colourful sandstone canyons and bizzarely-shaped Joshua Trees – where extremes are the norm: from its climate (it's the hottest, driest place in the States, with summer temperatures that are, quite simply, scorching, and an average rainfall of just 2cm each year), to its elevations (its lowest spot Badwater Basin, sits at 282 feet below sea level, while its highest point, Telescope Peak, soars to an impressive 11,049 feet). 

Stay: The Inn at Furnace Creek (1 night)
​DAY 12 Death Valley to Las Vegas
Drive Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes | Distance: 117 miles

After a leisurely breakfast, leave the desert behind you and head for the bright lights of Las Vegas

Stay: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas (2 nights)
​DAY 13 Las Vegas

With so much to see and do in Sin City, it’s hard to know where to start, so let us point you in the right direction to make sure your stay here is super special. But if you’re limited to time, the best way to see it all is from a helicopter, for a bird’s-eye view of the Strip, its casinos and further afield, the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. 
​DAY 14 Las Vegas to Palm Springs
Drive Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes | Distance: 236 miles

This is a beautiful drive, thanks to the desolate isolation you feel for half the journey. You’ll see Joshua Trees a-plenty and also join the world-famous Route 66 before arriving into Palm Springs.

Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage (2 nights)
​DAY 15 ​Palm Springs

With Greater Palm Springs' year-round sunshine, championship golf courses, sleek luxury lodgings, hot restaurants, hip nightlife and fabulous shopping, it's no wonder that Hollywood's Elite escape to the desert resort towns of Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio, or Desert Hot Springs to the north.
​DAY 16 Palm Springs to San Diego
Drive Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes | Distance: 127 miles

Drive from Palm Springs to San Diego for your international flight back to London Heathrow Airport.
​PRICES 15 nights from £4,250 per person, including flights & car hire


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