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California Holidays


A California holiday promises breathtaking national parks, incredible wildlife and some of the most exciting cities on the planet.

California’s magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range is home to three national parks, 20 wilderness areas and two national monuments and has been drawing explorers, pioneers and artists throughout its history. 

The Big Sur coastline between San Francisco and Los Angeles is also particularly beautiful with miles of dramatic coastline, scenic driving to die for and nine State parks and reserves.  With over 1,100 miles of stunning coastline fringing the state it’s no surprise California boasts some incredible beaches. From Santa Barbara right down to San Diego you’ll encounter the classic Californian beaches of Baywatch and the OC, wide open laid back stretches of sand that are the places to see and be seen. 

The cities of California are reason enough to visit all on their own. Glitzy Los Angeles abounds with stunning beaches and celebrity spotting opportunities and stunning San Francisco boasts the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz and a bay setting to die for. Throw in sun splashed San Diego and Palm Springs and this is city slicker heaven.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO CALIFORNIA

Classic California
12 days / 11 nights
from €1,181
  • Wildlife
  • Exciting Cities
  • Beach life

  • Ultimate Family Adventure - California
    14 days / 13 nights
    from €Please contact us
  • Los Angeles
  • Theme Parks
  • San Diego

  • Absolute Luxury California
    14 days / 13 nights
    from €6,014
  • San Francisco
  • Napa Valley
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Post Ranch Inn
  • Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles

  • California's National Parks
    12 days / 11 nights
    from €1,115
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Death Valley National Park

  • California Cruising - Cruise America
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €742
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Barbara
  • National Parks

  • Yosemite and Tahoe Adventure Tour
    4 days / 3 nights
    from €770
  • Yosemite NP
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • Lake Tahoe

  • WHERE TO GO IN CALIFORNIA

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    San Francisco
    San Francisco is diverse and picturesque, with a compact downtown bursting with attractions and each distinct area boasting its own appeal. If you are interested in retail therapy or a wide range of varied restaurants, Union Square is a great option. Fisherman’s Wharf is ideal for families while the regenerated Embarcadero is a hip neighbourhood on the bay. Nob Hill is an affluent residential area while the Financial District is central and close to famous Chinatown.
    California Wine Country
    California’s Wine Country is home to the renowned wine producing valleys of Napa and Sonoma. Here rolling green hills flow into vineyard covered plains, punctuated by small towns and winding country roads. The towns of Napa, Sonoma, Bodega Bay and Santa Rosa offer a huge variety of gourmet dining options and make excellent bases for exploring these beautiful, picturesque valleys.
    Yosemite & California's National Parks
    Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks showcase some of America’s most magnificent scenery and its pristine great outdoors. These enchanting landscapes boast spectacular waterfalls, dramatic mountains, roaring rivers and ancient forests aplenty.
    The California Coast
    Follow highway 1 for the quintessential California road trip. On the beautifully scenic stretch of coastal highway you’ll find dramatic national parks, laid back cosmopolitan towns, glorious beaches and even a castle!
    San Diego
    San Diego is blessed with year round sunshine, over 40 miles of pristine beaches and lots of distinct districts. Affluent La Jolla has pretty coves, boutique shops and lovely restaurants. Try authentic Mexican food in Old Town, revel in the lively Gaslamp Quarter or relax on the beaches of Coronado Island and Mission Beach.
    Palm Springs
    Palm Springs is blessed with year round sunshine, starry nights and a stunning mountain backdrop. All this is within easy reach of Los Angeles and the California coast. Affluent Indian Wells is home to fabulous resorts, world class golfing and sublime spas.
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles is a vibrant mix of neighbourhoods blessed with year round sunshine. Shop in Beverly Hills, star-spot in Hollywood, enjoy the thrills of the theme parks or party in West Hollywood. Each area offers something different, so speak to Trailfinders and find out which location is right for your holiday.
    Lake Tahoe and the High Sierras
    The towering peaks of the High Sierras soar above the valleys and plains of California and create a spectacular landscape of lush forested slopes and azure lakes that are ideally suited to both summer adventures and winter escapades.

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN CALIFORNIA

    We feature a great range of accommodation in California, with something to suit all budgets.

