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Northern California Discovery

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This itinerary explores coast and scenery, and a chance to enjoy some of the regions wineries. The beautiful North Coast, California’s Redwoods, wild and scenic rivers, and its fiery volcanic interior begin just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Northern California Discovery

Experience the best that nature can provide, a chance to see some of California’s most distinctive wineries and sparkling wine cellars, and enjoy a California small town experience offered in the numerous Northern California communities highlighted on this itinerary. The beautiful North Coast, California’s Redwoods, wild and scenic rivers, and its fiery volcanic interior begin just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 4: San Francisco to Marin County
Day 5: Sonoma
Day 6: Mendocino
Day 7: Eureka
Day 9: Redding
Day 11: Lassen Volcanic Park
Day 13: Lake Tahoe
Day 15: Depart San Francisco

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Experience the best that nature can provide, a chance to see some of California’s most distinctive wineries and sparkling wine cellars, and enjoy a California small town experience offered in the numerous Northern California communities highlighted on this itinerary. The beautiful North Coast, California’s Redwoods, wild and scenic rivers, and its fiery volcanic interior begin just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Day 1: San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your central hotel. We would suggest a minimum of 3 nights in this fantastic city. Take a city tour, ride the cable care, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown.
San Francisco 3 nights

Day 4: San Francisco to Marin County
This morning pick up your hire car and drive out over the Golden Gate into beautiful Marin County. Explore the pretty little bay side town of Sausalito, famed for its galleries and restaurants, take a ferry over to Angel Island for some of the best views of the Bay area, explore legendary Muir Woods National Monument, a remnant of the ancient coastal redwood forests that blanketed many Northern California coastal valleys before the 1800s, travel north on coastal Highway 1 and explore the Point Reyes National Seashore…
Novato 1 night

Day 5: Sonoma
Marin County is the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Regions. Spend the day exploring the rolling hills of this beautiful region, driving along winding county roads through vineyards and orchards, visiting some of the famous wineries and restaurants. Or sit back and enjoy a guided winery tour, complete with gourmet picnic lunch at a scenic winery overlooking the vineyards. Depending on where you want to wander you can spend the night in either Santa Rosa or Ukiah in neighbouring Mendocino Country.
Santa Rosa 1 night

Day 6: Mendocino
Today drive over the coastal mountain range to the coast taking time to visit family owned wineries, microbreweries or some of America’s best sparkling wine houses. Visit the historic village of Mendocino on bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, stop off at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, take a ride through towering redwoods on the historic “Skunk Train”, then visit a local fishing harbour to sample some of the region’s seafood.
Mendocino 1 night

Day 7: Eureka
Drive along California’s North Coast on Highway 1, adjacent to the rocky shoreline, before heading inland to rejoin Highway 101. Visit the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the world-famous Avenue of the Giants to walk among the world’s tallest trees. Continuing north, take a short detour to the Victorian village of Ferndale, often used as a film set. Just north of Ferndale is the City of Eureka with its historic Old Town district and waterfront boardwalk, your base for 2 nights. Head north, exploring some of the gorgeous beaches along this lovely stretch of coastline. Explore Redwood National Park and enjoy one of the many hiking trails through the Redwoods. This area also includes spectacular Fern Canyon featured in one of the Jurassic Park films.
Eureka 2 nights

Day 9: Redding
Drive inland along the beautiful Trinity Scenic Byway – this will take you through quaint towns such as Willow Creek, home of the Bigfoot Museum, Weaverville and Whiskeytown. Enjoy some of Shasta Cascade’s most spectacular scenery, perhaps take a rafting trip on the Trinity River, stop off for a swim or a kayak tour on Whiskeytown Lake. The area around Redding and Mount Shasta is known for its pristine sapphire blue mountain lakes and rivers, dramatic waterfalls, forests, and miles of backcountry trails; the area offers exceptional skiing and snowboarding during the winter with fly fishing, cycling and mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting and hiking during the summer. Shasta Lake is considered the best boating lake in California and numerous marinas provide the opportunity to rent a boat for the day.
Redding 2 nights

Day 11: Lassen Volcanic Park
Today drive east to Lassen Volcanic National Park for a 2 night stay in the heart of the National Park. Here you will experience the authentic Old West – the accommodation is quaint and rustic, most has no electricity. Spend a day exploring the park, renowned for its clear mountain lakes, numerous volcanoes, smoking fumeroles and beautiful wildflower meadows. Try horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing… or just relax. Lassen 2 nights

