Itinerary in brief:
- 3 nights San Francisco
- 3 nights Monterey
Day 1: Arrival in San Francisco
On arrival in San Francisco, make your own way to the hotel where you will check in for 3 nights.
Day 2 & 3: San Francisco
Hop on the bus and start your day at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can watch sea lions laze in the sun before tucking into a clam chowder bread bowl for lunch. We’ve included a hop on hop off bus pass so you can easily navigate the city, whether you want to grab dim sum in Chinatown, window shop in Union Square or take the ferry over to Alcatraz to explore the famous prison on the rock.
Another great idea is to hire a bike and cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge – not only an exciting way to experience this iconic landmark but you’ll be able to visit the Marin Headlands with beautiful views back over the bridge towards the city. You’ll find history and culture here round every corner, whether you’re browsing through the shelves of City Lights Booksellers or trying to find the best burrito in the Mission district – 2 days in San Francisco will fly by!
Day 4: Drive to Monterey
This morning, collect your car hire and drive down towards Monterey. Drive along the famous Route 1 and you’ll be able to hop between pretty beaches and tiny coastal towns, stopping for an early lunch in the seaside town of Santa Cruz before arriving in Monterey where you will check into your hotel for 3 nights.
Day 5 & 6: Monterey
You’ll have 2 days to explore the seaside town of Monterey so make sure you get stuck in as there is lots to do here. Start with a walk along the wharf, stopping at the little shops and restaurants that line the colourful front. Make sure you visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium where you can spot sea otters, sharks and thousands of other beautiful marine creatures – we’ve included admission as we wouldn’t want you to miss it!
On your second day, why not drive along 17 mile drive; a pretty coastal route that will take you round the rocks to the neighbouring town of Carmel where boutique shops and gourmet restaurants await. If you want to explore even further you can take a whale watching tour from Monterey or drive a few miles north to Moss Landing where you can kayak with sea otters and pelicans along the estuary.
Day 7: Depart San Francisco
Today is your last day in California – you’ll drive north this morning, dropping your rental car at San Francisco airport before catching your onwards flight.