California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. Take a trip that captures the heart and soul of the Golden State along Highway One. Your journey starts in Los Angeles, continues to Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Pebble Beach and finally San Francisco.
The local currency is United States Dollar (USD) and the time zone is UTC/GMT -7 hours in the summer months from March to October due to daylight saving time and UTC/GMT -8 hours in the winter months from November to February.
This vibrant and multicultural global metropolis is rich in culture, heritage and beautiful scenery and is home to the American entertainment industry. It has a pleasant Mediterranean climate year round and many attractions to satisfy your interests. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean to Downtown L.A. at the Griffith Observatory or visit the Hollywood Sign or the Walk of Fame, universal symbols of ambition and success. The following optional activities will allow you to experience the glitz and glamour of the City of Angels:
Luxury Vehicle Rental
Arrive at your destination in style in an exotic vehicle rental. Your chosen luxury vehicle rental will be delivered to your hotel for your driving pleasure during your stay. Choose from a wide range such as a Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.
Los Angeles City Tour
Embark on a chauffeur-driven limousine city tour of Los Angeles. Visit Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood sign on Mount Lee, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and enjoy the breathtaking view at Griffith Observatory.
The designer boutiques in Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills are the epitome of fashion, luxury and lifestyle. A personal shopper could provide expert advice on your shopping spree. You could also visit The Grove, a shopping, dining and entertainment hub.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Take a guided journey into the world of film making and television at Warner Bros. Studio in Hollywood. This red carpet experience includes a three-course fine dining lunch.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is the world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Through ambitious projects in Los Angeles and around the world—including conservation work, publications, exhibitions, grant initiatives, and training programs—we work to make a lasting difference in conservation practice, art historical research, and museology and to promote knowledge and appreciation of art among audiences of all ages.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art.
Indulge in a beachside lunch on the iconic pier of Santa Monica enjoying views of Malibu and South Bay. The pier is famous for its red and yellow solar-powered Ferris wheel in the Pacific Park amusement park.
Dining at acclaimed restaurants
Enjoy a gourmet meal at any of the acclaimed restaurants in LA such as Parkway Grill, Providence or Osteria Mozza.
Santa Barbara has earned the reputation as the American Riviera and a popular celebrity holiday destination. It is a stunning oasis for art, wine and outdoor living enthusiasts. Only 145 kilometres (90 miles) north from Los Angeles and situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, you can revel in the mild climate and sunshine of Santa Barbara all year round. Enjoy sunbathing and long walks on the spectacular Butterfly Beach, whale watching, wine tastings at nearby wineries, golfing, shopping at Stearns Wharf, one of the oldest operating wooden piers on the West Coast, or visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Butterfly Beach is located along Channel Drive in ritzy Montecito, CA. This is a popular beach with Santa Barbara area locals. The beach has been eroded here so the sandy part is thin sometimes especially at high tide and after winter storms. Rocks and broken concrete barriers are trying to protect the bluff and the road. Getting here is easiest if you just drive toward the ocean on Olive Mill Road which turns into Channel Drive near the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort. There is a paved bike path that runs from the Santa Barbara Pier to Butterfly Beach if you are coming from the city and have a bike or can rent one.
Stearns Wharf is located in the harbour in Santa Barbara, California, United States. When completed In 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a quarter century.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
As one of the leading art museums on the West Coast, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art serves a diverse audience of approximately 150,000 people annually. The Museum offers a wide variety of educational and interpretive programs to this broad audience. The Museum’s collection of the arts of Asia, Europe, and the Americas includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, glass, jades, bronzes, lacquer, and textiles.
This sparsely populated region is in the Central Coast of California approximately 550 kilometres (342 miles) northwest of Los Angeles and 217 kilometres (135 miles) south of San Francisco. Big Sur refers to the breathtaking coastline along Highway One between San Simeon and Hearst Castle in the south to Carmel in the north. This particular stretch of Highway One has the rocky Pacific Coast on the one side and the magnificent Santa Lucia Mountain range on the other. Drive past the majestic Redwood trees that line the road and over the famous Bixby Bridge, one of the tallest single-span reinforced concrete arch bridges in the world.
This luxury coastal resort is located on the Monterey Peninsula 200 kilometres (124 miles) south of San Francisco and is home to the famous golf course, Pebble Beach Golf Links. With the spectacular coastline scenery and the enchanting Del Monte Forest, you are sure to have a memorable experience. Embark on one of the most scenic drives in the world – 17 mile drive. This famous coastal landmark stretches from Pebble Beach to Pacific Grove. Embrace the natural splendour of The Lone Cypress, one of the most photographed trees in the world, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove.
Known as the City by the Bay, San Francisco is a cosmopolitan and bohemian city like no other. Explore the vibrant arts and culture scene in the Yerba Buena neighbourhood, Golden Gate Theatre or the De Young Museum. You could also take a sunset walk on Ocean Beach or a cable car ride to experience aerial views of the city.
San Francisco City Tour
Your chauffeur will take you on a city tour visiting historically significant attractions such as the famous Golden Gate Bridge with its magnificent architecture and design, the historic Alcatraz prison and Ghirardelli Square in the Fisherman’s Wharf Area.
There are magnificent boutiques and shopping malls in San Francisco where you can indulge in retail therapy. We recommend Union Square Shopping District, Westfield San Francisco Centre or Metreon.
San Francisco is home to numerous Michelin star-rated restaurants such as Benu, French Laundry, Restaurant at Meadowood and Saison where you can enjoy a sensational culinary experience. For the “foodie” travellers, Ferry Building Marketplace is a top destination where you can take a guided culinary tour and sample the artisanal creations.
Spend a day in the Napa Valley, an American Viticultural Area (AVA) and one of the foremost wine producing regions in the world. The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes.