Your first stop is the stunning waterfront city of San Francisco, known for its steep hills and old style cable cars. Fisherman’s Wharf overlooks the bay and is a great place to start as you explore this laid-back city; there are numerous shops, restaurants and cafes in the area for you to explore. Get a cable car as far as Union Square, enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the world go by.
Hawaii is your next stop and it’s here that you will enjoy the pristine beaches and lush tropical landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu is the perfect base to explore the beautiful island of Oahu, home to some of Hawaii’s most famous attractions. A hike to the top of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument for panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu is highly recommended.
The final stop on this multi-centre holiday to America is Los Angeles, a city known for its year-round beautiful weather, beaches and of course Hollywood! Disneyland and Universal Studios are incredible theme parks and will thrill both the young and the young at heart. Stroll along Hollywood Boulevard and see the stars on the Walk of Fame. Malibu and Santa Monica beaches are a great place to soak up some sun and the Getty Observatory, with its exhibitions, paintings and incredible gardens is well worth a visit.
San Francisco-Hop on one of San Francisco's vintage F-Line streetcars, and for $1.50 take a grand tour of downtown and Fisherman's Wharf by rail.
Los Angeles-LAs best burger chain has a secret menu known only to locals. And now you. In-n-Out Burger is a true LA phenom, as the cars jamming the drive-through can attest. Burgers, fries, soda, shakes thats all it offers under the yellow-and-red roof but fresh and simple works, as does the burgers tasty sauce.
Day 1-3 San Francisco
On arrival in San Francisco, transfer independently to your hotel and check in for your 3 night stay.
Get up close and personal with the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island on a bay cruise. In the evening, may we suggest a pre-dinner cocktail at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, accompanied by dazzling views of the city, and followed by dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Union Square area.
Take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, it really does give a great overview of the city Union Square, Chinatown and the famous Painted Ladies on Alamo Square are only a few of the landmarks on the itinerary.
San Francisco invites you to walk like no other city. The area south of Market Street – SOMA –is one of the city’s most vibrant areas, with sleek nightclubs, fashionable restaurants and a host of cultural and historical institutions.
Walk down to the city’s waterfront, the Embarcadero, and make sure to stop by the Ferry Building, an indoor/outdoor market dedicated to the culinary arts. In the city where California cuisine was born, the Ferry Building is a veritable food heaven showcasing the best Bay Area products. Culinary enthusiasts shop here for the finest artisan ingredients, and diners flock here to savour a meal at one of the chic or casual eateries.
Ride the Cable cars from Fisherman’s Wharf to Union Square.
Day 4-8 Honolulu
Check out of your hotel and transfer independently to the Airport for your onward flight to Honolulu. Arrive and transfer independently to your hotel in Waikiki. This afternoon is at your leisure to explore your surroundings.
Time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. You will have plenty of time to venture beyond Waikiki. Visit the historic Aloha tower for spectacular views of Honolulu. Take a trip to Oahu’s scenic eastern tip to go snorkelling at Hanauma Bay or get away to the countryside and visit the surfers paradise of the North Shore. Once there, watch the pro surfers during the winter big wave season at legendary spots like Waimea Bay then eat like a local in charming Haleiwa Town. Why not visit the Polynesian Cultural Centre to experience an authentic cultural experience which offers a variety of dining and show packages, perfect for all tastes and budgets
For a lovely contrast to lively Waikiki, travel to the fertile Windward Coast and explore Kalua Beach and off the beaten path wonders like the Valley of the Temples.
If you like to be active, we would recommend to do the classic Oahu hike and walk to the top of the beautiful lookout on Diamond Head. You won’t have it to yourself but the views are unreal and it’s a great way to get a feel for the island's geography.
Day 9-11 Los Angeles
There is something for everyone to enjoy in Los Angeles. The thrilling rides and attractions at Disneyland and Universal Studios are sure to be enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart.
Stroll along Hollywood Boulevard and see the stars on the Walk of Fame. Hike the hills up to the famous Hollywood sign and enjoy the views below. The Griffith Observatory is one of the cities greatest cultural attractions offering spectacular views from the Pacific Ocean to the Downtown LA. The Observatory’s grounds, exhibits and telescopes are open free to the public.
Visitors will also enjoy downtown LA, full of great shops, bars and restaurants. Alternatively, head to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for some high-end shopping. The Getty Centre has some excellent exhibitions, paintings and sculptures and the manicured gardens are well worth a visit, the perfect location to watch the sun go down over the sprawling city.
Experience the international diversity of Los Angeles at the Grand Central Market in downtown. It offers more than 50 food stalls of fresh produce from California to around the World and has been a hub of activity since 1917.
Explore the magnificent beaches from Malibu to Long Beach. The beautiful beach town of Santa Monica is easily accessible and features a 22 mile bike trail which connects many beautiful beaches or visit the farmers market that takes place there every Sunday morning offering fresh produce, live entertainment and children’s activities.