• Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton
    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Destinations Show, Olympia

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Don’t forget we will be at Destinations Show at Olympia, London, on February 02, 03, 04 and 05. Find us on Stand AC32 which we are sharing with the American company Uncruise Adventures. Most of the team will be there over the 4 days and would love to see a friendly face or two. This is one of the biggest travel shows in the U.K and a great place to find new destinations and experiences that would suit you. If you have a particular place in mind for your holiday next year (or the year after) give us a call to book an appointment with our team expert for that part of the world. However we will be very pleased to see you as and when you are free.

For your free tickets to Destinations Show, please go to: http://www.destinationsshow.com/london/form/registration  and then type in MSC97 in the appropriate place.

We look forward to seeing you at either event.

Visit Ningaloo Reef, Australia’s other Great Reef, in 2016

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We have just received some exciting news and a great addition to any bespoke, tailor made holiday. From June 2016 visitors will be able to swim with humpback whales at Ningaloo Reef as the West Australian government has granted licenses for a select number of operators. Western Australia’s humpback whale population had steadily recovered since the end of commercial hunting of this species in Australia in 1963. It is now the largest population in the world, with an estimated 30,000 whales migrating along the coast each year.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the safety of whales and participants was a key consideration of the programme and there would be strict operational guidelines and monitoring of in-water interaction with humpbacks. Tours will run until October.

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Take a humpback whale or whale shark swim or guests also have access to stand-up paddle boards and kayaks on board the company’s Concorde cruiser – a purpose built, 14.5 metre expedition power vessel.

See stunning footage of two humpback whales as they swam alongside a paddle boarder in Western Australia earlier this year https://www.youtube/watch?t=3&v=g6U3VCneKfs

If you feel inspired by this and would like to incorporate it into your own bespoke, tailor made holiday then please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk  where we can help with plenty more great ideas and accommodations.

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

 

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

 

Untouched Oregon

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Oregon is indeed untouched – and well off the beaten tourist path.  This itinerary takes the visitor through the best that Oregon has to offer from stunning scenery, to deserted beaches – there is something for everyone here. Travelling to Oregon is set to become even easier with the introduction of a new direct flight from Heathrow to Portland starting summer 2017.

Summary

Untouched Oregon

Oregon is indeed untouched – and well off the beaten tourist path.  This itinerary takes the visitor through the best that Oregon has to offer from stunning scenery, to deserted beaches – there is something for everyone here.

Day 1: Portland
Day 4: Hood River
Day 5: Bend
Day 7: Crater Lake National Park
Day 9: Bandon
Day 10: Florence
Day 11: Newport
Day 12: Nahcotta
Day 14: Quinault
Day 16: Port Angeles
Day 18: Seattle
Day 21: Return to UK

Description

Description

With its outstanding natural beauty and many sites of historical and cultural significance, Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes that any other state. Much of Oregon’s appeal lays in the fact that few people find it and it is still relatively undiscovered. This tour takes you on a breath taking journey through the state; Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake National Park, the dramatic Pacific coastline… Along with spectacular scenery you will enjoy rich history, charming towns and extraordinary recreational and cultural experience.

Day 1: Portland
Portland is a delightful and laid back city with so much to see. With the magnificent Mount Hood as a backdrop, it is famed for its International Rose, Classical Chinese and Japanese gardens. It boasts USA’s largest bookstore Powells. Add museums, art galleries and fabulous restaurants
Three nights Portland

Day 4: Hood River
Pick up car and depart on the scenic route to Hood River to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Stop at Multnomah Falls, the highest in Oregon and 2nd highest in the USA
One night Hood River

Day 5: Bend
Drive south through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation where you will explore the culture and history of Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute tribes. Descendants of those who welcomed the explorers Lewis and Clark still live here today. The Cascades Lakes Highway out of Bend is a 66-mile journey that incorporates some of Oregon’s finest scenery. Along the route there are dozens of lakes and frequent views of the jagged Three Sisters Peak and Mount Bachelor.
Two nights Bend.

