Day 1: London – San Francisco
Fly from London and arrive the same day into San Francisco, the gateway to Northern California. With San Francisco being such a compact and walkable city, there’s no need to pick up a car from the airport, so make your way into the city centre to start your Californian experience. Stay 3 nights at the Handlery Union Square (or similar).
Day 2-3: San Francisco
San Francisco is a diverse and vibrant city that boasts a beautiful location along the Pacific Coast of California. Discover a multicultural variety of neighbourhoods that gives this city is quirky nature, from the Hispanic flair of the Castro District to bustling Chinatown. During your stay, be sure to pre-book a ferry ride over to the infamous Alcatraz Island, the former penitentiary housing some of the most notorious federal criminals of the 20th century. Another worthwhile experience is to hire a bicycle and ride over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for fantastic photo opportunities of the city skyline.
Day 4: San Francisco – Yosemite (approx. 191 miles)
Today, pick up your Alamo rental car and commence your scenic journey to Mariposa County, the western gateway to Yosemite National Park with its spectacular collection of waterfalls, stunning mountain views and picturesque hiking trails, which you will have the opportunity to discover over the next few days, from your base in the heart of the park. Stay 3 nights at Curry Village* (or similar).
Day 5-6: Yosemite Area
With its meadows of wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, sheer granite rock formations and wildlife, Yosemite is a true natural wonder and the perfect destination for families, adventure-seekers and nature lovers. Enjoy a two hour valley floor tram tour (optional) of the Yosemite Valley, or why not experience the park on foot with a trek along the Mist Trail? You can even hire a bike for self-exploration, with views of the glacial-shaped formations of El Capitan and Half Dome, as well as the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls as your backdrop. Be sure to head up to Glacier Point, which benefits from the most spectacular views across the Valley.
Day 7: Yosemite – London
Your Californian adventure comes to an end as you drive back to San Francisco Airport and return your car at the depot before checking in for your departure flight back to the UK. However, this is just a sample itinerary, and we would definitely recommend adding extra nights in both San Francisco and Yosemite, to experience what these wonderful destinations have to offer, so why not call our experienced travel advisors for more details and options?
*Accommodation at the Curry Village is in a heated tent. Please call us for more details.