California fly drive with New York city break

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 14

From: UK - New York

To: Los Angeles - UK



Inc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Explore 3 of America's best cities on this New York city break and California fly drive. Begin with a city break in the ‘Big Apple’ before flying to San Francisco, the city on the bay. Take some time out to go wine tasting in the Napa Valley before making your way down Highway 1 all the way to Los Angeles.

Begin your fortnight with 3 nights in New York; use the hop-on/hop-off bus we’ve included to visit Times Square, shop on 5th Avenue and then head to the ‘Top of the Rock’ at the Rockefeller Centre for the best city views.

Fly to San Francisco and get acquainted with this pretty city before beginning your self-drive down to LA; one of the most popular road trips in America. Snake along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway with its stunning oceans views, elephant seals on the beach and hidden coves and bays.

Once you reach LA, you’ll have time to spend in Santa Monica beach or to head over to Hollywood and the walk of Fame before heading home.

This American road trip itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

This holiday includes:

  • International flights
  • 4* accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and other meals specified
  • Car Hire


  • Visit 3 iconic cities in one trip; New York, San Francisco and LA
  • Get a bird’s eye view of New York from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Centre 
  • Tour the infamous prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco
  • Shop in the boutiques at Union Square
  • Go wine tasting in Californian wine country
  • Drive the scenic Highway 1 coastal route through Monterey, Carmel and Santa Barbara to LA
  • Visit Hollywood boulevard and the Walk of Fame
  • Relax on the beach in Santa Monica
New York city break and west coast road trip | map



Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights New York
  • 4 nights San Francisco
  • 2 nights Carmel
  • 1 night Goleta
  • 3 nights Los Angeles


Day 1: UK to New York

Board your flight from the UK this morning. On arrival you’ll be greeted and transferred by shuttle bus to your hotel.

Spend the day getting your bearings; why not head down to Times Square this evening and soak up the atmosphere or grab tickets to a Broadway show?

Included:  International flight, hotel & shuttle transfer

Day 2: New York

Today we’ve included a hop-on hop-off bus pass to help you see the best of what New York has to offer. Why not grab a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast before setting off to explore - starting with a stroll through Central Park, looking at art by Picasso and Andy Warhol in the MOMA and the Gugenheim before heading to Ground Zero to learn about the tragedy of 9/11. In the evening why not head to a comedy club or jazz bar to experience the best of New York nightlife. 

Included:  Hotel & hop-on hop-off bus pass

Day 3: New York

Today is free for you to continue exploring this exciting city, we have included admission to the Rockefeller Centre so take a ride up to the 70th floor for the ‘Top of the Rock’ and look out over the spectacular New York skyline. Continue exploring today, whether you walk along the Highline for views over the river, 

Included:  Hotel & entrance to Rockefeller Centre

Day 4: Fly to San Francisco

This morning you’ll be collected and taken to the airport for your domestic flight to San Francisco. On arrival you'll make your own way to your hotel in the city.

Included:  Hotel, shuttle transfer in New York & private transfer in San Francisco

Day 5: San Francisco

Today is at leisure. Why not head down to Fisherman’s Wharf for a spot of lunch, and be sure to book tickets for a tour of Alcatraz, one of the world’s most famous prisons.

Included:  Hotel

Day 6: San Francisco

Today is yours to explore a little further. Why not take a tram up Nob Hill for stunning views of the city or stroll through the quirky neighbourhoods that make up San Francisco.

Included:  Hotel

Day 7: San Francisco and Napa Valley

Today we’ve included a full day trip to Napa Valley. You’ll be taken by bus into beautiful Californian wine-country where you’ll stop at a selection of wineries for tastings and tours.

Included:  Hotel & full day Napa Valley day trip (inc. lunch)

Day 8: San Francisco to Carmel

This morning you’ll collect your rental car and start your west coast self-drive.

The drive to Carmel takes around 3.5 hours, but take your time as you journey down this scenic route stopping off for a stroll and some lunch along the way.

Included:  Hotel & car hire

Day 9: Big Sur

Today is a free day to explore the Big Sur region. You could hike one of the trails in Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park or stroll along Pfeiffer Beach.

Included: Hotel

Days 10: Big Sur to Goleta

Today you’ll have a 4 hour drive along stunning coastline towards Goleta, enjoying more panoramic ocean views.

On arrival in Goleta, check into your hotel and spend your evening exploring this coastal region.

Included:  Hotel

Day 11: Goleta to Los Angeles

It’s your final drive today; it’s a short 2 hour journey to Santa Monica where you’ll check in for the next 2 nights.

Included:  Hotel

Day 12: Los Angeles

Today is a free day to explore Los Angeles. Why not visit Hollywood and the walk of fame or head down Rodeo Drive for some retail therapy? You’ll have your car throughout your stay, making it easy to explore this sprawling city.

Included:  Hotel

Day 13: Depart Los Angeles

Today you’ll return your car to the airport before boarding your overnight flight home.

Included:  International flight

Day 14: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK to complete your holiday.



This USA trip is suitable for year round travel. New York has freezing winters and scorching summers so spring and autumn can be the best time to explore. Prices in summer and over Christmas and New Year will also be at a premium. High season in California is from June to August when hotels will book up far in advance and prices will peak. April - May and September - October can be a great time to travel when crowds and prices are lower and temperature is mild. Winter (November - March) brings colder temperatures and rainstorms.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements; please contact us with your dates and requests and we'll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • 12 nights’ accommodation on a room only basis
  • Return airport shuttle transfers in New York
  • Shared arrival transfer in San Francisco (upgrade to private transfer available on request)
  • Car Hire
  • Hop on-hop off double-decker city tour in New York
  • Top of the Rock’ attraction tickets in New York
  • Napa Valley wine tasting day trip


Not included: 

  • Meals other than those mentioned
  • Excursions other than those mentioned
  • Parking and tolls
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenditures
  • Services other than those mentioned


12 nights in 4/5* standard accommodation including:



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