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California

Overview

  • Flight Time: 11 Hours
  • Time Zone: UTC -8:00
  • Best Time to Travel: May - October

Whenever you think of California, it conjures up images of sun, sea and the rhythms of the Beach boys and Mama's and Papa's. This is an iconic state that has a vast range of activities to meet the needs of any traveller. From Hollywood glitz and glamour, to strolling along the vast coastline or taking in some of the best national parks in the US.

Boasting iconic cities, dramatic national parks, miles of beaches and an enviable lifestyle, California is a must see and do destination. Whatever you want to get out of your holiday, the Golden State has it all. From road trips to film sets, wine tasting to surfing, theme parks to rock climbing - it’s all here in California.

From top to bottom, California is bursting with natural beauty, activities and great weather. You can explore the beautiful coastline of the Central Coast to San Francisco along the famous Big Sur coastal Highway 1, one of the most scenic drives in the world. Its world class wine regions of Napa and Sonoma lead you further inland and then why not travel up into the High Sierra and the stunning national parks. Make sure you spend time in one of California’s vibrant and diverse cities. Whether it’s following the stars in LA, taking in the iconic sights of San Francisco or enjoying the night life of San Diego, there is a city for everyone in the Golden State.

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Regions & Cities of California

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  • Carmel, Monterey - California
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    Carmel, Monterey - California

    Situated on the Monterey Peninsula 120 miles south of San Francisco is the beautiful European style village of Carmel which is an ideal base to explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur.

  • Greater Palm Springs - California
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    Greater Palm Springs - California

    Greater Palm Springs – the warm desert air and designer labels may draw you here, but any number of other attractions will keep you coming back. Nine distinct cities make up the oasis. This potpourri of paradise includes Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Indio and Coachella.

  • Lake Tahoe - California
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    Lake Tahoe - California

    There literally isn’t anything you can’t do in this little piece of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts - from water sports to getting lost in the mountains; everything is so much more special here due to the Lake and the area’s infectious mountain vibe. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America .

  • Los Angeles - California
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    Los Angeles - California

    Los Angeles "City of Angels" is as much an idea as it is a physical city and actually covers an area of 6500 square miles. With ten major shopping districts, an incredible variety of dance, music, theatre, theme parks, professional sporting events, television and motion picture production, L.A. is the undisputed "Entertainment Capital of the World".

  • Mammoth Lakes - California
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    Mammoth Lakes - California

    Mammoth Lakes’ motto is, ‘Come as you are. Do what you love.’ Ski and snowboarding in winter, or using the lifts to access alpine trails in the summer for hiking or fishing. As the gateway to California’s natural wonders located in the Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes is a great base camp and information hot spot for travellers.

  • Napa Valley - California
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    Napa Valley - California

    The Napa Valley is a destination where world-class wines, Michelin-star dining, a vibrant arts community, healing hot-spring waters and luxurious spas. Just over an hour north of San Francisco, the Napa Valley is the world’s premier wine, food, arts and wellness destination, stretching approximately 35 miles (56 km) in a northwesterly direction.

  • Orange County Beaches - California
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    Orange County Beaches - California

    It's all about the beaches in Orange County. If you're a sun-loving, fun-loving person looking to embody that sophisticated yet casual SoCal lifestyle, then take a retreat to the iconic Golden Coast. Discover your mojo along the 42 miles of uninterrupted beaches and extensive recreation surrounded by an engaging balance of natural beauty and eclectic cities.

  • San Diego - California
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    San Diego - California

    San Diego – the city is regularly named as one of the best in the US. With reliably sunny weather, a world-renowned zoo, famous golf courses, a lively theatre scene, shopping and night life in the historic downtown quarter.

  • San Francisco - California
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    San Francisco - California

    Take a tour of San Francisco’s famous landmarks such as Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf to name a few. Sample the cuisine in Chinatown or the fantastic seafood on Pier 39. Travel on the age old cable car from Union Square, take a photo opportunity down Lombard Street.

  • Santa Barbara - California
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    Santa Barbara - California

    Known as the "American Riviera," Santa Barbara was the original Hollywood in the glamorous twenties and is still a favourite of movie producers and home to numerous celebrities.

  • Santa Cruz - California
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    Santa Cruz - California

    Santa Cruz, the birthplace of mainland surfing, welcomes visitors to California's favourite beach town. From old growth coastal redwood forests, to a legendary 100 year old seaside amusement park overlooking the sparkling blue Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz County offers the quintessential California beach vacation.

  • Sonoma Wine Country - California
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    Sonoma Wine Country - California

    As America’s premier wine, spa and coastal destination, Sonoma County, California, is an exciting destination filled with attractions and activities enjoyed in Northern California’s spectacular natural environment and mild climate; all located only 30 miles north of San Francisco.

  • Yosemite - California
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    Yosemite - California

    Carved out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains the park covers 1,200 square miles of the most spectacular alpine scenery, few places in the world rival its stunning natural beauty.

Resorts & Hotels of California VIEW ALL

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  • Sonoma Wine Country - California

    DoubleTree by Hilton

    Central Wine Country location ideal for exploring Sonoma & Napa wineries. Lush grounds, courtyard pool, golf course, "Local Grown" restaurant & wine bar

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  • Handlery Hotel San Diego
    San Diego - California

    Handlery Hotel San Diego

    Located in central Mission Valley off highway I-8, Handlery Hotel is a 10-minute drive from San Diego Airport. This convenient location means guests are also 10 minutes from San Diego's famed zoo and historic Old Town.

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  • Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
    Yosemite - California

    Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

    On 50 pristine acres bordering the Sierra National Forest and two miles from the south entrance to Yosemite Park, Tenaya Lodge is an all-season luxury hotel that surrounds guests with nature’s majesty and indulges with a bit of pampering

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Let us sculpt your multi-centre experience, for a holiday that's as unique as you are. See some examples of our hand-crafted multi-centre tours or browse our destinations
  • All American California Explorer
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    All American California Explorer

    Fantastic self drive holiday taking in some of the highlights of the Golden State. From its celebrated coastline to its broad heartland and granite Sierra peaks, California offers a lifetime of vacations in one Golden State.

    5 holiday destinations

    12 nights

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  • Northern California Explorer
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    Northern California Explorer

    Take in iconic San Francisco, travel to magnificent Sonoma Wine Country, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of Monterey Bay, before experiencing the fantastic beaches of Santa Cruz.

    4 holiday destinations

    12 nights

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  • Northern California Highlights
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    Northern California Highlights

    This amazing 9 night tour takes in 3 iconic destinations within California. Fly into San Francisco, for a 3 night stay. On day 4, collect your hire car and head to Yosemite National Park for 3 nights. Finally, on day 7 head to Monterey County for 3 nights

    3 holiday destinations

    9 nights

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