13 nights / 14 days in San Francisco & LA, itinerary in United States of America
On The Road in California
for 2 people
Experience the road trip of a lifetime as you make your way down the west coast of California. From spectacular cities to sprawling deserts, countless National Parks to white sand beaches, California really does have it all. Your journey will begin in the city of dreams (and hills) San Francisco, where you’ll embark on the great Californian road. With the roof down and the sun shining, the Golden Gate Bridge is the only way to kick off your road trip down the west coast. Once on the road, you’ll make your way to Carmel Valley; an oasis of luscious green hills, rolling ranches with vineyards, and of course some of the best wine California has to offer. From here, you’ll journey towards the west coast and spend a few nights perched on the edge of the cliff, where you’ll wake up to incredible views in an intimate setting. Finally, you’ll make your way to LA, stopping off in Santa Barbara, and ending your trip on the beach for sunset in Santa Monica. Soak in all that California has to offer, with each day bringing new journeys, landscapes, and experiences.
- Cross the waters from San Francisco to the historical island of Alcatraz
- Indulge in a wine tour (or two) in the Carmel Valley
- Take a dip in the sea at Carmel beach
- Hike to the hidden beauty of McWay Falls just south of Big Sur
- Take a break from driving, and make your way up to the magical Hearst Castle
- Stop off at Morro Bay en route to Santa Barbara to see the astounding Morro Rock
- Relax and rejuvenate at the Belmond El Encanto spa in Santa Barbara
- Explore downtown Santa Monica and catch a glimpse of the iconic Santa Monica pier
- Experience scenic and spectacular coastal views from Palisades Park
- Spend a day in Venice Beach; the cultural hotspot of California
Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco
Queen Room | 3 nights
Spend your first few nights in Hotel Zeppelin; San Francisco’s urban and exciting Union Square hotel. A place that embraces and celebrates the musicians, writers and artists of the city’s past, Hotel Zeppelin is both bohemian and luxurious. Offering everything from authentic Californian dining, to spontaneous musical and poetry performances, Zeppelin is a charming and elegant boutique hotel with an exciting and vivacious twist.
Carmel Valley Ranch
Vineyard Oak Studio | 2 nights
Soak in the scenic beauty of Monterey County with your stay at Carmel Valley Ranch. Spend your days wondering, your afternoons relaxing, and your evenings drinking and eating, all in the spectacular rolling green valley of Carmel. Fitted with everything from a far-reaching balcony, to a romantic fireplace, the Vineyard Oak Studio unveils beautiful views from the comfort of your bedroom.
Post Ranch Inn
Lower Butterfly Room | 2 nights
Positioned on the edge of Big Sur’s cliff is Post Ranch Inn; the ultimate Californian hideaway. Unique in both architecture and setting, this is a perfect place to enjoy everything from star- gazing to yoga, all in the secluding rocky landscape of Big Sur. Dedicated to respecting and protecting the landscape, Post Ranch offers an intimate and unique experience of one of western California’s most beautiful settings.
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach
Embodying the laid-back sophistication of the Californian style, Dolphin Bay is the perfect beach-front hotel to soak in the Californian sun. Walk straight onto Pismo beach, and have a go at surfing, as the waves here are much calmer than those at Big Sur. As the mid-point of your trip, Dolphin Bay presents panoramic views of the unspoiled coast line, whilst still offering vineyard tours and wine tasting.
Belmond El Encanto
Bungalow King | 2 nights
Perched high up in the Santa Barbara valley, sprawling across green hills and hanging trees, is the glamorous yet understated Belmond El Encanto. Dubbed ‘the original Hollywood Hideaway’, Belmond is a step back in time, epitomising Californian beauty, whilst borrowing elements and details from luxury hotels found in the French Riviera. Belmond invites you in through locally-sourced seasonal dining, luxury bungalows, and of course those much- talked-about spa treatments. Belmond El Encanto provides the true ‘Hollywood Hideaway’ experience, whilst encouraging you to relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Californian beach-side hills.
Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica
Superior King | 3 nights
End your trip in the heart of Southern California and experience the laid-back lifestyle of Santa Monica. On the homestretch to LA, this majestic sea-facing hotel is the perfect balance between a beach-stay and a city break. Explore the many sites of Santa Monica, make a day trip to LA, or spend your last days savouring the unrivalled golden beaches of California - Shutters on the Beach is the perfect ending to your Californian road trip.