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California Beaches & Deserts Fly Drive Holiday

12 days from £1,265pp

Los Angeles – Palm Springs – San Diego – Laguna Beach

Our suggested fly drive itinerary offers the perfect mix of sightseeing, outdoor adventure and beach or poolside relaxation. Los Angeles will be your first port of call where you can enjoy a bit of celebrity spotting before heading on to idyllic Palm Springs, the perfect place to hone your golfing skills or explore California’s natural wilderness. Travel on to San Diego where you can experience great all year round weather and many activities for the whole family to enjoy. End this fly drive tour with a relaxing couple of nights in Laguna Beach where you can unwind on the white sandy beaches.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the culture of Los Angeles and be inspired by the renowned collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum which can be viewed at the Getty Centre and Getty Villa.
  • Joshua Tree National Park lays on the doorstep of the Palm Springs Valley so be sure to explore the park which is home to the Joshua Tree, a type of Yucca.
  • A great way to get your bearings in San Diego is to book a hop on, hop off trolley tour of the city allowing you the flexibility to explore everything the city has at your own pace.

Remember, we can tailor-make your fly drive holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 0208 290 9751.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: London – Los Angeles

Your Californian experience begins as soon as you arrive on the same day flight into Los Angeles, the gateway into southern California. Home to the stars of Hollywood, sun-kissed beaches, unrivalled shopping and the theme park entertainment of Universal Studios and nearby Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, you will never be bored in LA. Stay 2 nights at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Los Angeles

With so much on offer in Los Angeles, it will be difficult to cram it all in! Visit sunny Santa Monica and enjoy funfair action on the pier, or hire bikes and cycle down the boardwalk to Venice Beach, along with all the other locals. Spend the afternoon behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood or shop with the stars along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. In the evening, head to the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood and party until dawn at one of the famous hotel rooftop bars, or for a quieter experience; why not visit the stunning hilltop Getty Villa that affords fabulous views over the city.

Day 3: Los Angeles – Palm Springs (approx. 125 miles)

After the hectic pace of LA, time to move on to the laidback lifestyle of Palm Springs, picking up your Alamo car rental on route to this desert wonderland. A perfect place for relaxation, shopping or for getting active and exploring the outdoors. Stay 4 nights at the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa (or similar).

Day 4-6: Palm Springs

Spend your time indulging in luxury spa treatments, amazing golf courses or simply relaxing by the pool. Desert Springs Premium Outlets is likely to tempt the most reluctant of shoppers with great prices on designer brands; and check out the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway featuring the world’s largest rotating tramcar, for the ultimate views of the Desert Valley. Well recommended, is a day trip to the beautifully eerie Joshua Tree National Park where the Sonoran and Mojave deserts meet. Hike the higher Mojave portion of the desert, home to a forest of Joshua Tree as well as unique rock formations called Inselbergs which are protected.

Day 7: Palm Springs – San Diego (approx. 100 miles)

Travel to San Diego – a city blessed with year round good weather and a wealth of attractions. On the way, why not stop at the Anza–Borrego State Park is the largest state park in California. It boasts miles of hiking trails; the park features wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Then head onto San Diego, home to SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and a great deal more besides. Stay 3 nights at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa (or similar).

Day 8-9: San Diego

Offering sparkling bays and pristine beaches, California’s second largest city is a fun place to be for people of all ages. Children will love Legoland, SeaWorld or the San Diego Zoo. There’s also plenty of shoreline for surfers or alternatively enjoy breathtaking harbour cruise. Take a trip to Little Italy and explore the streets of this lively neighbourhood with its authentic cafes. Catch a ride to Balboa Park, one of the largest urban cultural parks in the world which is full of museums, performing arts and architecture to discover. And don’t forget the Gaslamp Quarter or Old Town to find the best nightlife San Diego has to offer.

Day 10: San Diego – Laguna Beach (approx. 73 miles)

Your California adventure nears its end, as you take a leisurely drive north along the coast of sunny O.C. to Laguna Beach where you will spend your final days in this laid-back surf town. Stay 2 nights at Holiday Inn Laguna Beach (or similar).

Day 11: Laguna Beach

With an ideal location midway between San Diego and Los Angeles, Laguna Beach is home to some of the most beautiful beaches of the Golden State. Explore the seven miles of picturesque Pacific coastline where you’ll find 20 pristine, sandy beaches and coves that makes Laguna Beach a mecca for surfers from all over the world. Laguna is also home to world-class artists, festivals and art events, as well as boutique shopping and one-of-a-kind shopping and boutiques. With over 70 dining experiences possible, your taste buds can go on a culinary adventure you won’t soon forget.

Day 12: Laguna Beach – Los Angeles (approx. 60 miles) - London

After a whirlwind California tour, you can either plan to extend your stay, otherwise it’s time to wave goodbye to the Golden State as you drop off the rental car at Los Angeles Airport and board the overnight flight returning to London.

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Included in your Fly Drive Holiday

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Economy flights
  • Airport taxes, fuel & duty
  • Car rental where stated
  • Any applicable offers

Not included: Airport transfers, meals, sightseeing & personal expenses.

Flights from regional UK airports available

Remember, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 0208 290 9751.

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