Extraordinary Drive: California Dreaming

A spectacular drive through natural and man-made

Summer 2020

California combines incredible natural beauty with some of the world’s most exciting cities, and our California dreaming Extraordinary Drive takes in the best of both.

Starting in the beautiful Napa Valley, a convoy of Bentleys will follow the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, taking in San Francisco, relaxing beneath giant Redwood trees, exploring the legendary Pebble Beach and much more. This is the perfect drive for anyone who enjoys breathtaking landscapes and the world’s finest accommodation and dining.

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Day 1: Relais & Châteaux, Napa Valley

After landing in San Francisco airport, you will be chauffeured straight to Napa Valley, deep in the heart of California’s wine country. Your home for the first two nights of this epic adventure will be the sumptuous Meadowood, Relais & Châteaux’s wine and wellness retreat. Described by Forbes Magazine as combining the very best bits of the region, it offers breathtaking views, award-winning wines and remarkable food. Unwind against a backdrop of lush rolling hills, as we prepare for the spectacle ahead.


Explore the fabulous spa facilities, two relaxation gardens and a fantastic golf course, before an evening of culinary delights. You will savour the flavours of locally grown produce together with a rather special tasting of some of the region’s best wines.


Day 3: San Francisco

Our journey south passes through the dramatic Muir Woods National Park. There, we’ll stretch our legs under 1,000-year-old trees before joining the legendary Pacific Coast Highway. This most scenic of roads follows the beautiful Californian coastline and crosses the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. With photo opportunities all around, our Bentley convoy weaves its way through the city and down Lombard Street – the most crooked street in the world. Our home for the night is the stylish Hotel Zeppelin, from where we’ll head out on a culinary adventure in the city that is the home of fusion dining.


Day 4: Pebble Beach

Leaving the bright lights behind, we’ll discover just what a Bentley is capable of as we continue our journey on the Pacific Coast Highway – one of the best driving roads in the world. Our gleaming convoy will then take to the highway as we make our way to Pebble Beach – the golfing mecca famed for its annual Concours d’Elegance. We’ll spend the night at the Ventana resort, with dinner served as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean and Big Sur.


Day 5: Morro Bay and Santa Barbara

Following a relaxing lie-in or an optional yoga session, we will continue our scenic drive down Highway 1. Between Ragged Point and San Simeon, we’ll pause to look at the hundreds of elephant seals that gather on the beach below. Then we’ll head inland for lunch at Hearst Castle – known for its architecture, its art and the zebra that have free rein in the gardens. In the afternoon, we’ll look for sea otters, seals, dolphins and whales at Morro Bay. In the evening, we’ll dine and stay at the luxurious Belmond El Encanto in the enchanting city of Santa Barbara, set within seven acres of secluded gardens.


Day 6: Los Angeles

A leisurely morning can be spent venturing into the historic town, strolling along the golden sands or indulging in a treatment at the Belmond El Encanto’s world-class spa. Then we’ll embark on the final stretch of our drive along Route 1 into Los Angeles. Following in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy, we’ll lunch in Malibu before checking into the ultra-chic Beverly Wilshire – our home for the next two nights. This one-time haunt of Elvis Presley and John Lennon is affectionately known as the ‘Pretty Woman hotel’, thanks to its part in the hit movie.


Day 7: Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard

After beginning our final day with an optional guided sunrise hike, we will drive along the famous Mulholland Drive. Next, we will enjoy behind-the-scenes access to one of the great movie studios, before heading along Hollywood Boulevard and onto Rodeo Drive, to explore boutiques such as Chanel and Hermès. A very special cocktail party forms the prelude to our final, show-stopping dinner on one of the most glamorous rooftops on Sunset Boulevard, surrounded by stars of both the Hollywood and astronomical variety – a fitting conclusion to our Californian odyssey.


Day 8: Return home

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flights home.

*Advertised itinerary may be subject to change.


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