From Santa Monica to San Diego, sun and fun rules year-round on the Southern California Coast. With its pleasant climate, miles of celebrated beaches, historic neighbourhoods and ritzy shopping boulevards, Southern California’s laid-back vibes make it an unforgettable holiday.
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If you’re taking a Southern California family vacation, bring smiles to everyone’s face with excursions to the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Legoland, or all three! Shop indulgently along Rodeo Drive or the Sunset Strip. Stroll or cycle along the Santa Monica boardwalk or wile away the hours on Venice Beach with the local residents (and perhaps a celeb or two!). In a region offering such a variety of experiences, let our experts guide you on your Californian dream vacation.
Day 1: Arrive Los Angeles
Arrive at LAX Airport to meet your private driver who will take you to Santa Monica
Day 2: Santa Monica & Venice Bike Adventure (B)
After lunch, meet your private biking guide for a day of coastal fun. The best way to experience the coast is by biking along its miles of winding paths through the sand. Passing by countless landmarks and points of interest, you will with no doubt experience the beach lifestyle at its best.
Day 3: Full Day Private Guided Los Angeles City Tour (B)
Today you will go on a full day, fully customizable adventure throughout Los Angeles, visiting all the highlights and legendary sights this famous city has to offer. Stops can be customized to see the less travelled areas of Los Angeles and can be timed to visit busier areas during calm times of day. Some recommendations include… Hollywood Boulevard where guests can walk the Walk of Fame; enjoy a bird's eye view at the World Famous Observatory or The Hollywood Sign for photo-ops; get up close to the mansions of the famous and infamous in Beverly Hills and Bel Air; or shop until you drop on Rodeo Drive or The Sunset Strip.
Day 4: Free Day On Own (B)
Today is yours to enjoy however you like. Spend the day on the beach, relax by the swimming pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or explore the Santa Monica Pier if you have not already done so.
Day 5: Scenic Self-Drive to Palos Verde (B)
Enjoy a leisurely morning before checking out and picking up your rental vehicle. Drive one hour south to Palos Verde to check in to your luxury resort.
Day 6: Private Guided Palos Verde Hike and Tidepool Exploration (B)
This morning you venture out on a guided hike in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Soak in amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding nature and wildlife while your guide narrates unique stories about the birds, wildlife, and plants in this rare open space. The hike is easy to moderate along dirt trails with a steep decline to the tidepools.
Day 7: Catalina Island with Round Trip Public Ferry and Two Hour Ziplining Experience
Drive to the San Pedro dock to board the public ferry for a scenic ride to beautiful Catalina Island.
This afternoon you will embark on an exhilarating journey, high in the hills near Avalon there is a 2-hour ziplining experience! Enjoy descending through Descanso Canyon to Descanso Beach, you will travel close to three quarters of a mile over five consecutive zip lines at heights of 300 feet above the canyon floor at speeds up to 30 mph.
After your adventure, board the ferry again to return to the mainland.
Day 8: Day at leisure (B)
Today is yours to enjoy however you like. Relax poolside, indulge in a spa treatment or continue exploring the surrounding area.
Day 9: Scenic Drive to San Diego / Private Marine Wildlife Sail on the San Diego Bay (B, L)
Check out this morning and drive 2.5 hours to San Diego where you will experience California's coastal paradise of Marine Wildlife Wonder! Spend two hours sightseeing as you sail in and out of the San Diego Bay. You will enjoy another two full hours on the Pacific searching for blow-spouts on your Ocean Wildlife Safari. Find yourself sailing along the coast of California over the deep blue Pacific Ocean with the wind whipping in your hair.
Day 10: Private Guided La Jolla Kayaking Tour (B)
Drive to the Coast where an experienced guide will take you on an unforgettable kayaking tour of La Jolla Ecological Reserve, a Marine Protected Area. Explore 3 distinct microhabitats, see the Rose Canyon Fault Line, experience La Jolla's Seven Sea Caves including the breathtaking view from inside The Clam.
The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy however you like. return to the hotel to relax for the rest of day.
Day 11: Day at leisure (B)
Today is yours to enjoy however you like. Explore the town of La Jolla, Torrey Pines State Park, or stay at your hotel and relax poolside.
Day 12: San Diego to Vancouver (B)
Drive to the San Diego Airport to return your rental vehicle in time for your departure flight.
Your package includes:
- Afternoon Private Guided Santa Monica & Venice Bike Adventure
- Full Day Private Guided Los Angeles City Tour
- Private Guided Palos Verde Hike and Tidepool Exploration
- Private Marine Wildlife Sail on the San Diego Bay
- Private Guided La Jolla Kayaking Tour
- Private Arrival Airport Transfer via Sprinter Van, including all taxes and driver gratuities
- Lodging as described in the itinerary, with all taxes and resort fees
- Meals as shown following each day in the itinerary by B, L, D, with taxes and gratuities
- All special equipment required for activities
- Final electronic documentation package
- Trip monitoring during client travel
- Hotel Room Taxes
- USD Sales and Room Taxes, plus service charge
- Services of Odyssey World’s UK agents
- 24/7 Local travel support
Your package excludes:
- Internal and international flights
- Rental Car Hire
- Meals and beverages not stated, alcohol
- Travel insurance
- Departure taxes
- Visas / ESTA
- Early check-in/late check-out charges unless otherwise stated
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips etc.
- Anything not stated above
- Gift shop purchases
- Massage and spa services