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  • Los Angeles
  • Santa Barbara
  • San Simeon
  • Monterey
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite
  • Fresno
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles

You have little time but want to squeeze a maximum in?  Then this selfdrive has been designed for you! You explore Los Angeles and San Francisco, two cosmopolitan cities which may be geographically closely linked, yet in style and feel they are worlds apart.  The phenomenal Pacific Coastal drive links the two cities. Then it is on to the awesome mountain scapes of Yosemite National Park and from here to the excitement capital of the world: Las Vegas. Your loop ends in the City of Angels.  There is no two ways about it: this drive is simply stunning.

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Day 1 - Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the glamour and entertainment capital of the United States. Drive through Beverly Hills, home of many movie stars, stroll along the Walk of Fame and look for the star of your favourite film star, match your hand and feet to those of celebrities in over 200 impressions at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre. You spend the night near the airport.

Standard Hotel:  BW Plus South Bay (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Sheraton Gateway Hotel
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Day 2 - Los Angeles > Santa Barbara > San Simeon (386km)

Santa Barbara is a gem. The pristine city's climate gives rise to a number of natural attractions. Stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens to view breath-taking flora or hike a scenic nature trail in Los Padres National Forest. The beaches all have their own allure. East Beach attracts the trendy and young while fishing and whale watching are the favourites at Arroyo Burro. Continue to San Simeon for an overnight stay.

Standard Hotel:  Cambria Pines Lodge (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Cambria Pines Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 3 - San Simeon > Monterey > San Francisco (339km)

Today you take the luxurious drive up the Pacific Coast towards Monterey, once the sardine capital of the Western Hemisphere. In Cannery Row (made famous by the novelist Johan Steinbeck) old sardine factories have been converted to quaint restaurants and amusing boutique shops.  Monterey Bay is a fantastic place to go on a whale watching tour, but don’t forget to take the time out to follow down the scenic 17-Mile Drive up the coast. Continue on to San Francisco for a two night stay.

Standard Hotel:  BW Plus Americania (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Carriage Inn
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Day 4 - San Francisco

Union square, Nob Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Park, all famous landmarks. Too many for one day!

Why not explore them by means off different vehicles? Take a breath-taking ride on a cable car, rent a bike and cycle across the Golden Gate, visit the worlds most notorious jail, Alcatyraz, or cruise the Bay. By car you may wish to drive down the dramatic curves of Lombard Street, the "crookest street in the world" – expect a queue!  Savour exotic ingredients in Chinatown or Castro-district.

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : Hop on Hop off, Alcatraz, Escape from the Rock Cruise, Aquarium of the Bay 

Standard Hotel:  BW Plus Americania (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Carriage Inn
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Day 5 - San Francisco > Yosemite > Fresno (458km)

Leave the hustle and bustle of San Francisco behind and drive towards Yosemite National Park. The striking beauty of Yosemite is due in part to the Yosemite Valley, whose flat floor contrasts with nearly vertical granite walls named El Capitan, Glacier Point and Half Dome and the major waterfalls that tumble over them.

At Yosemite Village, you can visit the Valley Visitor Centre and see its orientation film, publications, theatre programs, and exhibits highlighting the natural and human history. Self-guiding trails are nearby.

Standard Hotel:  BW Plus Town & Country Inn Tulare (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  BW Village Inn (Bed only)
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Day 6 - Fresno > Las Vegas (640km)

From the green pastures of Yosemite you drive to the dry and hot site of Las Vegas, a city beyond 'spectacular'. Each hotel and casino has a distinctly different theme and all have marvelous displays. Casino’s, wedding chapels, hotels, restaurants…in Las Vegas life seems to mix in an electrifying display of light!

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : performances, flights by helicopter or plane over Grand Canyon or The Strip. Fly by helicopter or plane over The Strip or Grand Canyon.

