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Classic California

Private Travel | Self-drive 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £3495 Current prices from: £3495

Experience the highlights of California on this suggested self-drive tour. Sample wine in the Napa Valley, drive along the Pacific coast and through Death Valley, spend time in iconic cities and admire the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Spend a day exploring the beauty of Yosemite National Park
  • Sample wine on an included full day tour of the award winning Napa Valley region
  • Drive along California's scenic Pacific coast
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to San Diego

On arrival, pick up your hire car and drive to the Hotel del Coronado for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: San Diego

Day at leisure. (N)

Days 3-4: Palm Springs

Drive to Palm Springs. Stay 2 nights at Hilton Palm Springs. Following day at leisure. (N)

Day 5: Los Angeles

Drive to Los Angeles and stay 2 nights at Westin Bonaventure. (N)

Day 6: Los Angeles

We recommend exploring some of the city’s most famous landmarks. (N)

Day 7: Las Vegas

Return your hire car at the airport and fly to Las Vegas. On arrival, collect your new car and drive to MGM Grand Resort for a 2-night stay. (N)

Day 8: The Grand Canyon

Today, we recommend driving to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon – with entrance to the Grand Canyon Skywalk included. (N)

Day 9: Death Valley & Mammoth Lakes

Travel through Death Valley and finish the day at Mammoth Lakes with an overnight stay at Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa. (N)

Day 10: Yosemite

Drive to Yosemite National Park for a full day exploring this famously beautiful valley. Overnight at Tenaya Lodge. (N

Day 11: Monterey

Travel to Monterey. Spend the rest of the day here or, this afternoon, cruise along the scenic 17-Mile Drive to the quaint town of Carmel. Stay at Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay for 1 night. (N)

Day 12: San Francisco

Book an optional whale watching cruise around Monterey Bay and then drop off your car in San Francisco this afternoon. Spend 3 nights at Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf. (N)

Day 13: San Francisco

Explore the ‘Golden City’ using the provided hop-on, hop-off pass, with entrance included to the fascinating island of Alcatraz. (N)

Day 14: Napa Valley

Take a full-day shared tour of the celebrated Napa Valley wine region. (N)

Days 15-16: Fly to the UK

Transfer to the airport and fly home, arriving the next morning. (N)

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Hotel del Coronado
    Hotel del Coronado

    First opened in 1888, Hotel del Coronado has played host to celebrities, royalty and US presidents through the years - not to mention the generations of beach-loving guests. San Diego's only true beachfront hotel, 'The Del' is spread across 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island, just across the bay from downtown. Split into four distinct 'neighbourhoods', accommodation ranges from characterful rooms in the original Victorian hotel to beachfront villas and luxurious cabanas with private terraces and pristine lounge areas. There are multiple dining options, all boasting expert chefs using locally sourced ingredients. Features: 757 rooms & suites, 3 restaurants, 3 bars, outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym, fitness classes, evening entertainment, shops. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, Wi-Fi.

  • Hilton Palm Springs
    Hilton Palm Springs

    The Hilton Palm Springs is located in the downtown area, just a few streets from the main strip. A choice of restaurants, theatres and attractions are all within easy walking distance. At the on-site restaurant, guests can choose between the stylish dining room or the outside patio overlooking the pool courtyard. The property features an excellent spa, an outdoor pool deck, and offers great views of the nearby San Jacinto mountains. Several championship golf courses are nearby, as well as tennis courts and bicycle renting facilities. Features: 257 rooms, restaurant, 2 bars, outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • Westin Bonaventure
    Westin Bonaventure

    The gleaming glass towers of Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites Los Angeles have hosted US presidents, dignitaries and film stars since it opened in 1976. Set in the heart of the downtown area, its striking architecture has featured in several films and TV shows. Guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise the skyline views; however, the 34th-floor lounge offers some of the best views in the entire city. There is a lovely pool terrace and the fitness centre is excellent. Features: 1,219 rooms & 139 suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, cafe, gym, outdoor swimming pool, salon, laundry service. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, bathrobes, iron, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Portola Hotel & Spa
    Portola Hotel & Spa

    The waterfront Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay is well-located for exploring Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Carmel Valley, many nearby vineyards, and the scenic 17-Mile Drive. It also provides easy access to Monterey's most popular attractions, being mere steps away from Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. The classy guestrooms feature luxurious bedding and modern amenities. Facilities at the hotel include an expansive, award-winning spa and an excellent seafood restaurant. Features: 379 rooms, restaurants, pub, cafe, swimming pool, gym, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, bathrobes, safe, hairdryer, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
    Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

    Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf is a pleasant stroll from Pier 39, San Francisco's iconic waterfront complex, and is close to a host of other attractions. The hotel has a relaxed and friendly vibe, and the decor is bright, modern and airy throughout. A good-sized outdoor pool has a sun terrace lined with loungers and is heated during the cooler months. Several outdoor seating areas with crackling firepits provide a pleasant spot for a drink before dinner or a nightcap. Features: 531 rooms, restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, safe, tea & coffee facilities, Wi-Fi.

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Guideline Prices

Low season from £3495 per person

High season from £3995 per person


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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.