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Idyllic California, 14 Nights

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Itinerary Description

Travelling by car is a fantastic way to explore California, where cosmopolitan cities meet spectacular nature, from vibrant San Francisco to the wildlife of Yosemite National Park. Our recommended itinerary enables you to take in the best of the stunning coastal scenery, beaches, valleys and quaint villages in-between, as you drive from north to south of this mesmerising state.

Destination

Accommodation

Stay

Fly Dubai to San Francisco

Emirates

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Fly with Emirates from Dubai to San Francisco. Approximately 16 hours.  

The Electronic System For Travel Authorisation is compulsory for travel to the USA.


California

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We recommend hiring a car because we believe this is the best way to discover all that California has to offer. There's so much to see and do in the state and travelling by car allows you to go at your own pace, stopping when you want to stop at the places you really want to learn more about.

San Francisco

The St. Regis San Francisco

3 nights

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The St. Regis San Francisco is perfectly placed to enjoy San Francisco’s photogenic setting which centres round the Golden Gate Bridge, from where you can admire unrivalled panoramas of San Francisco Bay. Take an historic cable-car ride to vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf for seafood and shopping, or catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Lovers of the arts can enjoy a play in the Theatre District or peruse the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, while foodies can dine in ‘Little Italy’. From San Francisco you can easily venture into the Napa Valley, renowned for its wine-making.

The St. Regis San Francisco
The St. Regis San Francisco
The St. Regis San Francisco

The St. Regis San Francisco hotel incorporates a forty-storey tower, as well as the historic Williams Building that was built in the early 20th century, The latter is home to the Remède Spa that offers a range of Laboratoire Remède treatments, whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas and infinity-edge swimming pool plus the signature restaurant Ame that serves New American cuisine. A second restaurant, Vitrine, serves light and seasonal fare. The hotel is adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with restaurants, shopping and nightlife nearby. Many of the guest rooms and suites feature city views as well as a plasma-screens and mini-bars. All guests can take advantage of the renowned St. Regis Butler Service for any requests they may have, as well as The St. Regis Signature Bath Menu which is a delightful treat for the senses.

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San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park

The Ahwahnee

2 nights

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Leaving the bright lights of the city behind, head to the stunning Yosemite National Park, where you can discover the lush valleys, spectacular waterfalls and towering Redwood trees to walk amongst this renowned beauty spot has to offer. A haven for wildlife too, it is possible that you may be lucky enough to see eagles and bears.

The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is a treasure nestled in Yosemite National Park. Once the village of Native Americans, the residence is now an aesthetic mix of stone, steel and timber blending seamlessly into its natural surroundings with Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point all within close proximity. The public spaces are grand and feature huge stone fireplaces, beams and tapestries. Lounges and dining rooms boast high ceilings and wrought iron chandeliers with a rustic and rugged charm captured throughout, while a mix of rooms, parlours and cottages, adorned in rich woods and fabrics, make for large and spacious living quarters - a perfect retreat after a day exploring the beautiful landscape.

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Yosemite National Park to Carmel Valley

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Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Ranch

2 nights

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Drive through San Joaquin Valley to Carmel Valley Ranch where you can explore the gorgeous countryside along the hiking and cycling trails, visit the vineyards or nearby beach, or peruse the area’s unique shops and fashionable restaurants.

Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch

Set in almost five-hundred acres of idyllic countryside, the iconic Carmel Valley Ranch lies in a world of extraordinary natural beauty, with majestic oaks and brillianly coloured flowers springing up against the rugged backdrop of the Monterey Peninsula, just minutes away from the white sand of the world-famous Carmel Beach. The spacious, elegant suites feature fireplaces, baths, iPod docking stations and outside decks, which are the ideal venue to sit and sip a glass or two of the local wine while gazing at the stunning Carmel Valley views.

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Carmel Valley to Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

2 nights

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Next stop Santa Barbara where you can marvel at the haçienda-style homes that represent the classic California so many of us dream of, as well as the quintessential sandy Californian beaches where you can relax, take a swim or watch the surfers.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

This gem of the American Riviera, is an exquisitely restored 1927, two story Spanish colonial retreat that sits amidst twenty acres of lush coastal gardens, across from beautiful Butterfly Beach. Here you can pamper yourself with a treatment at the ocean-view spa, take a dip in one of the two heated pools, or choose from a host of activities that include sailing, hiking, wine tasting, tennis, biking, and championship golf nearby, as well as dine at any of the three fine ocean-view restaurants. Guests staying in the Jungle Room and Suite category accommodation enjoy complimentary access to the exclusive Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club where they can enjoy exceptional cuisine and a range of fitness activities.

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Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

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Los Angeles

Beverly Wilshire - A Four Seasons Hotel

2 nights

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Visitors with an interest in all things ‘celebrity’ should definitely visit LA’s Beverly Hills, check-in to Beverly Wilshire – A Four Seasons Hotel the head out to explore. Whilst out and about keep your eyes peeled for film stars as you shop at Rodeo Drive’s designer boutiques, dine at five-star restaurants and sip cocktails in the glitzy bars. You can even take a tour of the areas where the rich and famous live.

Beverly Wilshire - A Four Seasons Hotel
Beverly Wilshire - A Four Seasons Hotel
Beverly Wilshire - A Four Seasons Hotel

Say 'Rodeo Drive' and you invariably think of the iconic Beverly Wilshire – one of the world’s most recognisable hotels. Inside, this historic landmark is no less impressive, embodying a mood of timeless elegance and buzzing with vitality from interiors that imaginatively blend tradition and trend. Contemporary rooms and suites offer extraordinary variety and individual style, many boasting furnished balconies and views of the city skyline and the Hollywood Hills, while the best restaurant in town can be found at the hotel: CUT serves some of the best steakhouse cuisine in Beverly Hills. Poolside cabanas can be reserved for those seeking privacy and attentive service, including foot massages and special deliveries of Champagne.

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Los Angeles to Dana Point

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Dana Point

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

3 nights

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In Dana Point you’ll get a real taste of the quintessentially Californian beach lifestyle – Laguna Beach’s Main Beach is the longest stretch of sand is popular amongst the locals for sunbathing and swimming whilst Salt Creek Beach, with its small offshore reef, attracts the surfers. Visit the yacht-filled marinas at Dana Point Harbor where there are some lovely restaurants with ocean views or enjoy a whale and dolphin watching boat trip.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Dana Point’s stunning cliffside location makes The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel a natural Orange County beauty. Perched upon a 150-foot-high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nestled between Los Angeles and San Diego, the hotel mixes old-world charm with modern elegance. Guest rooms and suites are decorated in muted, seaside-inspired colours flushed with plush fabrics and subtle modern details. Spend your days lounging on the lawn, while evenings lend themselves to orange-coloured sunsets and exotic cocktails from the bar. Alternatively, take the shuttle bus to Laguna Beach (which runs throughout July and August) or make dinner reservations at the hotel's Raya restaurant, where you can savour delicious Pan-Latin cuisine.

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Fly Los Angeles to Dubai

Emirates

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Fly from Los Angeles to Dubai with Emirates. Approximately 16 hours.

Best time to travel


As a year-round travel destination, any time is a good time to visit the Golden State of California. Most people tend to visit in the summer (mid June through August) but it’s worth bearing in mind that spring (March to May) can be just as appealing, temperatures may not be as hot but they are comfortably warm and you’ll find the flora and fauna bursting into life following the cold winter. Autumn (September through October) is another pleasant time to visit – especially if you’re considering the wine regions - San Francisco enjoys some of its sunniest days at this time.

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