Day 7: Crater Lake National Park
Drive south through the Deschutes National Forest and onwards to Crater Lake National Park
Two nights Crater Lake.

Day 9: Bandon
A short and scenic drive will take you to quaint seaside town of Bandon on the Pacific Coast. The Oregon coastline is truly stunning: marshes, seaside cliffs, dunes, temperate rainforests, whale-watching, surfing, large colonies of seals and sea lions, rocky coastlines and vibrant old-style resort towns…
One night at Bandon.

Day 10: Florence
Continue up the scenic Pacific Coastline to Florence. The vibrant waterfront district has many shops and fine restaurants
One night in Florence.

Day 11: Newport
Continue north hugging the Pacific coastline to the picturesque little fishing village of Newport.
One night in Newport.

As with so many self-drive tours, there are many different options. It would be lovely to add in a few extra nights to Oregon and return to Portland here for your flight home, or to continue into Washington State to drive the Olympic route……

Day 12: Nahcotta
Continue North into Washington State where you will stay for 2 nights on the coast.
Two nights in Nahcotta.

Day 14: Quinault
Drive the scenic route to Quinault on the edge of The Olympic National Park and the Quinault Indian Reservation. Here you spend time visiting this vast park.
Two nights at Quinault.

Day 16: Port Angeles
Drive to Port Angeles this will give you easy access into the Park and to Hurricane Ridge.
Two nights at Port Angeles.

Day 18: Seattle
Continue the scenic route around the Park to Bainbridge Island. From here you can take the ferry over to Seattle, a delightful city. Take a city tour, visit the famous Pike Place Market, take a day tour of Mount Rainier..
Three nights in Seattle.

Day 21: Return to UK
Your return journey will be an overnight flight – arriving the following day.

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Crater Lake – in the words of the National Parks Service – 

‘Like No Place Else On Earth – Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.’

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“Being uncertain what to do for a holiday, I contacted Experience Holidays who recommended a fly-drive trip to Oregon.  I was certainly not disappointed!……..

……………The highlight of my trip was a visit to Crater Lake – I was stunned by the perfect azure water with snow capped peaks surrounding it.  I was sad to leave Oregon and hope to return at a later date.  My grateful thanks to Experience Holidays for such a memorable trip.”

San Francisco

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Spend time in this fabulous city.

Summary

San Francisco

Arguably, one of the most popular and beautiful cities in the States. Visitors cannot fail to be impressed by its steep streets, cable cars and the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge. Add to this a high concentration and variety of fine restaurants and shopping centres, a diverse ethnic mix, museums, art galleries and famous visitor attractions and you have the ingredients for a perfect city break. Here is just one suggestion for a 3 night stay in this wonderful city:-

Day 1: Transfer to your chosen hotel where you will be based for your 3 night stay.
Day 2: This morning take a deluxe orientation tour of the city.
Day 3: Full day to explore more of this city.
Day 4: Time for some last minute shopping before checking out of your hotel

Description

Description

Arguably, one of the most popular and beautiful cities in the States. Visitors cannot fail to be impressed by its steep streets, cable cars and the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge. Add to this a high concentration and variety of fine restaurants and shopping centres, a diverse ethnic mix, museums, art galleries and famous visitor attractions and you have the ingredients for a perfect city break. Here is just one suggestion for a 3 night stay in this wonderful city:-

Day 1
On arrival in San Francisco, transfer to your chosen hotel where you will be based for your 3 night stay. Tonight you are free to dine at leisure in one of the many restaurants on offer.

Day 2
This morning take a deluxe orientation tour of the city. Your tour takes in all the familiar sights of the city including Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, the GoldenGate Bridge, Nob Hill and Chinatown – this will help you plan the rest of your stay. You can combine this tour with a 45 minute cruise of San Francisco Bay.