Standard Hotel:  Gold Coast Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Platinum Hotel and Spa (Bed only)
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Day 7 - Las Vegas > Los Angeles (439km)

Too soon you are on your way again, back to L.A, via Santa Monica. Its Pier, built in 1916, it was once known as the "finish line" of legendary Route 66 and features an aquarium, an amusement park and the famous Hippodrome building that has been featured in many films. Visit the Getty Centre and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. or swipe your credit card shopping on Rodeo Drive.

Standard Hotel:  Dunes Inn Sunset
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Superior Hotel:  Hollywood Hotel
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Day 8 - Los Angeles

Take out a full day at Universal Studios Hollywood and look behind the scenes at movie making or cast yourself in the thrilling rides, shows and attractions that bring the movies to life. Universal CityWalk offers restaurants and nightclubs.  Or spend a day at Disneyland. Whichever you choose: entertainment is ensured!

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : Universal Studios Hollywood & Disneyland

Standard Hotel:  Dunes Inn Sunset
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Superior Hotel:  Hollywood Hotel
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Day 9 - Los Angeles

Take out a full day at Universal studios and look behind the scenes at movie making or cast yourself in the thrilling rides, shows and attractions that bring the movies to life. Universal City Walk offers restaurants and nightclubs.  Or spend a day at Disneyland. Whichever you choose: entertainment is ensured!

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : Universal Studios & Disneyland

Universal Studios Hollywood One Day Pass

 Full day

A must for movie lovers! A tour ‘behind the scenes’, shows, roller coaster rides based on movie themes… In one word: awesome!.

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Universal Studios Hollywood One Day Front of the Line Pass

 Full day

Thanks to your Front of the Line Pass have reserved seats for each show. And you pass in front of those holding a regular day pass on your first-time ride on any attraction in this paradise for movie lovers! A tour 'behind the scenes', shows and rides in movie themes ... you will experience an exciting day.

Please note: Prices of the Front of the line Ticket at peak season vary and are €265/ticket!

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Los Angeles Hop on Hop Off 24 h.

 24 hours

With this 24 h. ticket you can visit the city's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops mentioned below:

  • RED ROUTE: Hollywood & Beverly Hills 
  • YELLOW ROUTE: Beverly Hills & Santa Monica
  • PURPLE ROUTE: Downtown Los Angeles
  • GREEN ROUTE: Venice & Marina Del Rey 
  • BLUE CONNECTOR Universl and Hollywood Bowl
  • ORANGE CONNECTOR: L.A Hotels & Marina Del Rey
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Los Angeles Hop on Hop Off 48 h.

 48 hours

See all L.A. offers from Hollywood to Beverly Hills, the beaches of Santa Monica, downtown L.A., Venice Beach and many other super spots. For example, you hop aboard in Hollywood, hop off in Beverly Hills shopping district, hop back on to drive to Santa Monica Pier and beaches and from there to Hollywood and Downtown LA.

It's easy, simple and fun! 70 stops, 70 highlight not to be missed ! 48 hours long. 

  • RED ROUTE: Hollywood & Beverly Hills 
  • YELLOW ROUTE: Beverly Hills & Santa Monica
  • PURPLE ROUTE: Downtown Los Angeles
  • GREEN ROUTE: Venice & Marina Del Rey 
  • BLUE CONNECTOR Universl and Hollywood Bowl
  • ORANGE CONNECTOR: L.A Hotels & Marina Del Rey
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San Francisco Alcatraz Island Cruise & Tour

 3 hours

Visit one of the most legendary state peneteniaries in the world. During the Alcatraz Island Cruise & Tour you set sail to the inhospitable island where you can enjoy an impressive tour.

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San Francisco California Sunset Bike Tour

 +/- 3 hours

Admire San Francisco Bay and the surrounding hills in the beautiful evening lights. You ride along the San Francisco Piers, through Crissy Field and past Fort Point towards the stunning Golden Gate Bridge. Comes 3 pm , the western side of the bridge along the ocean is exclusively reserved for cyclists. You return via the historic Presidio. The route is about 19 km long.

PS. You can also rent an e-Bike for a surcharge of €27.