Day 13: Lake Tahoe
And finally on to Lake Tahoe for a 2 night stay. The drive takes you along part of the Feather River Scenic Byway – pass waterfalls, forested slopes, gigantic rock outcrops and beautiful meadows. You will then join the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway, the route travelled by the ill-fated Donner party and other California 49er’s. Take time to visit the Donner Memorial State Park where the Emigrant Trail Museum and the Pioneer Monument tell the stories of those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800’s. Drive along Lake Tahoe’s West Shore Drive, viewed by some as the “most beautiful drive in America”, for breathtaking views of the crystal blue lake.
Lake Tahoe 2 nights

Day 15: Depart San Francisco
Back to San Francisco, arriving in time for your onward or return flights. If time allows, visit the State Capitol, Sacramento; the historic Old Town is now home to galleries, restaurants, boutiques and shops – a great place for last minute souvenirs.

More time? – then consider adding a day or two in Yosemite or drive down the stunning California coast to Los Angeles.

California - Coast Photo

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California - Mt. Shasta

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The Avenue of the Giants is a fabulous drive and Lassen National Park deserves a two night stay especially if you are keen hikers.

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Northern California and Southern Oregon

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On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Start and finish your journey in the vibrant city of San Francisco on this itinerary.

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Northern California and Southern Oregon

On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Vibrant cities, rolling hills dotted with vineyards, rugged ocean cliffs, unspoiled beaches, redwood forests, dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and spectacular mountain landscapes…

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 3: Marin Area
Day 4: Eureka
Day 5: Redwoods and Oregon Coast
Day 7: Umpqua Valley
Day 9: Grants Pass
Day 10: Rogue Valley Wine & Farm Tour
Day 11: Crater Lake National Park to Klamath
Day 13: Lake Tahoe
Day 15: Yosemite
Day 17: Depart San Francisco

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On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Vibrant cities, rolling hills dotted with vineyards, rugged ocean cliffs, unspoiled beaches, redwood forests, dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and spectacular mountain landscapes…

Day 1: San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your central hotel for a 2 night stay. Take a city tour, ride the cable cars, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown.
San Francisco 2 nights

Day 3: Marin Area
This morning pick up your hire car and drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County. Explore the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito, explore the redwoods in Muir Woods before checking in to your bed and breakfast inn.
Novato 1 night

Day 4: Eureka
Head north passing through the vineyards of Sonoma County. Take a detour off 101 onto the Avenue of the Giants and enjoy a picnic in the shade of giant redwoods. Travel to Eureka for an overnight stay in this city surrounded by redwood forested coastal mountains to the east and the beautiful Pacific Ocean to the west.
Eureka 1 night

Day 5: Redwoods and Oregon Coast
Continue north up the coast, stopping for coffee at the charming coastal town of Trinidad “where the redwoods meet the sea.” Stop at Patrick’s Point State Park where dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder stretch over an ocean headland with lovely wildflower-festooned meadows. Continue into Oregon, travelling along the Wild River Coast where eight beautiful, wild & scenic rivers tumble down through steep canyons and towering forests on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Explore tranquil beaches, hike the many trails, go bird watching, fishing, crabbing, surfing …
Coos Bay 2 nights

Day 7: Umpqua Valley
Today, travel inland through the coastal mountains to Roseburg and the Umpqua Valley for a 2 night stay. Visit one of the twenty wineries. Spend a day exploring this beautiful area along the North Umpqua River the “Highway of the Waterfalls,” where numerous waterfalls cascade through lush forests.
Roseburg 2 nights

Day 9: Grants Pass
Drive south to the historic river town of Grants Pass on the banks of Oregon’s legendary Rogue River; with white water thrills, forest trails and fly fishing, one of the most popular activities is a hydro jet boat ride through Hellgate Canyon.
Grants Pass 1 night

Day 10: Rogue Valley Wine & Farm Tour
Today take a unique self-guided tour through Southern Oregon, visiting historic farms, ranches, orchards, cheese makers and world class wineries, all set in the breathtaking scenery of the Rogue and Applegate River Valleys. Continue on to Crater Lake National Park for a 1 night stay.
If time allows we would suggest adding a night or two in the town of Ashland. This pretty small town is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and is renowned for its cuisine, wineries and live entertainment including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Each year the OSF presents a season of eleven plays in 3 theatres (Feb – Oct)
Crater Lake National Park 1 night