Day 3
Full day to explore more of this city. With so much to do and see, you might consider the purchase of a city pass which, in addition to discount vouchersincludes unlimited use of cable cars and public transport for the duration of your stay (excluding the BART). The pass includes entry to four or San Francisco’s most popular attractions, California Academy of Science, Blue & Gold Fleet Cruise Adventure, Aquarium of the Bay and the De Young Museum (or the Exploratorium)

In the evening join a tour of Chinatown by night including dinner in an authentic Chinese restaurant. The tour concludes with a drive across Bay Bridge to get a view of the city by night (only available on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays)

Day 4
Time for some last minute shopping before checking out of your hotel and taking the shuttle back to the airport for your onward or return journey.

San Francisco - Cable Cars SFCVB photo

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San Francisco - Alcatraz SFCVB photo by Lewis Sommer

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            Mission Dolores SFCVB Mami Miyata

Little Gems

Little Gems

The evening tour to Alcatraz – numbers are limited at this time of day, giving you a true feeling of isolation and if you are lucky with the weather, you may get a lovely sunset to the west.

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San Francisco to Las Vegas

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Take in the breathtaking scenery along this route between San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Summary

San Francisco to Las Vegas

There are so many ways to combine a driving holiday in California with the glitzy city of Las Vegas.  This is just one and takes in a stop in Death Valley as well as the magnificent Tioga Pass through Yosemite.

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 4: Monterey
Day 5: Big Sur Coast Highway
Day 6: San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway
Day 7: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
Day 8: Yosemite
Day 10: Death Valley
Day 11: Las Vegas

Description

Description

There are so many ways to combine a driving holiday in California with the glitzy city of Las Vegas.  This is just one and takes in a stop in Death Valley as well as the magnificent Tioga Pass through Yosemite. 

Day 1: San Francisco
Fly to San Francisco, the beautiful ‘City on the Bay’. Spend at least 3 nights here with time to relax after your flights and enjoy this wonderful city. Ride the cable cars from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown, Grace Cathedral, Lombard Street – the famous crooked street….
San Francisco 3 nights

Day 4: Monterey
This morning pick up your hire car and head south out of the city along the Pacific Coast Highway. First stop Monterey, a fascinating town with a lively Fisherman’s Wharf – home to the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row (made famous by John Steinbeck). The famous 17-mile drive from Monterey to Carmel winds through pine forests and along the rocky shoreline where many bird species and sea lions may be viewed.
Monterey 1 night

Day 5: Big Sur Coast Highway
This spectacular route, south of Carmel and Monterey, hugs the Californian coast and provides wonderful hiking and photo opportunities. Rugged Canyons, towering redwood and cypress trees, crashing surf and diverse marine life. The road then drops down into San Simeon – on the approach to San Simeon, stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony, then perhaps take time to visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
San Simeon 1 night

Day 6: San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway
Along this short stretch of the coastal highway, in addition to scenic ocean views, you will enjoy many historical and cultural sites before arriving in San Luis Obispo. With its lively down town area, centred around the Mission, this make the perfect place for an overnight stop.

Day 7: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
Start your journey east to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which form the backbone of California. Here you will find yourself in the company of giants – from General Sherman Tree, the biggest tree in the world to Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states.

Day 8: Yosemite
On to Yosemite, quite simply breathtaking – from the magnificent granite domes and spires, to thundering waterfalls, to stunning meadows carpeted with a wonderful array of wild flowers, this is a hiker’s paradise.
Yosemite 2 nights

Day 10: Death Valley
Drive up through the Tioga Pass to the eastern Sierras (this pass is usually closed from October through to June – if you travel at another time an alternative, longer route will be planned).
Death Valley 1 night

Day 11: Las Vegas
Continue to Las Vegas to spend a few days at the end of your holiday.

More time? – then continue your adventure taking time to explore some of the amazing National Parks of the West including Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon…

Las Vegas - Death Valley

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Las Vegas - Yosemite Dear

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Las Vegas - Yosemite Falls

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Las Vegas - Yosemite Half Dome

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Yosemite National Park is a true gem and should not be missed.  If you can spare the time to stay another night (or possibly two), you won’t be disappointed.

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Pacific Coast

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Travel the west coast between Seattle and Los Angeles on this itinerary.

