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 Hotel Carlton (3T) or 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 - Yosemite National Park - Mariposa
We travel inland to one of America’s icons of majestic natural beauty, Yosemite National Park. Each year millions of visitors are drawn to its dramatic scenery, nature and outdoor adventures. The awe-inspiring rock formations and sheer cliffs with stunning waterfalls (in season) create the perfect photo opportunity and there is always the possibility of spotting one of the many mammals that inhabit the park including black bear and bighorn sheep. We continue on to the small historical town of Mariposa which was first settled in 1849 and has retained the charm of a bygone era. Our hotel is the Best Western Mariposa (3T).
Day 4 Mariposa - Carmel - Monterey
Today we travel towards Monterey, immortalised in John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Cannery Row’ and the Frank Sinatra song, ‘It Happened in Monterey’. We stop in Carmel-by-the-Sea and have lunch at your leisure. Our journey continues as 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. Our Monterey hotel is the Portola Hotel and Spa (4T).
Day 5 Monterey
A day at leisure to relax or explore this vibrant beach resort. Monterey rises from the pristine Monterey Bay to pine-forested hillsides with sweeping bay views. Maybe take our optional excursion to visit the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and try the local seafood delicacies in one of the many restaurants along Cannery Row.
Day 6 Monterey - Hearst Castle - Solvang
We continue south and join the spectacular Big Sur coastline (subject to accessibility), a protected and sparsely-populated route bounded by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. 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. Later we continue to Solvang, checking into our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express (3T).
Day 7 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 a brief visit to Santa Barbara with its beautiful waterfront setting and then continue south to Santa Monica for another brief stop before we reach Long Beach. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Hilton Long Beach (3T+).
Day 8 Long Beach
A full day to explore the waterfront city of Long Beach by yourself or to simply unwind on the beach.
Day 9 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).
Day 10 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 11 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 12 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.