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San Francisco Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

 +/- 3 hours

During this scenic ride you bike along the Bay Trail and see Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Mason, The Marina and Presidio. Your guide tells you fun facts and provides fascinating information about everything you see. You also cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, from where you will see Alcatraz and Angel Island.

PS. You can also rent an e-Bike for a surcharge of €26.

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San Francisco Hop on Hop Off 24 h.

 24 hours

With this 24 h. ticket you can visit the city's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops mentioned below:

  • Downtown Tour
  • Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito Tour
  • Golden Gate Park & Beach Tour
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San Francisco Californian Vineyards Full day

 Full day

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide.

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San Francisco Californian Vineyards 1/2 Day

 1/2 day

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide.

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San Francisco Wine & City Tour

 1/2 day + 24 h. pass

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide. With this 24 h. ticket you can visit the city's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops mentioned below: Downtown Tour, Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito Tour, Golden Gate Park & Beach Tour. 

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Grand Teton Snake River Rafting

 

Explore Grand Teton National Park from Snake River Canyon! This unique rafting trip is a mix of Class I, II and III rapids and thus an ideal family fun activity. Bring sunscreen and clothes that can get wet and you're ready for half a day of water fun amidst breath-taking scenery.

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Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

 
Just after dawn or just before sunset are the ideal two moments to spot wildlife. Together with a ranger who knows the park through and through, you peel your eyes and spot animals. Count on seeing herds of buffalo, deer, elk, bears and with a little bit of luck even wolves.
 
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Las Vegas Explorer Pass

 30 days

The Las Vegas Explorer Pass is an affordable and efficient way to explore the city and its top activities. You can choose between 3,5 or 7 attractions and pick of of 30 shows, attractions and tours. Below you will find a popular selection (the full list is available at your travel shop or Customer Service Center or MTA):

  • Stratosphere Observation Deck
  • Stratosphere Observation Deck + VIP
  • Rockstar Pool Party Tour
  • Rockstar Club Tour
  • Madame Tussauds
  • High Roller day -ticket
  • Las Vegas Monorail 2-day ticket
  • Big Bus; Hop on Hop off day tour
  • Hoover Dam Tour with transport from Las Vegas
  • and a show in the V Theatre on the Strip to pick from The Ultimate Variety Show, Vegas!, Zombie Burlesque or VEGAS! The Show (Elvis, The Rat Pack, Tom Jones)
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Red Rock Canyon Tour

 4 - 5 hours

Just past Vegas you will find a stunning nature park, Red Rock Canyon. The ideal way to explore it is off-road by 4x4. Get ready for awesome desert landscapes and red sandstone rock formations.

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Hotels & Meals

Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.

Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.

Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.

The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • Travel documents: All Belgian nationals*  (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages,  valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems. 

  • All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.
Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!

Time Zones

The United States span 4 time zones:

  • Eastern (- 6 h)
  • Central (- 7 h)
  • Mountain (- 8 h)
  • Pacific (- 9 h)

Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am.  In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am.  The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Currency

Currency

US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,90 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.106 USD (18/09/2019)

Payment Methods
  • A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
  • You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.

Climate

Average Temperatures (°C):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Francisco 13 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 21 18 14
Las Vegas 14 17 21 26 31 37 40 39 34 27 19 14
New York  3  5 10 16 22 26 29 28 24 18 12  6
Miami 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 31 29 27 25
Chicago -1  2  8 15 22 27 29 28 24 17 9  2
Washington DC  6  8 13 19 24 29 31 30 26 20 14  8

What's included?

  • 8 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
  • Your roadbook (day-to-day itinerary)

What's not included?

Your international return flight and car rental.
The total to be paid will depend on your travel dates/class and the size and category of your rental car.

Good to Know

Start or end your journey with an unforgettable citytrip or extend with another awesome selfdrive.
Make the most of your flight and make a stopover in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago or Philadelphia enroute to your selfdrive destination.

Standard Price per person


S9LAX137


Superior Price per person


S9LAX137


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