Day 1 London - San Francisco
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to San Francisco. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights, the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (4T).
Day 2 San Francisco
This morning we will enjoy a guided tour of San Francisco, taking in highlights such as Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Park. In the afternoon you have time to make your own discoveries, perhaps visiting Pier 39 or the colourful streets of Chinatown.
Day 3 San Francisco - Monterey
Today we travel south towards Monterey, immortalised in John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row and the Frank Sinatra song, ‘It Happened in Monterey’. After a refreshment stop we take the famous 17 Mile Drive, said to be one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, discreetly dotted with multi-million dollar homes and fronted by a coastal golf course. We return to Monterey to spend the night at the Casa Munras Hotel & Spa (4T).
Day 4 Monterey - Carmel - Cambria
We continue south, first to Carmel, set on beautiful white sand beach. We then join the spectacular Big Sur coastline, a protected and sparsely-populated route bounded by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. We arrive at our hotel for tonight, the Cambria Pines Lodge (3T+).
Day 5 Cambria - Solvang
This morning we have an included excursion to Hearst Castle, the grand, ostentatious estate built for the media magnate William Randolph Hearst, which he called the ‘Enchanted Hill.’ Today it is a museum, displaying Hearst’s vast collection of art and antiques and offering wonderful ocean views from its terraced gardens. You have some free time to explore the attractive beach town of Cambria, before we continue to Solvang, checking into our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express (3T).
Day 6 Solvang - Long Beach
You will have free time to explore the charming town of Solvang this morning, founded by Danish settlers in 1911. Discover its traditional Danish-style architecture, art galleries and choice of tempting bakeries and look out for the replica of Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue. Later this morning we depart for our brief visit to Santa Barbara with its beautiful waterfront setting. We then continue south to Santa Monica for another brief stop before we reach Long Beach. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Hotel Maya by DoubleTree (4T).
Day 7 Long Beach
A full day to explore the waterfront city of Long Beach by yourself or to simply unwind on the beach. Alternatively, join us on one of our optional excursions to the Aquarium of the Pacific, with its huge viewing tanks.
Day 8 Long Beach - San Diego
We continue our southwards journey along California’s coast this morning, making stops in the attractive seaside resorts of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach along the way. We will also visit the picturesque old Spanish mission of San Juan Capistrano, site of the oldest building in California, the Serra Chapel, built in 1782. Later, we reach San Diego and our hotel for the next two nights, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (4T) or Hilton San Diego Harbor Island Hotel (4T).
Day 9 San Diego
This morning we have a city tour of San Diego in the company of a local guide, discovering some of the highlights such as San Diego’s Old Town, with its well-preserved 19th century buildings, and the huge Balboa Park. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or join us on an optional harbour cruise.
Day 10 San Diego - Los Angeles - In flight
We head back north today to Los Angeles, where we take time for a sightseeing tour, visiting Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Hills. Later, we transfer to Los Angeles Airport for a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
Day 11 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.