Tailor-Made Holiday

San Francisco, Yosemite & the Californian Coast

Experience the city of San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and drive Big Sur

12 days

from £5,595pp (excluding flights)

This California holiday visits some of the highlights this diverse state has to offer - San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and scenic Highway 1. A perfect blend of city, wilderness and Pacific coast. Stay out for a few nights along the coast in a comfortable private camp overlooking the ocean.

  • Ride the iconic cable cars of San Francisco and explore the famous landmarks
  • Explore the majestic granite scenery of the Yosemite National Park
  • Drive the scenic Highway 1 coast road including Big Sur and Santa Barbara
  • Stay at Big Sur in a private tented camp personally designed for you.

San Francisco

The bustling, cosmopolitan city of San Francisco has so much to offer. Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, try delicious food in the distinct districts of the city, venture out on the bay or hug a redwood in nearby Muir Woods.

Yosemite National Park

Pick up a car and then off to the peace and wilderness of the Yosemite National Park. One of the finest parks in the US with huge granite landscapes, unusual rock formations and impressive waterfalls. Endless options for outdoor enthusiasts. Spending a day with an expert guide is a highlight, learn about this fascinating area and explore the hidden gems.

Highway 1, Big Sur and Santa Barbara

End on Highway 1, running along the stunning west coast. Known for its spectacular coastline of rocky cliffs, endless views over the Pacific and golden beaches perfect for swimming and surfing. Stay in a private camp spot at Big Sur with its mountain back drop and redwood forest. Travel down the coast to Santa Barbara, a small town with Spanish architecture and a Mediterranean influence.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 5595 £ 800
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to San Francisco

The vibrant city of San Francisco is the leading financial, cultural, and transportation centre of Northern California. Iconic for its steep rolling hills and foggy bay, it offers an eclectic mixture of architecture, culture, cuisine and music combined with an array of world class attractions. Famous landmarks include the renowned Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island along with the cable cars and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Just across the waters from San Francisco is the small community of Sausalito. The picturesque community is perched on a hillside between the San Francisco Bay and Marin Headlands. Take time to walk the coastline and enjoy the beautiful views back across the city.

You will be staying at Hotel Vitale, Room only

Day 2

Early Art Walk
The world of Art belong to those who get up early. Visit the Wattis institute of Art for breakfast before the opening of the gallery and meet the artists on site.

The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute that works with the development of contemporary art. This exhibition space displays new work from artists around the world and was founded at the California College of the Arts in the city.

You will be staying at Hotel Vitale, Room only

Day 3

Car Hire
Pick up place: San Francisco
Drop off place: Los Angeles airport
Duration of hire: 9 days
Type of vehicle: Car

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

A journey of approximately four hours.

"It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter." - John Muir.

Yosemite National Park is in central California on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. A World Heritage site with nearly 95 percent of the park designated wilderness. It is famous for its waterfalls, clear streams, granite cliffs, giant sequoia groves and home to hundreds of wildlife species and plants. Activities are endless in Yosemite, from hiking and horse riding to camping and climbing.

You will be staying at Tenaya Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Full Day Tour of Yosemite National Park
Spend the day with a local naturalist guide to explore Yosemite National Park. Visit the famous look out points of Sentinal Dome and Glacier Point offering amazing views across the park. Head down to the Yosemite valley and walk to several of the waterfalls in this area. View the huge granite rock known as El Capitan from the meadow below and Half Dome rock with its distinct and impressive shape. Along the way have a picnic lunch and bask in the beauty of this incredible park.

The private guide brings so much to this day trip, they have spent over a 1,000 hours in the park, are passionate about the area and know the best times to visit each area to avoid the crowds. They can show the hidden spots that might otherwise be missed, where to find the best views, wildlife and where to watch the sunset.

You will be staying at Tenaya Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Day at Leisure in Yosemite National Park
Spend the day exploring Yosemite National Park. Drive through the park stopping at view points along the way or one of the visitor centres. Take a hike on one of the many trails of varying lengths and ability levels. If feeling more active go climbing or biking, activities are endless in this stunning national park.

You will be staying at Tenaya Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur

Drive from Yosemite to Big Sur on the coast, a journey of about four hours. There is the option to stop off at the famous beach communities of Monterey and Carmel. Travelling down the coastal highway offers spectacular views over the ocean and cliffs.

Big Sur on the central coast of California sits on a dramatic coastline amid a forest of Californian redwoods. With a back drop of the Santa Lucia mountains this is a fantastic area of wilderness to explore. Big Sur offers an enchanting stretch of coast along Highway 1

Arrive at Camp
Camp in a private remote setting around Big Sur on the central California coast. This incredible landscape of redwood forests, mountains and dramatic coast will be home.

The private tent is canvas in style with beds and linen for maximum comfort. There is a lounging area to relax and a telescope to watch the stars. A full camp crew will make sure the stay is comfortable, fun and memorable and a chef will prepare all the meals. There will be fresh towels, private toilets, hot showers and plenty of shade to enjoy the time around the camp.

You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 7

Exploration of Big Sur Area
There are several excellent hikes in the Big Sur region through the forests and the beaches. Today explore the area with the guide, stopping during the day for a picnic lunch. Upon arriving back in camp the guides will have a great hand crafted dinner ready to eat as the sun sets.

You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 8

Exploration of Big Sur Area
Today can be spent relaxing at camp, exploring more on foot or alternatively bikes can be rented (additional charge) and ride along the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Return to camp and relax while dinner is made and wait for the stars to come out.

You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 9

Drive along the coast to Santa Barbara

Drive along the coast to Santa Barbara, a scenic journey of about four hours. A beautiful place to stop is at Hearst Castle, a stunning property on top of a hill in the Santa Lucia Range overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Day at Leisure
Today is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful town of Santa Barbara. This bustling beach community has a range of activities and excellent beaches.

Outdoor activities include stand up paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking excursions to the Channel Islands.

Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a small town set on the west coast of California looking out towards the South Pacific. Sheltered by the surrounding Santa Ynez mountains, the town is a sought after destination with its Mediterranean climate and white sandy beaches.

With a collection of small boutiques, cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the downtown, it is a town to be explored on foot to relax into the slow paced environment.

Settled in the 1600s by the Spanish, this influence can be seen throughout in the architecture infusing wonderful character to this small town.

You will be staying at Canary Hotel, Room only

Day 10

Santa Barbara Beach Horse Ride
Spend 90 minutes riding along Santa Barbara beach on horse back, a great way to see the secluded and beautiful beaches in this area.

You will be staying at Canary Hotel, Room only

Day 11

Car Hire
Drop off place: Los Angeles airport
Type of vehicle: Car

Drive along the coast road to Los Angeles

A journey of approximately two hours.

Fly Los Angeles to London overnight


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Private Tented Camp

Private Tented Camp

Camp in a private remote setting around Big Sur on the central California coast....

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