Luxury Los Angeles to Santa Barbara road trip

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Los Angeles

To: Los Angeles



Exc. International flights (per person based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Explore the coast of California in luxury with this week-long Los Angeles to Santa Barbara road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. In LA you’ll be based in Santa Monica, the perfect spot for people watching and exploring the famous beach and pier. Ride the Ferris wheel, bike along Venice Beach and hike through the Hollywood Hills before watching the sun set over the city. Up the coast in Santa Barbara you’ll spend 3 nights on the relaxed beachfront, where shopping, kayaking and dining is all world-class.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights of this Los Angeles to Santa Barbara road trip

  • Explore the oceanfront town of Santa Monica
  • Hike the Hollywood Hills before watching the sunset over LA
  • Drive the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu
  • Learn about the Spanish history of Santa Barbara
  • Go shopping and relax in the Santa Barbara sunshine



Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights in Santa Monica             
  • 3 nights in Santa Barbara

Day 1: Arrival in Los Angeles

On arrival in Los Angeles you’ll make your own way to your hotel in Santa Monica where you will check in for 3 nights.

Day 2 & 3: Santa Monica        

You’ll be based in Santa Monica so make sure you explore this oceanfront city first; from the iconic pier where you can ride the Ferris wheel for clear views down the coast to Malibu. Explore the streets full of trendy coffee shops and modern galleries before heading to the beach to relax on the sands. Why not hire a bike and cycle down the Venice boardwalk past quirky shops and street performers, arriving at Muscle Beach where you can watch the body builders training?

If you have time, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood isn’t far away – make sure you check out the Walk of Fame and Universal Studios. In the late afternoon we’ve included a hike of the Hollywood Hills, so you’ll have a lovely opportunity to watch the sun set over the city from the hilltop Griffith Observatory.

Day 4: Drive to Santa Barbara      

This morning, collect your hire car and drive up the coast to Santa Barbara. It’s a wonderfully scenic drive through Malibu up the Pacific Coast Highway – 2 hours later you’ll have arrived in Santa Barbara, where you’ll check into your hotel for 3 nights.

Day 5 & 6: Santa Barbara       

Santa Barbara is a laid-back beach city where celebrities escape the busy city of Los Angeles to relax in the sunshine. It’s full of Spanish architecture with boutique shops and open air restaurants dotted along State Street in the middle of town. Spend the day shopping or on the beach, enjoying the views from the long pier before eating a delicious bowl of seafood in the balmy evening air.

If you want to be more active, why not take a day tour to the Channel Islands National Park? Located just offshore, the scattered islands have miles of hiking trails, clear blue waters to kayak through and lots of wildlife to discover, from the endemic island fox to rockpools full of anemones and crabs.

Day 7: Departure   

Today is your final day in California – enjoy one last walk along the pier before driving back to Los Angeles Airport to return your hire car and catch your onwards flight.


Southern California enjoys mild winters with a little rain on the coast and dry cold nights inland. The summer brings a rise in heat, tourist numbers and prices but rain is rare so it’s perfect if you’re looking for consistently sunny weather.

This 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

What's included: 

  • 6 nights in 4* accommodation
  • Car Rental
  • Guided hike of the Hollywood Hills

Not included: 

  • Fuel
  • Optional Excursions


6 nights in 4* standard accommodation. Hotels in this category include:

  • Shore Hotel

  • Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
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