Perfect Pairings: Los Angeles & Santa Barbara

United States of America
5 nights private tour from $9,700
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Perfect Pairings Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
At a glance
  • Soak up LA life - a perfect mix of activity, adventure and culture with a good dose of sunshine to top it all off

  • Hit the waves with your private surfing lesson and exhilarating horse-riding trek through the waves

  • Let the calm wash over you in Santa Ynez Valley – yoga and sparkling wines – the perfect combination in the sundrenched Californian countryside

  • Fully immerse yourself in the eclectic culture of the free-spirited Venice neighbourhood that makes LA so unique

Journey highlights
  • Soak up LA life - a perfect mix of activity, adventure and culture with a good dose of sunshine to top it all off

  • Hit the waves with your private surfing lesson and exhilarating horse-riding trek through the waves

  • Let the calm wash over you in Santa Ynez Valley – yoga and sparkling wines – the perfect combination in the sundrenched Californian countryside

  • Fully immerse yourself in the eclectic culture of the free-spirited Venice neighbourhood that makes LA so unique

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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Los Angeles has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is hottest but beaches can be over crowded. January and February are the rainiest months. If you are visiting in May, June or July, watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.

The coastal climate of Santa Barbara is always an enjoyable surprise to the first-time visitor. This is particularly true during the winter months – roughly from October through March. Santa Barbara is a "get out in the sunshine and fresh air" place, with all the activities that implies. A short drive into the Santa Ynez wine region (some 40-minutes out of town) the temperature is always around 10 °F warmer without the ocean breezes.

Towering mountains, very close to the sea, shelter the coastal strip from inland heat and cold. The result is a comfortable year-round average temperature of 64 °F, with an average maximum of 74 and an average minimum of 56 °F.

All this means there is no "off-season" in Santa Barbara with sunshine all year round but the warmest months without morning fog and with higher temperatures are July through to October.

Your Itinerary

Get lost in the magic of LA, diving under its skin as you discover what makes this iconic city tick with rich cultural experiences and active adventures. Seamlessly pairing these Californian idols, stay at ultra-chic hotels with exclusive experiences showcasing the best of West Hollywood and downtown Santa Barbara. Submerging in the eclectic culture and beautiful coastline as you admire its hip enclaves, gourmet foodie scene and glossy boulevards, all just steps from the iconic waterfront.

Griffiths Observatory

Your Itinerary

Brace yourself for the best of LA as your Perfect Pairings itinerary begins. Hollywood chic at its best, 1 Hotel stands proud in an enviable location on the Sunset Strip. Boasting stunning views of the Hollywood Hills from the ultra-chic rooftop pool, oozing Hollywood cool from its stylish design and laidback vibe this is the perfect retreat to submerge into LA life.     


Kick off with the workout of a lifetime with your own private celebrity trainer, known for keeping some of the biggest names in shape. Your personal trainer will devise a plan to meet your needs, making the most of the high-end gym facilities. You have the afternoon to spend at your leisure, either roam free, relax at your hotel or pre-book another activity. We recommend a guided cycle along the famous Santa Monica Boulevard and Venice Beach boardwalk and spend the evening at leisure amongst the buzzing LA lifestyle with a plethora of restaurants to sample. 


After a fun evening and divine breakfast, head to neighbouring Santa Barbara to drop your bags at the Hotel Californian before your next sublime experience, a guided horseback ride along Santa Barbara’s sun-drenched coastline. Saddle up and learn some basic commands, before setting off on a trail that leads from the ranch to the soft sand beach below as you brace yourself for stunning views, endless sand and refreshing ocean air. Trek along this spectacular stretch of coastline, often referred to as the American Riviera for its enchanting views and relaxed atmosphere. Have the time of your life playing in the surf, before following your local guide to a secluded overlook for a delicious picnic lunch. Return to Hotel Californian to spend the rest of the day as you wish.

Beach

Your Itinerary

Tucked in between the lapping shores of the Pacific Ocean and the sprawling Santa Ynez Mountains, Hotel Californian is nestled in the heart of the romantic colonial town. Just steps from the beach, it is a celebration of Spanish Colonial architecture and modern style and design. Featuring a rooftop pool with panoramic ocean views, there's no better place to experience the American Riviera. A place to see and be seen, Hotel Californian offers a signature Mediterranean restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine, the perfect way to spend your first evening after your exhilarating day horse riding. 


Feeling well rested enjoy a sublime breakfast to fuel your body ready for your next epic adventure. A must on the Santa Barbara waters, this is the best spot for a private surfing lesson. Dive into the clear blue waters as your instructor takes you through how to catch the perfect wave, whether a beginner or seasoned pro they will help tweak your skills ensuring you have the most exhilarating time out there. Enjoy the afternoon to yourself mooching your way round the town or relax at the hotel rooftop pool ready for another divine evening. 