    Maybe you’re looking for a lodge in the heart of Yosemite or the best family friendly hotel in San Diego, LA or San Francisco? Or perhaps it’s a romantic hideaway in Big Sur or a luxurious spa retreat in Palm Springs? We can help you with hotels, apartments, villas, private homes, beach resorts, lodges, cabins, spas and ranches all over California.

    What you won’t find here are thousands upon thousands of hotels where you have to wade through endless reviews of questionable origin to find the best one. We have done the hard work for you and selected the best places to stay so you don’t have to and our travel consultants are on hand to help, often with first-hand experience.

    Fairmont San Francisco
    San Francisco
    from €171
  • Two restaurants & two bars
  • Café
  • Fitness centre
  • Parking from $77 per day

  • The Garland
    Hollywood, Universal & Studio City L.A.
    from €114
  • Restaurant & 2 bars
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Free shuttle to Universal Studios
  • Parking from $32 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
    Santa Monica & Long Beach L.A.
    from €317
  • Restaurant & lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fitness centre
  • Parking from $55 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
    Anaheim & Orange County Beaches
    from €130
  • 5 restaurants
  • Food market
  • Lounge
  • Large lagoon pool
  • Water playground with waterslides
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Bicycle hire
  • Kids’ club
  • Seasonal Disneyland shuttle
  • Parking from $42 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • Hotel Solamar
    San Diego
    from €64
  • Restaurant
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Rooftop pool terrace
  • Fitness centre
  • Free wine hour
  • Free use of bikes
  • Parking from $49 per day

  • Riviera Palm Springs
    Palm Springs
    from €62
  • 2 restaurants & 4 bars
  • 2 pools
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • THINGS TO DO IN CALIFORNIA

    As well as some incredible sights, California is also home to some unforgettable experiences from immersive tours with local guides to exciting ways to exploring the beautiful scenery.

    One day you might be cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge, the next enjoying a gourmet lunch on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Whether you are exploring Yosemite's awe inspiring beauty, sailing around San Francisco's gorgeous bay or watching whales off Monterey our collection of unmissable experiences will really help bring your holiday to California alive.

    Alcatraz & San Francisco 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
    Attraction Ticket
    from €131
  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • 48 hours of unlimited travel
  • Tour of incredible Alcatraz

  • Universal Studios Hollywood 1 Day Ticket
    Attraction Ticket
    from €94
  • World famous movie studios
  • Thrilling rides and shows

  • Yosemite National Park Day Tour
    Approx 15 hours
    from €154
  • Personalised, small group tour
  • Operated by bio-diesel vehicle
  • Guided Yosemite Valley tour
  • Ample free time to explore

  • San Diego Harbour Cruise
    Approx 2 hours
    from €20
  • Cruise along the North Bay and South Bay coastline.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the San Diego skyline.
  • Watch seabirds flying and sea lions sunbathing on the rocks offshore.

  • America The Beautiful - National Parks Annual Pass
    Annual Pass
    from €81
  • Save money and time
  • Perfect for itineraries like the Grand Circle

  • Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch - 1st seating
    Approx 4 hours from Napa or 10 hours from San Francisco
    from €152
  • Visit St Helena
  • 3 course gourmet lunch
  • Antique train

  • When is the best time to visit California?

    California Climate Guide
    Los Angeles

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    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Peter Duckworth

    On Highway 1, spend some time at Ragged Point - an amazing viewpoint about 15 miles north of San Simeon. It's a great opportunity to see unique rock formations and even better at sunset!

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Hatham Alobaidi

    West Hollywood is the place to stay if you want to visit legendary music venues like the Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Roxy. Why not enjoy a drink or two in the bars where The Doors and Jimi Hendrix used to hang out?

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Katie Moore

    Those who are returning to Los Angeles and want more of a local experience should visit Downtown LA. This up and coming neighbourhood is home to bustling Grand Central Market, trendy rooftop bars and modern museums such as the Grammy Museum at LA live.

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    California Fast Facts

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    Flight Time to California

    Approx
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    €20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Recommended Immunisations

    None

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Enjoy comprehensive cover in California from just €78 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

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