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California Holidays

The state that has it all

From cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to kayaking over Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada; a California holiday is sure to be truly memorable. The state is bursting with natural beauty; it’s magnificent National Parks are testament to this fact with Yosemite, Redwoods and Death Valley just a few examples. Gaze up at the Giant Sequoia trees, hike through mountain ranges and valleys and discover the hottest and lowest point in America.

California is an adventure playground for all ages and offers some of the greatest family holidays. Get your morning thrills in a theme park, spend the afternoon bodyboarding along more than 1100 miles of coastline and finish your day toasting s’mores around a campfire. Or why not hire a motorhome for an unforgettable family trip?

Take your own adventure by driving the Pacific Coast Highway 1 and visit Santa Cruz, Big Sur and Pismo Beach along the way. With so many places to explore within this golden state, it’s best to hit the open road and discover for yourself. You can also combine your Californian dream trip with a visit to Hawaii, so why not continue your travels with a multicentre holiday in the islands of Aloha?

Destination Highlights
  • Discover nine incredible National Parks
  • Taste your way around the wine regions
  • Explore more than 1100 miles of coastline
  • Cycle over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Go behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Hug a Redwood tree
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT -8 hours
  • Currency USD - US Dollar
  • Visa Information Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel
  • Language English
  • Flight Time Approx. 11 hours; indirect flights from Ireland are available
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to California

Top Tips from our Experts

Rozario

Destination Specialist

"Hire a convertible and cruise around with the top down and glorious sunshine on your face. Travel from north to south as you journey the Pacific Highway 1 for the best views."

Our California destinations

McWay Falls, Big Sur

California

Central California Coast

Central California Coast
Griffith Observatory

California

Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Yosemite National Park

California

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park
Downtown skyline

California

San Diego

San Diego
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

California

San Francisco

San Francisco
Kayaking on Lake Tahoe

California

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe
Redwood trees

California

Northern California

Northern California
Outdoor adventures

California

Greater Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs

California

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park
Death Valley National Park

California

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Types of California holidays

Yosemite National Park

California Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

California Tours

Tours
Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway 1

Self Drive California

Self Drive California
Driving the Pacific Coast Highway 1

Self Drive Central California Coast

Self Drive Central California Coast

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights from the UK to California take a minimum of 10 hours and 55 minutes. There are currently direct flights from London airports to Los Angeles with Air New Zealand, United Airlines, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, British Airways and Norwegian. There are direct flights to San Francisco International Airport with United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. You can also fly direct to San Jose and San DIego with British Airways or Oakland with Norwegian and British Airways.

You can easily drive from California to Las Vegas – it takes around five hours from Los Angeles, while a flight takes just over an hour. Or why not book an escorted tour such as Wings Over the West which is the ultimate Western USA tour, taking you on a fantastic journey from Las Vegas to visit Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Central California Coast and Los Angeles.

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn

Central California Coast

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Post Ranch Inn
The Lodge at Pebble Beach

The Lodge At Pebble Beach

Central California Coast

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The Lodge At Pebble Beach
Auberge du Soleil

Auberge Du Soleil

Napa Valley

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Auberge Du Soleil

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Newport Beach

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Guide Price

€2,269 pp

The Resort at Pelican Hill

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