Let the excitement build over breakfast as you get ready to be whisked off to Santa Ynez wine country for a private yoga session and vineyard tour and tasting – the most beautiful of combinations. Sink into the tranquility of the beautiful farmland, striking your yoga pose overlooking rows of vineyards and the mountain scape around you! After your class, walk the estate's organic gardens while savoring fresh sparkling wine. Your senses will be heightened further at a farm-to-table artisan lunch, accompanied by a private wine tasting. A blissful ending to a perfect long weekend. 

Itinerary

Day 1-3

Los Angeles

Brace yourself for the best of LA as your Perfect Pairings itinerary begins. Hollywood chic at its best, 1 Hotel stands proud in an enviable location on the Sunset Strip. Boasting stunning views of the Hollywood Hills from the ultra-chic rooftop pool, oozing Hollywood cool from its stylish design and laidback vibe this is the perfect retreat to submerge into LA life.     


Kick off with the workout of a lifetime with your own private celebrity trainer, known for keeping some of the biggest names in shape. Your personal trainer will devise a plan to meet your needs, making the most of the high-end gym facilities. You have the afternoon to spend at your leisure, either roam free, relax at your hotel or pre-book another activity. We recommend a guided cycle along the famous Santa Monica Boulevard and Venice Beach boardwalk and spend the evening at leisure amongst the buzzing LA lifestyle with a plethora of restaurants to sample. 


After a fun evening and divine breakfast, head to neighbouring Santa Barbara to drop your bags at the Hotel Californian before your next sublime experience, a guided horseback ride along Santa Barbara’s sun-drenched coastline. Saddle up and learn some basic commands, before setting off on a trail that leads from the ranch to the soft sand beach below as you brace yourself for stunning views, endless sand and refreshing ocean air. Trek along this spectacular stretch of coastline, often referred to as the American Riviera for its enchanting views and relaxed atmosphere. Have the time of your life playing in the surf, before following your local guide to a secluded overlook for a delicious picnic lunch. Return to Hotel Californian to spend the rest of the day as you wish.

Accommodation: 1 Hotel West Hollywood ( 2 nights )
Day 3-6

Santa Barbara

Tucked in between the lapping shores of the Pacific Ocean and the sprawling Santa Ynez Mountains, Hotel Californian is nestled in the heart of the romantic colonial town. Just steps from the beach, it is a celebration of Spanish Colonial architecture and modern style and design. Featuring a rooftop pool with panoramic ocean views, there's no better place to experience the American Riviera. A place to see and be seen, Hotel Californian offers a signature Mediterranean restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine, the perfect way to spend your first evening after your exhilarating day horse riding. 


Feeling well rested enjoy a sublime breakfast to fuel your body ready for your next epic adventure. A must on the Santa Barbara waters, this is the best spot for a private surfing lesson. Dive into the clear blue waters as your instructor takes you through how to catch the perfect wave, whether a beginner or seasoned pro they will help tweak your skills ensuring you have the most exhilarating time out there. Enjoy the afternoon to yourself mooching your way round the town or relax at the hotel rooftop pool ready for another divine evening. 


Let the excitement build over breakfast as you get ready to be whisked off to Santa Ynez wine country for a private yoga session and vineyard tour and tasting – the most beautiful of combinations. Sink into the tranquility of the beautiful farmland, striking your yoga pose overlooking rows of vineyards and the mountain scape around you! After your class, walk the estate's organic gardens while savoring fresh sparkling wine. Your senses will be heightened further at a farm-to-table artisan lunch, accompanied by a private wine tasting. A blissful ending to a perfect long weekend. 

Accommodation: Hotel Californian ( 3 nights )
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Experiences included in this itinerary


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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Los Angeles has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is hottest but beaches can be over crowded. January and February are the rainiest months. If you are visiting in May, June or July, watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.

The coastal climate of Santa Barbara is always an enjoyable surprise to the first-time visitor. This is particularly true during the winter months – roughly from October through March. Santa Barbara is a "get out in the sunshine and fresh air" place, with all the activities that implies. A short drive into the Santa Ynez wine region (some 40-minutes out of town) the temperature is always around 10 °F warmer without the ocean breezes.

Towering mountains, very close to the sea, shelter the coastal strip from inland heat and cold. The result is a comfortable year-round average temperature of 64 °F, with an average maximum of 74 and an average minimum of 56 °F.

All this means there is no "off-season" in Santa Barbara with sunshine all year round but the warmest months without morning fog and with higher temperatures are July through to October.

Perfect Pairings: Los Angeles & Santa Barbara
Perfect Pairings: Los Angeles & Santa Barbara

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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