Summary

Pacific Coast

A diverse coastline of rugged headlands, giant trees and expansive beaches…

Day 1: Seattle
Day 3: Olympic Peninsular
Day 5: Astoria
Day 6: Oregon Coastline
Day 8: Northern California Coast
Day 9: San Francisco
Day 11: The California Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Day 14: Los Angeles

Description

Description

A diverse coastline of rugged headlands, giant trees and expansive beaches, this itinerary takes you from north to south through west coast USA.  There are many opportunities to add to or amend this itinerary, for example, returning north using Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train. 

Day 1: Seattle
Fly from London to Seattle. At least 2 nights here to rest after your flights and explore this great city.
Seattle 2 nights

Day 3: Olympic Peninsular
Pick up your hire car then start your journey with a ferry across to the Olympic Peninsular. Drive along the Straits of Juan de Fuca where glimpses of diving eagles, gray whales, sea otters are common. Walk, kayak or explore the wild shoreline and forests. Explore rain forest valleys, glacier-capped peaks and a stunning variety of plants and animals.
Olympic National Park 2 nights

Day 5: Astoria
Head south crossing the Columbia River into Oregon.
Astoria 1 night
If time allows then it well worth spending a couple of days in the wonderful city of Portland and the surrounding area. Explore the Columbia River (last leg of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) and the Mount Hood area – waterfalls, magnificent overlooks, wild flowers, wild rivers…

Day 6: Oregon Coastline
Stretching over 350 miles, the Oregon section of Pacific Coast Scenic should not be rushed. Allow yourself at least 2 days to enjoy the amazing scenery. Endless beaches, with wind-sculpted dunes, waterfalls cascading over rugged cliffs, charming small towns, dramatic overlooks, historic bridges, lighthouses and estuaries teeming with wildlife. Overnight stop half way down Florence before heading into Northern California

Day 8: Northern California Coast
Continue your drive south taking time to visit Humboldt Redwood State Park – drive along the Avenue of the Giants looking for wildlife – deer, bear, foxes and osprey can be seen here. Overnight in Marin County, home to the giant redwoods in Muir Woods and the picturesque waterfront village of Sausalito. More time? – why not take a detour to the Napa Valley.

Day 9: San Francisco
Over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco – at least 2 nights here; take a city tour, ride the cable cars, cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown…
San Francisco 2 nights

Day 11: The California Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles
The drive from San Francisco to LA along the old coastal road, the Cabrillo Highway, is gorgeous and not be rushed. Here we suggest 3 overnight stops en route (take longer if you can) First stop Monterey, a fascinating town with a lively Fisherman’s Wharf – home to the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row (made famous by John Steinbeck). The famous 17-mile drive from Monterey to Carmel winds through pine forests and along the rocky shoreline where many bird species and sea lions may be viewed. South of Carmel, Highway 101 passes though the spectacular Big Sur area before dropping down to San Simeon. On the approach to San Simeon, stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony. In San Simeon, take time to visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. A night in this area is recommended. Then continue on along the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway before perhaps an overnight stop at the delightful and vibrant town of Santa Barbara

Day 14: Los Angeles
Continue to LA for a day or two in this exciting city before heading home. If time allows a few days relaxation on a Southern Californian beach may be welcome at the end of your trip.

Pacific Coast - Big Sur - Kym Bannister

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Pacific Coast - GGB cr SFCVB by Carl Wilmington

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Pacific Coast - Pike Place Market (2)

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Little Gems

Little Gems

The Olympic Peninsular was the setting for the Twilight series of books.  For enthusiasts of these books, many local names will appear familiar.

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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.

Summary

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

Description

Description

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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Little Gems

Little Gems

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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‘All in all, a fantastic holiday – probably the best ever.  Had loads of fun and our friends loved it as we had such a diverse range of great experiences.  California rocks!… What next?’

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.

Summary

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

Description

Description

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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California and Oregon - Humboldt Redwoods1 CTTC - Andreas Hub

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California and Oregon - Lake Tahoe CTTC - Andreas Hub

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Little Gems

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

Description

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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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Photograph courtesy California Travel and Tourism Commission. 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

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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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