Tours of California take you to the golden beaches, glamorous towns, open roads and spectacular national parks of the state. Book one of our private luxury tours of California and explore at your own pace; enjoying the freedom of a motorhome holiday, motorbike ride or luxury convertible. Browse our selection below for inspiration.
For the ultimate luxury private tour of California, book our Wings Over The West Tour. See the spectacular natural landscapes from the comfort of your private aircraft, which allows you to travel further and visit a variety of places in the western USA. Begin in Las Vegas before visiting Yosemite, Sonoma, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. If you prefer to feel the wide open road beneath two wheels, choose the EagleRider Baja California South Bound Guided Motorcycle Tour. Pick up your Harley in Los Angeles where you can visit quirky Venice Beach, opulent Beverley Hills and the shops of Rodeo Drive. Next, drive along the spectacular coastline, finishing in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.
For an escorted tour of the USA’s west, book our Splendours of the West Tour. Discover the unique personalities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, see the Painted Desert and waterfalls of Yosemite National Park and take in the glittering Mammoth Lakes. If you prefer to fit your California tour into a larger holiday in the USA, The Great American Roadtrip allows you to see as much of this vast country as possible in three weeks. Begin in New York, taking in the many lively cities and natural wonders along the way as you head to Los Angeles and Monterey, finishing in San Francisco.
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“I highly recommend a helicopter trip over and into the Grand Canyon. The view is out of this world – breath-taking – you’ll never forget it.”
“It’s easy to think the USA is all about fast food, but don’t forget that California has an expansive coast, so fresh fish is easy to find. With such a diverse population, keep an open mind to the vast range of foods available.”
“For views over San Francisco, I love Corona Heights Park – it adds a good walk and a little bit of nature. Or, take the cable car from Powell to Hyde.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is there to do at Lake Tahoe?
Lake Tahoe is beautiful and ideal for outdoor adventures. In the summer, there’s biking and hiking, plus numerous watersports, including water skiing, sailing, boating and fishing.
What wines do they sell in Napa Valley?
The majority of Napa Valley's vineyards produce Cabernet Sauvignon, but Chardonnay and Merlot are popular, plus Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to a lesser extent.
As the terrain and climate are so varied, what should I pack for a holiday in California?
In summer, California is usually very hot. However, the coast can become misty and cool, and rain does fall from time to time, both there and in the mountains. Pack comfortable shoes and clothes that can be layered, including a sweatshirt and a fold-up waterproof. Don't worry – tyou'll still need your swimwear, shorts and a hat.
The west coast of the USA has some truly magnificent and varied features – a mix of geological and man-made wonders. The enormity of the Grand Canyon leaves visitors awe-struck, while the themed hotels of Las Vegas can do that too. Visitors should be prepared to be amazed, and to experience an emotional rollercoaster.
Why you'll love California...
• Feeling like a VIP in your luxurious private plane
• Discovering fresh fish restaurants, farmers markets and palm-clad boulevards
• Being close to nature in Yosemite National Park
• People-watching in Los Angeles
• Enjoying the movie-scene streets of San Francisco
• Finding yourself star-struck in Hollywood
• Relaxing on the beaches along the Pacific Coast
• Contemplating the enormity of the Grand Canyon
• Tasting Napa Valley’s finest vintages
• Thrilling rides on the back of a Harley Davidson
• Fizzing with delight in crazy Vegas
Did you know?
• The Grand Canyon measures more than a mile deep and 277 miles long.
• California State is home to the tallest living tree in the USA – a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in the Redwood National Park.
• Around 315 couples are married in Las Vegas every day.
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