Tastes of California
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Devour the gastronomic wonders of San Francisco, sample fine wines in the Napa Valley and loosen your waistband and leave the diet behind as you indulge in the multi-ethnic flavours of LA, all while admiring the sun-drenched backdrop of the Pacific Coast.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Indulge in LA’s multicultural cuisine, with dishes to suit all tastes and budgets
- Savour fresh seafood in the Pacific Coast Highway’s wild and craggy scenery
- Taste fine Californian wines on board the iconic Napa Valley Wine Train
- View the impressive Golden Gate Bridge on a San Francisco Bay dinner cruise
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- International flights
- 9 nights in 4* hotels
- 6 days car hire
- Napa Valley Wine Train
- San Francisco 48 hour Hop-on/Hop-off bus pass
- San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise
- Airport transfers
Need to know
- Arrives: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Time difference: GMT-8
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA), available online
- Language: English
- Currency: US dollar (USD)
- Flying time from UK: around 11 hours direct
- Plug type: 2 flat pins
- Voltage: 120V
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Your first stop is fabulous San Francisco, known for its welcoming, laid-back vibe. Discover the Ferry Building’s popular farmer’s market, the restaurants and sealions of Pier 39 and the eclectic shops of Union Square with your included bus pass. Later, see the glittering city lights reflected in the waters of San Francisco Bay on your elegant dinner dance cruise. Of course you can’t leave before sampling Frisco’s tantalising gastronomic delights, perhaps visiting Boudins Bakery for sourdough bread, dining out on Tuscan specialities at Nob Hill Café or testing the dim sum in buzzing Chinatown.
4* Pier 2620 Fisherman's Wharf
Includes a 48 hour Hop-on/Hop-off bus pass; a Dinner Dance Cruise in San Francisco's harbour
Sip on superior quality cabernet in the sun-drenched Napa Valley, its rolling green hills carpeted in vineyards and home to over 400 wineries. Taste the top notch wines and dine on gourmet cellar door food before hopping on board the historic Napa Valley Wine Train for an unforgettable dining experience. The food served on board is fabulous, so be sure to come hungry!
4* River Terrace Inn
Includes a gourmet dining experience on board the historic Napa Valley Wine Train
Drive to the seaside town of Monterey, where the beautiful coastline with its seals, pelicans and otters, and its range of water-based activities, is the star attraction. Most visitors head straight for the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, but there’s more to this town than just the marine life. Waterfront Cannery Row is lined with romantic hotels and tempting seafood restaurants, just waiting to be sampled. Monterey Jack cheese also originated here, so why not give it a try?
3.5* Monterey Bay Inn
Tuck into fresh seafood and juicy burgers in Santa Barbara, a pretty seaside town tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Don’t forget to sample the delicious local wines too – some of California’s best. Be sure to pop in to the Old Mission, a Santa Barbara icon founded by the Franciscans in the late 1700s. Now a historic architectural landmark, it features twin bell towers and a worthwhile museum.
4* Harbor View Inn
Crazy, cosmopolitan and incredibly diverse, with plenty to entertain and amaze, LA is a city like no other. World-renowned highlights include the iconic Hollywood sign and the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and foodie fans will not be disappointed with the smorgasbord of international cuisine on offer, from delicious freshly fried shrimp tostadas to steaming hot bowls of ramen and everything in between. Work up an appetite in between browsing the designer boutiques on Rodeo Drive and walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
4* ANDAZ West Hollywood