Day 11: Crater Lake National Park to Klamath
Crater Lake is famously known for its intense blue colour and spectacular views. Take the stunning Rim Drive (summer months only) before heading to the Klamath Basin for a 2 night stay in a resort set in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. This area is renowned for its bird watching opportunities and there is no better way to experience this than on a guided canoe or Kayak trip.
Klamath Fall 2 nights

Day 13: Lake Tahoe
Back into California and to the Lake Tahoe area for a 2 night stay. Swim in the blue, pure, clear water, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, water sports, tennis and golf.
Lake Tahoe 2 nights

Day 15: Yosemite
Drive south down the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. With its spectacular waterfalls, dramatic granite peaks and domes, hiking to suit all levels, alpine meadows and crystal clear lakes this is the perfect place to relax at the end of your trip.
Yosemite 2 nights

Day 17: Depart San Francisco
Back to the coast and San Francisco Airport where you will drop off your hire car in time for your direct overnight flights back to the UK (or if you time why not round of your trip with a couple of nights on the Californian coast)

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Violent volcanic history has sculpted the extraordinary Crater Lake into an area of immense natural beauty.

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Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is the world’s capital for entertainment and crops up on many itineraries.   

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the world’s capital for entertainment and as a US gateway city and potential stopover en route to the South Pacific islands, New Zealand or even Australia, this city crops up on many itineraries.   

Day 1: On arrival, you will be transferred to your chosen hotel.
Day 2: Today we suggest that you join a full day tour of the city.
Day 3: Another full day of exploring how TV and Cinema come to life.
Day 4: Time to do the last minute shopping

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Los Angeles is the world’s capital for entertainment. Head for Hollywood for the famous sights known to all those who love movies, particularly Universal Studios Hollywood. For those that want to do some celebrity spotting, then Bel Air and Beverly Hills would be your destination. Alternatively, head to the popular beachside area of Santa Monica for a more relaxing time in this fascinating city.

As Los Angeles is such a vast city, choose a hotel close to the neighbourhood that you want to visit. We will help you make the right choice. Here is just one suggestion for a 4 day Los Angeles break.

Day 1
On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel. The rest of the day you are free to explore the local area and decide where to eat. You will be spoilt for choice.

Day 2
Today we suggest that you join a full day tour of the city. You will visit all those places that you have seen on TV and cinema so many times: such places as Hollywood Boulevard, Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. This is the Grand City Tour and Movie Stars’ Home and usually takes about 8 hours.

This is a full day and you will probably wish to relax using the facilities of your Hotel in the evening.

Day 3
Another full day of exploring how TV and Cinema come to life. This is the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour® which lasts between 8 to 10 hours and will give you a comprehensive view of this industry including backlot tour which will give you an insight to the workings of a film.

For those wanting an adrenalin rush, there are a number of rides you can undertake, such as Back to the Future – The Ride®, Backdraft® and many more. Finish the tour with cocktails or dinner in one of the venues or restaurants in the Universal CityWalk complex.

Day 4
Time to do the last minute shopping before you catch the shuttle service from your hotel out to Los Angeles International Airport and your continuing travel arrangements.

Santa Monica

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Include a visit to Olvera Street, known as the Birthplace of Los Angeles.  The old structures, stalls, cafes and restaurants of Olvera Street preserve the customs and trades of the early days of California and many of its merchants are descended from the original vendors.

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California Dreaming

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From San Francisco to San Diego, from the Pacific coast to the mountains, California is a state of sunshine, beaches, world-class wines, the theme parks of Anaheim and so much more. Explore the cities, beaches and mountains of the northern and central regions of this wonderful state…

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California Dreaming

From San Francisco to San Diego, from the Pacific coast to the mountains, California is a state of sunshine, beaches, world-class wines, the theme parks of Anaheim and so much more.  This drive takes you south along the Pacific Coast highway before turning inland to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley.

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 4: Carmel/Monterey
Day 6: San Simeon
Day 7: Santa Barbara
Day 8: Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks
Day 9: Yosemite
Day 11: Lake Tahoe
Day 13: Napa Valley or San Mateo Coast
Day 15: Short drive back to San Francisco airport

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Explore the cities, beaches and mountains of the northern and central regions of this wonderful state…

Day 1: San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your central hotel. We would suggest a minimum of 3 nights in this fantastic city. Take a city tour, ride the cable cars, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown. If you have an extra day, take a tour out to view the Redwoods at Muir Woods and the pretty town of Sausalito
San Francisco 3 nights

Day 4: Carmel/Monterey
This morning pick up your hire car and head out of San Francisco on your drive down the California coast. This classic road trip drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the old coastal road, the Cabrillo Highway, is not be rushed and there are several great places to stop off along the way, including the laid back town of Half Moon Bay (site of the infamous Mavericks Wave) and the Ano Nuevo Seal Rookery. The picturesque village of Carmel or the bustling town of Monterey are ideal bases for exploring the Monterey peninsular
Carmel/Monterey 2 nights

Day 6: San Simeon
South of Carmel, Highway 101 passes though the spectacular Big Sur area before dropping down to San Simeon. On your approach to San Simeon, stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony for an amazing photo opportunity. In San Simeon take time to visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, before checking in to you oceanfront hotel.
San Simeon 1 night

Day 7: Santa Barbara
Continue South today, moving down the coast to the delightful and vibrant town of Santa Barbara for an overnight stay.
Santa Barbara 1 night

Day 8: Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks
Head inland today to the Sierra Nevada Mountains which form the backbone of California. Your first overnight stop are the often overlooked Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Here you will find yourself in the company of giants: sequoias and mountains. The Park is home to both the world’s largest tree, the mighty General Sherman Tree, and the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney.
Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks 1 night

Day 9: Yosemite
Continue north to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. Spectacular waterfalls, dramatic granite peaks and domes, hiking to suit all levels, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes…
Yosemite 2 nights

Day 11: Lake Tahoe
Continue your journey up the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Lake Tahoe area. In winter this area offers exceptional winter sports. In the summer months the warm dry weather makes it the perfect location for hiking, cycling, canoeing and sailing.
Lake Tahoe area 2 nights

Day 13: Napa Valley or San Mateo Coast
Begin to wend your way back towards San Francisco. Round off your holiday with a couple of nights in the California Wine region of the Napa Valley or perhaps some relaxation on the laid back San Mateo coast
Napa Valley or San Mateo coast 2 nights

Day 15
Short drive back to San Francisco airport where you will drop off your hire car in time for your onward journey

More time…
Why not extend your stay to include Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs. Or combine California with Oregon and/or Washington. The permutations are limitless. Call us for ideas

All photographs courtesy California Travel and Tourism Commission

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Little Gems

Little Gems

California has a bit of everything, iconic cities, dramatic coastline, vineyards, National Parks, lakes and mountains and a typical Mediterranean climate that attracts visitors year round.  For music fans, take yourselves to Sausalito and sit on the Dock of the Bay for yourself!

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Virgin Atlantic Sale

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Not sure where to go for your next holiday or thinking of going to the States? Now is the perfect time to book especially as Virgin Atlantic have just announced they’re having a sale!

So whether you want to hit the shops in New York, mingle with the stars in Los Angeles or try your luck in Las Vegas, with prices starting from £348 per person if you book before the 22nd September what are you waiting for?

Date restrictions and terms and conditions apply.

To take advantage of these great offers call us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk for more information on how to book you bespoke, tailor made holiday today.

Region: West Coast & California

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California, on the far west coast of the USA has much to tempt you – stunning and rugged coastlines and beaches, diverse cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, the stunning landscapes of deserts and Yosemite National Park .  The far north of California and into Oregon brings a chance to see some of California’s most distinctive wineries as well as exploring grand Redwoods, wild rivers and active volcanic scenery.

Destinations Holiday and Travel Show

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Experience Holidays along with Destination Quebec are attending Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 29th January – 1st February 2015.  This is the UK’s biggest and longest-running travel show.
 
Come along and visit us on stand AC12  to discuss your travel plans.    

Region: Mid West, Texas, Arizona, California

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No list of road trips is complete without the Great Mother Road, Route 66 in the Mid West. Much of the original route has now been bypassed by the interstates but many stretches are still driveable and accessible. During the Great Depression, thousands travelled west to California, to escape poverty in the dust bowls.   Along the route you will find motels, diners, neon lights, museums, kitsch and more nostalgic reminders of a different era…

Route 66

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