California

Overview

Way out west, the Golden State of California has long represented the American Dream, with its bronzed good looks, laid-back lifestyle, glamour and wealth.

Much promoted and published, California feels instantly familiar – with Route 66 road trips, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Silicon Valley, among countless other recognisable facets. But beyond the Hollywood-fed imagery lies one of America’s most diverse, enchanting and breathtaking regions.

Explore a state of colossal redwood forests and Sierra Nevada mountains, harsh deserts like Mojave and Death Valley, Napa Valley vineyards and lush organic farmlands, spectacular national parks like Yosemite and 840 miles of golden Pacific coastline.

Los Angeles, a vast, electrifying city sometimes bordering on chaotic, remains the poster child for California. Well-known for its extremes from Venice Beach musclemen to Governor Arnie, there’s nowhere quite like it – a mishmash of celebrity culture, consumerism, international communities and cuisine. Take in Sunset Boulevard, take the kids to Disneyworld, hit the shops on Rodeo Drive, see the Lakers play, dine on haute vegan fusion food in Malibu or order from a Korean food-truck Downtown, this is a city where you never run out of things to do.

If LA is the face of California, San Francisco is the soul. Possibly the most liberal city in a America with huge cultural diversity, probably the most beautiful too with its Victoria elegance, Golden Gate Bridge and undulating Downtown streets overlooking the ocean. Look forward to stunning cable car journeys, trying the world’s best burritos or dim sum in vibrant Chinatown, checking Al Capone’s cell in Alcatraz or just kickin’ back on one of the city’s gorgeous beaches.

Between San Fran and LA, the legendary Highway 1 winds through the sunny Big Sur, with its twisting coastal roads and breathtaking vistas creating one of the world’s most memorable road trip settings. Stop off at Santa Barbara or Monterey, both close to Californian hearts for their laid-back charms and palm-lined beaches. Monterey Bay is famous for its rich marine ecosystems, teeming with seals and dolphins and home to a nationally acclaimed aquarium.

A distant mirage above the desert is the backbone of the state, the Sierra Nevada mountains is where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage listed Yosemite National Park, Cali’s most pristine and awe-inspiring wilderness.

With Lightfoot’s tailor-made approach you’ll be able to take in the best of California on your luxury holiday, without missing a thing. Our regional experts will advise you on what include and where to stay using their own experience as a guide.

California Itineraries

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BELMOND EL ENCANTO

United States & Alaska, California

Special offer: Book before 30th May to enjoy up to 30% off your stay. Valid on stays between 17th May - 31st December 2017. Belmond El Encanto captures the romance and glamour of the 192…

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Beverly Hills Montage

United States & Alaska, California

This luxury boutique hotel is set in lush, landscaped gardens in the famed Beverly Hills' Golden Triangle in Los Angeles, California. Beverly Hills Montage has an air of refined elegance and…

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Beverly Wilshire

United States & Alaska, California

Experience a slice of celebrity life at Beverly Wilshire (A Four Seasons Hotel) which has soothed the sleepy heads of Hollywood stars and the international elite since its opening in 1928. F…

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Calistoga Ranch

United States & Alaska, California

This 157-acre luxury boutique resort is tucked away in a secluded canyon, just outside the historic town of Calistoga, in California’s famed Napa Valley. Designed in harmony with the br…

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Carmel Valley Ranch

United States & Alaska, California

Carmel Valley Ranch, between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the leafy vineyards of Carmel, provides the chance of both exploration and relaxation. Covering 500 acres, it offers infinite op…

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Four Seasons The Biltmore

United States & Alaska, California

A legend since opening in 1927, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore is a classic Spanish colonial estate infused with modern luxury. Located just steps away from one of the most beautiful beach…

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Post Ranch Inn

United States & Alaska, California

High atop the cliffs of Big Sur sits Post Ranch Inn, a sanctuary for the soul. Ideal for romance, relaxation or rejuvenation, this rustic and elegant resort is the ultimate destination for a…

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Shutters on the Beach

United States & Alaska, California

Blending laid back beach-house with luxury, Shutters on the Beach takes the craft of living well - and stylishly - seriously. Michael S. Smith, the Obama White House interior designer, overs…

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The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

United States & Alaska, California

This award-winning luxury hotel is set within a 1909 neoclassical landmark in the exclusive Nob Hill neighbourhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco in California. The Ritz-Carlton, San…

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The St. Regis

United States & Alaska, California

In a city of inimitable grace, style, and culture, The St. Regis stands above the competition, offering extraordinary hospitality with modern day sophistication. The hotel takes its inspirat…

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The St. Regis San Francisco

United States & Alaska, California

The St. Regis San Francisco hotel is a luxury boutique hotel situated in the vibrant SoMA district overlooking the city. It enjoys an enviable artsy location with the Museum of the African D…

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